February Events 2024



Love is in the air and there’s no better way to celebrate V-Day than with a trip to the mountains! This month we have a great lineup of live music, special Valentine’s Day dinners, a chocolate walk, and one of our favorite annual events- The Fire & Ice Chili Cookoff & Craft Beer Festival. You won’t want to miss such a romantic and exciting season in Blue Ridge!

1st Quarter Artist in Residence: Robin Bird Smith
February 1st-February 29th
Location: Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Association

Photo Courtesy of Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association

Come on out to the Art Center to admire Robin Bird Smith’s beautiful sculpture and folk-art works on display in the gallery through March 2nd.

Live Music at Misty Mountain Hops
February 1st-February 24th
Location: Misty Mountain Hops

Photo Courtesy of Misty Mountain Hops

Misty Mountain Hops is a music-centric restaurant and pub so it’s only fitting that they bring in live music. Stop by select Fridays and Saturdays from 6pm-9pm for great food and great live music from local artists!
February 1st: Trivia Night
February 2nd: Zach Gruczkowski
February 3rd: Dave Flowers
February 9th: Gregg Erwin Live
February 10th: Matthew McCartney
February 16th: Canon Tyler
February 17th: Gregg Erwin
February 23rd: Frankie Sparks
February 24th: Trailer Hippies

Makers Collective Exhibit
February 1st-February 24th
Location: The Art Center

Photo Courtesy of Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association

Come admire beautiful handcrafted art from regional artists inside the Richard Low Evans Gallery at The Art Center. There will be over 400 pieces on display making it the largest display since The Art Center’s initial opening!

Live Music at Grumpy Old Men Brewing
February 1st-February 29th
Location: Grumpy Old Men Brewing

Photo Courtesy of Grumpy Old Men Brewing

Stop by Grumpy Old Men Brewery Thursdays to sing along to your favorite songs for karaoke night! And drop by select Fridays & Saturdays from 3pm-6pm for great drinks, great music, and a great time. With indoor and outdoor seating available you can even bring your dog to join in the fun! Enjoy delicious fare from the ever-changing food trucks, while you listen to some fantastic local artists! And on Monday nights come on out for SINGO and Thursday nights is Karaoke!
February 1st: Karaoke
February 2nd: David Cheatham
February 8th: Karaoke
February 9th: Steve Vaclavik
February 15th: Karaoke
February 17th: Salty Dawgs – Food Truck
February 18th: Salty Dawgs – Food Truck
February 22nd: Karaoke
February 29th: Karaoke

The Supper Club
February 2nd
Location: Paradise Hills

Photo Courtesy of Paradise Hills

Participate in Paradise Hills delicious supper club happening monthly! Each month they will be having a seasonal themed menu that includes salad, your special entrée, and desserts. This month’s theme is Belgian Feast! Dinner is $35 a person and reservations are required. Please call 706-745-7483 to reserve your spot.

North Georgia Symphony Quartet Concert
February 2nd
Location: Union County Historical Courthouse

Photo Courtesy of North Georgia Chamber Symphony

North Georgia Symphony Quartet will be putting on a Valentine’s Day themed concert with a variety of classical and pop selections. The concert starts at 7pm and is $10 a person.

Live Music at Hook & Eye
February 2nd-February 24th
Location: Hook & Eye Rooftop Bar

Photo Courtesy of Hook & Eye

Take in downtown Blue Ridge from the roof of the Hook & Eye! This restaurant features excellent cuisine, a full bar, great views, an inviting atmosphere inside, and balcony seating on the outside! And drop on by for live music Friday and Saturday nights from 7pm-10pm.
February 2nd: David Cheatham
February 3rd: Trevor Ciongoli
February 9th: Ray LaBean
February 10th: David Welch
February 16th: David Welch
February 17th: Trevor Ciongoli
February 23rd: Ray LaBean
February 24th: Trevor Ciongoli

Live Music at Crane Creek Vineyards
February 2nd-February 24th
Location: Crane Creek Vineyards

Photo Courtesy of Crane Creek Vineyards

Come out for live music Friday & Saturday nights at the Farmhouse Market at Crane Creek Vineyards. The vineyards will be open late Friday nights, with extended hours until 8pm. Grab a glass of wine, a charcuterie board, and a seat and enjoy!
February 2nd: Stone House Soup & Acoustics
February 3rd: Bill Vespansian
February 9th: Stone House Soup & Acoustics
February 10th: Wyatt Espalin
February 16th: Stone House Soup & Acoustics
February 17th: Ava Connell
February 23rd: Stone House Soup & Acoustics
February 24th: Tim Morgan

Live Music at Bear Claw Vineyards & Winery
February 2nd-February 25th
Location: Bear Claw Vineyards

Photo Courtesy of Bear Claw Vineyards

For award winning wine, live music, and food truck Bear Claw Vineyards is the place for you! Join them every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday for live music and food trucks. Kids and dogs are welcome too!
February 2nd: Aspen Lee
February 3rd: The Shetlands
February 4th: Hunter Flanagan
February 9th: David Welch
February 10th: Travis Bowlin
February 11th: Gregg Erwin
February 16th: Ryan LittleEagle
February 17th: Hunter Flanagan
February 18th: The Shetlands
February 23rd: Rob Grater
February 24th: Ned Abernathy
February 25th: Zachary Alexander

Songs & Stories
February 3rd
Location: The Craddock Center

Photo Courtesy of Craddock Center

This wonderful annual performance at the Craddock Center in Cherry Log, GA will include musicians and storytellers who share the best of Appalachia’s unique culture and traditions in honor of Helen Lewis. Admission is free but donations are welcome and will go towards the purchase of new books.

Dad’s Garage Improv
February 3rd
Location: Blue Ridge Community Theater

Photo Courtesy of Blue Ridge Community Theater

Get ready for a night of improv at this fun fundraising event for Project Chimps at Blue Ridge Community Theater! Atlanta’s comedy theater, Dad’s Garage will entertain guests with improvised games, stories, characters and more, all led by Amber Nash! Join in the fun Saturday, February 3rd at 7:30pm.

Live Music Blue Coyote
February 3rd-February 24th
Location: The Blue Coyote

Photo Courtesy of Blue Coyote

Stop by Blue Coyote Saturdays from 8pm-11:30pm for great live music! As always enjoy some great food while you listen in. And karaoke is every Tuesday from 7:30pm – 10:30pm. Be on the lookout on their website for more live music updates!
February 3rd: Gregg Erwin & 200 Proof
February 10th: Breaking Point Band
February 17th: Marty Manous
February 24th: The Varden

Art Classes and Workshops
February 3rd-February 24th
Location: Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association

Photo Courtesy of Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association

Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association offers classes year-round for artists looking to expand their skill set. This month you can learn to express yourself through stained glass, oil painting, watercolor and more! And check out more upcoming art classes at https://www.blueridgearts.net/adult-classes.html
February 3rd or February 11th: Heart to Heart: Stained Glass Workshop
February 17th and 18th: 2 Sessions (Saturday and Sunday) – Oil Painting For Beginners
February 24th: Painting Trees in Watercolor

Live Music at Cartecay Vineyards
February 3rd-February 25th
Location: Cartecay Vineyards

Photo Courtesy of Cartecay Vineyards

Sip on delicious wine surrounded by the North Georgia Mountains! Enjoy live music select Saturdays & Sundays from 1:30pm-5:30pm. Listen to the music of local artists while enjoying your wine outside either on the Chimney Patio or the Tasting Barn’s covered porch. Live music, good wine, and beautiful mountain scenery; it doesn’t get much better than that!
February 3rd: Lindsay Beth Harper
February 4th: Andrew Katter
February 10th: Ava Grace and Valentine’s Sax Event with Frank Bowman
February 11th: Jerry Sorn
February 17th: Nick Stuard & Lobster Dog Food Truck
February 18th: Chad Bowmar
February 24th: Jorge Valenzuela
February 25th: Tim O’Donovan

Live Music at Chateau Meichtry
February 3rd-February 25th
Location: Chateau Meichtry

Photo Courtesy of Chateau Meichtry

Come sip on wine by the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains at Chateau Meichtry. This beautiful winery located in Talking Rock, GA has both outdoor & indoor seating options, so you can enjoy the atmosphere of the winery no matter the weather. On Saturdays & Sundays you can sip on your favorite glass of wine while you enjoy live music from local artists from 1:30pm-5:30pm. And there’s food trucks on the weekends as well!
February 3rd: Halem Albright & The Smokehouse Food Truck
February 4th: Loose Shoes Band & The Eggroll Boyz
February 10th: The Orange Walls & The Get Skewers Food Truck
February 11th: Brett Cantrell & The Get Skewers Food Truck
February 17th: Ryan Davis & The Fry Baby Food Truck
February 18th: Joy Hice & Jerry Sorn and The Off Road Food Truck
February 24th: Surrender Hill & The Off Road Food Truck
February 25th: Leah Belle Faser & The Lobster Dogs Food Truck

Guided Hikes with the Benton McKaye Trail Association
February 5th-February 26th
Location: Cherry Log, GA

Photo Courtesy of the Benton McKaye Trail Association

Explore the beauty of North Georgia on a guided hiking tour with the Benton McKaye Trail Association. They offer 2-4 hikes a month varying in difficulty from easy, leisurely hikes to moderately difficult hikes.
February 5th: Two Loops of BMT/AT from Three Forks Southbound. Dog friendly hike (adult humans may bring a leashed dog).
February 11th: Woody to Gooch Gap on the AT and return.
February 12th: BMT TN 68 Unicoi Mountain Trail to Coker Creek bridge and return.
February 16th: Talking Rock. Dog friendly hike (adult humans may bring a leashed dog).
February 18th: Unicoi Gap to Indian Grave Gap on the AT and return on the Rocky Mountain Trail.
February 26th: BMT Hemp Top Trail to Double Springs Gap and return.

Line Dancing Class
February 5th-February 26th
Location: Tooney’s Music Venue

Photo Courtesy of Tonney’s Music Venue

Have you ever wanted to learn how to line dance? Well now’s your chance! Tooney’s now offers free, weekly line dancing classes Monday nights! The class is open to people of all ages and dance experience! Doors open at 6pm and classes start at 7pm. Come on down and show us what you can do!

Women & Wine Night Out
February 8th
Location: Paradise Hills

Photo Courtesy of Paradise Hills

Get the girls together for a night of wine and supporting other women at Paradise Hills Women & Wine Night Out. Each month a different presentation from a local business woman. Your ticket includes one glass of wine, light snacks, and the opportunity to buy local products. Tickets are $25 a person.

The Last Five Years
February 8th-February 18th
Location: Blue Ridge Community Theater

Photo Courtesy of Blue Ridge Community Theater

The Last Five Years tells the story of a young couple’s 5-year relationship in a nonlinear fashion. We see the story from start to finish from struggling actress, Cathy’s point of view and in reverse from literary genius, Jamie’s side. Shows are Thursdays – Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2pm at Blue Ridge Community Theater. The show runs February 8th thru February 18th, call the box office at 706-632-9191 for tickets!

Romantic Valentine’s Dinner
February 9th
Location: Engelheim Vineyards

Photo Courtesy of Engelheim Vineyards

Head to Engelheim Vineyards on February 9th at 6:30 for a romantic Valentine’s Dinner! The dinner will entail a lovely three course meal paired with Engelheim wine, a piano recital from Michael Ewbank, and a fun after party following the dinner. Dinner for two is $175.

Live Music at Tooney’s
February 9th-February 24th
Location: Tooney’s Music Venue

Photo Courtesy of Tooney’s Music Venue

Come on out for live music at Tooney’s HUGE music venue select Friday and Saturday nights and enjoy the best live music McCaysville has to offer! Check their website often for live music updates. And every Thursday night get ready to take to the stage with open mic night!
February 9th: Headed to Mccaysville
February 17th: Hannah Dasher
February 24th: The Boondock Saints Band

Tipping Point Brewing Mardis Gras Party
February 11th
Location: Tipping Point Brewing

Celebrate Mardi Gras Blue Ridge style! Tipping Point Brewing Co. is hosting an awesome Mardi Gras celebration with New Orleans music, Jamabalya, oysters from ROE, king cake, beads, and lots of beer! Join in the celebration happening all day long!

Superbowl Potluck
February 11th
Location: Angry Hops Brewing

Photo Courtesy of Angry Hops Brewing

Angry Hops Brewing will be staying open late on Superbowl Sunday for a special potluck celebration! Bring your favorite game day snacks at 6pm with the big game starting at 6:30pm. Plus enjoy Angry Hops amazing brews on tap!

