North Georgia Mountain Christmas
There is always something going on at Unicoi State Park & Lodge.
This Christmas season, get ready for the shimmering lights, fabulous foods, holiday shopping, Breakfast with Santa, and natural relaxation at Unicoi State Park.
In the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains just north of Helen, Unicoi State Park & Lodge is a Christmas destination providing the natural mountain serenity we all desire. Imagine yourself here: 1,000 acres of wilderness between charming mountain towns will keep you coming back.
My sister and I experienced an amazing fall weekend at Unicoi State Park. We brought her family’s R/V and camped in the full hook-up section called Big Brook Spur.
We took so many photos of all the fall colors. We warmed ourselves by flickering evening fires. We hiked to waterfalls in the area, and trips to Helen via the trail that links the alpine town with the park. Twice, we arranged for the Lodge’s complimentary shuttle ride back from Helen, because we were loaded down with Christmas season purchases.
Which brings me to this point: we are returning for Christmas here with our combined families. When we were checking out, we talked with the lady at the reservation desk and what she shared simply inspired us, so we’re looking forward to returning!
Here’s what’s going on so you can plan the best time and book your Christmas getaway:
- Book an overnight stay Friday, Saturday or Sunday between December 1-16, 2023 in the Lodge and receive 15% off the Lodge’s Best Available Rate, plus 2 tickets for the nearby Hardman Farm’s Victorian Christmas Experience at a discounted rate. Available dates are December 1, 2, 8, 9, 10, 15 and 16, 2023.
- Breakfast with Santa is a holiday favorite, we hear. This special visit for kids will occur on Saturday, December 16 from 8 am to Noon. Additional activities include Pictures with Santa, Candy Cane Hunt, Pajama Parade and an Ornament Craft. Reservations are required. Call 706-878-2201 x 267 or book online.
- Christmas Day Holiday Buffet is on Monday, December 25 from 11:30 am to 4:00 pm for a traditional Christmas Dinner Buffet. Favorites include Honey Glazed Ham, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Southern Style Green Beans, Dessert Bar, and more. (Can I admit I’m thrilled not to be cooking and cleaning the kitchen on Christmas?) Reservations are now open and will fill fast. Call 706-878-2201 to reserve your table today!
- Welcome 2024! The regional favorite New Year’s Eve bash is on Sunday, December 31 with a special dinner served from 5:30 to 8:00 pm. The ballroom doors open at 8:00 and partygoers will jam with the DJ tunes. Cash bar, party favors and midnight champagne toast are included. Reservations are now open and will fill fast. Call 706-878-2201 to reserve your spot today!
The Winter Black Bear Plunge, hosted by the Friends of Unicoi State Park, submerges you into the New Year at Unicoi Beach. Save the date for Saturday, January 6, 2024. Registration begins on the beach at 10:00 am. It’s all about camaraderie and chill, literally! But you’ll be warmed when the Friends Group stokes the beach bonfire and serves hot dogs and chili and turns on the music. A raffle, and a Sandcastle Contest for children under age 12, will be exciting for everyone. No reservations necessary for this beach party.
We’re coming back with the R/Vs – my family, my sister’s family – for the beauty and solitude of a North Georgia mountain Christmas.
—Sally T. with Sister Savannah E.