This Winter, Spend the Holidays in the Beautiful North Georgia Mountains

By on December 1, 2014

North Georgia Winter Events for 2014

Appalachian Country Living’s Guide to Area Arts, Dining & Dance, Events 
& Shows, Music and Theater

ARTS

Now thru 1/6
The Art Center Holiday Show & Sale and Marvelous Minis Exhibit!
Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Center. Come shop for that unique creative gift for the art lover on your list during our Holiday Show & Sale now through January 6th. There are paintings, photographs, sculpture and jewelry of all styles and prices. Gallery Hours: 10am –6 pm Tuesday – Sunday, Closed on Monday. Visit the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, The Art Center at 420 West Main Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30513. For details call 706. 632.2144. Visit: www.blueridgearts.net or email: blueridgearts@gmail.com

Now thru 1/10
Artist in Residence Suzy DesLauriers
Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Association. Celebrate the acrylic , watercolor and pastel creations of Suzy Deslauriers whose passion lies in re-creating the beauty of rocks, water and mountains. Gallery Hours: 10am –6 pm Tuesday – Sunday, Closed on Monday. Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, The Art Center at 420 West Main Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30513. For details call 706. 632.2144. Visit: www.blueridgearts.net or email: blueridgearts@gmail.com. Or visit: www.artbysuzy.com

12/1 – 1/11
Young Harris College Fall Senior Thesis Exhibition
Campus Gate Gallery. This exhibition represents a culmination of artwork created by senior art majors graduating in Dec. 2014. This gifted group will showcase a diverse body of work, including painting, drawing, sculpture, photography and many other mediums. Opening reception Dec 1st 6pm. All exhibitions and receptions are FREE and open to the public. The gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 9 am -5 pm. For Information visit www.yhc.edu.

12/1 thru 12/19
2014 Member Holiday Art Show & Sale
Cherokee Arts Center, Canton. This exciting event will be held November 14th through December 19th in collaboration with the North Georgia Art Ramble. The works of our talented artist members will be exhibited for sale. Come and immerse yourself in culture, creativity and get your loved ones something unique that they will treasure forever! Gallery Hours: Tues.-Fri., 11am-5pm, Saturdays 12-5pm. Cherokee Arts Center, 94 North Street, Canton, GA 30114. For more information contact 770. 704. 6244, info@cherokeearts.org or visit www.cherokeearts.org

12/6 thru 12/27
The North Georgia Art Ramble
The Art Ramble is a free, self-guided Studio and Gallery Tour. Visit individual working artist’s studios and local galleries throughout a wide area of North Georgia including Canton, Ball Ground, Cumming, Marble Hill, Dawsonville, Buford, Duluth, John’s Creek, Roswell, Woodstock, Cartersville, Calhoun, and Jasper, Georgia. Start “rambling” from any of the NGAR locations. To get the exact locations just print one from our website http://ngaartramble.com using the handy pdf links. Also, to help you find your way, look for the yellow and black NGAR directional signs posted at local cross streets. The tour showcases a variety of art forms from the functional to the whimsical and the abstract. The Pre-Ramble party will be at the Cherokee Arts Center (site #1 on the map) 94 North Street, Canton, GA 30114, Friday Dec. 6th from 6:30-8:30 pm. For complete information visit www.ngaartramble.com or email: ngaartramble@gmail.com

12/12-12/14 & 12/19-12/21
Brenda Harris Tustian Final Open House
Star Pointe Gallery, Ball Ground, GA. 14th Annual Christmas Open House. Join us for a head start on your Christmas shopping with all of the joy and none of the rush of the season. No one loves Christmas more than we do at Star Pointe Gallery. We hope you will join us for some holiday hospitality! Two weekends only, 10 am – 5 pm on Friday and Saturday, 12 noon – 4pm on Sunday. Call 770. 735. 3555 or visit www.BrendaTustian.com for more information.

1/22-2/19
Show and Tell by Butch Anthony
Young Harris College Campus Gate Art Gallery
An artist not easily defined, he collects bizarre objects and transforms them into strangely beautiful art for one of America’s favorite roadside attractions; his “Museum of Wonder” in Seale, AL. His hand-built home was featured in the New York. Opening Reception Jan 22nd at 6 pm. All exhibitions and receptions are FREE and open to the public. The gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 9 am -5 pm. For Information visit www.yhc.edu.

