Georgia events

THIS WEEK

29TH ANNUAL CHRISTMAS ON THE OLD PLANTATION: A magical experience to demonstrate how Christmas was celebrated on a Southern rice plantation during the 1850s; candlelit stroll down old carriage road and candlelit tours of antebellum plantation house, hot wassail and cookies, Civil War reenactors, Christmas carols and Santa Claus; 6-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation, 5556 U.S. Highway 17 N., Brunswick; $3-$6; (912- 264-7333

10K TRAIL RUNNING RACE: 7 a.m. to noon Saturday, Victoria Bryant State Park, 1105 Bryant Park Road, Royston; $5 parking; (706) 245-6270; register at www.dirtyspokes.com

CHRISTMAS FOR TRAVELERS: Live music and entertainment with period dances by 1860s Civilian Society; craft demonstrators show their skills in blacksmithing, knitting, crocheting, spinning and more - all in an 1800s decorative setting created by the Friends of Travelers Rest; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Travelers Rest Historic Site, 4339 Riverdale Road, Toccoa; $2.50-$4; (706) 356-4362

THE HOLIDAY HOUSE: Arts, crafts and vendors; admission by monetary donation or donation to the toy drive benefiting foster children in the area; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Riverwood Plantation Barn, Evans; presented by Child Enrichment; Mandy Fox (706) 737-4631, www.childenrichment.org

CHRISTMAS AT THE GORGE: Photos with Santa Claus, three make-it-yourself activity stations for children, Christmas story with the Clauses at 3 p.m., snacks; 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Tallulah Gorge State Park, 338 Jane Hurt Yarn Drive, Tallulah Falls; holiday music provided by students from Tallulah Falls School; fee for photo; $5 parking; (706) 754-7981

DECK THE HALLS: Holiday celebration with making crafts, hay rides (weather permitting), a special meal in the park's restaurant and music in the decorated lodge; 3-6 p.m. Saturday, Unicoi State Park and Lodge, 1788 Georgia Highway 356, Helen; $5 parking; (800) 573-9659 ext. 305

MOUNTAINTOP NIGHT HIKE: Listen to whippoorwills and owls as the sun slowly sets and the moon begins to rise; 6 p.m. Saturday, Panola Mountain State Park, 2600 Georgia Highway 155 S.W., Stockbridge; bring flashlights and hiking boots; meet at nature center; rain or shine; arrive 30 minutes early; registration required; $7 plus $5 parking; (770) 389-7801

CHRISTMAS CANDLELIGHT TOUR: Candlelight, Christmas carols, hot apple cider, Cherokee stories and hand-made decorations typical of the Trail of Tears era to kick off the holiday season; 6-9:30 p.m. Saturday, New Echota Historic Site, 1211 Chatsworth Highway N.E., Calhoun; dress warm, wear comfortable shoes and bring a candle, lantern or flashlight to tour the former Cherokee Capital and see the holidays in a whole new (candle)light; $3.50-$5; (706) 624-1321

DAHLONEGA GOLD MUSEUM CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE: Part of Dahlonega's Old Fashion Christmas; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dahlonega Gold Museum, 1 Public Square, Dahlonega; learn about America's first gold rush while enjoying warm apple cider and cookies; afterward enjoy the sights and sounds of Christmas on the town square; (706) 864-2257

HOLIDAY SHOPPING BAZAAR: Open to the public; variety of local vendors and plenty of gift items; 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, Euchee Creek Elementary School, 795 Louisville Road, Grovetown; Baronda Leongrande (706) 556-4000

AUGUSTA CHRISTIAN WOMEN'S CONNECTION LUNCHEON: All That Glitters luncheon and $1 gift exchange; 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jensen's Wymberly Clubhouse, 4600 Columbia Road, Martinez; with Mrs. Santa Claus; music by Yvonne Meeks; Sue Carter Stout, of Boiling Springs, S.C., speaking on Treasures from My Journey; $10; Carol (706) 496-2142

3-5 Grade After School Nature Club: 4:30-6 p.m. every other Tuesday through Dec. 14, Reed Creek Park and Wetlands Interpretive Center, 3820 Park Lane, Martinez; $40 for the season; lbeltran@columbiacountyga.gov

K-2 Grade After School Nature Club: 4:30-6 p.m. Thursdays through Dec. 16, Reed Creek Park and Wetlands Interpretive Center, 3820 Park Lane, Martinez; $40 for the season; lbeltran@columbiacountyga.gov

