Tis the season for twinkling lights and all things nice. Christmas music playing in every store, wreaths decorated on doors, holiday sweets, roasted chestnuts, wrapped up in your favorite sweater, and spending time with friends and family are all the things we love most about this season. There are so many things to do this Holiday season in Milledgeville. Make it as jolly as can be with a little help from our Christmas Bucket List! Check them off as you go!

HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS

Lockerly in Lights

___LOCKERLY IN LIGHTS

Enjoy the holidays at Lockerly Arboretum in a safe and socially distanced way! An inaugural drive-through holiday lights display offers a rare opportunity to experience Lockerly at night! Glistening trees and Christmas decorations are what await you this holiday season at Lockerly! Lockerly in Lights will be open each Saturday from November 20 until December 18!

__BOARD THE POLAR EXPRESS

Take your children on a magical trolley ride to meet Santa. The Polar Express Trolley will take you on a journey to the North Pole, where he will be waiting with hot chocolate and cookies. During the ride, listen to Liam Neeson’s reading of The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg and interact with characters from the movie. Tours reoccur daily starting December 6 until December 10. Tickets are between $15 to $20 and the tours will go from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Exact times and ticket purchasing information to be announced.

Georgia's Old Governor's Mansion Christmas tree

___CHRISTMAS AT THE MANSION

Experience the festive holiday cheer at Georgia’s Old Governor's Mansion this Christmas. Holiday decorations reflect the time period, 1851-1853, when Governor Howell Cobb and his family occupied the beautiful home. Tour the Mansion by candlelight for a unique experience and follow the sound of angelic voices to the hidden rotunda inside the house where musicians are gathered around the 30 foot Christmas tree! The Mansion will be fully decorated for the holidays and open for tours beginning on Saturday, November 21 and run until Wednesday, December 22, 2021. The Mansion will be closed for Thanksgiving, Wednesday, November 24 - Sunday, November 28.

___GO TO REINDEER FLIGHT SCHOOL

With over 40,000 lights, flying reindeer and Christmas cheer tucked around every corner, Reindeer Flight School is one of Baldwin County’s largest lights display and a unique local experience. Operated by a local retiree with a love for the Christmas season, this experience takes place in a residential area and is a fun favorite with small children. The Flight School will begin nightly from December 10th to the 25th, with the best chance of Santa making a stop on Friday and Saturday night! Photo opportunities are abundant and be sure to climb atop a life size wooden reindeer. Just be sure to come out before 9 pm when all the lights go out and reindeers go to sleep!

Downtown Christmas Tree

___SEE ANNUAL LIGHTING OF THE CHRISTMAS TREE

On the first Friday of December from 6 pm - 8 pm the twinkling lights of our downtown Christmas tree will brighten up the streets. To see the annual lighting of the Christmas tree, be in front of Local Yolkal at 6 pm or tune into Facebook for a video stream on the Main Street page! There will also be a special appearance from the Mayor of Milledgeville. Take in the sparkle, decorations and festive shop windows as you wander about downtown this season.

___WRITE A LETTER TO SANTA & DROP IT IN THE MAIL BOX 

What do you want for Christmas this year? Let Santa know by writing a letter and dropping it off in the red mailbox that says “Letters to Santa” placed outside City Hall! It is a direct route to the North Pole, so you can be sure Santa and his elves will get right on it. Mail that makes it to Santa’s desk is sure to get a response back, so make sure your address is legible. The special Santa Mailbox will be located outside of City Hall from November 17 until December 13. There is no charge to send Santa a letter.

TREAT YOURSELF

Christmas at Blackbird hot chocolate

___SIP ON A PEPPERMINT LATTE FROM BLACKBIRD 

As the air cools, there’s nothing better than sipping on a hot beverage from your local coffee shop. Order a peppermint latte, hot chocolate or a fogle chai and prepare yourself to taste Christmas in a cup! Located in downtown Milledgeville, Blackbird Coffee makes for a quick and easy stop with some shopping following at some of our local boutique and antique shops. Take in the holiday grandeur as you go! Open 7am to 8pm Monday through Wednesday, 8am to 9pm Thursday through Saturday and 8am to 8pm on Sunday!

___TRIM YOUR TREE WITH THE CVB'S NEW CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT (COMING SOON)

Get our new 2021 collectors Christmas ornament and spruce up your Christmas tree this holiday season. This year's ornament will be featuring the Bone-Knapp House which gained design inspiration from Surrey, England and was then built by Mr. and Mrs. Frank Bone in 1921. This two story brick home is unique in comparison to its neighbors and said to be the first home in Milledgeville to have indoor plumbing! Today you can stroll past this home along the self-guided walking tour, this home remains a private residence. The ornament is a great gift for anyone who loves our town’s history and Christmas! 

Christmas shopping downtown Milledgeville

___PICK UP A GIFT FROM A LOCALLY OWNED STORE

Show that special someone how much they mean to you by purchasing a little trinket from one of our locally owned shops! There’s gifts of all shapes and sizes, some funny, some sweet. Market Collective, Eclectic, Southern Roots and local boutiques are some shops that are sure to set you up with the perfect personal gift.

___HAVE A HOLIDAY MEAL WITH YOUR SWEETIE

Dress up for a fun night out on the town with your sweetie! Enjoy a tasty sit down meal at one of our local restaurants, each offering a unique experience and delicious cuisine. There’s everything from delicious steak and seafood from The Reel Grill to brick oven pizza from The Brick. Pair a cocktail from The Brick with your meal and enjoy the festive atmosphere this holiday season with the ones you love. 

Christmas cookies Ryals Bakery

___ GET A TREAT FROM A LOCAL BAKERY

Satisfy that sweet tooth with a little treat from one of our local bakeries. Whether it’s a snowman cookie from Doodle Bakery, Apple Bread from Goodie Gallery, or a variety of decorated Christmas cookies from Ryals Bakery, you won’t be disappointed. Grab something scrumptious when you are out and about in Milly. You can’t have a blue Christmas when you have sugary goods in hand!

___GET CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS AT LOCAL SHOPS

Pick up some festive Christmas decorations to make your home feel jolly and bright. Christmas wreaths, scented candles, cute signage, blankets, pillows--you name it--our local shops will give you home just the perfect touch needed this Christmas! Local business owners are usually on hand to offer decorating advice and recommendations all with a side of genuine southern hospitality. 

SEE MILLY IN LIGHTS

Christmas at Rose Hill

___HISTORIC DISTRICT

Stroll the Historic District of Milledgeville and see the extravagant lights and holiday decorations on the already gorgeous homes! Porches wrapped in garland, twinkling lights hanging from the columns, wreaths welcoming guests through the door and Christmas trees peeking through the windows. Pick up a historic walking tour brochure from the Visitor’s Center and read up on the history of each home you see! 

___EXPERIENCE CHRISTMAS BY BOAT

The lights downtown are a sight to behold, but have you seen Christmas on the lake? Rent a boat from Sinclair Marina and take a ride in the moonlight to see houses decorated in lights, reflecting off onto the water. See a beautiful collage of white, green, and red lights shimmering as you soar across the lake, bundled up with some steaming cocoa in hand! Each house is different from the last, keeping you on the edge of your seat as you round the bend! 

For a complete guide to find the best lights in town, check out our lights guide