DINING & DANCING

11/27
Come Share a Thanksgiving Meal
Fannin County High School. All are welcome. Need Volunteer Servers. Especially invited guests include; Singles, Widows & Widowers, Homeless, Travelers, On-duty Public Safety, Elderly Couples, Elderly, Agency Referrals and Volunteer Servers. No charge for meals, but donations are welcome but not required. Thanksgiving Music Medley “Open Mic.” Grandparents/Parents relax after dinner. Children enjoy seasonal craft activities. 12pm to 4 pm. Good Samaritans of Fannin County 706. 455. 3818 or 706. 374. 2319.

12/6
Homeward Bound Pet Rescue Winter Gala
An unforgettable holiday event of the season in Ellijay, GA. Enjoy fine dining while dancing to the cool sounds of the Gilmer Jazz Cats Band. A silent Auction will offer you the opportunity to bid on some hard to find items while supporting a great cause. Tickets are $35 dollars at: Paws & Claws Gift and Thrift, 24 South Main Street, Ellijay Ga. For more details call 706. 502-1271. *Tickets are limited, so get yours now*

12/21
Winter Solstice Celebration
Crane Creek Vineyards in Young Harris, GA. Continue the Crane Creek tradition of celebrating the “shortest day”. We will have a chili bar, lighting of the bonfire, libations and holiday treats. Bundle up and join us as we say goodbye to the shortest day and chase away the darkness with holiday spirit. Sunday from 6:00-8:00pm. For information 706. 379.1236, info@cranecreekvineyards.com or www.cranecreekvineyards.com.

12/31
The Royal Pirates Ball New Year’s Eve Party!
Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa. Open Bar will begins at 8:30pm; Gourmet Dinner Buffet at 9pm, Music/Dancing all evening and the Balloon Drop at Midnight. New Year’s Eve PARTY ONLY $280 per couple includes tax and gratuities. The Deluxe New Year’s Eve Room Package is $599 per couple and includes Champagne & Chocolates in your room; Dinner Buffet, Open Bar featuring special rum drinks, and a Breakfast Buffet the next morning that includes the Bloody Mary/Mimosa Bar. For reservations call 800. 201. 3205 or visit www.brasstownvalley.com

12/31
New Year’s Eve Party Masquerade Ball
Copperhead Lodge, Blairsville, GA. Dinner reservations available 6-8pm. Complete 3-course menu, one bottle of white or red wine or two cocktails and cover charge for New Year’s Party with Champagne toast & favors. Tax and gratuity not included, $80.00 per couple, reservation required. Live Music by One Night Stand, 8pm. Cover Charge: $15.00. Champagne Toast at Midnight and Favors included. For information call 706. 835. 7433 or visit www.copperheadlodge.com.

12/31
New Year’s Eve Celebration and Dropping of the Edelweiss
Helen Festhalle, Helen, GA. Bring in the New Year with music, food, fun, party hats, dancing and the annual Dropping of the Edelweiss! Light Hors d’oeuvres, party favors and Midnight Champagne Toast. Family Friendly! 8:00pm – 11:59pm. Helen Festhalle, 1074 Edelweiss Strasse, Helen, GA 30545. For more information call 706.878.1908.

EVENTS

Ongoing
Misty Mountain Model Railroad Tours
America’s largest, privately-owned O-guage Train Display with 14 Lionel trains traveling over a mile of track through a 4,000 square foot fantasy layout of Southern Appalachia. Tours start promptly at 1:30p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Adults – $5.00, Ages 6 to 18 – $2.00, Under 6 – Free. Misty Mountain Model Railroad, 16 Misty Mountain Lane off Town Creek School Road Blairsville, GA. Visit www.mistymtnmodelrailroad.com

Open Year-Round
Len Foote Hike Inn
Amicalola Falls Park & Lodge, Dawsonville, GA.
Everyone who makes the five-mile trek through the mountains to the Hike Inn in the Chattahoochee National Forest does so for a different reason. Some come to get away from their everyday lives. Some come to spend quality time with their family. Others come for the Appalachian Trail. But no matter what the reason, the result is the same: Everyone leaves with a sense of belonging. For reservations and information: www.hike-inn.com or call: 800-581-8032

Open Year-Round
New Movies Every Friday
Blairsville Cinema, Blairsville, GA. Serving Blairsville, Young Harris, Hiawassee and North Georgia area. In December the Christmas feature “Into the Woods” will be playing during starring Meryl Streep, Anna Kendrick and Chris Pine. Visit the website to watch the trailer and read reviews for this film and other films that will be playing. The Cinema offers a complete concession stand with delicious popcorn, candy and soft drinks. For movie information and schedules call 706-745-1000 or visit the website: www.blairsvillecinema.com.

