Christmas in Athens!

By Breanna Derricotte, updated December 8, 2020

The holidays are quickly approaching. Although the ideal holiday celebration is said to be with family and friends, many of us won’t be able to travel home to be with relatives. This holiday may not be what we are used to, however there are still some holiday activities that can help create a sense of normalcy in  times we are living in. 

If you are staying in Athens for the holidays, you can still get that family and holiday feel in the Classic City.  A few of the traditional holiday events are still set to take place in Athens over the next few weeks. Light Up Athens, holiday shopping social distancing style, and Christmas tree events are sure to get the holiday spirit moving.

A new tradition that Athens has started is Light Up Athens. This event will take place right in the middle of Downtown Athens on Fridays and Saturdays in December from 6:00-9:00pm.  This event will have activities for the entire family. Some of the activities include a community Christmas tree, holiday character appearances, holiday music, “S’elfie” spots and more. It doesn’t end until December 26th, so you will have plenty of time to check it out!

Are you into crafty homemade goods? Well, there is an outdoor event just for you. This socially distant shopping experience will consist of over 100 independent vendors offering a diverse number of crafts from jewelry, body products, unique housewares, and more. This year has been tough for small business, so this event will help support local business through the holidays. This event will take place from December 12-13th from 10-5pm.It will be held at 660 N Chase street. 

Charity is also important to remember around the holiday time. “Rockin’ Around the Classic City” is a tree auction held on December 13, 2020 at 5:00pm. This event consists of Christmas trees decorated by local businesses and auctioned off. The proceeds will go to The Food Bank of Northeast Georgia.

Whether you head downtown to take some selfies with the Christmas tree, or a few of your friends do some Christmas shopping from a small business, you can still get the full holiday experience while staying safe. The link to the website with information about each event is listed below. 

Happy Holidays from the Redland Team!