Christmas Events & Family Fun in Augusta, Ga
Whether you're looking for a date night or family event, or are prepping to host your friends and family for the holidays, Augusta's River Region is bustling with events and things to do. Here are some of the fun and exciting events happening around the region to help you celebrate the spirit of the season and special offers from Augusta hotels to make your stay even sweeter.
Lights of the South (Every Day, except Christmas, until January 6)
Hundreds of twinkling displays light up the trails of Lights of the South. Walk or take a hay ride through and finish your night with s'mores and grab some food off the grill. Cost per person: General Admission $12 / Fast Pass $20
Augusta on Ice (Every Day until January 6)
Take an ice skating lesson or bring the entire family for fun on the expansive ice skating rink at Evans Town Center Park. Cost per person: Lesson $60 / Mon-Thur $12 / Fri-Sun $15
Holiday Market at the Marina (Every Sunday throughout December)
The 5th Street Marina will be hosting the Holiday Market at the River every weekend on Sunday throughout November and December. Vendors will be present selling holiday items and hot chocolate and food will be sold.
Downtown Augusta Christmas Parade (December 14)
Sponsored by Augusta Chronicle, WJBF, Downtown Development Authority and City of Augusta, 2019 Christmas Parade will be held on Broad Street. Twelve Brands of Christmas will play music from 4:00pm to 9:00pm. Parade will start at 6:00pm. Don't miss this spectacular holiday fun!
Mystery of the Christmas Star (Every Saturday in December)
Journey back over 2000 years as we seek to discover a scientific explanation for the star that the wise men followed to Bethlehem. See incredible images of supernovae, comets, planetary conjunctions and other celestial phenomena. This show won five Telly Awards and is sure to charm and captivate audiences. Cost per person: Adults $5 / Seniors $4 / 4K - 12 Students $3
Holiday Tours of the Boyhood Home of President Woodrow Wilson (Thursdays - Saturdays in December)
Enjoy the house decorated for the holidays with fresh evergreens and holiday decorations. Hear what Christmas was like during 1918, after World War I. The home is not open December 24 or 25. Cost per person: Adults $5 / Seniors $3 / 5K-12 Students $3 / Children Under 5 FREE
Christmas in Hopelands Gardens (December 15 - 23 & 26)
This enchanting walk-through exhibit features over 2 miles of lighted pathways and holiday displays with more than 100,000 twinkling lights. Holiday entertainment each night is provided by local schools, community groups and church choirs - bring a blanket or lawn chair to sit and enjoy the show. The Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame, The Doll House, and the Carriage Museum are open and decorated during Christmas in Hopelands for visitors to enjoy. The Rye Patch is a destination for fun holiday activities for children. On select nights, Santa or Mrs. Claus will be inside the Rye Patch for photos. Cost per person: FREE
How to get there: You must park at Citizens Park (1060 Banks Mill Road) and use the shuttle service to the gardens. Shuttles are available each night and will pick-up and drop-off visitors continuously from 5:45 - 9:00 p.m. Shuttle service is free. There is no general public parking at Hopelands or Rye Patch. Handicap parking is available at 135 Dupree Place.
A Christmas at Meadow Garden (December 14)
Join us for Christmas at Meadow Garden, home of George Walton, signer of the Declaration of Independence on Saturday, December 14 from 4:00-8:00 p.m. The historic home will come alive with the sights and sounds of a Revolutionary-era Christmas. Visitors will enjoy candlelight tours by docents in period attire, live holiday music, and colonial Christmas traditions and decorations!
Live Nativity (December 17 - 18)
Live animals and actors bring the Christmas story to life at National Hills Baptist Church. Cost per person: FREE
Mistletoe Market (December 21)
Join us December 21st for your last minute shopping run! We will host over 10 local Augusta vendors in Augusta & Co. to make shopping that much easier! See all their products and a sneak peek of all Augusta has to offer. Downtown will be open and awaiting your visit of all the local downtown shops!
Black Nativity (December 7)
An African-American telling of the Nativity story, written by acclaimed African-American poet and playwright Langston Hughes and adapted by Robert John Connor. This one act musical opens in a modern day African-American church on Christmas day, filled with testifying deacons, sanctified ladies, and down-home preaching. Under the musical direction of Keith Wilson the show takes us on a journey back to the Bethlehem of Mary and Joseph, resplendent in African costumes, and moving songs of worship, magnificent dance choreographed by Dawn Axam and old-fashioned spirituals. The African-American viewpoint and the gospel music make Black Nativity a truly unique and entertaining theatrical experience. Cost per person: $27 - 54 (Ticket prices based on seat location).
A Christmas Story, The Musical (December 13)
The hilarious account of Ralphie’s desperate quest to make sure the most perfect of gifts ends up under his Christmas tree! This musical version of the classic film captures holiday wonder with a deliciously wicked wit that will delight children and grown-ups alike! Don’t miss the delightful songs featuring heart-warming ballads and show-stopping leg lamp kick-lines! Cost per person: $20 - $48 (Ticket prices based on seat location).
A Bing Crosby Christmas (December 22)
Tis the season to be jolly as Broadway baritone Jared Bradshaw celebrates Bing Crosby. Bradshaw is a veteran of the Great White Way, appearing in Jersey Boys and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Lauded as “immensely talented” by Associated Press, Bradshaw is an entertainer possessing the easy charm of a bygone era. Also featuring a trio of talented dolls singing the infectious harmonies of the Andrews Sisters, this is one humdinger of a good time! Traditional favorites include “Jingle Bells,” “Chattanooga Choo-Choo,” “Mele Kalikimaka,” and “White Christmas.” Presented by Artists Lounge Live.
Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker (December 30)
Presenting world class Russian artists, hand-painted sets, Russian Snow Maidens, and jubilant Nesting Dolls – Great Russian Nutcracker brings the Christmas spirit to life for all ages. “Kids wide-eyed with delight!” says the New York Times. Experience the Dove of Peace Tour, spreading goodwill in over 100 cities across North America. Get seats now for the whole family and make memories for a lifetime at Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker! Cost per person: Reserved $28 - $68 / Platinum Meet & Greet $175 (Ticket prices based on seat location).
Live Christmas Music
A Charlie Brown Christmas Live On Stage (December 26)
Everyone’s favorite holiday classic comes to life in the all-new touring production A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage! Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, and the whole Peanuts gang as they produce their own Christmas play and ultimately learn the true meaning of the season. A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS LIVE ON STAGE is a present the whole family can enjoy!
From classic musicals to live concerts and black box plays, Augusta's downtown calendar is full of events.
Come for the show, stay for the weekend!