LaGrange loves the holidays and it shows! It’s not surprising that LaGrange was recognized as “one of eight small Georgia towns that do Christmas right.” Here are just some of the ways this enchanting Southern town will show you a Christmas to remember.
The season kicks off with a Candlelight Holiday Sip & Shop on November 22 at 5pm. Enjoy shopping downtown as the local merchants welcome you with festive food and wine tastings, special sales, complimentary gift wrapping and carriage rides.
On December 7, keep the party going at the Wild Leap’s Ugly Sweater Party starting at 7pm. Show up in your ugliest, tackiest and flashiest holiday attire and you could win a prize. Plus, enjoy a new batch of holiday-themed craft beers from this award-winning brewery.
A more civilized tradition awaits with Christmas tea at the historic Bellevue mansion on December 15. Think of it as the Southern version of Downton Abbey. Built in 1854, the beautiful Antebellum home and national landmark is all dressed up for the holidays. Make your reservation now to save a spot. As a bonus, the tea also serves as a fundraiser to preserve Bellevue.
Speaking of grand Southern mansions, the Hills & Dales Estate is always worth a visit but even more so when it’s all decked out for the holidays! An abundance of fresh flowers, plants and evergreens adorn the impressive interior. Ooh and awe at the elegant Christmas tree decorated to reflect the 1940s – just as it greeted loved ones back when the estate’s famous residents, the Callaways, called it home and held huge feasts.
You can also do more than gaze: Bring a piece of Hills & Dales home with you. Throughout the month of December, you can pick up design inspiration at special, hands-on workshops. Create a beautiful wreath for your front door using a variety of fresh greens from the estate grounds. Or bring the kids for the gingerbread house workshop, complete with sing-along and story time plus a visit from Santa. Get all the details here.
Another true holiday classic is the Nutcracker ballet. Introduce the aspiring dancer in your family to this cherished production and the triumphant return of the Lafayette Ballet Company, December 6 – 8.
If it doesn’t feel like Christmas to you unless it’s cold out, then have an ice day at Sweetland on Ice. Sweetland Amphitheatre is normally the spot for great concerts but it’s transformed for the season into a 5,000 square-foot open-air ice rink. They’ve thought of everything you need to make your evening special, from the skates to twinkling lights, mood music and yummy hot cocoa with plenty of whipped cream. Oh, and there’s a Zamboni, too. It’s open December 6 – February 17 so you’ll have lots of time to practice your triple axle.
What goes with ice? Snow! Great Wolf Lodge welcomes you and your family to a winter wonderland, complete with spectacular decorations, snow showers, twinkling lights, visits with Santa, Snow ‘n Glow dance parties It’s their north woods-style holiday getaway-themed Snowland. But, don’t worry, it’s always a perfect 84 degrees in the indoor waterpark.
Sometimes, we can use a little comic relief during all of the holiday hustle and bustle. If you could go for a heartwarming comedy with a dose of holiday magic, check out “Closed for the Holidays” at the New Horizon Theatre, Dec. 12 – 14.
Make your holidays extra special by taking a horse-drawn carriage ride through the streets of downtown LaGrange. Rides start at the corner of S. LaFayette Square and Bull Street, next to the Chamber Plaza and are available weekends starting November 20 through December 20, weather permitting.
Lastly, LaGrange is also a place where you can embrace the spirit of the season with a Follow the Shepherd Walk at the Biblical History Center. This special tour traces the journey of Mary and Joseph from Nazareth to Bethlehem and the first Christmas, using a historical and archaeological replica. It’s offered daily during the month of December, however reservations are required so plan your visit now.