BLAIRSVILLE, Ga – Kids are gearing up for a fun-filled day with Santa Claus at the annual Holly Jolly Christmas and Breakfast with Santa at the Union County Community Center.
Starting at 9 a.m. until 11 a.m., the event has taken several safety precautions to keep everyone healthy and happy this holiday season. Family units are encouraged to sit together and socially distance from those not in their immediate circle.
Santa and all adults on site will be wearing a mask. Children aren’t required to wear a mask, but it’s up to the parent’s discretion.
Children won’t be allowed to sit on Santa’s lap, but a bench nearby for the photo op. Also, this year, the craft will be a take-home activity. The children can pick it up at breakfast and complete it later.
The Christmas train will be ready to take children on a magical holiday ride if it doesn’t rain.
Kids can also drop off their letters to Santa while at the event.
The Union County Chamber of Commerce has mapped out the area and instituted single-flow traffic to keep people from mingling amongst themselves. These safety measures should keep parents and children healthy this holiday season.
The event is free to the public.
While attending Holly Jolly Christmas and Breakfast with Santa, people can also take in the Tour of Trees which will be open until December 31. This year they have 40 beautifully decorated trees and five wreaths. Locals businesses and community organizations adorned each evergreen according to a unique theme. All who see the twinkling trees are invited to vote on their favorites. Multiple ballot boxes are located throughout the building.
View more of the Tour of Trees, here.
The Union County Community Center is also a drop off location for the holiday food drive. Anyone who wants to donate non-perishable food items can leave them inside the container.
Kris Kringle Market takes place on Saturday at 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Union County Farmer’s Market. Also Moonlight Market runs from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the square with caroling, music, and Jingle Bell Buys.
BLAIRSVILLE, Ga – The Christmas season is officially beginning in North Georgia, and Union County has several events to keep the family busy throughout December.
Starting on December 1 the Tour of Trees officially begins on December 1 and runs until December 31 from 9:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. In the past over 40 trees and wreaths have decorated the Union County Community Center. The Tour of Trees is free to the public. Also, on December 5, children can enjoy breakfast and pictures with Santa Christmas Train at the Community Center from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Christmas on the Square is also taking place on the evening of Saturday, December 5. A night-time caroling is scheduled for 6 p.m. The event also promises photos with Santa, a Christmas Market, and kid activities.
Southern Tree Plantation is ready to help the public find their perfect Christmas Trees with Pictures with Santa on Friday, November 27 from 11:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday, November 28 from 10:30 a.m. to 2: p.m. The December dates are yet to be announced.
7M Family Farms will host its first annual Nightly Lights even from November 28 to January 1 from 6:00 p.m. to 10 p.m. Also, it’s first annual Christmas Festival will be on December 12 from 2:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 7M Family Farms has invited 30 local arts and crafts vendors and Santa Claus for pictures. Candy Cane Lane will be a walk-thru light display. The event is free, but donations are welcome.
Blairsville Holiday Stop and Shop will be open from Friday, November 4, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, December 5, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Union County Civic Center. Over 50 vendors will be on hand.
St. Luke’s Anglican Church Fourteenth Annual Christmas Bazaar will be held on December 5 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the church’s open-air pavilion and social hall. The event will allow people to socially distance while they shop. Shoppers will find many traditional handmade gifts, a raffle for His and Her Garden themed gift, a Christmas Bazaar Sampler Basket, a silent auction, and baked goods. The proceeds of the event go toward North Georgia charities.
Vogel State Park Annual Tree Lighting will take place on December 12 at 5:00 p.m. Parking opens at 4:00 p.m. This year the program will take place from the “comfort of your vehicle” and park access will be restricted once they reach capacity.
Alpaca Holidays Open House will begin on December 26 and ends on December 29 at Lasso the Moon Alpaca Farm. The interactive tour is great for kids with tours beginning at 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., and 1:00 p.m. Please go online to make a reservation. The tour is free.
For those looking for more holiday fun, Mountain Country Christmas in Lights started November 26 and runs through December 26 at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds in Hiawassee, Ga. It’s open every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 6:00 p.m. till 9:00 p.m. The event is an immersive light show with Christmas music, arts and crafts vendors, food, hot chocolate, and pictures with Santa. Those under 12 are free and 12 and older must pay $6.