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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.

Downtown 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 

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 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

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 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  6, 7 & 8)

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 18)

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

A Charlie Brown Christmas Live On Stage (December 3-11)

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!

The Augusta Players presents Elf: the Musical  ( December  10, 11 & 12 ) 

Based on the hit movie, Elf is filled with non-stop smiles. Buddy, the would-be elf is unaware that he is actually a human. With some Santa magic, he embarks on a journey, only to discover his father is on the naughty list and his brother doesn’t believe in Santa! He’s determined to win them over and help us all remember the true meaning of Christmas. This new holiday classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner elf.

Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer: The Musical  (December  11)

See all of your favorite characters from the special including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius, and, of course, Rudolph, as they come to life. It’s an adventure that teaches us that what makes you different can be what makes you special. Don’t miss this wonderful holiday tradition that speaks to the misfit in all of us. 

A Magical Cirque Christmas (December 16)

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.


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...