UPCOMING

EVENING OF CELTIC GUITARS: Sixth annual concert presented by the Activities Council of Thomson; featuring Steve Baughman and Robin Bullock; 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9, Thomson Depot, 111 Railroad St.; $12 in advance, $15 at door; (706) 597-1000

Cherokee Chrstmas by Candlelight: In honor of Cherokee Chief James Vann opening his new brick mansion in 1805 to the Moravian missionaries to hold one of the first Christmas celebrations in the Cherokee Nation, visitors invited to enjoy the sights and sounds of a 19th century Christmas in one of America's best-preserved Cherokee Indian homes; 5-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 10 and 11, Chief Vann House Historic Site, 82 Georgia Highway 225 N., Chatsworth; $3.5-$5; (706) 695-2598

Santa Shuffle 5K Run/Walk: Held by Walton-Barrow Board of Realtors to benefit the Shop With A Cop program for needy children; race fees apply; $5 parking; 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 11, Fort Yargo State Park, 210 S. Broad St., Winder; (770) 867-3489

Winter Muster and Battle at Fort McAllister: A day of fort activities leading up to the 15-minute battle that captured Fort McAllister; witness and smell the battle that ended Sherman's March to the Sea; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, Fort McAllister Historic Park, 3894 Fort McAllister Road, Richmond Hill; $3.50-$5; (912) 727-2339

A Fort Yargo Christmas: Christmas carols, refreshments, fort tours and a visit from Santa; 3-6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, Fort Yargo State Park, 210 S. Broad St., Winder; $5 parking; (770) 867-3489

Christmas Open House: Choir performances, kids' crafts, gingerbread house creations; warm up by the fire and visit with Santa; $5 parking; 4-9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge, 418 Amicalola Falls State Park Road, Dawsonville; (706) 265-1969

Christmas Tree Lighting: Tree lighting, caroling, hay rides, Santa Claus visit, bonfires, hot chocolate and cider; to benefit Give A Gift Toy Drive sponsored by Union County Sheriff's Department; bring an unwrapped gift for up to age 12; no toy guns, knives or dangerous items; 4:30-6:45 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, Vogel State Park, 405 Vogel State Park Road, Blairsville; (706) 745-2628

A Colonial Christmas: A peaceful holiday celebration; colonial refreshments, a yule log, bonfire, 18th century music, caroling, dance and firing of the Christmas guns; 5-8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, Fort Morris Historic Site, 2559 Fort Morris Road, Midway; (912) 884-5999

A Colonial Christmas at Fort King George: Join the garrison for a traditional dinner in the enlisted barracks and an evening of colonial-style Yule Tide jollification; 7-8:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, Fort King George Historic Site, 302 McIntosh Road S.E., Darien; $30; reservations required by Wednesday, Dec. 8; (912) 437-4770

Colonial Christmas at Wormsloe: A Christmas celebration 18th century style, with caroling, dancing, burning of the yule log, holiday observances of the Colonial period, games and refreshments; 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12, Wormsloe Historic Site, 7601 Skidaway Road, Savannah; $3.50-$5; (912) 353-3023

Victorian Christmas: Confederate Vice President Alexander Stephens home, Liberty Hall, decorated with styles of Christmas past; home interpreted by hosts in period costume; live music, refreshments and more; 1:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12, A.H. Stephens Historic Park, 456 Alexander St. N.W., Crawfordville; $2.50-$4; (706) 456-2602

mountaintop adventure hike: 2 p.m. Dec. 12, Panola Mountain State Park, 2600 Georgia Highway 155 S.W., Stockbridge; guided hikes depart from nature center; rain or shine; arrive 30 minutes early; registration required; $7 plus $5 parking; (770) 389-7801

SATURDAY MOUNTAIN HIKE: 10 a.m. Dec. 18, Panola Mountain State Park, 2600 Georgia Highway 155 S.W., Stockbridge; guided hikes depart from nature center; arrive 30 minutes early; registration required; $7 plus $5 parking; (770) 389-7801

Archery Day: For ages 6-16 to learn the safe and proper way to use archery equipment; participants get a chance to target practice; 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18, Suwannee River Eco-Lodge, 400 Eco-Lodge Drive, Fargo; $15, plus $5 parking; registration required; (912) 637-5274

FOURTH ANNUAL LUMINARY FUN NIGHT WITH SANTA: Bring children and pets for pictures with Santa, then walk the enchanted luminary trail, do holiday arts and crafts and enjoy caroling on hay rides; holiday treats and hot chocolate; 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18, Skidaway Island State Park, 52 Diamond Causeway, Savannah; $5 parking; (912) 598-2300


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