Valentine’s Day Dinner
February 14th
Location: Paradise Hills

Celebrate love on Valentine’s Day at Paradise Hills! The evening will include a 5-course meal with wine pairings and an intimate concert from Christopher Carpenter. Dinner is $115 per person.

Valentine’s Day Paint Party
February 14th
Location: Twisted Tomato

Photo Courtesy of Twisted Tomato

Get excited for this fun Valentine’s Day Paint Party at Twisted Tomato! The instructor will walk you through the process step by step and all your supplies will be included in the $35 ticket price. There will also be food & drink specials available!

Valentine’s Day Buffet
February 14th
Location: Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa

Photo Courtesy of Brasstown Valley

Enjoy a delicious Valentine’s Day Buffet cozy in front of the fireplace at Brasstown Valley. Some of your dining options include oysters, peel & eat shrimp, ribeye, smoked salmon, veal, and many more options. Seating is available from 5pm-9pm. Reservations are strongly recommended.

Dubini’s Magic Hour
February 14th-February 17th
Location: Sake Jons

Photo Courtesy of Poke Jon’s

Magic is coming to Poke Jon’s for Valentine’s Day! Poke Jon’s will be hosting popular New York City magician, Greg Dubin (the Great Dubini), for a mesmerizing close up magic show. Not only will you be entertained by the Great Dubini but Poke Jon’s will also have mini cocktails and bite size desserts to enjoy while you watch the show. Event is 21+.

Tipsy Canvas
February 16th
Location: Paradise Hills

Photo Courtesy of Paradise Hills

Enjoy a fun paint class and a glass of wine at Paradise Hill’s Tipsy Canvas class. This private class will include all your supplies and a free glass of wine. Then when the class is over you’ll leave with your new masterpiece! Tickets are $45 a person.

13th Annual Fire & Ice Chili Cookoff & Craft Beer Festival
February 17th
Location: Downtown City Park

Photo Courtesy of Blue Ridge Business Association

Have all kinds of winter fun at the 13th Annual Fire & Ice Chili Cookoff & Craft Beer Festival! There will be ice sculptures, live music, and plenty of chili and craft beers! Buy a $10 tasting card to try all the delicious chilis yourself and be sure to check out the ice sculpting process from award winning ice sculptors. This is a great annual event you won’t want to miss!

Downtown Blairsville Chocolate Walk
February 17th
Location: Downtown Blairsville

Photo Courtesy of Visit Downtown Blairsville

Join in the “sweet” fun February 17th from 11am-4pm in Downtown Blairsville for a Chocolate Walk! There will be 24 participating merchants offering a selection of artisanal chocolates, truffles, and many more chocolate treats! Included in your $15 ticket is also a map of the events, a chocolate passport and a swag bag. Be sure to collect stamps at each vendor for a chance to win a $100 shopping spree in Downtown Blairsville!

Corey Smith
February 17th
Location: The Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

Photo Courtesy of the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

Come on out to Hiawassee for a night of great music! Corey Smith comes back to the Fairgrounds to perform all his best hits like “If I Could Do It Again,” “Twenty-One,” “I Love Everyone,” and many more! Tickets are $40+ handling.

Cheers for Chimps
February 24th
Location: Paradise Hills

Photo Courtesy of Paradise Hills

Get tickets for this great event and you’ll receive a limited-edition Project Chimps glass, one pour of a wine, a piece of vegan cake, and delicious hot food! Tickets are $25 for attendees 21+ and all proceeds go towards Project Chimps! There’s no better excuse to drink than helping out some adorable chimps!

Winery Comedy Night
February 24th
Location: Paradise Hills, Cabins-Spa-Winery

Photo Courtesy of Paradise Hills

Get ready for a night of laughs at the Winery Comedy Night at Paradise Hills! Live professional stand-up comics will make you laugh all night long! Grab a glass of wine or a beer and let the laughter flow! Doors open at 6:30pm and the show starts at 8pm!

7 Reasons to Book Direct



There are so many reasons why you should visit Blue Ridge and even more reasons why you should book Escape to Blue Ridge cabins for your stay. It can be complicated and overly stressful to book your accommodations, but we work hard to make the booking process as easy as possible. And with so many beautiful cabins to choose from it won’t be hard to find a property that you will fall head over heels in love with.

We pride ourselves on the amenities that we offer; gourmet kitchens with all the appliances, wraparound decks with a view, hot tubs, game rooms, fire pits, outdoor seating, the list goes on and on. We want to make sure there’s something for everyone and that it’s easy to arrange. Here are 7 reasons to book direct with us today! 

Skip the Middleman

When booking with Escape to Blue Ridge you don’t have to go through any secondary sites or travel agencies in order to book your stay. You can book directly with us either through our website or on the phone. No extra steps, it’s that simple! Just scroll through our many cabin options or use an advanced search to find the perfect fit for you and your family. Then put in your dates and you’ll have your total cost all ready for you! Lastly, put in your personal and payment information, click book now, and you’re all set! No extra hassle! 

Save on Booking Fees

By booking direct you can easily save on booking fees. Often times, travel agencies have extra hidden fees but when you book directly through us you don’t have to worry about that. You’ll be able to see in plain sight, your total cost which includes rent, a cleaning fee, a guest service fee, and taxes. Without the extra fees that travel agencies would charge, you’ll end up saving up to 15% by booking directly with us! 

Hassle-Free Changes

Even after your rental is confirmed it’s easy enough to make changes for anything that might come up. You can easily request to change from one cabin to another prior to 30 days of arrival or request to change dates for the same cabin prior to 30 days of the original arrival date. It’s quick and easy to make changes because we know that things pop up. While you won’t be able to easily make changes with an online travel agency, we try to stay flexible and help you find your dream getaway at any time. 

Professional Housekeeping

All members of our Housekeeping teams are employees of Escape to Blue Ridge. Each employee must become “EBR Certified” by passing a stringent two-week training program and adhere to daily and ongoing inspections of their work. Our team is committed to following the best practices for disinfection and established cleaning protocols at all times. Each of our properties is cared for by a team and/or individual housekeeper and is always inspected within at least 10 days of arrival and immediately after departure. And with the COVID-19 virus, our staff has gone above and beyond to ensure cleanliness and a virus-free environment. They use virus-killing products recommended by the CDC and receive daily and ongoing training regarding sanitation protocols, and the proper use of our EPA approved chemicals.  We have very rigid inspection processes, and adhere to enhanced disinfection procedures to sanitize and disinfect all areas. These practices include; better hand hygiene, ongoing training, enhanced surface disinfection, employee wellness, and hot tub sanitation. For more information about our cleaning standards during the COVID-19 pandemic check here: www.escapetoblueridge.com/coronavirus/cleaning-standards 

Property Knowledge

On our website, we try to put up an accurate portrayal and description of each of our cabins. We make every effort to ensure that all the information on our website is current & accurate. We also try to provide photos and videos of each cabin to give you an idea of what it will be like. And our staff of course will be happy to answer any questions you may have prior to booking your reservation.

Personalized Service

Our staff is here for you. And that includes answering any and every question you may have about the cabin, the area, and anything else you might need. Our complimentary and personalized services will ensure that you find the perfect escape for you and your family. Want a dog-friendly cabin, with a hot tub and game room, close to hiking trails? We’ve got you covered no matter how specific or how broad your requests may be. We’ll look through our 180+ cabins until we find the perfect one for you!  

Local Recommendations 

Not sure what to do when you arrive? We can help! Our team is knowledgeable of the area and the many things to do nearby. You may talk to a team member on the phone or check out our blog page for links on where to go: www.escapetoblueridge.com/blog We’ve got list after list of all the best places in Blue Ridge to eat, hike, shop, horseback ride, fish, and more. So no matter what you want to do we have plenty of options for you to choose from! 

Booking directly with us has so many wonderful perks but the best one of all is being able to so easily book your dream vacation! It’s never been a better time to get away so what are you waiting for? Call or go online to book with us today!  

Tranquil Cabins with Saunas & Steam Rooms



There’s nothing quite like getting away for a few days to the peace and quiet of the mountains. Reconnect with nature and take in the stunning mountain views from the comfort of your own cabin. And if you’re really looking for a way to unplug and relax, then you’ll love these four luxurious cabins that have saunas and steam rooms right on the property.

The soothing heat from the sauna promotes stress relief, improves circulation, and provides you with an all around rejuvenating experience! These unique wellness-inspired features offer a luxurious retreat for guests seeking relaxation and wellness. So what are you waiting for? Treat yourself with a stay in one of these relaxing and beautiful mountain cabins!

*Photo Courtesy of Nurture in Nature

Big Canoe Lodge

This ultimate river retreat will put you in the heart of nature, with incredible views of the distant Blue Ridge Mountains, easy access to the river, and in a prime location to watch the active wildlife. Enjoy the great outdoors by canoeing, tubing, fishing, and swimming; your days spent on the water will float blissfully by. Or sit back and enjoy the view from the cozy screened in porch or from the back deck that includes a gas stone fireplace, TV, charcoal grill, dining area, and a porch swing. After a busy day of outdoor adventures, relax your sore muscles in the dry sauna or head to the hot tub for a soothing soak. When the sun sets and the day is done, you’ll have 4 bedrooms you can cuddle up in, each with their own wildlife and forest-themed accents & decor pieces.

Honey Bear Lodge

This cabin is so sweet we can barely bee-lieve it! At Honey Bear Lodge, you can spend time outdoors without ever needing to leave the property! There are two levels of spacious decks from which you can take in the gorgeous mountain views. There is also a large patio with a fire pit for roasting marshmallows and entertaining your guests! Plus, there’s a full-size pizza oven for any would-be chefs to try their hand at cooking the perfect pizza pie. And when you’re ready to relax, spend time in the onsite Swedish Sauna! This full sized Sauna will seat up to 10 people, so there’s room for everyone who is looking for a way to unwind after a busy day of exploring Blue Ridge. And while you soak in the heat you’ll have picturesque mountain views through a large window in the sauna. How perfect is that!? After the sauna, enjoy a therapeutic, spa style steam shower where you can wash the dirt & stress from the day down the drain. With so many wonderful amenities, you won’t be able to ‘bear’ leaving this dreamy cabin!

Nurture in Nature

The name says it all! Nurture in Nature, will nurture and rejuvenate your soul all while reconnecting you with Mother Nature herself. Designed as a nature retreat with wellness in mind, no expense was spared in ensuring you have a healthy, peaceful vacation here. The cabin owner’s own a popular wellness and medical spa in Orlando, Florida and wanted to bring a taste of the spa life to the mountains, so that they can offer their guests UNLIMITED access to these premium therapies. Head out to the spa shed out back and test out the SaunaSpace (one of the only saunas on the market that is not only full spectrum but EMF free). After warming up and relaxing your sore muscles in the sauna, venture over to the brand new lighted pergola where you’ll find a cold plunge pool and hot tub. Listen to some music while you enjoy your soak with the bluetooth speaker attached, and have a glass of wine at the bar stools after your treatment. Together, this hot and cold therapy program will help with muscle recovery, immune support, invigoration, pain relief, stress relief, better sleep, and weight loss, to just name a few. You will truly be nurturing yourself while immersed in nature!

The Overlook

Discover tranquility and serenity at The Overlook. This enchanting cabin earns its name because it overlooks the Aska Adventure Area, Lake Blue Ridge, and the Blue Ridge Mountains. The cabin’s close proximity to the Benton McKaye Trail makes it a perfect retreat for hikers & outdoor enthusiasts. From the trail you can visit waterfalls, the Toccoa River, and the famous swinging bridge. When you return to the cabin and need to relax your sore & tired muscles The Overlook has just the thing for you; a personal Sauna and 4 person hot tub! These wonderful amenities will make you feel like you have your own private spa. And after the sauna and soak in the hot tub, wash up in the lower level bathroom that has a wheelchair accessible walk-in tiled shower. Embrace the joy of having your own private and secluded haven, far removed from the hustle and bustle of the outside world!

January Events 2024



A new year means more new and exciting events happening in the mountains! We may be in the dead of winter but there’s still fun to be had this month in Blue Ridge. From ice skating, guided hiking tours, live music events and more there’s always fun to be had here!

Blue Ridge on Ice
January 1st-January 7th
Location: Blue Ridge Farmers Market

Photo Courtesy of Blue Ridge on Ice

Have some family friendly winter fun with ice skating at the Farmer’s Market! This fun new outdoor ice skating rink is set up at the Blue Ridge Farmers Market, next to the Swan Drive In, on select dates now through January 7th. For just $10 you can skate to your heart’s content! After your skate, warm up with hot cocoa and other sweet treats from the concessions stand.

