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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…

Christmas Lights & Displays 2017

‘Tis the season for Christmas lights, one of the most fun family traditions of the season! Looking for the brightest, most festive displays to enjoy this year? Fret not, we have searched hither and yon on Facebook to assemble this list for you! If you have other locations, please share them with us!

Blairsville:
Visit The Browns  and have your kids leave a letter for Santa! Take Old Blue Ridge Highway out past Mulkey Gap. Right on Ed King Road. Just before the solar panel field. Note: if you leave a letter to Santa in the mailbox, you just might receive a reply!

Down the Old Blue Ridge Hwy. Near Reds gas station, you can find The Whites at 10806 Blue Ridge Hwy in Blairsville.

Check out the beautiful Nativity Scene at Stonehenge Assisted Living, located Hwy 129 North towards Murphy, about 7 miles north of Hwy 76/129 intersection.

Come and see Downtown all lit up On the Square & at Season’s Inn Plaza.

You’ll find lots of lights on Murphy Hwy, just past the Owen Glenn entrance.

There’s a beautiful display at The Duckworth’s. Go 129 south to Arkaqua Rd. and take a right on Gene Nix Rd.

Look out for the Jones’ great display located on Jones rd off of Mulkey Gap.

Don’t forget about the display at Meadows of Ivy Log off Hensen Rd.

Misty Mountain Inn & Cottages is getting into the spirit with their new light display. They are located on Town Creek School Road, before you get to Alexander’s on the right.

Last, but not least – Sprayberry’s – 257 Windy Hill Rd in Blairsville. 2nd street past Wendy’s on the left going towards Young Harris. Saturdays from 6:30-9, photo ops with Santa and his sleigh.

 

Morganton:
On certain nights, you just might see Santa at the Williams’ on Forge Mill Road off Hwy 515 across from Cucina Rustica.

Santa can be found on certain nights at Spur 60, between Mineral Bluff and NC State line.

Hiawassee/Young Harris:
Through the town of Hiawassee, but before the School, there are some fantastic displays on Bugscuffle Road. After you see Uhaul & Parker Oil, Bugscuffle is the next road on the left.

There’s a red glow on Scataway Road that’s worth checking out. About 5 minutes past the Towns County School, see sign for Mount Zion Church on left and follow the red glow.

Be sure to visit the display at Panter House, located on the Towns County side of Gumlog.

For lights and much more, go to the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds Mountain Country Christmas in Lights, Thur, Fri, Sat & Sun, 6-10 PM. Food, music, arts & crafts, hot chocolate and Santa. ($5 per person)

North Carolina:
On Hwy 75, just across the NC/Ga line, you’ll find the lovely display at Penlands.

There’s much to see on Harshaw Road,  near Cherokee Hills Golf Course.

Blairsville Tour of Trees

Take your family and friends on an unforgettable Christmas experience – the Blairsville Tour of Trees! Starting December 1 and running until New Years Eve, view more than 45 beautiful and expertly decorated large and small Christmas Trees and wreaths in the Blairsville Welcome Center, open daily from 9 am to 5 pm. Celebrate Christmas in the mountains and find inspiration for your own Christmas decor.

The Blairsville-Union County Welcome Center is located at 129 Union County Recreation Road. You can also call 706-745-5789, email tourism@blairsvillechamber.com, or visit us online at www.VisitBlairsvilleGa.com.