Holiday Staycation – Lake Lanier Island, Flowery Branch, Gainesville

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Ready for holiday fun at home?  It’s all waiting for you and your family. Here’s what you’ll find for fun, merry times and holiday joy in Gainesville, Flowery Branch and Lake Lanier.

Daily Happenings
License to Chill Snow Island at Margaritaville Snow Tubing, Ice Skating, Carnival Rides daily
New Year’s Eve they will be open until Midnight and will have a fireworks show!

Lakeside Light Spectacular – Margaritaville –

Walk through light display (admission fee)

Holiday Tree Trail – Atlanta Botanical Garden Gainesville through Dec 31st

Wilshire Wonderland of Lights – strolling holiday experience – FREE!

Events coming up at Wilshire Trail:
Photos with Santa, Live Music, Cookie Decorating, Santa’s Scavenger Hunt, New Year’s Eve with food trucks

New Year’s Eve at the Boot Barn with Absolute Queen! – Dec 31st (admission applies)

Special Events on Select Days

Dec 14 & 28 – Flowery Branch Winter Market 3:30-7pm holiday gifts, fresh produce, specialty foods

Dec 16 – Holiday with our Neighbors – a Latin Artist Collective @ The Arts Council, Gainesville

Dec 16 – 17 – Christmas Spectacular @ Free Chapel (tickets online)

Dec 17 3pm – Messiah Sing Along @ Grace Episcopal Church

Dec 21 6pm – Dueling Pianos Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree – Boot Barn (ages 14 and up) Tickets online

Dec 23 5pm – A Very Merry Movie Night – The Grinch @ Boot Barn (all ages welcome) Tickets online

Some regional events for folks who want to venture out a little

Garden Lights Holiday Nights at Atlanta Botanical Garden – MIDTOWN Atlanta
Winter Wonderlights at State Botanical Garden – Athens

Old Fashioned Christmas in Dahlonega – carriage rides, music, wine tasting and extended shopping hours

Holiday Express Train Ride – Blue Ridge (select days through Dec 24th)

Winter Lantern Festival – Gwinnett Fairgrounds – giant Chinese lanterns in a walk through wonderland


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