Unicoi State Park & Lodge is your Alpine Helen Headquarters for Christmas and New Year’s Eve
If you’re looking for a Christmas you won’t forget, complete with a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, a traditional Christmas feast, and a New Year’s Eve Bash to remember, you’ll find it all at Unicoi State Park & Lodge.
Adventure always awaits at Unicoi State Park, where you can zipline across a lake at more than 50 mph, test your aim throwing tomahawks, firing air rifles, or at the 3-D archery range, and learn to fly fish, all in the same day. We also are home to some of the best hiking in the region, a short jaunt from Anna Ruby Falls, the hub of ample camping opportunities, and so much more. When you stay at Unicoi, you’ll never hear anyone say, “I’m bored” – especially around the holidays.
Unicoi State Park & Lodge is only 10 minutes from North Georgia’s favorite Christmas destination, Alpine Helen. Our neighboring Bavarian-style village takes on a whole new life as it transforms into a Christmas wonderland full of shops and restaurants and outdoor spaces that make this sleepy mountain town resemble Santa’s North Pole Village. It’s a sight to see!
Breakfast with Santa
Don’t miss Breakfast with Santa on Dec. 18, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Unicoi Restaurant. Join Old Saint Nick and Mrs. Claus and bring your camera because you will want to remember this day. In addition to photos with Santa, there will be a Candy Cane Hunt, Pajama Parade, and ornament crafting. Reservations are open now. The fee for children is $9.99 and $14.99 for adults. Call 706-878-2201 ext. 549, to reserve your space today.
The fun doesn’t end with breakfast. Christmas dinner at Unicoi State Park & Lodge is a tradition you will want to add to your family’s holiday plans every year. Gather for fellowship and fantastic fare including beef tenderloin, honey-glazed ham, oven-roasted chicken, peel-and-eat shrimp, and a slew of sides and desserts that are sure to get you in the holiday spirit. Join us on Christmas Day from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and make this Christmas unforgettable.
New Year’s Eve Mask-Querade
When 2021 fades in the rearview and 2022 is in front of you, come spend New Year’s Eve with us at Unicoi State Park & Lodge. The second annual New Year’s Eve Mask-Querade is a party to properly honor the year that was and make the best of the year to come. Enjoy live music, special cocktails, a people’s choice face mask contest, and a champagne toast to ring in the new year. Reservations are required, so don’t wait until it’s too late. Overnight packages for couples start at just $275 and party and dinner reservations are just $40 per person. Call 706-878-2201 ext. 267 to reserve your space.
Falls to Farm First-Day Hike
On New Year’s Day, take an adventure that can only take place in the North Georgia mountains. Hike back in time from Anna Ruby Falls to Hardman Farm State Historic Site. This 11-mile supported hike shows the splendor of what was the vast estate of Hardman Farm, owned by the Nichols family. Call 706-878-1077 for more information and to register. Register early and get a T-shirt to commemorate the occasion.
Winter Black Bear Plunge
After you party in style, come ready for a jolt to start 2022 at the Winter Black Bear Plunge into Unicoi Lake on Jan. 8. The plunge will be at the swimming area on the 53-acre lake that anchors the adventures at Unicoi State Park & Lodge. Hosted by the Friends of Unicoi State Park, the plunge begins at 10 a.m. on the beach and will include a bonfire to warm up by after your plunge, live music, hot dogs, chili, a raffle, and a sand-castle contest for children under 12 years old. No registration is required.
Regardless of when you stay, you and your family will always find an adventure at Unicoi State Park & Lodge. Stay at Unicoi State Park & Lodge during the month of December and you’ll find plenty of other fun-filled holiday-inspired activities. Experience the Blue Ridge Mountains in ways you never thought possible this holiday season.