Holiday celebrations, Fort McAllister, First Day Hikes

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Holiday event at Georgia State Parks

December 2022

Light display at A.H. Stephens State Park

Festive Holiday Celebrations

Celebrate this holiday season with colorful lights, creative crafts, hayrides, candlelit tours and more. State parks and historic sites have planned dozens of outings to help create memories with friends and family. Below are just a few upcoming events, and you can find more on Tag #GaStateParks to let us see your adventures!

  • Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site’s annual Christmas Tour is this Friday and Saturday. Walk along the candlelit path under centuries-old oaks and be treated to a guided tour of this historic home. Santa, living history enactors, musket and cannon firings, carols, hot wassail and cookies highlight the event. Brunswick
  • Hardman Farm Historic Site’s Victorian Christmas includes tour guides in period dress, live music, and s’mores. December 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17. Sautee-Nacoochee
  • A.H. Stephens State Park’s light display covers 10 acres and includes a campfire and refreshments. Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings through Christmas. Crawfordville
  • Hard Labor Creek State Park’s holiday-themed wagon rides are followed by a warm campfire and hot cocoa. December 17 and 18. Rutledge
  • Festive Fridays at Crooked River State Park let you make nature-themed crafts that will make any fireplace proud. Fridays in December. St Marys
  • Join rangers at F.D. Roosevelt State Park to make elf nature crafts, take a paddle with Santa, or make holiday cards that will be delivered to a local retirement home. Dates vary throughout December. Pine Mountain
  • Christmas comes to Victoria Bryant State Park on December 10. The day includes photos with Santa, holiday crafts, hot chocolate, a movie, caroling and hayride. Royston

Fort McAllister State Park and Civil War Museum

Fort McAllister cottage porch

Just south of Savannah, Fort McAllister State Park is a beautiful spot for a winter getaway. Campsites and cottages are surrounded by salt marsh and Spanish moss, and the Ogeechee River offers great fishing and boating. Guests can enjoy birding, geocaching, picnicking and exploring the Civil War museum. On December 10, join reenactors for the 158th Annual Winter Muster to see infantry demonstrations, cannon firings and blacksmithing.

Welcome the New Year with “First Day Hikes”

Chattahoochee Bend's First Day Hike

On New Year’s Day, park rangers across the country are inviting Americans to start 2023 with inspiring First Day Hikes. In Georgia’s State Parks and Historic Sites, more than 40 guided treks will encourage friends and families to connect with nature and each other. Outings range from short strolls to all-day adventures. Find the perfect hike for you on

Holiday Gift Idea: Combo Passes

James H. Floyd State Park Santa by @zen_void

This holiday season, give 37 lakes, seven waterfalls, three canyons and a swamp tucked into one little stocking. Our new combo pass includes parking and admission to more than 40 Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites. A $100 value, the combo sells for $85 and is valid for 12 months from purchase date. Passes are thoughtful gifts that will be appreciated for months to come. (Photo of Santa taking a pre-holiday break at James H. Floyd State Park by @zen_void.)  

Look Who's In The News

CNN -- ‘A whole new world’: Georgia debuts all-terrain wheelchairs at its state parks -- Aimee Copeland expands outdoor fun to the disabled community

WMAZ TV 13 Macon -- Discover Georgia: New Echota gives us a glimpse into Cherokee life in North Georgia New Echota

Gwinnett Citizen -- Give the gift of experiences inspired by nature and history from Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites

Reporter Newspapers -- One-of-a-Kind Accommodations

The Savvy Mama Lifestyle -- Blairsville Georgia With Kids: 9 Thrilling Things To Do

365 Atlanta Traveler -- 13+ Sensational Places for Ziplining 

TOWN -- Backcountry Lodging

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