Guided Hikes with the Benton McKaye Trail Association
January 1st-January 29th
Location: Cherry Log, GA

Photo Courtesy of the Benton McKaye Trail Association

Explore the beauty of North Georgia on a guided hiking tour with the Benton McKaye Trail Association. They offer 2-4 hikes a month varying in difficulty from easy, leisurely hikes to moderately difficult hikes.
January 1st: Upper Springer Mountain Loop
January 8th: BMT GA to Skeenah Gap and return
January 9th: Trails of Jack Rabbit
January 14th: BMT Weaver Creek to Stanley Gap Trail and return
January 19th: BMT Three Forks to No Name Gap and back
January 21st: Trails of Nottley Lake
January 22nd: BMT Watson Gap to Dolly Gap and return
January 29th: Fightingtown Creek #1

Live Music at Chateau Meichtry
January 1st-January 28th
Location: Chateau Meichtry

Photo Courtesy of Chateau Meichtry

Come sip on wine by the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains at Chateau Meichtry. This beautiful winery located in Talking Rock, GA has both outdoor & indoor seating options, so you can enjoy the atmosphere of the winery no matter the weather. On Saturdays & Sundays you can sip on your favorite glass of wine while you enjoy live music from local artists from 1:30pm-5:30pm. And there’s food trucks on the weekends as well!
January 1st: Ryan Davis & The Smokehouse Food Truck
January 6th: Cam Blackburn & The Eggroll Boyz Food Truck
January 7th: Surrender Hill & The Cousins Maine Lobster Food Truck
January 13th: Cotter Hill & The Get Skewers Food Truck
January 14th: Joy Hice & Jerry Sorn and The Get Skewers Food Truck
January 20th: Kristen Tinsley & The Off Road Food Truck
January 21st: Gary Wilder & The Off Road Food Truck
January 27th: Surrender Hill & The Fry Baby Food Truck
January 28th: CJ Prather & The Lobster Dogs

Live Music at Grumpy Old Men Brewing
January 4th-January 26th
Location: Grumpy Old Men Brewing

Photo Courtesy of Grumpy Old Men Brewing

Stop by Grumpy Old Men Brewing Thursdays to sing along to your favorite songs for karaoke night! And drop by select Fridays & Saturdays from 3pm-6pm for great drinks, great music, and a great time. With indoor and outdoor seating available you can even bring your dog to join in the fun! Enjoy delicious fare from the ever-changing food trucks, while you listen to some fantastic local artists! And on Monday nights come on out for SINGO and Thursday nights is Karaoke!
January 4th: Karaoke
January 6th: Orange Walls
January 11th: Karaoke
January 18th: Karaoke
January 25th: Karaoke
January 26th: Travis Bowlin

Live Music at Misty Mountain Hops
January 5th-January 27th
Location: Misty Mountain Hops

Photo Courtesy of Misty Mountain Hops

Misty Mountain Hops is a music-centric restaurant and pub so it’s only fitting that they bring in live music. Stop by select Fridays and Saturdays from 6pm-9pm for great food and great live music from local artists!
January 5th: Dawn N’ Nash
January 6th: Levi Ransom
January 12th: Travis Bowlin
January 13th: Georgia Back Porch Band
January 19th: Ray LaBean
January 20th: David Welch
January 26th: The Orange Walls Duo
January 27th: Shannon York

Live Music at Bear Claw Vineyards & Winery
January 5th-January 28th
Location: Bear Claw Vineyards

Photo Courtesy of Bear Claw Vineyards

For award winning wine, live music, and food truck Bear Claw Vineyards is the place for you! Join them every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday for live music and food trucks. Kids and dogs are welcome too. The live music schedule for each weekend is shared on their website each Thursday so be sure to check back!

Line Dancing Class
January 8th-January 29th
Location: Tooney’s Music Venue

Photo Courtesy of Tooney’s Music Venue

Have you ever wanted to learn how to line dance? Well now’s your chance! Tooney’s now offers free, weekly line dancing classes Monday nights! The class is open to people of all ages and dance experience! Doors open at 6pm and classes start at 7pm. Come on down and show us what you can do!

Women & Wine Night Out
January 11th
Location: Paradise Hills

Photo Courtesy of Paradise Hills

Get the girls together for a night of wine and supporting other women at Paradise Hills‘ Women & Wine Night Out event. Each month they will host a different presentation from a local business woman. Your ticket includes one glass of wine, light snacks, and the opportunity to buy local products. Tickets are $25 a person.

The Supper Club
January 19th
Location: Paradise Hills

Participate in Paradise Hills delicious supper club happening monthly! Each month will be a new, seasonal themed menu that includes salad, your special entrée, and desserts. This month’s theme is Spanish Paella! Dinner is $35 a person and reservations are required. Please call 706-745-7483 to reserve your spot.

Blue Ridge Community Theater’s 2024 Kick Off
January 20th
Location: Blue Ridge Community Theater

Photo Courtesy of Blue Ridge Community Theater

Get a sneak peak at Blue Ridge Community Theater’s upcoming 2024 season, along with a behind the scenes look at the theater and a chance to meet the directors. There will be food, drinks, and a wonderful community of theater lovers at this exciting event!

Cheers for Chimps at Tipping Point Brewing Co.
January 20th
Location: Tipping Point Brewing Co.

Photo Courtesy of Project Chimps

Get tickets for this great event and you’ll receive a limited edition Project Chimps glass, one drink, one chimp themed drink coaster, and one food ticket for a vegan snack. There’s no better excuse to drink than helping out some adorable chimps!

Winery Comedy Night
January 26th
Location: Paradise Hills, Cabins-Spa-Winery

Photo Courtesy of Paradise Hills

Get ready for a night of laughs at the Winery Comedy Night at Paradise Hills! Live professional stand-up comics will make you laugh all night long! Grab a glass of wine or a beer and let the laughter flow! Doors open at 7pm and the show starts at 8pm!

Chris Janson
January 27th
Location: Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

Photo Courtesy of the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

Platinum-selling Country music recording artist, multi-instrumentalist, and award-winning singer/songwriter Chris Janson will be back at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds on January 27th at 7pm! And special guest Jason Blaine will be opening for Chris Janson as well! Tickets are $47+ handling.

New Year, New You: 2024 Blue Ridge Bucket List



2024 is almost upon us! Can you believe it!? And while 2023 was an amazing year, we know 2024 is going to be even better! With every passing year, the town of Blue Ridge adds more and more new & exciting businesses to ensure families like yours never run out of fun things to do. As we move into the new year make sure that you have your Escape to Blue Ridge booked, plan to enjoy the great outdoors & the fresh mountain air, shop at our charming local boutiques and stores downtown, eat and drink local at our wonderful restaurants and breweries, and experience all that Blue Ridge has to offer in the new year! Here’s your ultimate 2024 Blue Ridge Bucket List:

*Cover Photo Courtesy of @korikwissman

Get Outdoors

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Kick off the New Year by embarking on a “First Day Hike” on one our local trails. With over 300 miles of trails just waiting to be explored, you can choose from some of our favorites such as the Benton McKaye Trail, the Aska Adventure Area trails, and Jack’s River Trail or some hidden gems. Hike to area waterfalls like Fall Branch Falls and Amicalola, climb to mountain peaks like Brasstown Bald and Fort Mountain, or explore the longest swinging bridge east of the Mississippi. If you won’t be in town for New Year’s Day, no worries – our trails are always open, regardless of the season.

Ready to find more beautiful trails and enjoy the great outdoors? Then check out Fightingtown Creek Nature Park! This charming park has over 180 acres of land to explore, including 12 miles of hiking and biking trails. Prefer to take things slow and soak in the beauty of Mother Nature? They also have picnic areas and ample opportunities for birdwatching as well. Nature lovers will just love spending their time in such a beautiful and peaceful place.

You can even take in the trails on horseback with a trail ride through the Chattahoochee National Forest! Explore the mountain trails and connect with your trusty steed as you embark on a trail ride offered by either Appalachian Trail Rides or Cowgirl Up Stables. Both stables cater to riders of all levels, providing options for both beginners and the more experienced riders.

Daring Adventures

Photo Courtesy of Ocoee Rafting

Dare to be bold in the New Year with thrilling adventures only the bravest among you will be willing to conquer! Smash into the new year at Tank Town USA in Morganton, GA, where you can drive a tank, maneuver construction vehicles, fire off some machine guns, and demolish everything in your path. It’s a fun adventure, the wannabe-action-heroes in your group are sure to love! If you prefer your adventures high up in the air then visit Blue Ridge Adventure Park, where you can zip through treetops and climb up to 50 feet in the air. Or take a spin on the Georgia Mountain Coaster in Helen—the first alpine coaster in Georgia! And during the summer months you can take to the water and try your hand at whitewater rafting! Navigate through waves and rapids along the Ocoee River with a team, offering a challenging workout and a memorable experience that will stay with you for a long time. For more thrilling adventures check out our Extreme Outdoor Adventures Blog: https://www.escapetoblueridge.com/blog/7-extreme-outdoor-adventures/

Eat Local

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There’s nothing quite like the local eats you’ll find in Blue Ridge! Our mountain town is home to a variety of culinary experiences from classic southern cooking, to seafood, to Asian fusion, and so much more, there’s something for everyone! Some fan favorite restaurants in town are Chester’s, The Black Sheep, Harvest on Main, Southern Charm, The Dogwood, ROE, and Fightingtown Tavern. But over the past year, many new & delicious restaurants have emerged in town, that we must insist you add to your list! More fine dining options have come to Blue Ridge with the arrival of Grace Steakhouse. The steaks here are aged 45 days or more and are hand cut and prepared with the maximum flavor and tenderness. You’ll find that a dinner at Grace is more than a meal, it’s an unforgettable dining experience. We’ve welcomed two new lunch spots Bob’s Eatery and Jamy’s Sandwich Spot. At Bob’s you can enjoy a delicious sandwich or a giant milkshake and at Jamy’s you’ll find more sandwiches as well as soups & salads for sale. For a mid-day pick me up or quick bite to eat check out Mountain Mama’s Coffee Lounge! Nestled conveniently beside the Blue Ridge Inn and in collaboration with Folk Collaborative, this chic coffee house and lounge promises delicious & unique coffees, homemade bagels, and a cozy atmosphere to enjoy your meal. For more dining options check out our Restaurant Round-Up blog: https://www.escapetoblueridge.com/blog/favorite-blue-ridge-restaurants/

Prefer to stay in with the family and enjoy your meals in the comfort of the cabin? Our local private chefs: Chef Trey, Chef Eatz, and Blue Duck Eats, would be happy to accommodate you and your family’s special needs! Your chosen chef will arrive at your cabin door with all the supplies & ingredients needed to make you and your guests the perfect meal! Just sit back and relax, and watch them go! And after dinner they’ll even clean up the mess, so there’s nothing to clean up! Ready to learn more? Check out our blog the Ultimate Meal to learn all about our local chefs: https://www.escapetoblueridge.com/blog/the-ultimate-meal/

Shop Till You Drop

Photo Courtesy of The Pasta Market

You can spend all day shopping in Downtown Blue Ridge with our wide variety of shops. From fashion boutiques, artisan good shops, home décor, pet toys, and so much more, we’ve got something for everyone! Some of our favorite local shops include Blue Ridge Cotton Company and its sister store, Gather, who offer a wide selection of fashion, home decor, and kitchen goods. And when it comes to stocking up on snacks, wine, and special treats, we love visiting Hucks, Out of the Blue, The Pasta Market, Blue Ridge Olive Oil Company, and Tupelo Tea. For one-of-a-kind home decor items, check out Pezrok, Mitzi’s on Main, and New Blue Home & Gift. And if you have an appreciation for beautiful art, don’t miss High Country Art Gallery, Multitudes Gallery, and Fishbone Gallery. And we can’t forget crowd favorites like The Owls Nest, Blue Ridge Adventure Wear, Mountain Man Comics, Deaf Man Vinyl, and OAR Finer Goods! Discover more shops to explore in our Downtown Blue Ridge shopping guide: https://www.escapetoblueridge.com/blog/shop-downtown-blue-ridge/

Try Local Craft Brews & Wines

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Say Cheers to the new year with a beer of glass of wine made right here in Blue Ridge! Blue Ridge has so many great bars, breweries, and wineries to explore but here’s a few of our favorites. For Blue Ridge brews pay a visit to our local craft breweries; Grumpy Old Men Brewing, Fannin Brewing Company, Angry Hops Brewing, and Tipping Point Brewing. Our local breweries are a staple of our mountain town and we just love them! How about drinks with a view? Not only can you enjoy delicious wine at our local vineyards but you can also admire the beautiful mountains that surround the tasting barn. For wine with a view check out Bear Claw Vineyards, Serenberry Vineyards, and Cartecay Vineyards. Even Mercier Orchards offers hard cider and wine! With so many fantastic places to enjoy a drink, you’ll be ringing in the new year with a buzz!

