As Thanksgiving approaches, friends and family gather to celebrate the holiday season with festive events, activities, and more. Spend the week indulging in delicious food, bonding with your loved ones, and getting a head start on Christmas adventures. Milledgeville has plenty in store for this Thanksgiving week with exciting events including a holiday light show, Christmas at the Old Governor’s Mansion, local Black Friday shopping, and more! Here is a list of things to do this Thanksgiving week:
Christmas at the Mansion
It’s never too early to start celebrating Christmas. Take a step back in time and discover holiday traditions passed down from our city's earliest families as Georgia's Old Governor's Mansion is transformed with 19th-century era Holiday decor. The Mansion will be fully decorated for the holidays and open for tours Thanksgiving week from November 21-24. Take family photos around the beautiful 30 foot Christmas tree with 2,000 lights illuminating the tree and 500 ornaments.
Have a Feast
Treat yourself to an early Thanksgiving meal. Cravings, located in Downtown Milledgeville, makes incredible sandwiches that will keep you craving more. Try their mouth-watering Gobbler sandwich with freshly sliced turkey, lettuce, tomatoes, mayo, cream cheese, sliced cranberry jelly, on soft buttermilk bread.
Place your order now for a freshly baked pie from the Goodie Gallery. They have an array of different options including chocolate, lemon, coconut, sweet potato, apple, and pecan. You can also order their famous cheesecake. It is the perfect treat to indulge in after a delicious Thanksgiving meal.
Natural History Museum
Visit the Paleozoic, Mesozioc and Cenozoic Eras and see fossils from Georgia and all around the world! The Georgia College William P. Wall Museum of Natural History is a 2,500-square-foot museum dedicated to earth sciences, emphasizing paleontology – the study of fossils and ancient life forms. Located in Herty Hall, this interactive exhibit is perfect for anyone traveling with children this holiday season. The museum will be open Thanksgiving week, from November 22-24.
Need to unwind after a Thanksgiving feast? Grab a couple beers at Amici to round out the amazing holiday. Amici’s bar will be open Thanksgiving night starting at 9 p.m.. Sip on something festive like their Apple Cider beer from Bold Rock Hard Cider or their Caramel Apple Cider from Blake's Hard Cider Co.
Stroll Through Nature
After you’ve filled your belly with turkey, dressing, and all the pies, take a nature walk along the Oconee River. The Oconee River Greenway Park and Riverwalk offer trails, paths and boardwalks to walk, jog, bicycle, relax and enjoy the beauty and sounds of the river. The Greenway is picturesque this time of year with beautiful autumn leaves covering the walkways.
Looking for a leisurely stroll? Take a self-guided historic walking tour through Downtown Milledgeville and observe over 40 of our historic homes and architectural highlights. Founded in 1803 around a series of beautiful squares and wide streets, Milledgeville was designed to be a capital city. For more than 60 years, she remained the capital. Well preserved Federal-style architecture, enhanced by noteworthy Greek Revival, Victorian and Classic revival houses await you. Brochures are available outside of the Visitor's Center located at 200 West Hancock Street.
Bowling & Movies
Enjoy a relaxing weekend with the whole family. Head to the AMC Theatre and watch an entertaining movie while indulging in delicious menu items like pretzel bites, movie nachos, and annual refillable popcorn buckets, all at a great value. Located on 2400 N Columbia Street, the theatre will be showing exciting new releases this Thanksgiving weekend including Ghostbusters: Afterlife and Disney’s Encanto.
Partake in some friendly competition at Lake Country Bowling Lanes. The newly renovated bowling alley has a sports bar, pool tables, pizza, and more! Located on 184 Roberson Mill Road, this local joint is a perfect opportunity to bond with friends and family.
On November 26, shop at our local boutiques for incredible deals on fashion and decor items. Plaid Friday is an alternative option to Black Friday, encouraging people to shop local and wear plaid on the Friday after Thanksgiving. Milledgeville has an incredible selection of unique shops to help you select something special for your loved ones.. Whether you are looking for local artwork or a cozy sweater, you can find the perfect gift for the holidays among our locally owned shops.
Need another day to finish up your holiday shopping? November 27 is National Small Business Saturday. Support our local businesses and find a personalized gift for those near and dear to you. After you are done shopping, rest your feet and indulge in delicious food and drinks from our wide selection of local restaurants (mid-day cocktails, anyone?). If you are in downtown Milledgeville, grab a slice of pizza and wings at the Brick. Opened since 1993, this local favorite continues to provide high quality food and service.
On Saturday evening, head to Lockerly Arboretum for their Lockerly in Lights event. This family-friendly event allows guests to drive through a winter wonderland filled with shimmering lights and festive, holiday cheer. The one mile holiday lights display has emerged as a new seasonal favorite by offering guests a rare opportunity to experience Lockerly amid the moonlight. Come between 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. for a spectacular show. Tickets are $10 per ticket.