Thanksgiving in Ellijay is more than just a holiday—it’s a celebration of warmth, community, and the stunning natural beauty that surrounds this charming town. With its picturesque landscapes, bountiful harvests, and welcoming spirit, Ellijay is the perfect destination for an unforgettable Thanksgiving experience. From indulging in local delicacies to embracing the festive atmosphere, there’s no shortage of activities to make your Thanksgiving week truly memorable surrounded by those you love.
Explore the Trails
Take in the breathtaking autumn foliage with a hike along the picturesque trails of Ellijay’s surrounding trails.
Only 5 miles from downtown, the Bear Creek Trail
offers a leisurely hike alongside Bear Creek, leading you to the Gennett Poplar
, Georgia’s second largest tree! Carters Lake
‘s Big Acorn Trail is short and easy hike to the lake view overlook and perfect for small children. View more family favorite hiking trials ->
Embrace the Flavors of the Season
Experience the sweet delights of Ellijay by stopping at an orchard to savor the famous apple cider doughnuts and homemade pies that capture the very essence of fall. Indulge in a delightful post-dinner dessert journey along the Ellijay Treats Trail, for a variety of treats such as butterscotch blondies, cinnamon crumb cakes, and more holiday favorites. Savor Ellijay’s Sweetest Fall Treats –>
Unwind in the Scenic Wineries
Savor the locally crafted wines from Ellijay’s renowned wineries, creating the ideal backdrop for a relaxing experience. Visit Ellijay’s newest vineyard, Roo Mountain Vineyards
, for breathtaking, pristine views and indulge in a selection of premium wines and hard ciders at their rooftop garden bar. While strolling through Downtown Ellijay, take a moment to unwind with a glass of wine at Mountain Treasures
, Cartecay Wine and Craft
, and the latest addition to the downtown tasting rooms, 29 North
. Plan your visit by exploring a list of vineyards, tasting rooms, breweries, cideries, and wine tour transportation services at pickellijay.com.
Light Up Ellijay
Conclude Thanksgiving week in Ellijay by attending the captivating “Light Up Ellijay” event on November 24th. Make your way to Broad Street in Downtown Ellijay for pictures with Santa, donations are encouraged, and be part of the magical lighting ceremony for the Christmas tree. Take in the awe-inspiring sight of the 25-foot gingerbread house and meet Ginger, the charming gingerbread woman. Not only will you be immersed in holiday splendor, but your participation will also contribute to a meaningful cause, as all proceeds from the event go to support Friends of Gilmer Animal Shelter. Extend your stay or plan a return visit to Ellijay for an extra dose of holiday cheer at the Annual Christmas Parade scheduled for December 2nd, it’s the perfect opportunity to continue create lasting memories with loved ones during the most wonderful time of the year. More about Light Up Ellijay ->
Relaxing Mountain Retreats
Whether you plan a brief stay or an extended vacation, a visit to Ellijay promises serene nights embraced by warm hospitality. With a range of options from luxurious cabins and RV resorts, to delightful farm stays and geodesic domes, you’re bound to discover the perfect accommodation for your trip to Ellijay. Whatever your preference, an extraordinary experience awaits! Explore a variety of cabin, lodging, and glamping options at pickellijay.com.
November Events You Can't Miss in Ellijay
Turkey Trot, Holiday Lights, & More
Plan your Thanksgiving Meal
Whether you're searching for catering or a traditional dinner, explore Thanksgiving dinner options in Ellijay!