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Our top picks for Santa visits in Georgia

Christmas time in Georgia………. 

is the perfect time to explore you own backyard.  There are things to do all around the area.  Here are a few that are our favorites:

The Sapelo Island Birdhouses on beautiful Sapelo Island, Georgia

Santa’s red suit is exchanged for beach wear when he’s on Sapelo Island.  The Birdhouses are decked in holiday style and the island is a buzz with excitement.  You can do all of the same activities as you would during the summer:  hike along the nature trail, comb the beach for shells, unwind and disconnect.

There are three cottages:  The Painted Bunting a one bedroom, one bath cottage overlooking the marsh, sand dunes and the Atlantic ocean.  You have a front row seat to watch the tide come in and view the shore birds.

The second cottage is the Wood Stork Cottage a two bedroom, one bath cottage decorated in the beautiful blues and greens.  Nestled in the trees just like a Wood Stork’s nest, this cottage is sure to have you relaxed and enjoying the season.

The third cottage is the flagship cottage with two bedrooms and two baths, overlooking the marsh, sand dunes and Atlantic ocean.  You can stay right on the porch and enjoy the awesome view of the ocean or venture out to enjoy the island.  Decorated with a delightful theme of small birdhouses and little song birds, the Christmas spirit fills the cottage all season long.

For more information visit our web site:  www.sapeloislandbirdhouses.com

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Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia

Callaway Gardens’ Fantasy in Lights event takes place from November 22, 2013 to December 30, 2013. Eight million lights decorate fifteen unique scenes throughout the grounds. The event has earned a spot on National Geographic Traveler’s “Top 10 Places to See Holiday Lights.” Depending on the day, tickets bought in advance can range from $24 for adults and $12 for children, to $17 for adults and $8.50 for children. The event opens at 6pm and the last show time begins at 8pm.

Guests can attend the Fantasy in Lights in advance during the Specialty Nights. There will be a University/College Spirit Night, a Bicycle Night, a March Of Dimes Nightwalk, a Motorcycle Night, a Golf Cart Night and a Specialty Car Night. For more information, visit http://www.callawaygardens.com/events/signature/fantasy-in-lights/specialty-nights.

On Saturdays, children can join Mrs. Claus for an hour of storytelling, cupcake decorating and preparing reindeer food for Rudolph. This event is designed for children ages 12 and younger with at least one accompanying adult. Tickets are $10 per person and reservations are required.

Guests can also visit the Christmas Village, located in the heated Robin Lake Beach Dome. Inside is a magical forest, collegiate corner, country store, toy land, nativity scene and several other festive stations. Next to the Christmas Village is Jacob Marley’s Christmas Spirits, serving eggnog, cider and hot chocolate.

For more information on Callaway Gardens’ holiday festivities, visit http://www.callawaygardens.com/events/signature/fantasy-in-lights.

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The Pink Pig at Macy’s in Atlanta, Georgia

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Macy’s Ping Pig holiday ride is open from November 2nd, 2013 to January 5, 2014. For more than fifty years, the Pink Pig has served as a holiday tradition in Atlanta. The 1950s themed Pink Pig train travels on top of the Lenox Square Mall and guides guest through a life-sized storybook featuring Priscilla the Pink Pig. Tickets are available at the Macy’s Pink Pig kiosk

inside the East mall entrance at Lenox Square. A portion of the ride’s proceeds will benefit Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

For more information, visit www.macys.com/pinkpig.

The Georgia Aquarium

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The Georgia Aquarium has several themed attractions for the holiday season. From November 16, 2013 to January 5, 2014, the Fanta-sea in Lights show will go every hour in the main atrium. This light show features lights dancing from the ceiling to the floor all choreographed to holiday classics.

From November 27, 2013 to December 4, 2013 visitors can see the underwater menorah in the world’s largest aquatic habitat. In celebration of Hanukkah, another candle will be magically lit underwater each evening of the holiday.

Visits with Santa will be available in the Atrium from November 23, 2013 to December 23, 2013 during the scheduled times. Fans of Santa will also enjoy seeing Scuba Claus, a scuba diver dressed in a specially designed Santa wetsuit, swimming in the Ocean Voyager habitat. During the show, Scuba Claus will also interact with guests in the Ocean Voyager Theater. Shows are thirty minutes long and take place on select dates from November 29, 2013 to December 22, 2013.

Visitors to the Georgia Aquarium during the holiday season can also see the legendary Weeki Wachee Mermaids from Weeki Wachee Springs State Park in Florida. The mermaids will perform choreographed routines underwater and photos will be available after with show. The mermaids will be performing on select dates from December 5, 2013 to December 22, 2013.

For more information, visit http://www.georgiaaquarium.org/explore-the-aquarium/events-and-programs/holidays.

Coca Cola Christmas Around the World – The World of Coca Cola

UnknownA Coca-Cola Christmas Celebration is the newest exhibit currently on display in the World of Coca-Cola. This exhibit features examples of how Coca-Cola has been a part of Christmas celebrations around the world and throughout the years.

 

The exhibit is displaying artifacts, memorabilia and season packaging featuring Santa Claus and the Coca-Cola Polar Bear. Some of the artifacts include a French advertisement from 1922 and a 1931 6-pack carrier.

In addition to the artifacts and memorabilia, visitors will see a montage of holiday-themed commercials from Latin America which are not currently broadcast in the United States.

For more information about this event, visit http://www.worldofcoca-cola.com/exhibits/holiday-festivities/.

 Stone Mountain

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From November 9, 2013 to January 1, 2014, Stone Mountain Park’s Christmas celebrations will be spreading holiday cheer. This year at Stone Mountain Park, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster will be available for pictures and will also be featured in the nightly Christmas parade.

The nightly Christmas parade includes whimsical floats and the arrival of Santa Claus. The magical Snow Angel Snowfall and Fireworks Finale then brings the festivities of the evening to a close.

There are several live performances, including Forever Christmas, Holly Jolly Cabaret and A Crossroads Christmas Carol. On the Singalong Train, visitors can hear their favorite Christmas tunes as well as the story of the first Christmas.  Another attraction is The Polar Express 4-D Experience, a 20-minute show based on the children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg.

Outside, visitors can wander through the Wonderland Walkway, a tunnel of lights that lead to the Snow Angel Palace where pictures can be taken with the Snow Angel and Toy Soldiers.

USA Today named Stone Mountain Park one of the ten best places in the country to catch Santa Claus. Children can share their wishes with Santa and then join Mrs. Claus at the Gingerbread House for Mistletales, or holiday stories.

At the Antebellum Plantation, visitors can see décor, crafts and stories reflecting holidays in the antebellum period. Other shopping attractions include hand blown glass ornaments, homemade fudge, unique toys and seasonal apparel.

For more information, visit http://www.stonemountainpark.com/events/Stone-Mountain-Christmas.aspx.

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