Consider spending your Christmas in Georgia, where southern charm, beautiful mountain towns, community festivals, and lively Christmas Markets abound.
If you’re wanting to experience the most festive and memorable Christmas markets in Georgia, check out our list of Georgia’s 10 best Christmas markets and fairs for a wonderful Christmas in the Peach State!
Looking for more inspo? Check out our list of festive fairs and events in Georgia, along with our full list of dates for Christmas markets in the USA.
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1. Dahlonega’s Old Fashioned Christmas – Dahlonega, GA
Like something out of a Hallmark Christmas movie, visitors from all over the country come to Dahlonega at Christmas for its month-long Dahlonega’s Old Fashioned Christmas festival in the North Georgia Mountains.
Dahlonega’s town square and Christmas tree all lit up with a backdrop of snow provides a festive setting for Christmas shopping at its finest, as the Christmas market and local vendors stay open late for the season. Take a break and catch a romantic carriage ride while you’re there.
The town’s famous Christmas parade, picturesque setting, festive holiday shopping and dining, and the possibility that you may be an extra in a new Hallmark movie should all place this beloved festival at the top of your Georgia Christmas Market list!
2. Helen Christkindlmarkt – Helen, GA
Tucked away along the Chattahoochee river in the Blue Ridge Mountains, the lovely Bavarian-style town of Helen draws excited visitors all year.
At Christmastime, the town becomes a charming European-style Christmas wonderland full of holiday festivities. Have your camera ready!
Visitors absolutely must see the Helen Christkindlmarkt for unique gift ideas, festive German pretzels and other baked goods, holiday ornaments, and other handmade items.
Be sure to check out our complete guide to the Helen Christkindlmarkt so you can get the most out of your visit to Helen this Christmas!
3. Savannah Christmas Market & Holly Days – Savannah, GA
The Savannah Christmas Market in the Plant Riverside District provides a Salzburg-style holiday market right along the Savannah river for the entire holiday season. This outdoor market has a plethora of special holiday gifts and festive food and drink options.
In addition, you’ll want to embrace Savannah Holly Days, Savannah’s city-wide celebration of the holidays. Festivities include:
- Christmas Made in the South Arts and Crafts Festival
- Historic home tours
- Boat Parade of Lights
- Christmas Tree lighting
- Lighted Christmas Parade
- Savannah Gingerbread Trail
4. Victorian Christmas – Thomasville, GA
For over 35 years, Thomasville’s annual Victorian Christmas festival has taken visitors back in time with its Victorian turn-of-the-century holiday celebration. This family-friendly tradition celebrates the town’s Victorian past, making it a unique Georgia Christmas Market experience!
As you walk downtown’s brick-lined streets, be sure to stop by the numerous local vendors open late for the festival for some Christmas shopping. You’ll want to snag a hearty winter stew or other local treat from the dozens of vendors at the food market.
In addition to the shopping and food, you can roast marshmallows and chestnuts over a warm fire, see a live nativity and St. Nick, and experience live music and Victorian carriage rides.
5. Atlanta Christkindl Market – Atlanta, GA
Located in Atlanta’s beautiful Centennial Olympic Park, the popular Atlanta Christkindl Market brings European-style holiday fun to the big city each year.
This bustling German Christmas market will make you want to sip some Gluhwein or grab some tasty Quarkballchen for dessert. Be on the lookout for a variety of wonderful holiday gifts, toys, and Christmas ornaments traditional to Germany.
Check out our complete guide to the Atlanta Christkindl Market so you can be enchanted by all this wonderful Christmas market has to offer!
6. Mountain Country Christmas in Lights – Hiawassee, GA
Located along the edge of Lake Chatuge in the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, Mountain Country Christmas in Lights provides a delightful community festival and market throughout the holiday season each year.
Looking for unique holiday gift ideas in a beautiful setting? Visitors will enjoy shopping at the outdoor craft market while sipping warm cocoa and eating local foods.
A Christmas wonderland of lights also adorns the grounds that visitors can walk through while listening to live music and getting photos with Santa. Kids can also milk real cows onsite!
7. Georgia’s Rome Winter Art Market – Rome, GA
If you’re looking for a holiday market dedicated solely to all things Georgia, Georgia’s Rome Winter Art Market is where you want to be this holiday season.
A market focused on Georgia makers, crafters, and growers, you’ll find a variety of unique gift and stocking stuffer ideas with over 60 vendors to explore. All the goods there will give you the satisfaction of being made in Georgia.
Best of all, this festival is free!
8. Christmas in the Mountains – Cleveland, GA
As the holidays near, you’ll want to come to the North Georgia Mountains for Christmas in the Mountains, Cleveland’s Christmas festival and parade.
Be sure to check out the holiday market filled with local vendors in the town square for all kinds of local artisan goods. This square will be festive and bustling as locals celebrate one of the county’s biggest Christmas events.
Stick around for the Christmas tree lighting, pictures with Santa, and the famous lighted Christmas parade at night!
Bonus–stop by Babyland General Hospital so you can see where the famous Cabbage Patch Kids dolls are made for a unique holiday experience. This is great for kids!
9. Lighting of the Square – Covington, GA
The growing city of Covington (outside of Atlanta) hosts its popular Lighting of the Square in its historic downtown to kick off the holiday season each year.
An annual tradition for decades, the community comes out to see the giant Christmas tree light up to welcome the Christmas season. Visitors will love the festive market atmosphere as local vendors and shops abound with holiday deals to take advantage of the occasion.
Take a carriage ride around the square to see the beautiful lights and decorations and keep an eye out for a TV or movie star too, as several TV shows and movies are filmed in the area.
Stay to enjoy the beloved Christmas parade, photos with Santa on his chair, and fireworks!
10. Christmas in Blue Ridge – Blue Ridge, GA
The mountain town of Blue Ridge hosts a variety of Christmas festivities each year. Georgia Christmas Market fans can enjoy a variety of artistic and handcrafted gift items at the Holiday Show & Sale made by member artists of the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association.
In addition, there are plenty of other family-friendly festivities throughout the holiday season, making this northern mountain town a Christmas must-see:
- Annual Blue Ridge TubaChristmas Concert
- Christmas parade
- Holiday Express train rides on the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway
- Christmas tree lighting
- Ice skating
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