From softly glowing candlelight to twinkling white lights, there’s no shortage of festive holiday decor in Milledgeville. Grab a cup of warm cocoa, your favorite scarf and load up to take the family to find the best lights in town using our list as your local guide!
Lockerly in Lights
This holiday season enter into a winter wonderland filled with shimmering lights and Christmas cheer at Lockerly Arboretum. An inaugural drive-through holiday lights display offers a rare opportunity to experience Lockerly in the moonlight. Glistening trees dressed in lights, carolers sprinkled across the landscape and live performers dancing to Christmas melodies all eagerly await your arrival. Drive through Lockerly and watch Act 1 and 2 of the Nutcracker performed amidst the beautifully lit trees and winter breeze. Act 1 will be performed on December 5, and Act 2 on December 12, both beginning at 6pm. Hear the talented Dewey Forrester, a pianist of 45 years perform on December 19. Enjoy the show all from the safety of your vehicle with tickets only $10 per car. Check or cash are accepted and no more than 10 passengers per vehicle. Lockerly in Lights will be open every Saturday evening from November 21 - December 19.
Christmas at Georgia's Old Governor’s Mansion
With over 1,500 candles and 1,600 lights, the Christmas tree at Georgia’s Old Governor’s Mansion is sure to delight! During Christmas at the Mansion, guests are invited to return to the 1800s and witness how the elite of Georgia celebrated the Christmas holiday. The rotunda Christmas tree is decorated according to Charles Dickens’ short story “A Christmas Tree” and features ornaments made from natural materials found in the yard or around the house. It’s our prettiest sight of the season!
The Mansion is fully decorated for the holidays and open for tours until Wednesday, December 23, 2020. For an extra special experience, be sure to enjoy the beautiful glow of their candlelight tours which take place Saturday, December 5, 12, and 19, at 6, 7, and (new for 2020) 8 p.m. Normal admission rates apply. In accordance with social distancing guidelines and safety protocols, tour sizes will be limited, all guests and staff must wear a mask or face covering on tours and they will accept cashless transactions only. Candlelight tickets must be purchased prior to the tour. Regular admission rates apply: $10 adults, $7 seniors, $2 students/kids.
After admiring Georgia's Old Governor's Mansion, stroll downtown to take in the sparkle, decorations and festive shop windows. From statues of Frosty to soldiers to Santa, Milledgeville Main Street works hard to make sure that downtown Milly is overflowing with Christmas cheer! The piece de resistance is the beautifully lit up Christmas tree right in the middle of downtown. Come see Santa light the tree this year at 6pm on the First Friday in December! Following the lighting, jump in your car to the North Gates of GMC for a Santa Drive Thru! For the young and young at heart, be sure not to miss the opportunity to drop a letter to Santa inside of Main Street’s Christmas mailbox located in front of City Hall.
Central State Hospital Pecan Grove
A popular historic site, the Central State Hospital Pecan Grove becomes touched by classic Christmas cheer each season. Set up on both sides of the grove, toy trains, dazzling displays and classic Christmas sayings light up the night. Make sure to get there before 9 PM though, since that’s when they turn off the lights for the night!
Reindeer Flight School
Located in a residential section of town, the Reindeer Flight School is Baldwin County’s largest lights display and is a can’t miss hometown favorite. With over 30,000 lights, flying reindeer, and photo opportunities at every corner, you’ll have to park the car. Your family will love walking through the twinkling lights and exploring the cheery property! If you want to see Santa before he’s off delivering gifts, your best bet is to come out Friday and Saturday! The Flight School will begin nightly from December 11th to the 25th. It is sure to brighten up the night, just make sure to get there before 9 p.m. when the lights go out!
Lake Sinclair Lights
The lights downtown are a sight to behold, but have you seen Christmas on the lake? A unique, local tradition is to adorn your dock with colorful Christmas cheer. Reflections of colorful lights dance on the water for all to see. 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 cove that is sure to impress, head towards the south dam and it will be one of the last coves on the right. You can see the lights from the big water!
Don’t miss out on all the lights, laughter and holiday cheer that is safely offered to you this time of year!