Dog-Friendly Fun

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Blue Ridge is a town for dog lovers! With miles and miles of hiking trails to explore with your furry friend, local shops & restaurants that will welcome you both, and cabins that are happy to include every member of your family in the ultimate vacation; there’s no shortage of fun to be had with your fur baby! In the past few years Blue Ridge has expanded on their “dog-friendly” hospitality and built all kinds of new & exciting places for your pup to enjoy! At Blue Ridge’s newest dog park your dog can run and play off leash to their hearts content. Horseshoe Bend Dog Park has two fenced in dog parks where large and small dogs can play, along with paved walking trails, and more enhancements coming in the future. For more dog park fun check out Blue Ridge Adventure Dog! This fenced in dog park & shop is a blast for dogs of all shapes & sizes! They can play fetch back and forth, go for a dip in the doggie swimming pool, and even snack on a barkcuterie board. And dog owners can enjoy beers, snacks, and ice pops while they watch their dog play. These two spots are a great place to let your dogs stretch their legs and get those zoomies out before heading back to cuddle up at the cabin! For more dog-friendly fun check out our Dog Lovers Getaway blog here: https://www.escapetoblueridge.com/blog/dog-lovers-getaway-must-love-dogs/

Support Local Arts

Photo Courtesy of High Country Art

Blue Ridge is a hub for the arts, where local artists are always showing off their talents through all kinds of different mediums! In fact Blue Ridge is one of the top 5 art towns in the state of Georgia! Browse handcrafted, beautiful art at one of our local galleries like High Country Art, the Art Center, and 4 Elements Art. Attend a performance at Blue Ridge Community Theater, where local thespians eagerly take the stage in both plays and musicals. And immerse yourself in the vibrant local music scene with live performances from local artists, happening nearly every weekend at spots around town like Tooney’s, Misty Mountain Hops, Bear Claw Winery, Grumpy Old Men Brewing, and countless others!

Ride the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway

Photo Courtesy of Blue Ridge Scenic Railway

A favorite tradition among our visitors is riding on the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway! You can soak in the scenery as the train sets off from Downtown Blue Ridge, twisting through the North Georgia countryside to the twin cities of Copperhill, TN, and McCaysville, GA. The picturesque views from the train are delightful year-round, but fall is an especially popular time as the leaves begin to change. You also won’t want to miss the Holiday Express in December, where families can enjoy a festive ride through the countryside and kids can meet Santa himself!

Pick Your Own Fruit at Merciers

Photo Courtesy of Mercier Orchards

Embrace the change of seasons by picking your own fresh fruit throughout the year at Mercier Orchards! As the seasons change you can pick apples, blueberries, strawberries, peaches, blackberries, and more. And in the summer you can even pick beautiful wildflowers and sunflowers from the field. There’s always something to get your hands on! While you’re there, make sure to explore their expansive market that has everything from apple butter, baking mixes, home decor, and so much more. Stop by the bakery for Mercier’s famous fried pies and sample cider & wine in the tasting room. And with farm tours and exciting family fun around every corner, your family will keep coming to Merciers time and time again!

Enjoy the Summer on Lake Blue Ridge

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Summers are best spent on Lake Blue Ridge! And there’s no shortage of fun to be had on the sparkling waters of the lake. Whether you prefer cruising on a boat, splashing in the water, or basking in the sun at Morganton Point, Lake Blue Ridge is the ultimate summer destination for fun & relaxation! Kickstart your lake day adventures at Lake Blue Ridge Marina, where you can find boat rentals and everything you need for a day on the water. After a busy day soaking in the rays and living it up on the lake, stop by The Boat Dock Bar & Grill at the marina, for a great evening filled with delicious food, drinks, live music, and a picturesque view of Lake Blue Ridge. And every year when America’s birthday comes around you can watch as fireworks shoot off over the lake and reflect on the waters below. It’s a great annual tradition you won’t soon forget!

Catch a Movie at the Drive In

Photo Courtesy of the Swan Drive In

Experience a classic movie night at the Swan Drive-In Theater! The Swan Drive In has been a fixture of Blue Ridge since 1955, and continues to thrive to this day. The Drive In plays all the big new blockbuster films you crave along with some tried and true classic films. And at Christmas time you can even enjoy some of your favorite holiday films on the big screen! When you arrive all you have to do is tune your car to the radio, grab the popcorn and some classic movie theater snacks from the concession stand, and watch the movie from the comfort of your own vehicle. The Swan Drive In provides such a delightful and nostalgic way to spend an evening with the whole family!

Trout Fish in the Trout Capital of Georgia

Photo Courtesy of Blue Ridge Fly Fishing School

For fishing enthusiasts, there’s no better place to trout fish than in the Trout Capital of Georgia! The waters of the Toccoa River are filled to the brim with fish, ensuring that you have every opportunity to catch the ultimate trophy trout. And if you need help catching that perfect trout, then use one of Blue Ridge’s trusted fishing guides to assist you; Cohutta Fishing Company and Blue Ridge Fly Fishing School are among our favorites. You can even fish with your very own hand crafted, custom fly fishing rod from Oyster Bamboo Fly Rods.

Taste some local trout yourself at Toccoa Riverside Restaurant or see how many trout statues you can find around Downtown Blue Ridge. There’s no shortage of trout- centric fun to be had in the town of Blue Ridge- the Trout Capital of Georgia! To get the full fisherman’s experience check out our Fly Fishing Capital of Blue Ridge blog: https://www.escapetoblueridge.com/blog/blue-ridge-fly-fishing-capital-of-georgia/

Indoor Fun

Photo Courtesy of 2nd Story Entertainment

Don’t let a rainy day or chilly weather get you down. There’s still plenty of fun experiences to be had indoors! Become a pinball wizard at Vertigo Pinball or grab a few fun family photos at Flex Your Selfie Museum. Challenge the fam to a round of mini golf at 2nd Story Entertainment and come head to head with Bigfoot himself at Expedition: Bigfoot! The Sasquatch Museum! No matter the weather, there’s always fun to be had in Blue Ridge! See our Rainy Day Fun in the Mountains blog for more ideas: https://www.escapetoblueridge.com/blog/rainy-day-fun/

A Relaxing Spa Day

Photo Courtesy of Serenity in the Mountains Spa

Treat yourself to a day full of luxury and relaxation at Serenity in the Mountains Spa. The spa offers a variety of treatments including manicures, pedicures, massages tailored to your preferences, facials, body treatments, and a unique Himalayan Salt Cave that’s unlike anything you’ve ever experienced. Bring on the pampering with wine, a charcuterie board, and delightful chocolate-covered strawberries to enjoy between treatments. You can even enjoy Serenity in the Mountains’ new deli and coffee shop that offers all your favorite drinks from Mountain Mama’s Coffee Lounge along with sandwiches & baked goods. And on weekdays, you can treat yourself to cosmetic services provided by Southern Surgical Arts Beauty Bar, offering laser and technology treatments, injectables, and fillers to maintain that youthful glow. You’ll feel relaxed in no time at Serenity in the Mountains Spa!

Take in an Annual Event

Photo Courtesy of Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association

There’s always something happening in the mountains! From annual festivals & events, holiday celebrations, live music, and more, you’ll find exciting events happening almost every month in the North Georgia area. These are some of our favorite annual events that we know you’ll absolutely love!
Fire & Ice Chili Cookoff & Craft Beer Festival: February 17th, 2024
Georgia Food & Wine Festival: March 22nd-24th, 2024
The Rhododendron Festival: April 12th-May 14th, 2024
Blue Ridge Trout and Outdoor Adventures Festival: April 27th, 2024
Blue Ridge Adventure Race: May 4th, 2024
Hiawassee Highlands Wine Festival: May 11th, 2024
Spring Arts in the Park: May 25th-26th, 2024
Lake Blue Ridge Fireworks: July 4th, 2024
Georgia Mountain Fair: August 16th-24th, 2024
Blue Ridge Mountains Wine & Jazz Festival: September 7th, 2024
Blue Ridge Blues & BBQ Festival: September 21st, 2024
Georgia Mountain Fall Festival: October 11th-19th, 2024
Fall Arts in the Park: October 12th-13th, 2024
Georgia Apple Festival: October 12th-20th, 2024
Appalachian Brew, Stew, & Que Festival: October 19th, 2024
Halloween Safe Zone: October 31st, 2024
Blue Ridge Turkey Trot: November 28th, 2024
Light Up Blue Ridge: Last weekend in November
Mountain Country Christmas in Lights: November 28th- December 23rd, 2024

Plan an Escape

Photo Courtesy of @korikwissman

With so much to experience in Blue Ridge, we know you and your family will just love it here! So what are you waiting for? Book your 2024 escape today! At Escape to Blue Ridge Cabin Rentals we offer over 300 amazing mountain, lakeside, riverfront, cabins chalk full of amenities and luxuries that make them the perfect home away from home. From hot tubs and game rooms, to firepits and luxury kitchens, we’ve got something for everyone. Thank you for all the love, support, and escapes in 2023 and we look forward to more mountain adventures in the New Year. Happy New Year, we can’t wait to see you soon!

There’s No Place Like Blue Ridge for the Holidays



You’ve heard there’s no place like home for the holidays, but we disagree, there’s no place like Blue Ridge for the holidays! You and your loved ones can gather together in a cozy mountain cabin and experience the joy of the season. Ice skate, ride on the Holiday Express, watch your favorite holiday films on the big screen, and just enjoy some quality time together in your home-away-from-home. See what holiday fun awaits for you in Blue Ridge this December:

*Photo Courtesy of Blue Ridge Scenic Railway

The Holiday Express

Photo Courtesy of Blue Ridge Scenic Railway

Every December in Blue Ridge you can live your very own Polar Express fantasy! Ride the Holiday Express with Blue Ridge Scenic Railway November 24th-December 24th. On your hour-long or four hour-long journey, you’ll get the chance to experience the beautiful North Georgia countryside in the winter and see what holiday fun is in store for you! Your train car will come alive with holiday music as you sip on hot cocoa and admire the sights. The little ones will enjoy stories & gifts from Santa, as well as a special opportunity to meet the big man himself. Kids and adults alike will love their ride on this festive fun train! Be sure to get your tickets in advance because they sell out quickly. If you’re unable to get your hands on Holiday Express tickets, Blue Ridge Scenic Railway also offers a fun Winter Ride that usually has more availability.

Christmas Movies at the Drive In

Photo Courtesy of the Swan Drive In

When we think of Christmas we think of watching our favorite holiday movies surrounded by tasty snacks and the ones we love the most. Now you can watch your favorite holiday films on the big screen at the Swan Drive In! On December 15th-17th the Drive In will present a special showing of National Lampoons Christmas Vacation and the new Wonka movie as well! Then for the Christmas weekend December 22nd-24th they will be showing Elf and Wonka! While you enjoy these special films you can munch of classic movie theater food like popcorn, hot dogs, chicken tenders, corn dogs, and more. AND the Swan Drive In will also have extra delicious holiday treats available as well like Gourmet hot chocolate topped with whip cream, cinnamon, and a chocolate straw AND a holiday float made with red soda, Mayfield ice cream, green whip cream, and served in a Christmas light cup! How sweet is that!? Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children 3-11, and FREE for children 2 and under. Enjoy a fun-filled evening with family & friends watching your favorite Christmas movies and new blockbuster films on the big screen! Visit their website for showtimes and more details: https://swan-drive-in.com/now-showing/

Holiday Shopping

There’s so many unique and special local shops to stock up on Christmas gifts for your loved ones! Head to Downtown Blue Ridge and/or the Riverwalk Shops to knock everything off your list! Pick up some delicious olive oil from Blue Ridge Olive Oil Company for grandma, a bottle of wine for your favorite aunt at 34th Degree Wine Merchant, a cool vinyl record for your dad at Deaf Man Vinyl, a comic book from Mountain Man Comics for your brother, trendy home decor for mom at Gather, and active wear for your next hike at Blue Ridge Adventure Wear. You can even get some of your holiday shopping done ahead of time at Blue Ridge and McCaysville’s Light Up events when everything is on sale!

Looking for a one stop shop for gifts? There’s plenty of holiday markets in town to check out! The Art Center’s Holiday Show & Sale runs from November 18th-December 16th. You can support local artists and get some great deals by checking out their handmade wares. From artwork, jewelry, pottery, candles, and more the Holiday Show & Sale has it all! Open Tuesdays-Sundays from 10am-6pm at the Art Center.

