Thanksgiving Events & Family Fun in Augusta GA

Whether you're looking for a date night or family event to celebrate fall or prepping to host your friends and family for Thanksgiving, Augusta's River Region is bustling with events and things to do.

Outdoor Fall Events      Seasonal Shopping      Thanksgiving Events      Nightlife 

Outdoor Fall Events 

National Take a Hike Day (November 17)

Join the naturalist on a two-hour hike through a 3-mile loop that includes two popular trails of Mistletoe State Park. Please wear sturdy shoes and dress for the weather. Bring plenty of water. Cost per person: $2 plus $5 parking per car

Lights of the South (Daily starting November 16)

Walk or take a hay ride through two miles of trails with over a million lights. Cost per person: $12 general admission or $20 fast pass

Jingle Jam 10K (December 1)

A fun-filled, Christmas-themed road race featuring entertainment, choirs, Santa Claus, and a costume contest! Runners get jingle bells to lace into their shoes so they can “jingle all the way” to the finish line! Cost per person: $40 in advance or $50 day of packet pick-up

Seasonal Events & Shopping

Sacred Heart Holiday Open House (November 15)

Take time out from the flurry of the season, enjoy baked holiday treats and join the fun with a day of shopping, entertainment and refreshments at the Sacred Heart Gift Shop. Shop for holiday decorating items, home accessories, jewelry, regional books, and artwork. Don't miss holiday cooking demonstrations by local chefs or book signings by local authors. Cost per person: FREE

How to Make Cinnamon Rolls (November 16)

Just in time for the holidays, learn how to make sweet cinnamon rolls from one of Augusta's most iconic chefs, VeryVera. This one hour class in VeryVera's cottage includes all supplies. Cost per person: $50

Indie Arts Vintage Market (November 17)

Shop under the oak trees in downtown Aiken from vintage and handcrafted Pop Up shops #DownOnPark. Cost per person: FREE

Annual Gingerbread Village (November 15 - 25)

The rotunda of the Augusta Museum of History transforms into a seasonal confectionary village showcasing the intricate and whimsical interpretations of iconic architecture by bakers throughout Augusta's River Region. Cost per person: FREE

Fort Gordon Christmas Festival (November 29)

Get into the holiday spirit and bring your little ones out for crafts, hay rides, bonfires and photos with Santa. Don't miss out on a chance to hear live Christmas caroling, or purchase a gift for a loved one from one of the many vendors that will be there! 

Christmas Craft Show (November 30)

Shop from more than 100 crafters and artisans from across the Southeast. Cost per person: FREE

 

Thanksgiving Week Events

Lights of the South (Daily starting November 16)

Walk or take a hay ride through two miles of trails with over a million lights. Cost per person: $12 general admission or $20 fast pass

Pioneer Day  (November 17)

Take a step back in time! The Lincoln County Historical Park features a grist mill, saw mill, smokehouse, an early town doctor's office, a blacksmith's shop, a late 1700's log cabin and so much more! On the third Saturday of November, the entire village comes to life for the Historical Society's annual Pioneer Day complete with period costumes and food. Cost per person: FREE

Flashback Cinema: Home Alone (November 18 & 21)

See the holiday favorite on the big screen this Thanksgiving week. The smash comedy starring McCauley Culkin as Kevin McCallister, an 8-year-old boy who is mad at his family and wishes they would disappear. When they accidentally leave for Christmas vacation without him, he gets his wish (“Yes!”). But he finds being “home alone” isn’t all fun and games (well, maybe it is) when two bungling burglars (Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern) force him to defend his house. (“You guys give up? Or are you thirsty for more?”) Cost per person: $8.64 - $11.34

Bloodies and Bagels (November 22)

It’s the place to be on Thanksgiving morning. Bring your houseguests, neighbors and friends to celebrate the holiday on the lawn of the Aiken County Historical Museum. Bagels of various flavors, cream cheese, coffee and Bloody Marys will be served. Enjoy this event before the walk into Hitchcock Woods for the Blessing of the Hounds at 11 a.m. Cost per person: FREE

Blessing of the Hounds (November 22)

