But the town isn't frozen in perfection. Really something. May you be filled with the wonder of Mary, the obedience of Joseph, the joy of the angels, the eagerness of the shepherds, the determination of the magi, and the peace of the Christ child. | Southerners aren't the only ones who have noticed either. Walking around the old-timey town square, centered by a courthouse, you'll feel the small-town magic. Stay at the King and Prince, where you'll find gingerbread houses on display; and visit historic spots like the stunning Christ Church, Frederica, while it's dressed up for the season, and 90-year-old ritzy resort, The Cloister at Sea Island (where you can catch a "Reindog" Parade featuring pups in their Christmas best and an annual Yule Log Ceremony). Across the square, the tiny Picnic Cafe & Dessertery lures in locals and strangers alike, all looking to trade in the morning chill for cups of hot coffee and freshly baked cinnamon rolls. In addition to trees around the Square, individual shop -- including two chocolate shops, seven wine tasting rooms, a variety of art galleries and a pottery studio, are colorfully decorated, welcoming returning guests and first-time visitors. Think everything from a traditional Christkindlmarkt—a holiday market of sorts—to the annual downtown parade. For more information, you can visit Dahlonega.org or click for a full rundown of holiday events. The Hallmark Channel filmed one of its signature seasonal hits, Christmas in Homestead, in Dahlonega a couple of years ago. From the outside, Dahlonega is a whimsical holiday world draped in twinkling lights, with rambling horse-drawn carriages and visions of Santa Claus around every corner. Tucked in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, this easygoing community offers sweeping views and plenty to do, with hiking trails for the adventurous, an impressive collection of North Georgia wineries for weekend tours and tastings, and a historic town square with worn brick facades centered around a courthouse, which dates back to the state's early 19th-century gold rush. Southern Living is part of the Meredith Home Group. If you've never heard of Christmas at Callaway, let's talk. Southern Living is part of the Meredith Home Group. You'll instantly fit right in with the rest of the sweater-swathed crowd craning their necks to catch every music-coordinated display. "Sorry about that," Walker says, wiping his palm on his flannel shirt before extending it again. this link is to an external site that may or may not meet accessibility guidelines. Dahlonega is truly a special place for the holidays, starting with not one – but two – downtown lighting events kicking off Old Fashioned Christmas -- one to light the Historic Public Square in shimmering white lights, and the other a week later, to light the 25-foot town tree. The trendy haircuts you’ll be seeing everywhere next year. With white Christmas lights hanging from every wall within, the band kicking a tune around the pub's backside, and lingering partyers making merry—it's a warm, inviting scene for any passersby peering in the windows from the sidewalk. The dedicated residents of Lumpkin County preserved the 1948 Holly Theatre. This town loves Christmas so much that it's named after jolly 'ole Saint Nick himself. You'll find yourself getting more than a little nostalgic—if not from the relaxed pace (moseying is preferred to rushing in this cozy little burg) then from the genuine warmth of everybody here. Vintage cars roll along. (Anyone else getting Stars Hollow vibes? It happens not at the end of a countdown or striking of a clock but instead on the high note of "O Holy Night." Right down the street, the Shenanigans crew celebrates well into the night. Southern Living is a registered trademark of, These Haircuts Are Going To Be Huge in 2021, The Best Casserole Recipes for Cozy Nights In, Use These Quick Tricks to Keep a Halloween Pumpkin from Rotting, 50 Books Everyone Should Read in Their Lifetime, our ode to Dahlonega's Old-Fashioned Christmas. And six wineries and vineyards – all with distinctively different personalities, from California casual for North Georgia rustic -- celebrate the season as only wineries can.