12/1 thru 1/31
Blue Ridge Ghost Tours
Downtown Blue Ridge
Blue Ridge Ghost Tours offers a variety of stories of folklore, legends, ghosts and paranormal from Blue Ridge and all over the county. This isn’t your normal ghost tour! Join them for an entertaining evening of fun and storytelling! 7 & 9pm, Friday & Saturdays. Reservations required: Adults – $16.00, Children (under 18) $14.00. Call 706-258-2665 (Mike) or 706-633-3856 (Kathy). Purchase tickets or meet at 691 East Main Street, Blue Ridge, GA. You may also find Blue Ridge Ghost Tours on Facebook.

11/27
Blue Ridge Turkey Trot
Downtown Blue Ridge City Park. 5K race/walk. Registration begins at 7:00am and the 5K run begins at 8:00am. The race is for all ages and all abilities from walkers to the serious competitor. Proceeds from the Blue Ridge Turkey Trot go towards local charities. Bring perishable food items to be donated to Feed Fannin. Contact Barry Greenleaf at 727.458.8556

11/29
Light Up Blue Ridge
Downtown Blue Ridge City Park. The GREAT TREE is back! It is 27 feet tall, a sight that will WOW children and adults alike and will be lit at 6:30. Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive at 11:15 to 11:45. Parade through town, Tuba Christmas Performance, events throughout the day. For info visit: www.lightupblueridge.info

12/5
Season of Light
Rollins Planetarium, Young Harris. This holiday favorite is a show about the coldest and darkest of seasons—a time which holds some of the warmest and brightest celebrations of the year. Narrated by NPR’s Noah Adams, the show explores the traditions surrounding the world’s most endearing holiday customs, all of which involve lighting up the winter season—from the burning the Yule log and the lighting of luminaries, to sparkling Christmas tree lights and candles in windows. Come and celebrate the season through the wonder of the planetarium’s star-filled sky. Friday 12/5 at 7:00pm. Adults $5.00; Children & Non YHC Students $3.00; YHC Student, faculty/staff FREE. Tickets may be purchased at the door or online: www.yhc.edu

12/5-6
Kris Kringle Mountain Market
Union County Farmers Market, Blairsville. Take a trip to the European Outdoor Holiday Markets right here in North Georgia and shop more than 80 vendors while enjoying a bonfire, free s’mores, live music, caroling and a visit from Old St. Nick himself! Friday 4-8pm & Saturday 10-3pm. For info contact: farmersmarket@uniongov.com or Kristy Peney at 706.897.8280.

12/5
Friday Night Live- Christmas on Main
Downtown Woodstock, GA
The spirit of Christmas can be found in Downtown at Christmas on Main. Featuring great Christmas music and Santa Claus! The perfect chance to Christmas shop and have some fun at the same time. $100 Downtown Gift Certificate Giveaway. Every $10 you spend at a Downtown business during Friday Night Live can enter you into a drawing for a $100 Downtown Dollars Gift Certificate. Just bring your receipt for any purchase made at a Downtown business during the event to the Woodstock Visitors Center to enter the contest. For example if your spend $50 you will be entered 5 times into the drawing. 6:00 to 9:00 pm. Main Street Woodstock, Inc. For more information please call 770. 924.0406 or visit www.whatsupwoodstock.com.

12/5
Let It Snow– A Holiday Musical Journey!
Rollins Planetarium, Young Harris College. This family friendly new show with modern visualizations features a variety of holiday classics from Frank Sinatra and Chuck Berry to Burl Ives and Brenda Lee, and includes a stunning multimedia finale by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. The merry soundtrack is visually enhanced with artistic animation and full-dome holiday scenery, making it a fun and entertaining experience for audiences of all ages. Pricing: Adults $5.00; Children & Non YHC Students $3.00; YHC Student, faculty/staff FREE. 8:00pm. Tickets may be purchased at the door or online: www.yhc.edu.

12/6
Mountain Country Christmas Tour of Homes
Hiawassee and Young Harris, GA. Tour the wonderfully decorated homes of this gorgeous mountain and lake region. Tickets in advance: $10.00, Day of Tour $15.00. Sponsored by the Towns County Chamber of Commerce. Contact the Towns Chamber of Commerce, 1411 Jack Dayton Circle, Young Harris GA., 706. 896. 4966 to purchase tickets.