The annual Blessing of the Hounds in the Hitchcock Woods is one of Aiken’s favorite, longstanding Thanksgiving traditions. Each year, the ceremony is part of the Aiken Hounds’ Opening Meet, which officially kicks off the busy hunt season. The ceremony pays homage to the various traditions of foxhunting, to the heritage of Aiken’s historic hunt culture, and to the skilled hounds that make this sport so engaging. Cost per person: FREE

One Table  (November 22)

Bring a dish to share, or come as you are to the annual community dinner in downtown Aiken. Cost per person: FREE

Opt Outside: Native American & Pioneer Program (November 23)

Don’t let Black Friday commercialize the Thanksgiving Holiday anymore! Learn about hunting methods used by Native Americans and the Pioneers at Mistletoe State Park. Get to touch fur, mounts, and see live animals! Meet at Campground Amphitheater. Cost: $5 parking fee

Full Moon Hike (November 23)

Get outside this Thanksgiving weekend and come witness a large Supermoon on this special night hike at Phinizy Swamp Nature Park. Cost per person: $10

Christmas Tree Lighting (November 23)

Bring your family and friends for the Annual Edgefield Town Square Christmas Tree Lighting. There will be Christmas Music, Cookies and Hot Chocolate and SNOW! Cost per person: FREE

Colton Ballet's Nutcracker (November 23 - 25)

An Augusta tradition for more than 40 years, Colton Ballet Company (formerly Dance Augusta) brings this holiday classic to life on the historic Imperial Theatre stage with beautiful dancing and stunning backdrops. 5 shows span the entire weekend after Thanksgiving. Cost per person: $17 - 40

Christmas in the Backcountry (November 24)

This low-key event at the Living History Park demonstrates how Christmas was observed by colonists in the backcountry. Christmas traditions and celebrations varied throughout colonial communities, usually as a result of the cultures of their citizens. Father Christmas, better known to many as St. Nicholas, looks forward to meeting with all those who love the true Spirit of Christmas and the joy the season can bring. He will be dressed as in ages past, in his traditional Victorian coat and cap. Cost per person: FREE

Hip Hop Nutcracker (November 25)

A contemporary dance spectacle set to Tchaikovsky’s timeless music, celebrates its 5th year anniversary and hits the road to play the Miller Theater. Cost per person: $35 - $75

Flashback Cinema: A Christmas Story (November 25 & 28)

See the holiday favorite on the big screen this Thanksgiving week. We double-dog-dare you not to love this heart-warming comedy from author Jean Shepherd. 9-year old Ralphie (Peter Billingsley) wants only one thing for Christmas: a "Red Ryder Carbine Action 200-shot Range Model Air Rifle.” But no one else seems to think it’s a good idea ("You'll shoot your eye out, kid!"). Darren McGavin plays Ralphie’s dad (“the Old Man”), whose taste in lamps is somewhat unusual. ("Aaah! ‘Fra-GEE-lee!’ It must be Italian!”) Cost per person: $8.64 - $11.34

Nightlife Fall Events

Iron & Wine (November 14)

Performing as Iron & Wine, indie folk singer-songwriter Sam Beam has, over the course of more than 10 years, released five albums, numerous EPs, and singles and begun compiling and releasing an Archive Series, a collection of songs written and recorded before taking up the Iron & Wine moniker. Best known for his sparse and always exceptionally literate songs, he is often compared to artists such as Nick Drake, Elliot Smith, and Neil Young. He is currently touring behind his 2017 release Beast Epic. Cost per person: $35 - $40

Harry Potter Pub Crawl (November 17)

Put on your favorite Wizardly cosplay and join your Housemates as we once again turn downtown Augusta into our own Diagon Alley! Local venues will once again have all your favorite magical concoctions and drink specials for you to enjoy. Send out your Owls to all your friends to take part on this spell binding night!

Secret Record Night (November 18)

A music buff's dream - enjoy drink specials and tapas created by locally sourced ingredients while a guest DJ spins rare records from his or her collection at The Bee's Knees. Cost per person: No Cover Charge

Cirque Dreams Holidaze (November 27)

Over 300 imaginative costumes, 20 world-class astonishing acts, the finest singers, original music and seasonal favorites celebrate Thanksgiving, Chanukah, Christmas and New Year's in a 2 hour breathtaking spectacle featuring soaring acrobatics, gravity defying feats and extravagant theatrical production numbers! Cost per person: $39 - $89

Downtown Shows

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