You might have heard, but our humble town of Dahlonega has gotten quite a bit of attention lately. Christmas becomes truly magical when celebrated in what Southern Living hails as “the Perfect Christmas Town” a sentiment echoed by various other publications. Dahlonega, GA, has garnered attention in films and discussions for its enchanting holiday ambiance, making it the ultimate destination for a festive getaway. Here at Moutain Laurel Creek Inn & Spa, we pride ourselves on our luxurious accommodations that are ideal for a romantic spa escape nestled in the heart of Georgia. Rest and rejuvenate while exploring everything Dahlonega has to offer for a truly unforgettable Christmas in our little corner of seasonal serenity.
Lighting the Square
A classic holiday tradition, this annual event is an incredible kickoff to Christmas, as the square is adorned in lights and crowds gather to celebrate the start of the season. Live music is played from the balcony of the visitor’s center so you can follow along with your favorite tunes and watch as dusk slowly falls. When it’s dark enough the lights come on and illuminate the square in a dazzling display. This stunning show is not to be missed, a fantastic way to get in the spirit, sing carols, and enjoy a lovely evening out on the town.
It wouldn’t be Christmas without a parade, and thankfully Dahlonega has one to remember. Making its way through the historic district, you’ll see floats of all kinds showing off local talent and decorating skills, along with a marching band and more. Santa will also be making his yearly appearance to usher in the Christmas season and receive the wishes of children and adults alike. Make sure and get there early to grab a good spot as there will be traffic even before the event and it may take time to find parking.
Festival of Trees
See how businesses and organizations are supporting Dahlonega with 15 uniquely decorated trees. Each one has a different design and is sponsored by community members contributing to the Christmas celebrations. All are featured at Hancock Park so you can go for a relaxing walk and check out the different designs surrounding the main stage. They are lit up at night and give the park a lovely ambiance with their warm glows and vibrant colors. It’s just another part of the town that makes us such a great place to visit during this time of year.
Shopping in the Historic District & Holiday Open Houses
Skip the crowded shopping mall and grab your gifts in Dahlonega for a welcome break from the Christmas rush. No loud chain stores here, instead you can relax and take in the town as you browse quality crafts and delicious treats alike. With everything from specialty shops and handblown glass to toy stores, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for whether it’s for friends, family, or yourself! In addition, some establishments hold exclusive events, like the open houses hosted by DAA Gallery and Cranberry Corners, and you’re welcome to stop by for live music, seasonal snacks, door prizes, and more!
Christmas Market on Candy Cane Lane
Another favorite event of the season is the Christmas Market on Candy Cane Lane. Immerse yourself in an old-fashioned Christmas experience right on the square and browse a variety of holiday offerings. There’s so much here that you won’t find anywhere else with décor, quality goods, toothsome homemade sweets, and prepackaged gift baskets for convenient holiday shopping. It’s so cozy and the smell of baked goods in the air really makes you feel the holiday spirit! The event is hosted by the Dahlonega Women’s Club and all proceeds go towards making the lives of local children better; a fundraising endeavor that you can support while crossing names off your Christmas list.
Holiday Performances at Holly Theatre
The historic Holly Theatre is the place to be for exciting seasonal shows hosted every year for the community. It’s part of what makes Dahlonega such a great place to visit during this time of year, a place where you can get some shopping done and then step in out of the cold for rousing live performances of Christmas classics. Enjoy a night of theatre and enrich your getaway at this historic local landmark, a favorite of townsfolk for decades and an essential member of the community. Be sure to buy tickets well in advance for the best seats and get ready for heartwarming holiday magic.
A Home Away From Home
Book your seasonal stay at Mountain Laurel Creek Inn & Spa, a warm and hospitable retreat in serene surroundings. Escape the hustle and bustle of the Christmas rush and slow down at a luxurious spa setting nestled in the Georgia mountains. Here you can pamper yourself in spacious accommodations with everything you need to shake off all that holiday stress. Our rooms are designed with relaxation in mind and have plush king or queen beds depending on your selection. All feature a jetted tub for two and a fireplace for warming up on chilly winter nights. The suites include a complimentary gourmet breakfast with freshly brewed coffee and your selection from the daily menu, made fresh every morning. We also offer a larger private cabin that is just perfect for a romantic getaway, designed for two, and with amenities not in the suites like a full kitchen, TV with streaming, steam shower, and private porch. Make this holiday season an incredible one at Mountain Laurel Creek Inn & Spa and stay near one of the best Christmas towns in America for a getaway unlike any other.Book Now