Visit a place where it’s all Christmas all the time- Christmas is Here! This awesome store has all the Christmas decor and gifts you need to feel like Santa Claus himself! Most of their wares are beautiful, handmade works by American artists. Find wooden Santas, statues of the three wise men, advent calendars and more at this special shop located in Riverwalk Shops!

For more holiday shopping ideas check out our Blue Ridge Holiday Shopping Blog: https://www.escapetoblueridge.com/blog/blue-ridge-holiday-shopping/

Festive Spa Day

Photo Courtesy of Serenity in the Mountains Spa

We all need some time to relax during the holiday season! Pay a visit to Serenity in the Mountains Spa and enjoy a day of pampering! Get massages, facials, and be sure to check out their amazing Salt Cave. While you’re there you can admire over 100 beautifully decorated trees that will be on display all season long! Really get into the Christmas spirit with a relaxing spa day filled with beautiful trees & an amazing day of pampering.

Ice Skating


Have some family friendly winter fun with ice skating at the Farmer’s Market! This fun new outdoor ice skating rink will appear at the Blue Ridge Farmers Market, next to the Swan Drive In, November 23rd through January 7th, with special hours Thanksgiving & Christmas. For just $15 you can skate to your heart’s content! After your skate, warm up with hot cocoa and other sweet treats from the concessions stand.

Christmas Light Hunt

Photo Courtesy of the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

Christmas Light Hunting is a favorite holiday tradition of many families during Christmastime. Some of our favorite light displays around North Georgia include Mountain Country Christmas in Lights at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds in Hiawassee, the Holiday Lights of Ellijay, and the lights at the Riverwalk Shops in the Copper Basin. And don’t forget to take a stroll through Downtown Blue Ridge to see our beautiful Christmas tree in the center of town and our biggest light set up yet! For more places to see Christmas lights on display check out our Christmas Lights Around the Mountains Blog: https://www.escapetoblueridge.com/blog/christmas-lights-around-the-mountains/

And did you know that we decorate our office with festive holiday lights? We’re all decked out with gold twinkly lights on our exterior! You can also come on inside and check out our Christmas tree! This is a great spot for photo-ops with the family. You can even pick up an activity packet for the kids while you’re here and keep the family fun going!

Christmas Card Photoshoot

Photo Courtesy of ZoLu Photography

Holidays are a time to spend with your family and loved ones. Are you looking for that perfect Christmas card photo to show off to all your friends? We’ve got you covered! Let your Blue Ridge memories last a lifetime by hiring a professional photographer to come out and get some great family shots. Here are a few of our favorite local photographers: ZoLu Photography, A Day In The Life Photography, and Burns and Crowe Photography. Need more suggestions? Check out https://www.flytographer.com/ to pick your own local photographer! Pick your favorite spot in town or have the photographer come right to your cabin to capture some amazing family photos, perfect for your Christmas cards!

Holiday Meals

Photo Courtesy of Karen Anne

Hire a Private Chef

Skip the holiday stress and hire a private chef to prepare your holiday meals! Local area professional chefs will come to your cabin, prepare an incredible meal suited to your tastes and dietary needs, and the best part is they clean up all the mess! We recommend you consider one of these amazing options: Chef Eatz, Trey Griffith, or Blue Duck Eats.

Eat Out or Enjoy Take Out from these Blue Ridge Restaurants

Want to treat your family to a special Christmas Dinner out on the town but worried nothing will be open? Don’t worry, the amazing Fannin County Chamber, Visit Blue Ridge, have compiled a list of all the restaurants open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day! You can find the list here: https://www.blueridgemountains.com/restaurants-open-christmas-eve-after-4pm-and-christmas-day/

Family Time at the Cabin

Photo Courtesy of @illuminate_designs at Wolf Mountain Hideaway

There’s so much festive family fun you can have right at the cabin! Have a Christmas movie marathon cozy by the fire as you sip on hot cocoa and munch on delicious homemade cookies. Add in a little snow and you could have the perfect cozy day in the cabin; there’s nothing like a movie marathon when it’s chilly outside. But no matter the weather you can still enjoy the great outdoor amenities that your cabin has to offer! Wash your worries away with a dip in the hot tub. Grownups, sit back & relax in the tub with a glass of wine while the kids play cornhole nearby. Or gather the whole family around the firepit where you can share stories, roast s’mores, and create lasting memories under the night sky.

Ready for some family team building? See how well you and your family can work together and assemble your very own gingerbread house! Gather all your supplies: graham crackers, frosting, gumdrops, peppermints, and any other sweets your family desires and create your masterpiece! You and your family will have a blast putting it all together and working hard to make your dream candy coated home! And we can’t forget family game nights! Whether you challenge your loved ones to a game of pool, foosball, monopoly, cards, or challenge them to beat your high score on the arcade machine; everyone will have so much fun putting their devices down to spend some good quality time together.

White Christmas

Photo Courtesy of Melissa

And if we’re lucky enough to have a White Christmas in Blue Ridge check out some of the fun & exciting snow day activities you can get up to in our Snowy Day Fun in Blue Ridge Blog: https://www.escapetoblueridge.com/blog/snowy-day-fun-in-blue-ridge/

New Years Eve Celebrations

Photo Courtesy of Visit Blue Ridge

Ring in the New Year with our friends at Old Toccoa Farm! The Tavern will be hosting a New Years Eve Celebration with a delicious New York inspired menu. There will also be live entertainment from the Ryan Davis Duo with music like the “old Rat Pack”. The event is $50 a person with seating beginning at 6:30pm. Please call 706-946-4653 or email Tavern@oldtf.com to reserve your spot.

Christmas Lights Around the Mountains



Every family has many Christmas traditions that they enjoy preserving. For this writer, one of my family’s favorite things to do is to go drive around and see all the Christmas lights! However, when you’re not from around here, you wouldn’t even know where to begin to look for lights to enjoy. Well, we tried to make it easy for you and stalked as many of our friends pages to locate all the Christmas light displays that you HAVE to go check out!

Each community offers a brief directions, but click on the town name to access a Google map to help you find your way! If you’re a local reading this and know of other places we’re missing please drop a comment or send us a Facebook or Instagram message. Merry Christmas!

Click to go to the Escape To Blue Ridge Christmas Light Map

Blue Ridge:

Escape to Blue Ridge offices – We are decked out for the season! Stop by and take a selfie with our Christmas Tree & pick up an activity packet for the kids and enjoy the lights by night!

Downtown Blue Ridge – East Main St.

Spur 60 – Between Mineral Bluff and NC State line. Drive through Winter Wonderland! Santa on certain nights.

The Penlands – Hwy 75, just past the North Carolina/Georgia state line.

Blairsville:

Gwynn’s Christmas Light Show

Chamber of Commerce – Tour of Trees. 9am – 5pm. 129 Union County Recreation Road, Blairsville

Downtown – On the Square

“Glenda’s Christmas Light Show” – 92 Wren Drive in Blairsville

Hyde Family Lights – 136 Birch Cane Dr

Gwynn’s Christmas Light Show – Tune your radio to 91.9 and enjoy! Address is 121 Birch Cane Drive, Blairsville, GA 30512

Christmas on Hicks Gap – Enjoy over 17,000 lights and feel free to get out of the car and take a picture under the present arch next to the nutcracker soldiers.

Stonehenge Assisted Living – Hwy 129 North towards Murphy, about 7 miles north of Hwy 76/129 intersection. Note: Nativity Scene

Ellijay

Holiday Lights of Ellijay – Located at the Lions Club Fairgrounds, this walk-through light show promises to be the highlight of your Christmas season. Imagine wandering through thousands of twinkling lights while sipping hot cocoa and even meeting Santa Claus for a memorable photo opportunity. It’s the perfect way to kick off your holiday festivities

Downtown Ellijay – 10 Broadway Street

Hiawassee

Mountain Country Christmas in Lights

Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds – Mountain Country Christmas in Lights every Thursday, Friday, & Saturday from November 23-December 9th. Open EVERY night from December 14th-23rd! (closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day). Here you will enjoy beautiful light displays and food ops along with food, music, arts & crafts, hot chocolate, marshmallow, a petting zoo and Santa. Admission is $8 per person and children 12 and under are FREE! On the main drag – Hwy 76 in Hiawassee.

Scataway Road – About 5 minutes past the Towns County School, see sign for Mount Zion Church on left and follow the red glow. Off of Hwy 76, 5 minutes east of town. See Santa on certain nights. As seen on the Great Christmas Light Fight!

December Events 2023



The holidays are here and there’s so much holiday magic to experience in North Georgia! From tree lightings and Christmas parades, to holiday markets and New Year’s Eve parties, there’s so much fun to be had this month in the mountains!

Young Harris Tree Lighting
December 1st
Location: Mayor’s Park in Young Harris

Photo Courtesy of City of Young Harris

The city of Young Harris kicks off the holiday season with their annual Christmas tree lighting in Mayor’s Park! At 6pm the tree will be lit, and there will also be carolers and visits with Santa. Admission is free.

Blairsville Holiday Stop & Shop
December 1st-December 2nd
Location: Pat Haralson Memorial Civic Center

Photo Courtesy of Blairsville Holiday Stop & Shop

The 11th Annual Blairsville Holiday Stop & Shop is the perfect place to pick up a special gift for the ones you love the most! There will be over 50 home-based business vendors there so you’ll have plenty of options to choose from!

Live Nativity Drive Thru
December 1st-December 2nd
Location: Mt. Moriah Baptist Church

Photo Courtesy of Mt. Moriah Baptist Church

Remember the true meaning of Christmas with a Nativity Drive Thru at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church in Blue Ridge! The event runs rain or shine Friday, December 1st- Saturday, December 2nd from 6:30pm-8pm.

Scrooge the Musical
December 1st-December 10th
Location: Blue Ridge Community Theater

Photo Courtesy of Blue Ridge Community Theater

We all know and love the story of Ebenezer Scrooge and his visit from the ghost Christmas past, present, and future. But have you heard the famous tale portrayed through song? Well now you can at Scrooge the Musical put on by Blue Ridge Community Theater! Shows are Thursdays – Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2pm. The show runs November 16th thru December 10th, call the box office at 706-632-9191 for tickets!

4th Quarter Artist in Residence: Rita & Clive Poole
December 1st-December 16th
Location: Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Association

Photo Courtesy of the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association

Come admire Rita & Clive Poole’s beautiful art in the newly refreshed “Artist in Residence Gallery”. Their Wood Turning and Marquetry works will be on display September 23rd thru December 16th.

Holiday Show & Sale
December 1st-December 16th
Location: Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association

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Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association will have a variety of art and handcrafted items for sale, all created from their member artists. Find everything you need for the holiday season Tuesday-Sunday, now thru December 16th!

Live Music Fridays at Crane Creek Vineyards
December 1st-December 21st
Location: Crane Creek Vineyards

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Come out for live music Friday nights at the Farmhouse Market at Crane Creek Vineyards. The vineyards will be open late Friday nights, with extended hours until 8pm. Grab a glass of wine, a charcuterie board, and a seat and enjoy!
December 1st: Stone House Soup & Acoustics
December 2nd: Bill Vespasian & Austin Coleman
December 8th: Stone House Soup & Acoustics
December 21st: Winter Solstice

Mountain Country Christmas Lights
December 1st-December 23rd
Location: Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

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See the Christmas lights reflecting off the waters of Lake Chatuge at the Georgia Mountain Fair’s Mountain Country Christmas Lights! There will be Christmas music, arts and craft vendors, holiday food, hot chocolate, Cowtown exhibit, pictures with Santa, and beautiful lights around the grounds. The event runs every Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 6pm-9pm November 23rd thru December 9th and then nightly December 14th thru December 23rd.

