Christmas and New Years in the Mountains

There’s truly nothing better than spending Christmas and New Years in the gorgeous mountains of Blairsville-Union County! Whether you’re looking for a romantic couples getaway or a mountain escape for the whole family, you won’t find a merrier place to celebrate this time of year. Aside from the incredible mountain views, we have amazing options for lodging and accommodations, fun family activities, unforgettable outdoor adventures, some of the best food in Georgia, and much more!

Looking for an outdoor excursion? Here are a few ideas to keep you active during our winter months:

  1. Winter Hiking – There’s no better place to take in the beautiful mountain sky than from Georgia’s highest peak – Brasstown Bald.
  2. Winter Camping – Build a bonfire, roast some marshmallows, and enjoy a hot cup of cocoa.
  3. Winter Picnic by Helton Creek Falls – Take blankets, sandwiches, and hot soup in a thermos.
  4. Photo Expedition – Snow, ice, and the crispness that comes with freezing temperatures can add a new dimension to your photos.

Are outside activities not really your speed? No worries. Blairsville-Union County offers several options during the winter season for fun and entertainment.

  1. Made from scratch donuts and pastries, farm to table menu selections, and the best coffee bar in the mountains.
  2. Book a couples’ massage at one of our many luxurious spas.
  3. Visit the tasting room at our local moonshine distillery or one of our two local farm wineries.
  4. Discover quaint shops on the 22-mile Artisan Corridor full of arts and craft shops, galleries, and boutiques.

For some classic Christmas fun, there are always some incredible Christmas Lights displays around that make for a lovely holiday drive and numerous Christmas concerts, services, and events happening in our community. What are you waiting for? Plan your trip today! Here are some helpful links for learning more about…

Experience Winter Wonderland at the Tour of Trees!

This truly is the most wonderful time of the year, and we’re having an absolute blast hosting the annual Tour of Trees here at the Union County Community Center! This very merry event features dozens of lavishly decorated trees and wreaths from businesses and organizations in our area and is a great Christmas photo op for families and friends alike. Here’s a little taste of the tour this year…

Come out and join the fun! The Tour of Trees takes place from now until December 31st, and is open 9am – 5pm at the Union County Community Center. Learn more about this event and all other holiday happenings at the Chamber website.

Christmas Family Fun This Weekend!

The most wonderful time of the year is now in full swing! In need of some fun and festive things to do with the family this weekend? Look no further than Blairsville-Union County! This Saturday, December 8, two of the biggest Christmas events in our area are bookending the day. Holly Jolly Christmas Breakfast with Santa takes place at the Union County Community Center from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm and will feature pictures with Santa, the Mayor’s Christmas Train, the Gingerbread Village, family photo opportunities, games, crafts, storytelling, refreshments, and much more! Admission is free, and you can learn more about Holly Jolly Christmas.

Later that afternoon, be sure to head over to Georgia’s Favorite State Park for the Christmas Tree Lighting at Vogel State Park from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm. This awesome event features hay rides, caroling, a visit from Santa himself, and more, but the highlight of the evening will be the lighting of a 35-foot Blue Spruce at 6:00 pm. Parking is $5 and all are encouraged to bring an unwrapped gift for a child up to age 12 benefiting the Union County Sheriff’s Department’s GIVE-A-GIFT toy drive (no toy knives, guns, or dangerous items). Learn more about the Tree Lighting at Vogel State Park.

For more information about all things Christmas in Blairsville-Union County, check out the Chamber website.

Tour of Trees Preview

One of our favorite events of the year is the annual Tour of Trees right here at the Union County Community Center! Starting this Saturday, December 1st, you can see Christmas trees and wreaths beautifully decorated by businesses and organizations in our community. It’s a great place for family photos and getting inspiration for your own decorating for the season. Here’s a quick look at some of the trees in years passed to give you an idea of what to expect.

The Tour of Trees takes place December 1st – 31st, open 9am – 5pm at the Union County Community Center. Learn more about this event and all other holiday happenings at the Chamber website.

Participate in the 2018 Tour of Trees & Gingerbread Competition

Love to Deck the Halls and get in the Christmas spirit? We’ve got two fantastic opportunities for Chamber members to participate in some truly fun Christmas events here in Blairsville-Union County! The Tour of Trees and Gingerbread Competition are great ways to engage with the community, spread the word about your business, and celebrate the season.

