Dahlonega Christmas
Photo by Forrest Hills Resort

Dahlonega Christmas

Experience “the most wonderful time of the year” in Dahlonega! The historic square, shops, restaurants, and inns all shine in their holiday finest.

Join us in Dahlonega for our month-long celebration held the day after Thanksgiving through mid-January, set in motion with the Lighting of the Square. A real home-town parade officially bringing Santa to town occurs Saturday the 11th, 2021.

Plenty of other festive holiday events continue almost daily throughout December until after New Year's with caroling, entertainment, wine sampling, and live theater Christmas events. There are many charming options for lodging in the area, from traditional suites to unique Bed and Breakfasts, short-term rentals, resorts, cabins, and more. Peaceful and comfortable stays are just a click away.  Be sure to check out what is happening in the local restaurants, tasting rooms, wineries, shops, and attractions!

The Lighting of the Square

Our town is truly a special place for the holidays, starting with one lighting to kicking off our Dahlonega Christmas, the Historic Public Square will be lit with shimmering white lights the day after Thanksgiving. Horse-drawn carriage rides contribute a rhythmic “clip-clop” to the downtown buzz at night starting on Black Friday after the Lighting of the Square. There will be no Lighting of the Square ceremony this year but lights will turn on at 3 pm and stay on throughout the day and night. Radford Windham will perform favorite Christmas songs in front of the visitor center starting at 6 pm, November 26th.

Santa’s Coming To Town

You can also spot Santa at the Dahlonega Christmas Parade, being held in the historic district this year on Saturday, December 12th. For a full rundown of holiday events and times, be sure to visit www.dahlonegachristmas.com. Has your child been extra good this year? Be sure they bring their letter telling Santa all about it to the Visitors Center to be placed in our special mailbox for delivery to the North Pole! Beginning 11/26/21 - through 12/19/21 Santa will be on the square by the Christmas Tree in front of the Visitor Center. Fridays from 5;00-7:00pm, Saturdays 12:00-6:00pm, Sundays 1:00-5:00pm. On 12/11/21 Santa will have a break to be in the parade! 

For a full run-down of holiday events, including Old Fashioned Christmas, click here.



As of today; many of the planned seasonal events, winery excursions, lodging, businesses and restaurants of Dahlonega and Lumpkin County are OPEN and ready for holiday visitors. We recommend checking the Old Fashioned Christmas Calendar of Events to see the most current information regarding any events scheduled, altered, or canceled during the traditional holiday season (Nov 26, 2021 – Jan 9, 2021).

We strongly encourage social distancing while enjoying our community, shopping, and seasonal events.  Please wear a mask or face covering for your safety as well as that of others. Always use your best judgment and consider your comfort level and health when attending any event or gathering. Risk warning.


  • COVID-19 also referred to as ‘coronavirus,’ is a respiratory illness that was first detected in the Hubei province city of Wuhan, China, in late December 2019
  • Symptoms include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing
  • This virus can be spread via person-to-person contact

For more traveler information, we recommend you seek updates from the following sources:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (www.cdc.gov)
Georgia Department of Public Health (www.dph.georgia.gov)
City of Dahlonega (www.dahlonega.gov)
Dahlonega Downtown Development Authority & Main Street (www.dahlonegadda.org)
Development Authority of Lumpkin County (www.picklumpkincounty.org)
Lumpkin County Government (www.lumpkincounty.gov