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.

Seasonal Celebrations   Live Christmas Music   Seasonal Nightlife

Seasonal Celebrations

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

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.

North Augusta Christmas Tour of Homes (December 7 & 8)

See inside 6 homes in North Augusta that are all decked out for the holidays. Afterwards, head to the North Augusta Arts & Heritage Center for refreshments. Don't miss the Candlelight Tour on December 7th! Cost per person: Adults $23

Christmas Tour of Churches (December 9)

Walk through 4 churches in Edgefield and finish at Magnolia Dale. Cost per person: FREE

Hoofbeats and Christmas Carols Parade (December 16)

The Hatchaway Hounds Mock Hunt Invites you to get in the Holiday Spirit with the Annual Hoofbeats and Christmas Carols! Stops at Trinity of Laurens and The Willcox. Join the parade at The Willcox for Christmas Caroling at 4:30 PM. Cost per person: FREE

Live Nativity (December  18 - 19)

Live animals and actors bring the Christmas story to life at National Hills Baptist Church. Cost per person: FREE


Christmas Theatre

A Christmas Story, The Musical (December  7 - 9)

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).

Cirque Musica Holiday presents: Wonderland (December 14)

An all-new concert experience featuring the cast of Cirque Musica together with your favorite holiday songs performed by a live symphony orchestra. Cirque Musica Holiday will bring audiences on a journey into a world of “Wonderland” with unforgettable visuals and amazing acrobats, aerialists, hilarious hijinks and holiday cheer. This is the perfect opportunity for the entire family to experience great holiday music, LIVE, while enjoying spectacular costumes, production, and an edge of your seat circus experience. Cost per person: Adult $60 - $81  /  Children $25 (Ticket prices based on seat location).

Black Nativity (December 15)

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).

Miracle on 34th Street (December 7 & 15)

Kris Kringle gets a job working as Santa for Macy’s. Kris unleashes waves of good will with Macy’s customers by referring parents to other stores to find exactly the toy their child has asked for. Seen as deluded and dangerous, Kris ends up in a court competency hearing. Especially at stake is one little girl’s belief in Santa. Adapted by Mountain Community Theater from the novel by Valentine Davies. Based upon the Twentieth Century Fox motion picture. Cost per person: Adult $20 / Seniors/Military $17 / Children $12

Sorry! Wrong Chimney! (December 7 - 8 & 14 - 16)

David Tuttle is moonlighting as a department store Santa so that he can buy his wife a fur for Christmas. He tells her he’s working late at the office, but she finds out he isn’t at the office. A suspected other woman, hypnotism, the notorious Santa burglar, Kris Kreigle and his gun-toting fiancée, and a confused policeman add up to a rollicking tale that is hilarious Christmas entertainment any time of year. Cost per person: Dinner & Show Civilians $53  /  Dinner & Show Students $40  /  Coffee & Dessert Show $35  /  Show Only $28 (Active Duty Military prices available).

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 Caroling Messiah (December 8)

The Augusta Choral Society brings Christmas selections featuring brass, organ and percussion to life during their annual holiday performance. Excerpts from the "Christmas" section of Messiah, exciting arrangements of familiar and new carols and Christmas anthems with audience participation. Cost per person: Adults $35  /  Seniors $30  /  Student/Military $15

Home for the Holidays (December 9)

The Aiken Symphony Orchestra delights in making this concert an annual tradition for the Aiken community. The afternoon will be filled with favorite, holiday melodies as well as the added bonus of including two of Aiken's beloved groups, the Aiken Choral Society & the Aiken Civic Ballet. Cost per person: $30 - $45 (Ticket prices based on seat location).

Celtic Angels Christmas (December 10)

Produced in Ireland, ‘Celtic Angels Christmas’ will enrapture audiences with the magic of Christmas in an awe-inspiring show which encompasses vocal and instrumental seasonal favorites alongside Irish, contemporary and original Christmas themes...all with a Celtic twist. This, together with stunning dance routines performed by the shows tantalizing world champion dancers, will create and unforgettable evening’s entertainment for those who get the chance to see this captivating holiday program. Cost per person: Reserved $44.50

Christmas Cruise with Yacht Rock Revue (December 11)

The Yacht Rock Revue™ is the Greatest Show on Surf and the finest tribute to '70s light rock to ever perform anywhere. Ever. Their spot-on renditions of Hall & Oats, Michael McDonald, Steely Dan, and the rest of the Time-Life infomercial Catalog have enthralled fans across the United States. Cost per person: Reserved $35 - $50  /  Captain's Club $50 (Ticket prices based on seat location).

Behold the Star Spectacular (December 15)

This breath-taking performance is a spectacular musical and dance production that mixes classical and contemporary selections from Peter J. Wihousky to Kirk Franklin. Each performance celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ and embodies the spirit of Christmas. Cost per person: General Admission $15 - $20  /  Seniors, Military, & Students $10 (Ticket prices for General Admission are different for matinee and evening shows).

Sara Evans at Christmas (December 15)

Multi-platinum-selling country entertainer SARA EVANS will reprise her popular, limited-engagement At Christmas Tour this year, with seasonal shows created to deliver the holiday spirit to young and old. At Christmas, released in 2015, is Sara’s first full-length Christmas recording. The 10-song collection features well-known holiday classics including “Silent Night,” “Winter Wonderland,” “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” and “O Come All Ye Faithful” plus the seasonal original song and title track, written by Shane Stevens and Toby Lightman. Cost per person: Reserved $42 - $89  /  Meet & Greet Experience $215 (Ticket prices based on seat location.)

Corelli Camerata Holiday Concert (December 16)

The Corelli Camerata is a newly formed Chamber orchestra comprised of string players who will be performing in the Rotunda of the Augusta Museum of History. The group features the best of the community orchestra of musicians in the region. They are dedicated to perform Baroque, Classical and contemporary classical music in a variety of venues throughout the area, fostering a sense of community. The Corelli Camerata is under the direction of Dr. Martin D. Jones. Cost per person: FREE

Christmas Songs & Stories with John Berry (December 20)

In his 22nd consecutive Christmas concert series, John Berry will perform songs from his most enduring musical legacy, O Holy Night, along with hits including "Your Love Amazes Me," "Standing on the Edge of Goodbye," "I Think About It All The Time," and "You and Only You" on the Imperial Theatre stage. Cost per person: $22 - $35 (Ticket prices based on seat location.)

Seasonal Nightlife (Adults Only)

SantaCon 2018 (December 9)

Dress in your best (or most unusual) holiday costume and head to the Metro Coffeehouse to pick up your passport for this fun annual pub crawl. After the crawl, stop by Sky City for the Costume Contest and raffle giveaways. Get all pub crawl locations stamped in your passport and be entered for the raffles!

Christmas AF Comedy Show (December 22)

No stranger to television, Ronnie has been featured on BET's Comic View, Martin Lawrence Presents The 1st Amendment Stand-up, P. Diddy Presents Bad Boys of Comedy, his 30 minute special for Kevin Hart's LOL Network and currently is the comedic entertainment on WE TV's Bossip. See Ronnie and other's live at the this funny fundraiser for The Luplife Lupis Foundation at the Imperial Theatre. Cost per person: $40


Downtown Shows

From classic musicals to live concerts and black box plays, Augusta's downtown calendar is full of events.

Hotel Offers

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