December in Helen is a time of grandeur, with German Christmas flare in the Blue Ridge Mountains that every family must experience at least once. Here are six Christmas events that make 2019 your year to visit!!
Find one-of-a-kind Christmas gifts with German flair, sample pastries and raise a pint to the most wonderful time of the year all while making your holidays brighter with a weekend or week-long getaway.
Lifetime Movie Magic
“Christmas Love Letter,” a Lifetime Films movie was filmed in Alpine Helen and is set to air at 6pm, December 21. You can take in the sights from the movie while you’re in town, including a carriage ride through Downtown Helen Georgia.
Click on the movie photo from Sunshine Films to see trailer.
Festival of Trees
Visit Unicoi State Park and Adventure Lodge in Helen, Ga from Nov 13 – Dec 7 for the Festival of Trees. You’ll see a number of festive Christmas trees and wreaths, all of which are available for bidding. All proceeds are awarded tot he United Way of White County.
Christkindlmarkt Traditional German Market
One of the most unique Christmas markets in the North Georgia area, this shopping opportunity takes place Nov 30 – Dec 1 and again Dec 7-8 at the Helen Market Platz in the center of town. It’s the ideal place for stocking up on stocking stuffers, with specialty gift items, decorations, assorted savory food, drinks and candied treats.
Visit Helen to see Georgia’s newest park – Hardman Farm State Historic Site – to see the house decorated in period holiday cheer. Learn about Victorian holiday traditions from 4pm – 7pm the weekends of Dec 6-7, Dec 13-14, and Dec 20-21.
You’ll purchase tickets in the Visitor Center, which will have a special treat each night including live music, hot chocolate, hot apple cider, gift shop and more! Then head to the Farm to enjoy twinkling candle lights, visits with Santa, and a trip down Unicoi Turnpike by horse drawn wagon.
Christmas in the Mountains Lighted Parade
Make your way to Downtown Cleveland on Dec 7th at 7pm for the annual Christmas parade. Visit and get your photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and shop at the Holiday Market on the Cleveland Courthouse Square. Make your way over to Freedom Park for a luminaria lighting, food, musical performances and activities for the kids, as well as the lighting of the community tree.
Helen Christmas Parade
If you miss the Lighted Parade (or even if you don’t!) then follow up the next weekend in Downtown Helen for another Christmas celebration. This parade takes place Dec 14th at 2pm. It’s their 50th year, so expect big things…and yes, the Big Man – Santa himself – will be there. Rain or shine!
Make it a Merry Weekend
The very best way to enjoy a Christmas weekend in Helen is to make it a long weekend, complete with a fire, hot cocoa, and lots of snuggles. Check out our list of awesome Helen Cabin Rentals and make your reservation soon!
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After 18 years in software development, Lesli bailed on the corporate scene. When she’s not traveling, she’s hiking in the mountains or checking out Atlanta’s culinary scene, whiskey in hand.
Lesli has two kiddos -Cooper and Elliot- plus two bonus kids currently at UGA, and she’s happily married to her soul mate.