Nothing ushers in the spirit of the season like a sighting of jolly ole Saint Nick! From daytime sightings to North Pole style settings, we’ve compiled a list of places to make sure you get the perfect amount of time to convince Santa to keep you on his nice list!

Santa is Squatting at Bodyplex

Santa lost a situp contest to the Abdominal Snowman... so on Thursday, December 7th from 5 - 7 p.m. Santa will be at Bodyplex for pictures! Reservations are required, $25 per family which includes an individual picture with Santa, a group picture (if more than one child) with Santa, family picture (if parents want to join in), and digital pictures for unlimited prints. Santa will return to Bodyplex on December 15th from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for Storytime with Santa so the elves can do their last-minute shopping. For $10, kids get a snack, juice, and a meet and greet with the big man himself. 

Reindeer Flight School


Park your car and walk with your kiddos among over 30,000 lights at Milledgeville’s classic Reindeer Flight School! Produced by a private homeowner, families are invited to explore a wonderland of snowflakes, wreaths, flying reindeer, and more. Have your camera ready as there are several photo opportunities here including a life-size reindeer and Santa, himself! Santa sightings are possible nightly, but he typically appears on Friday and Saturday nights from 6 - 9 p.m. beginning on December 12th - December 25th. Moms and Dads, please note that Santa doesn't appear in the rain to keep his red velvet coat looking its best. Reindeer Flight School is located at 101 Sportsman Circle on Lake Sinclair.

Market Day at Magnolia Rea

It’s the perfect time to find that unique gift for Christmas and Magnolia Rea is hosting a Market Day at Huff's Market on Saturday, December 9th so you can do just that! Vendors from the region will be selling one-of-a-kind gifts, Huff's will be making breakfast and chili for lunch, and Santa will be available for pictures with your family from 11:00-2:00 pm. 

Christmas Cove up Close

Lake Sinclair Cruise

H20 Adventures and the big man himself are offering Cruises with Santa this holiday season! Each cruise can fit up to 10 people and can be led individually or with a charter. Groups are welcome to bring their own refreshments for the cruise. Reserve your group today at (706) 800- 8420!

Cookies with Santa

The Cookie Company is hosting a Cookies with Santa event on Saturday, December 16th! The cost is $30/child and includes a cookie to decorate, milk, and a picture with Santa Claus by Carley Sinclair Photography. To learn more and reserve your tickets message The Cookie Company's Facebook page. 

See Santa at Jingle Jam

Celebrate the holiday season in style at the Urban Arts Village for the 2023 Jingle Jam, hosted by the Life Enrichment Center on Saturday, December 9th from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. This winter festival will include many seasonal activities, local vendors, live entertainment, different photo opportunities, and a kids zone. Capture the magic of the season with the opportunity to meet Santa and get a memorable photo taken from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

Letters for Santa

Put Your Wish List in Writing

Cannot make it to see the big guy himself? Let Santa know what you want for Christmas 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 December 1st - 17th. There is no charge to send Santa a letter.

grinch event

Jolly Saint Nick Not Your Thing? 

Step into the holiday spirit with a unique twist at the Children's Trolley Tour: The Grinch! Even if you are on the naughty list, you can join Cindy Lou Who for a heartwarming storytime, embark on a scenic ride in Milly the Trolley to Mount Crumpit, and seize the exclusive opportunity to meet the mischievous Grinch himself. Priced at just $20 per person, this festive journey includes delightful cupcakes and a special Grinch Punch. With two offerings on Saturday, December 2nd, at 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., families can create magical memories in a whimsical world inspired by Dr. Seuss.

Naughty listers can also meet the Grinch during First Friday: Holiday on Hancock on Friday, December 1st from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Milledgeville Visitor's Center. Kids also get to decorate a festive cookie for free!