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.

Seasonal Celebrations Christmas Theatre Live Christmas Music Arts & Crafts Seasonal Nightlife

Seasonal Celebrations

Christmas in the 1800’s (December 1)

History buffs will love the event at the Aiken County Historical Museum. Kim Poovey an author, storyteller, and living historian transports you back in time to the 19th century at Christmas. Enjoy live music, wine, coffee, spiced cider and wonderful food by Chef Russell Gardiner & LaDolce. Cost per person: $35

Christmas Light-Up Spectacular (December 3)

A day full of Christmas activities, including the Winter Wonderland Parade down Broad Street at 3 p.m., family fun area and 12 Bands of Christmas concert in the Augusta Common beginning at Noon, will lead up to the Christmas Tree lighting ceremony and will end with fireworks over the Savannah River at dark. Cost per person: FREE

Seasons of Light (December 3 – 29)

Narrated by Noah Adams, host of National Public Radio's All Things Considered, Seasons of Light is a spectacular show about the season that holds some of the warmest and brightest celebrations of the year. Tracing the development of many of the world's endearing holiday customs, it portrays everything from the burning Yule Log and sparkling Christmas Tree lights to the lighting of the Menorah and luminaries. Season of Light also recounts historical customs practiced during the time of winter solstice. The show explores the possible astronomical explanations for a "Star over Bethlehem" and also features a few Northern winter constellations. Cost per person: Adults $5  /  Seniors $4  /  4K - 12 Students $3

A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols (December 6)

This annual Christmas event at Sacred Heart Cultural Center is based on the traditional English Christmas program that originated at King’s College Chapel, Cambridge University, in England. The evening features local readers recanting the nine lessons and Christmas carols sung by St. John United Methodist Church Choir and Creative Impressions. Cost per person: $20

Christmas in Hopelands Gardens (December 10 - 27)

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.

Candlelight Tour of the Boyhood Home of President Woodrow Wilson (December 16)

Hear history come to life by candlelight! Enjoy the house decorated for the holidays with fresh evergreens and holiday decorations. Hear what Christmas was like during 1866, in the years following the Civil War. Festive refreshments will follow the tour. Cost per person: Adults $10  /  5K-12 Students $5  /  Children Under 5 FREE

Christmas Theatre

“A Very Electric Christmas” with Lightwire Theatre (December 1)

Performed in complete darkness, this creative story line features Nutcracker soldiers with candy canes, naughty Rats, an electric Christmas tree surrounded by presents, glow worms, dancing flowers and other creatures that light up the stage. "A Very Electric Christmas" is a wonderful opportunity to bring families together and start a new holiday tradition. Cost per person: $14.50 - $28.50 (Ticket prices based on seat location.)

Columbia County Ballet's The Nutcracker (December 1 & 2)

The magic of Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece comes to life on the historic Imperial Theatre stage as the Columbia County Ballet sets this Christmas classic to dance. See the story of Clara, a young girl who dreams of toy soldiers battling giant mice and a Nutcracker doll who comes to life in time to save her. After the Nutcracker transforms into a handsome Prince, he takes Clara on a journey through a land of snow and into the Kingdom of Sweets where they meet the Sugar Plum fairy. Cost per person: $15 - $35 (Senior Citizen & Military Discounts Available. Ticket prices based on seat location)

Amahl and the Night Visitors (December 2 - 16)

Originally created for television, Amahl and the Night Visitors is based on Italian folk tales of the Nativity and Epiphany. Gian Carlo Menotti retells the story of the Magi from the point of view of a young disabled boy named Amahl, who lives in poverty with his widowed mother near Bethlehem. See this vivid and beautiful one-act opera, at the Aiken Community Playhouse. Cost per person: Adults $25  /  Seniors $20  /  Students $15  /  Children (Under 12) $10

Christmas, the Measles, and Me (December 7)

When Santa Claus comes down with the measles, just days before Christmas, Holly the Elf jumps in to save the day! With a cast of charismatic characters, big laughs and a happy ending, this holiday tale teaches the important lesson that wishes can come true...even if it takes eighty years! This heartwarming story promises to rekindle Christmas memories and warm even the frostiest of hearts! Cost per person: FREE

The Augusta Players Present: A Christmas Carol, The Musical (December 10 & 11)

Brimming with music and dance, love and laughter, the Augusta Players will give the holiday spirits the full Broadway treatment with the musical version of the Charles Dickens classic at the Imperial Theatre. With a score filled with beautiful melodies and emotional lyrics, join the many that make this theatrical event part of their annual holiday traditions. Cost per person: $20 - $48 (Senior Citizen, Military, Child & Student discounts available. Ticket prices based on seat location.)