Tour of Trees
The 2018 Tour of Trees is open to the public from December 1 – 31. Sponsoring a tree or wreath is a wonderful opportunity to create a festive atmosphere at the Union County Community Center throughout the Christmas season and showcase your business to hundreds of visitors and residents. Decorating starts on Monday, November 19, so fill out a registration form and get it back to us ASAP!

Gingerbread Competition
The Gingerbread Competition is a festive and creative way to have a little friendly competition at the Holly Jolly Breakfast with Santa on December 8. Have some fun designing your entry! It doesn’t have to be a house, but it does have to be 75% gingerbread and must be on a sturdy, movable base. Entries must be completed and dropped off at the Chamber of Commerce during business hours on or before December 6. Attendees of the Holly Jolly Breakfast with Santa will vote on their favorites at the event on December 8 and winners will be notified the week of December 10.

Don’t miss out on these great opportunities to celebrate the Christmas season in our community! For applications and more information, contact Chris Coleman at marketing@blairsvillechamber.com or by phone at (706) 745-5789.

Mistletoe Market 2018

It’s hard to believe, as surely many of us still haven’t finished all of the Halloween candy yet, but the Christmas season is rapidly approaching! Most people probably haven’t even started on a Christmas list, much less checked it twice, but there’s no better place to get a jump on your shopping than the 18th Annual Mistletoe Market! This incredible indoor arts and crafts show features local and regional vendors showcasing their distinctive handmade creations, including wood crafts, jewelry, pottery, soap, and much more.

Come on out to the North Georgia Technical College Blairsville on November 17 from 9am – 4pm and November 18 from 11am – 4pm to support local and regional artisans and find some truly unique gifts for your loved ones this year. Admission to the Mistletoe Market is free and there will be a light lunch available for purchase. Learn more on the Chamber website.

Halloween On The Square 2018

Happy Halloween, everyone! Who’s ready for costumes and candy, tricks and treats? There are lots on fun and spooky happenings all over Blairsville-Union County to celebrate, but one of the biggest highlights is Halloween on the Square! We can’t wait to see everyone out on the Downtown Square for Trick-or-Treating, games, costume contests, and more.

This family-friendly event starts at 6:00pm and ends at 8:00pm, businesses can start setting up their booths at 5:30pm. For more information about Halloween on the Square and all of the other events and happenings in our area, visit our Autumn Activities and Events pages.

Best Fall Drives

We are in the thick of Autumn and the trees are really showing off here in Blairsville-Union County! Whether you prefer to hike, bike, or drive, there are some pretty amazing opportunities to come on up and bask in the brilliant fall color. For those who love get out and explore the outdoors, the trails and views around Brasstown Bald, Vogel State Park, and Blood Mountain offer and up-close-and-personal experiences with the natural beauty of our area. However, if you prefer a leisurely drive through the mountains, here are a few of the best routes for enjoying the seasonal scenery…

  • Vogel State Park to Suches via GA-180
  • Vogel State Park to Neel’s Gap via US 19/129
  • Neel’s Gap to Richard B. Russell Scenic Byway via US 19/129 and GA-180
  • Richard B. Russell Scenic Byway to Brasstown Bald
  • Brasstown Bald to Track Rock Gap

For a very detailed account of these routes and some of the history of the sites nearby, check out this great comprehensive guide from The Blue Ridge Highlander. For more details on things to do here in Blairsville-Union County like outdoor activities, festivals, and other events, call the Blairsville-Union County Chamber of Commerce at 706-745-5789 or visit our Autumn Activities page.

Fall Festival at Vogel State Park

Mark your calendars for October 27, because you don’t want to miss the Fall Festival at Vogel State Park! Celebrate Fall in Blairsville with games, prizes, food, and storytelling from 12 pm to 7pm. There will be classic fall festival activities like hayrides and a cake walk as well as a campsite Halloween decoration contest (for those camping at the park.) Here’s the full schedule of events:

12:00 PM: Concessions Opens
1:00 PM: Hayrides (Free)
2:00 PM: Cake Walk ($1 per person/round)
4:00 PM: Rubber Duck Race ($5 per duck)
6:00 PM: Halloween Campsite Decoration Contest (Free)
7:00 PM: Professional Story Telling Begins (Free)

Parking Fee: $5

To learn more about the Fall Festival at Vogel and other events, check out our Autumn Activities page.