12/6
12th Annual Run for the Children Reindeer Run
Historic downtown Canton. The Service League of Cherokee County will present the 1-Mile Fun Run on Saturday at 8:00 a.m. and the 5K will begin at 8:30 a.m. The holiday-themed race begins and ends at the gazebo in Cannon Park located at the square in downtown Canton and follows a route through the historic business district and surrounding neighborhoods. The event will take place rain or shine. All pre-registered runners will receive a long-sleeved t-shirt. Cash prizes will be awarded in the 5K race to the top three overall male and female runners. Medals will be awarded to the top three finishers in each age group. All 1-Mile Fun Run participants will receive a commemorative ribbon. A $1,000 cash prize provided by CLB Contracting will be awarded to the school in Cherokee County with the most race participants. Anyone can register as a school affiliate to help a school win the award! The Service League is an 80-year-old volunteer organization that uses the proceeds from this fundraiser to serve the needy children of Cherokee County. For more information, call 770. 704. 5991, email runforthechildren@yahoo.com or visit www.serviceleague.net.

12/6
Christmas Jubilee Parade of Lights
Woodstock, GA. The Parade starts at the old Walmart/Furniture for Less Store on Hwy. 92 and travels north on Main Street to the Woodstock Elementary School on Rope Mill Rd. Bring your children after the parade to The Park at City Center to visit Santa. Our Mayor and Santa will flip the switch to light The Park and Christmas tree! Music by Ronnie the DJ! Enjoy afree marshmallow roast in the park and help the Woodstock Jaycees Christmas Toy Drive! We will be collecting monetary donations or any new, unwrapped toys! Parade at 5:30 pm. FREE Movie in the Park at 7:00 pm. For information on this event visit: www.woodstockparksandrec.com.

12/6 – 12/21
Old Fashioned Christmas
Christmas in Dahlonega is a month-long celebration held from November 28 through December 21, 2014 which is set in motion with the Lighting of the Square. A real home-town parade officially bringing Santa to town occurs the first Saturday in December (12/6). Plenty of festive holiday events continue almost daily throughout December until after New Year’s with caroling, entertainment, wine sampling and live theater Christmas events. For more please contact the Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Visitors Center at 706-864-3711 or visit www.dahlonega.org.

12/6
Annual Kiwanis Old Fashioned Christmas Parade
McCaysville/Copperhill. 15 minutes from Blue Ridge on Hwy 5. Parade includes lots of floats and the local high school bands from Blue Ridge and Copperhill. Parade begins at 2 pm on Tennessee Street. Stand along Blue Ridge Drive (Hwy 5) in McCaysville or along Ocoee Street in Copperhill for best viewing. For more information visit www.ocoeeinfo.com

12/1
Holly Jolly Christmas Tour of Trees
Blairsville, GA. Beautiful decorated trees and wreaths, events for children, musical performances, refreshments served. Sponsored by: Union General Hospital, Inc., Union General Wellness Center, 3:00pm – 6:00pm. Visit www.VisitBlairsvilleGA.com for more information.

12/31
2nd Annual Rotary Resolution Run
Downtown Blue Ridge. Hosted by Coldwell Banker High Country Realty with proceeds going to The Ferst Foundation. The Ferst Foundation provides books to prepare our Fannin county children for reading and learning success. This event promises to be a great kick-off to a happy, and HEALTHY, 2015. Runners, and children, will benefit in many ways by everyone’s contribution. For event schedules and registration contact: www.active.com or call 706. 632. 7311.

12/31
Celebrate New Year’s Eve on the Blue Ridge Scenic Railroad Train
Historic Downtown Blue Ridge, GA. Join us to ring in 2015! Wine and Dessert Train. Departs at 10pm and comes back at 12:30am. Tickets at $75 or $130 per couple. Age 21 and up only. For information call 706. 632. 8724 or visit www.brscenic.com.

Weekends Dec thru Jan
Swan Drive-In Theater
Blue Ridge, GA Built in 1955, the Swan is one of four drive-in theatres in the state of Georgia still operating. Open weekends, Friday through Sunday during the Winter and Spring months playing first run movies with double features on Friday and Saturday. Movies start at dusk. There is a full concession with lots of goodies. Admission $7.00 CASH ONLY. Equipped with FM Stereo Sound; just tune your car radio to 105.5. Portable radios work also. For movie schedules and details call 706. 632. 5235 or visit www.swan-drive-in.com.

Thursdays thru Dec and Jan
BINGO! Lots of Fun!
Blue Ridge, GA. Many great prizes. All proceeds benefit local children through Fannin County. Doors open at 6:00 pm, games start at 7:30 pm Adults and children $10.00 per Card. Kiwanis Fair Grounds, 124 Jones Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30513, Call for details: 706. 632. 6644 or visit www.blueridgekiwanis.org.

