Ho! Ho! Ho! From Alpine to Appalachian, get ready to celebrate the holidays with these events in Alpine Helen, a Bavarian beauty set in the Northeast Georgia Mountains, about an hour and a half north of Atlanta.
December 7-8, 2013: Fill up your shopping bags at Helen’s 6th annual Christkindlmarkt, a German tradition where the center of town is filled with booths offering specialty gift items, decorations, assorted savory food, drinks and candied treats at Helen Market Platz.
December 7, 2013: The Helen Christmas Parade, sponsored by the Helen-White County Convention and Visitors Bureau, winds through Downtown Helen at 2 p.m.
December 7, 14 and 21, 2013: Enjoy Kinderfest, a German tradition for children offering games, face painting and balloon tying in Downtown Helen.
December 13-15, 2013: Savor the sounds of the season with the Community Chorale Holiday Concert at Sautee Nacoochee Community Center.
Find one-of-a-kind Christmas gifts with German flair, sample pastries and raise a pint to the most wonderful time of the year all while making your holidays brighter with a weekend or week-long getaway. Spend time in the village of Sautee where authentic Appalachian artwork, pottery and hand-made toys make it easy to find something for everyone on the Christmas list. After shopping, relax at one of the area wineries, complete with breath-taking views: Habersham Winery showcases 150 medals awarded in both national and international competitions; Serenity Cellars offers a Tuscan-style tasting room that seems to spring from the ground, even as the vines sleep; The Cottage Vineyard and Winery has a vineyard wedding setting and 360 degree mountain views; Sautee Nacoochee Vineyards is a family farm winery creating hand-crafted wines; Frogtown Cellars now has a tasting room in Helen, and Yonah Mountain Vineyards is home to Georgia’s only wine cave.
Don’t miss a thing: stay in downtown Helen or immerse yourself in a true mountain experience by renting a nearby cabin. Visit www.HelenGA.org for accommodation details and complimentary assistance planning your getaway.
Mom-on-the-go and Laurie Rowe Communications PR pro Katie Reeder graduated at the top of her class from the Calhoun Honors College at Clemson University with a degree in Communication Studies. Katie resides in Cumming, Georgia – between the beautiful mountains of North Georgia and the lights and action of nearby Atlanta.