Live Music at Misty Mountain Hops
December 1st-December 23rd
Location: Misty Mountain Hops

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Misty Mountain Hops is a music-centric restaurant and pub so it’s only fitting that they bring in live music. Stop by select Fridays and Saturdays from 6pm-9pm for great food and great live music from local artists!
December 1st: Highbeams Band
December 2nd: Paul Constantine
December 9th: Mook & Mimi and Adrian Stover
December 15th: Travis Bowlin
December 16th: David Welch
December 23rd: Greg Erwin

Live Music & Events at the Dogwood
December 1st-December 28th
Location: The Dogwood

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With delicious comfort foods, dozens of drink options including a beer garage with over 70 beers to choose from, and a large patio nested under 100-year-old trees; there’s no better place to spend an evening than at The Dogwood! And there’s always something going on; from trivia nights, live music, and open mic nights you’ll never be bored here!
December 1st: Dawn Loves Nash
December 7th: Open Mic Night
December 14th: Trivia Night
December 15th: Surrender Hill
December 21st: Open Mic Night
December 22nd: Adrian Stover
December 28th: Trivia Night

Live Music at Bear Claw Vineyards & Winery
December 1st-December 31st
Location: Bear Claw Vineyards

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For award winning wine, live music, and food truck Bear Claw Vineyards is the place for you! Join them every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday for live music and food trucks. Kids and dogs are welcome too. The live music schedule for each weekend is shared on their website each Thursday so be sure to check back!
December 1st: Aspen Lee
December 2nd: Travis Bowlin
December 3rd: The Shetlands
December 8th: Megan Fowler Regan
December 9th: Hunter Flanagan
December 10th: Zachary Alexander
December 15th: The Shetlands
December 16th: Travis Bowlin
December 17th: Ryan LittleEagle
December 22nd: Hunter Flanagan
December 23rd: Ryan LittleEagle
December 24th: Brooksie Wells
December 29th: Aspen Lee
December 30th: Rob Grater & The Shetlands
December 31st: David Welch

Blue Ridge on Ice
December 1st-December 31st
Location: Blue Ridge Farmers Market

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Have some family friendly winter fun with ice skating at the Farmer’s Market! This fun new outdoor ice skating rink is set up at the Blue Ridge Farmers Market, next to the Swan Drive In, on select dates now through January 7th. For just $10 you can skate to your heart’s content! After your skate, warm up with hot cocoa and other sweet treats from the concessions stand.

St. Luke’s Anglican Church Annual Christmas Bazaar
December 2nd
Location: St. Luke’s Anglican Church

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St. Luke’s Anglican Church in Blue Ridge is hosting it’s annual Christmas Bazaar! There will be all kinds of hand-crafted goods available like hand painted barn quilts, pinecone wreathes, artisan jams & jellies, delicious casseroles and more! There will be silent auction as well. All proceeds assist families in the Blue Ridge community. The event runs from 9am-3pm.

Holly Jolly Christmas & Breakfast with Santa
December 2nd
Location: Union County Community Center

Photo Courtesy of Visit Blairsville GA

Bring the whole family to Blairsville for a day of holiday fun! There will be a free breakfast with Santa, exciting reindeer games, festive crafts, train rides, writing letters to Santa, and caroling with the school choir! Come on down to the Union County Community Center from 8am-11am for this free, festive, family fun event!

Kris Kringle Mountain Market
December 2nd
Location: Union County Farmers Market

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Transport yourself to a quaint European town for Christmas at the Kris Kringle Mountain Market at the Union County Farmers Market in Blairsville! This European style Outdoor Holiday Market has over 75 vendors offering food, crafts, and produce. There will also be live music and a children’s play area!

Copperhill Kiwanis Club Annual Christmas Parade
December 2nd
Location: Downtown McCaysville & Copperhill

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This annual event in Copperhill & McCaysville provides a fun and celebratory atmosphere for family and friends! Occurring on the first Saturday in December each year, this parade features a myriad of floats and high school marching bands. Come and support the Blue Ridge Kiwanis Club! The parade begins at 2pm!

Christmas in Ducktown
December 2nd
Location: Ducktown, TN

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Come celebrate Christmas in Tennessee with the 5th annual Christmas celebration in Ducktown! There will be a cornhole tournament starting at 4pm as well as cookie decorating, music, free treats, visits with Santa, and more starting at 5pm! The tree lighting will begin at 6pm with a Christmas parade to follow at 6:30pm. Don’t miss out!

Blairsville Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting
December 2nd
Location: Blairsville Historic Downtown Square

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The Annual Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting is back in Blairsville! There will also be carol singing, the tree lighting, and the nighttime parade at 6pm. Don’t miss out on the fun!

The Oak Ridge Boys American Made Christmas Farwell Tour
December 2nd
Location: Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

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Come on out to the Fairgrounds for a 2-hour holiday extravaganza! The Oak Ridge Boys will perform all your favorite Christmas songs along with some of their biggest hits, you won’t want to miss it! Tickets are $50+ handling and includes admission into the Mountain Country Christmas in Lights.

Christmas Concert at Young Harris College
December 2nd-December 3rd
Location: Young Harris College

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Young Harris College Choirs and Bands invite you to enjoy the sounds of the season at their Christmas Concert Saturday, December 2nd at 7pm and Sunday, December 3rd at 3pm. Tickets are free with a Young Harris College ID or for children 14 & under. Other guests can purchase tickets for $10 at the door.

Art Classes and Workshops
December 2nd-December 16th
Location: Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association

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Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association offers classes year-round for artists looking to expand their skill set. This month you can learn to express yourself through stained glass, painting, leather making and more! And check out more upcoming art classes at https://www.blueridgearts.net/adult-classes.html
December 2nd: Let It Snow-Stained Glass
December 3rd: Let It Snow-Stained Glass
December 9th: Painted Holiday Pendants in Alcohol Inks
December 16th: Leather Workshop

Live Music at Cartecay Vineyards
December 2nd-December 31st
Location: Cartecay Vineyards

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Sip on delicious wine surrounded by the North Georgia Mountains! Enjoy live music select Saturdays & Sundays from 1:30pm-5:30pm. Listen to the music of local artists while enjoying your wine outside either on the Chimney Patio or the Tasting Barn’s covered porch. Live music, good wine, and beautiful mountain scenery; it doesn’t get much better than that!
December 2nd: Tim O’Donovan
December 3rd: Travis Bowlin
December 9th: Gregg Erwin
December 10th: Rusted Melody
December 16th: Andrew Katter
December 17th: Adrian Stover
December 23rd: Alyce & Marco
December 26th: Ava Grace
December 30th: Hank Break
December 31st: Jon Kinsey

Live Music at Chateau Meichtry
December 2nd-December 31st
Location: Chateau Meichtry

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Come sip on wine by the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains at Chateau Meichtry. This beautiful winery located in Talking Rock, GA has both outdoor & indoor seating options, so you can enjoy the atmosphere of the winery no matter the weather. On Saturdays & Sundays you can sip on your favorite glass of wine while you enjoy live music from local artists from 1:30pm-5:30pm. And there’s food trucks on the weekends as well!
December 2nd: Loose Shoes Band & The Off Road Food Truck
December 3rd: Dr. Paul & The Get Skewers Food Truck
December 9th: Heartbreak Chasers & The Off Road Food Truck
December 10th: Kristen Tinsley & The Lobster Dogs Food Truck
December 16th: Maddie Lane & The Der Werst Meister Food Truck
December 17th: Rowdy Yates & The Off Road Food Truck
December 23rd: Surrender Hill & The Fry Baby Food Truck
December 24th: Joy Hice & Jerry Sorn & The Fry Baby Food Truck
December 26th: Surrender Hill & The Fry Baby Food Truck
December 27th: Drew Ashworth & The Fry Baby Food Truck
December 28th: Brett Cantrell & The Fry Baby Food Truck
December 29th: Joy Hice & Jerry Sorn & The Smokehouse Food Truck
December 30th: Halem Albright & The Sweet Cheeks Food Truck
December 31st: Adrian Stover & The Fry Baby Food Truck

Christmas Tour of Homes
December 3rd
Location: Fannin County Family Connection

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Enjoy a scenic drive through the North Georgia Mountains to admire some of the best decorated Christmas homes in the area with the Christmas Tour of Homes! Ticket holders will meet at the Fannin County Family Connection Community Room for holiday refreshments between 11am and 2pm. You will then receive your map and directions to start your tour. You may tour homes from 1pm-5pm. Tickets are $30 a person and all proceeds benefit Fannin County Family Connection to assist in the operation of the Food Pantry and other programming which supports a community of healthy and safe children and families.

Guided Hikes with the Benton McKaye Trail Association
December 4th-December 18th
Location: Cherry Log, GA

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Explore the beauty of North Georgia on a guided hiking tour with the Benton McKaye Trail Association. They offer 2-4 hikes a month varying in difficulty from easy, leisurely hikes to moderately difficult hikes.
December 4th: Unicoi State Park
December 15th: BMT. Dally Gap to Jack’s River
December 18th: Rhododendron Trail

Line Dancing Class
December 4th-December 18th
Location: Tooney’s Music Venue

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Have you ever wanted to learn how to line dance? Well now’s your chance! Tooney’s now offers free, weekly line dancing classes Monday nights! The class is open to people of all ages and dance experience! Doors open at 6pm and classes start at 7pm. Come on down and show us what you can do!

Merry Grinchmas
December 9th
Location: Fannin County Public Library

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Bring the little ones in their best Whoville costumes to Fannin County Public Library on December 9th for their Merry Grinchmas event! There will be a reading of Dr. Suess’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and cookies & drinks for all attendees!

Holiday Open House
December 9th
Location: Paradise Hills Cabins Spa-Winery

Photo Courtesy of Paradise Hills

Come enjoy a festive day at Paradise Hills! There will be a cookie contest, a ugly sweater contest, live music from Hill Roberts, selfies with Buddy the Elf, and the opportunity to paint a wine glass for an additional $15. There’s no cover charge for entry and the fun starts at noon!

Visit with Santa at Merciers
December 9th
Location: Mercier Orchards

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Festive fun is coming to the farm this holiday season, with visits from Santa and cookie decorating. From 11am-3pm you can snag some photos with the big man himself and decorate some Christmas cookies in the bakery.

Christmas Cantata
December 9th
Location: Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

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Come on out to Mountain Country Christmas in Lights at the Fairgrounds on December 9th for a special worship experience! Macedonia Baptist Church Worship Choir will be leading a Christmas worship experience and concert at 7pm in the Anderson Music Hall.

Christmas Tree Lighting at Vogel State Park
December 9th
Location: Vogel State Park

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Come celebrate the holidays at the beautiful Vogel State Park! Hayrides will take guests from the Visitor’s Center to the ball field where hot chocolate and hot cider will be offered starting at 4pm. At 5pm Santa arrives and caroling starts at 5:30pm! Then at 6pm the big event starts with the lighting of a 35-foot Blue Spruce tree. Bring with you a blanket or chair to watch the lighting of the tree as well as an unwrapped gift for a child up to the age of 12 (no toy guns, knives, or dangerous items). All the toys will be given out by the Union County Sheriff’s Department as part of the GIVE-A-GIFT toy drive.

Not the Same Old Nutcracker
December 16th
Location: Union County Fine Arts Center

Photo Courtesy of Blairsville Dance

Blairsville Dance Project presents ‘Not the Same Old Nutcracker’! This fun show combines the best elements of Tchaikovsky’s original Nutcracker and adds a fun modern twist. Kids and adults alike will love this unique show! Shows are 2pm and 6:30pm.

Christmas Day Buffet 2023
December 25th
Location: Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa

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Enjoy a delicious Christmas day feast at Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa! Enjoy Virginia Ham with Bourbon and Honey Glaze, Oven Roasted Turkey with Giblet Gravy and Butter Basted Striploin, House Smoked Salmon, Steamed Green Beans with Candied Cranberries, Bread Pudding with Bourbon Sauce, and so much more! The buffet will be offered anytime between 12pm-5pm. Adult pricing is $55.95, children ages 6-12 is $29.95 and children 5 and under are $10.95. Call 706-379-4617 for reservations.

Blackberry Smoke
December 30th
Location: Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

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Blackberry Smoke are a group of talented, Georgia natives and will be back to perform in their home state on December 30th at 7pm in the Anderson Music Hall! This southern rock band is made up of vocalist/lead guitarist Charlie Starr, guitarist/vocalist Paul Jackson, bassist/vocalist Richard Turner, drummer Brit Turner, and keyboardist Brandon Still. Tickets range from $35, $45, & $55 + handling.

New Years Eve Bash- Paradise Hills
December 31st
Location: Paradise Hills, Cabins-Spa-Winery

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Celebrate the start of a new year at Paradise Hills! Your $85 ticket to the coolest private party in town includes live music by Chris Carpenter, heavy appetizers, a sparkling wine toast and holiday swag for every guest; wine & beer will also be available for purchase.

2023 NYE Gala- Masquerade
December 31st
Location: Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa

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Dress to the nines and enjoy a formal celebration at Brasstown Valley’s 2023 New Years Eve Gala! This year’s event is a masquerade theme. The open bar starts at 7:30pm with a gourmet dinner buffet from 7:30pm-9:30pm. There will be music and dancing all evening long! *must be 21 years or older to attend.