The State Ballet Theatre of Russia's Cinderella (December 20)

Set to the music of S. Prokofiev and inspired by the timeless fairy tale, Cinderella is one of the most magical and hopeful of the storybook ballets. This enchanting full-scale production is choreographed by Vladimir Vasiliev, former Principal Dancer with the Bolshoi Theater Ballet and “The Best Male Dancer of the 20th Century.” See it come to life on the Imperial Theatre stage. Cost per person: $25 - $55 (Ticket prices based on seat location.)

Live Christmas Music

Christmas with Augusta Bel Canto (December 3)

The sounds of the season fill the Rotunda of the Augusta Museum of History with Augusta Bel Canto. Cost per person: FREE

Merry Christmas Darling: Carpenter’s Christmas (December 8)

This two-act performance at the Jabez Hardin Theatre features holiday classics and pop music hits in tribute to the popular duo that is guaranteed to put you in the holiday spirit. Cost per person: $39.50

A Very Airy Yule (December 10)

The Augusta Choral Society brings Christmas selections featuring brass, organ and percussion to life during their annual holiday performance. Selections include Gloria, A Carol Fantasy, Angels We Have Heard on High and excerpts from Messiah. Cost per person: Adults $30  /  Seniors $25  /  Student/Military $10

Broadway Christmas Wonderland (December 15)

Featuring glittering costumes, a dazzling cast, and the highest kicking Chorus Girls this side of the North Pole, Broadway Christmas Wonderland takes you on an unforgettable and nostalgic Christmas journey. Songs include “White Christmas,” “Winter Wonderland,” “Have Yourself A Very Merry Christmas,” “Chestnuts Roasting,” “Jingle Bells,” “Away in a Manger,” “Silent Night,” “Deck the Halls,” “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” “O Holy Night” and many more. Cost per person: $54 - $76 (Ticket prices based on seat location.)

O’ Holy Night: Celebrating 20 Years of Christmas with John Berry (December 18)

In his 20th 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.)

Arts & Crafts

Christmas Craft Show (December 2)

Features homemade crafts with more than 100 talented artisans from across the Southeast. There are sure to be crafts for everyone’s style, taste and budget. Cost per person: FREE

Christmas for the Birds (December 3)

Families will love making winter bird feeders at the Living History Park. Bring peanut butter, apples or oranges and share in the joy of creating and giving at Christmas. Cider and cookies will be served and story time will be held at 10:30 & 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 & 1:30 p.m. Cost per person: FREE

Gingerbread House Workshop (December 3)

Families can decorate gingerbread houses at Hire Grounds Cafe. RSVP with child’s first name and age to 706-650-5760 or hferrante@goodwillworks.org. Cost per person: FREE

Christmas Watercolor Workshop (December 3)

Create a holiday-themed watercolor that can be used in your home, given as a gift, or reproduced as a holiday card. All supplies are included. Cost per person: $50

Very Merry Morris Holiday Open House (December 4)

Enjoy seasonal crafts, a 2:00 p.m. concert presented by The Band Kelley, and special discounts on merchandise in the store. Cost per person: FREE

Monday at the Museum – Holiday Fun: Winter Wonderland (December 19)

Children will listen to a story on the Polar Express and then create a winter holiday craft, while munching on gingerbread cookies and hot chocolate. Monday at the Museum is a monthly program for preschool age children. They must be accompanied by an adult. First come first serve up to 20 children per session! Register ahead by calling Amy at 706-722-8454. Cost per child: $4

Seasonal Nightlife (Adults Only)

SantaCon 2016 (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!

Every Christmas Story Ever Told (December 10)

Three actors will perform every Christmas story ever told on the Le Chat Noir stage -- plus Christmas traditions from around the world, seasonal icons from ancient times to topical pop culture, and every carol ever sung. A madcap comedic romp through the holiday season! Cost per person: $25