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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

Lights of the South (Every Day, except Christmas, until January 6)

Hundreds of twinkling displays light up the trails of Lights of the South. Take a walk or take a hayride through the lights and finish your night with s'mores. Cost per person: General Admission $12  /  Fast Pass $20

Evans on Ice (Every Day until January 3)

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) 

Enjoy views of the water at the 5th Street Marina Holiday Market at the River every weekend on Sundays throughout November and December. Vendors will be present selling holiday items and hot chocolate and food.

Augusta Christmas Parade (December 11)

Get in the Christmas spirit with the Augusta Christmas Parade. The parade will be held on Broad Street and proceeds between 6th and 13th Streets. Enjoy decorative floats, marching bands, a visit from Santa, and much more. Cost per person: FREE 

Holiday Tours of the Boyhood Home of President Woodrow Wilson (Wednesdays - Saturdays in December)

Enjoy the historic 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 on December 24 or 25. Cost per person: Adults $5  /  Seniors $3  /  5K-12 Students $3  /  Children Under 5 FREE

Christmas in Hopelands Gardens (December 11 - 23)

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

A Christmas at Meadow Garden (December 3 & 4) 

Join us for Christmas at Meadow Garden, home of George Walton, signer of the Declaration of Independence. 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  4 - 6)

Take the journey to Bethlehem with Mary, Joseph, the shepherds, and the wise men at the First Baptist Church in Thomson, GA LIVE Nativity. Cost per person: FREE

Mistletoe Market (December 10)

Enjoy a last-minute shopping run at the Mistletoe Market! Augusta & Co. will host over 10 local Augusta vendors with an excellent selection of holiday merchandise for your stocking or under the tree. See all their products and a sneak peek of all Augusta has to offer. You're encouraged to shop around while you're downtown, Augusta –– check out all the other local businesses. 

Christmas Theatre & Live Christmas Music

Behold The Star (December 17)

Experience the acclaimed youth choir Creative Impressions at their annual showcase “Behold the Star” on December 17 at the AU Maxwell Performing Arts Theater at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $20. Group and senior discounts are available.

The Augusta Players presents A Christmas Carol  ( December  9 -11) 

In honor of Debi Ballas, Executive Director Emeritas, The Augusta Players holiday family tradition is back! Directed by her daughter Claudia Ballas-Latch, A Christmas Carol is a spectacular adaptation of Charles Dickens’ well-known story. Ebenezer Scrooge is a “Bah! Humbug!” curmudgeon who must change his selfish ways when three ghosts lead him through his Past, Present, and Future.

Movies at the Miller: Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas (December  17)

In this live-action adaptation of the beloved children's tale by Dr. Seuss, the reclusive green Grinch decides to ruin Christmas for the cheery citizens of Whoville. Reluctantly joined by his hapless dog, Max, the Grinch comes down from his mountaintop home and sneaks into town to swipe everything holiday-related from the Whos. However, the bitter grump finds a hitch in his plans when he encounters the endearing Cindy Lou Who. 

Augusta Ballet presents The Nutcracker (December 10)

The producers of Broadway's smash hit “The Illusionists” have brought together the world's greatest entertainers for a spell-binding and incredible new holiday production - The Magical Cirque Christmas! Experience the magic of Christmas with dazzling performers and breathtaking cirque artists from all corners of the world, accompanied by your favorite holiday music performed live. Get into the spirit of the season with this merry treat that's perfect for the entire family.

It's The Night Before Christmas (December 10) 

The Augusta West Dance Guild is proud to present the Augusta West Performing Companies in its annual production of “It’s the Night Before Christmas.” Fun-filled Holiday Show. Great for parents and children alike. Great way to kick off the holiday season with Santa and his elves.


Downtown Shows

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

Bell Auditorium

Located in downtown Augusta, the Bell Auditorium offers a proscenium stage and 10 dressing rooms.

James Brown Arena

Located in the heart of downtown Augusta, the James Brown Arena offers a diverse schedule of entertainment - from comedians to concerts - year round.

Imperial Theatre

The Wells, Augusta's Theatre Beautiful was built for the presenting of vaudeville and photoplays to the community by Mr. Jake Wells. The Theatre...