Nestled in the heart of the North Georgia Mountains, Ellijay emerges as a hidden gem, especially during the enchanting holiday season. With its picturesque mountain landscapes, Ellijay is a community that truly embraces the spirit of Christmas. This charming town promises a holiday experience like no other and you’re invited to explore why Ellijay, Georgia, is the ultimate North Georgia Christmas destination!
A Dazzling Debut for 2023
This year, Ellijay welcomes a new tradition, the “Holiday Lights of Ellijay.” Located at the Lions Club Fairgrounds, this walk-through light show promises to be the highlight of your Christmas season. Imagine wandering through thousands of twinkling lights while sipping hot cocoa and even meeting Santa Claus for a memorable photo opportunity. It’s the perfect way to kick off your holiday festivities.
Holiday Lights of Ellijay opens on November 20th, 2023 making it perfect for those visiting Ellijay for the Thanksgiving holiday. This holiday light spectacular will run until December 23, 2023.
Where Christmas Magic Comes to Life
For those who love to cozy up with a warm blanket, sip a cup of cocoa, and binge-watch holiday movies, Downtown Ellijay is a can’t-miss stop during Christmas. The shop windows are adorned with beautiful holiday vignettes, and the entire area comes alive with the warm glow of Christmas lights.
Make sure to visit the Downtown Ellijay Welcome Center, where a holiday display radiates warmth and cheer. The Welcome Center’s iconic ornament light is the perfect place to stop and pose for a picture to remember your wintry adventures in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
If you’re traveling with little ones, you won’t want to miss your chance to write a letter to Santa Claus. With a mailbox that goes straight to the North Pole right on the Welcome Center’s porch, your little one will love running up on the porch and sending their wishes to the Big Man himself!
Savoring the Flavors of Christmas
Ellijay’s culinary scene adds another layer of delight to your Christmas getaway. After exploring Downtown Ellijay, you’re sure to be starving and the restaurants downtown won’t leave you hanging. If you’re looking to experience a true Ellijay classic, cozy up with a warm bowl of Cantaberry‘s famous Chicken and Wild Rice soup. This creamy, filling soup has had visitors flocking to Cantaberry for over a decade and pairs perfectly with all of the sandwiches on their menu. (We’re personally a big fan of the Reuben!)
For a twist on the classic chicken noodle soup, head over to savor Birria Ramen at The Shack. And for those with a sweet tooth, don’t miss out on decadent fudge and other chocolatey treats at The Bavarian Chocolatier. These culinary experiences are sure to warm your heart and satisfy your taste buds.
Light Up Ellijay
Mark your calendars for Light Up Ellijay! This classic Christmas tree lighting will be taking place on December 2nd, 2023. This tree lighting and Christmas market are the perfect way to kick off the Christmas season.
A Cabin for Every Traveler
With over 1500 cabins spread among the mountains of Ellijay, there’s a perfect cabin for every type of traveler. Whether you seek a romantic retreat, a family-friendly escape, or a pet-friendly adventure, Ellijay’s cabins offer the ideal setting to make your Christmas memorable. Don’t forget to secure your reservation early to ensure your spot in this mountain paradise.
A Sweet Adventure Awaits
Complete your holiday adventure with Ellijay’s Trio of Trails. Explore the Sweets Trail by sampling holiday favorites across local coffee shops and bakeries to win a prize. Then, stop by either of our welcome centers, show that you’re following @PickEllijay on social media, and receive one of our exclusive 2023 ornaments as a festive keepsake. These trails are not just adventures; they’re a way to connect with the heart of Ellijay.
Embrace the Magic of Ellijay This Christmas
As you plan your Christmas getaway, let Ellijay, Georgia, be your guide to a season filled with magic, wonder, and warmth. Whether you’re strolling through dazzling light displays, savoring delectable treats, or finding your perfect cabin retreat, Ellijay offers everything you need for a memorable holiday experience. Come and make Ellijay a part of your cherished Christmas memories.
Pick The Perfect Place This Holiday Season
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