Now that all your Thanksgiving leftovers are thrown away, it’s time to fill your calendar with holiday happenings in Northeast Georgia. Grab a loved one and a kick your holiday season into high gear at one of the festive events going on during the week of November 26.

Athens-Clarke County

Athens on Ice Public Skating

What: Indoor ice skating is back at the Classic Center. Group rates are available at a cheaper rate. Hours vary depending on the day, so check the Classic Center’s November skating schedule here.

When: Nov. 1 – Feb. 1 from

Where: The Classic Center

Price: $13.00


Athens Santa Pub Crawl

What: Four venues in downtown Athens are hosting the 10th annual Santa Pub Crawl this weekend. All proceeds from this year’s event will benefit the Boybutante AIDS Foundation.

When: Saturday, Dec. 1 from 6:30 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.

Where: Boars Head, Cutters, Little Kings, and Live Wire

Price: $15.00 in advance, $20.00 day of the crawl


Indie South Fair: Holiday Hooray

What: Indie South is hosting it’s largest event of the year this Saturday. It’ll feature live music, food trucks, artist demonstrations, workshops, and vintage and handmade vendors.

When: Saturday, Dec. 1 – Sunday, Dec. 2 from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Where: 660 N Chase St.

Price: $3.00 admission


Oconee County

OCAF Annual Holiday Market and Artists’ Shoppe

What: The 24th annual Market will feature “unique art and crafts objects” from 70 regional artists.

When: Friday, Nov. 30 – Sunday, Dec. 2 from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Where: 34 School St., Watkinsville, GA 30677

Price: $3.00 admission for adults, free for children under 16


Watkinsville Tree Lighting

What: This annual holiday event will feature music from local choirs, cookies, hot chocolate, and more.

When: Friday, Nov. 30 at 6:00 p.m.

Where: Downtown Watkinsville

Price: Free


Classic City Clydesdales Holiday Open House

What: The family-owned Clydesdale breeding facility will open its doors to visitors for holiday fun this weekend.

When: Saturday, Dec. 1 from 2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Where: 4190 Price Mill Rd., Bishop, GA 30621

Price: $5 per car entry fee, $12 photos with “Clydesdale Santa,” $12 Clydesdale pony rides


Watkinsville Christmas Parade

What: The morning after the Watkinsville tree lighting, Northeast Georgians can go to this event including floats, bands, vintage cars, and more. This year’s theme is “Candyland Christmas.”

When: Saturday, Dec. 1 at 11:00 a.m.

Where: Downtown Watkinsville

Price: Free

Madison County

Cookies with Santa

What: Enjoy holiday treats with Santa this Thursday.

When: Thursday, Nov. 29 at 4:00, 5:00, 6:00, and 7:00 p.m.

Where: 231 Hancock St., Madison, GA 30650

Price: $10.00


Holiday Tour of Homes

What: Madison’s Historical Society is hosting it’s annual tour of historic and private homes in the town named one of Southern Living Magazine’s “The South’s Best Small Towns” in 2016 and 2017. The tour offers day time and candlelight tours, as well as a group rate.

When: Friday, Nov. 30 and Saturday, Dec. 1 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Where: Tour begins at Heritage Hall (277 S Main St., Madison, GA)

Price: $27.00-$55.00 (check website for ticket options)


Farmview Holiday Market

What: This special holiday event features handcrafted gifts, kids crafts, free hot chocolate, and an appearance by Santa himself.

When: Saturday, Dec. 1 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Where: 2610 Eatonton Highway, Madison GA

Price: Free


Casey Rose is a senior majoring in Journalism in the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia.


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