BLAIRSVILLE, Ga – Christmas is in full-swing throughout Union County with events ramping up on Friday, Dec. 6 and continuing throughout the month.
Blairsville’s family holiday begins this Friday, Dec. 6 and continues all day Saturday, Dec. 7, culminating in the Christmas Parade at 6 p.m.
The Downtown Development Authority, Union County Historical Society, and Blairsville-Union Chamber of Commerce have teamed up to coordinate the 48-hours of events, so citizens can truly enjoy and experience all the city has to offer.
The Tour of Trees is already open to the public at the Community Center and features 40 festive Christmas trees decorated by local businesses. The trees and wreaths will be up until Dec. 31. Additionally, a Grinch village can be seen in the Community Center.
Downtown businesses are participating in Jingle Bell Buys from Wednesday through Friday and will be staying open late during the monthly Shop Late event.
Holiday Stop and Shop takes place at the Pat Haralson Civic Center on Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m.
Also on Friday, the North Georgia Chamber Symphony is performing at the Old Courthouse at 7 p.m.
Saturday is filled with holiday cheer with Holly Jolly Christmas and Breakfast with Santa at the Community Center from 9 to 11 a.m.
From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. is Kris Kringle Market at the Union County Farmers Market, which has over 85 vendors this year and entertainment from the UCHS Chorus and Woody Gap Band of Steel.
Christmas on the Square begins at 10 a.m. with a bake sale and hot dogs. The children’s activities start around 2 p.m. including Pictures with Santa. At 5 p.m., these events end and preparation for the 6 p.m. parade begins.
If you’re looking for a more historical Christmas, the Byron Herbert Reece Farm and Heritage Center are hosting a Christmas Open House on Dec. 6 and 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Woody Gap School is hosting a Christmas Tree lighting and open house on Sunday, Oct. 8 at 6 p.m. The school asks for attendees to please bring a finger food to share.
Christmas events continue the following weekend across the county.
UCHS Theatre troupe are performing Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer on Thursday, Dec. 12 and Friday, Dec. 13, at 6:30 p.m. at the Union County Fine Arts Center for $5 admission, which includes dinner an hour before the show. The $5 goes toward the fine arts students’ trip to NYC.
On Friday, Dec. 13, the Union County Historical Society hosts the Elvis Christmas Concert with Roy Perren at 6:30 p.m.
Also on Dec. 13 starting at 2 p.m., Change In Out World’s hosting its annual Christmas event, featuring Pictures with Santa, Caroling, activities, and dinner at 5 p.m. The event is free to the public.
Vogel State Park is holding its tree lighting ceremony on Dec. 14 starting at 4 p.m. The state park is offering hayrides, log fires, and hot chocolate. The ceremony begins around 5:30 p.m. Attendees please bring an unwrapped gift for a child between newborn and 12 for Union County Sheriff’s Office Give-a-Gift program.
On Dec. 21, Blairsville Dance is putting a new twist on the classic Nutcracker at the Union County Fine Arts Center at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for ages 12 and under, and children under five are free.
Union County offers something for everyone this holiday season. Seasons Greetings!