The Blue Ridge Art Scene



Blue Ridge is home to numerous wonderful art galleries and shops; in fact we’ve earned a spot as one of Georgia’s Top 5 Art Towns! You’ll never run out of beautiful art to admire because these galleries are constantly changing their inventory. From stunning paintings from local artists to unique pottery and handmade quilts, there’s something for everyone. Browse our galleries and admire some beautiful art or bring a piece of Blue Ridge home with you so you can always remember your trip! We may be a small town but we’ve got plenty of artistic charm! Learn more about some of our favorite local art galleries below. 

*Cover Photo Courtesy of High Country Art

4 Elements Art

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4 Elements Art Gallery and Custom Framing pays homage to the 4 elements of nature; earth, wind, water, and fire. The gallery features beautiful, nature-inspired artworks by George Charriez and other featured artists. Explore the gallery  in person and browse online for special prints only available on their website. Additionally, 4 Elements Art offers custom framing services, making it the ideal destination to frame some of your favorite photos. Their frame shop is staffed with highly skilled artisans who ensure top-notch quality. Stop by and admire the beauty of nature through art. 

Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association

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Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, otherwise known as the Art Center, always has something new and exciting on display! Each year the Art Center rotates through about 35 different exhibits, including a new Artist Residence every quarter. You’ll have no shortage of art to admire here throughout the year. And if you prefer your art to be a more hands-on experience, the Art Center hosts numerous workshops every month, with classes in leathermaking, pottery, and other artistic mediums of your choice. And we can’t forget to mention all the fun and creative events they host every year, with their most popular being the Arts in the Park festival that happens both in the spring and fall. Visit their website for the full lineup of exhibits and events: https://www.blueridgearts.net/

Fat Racoon Gallery

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Venture over the state line to explore Fat Racoon Gallery in Copperhill, TN. All the art on display here is created from local artists who focus on a wide variety of different mediums such as photography, pottery, paintings, folk art, and more. This unique gallery is the only art house in the Copper Basin area, so it’s a real treat for all who step inside. And not only will you find various works of art throughout the gallery, but Fat Racoon Gallery also has children’s toys and books for sale, as well as local artisan goods. 

Fishbones Gallery

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Fishbone Gallery, is home to Betty Wassmer Ceramics! Each of her charming and unique pieces are created in her very own distinct and vibrant style, that cannot be mistaken for any other artist’s works. Some of her exclusive collections available at Fishbone Gallery include Flower Colors, Chickens & Roosters, Birds of a Feather, Day of the Dead, and more. If you’re a pottery enthusiast, Fishbone Gallery is the perfect place to find a one-of-a-kind piece!

High Country Art

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Find your next home decor piece at High Country Art Gallery. This charming gallery showcases a splendid array of handcrafted art, including paintings, jewelry, pottery, and more, all skillfully crafted by local artists hailing from Georgia, Tennessee, and North Carolina. High Country Art gallery has called Blue Ridge home for the last 27 years, and artist Sarah Long transformed it into the must-see Blue Ridge experience it is today. The gallery is open 7 days a week and has an ever changing lineup of art on display. What makes this gallery even more special is that many of the artists are open to crafting personalized pieces of art, allowing you to take home a truly unique and meaningful gift for your loved ones.

Multitudes Gallery

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Are you a fan of the Netflix series Blown Away? If you are, then you’ll want to check out Multitudes Gallery, which features a stunning collection of hand-blown glass and art from over 75 nationally and internationally renowned artists. The beautiful glass art on display at Multitudes is created in a multitude of different ways. It is either blown, lampworked, flameworked, or fused to create the masterpiece you see before you. On top of glass art, you’ll also find jewelry, ceramic pottery, iron work, photography, woodworking and oil/acrylic/watercolor paintings, created by regional artists, on display. New items are brought in almost every week, so be sure to check in every time you come to Blue Ridge to admire the new & exciting works on display! 

The Zoo Groovy Yard Art

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Head to Mineral Bluff to visit this one of a kind zoo! The Zoo Groovy Yard Art has hundreds of uniquely crafted statues and figurines all crafted from materials like metal, aluminum, and wood. Kids and adults alike will love wandering through the rows and rows of whimsical hand-crafted creatures. The zoo is home to all sorts of animals like zebras, giraffes, goats, dogs, elephants and even a T-Rex! You have 7 acres to explore, each corner more fun & magical than the one before. Stop and have a quick chat with the owners who are incredibly passionate about bringing these fun & quirky little creatures to the North Georgia area. They’ll tell you a little bit about the artists who create these wood & metal creatures and when the next shipment of animals are expected to make their way to the zoo. Make sure to take home your very own animal or metal sign so you can remember your trip to the Groovy Zoo for years to come! 

November Events 2023



Fall will soon be coming to a close but that means the holidays are just around the corner! This month you can expect lots of live music and the last few Fall Festivals. Then later in the month look forward to holiday shopping at numerous different Christmas markets around North Georgia. And all the fun comes together at the end of the month with our special Light Up Blue Ridge event! We can’t wait to have so many of you escape with us for the upcoming holiday season!

4th Quarter Artist in Residence: Rita & Clive Poole
November 1st-November 30th
Location: Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Association

Photo Courtesy of the Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Association

Come admire Rita & Clive Poole’s beautiful art in the newly refreshed “Artist in Residence Gallery”. Their Wood Turning and Marquetry works will be on display at the Art Center September 23rd thru December 16th.

4th Quarter Artist in Residence: Robin Lewis-Wild
November 1st-November 11th
Location: The Blue Ridge Arts Association

Photo Courtesy of Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association

Check out some beautiful artwork from Robin Lewis-Wild’s Retrospective series at the Art Center. The works will be on display thru November 11th.

SAAG National Juried Show
November 1st-November 11th
Location: The Blue Ridge Art Center

Photo Courtesy of the Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Association

It’s time for the Art Center’s Annual Southern Appalachian Artist Guild (SAAG) National Juried Show! This great art event shows off a variety of national artists in a wide variety of mediums. These talented artists works are on display October 21st-November 11th.

Live Music at Grumpy Old Men Brewing
November 2nd-November 30th
Location: Grumpy Old Men Brewing

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Stop by Grumpy Old Men Brewing Thursdays to sing along to your favorite songs for karaoke night! And drop by select Fridays & Saturdays from 3pm-6pm for great drinks, great music, and a great time. With indoor and outdoor seating available you can even bring your dog to join in the fun! Enjoy delicious fare from the ever-changing food trucks, while you listen to some fantastic local artists! And on Monday nights come on out for SINGO and Thursday nights is Karaoke!
November 2nd: Karaoke
November 3rd: Tyler Dalton and food from Sweet Cheeks BBQ
November 4th: Orange Walls
November 9th: Karaoke
November 10th: Trailer Hippies
November 11th: Haroold Crowder
November 16th: Karaoke
November 18th: Saturday Karaoke and food from Sweet Cheeks BBQ
November 20th: Food from Get Skewers- Brazilian Food Truck
November 21st: Food from Get Skewers- Brazilian Food Truck
November 22nd: Food from Get Skewers- Brazilian Food Truck
November 24th: Toys for Tots- Black Friday Fundraiser
November 25th: Tommy Joe Conner food from Get Skewers- Brazilian Food Truck
November 30th: Karaoke

Disney’s Moana Jr.
November 2nd-November 5th
Location: Blue Ridge Community Theater

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Come on out to Blue Ridge Community Theater to see the beloved Disney film Moana on stage from some of Blue Ridge’s most talented children! Shows are Thursday-Saturday at 7pm and Sundays at 2pm from October 20th-November 5th. Call the box office at 706-632-9191 for tickets!

Live Music at Bear Claw Vineyards & Winery
November 3rd-November 26th
Location: Bear Claw Vineyards

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For award winning wine, live music, and food truck Bear Claw Vineyards is the place for you! Join them every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday for live music and food trucks. Kids and dogs are welcome too. The live music schedule for each weekend is shared on their website each Thursday so be sure to check back!

Art Classes and Workshops
November 3rd-November 14th
Location: Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association

Photo Courtesy of the Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Association

Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association offers classes year-round for artists looking to expand their skill set. This month you can learn to express yourself through watercolor, wood carving, sculpture, and more! And check out more upcoming art classes at https://www.blueridgearts.net/adult-classes.html
November 3rd- 5th: Fall Landscapes in Watercolor w/ Suzy Deslauriers
November 3rd: Animal and Ceramic Sculpture
November 11th: Surface Design: Organic Movement with Micah Goguen
November 14th: Wood Carving Workshop

Cheers for Chimps
November 3rd
Location: Fannin Brewing Company

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Get tickets for this great event at Fannin Brewing Company and you’ll receive a limited edition Project Chimps glass, one drink, one chimp themed drink coaster, and one food ticket for a vegan snack. There will be a silent auction as well. All proceeds go towards Project Chimps! There’s no better excuse to drink than helping out some adorable chimps!

Annual Everything Christmas Sale
November 3rd-November 4th
Location: Union County Library

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The friends of the Union County Library will be hosting a Christmas sale! On November 3rd and 4th at the library, you’ll find lots of ornaments, stockings, garlands, wreaths, and everything Christmas! The event is free to attend and runs from 10am-4pm both days.

Live Music Fridays at Crane Creek Vineyards
November 3rd-November 24th
Location: Crane Creek Vineyards

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Come out for live music Friday nights at the Farmhouse Market at Crane Creek Vineyards. The vineyards will be open late Friday nights, with extended hours until 8pm. Grab a glass of wine, a charcuterie board, and a seat and enjoy!
November 3rd: Aperitivo Fridays
November 4th: Alyce & Marco and Heidi Holton
November 10th: Aperitivo Fridays
November 11th: Bill Vespasian
November 17th: Aperitivo Fridays
November 24th: Aperitivo Fridays

Live Music at Misty Mountain Hops
November 3rd-November 25th
Location: Misty Mountain Hops

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Misty Mountain Hops is a music-centric restaurant and pub so it’s only fitting that they bring in live music. Stop by select Fridays and Saturdays from 6pm-9pm for great food and great live music from local artists!
November 3rd: Spencer Scott Smith
November 4th: Dave Flowers
November 10th: Gregg Erwin
November 11th: DaisyChain
November 18th: Canon Tyler
November 25th: Adrian Stover

Live Music at Paradise Hills
November 3rd-November 25th
Location: Paradise Hills

Photo Courtesy of Paradise Hills

Visit the winery at the beautiful Paradise Hills hidden in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The tasting room offers Paradise Hills wine, a selection of craft beers, hard cider, and wine slushies as well as cheese and charcuterie boards, tapas, and shared platters. You can enjoy your drinks and snacks as you listen to local artists perform Fridays 4pm – 8pm & Saturdays from 1pm – 5pm.
November 3rd: Scott Stambaugh
November 4th: Dr. Paul
November 10th: Mother Legacy
November 11th: Chris Carpenter
November 17th: Hill Roberts
November 18th: Trailer Hippies
November 24th: Mother Legacy
November 25th: Forest Seales

Paw Palooza
November 4th
Location: Engelheim Vineyards

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Get ready for a pawsome day at Engelheim Vineyards at their first ever Paw Palooza event! This dog-centric event will bring dozens of families and dogs together for a fun filled afternoon! The event will benefit rescue facilities and local businesses.

Ashley McBryde
November 4th
Location: Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

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She’s worked with some of the very best artists in all of country music and now she’s a talented star in her own right! Known for her hits like “A Little Dive Bar In Dahlonega,” “Livin’ Next to LeRoy,” and “Girl Goin’ Nowhere,” Ashley McBryde is ready to rock the night away at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds on November 4th at 7pm! Tickets are $50+ handling.

Live Music at Cartecay Vineyards
November 4th-November 26th
Location: Cartecay Vineyards

Photo Courtesy of Cartecay Vineyards

Sip on delicious wine surrounded by the North Georgia Mountains! Enjoy live music select Saturdays & Sundays from 1:30pm-5:30pm. Listen to the music of local artists while enjoying your wine outside either on the Chimney Patio or the Tasting Barn’s covered porch. Live music, good wine, and beautiful mountain scenery; it doesn’t get much better than that!
November 4th: Rusted Melody
November 5th: Mason Parker
November 11th: Gregg Erwin
November 12th: Craig Hendricks
November 18th: Jorge Valenzuela
November 19th: Danielle McLean
November 24th: Harold Crowder
November 25th: Sip & Shop with Santa and live music from Alyce and Marco
November 26th: Rick Stone

Vitner’s Tours
November 4th-November 25th
Location: Crane Creek Vineyards

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Learn all about the wine making process with this behind the scenes experience! Take a tour of the beautiful Crane Creek Vineyards and experience what goes into making a bottle of Crane Creek wine! You can take a Vitner Tour Saturdays at 2pm, March-November.

Downtown Market Blue Ridge
November 4th-November 25th
Location: 400 West Main Street

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Enjoy this wonderful market every Saturday from 9:00am-1:00pm now till November (weather permitting) right in the heart of Downtown Blue Ridge! There will be all kinds of vendors offering food, artisan goods, arts & crafts, furniture, and more!

Holiday Bazaar
November 4th-November 5th
Location: Towns County Recreation Department

Photo Courtesy of Visit Lake Chatuge

Get your holiday shopping done early at the Holiday Bazaar in Young Harris! There will be over 75 vendors in attendance offering a wide variety of Christmas decorations, homemade crafts, art, gourmet food including holiday favorites, demonstrations, classes and more! Admission is $5 for adults Children 15 & under are free. Saturday the fun goes from 10am-5pm and Sunday from 11am-4pm.

Fall Festival at First Baptist Church of McCaysville/Copperhill
November 5th
Location: First Baptist Church of McCaysville/Copperhill

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Fall is not over yet! Come on out to First Baptist Church of McCaysville/Copperhill on November 5th for a fun-filled Fall Festival! There will be live music, bounce houses, face painting, games, family photo opportunities, and much more! The event is free and runs from 2pm-6pm.

Line Dancing Class
November 6th-November 27th
Location: Tooney’s Music Venue

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Have you ever wanted to learn how to line dance? Well now’s your chance! Tooney’s now offers free, weekly line dancing classes Monday nights! The class is open to people of all ages and dance experience! Doors open at 6pm and classes start at 7pm. Come on down and show us what you can do!

Guided Hikes with the Benton McKaye Trail Association
November 8th-November 24th
Location: Cherry Log, GA

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Explore the beauty of North Georgia on a guided hiking tour with the Benton McKaye Trail Association. They offer 2-4 hikes a month varying in difficulty from easy, leisurely hikes to moderately difficult hikes.
November 8th: Raven Cliff Falls
November 10th: BMT-Three Forks to Hickory Flat
November 20th: Boyd’s Gap to Old Copper Road to Thunder Road Campground
November 24th: Amadahy Trail

Live Music at Tooney’s
November 10th-November 17th
Location: Tooney’s Music Venue

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Get ready for live music at Tooney’s HUGE music venue select Friday and Saturday nights and enjoy the best live music McCaysville has to offer! Check their website often for live music updates. And every Thursday night get ready to take to the stage with open mic night!
November 10th: Josh Meloy
November 11th: Nolan Taylor
November 17th: Joshua Ray Walker

Fall & Flags: Blue Grass Festival
November 11th-November 12th
Location: Old Ducktown School

Photo Courtesy of Hydraulic And Fast Eddy

Come on out for this fun-filled event Veterans Day weekend! On Saturday from 11am-5pm there will be bluegrass music all day, a kids zone, horse rides, and 25+ vendors. And then on Sunday from 1pm-5pm there will be gospel music, food trucks, and more vendors! Admission is $5 a person and veterans & children under 12 are FREE!

Christmas in the Mountains Marketplace
November 11th
Location: Union County Farmers Market

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Find unique gifts and holiday items at Christmas in the Mountains Marketplace at Union County Farmers Market! There will be over 90 craft vendors, food trucks, and local vendors in attendance; along with live Christmas music, a photo booth, fun interactive kids booths, and Santa himself! The event runs from 9am-4pm. $1 donated admission, children 12 & under free.

Veterans Day Parade and Memorial Service
November 11th
Location: Downtown Blue Ridge & Veterans Memorial Park

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Calling all veterans! This event is for you! Join us for breakfast from 8am-10am at St. Anthony Catholic Church. Then enjoy the Annual Veterans Parade when it kicks off at 11am. It starts on the corner of East Main and Church Street and concludes in the Veterans Memorial Park. The parade will have the Fannin County High School band, members of the military, antique and emergency vehicles and representatives from several veterans organizations. And following the parade stay for a memorial service starting at 12pm.

Colt Ford & Creed Fisher
November 11th
Location: Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

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Country music stars Colt Ford & Creed Fisher are coming to the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds! You know Colt Ford from his hit songs like “Back,” and “Cold Beer,” and Creed Fisher from “The Way I Am,” and “Old School”. And now’s your chance to hear all these hits songs live on November 11th at 7pm! Tickets are $35+ handling.

Tour of Trees
November 12th
Location: Serenity in the Mountains

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One of Blue Ridge’s most magical traditions is back at Serenity in the Mountains, The Tour of Trees! Come see the spa all aglow from the lights of dozens of Christmas trees. Tickets are $20 person and proceeds help to raise money for the Fannin County Shop with a Cop program.

Scrooge the Musical
November 16th-November 30th
Location: Blue Ridge Community Theater

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We all know and love the story of Ebenezer Scrooge and his visits from the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future. But have you heard the famous tale portrayed through song? Well now you can at Scrooge the Musical put on by Blue Ridge Community Theater! Shows are Thursdays – Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2pm. The show runs November 16th thru December 10th, call the box office at 706-632-9191 for tickets!

A Cozy Country Christmas- Arts and Crafts Show
November 18th
Location: North Georgia Technical College

Photo Courtesy of Pumpkin Hollow Handmade Crafts

Head over to Blairsville for the day and enjoy more than 70+ local and regional artisans selling their wares. From soaps, quilts, furniture, décor, toys, and more, you can find something for everyone! The event runs from 10am-4pm.

WhoDunIt? Fun-draiser Art Event
November 18th
Location: Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association

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The 12th Annual WhoDunIt art event is a great opportunity to get your hands on amazing art from local artists at a great price! It’s your job to find out who the artist is that created your piece. There will be food, fun, and of course stunning works of art. Tickets are $50 a person and ensures you go home with a beautiful piece of art!

Light Up the Night 5k
November 18th
Location: Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

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Get your blood pumping with this festive 5k run/walk at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds! The course will be illuminated by festive lights and decorations as a part of the Fairgrounds Mountain Country Christmas in Lights event. And come dressed in your best holiday apparel for the chance to win the Holiday Attire Award! Proceeds of the race go towards the young people at Remnant Youth. The race kicks off at 5pm. Sign up here: https://runsignup.com/Race/GA/Hiawassee/LightUptheNite5KFunRunWalk

Mistletoe Market Arts & Crafts Show
November 18th-November 19th
Location: Union County Agriscience Building

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Pick up Christmas gifts and goodies from local arts and crafts vendors at Mistletoe Market! And enjoy some coffee or a sweet treat from The Sugar Plum Café. Join in the fun Saturday from 9am-4pm and Sunday 10am-4pm.

Holiday Show & Sale
November 18th- November 30th
Location: Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association

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Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association will have a variety of art and handcrafted items for sale, all created from their member artists. Find everything you need for the holiday season Tuesday-Sunday, November 18th – November 30th!

Blue Ridge on Ice
November 18th-November 27th
Location: Blue Ridge Farmers Market

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Have some family friendly winter fun by ice skating at the Farmer’s Market! This fun outdoor ice skating rink is set up at the Blue Ridge Farmers Market, next to the Swan Drive In, on select dates now through January 7th. For just $10 you can skate to your heart’s content! After your skate, warm up with hot cocoa and other sweet treats from the concessions stand.

Annual Thanksgiving Eve Dining Room Buffet
November 22nd
Location: Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa

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Enjoy a delicious Thanksgiving feast a day early at Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa! Enjoy selections from the salad bar as well as delicious entrees like Broiled Chicken Breast with Roma Tomatoes, roasted turkey, Virginia ham, seafood, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, and much more! The buffet will be offered anytime between 5pm-9pm. Adult pricing is $32.95, children ages 6-12 is $16.95 and children 5 and under are $9.95. Call 706-379-4617 for reservations.

Blue Ridge Turkey Trot
November 23rd
Location: Downtown Blue Ridge City Park

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Get your workout in Thanksgiving morning to prep you for all those carbs at holiday dinner! Come on out for the Blue Ridge Turkey Trot! Walkers & runners welcome! Registration begins at 7am and the race starts at 8am; and don’t worry you’ll have plenty of time to make it back for your Thanksgiving feast!

Thanksgiving Gobble Wobble
November 23rd
Location: Paradise Hills, Cabins-Spa-Farm Winery

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Come on out for the Thanksgiving Gobble Wobble– a family fun 5K race! The race starts at 8:30am, with the option to walk or run the race. Tickets are $20 and the first 50 there get a turkey hat! All the proceeds go towards “Beyond the Vineyard Program” to benefit youth programs in Union County.

Thanksgiving Feast at the Ridges
November 23rd
Location: The Ridges Resort on Lake Chatuge

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The Oaks Lakeside Kitchen will be preparing a delicious Thanksgiving Buffet for The Ridges Resort. There will all kinds of delicious food options like; soups and salads, breads, cheeses, and charcuterie, roasted turkey, oven braised spiral ham, family style fixin’s, and pies & sweets for dessert. The buffet runs from 11am-3:30pm. Tickets are $52 for adults, children 6-12 are $24, and children under the age of 6 are $10. Call 706 896-4141 for reservations.

Brother’s 15th Annual Thanksgiving Day Feast
November 23rd
Location: Brother’s at Willow Ranch

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Join in the feast at Brother’s at Willow Ranch in Young Harris for their 15th Annual Thanksgiving Day Feast! There will be a pot roast, oven roasted turkey, rosemary roasted prime rib, honey baked ham, southern green beans, roasted cream corn, and much more! Adults are $49.99, children 5-12 are $22.99, and children 4 & below are free. Call 706-379-1272 to reserve your table today!

Annual Thanksgiving Day Buffet
November 23rd
Location: Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa

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Enjoy a delicious Thanksgiving feast at Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa! Enjoy a salad bar, carving station, seafood bar, and more, with options like prime rib, oven roasted turkey, smoked Virginia ham, seafood, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, and so much more! The buffet will be offered anytime between 12pm-7pm. Adult pricing is $62.95, children ages 6-12 is $29.95 and children 5 and under are $10.95. Call 706-379-4617 for reservations.

Mountain Country Christmas Lights
November 23rd-November 30th
Location: Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

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See the Christmas lights reflecting off the waters of Lake Chatuge at the Georgia Mountain Fair’s Mountain Country Christmas Lights! There will be Christmas music, arts and craft vendors, holiday food, hot chocolate, Cowtown exhibit, pictures with Santa, and beautiful lights around the grounds. The event runs every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 6pm-9pm, November 23rd thru December 9th and then nightly from 6pm-9pm, December 14th thru December 23rd.

Black Friday “Sip and Shop”
November 24th
Location: Paradise Hills, Cabins-Spa-Farm Winery

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Black Friday shop while drinking a refreshing glass of wine! Paradise Hills will be having great deals on wine and gifts, you won’t want to miss it!

Light Up McCaysville
November 24th
Location: McCaysville

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Join in the festive fun as the town of McCaysville lights up their beautiful riverside town for the holidays! There will be shopping, dining, pictures with Santa, and holiday cheer all along the river. The fun starts at 5pm and with the tree lighting at 7pm!

Light Up Blue Ridge & Christmas Parade
November 24th-November 25th
Location: Downtown Blue Ridge

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On Friday Downtown Blue Ridge will have a special Blue Friday event where there will be store discounts, food vendors, strolling entertainment, and Christmas cheer! The Gingerbread Village will also open that afternoon at The Art Center. Then on Saturday the real fun begins! Santa will be in town ready to take photos with kids in the gazebo from 12pm-4:15pm. And downtown will be filled with food vendors, strolling Christmas entertainment, and even more Christmas cheer! Then at 5:30pm the Christmas Parade starts at the corner of East Main street and Church street. And the great tree will be lit right after the parade at 7pm! It’s going to be a wonderful weekend of holiday fun!

Brasstown Valley Resort & Robins Roberts Holiday Craft Show
November 24th-November 26th
Location: Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa

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Get ready for a holiday craft show at Brasstown Valley Resort and Spa! All weekend long there will be shopping, dining, and drinks available along with beautifully decorated trees throughout. And we can’t forget Santa! Santa will be in attendance all three days! The event runs Friday thru Saturday, 10am-5pm and Sunday, 10am-4pm. Admission is free!

Christmas Market
November 25th
Location: Amazing Grace Barn

Photo Courtesy of Amazing Grace Barn Events

Get some holiday shopping done at this festive Indoor Craft Market at Amazing Grace Barn in Blairsville! There will be over 30 vendors in attendance selling arts, crafts, decorations, and gifts, along with all kinds of family fun activities, like a bounce house, kids crafts, food trucks, and storytelling. The market is open November 25th from 10am-4pm. Admission is FREE!