1/17
5th Annual Pig Roast at Copperhead Lodge
Blairsville, GA. Join us for a full day of friendship and fun. Delicious BBQ buffet and live music by the Mike Watson Band. 6:00pm-10pm. For more information visit www.copperheadlodge.com or call 706. 835. 7433.

1/23, 1/30; 2/20, 27 & 3/20
Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity
Rollins Planetarium, Young Harris College
A place from which nothing escapes, not even light—where time and space literally come to an end. This full-dome production, narrated by Academy Award-nominated actor Liam Neeson brings the current science of black holes to the dome screen. Fridays, 8:00pm. Adults $5.00; Children & Non YHC Students $3.00; YHC Student, faculty/staff FREE. Tickets may be purchased at the door or online at www.yhc.edu

1/25
Songs & Stories
Ellijay Elementary Auditorium. Famed Georgia actor Brenda Bynum will perform “Jordan is So Chilly: An Encounter with Lillian Smith.” Bynum wrote this one-act play, which chronicles social change created through the life and writing of the Rabun-county writer and humanitarian.
Sonny Houston, folk and bluegrass musician extraordinaire and the Blue Velvet Band will follow. Powerful singing, guitar, mandolin, fiddle, and banjo will entertain and delight. Saturday 7:30 pm FREE EVENT! Ellijay Elementary Auditorium, 32 McCutchen St, Ellijay, GA 30540. Contact the Craddock Center at 706. 632. 1772 or visit www.craddockcenter.org.

KIDS OF ALL AGES

Now thru 12/24
Santa Express Train Ride, Blue Ridge Scenic Railroad
Downtown Blue Ridge.
Daytime fun-filled trip with Santa. While on board your family will hear the “Twas the Night Before Christmas” story, sing Christmas Carols, visit with Christmas characters and of course visit with Santa. Each child receives a traditional BRSR memento, BRSR Christmas Activity Book and a candy cane. Adult/Senior: $40 Children 2-12: $24 Children under 24 months ride free. 1 Hour Trip Time. Reservations strongly recommended. For information and tickets visit www.brscenic.com or call 706-632-8724.

Now thru 12/20
Night Train to Santa’s Pavilion, Blue Ridge Scenic Railroad
Downtown Blue Ridge.

12/27-30
Annual Christmas Tree Toss
The North Georgia Zoo & Petting Farm, Cleveland, GA. Curious about what the animals do with their recycled trees? Come join us and see for yourself! They love dragging them, eating them, rubbing on them, tearing them up, and much more! Great Fun and Enrichment for both animal and human kind! NO trees that have been sprayed, treated with chemicals.

We cannot recycle trees with tinsel or other decorations left on. Help us make this a success. Bring a tree and get $1 off admission. Remember these trees will be used for animals as food, treats and enrichment. Give them a happy and healthy holiday treat! No artificial trees, only live trees without decorations, tinsel or other man made materials. Green trees only, no decaying, brown or old trees. 11am to 3pm. North Georgia Zoo, 2912 Paradise Valley Rd, Cleveland, GA 30528. For more information call 706. 348. 7279 or visit www.myfavoritezoo.com.

Saturdays in Jan & Feb
Winter Wonderland Wildlife Tours
The North Georgia Zoo & Petting Farm, Cleveland, GA . Put your hat and gloves on and enjoy a fun and interactive winter tour of the zoo! Tours Open on Saturdays. Tour Times 11:30am, 12pm & 1pm. Reservations required. Spaces fill up fast. North Georgia Zoo 2912 Paradise Valley Rd, Cleveland, GA 30528. For more information call 706. 348. 7279 or visit www.myfavoritezoo.com.

12/4, 12/11, 12/18
After School Art Club
Blairsville, GA.Thursdays 3:30PM – 4:30PM. Join us for fun after school where your kids ages 10-16 will develop their individual style and creativity while making new friends. Fee: $15 with all art supplies included. Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Inspire-Art-Studio/220119848002550

MUSIC

Ongoing
Blue Ridge Brewery Live Music.
Downtown Blue Ridge. Grab a pint and listen to some of the best musicians around. Thursday, Friday & Saturday Evenings, 6-9pm. No cover charge. For more information call 706. 632. 6611, www.blueridgebrewery.com or find the Brewery on Facebook.

12/5
Symphony Christmas Concert
Blairsville, GA. The North Georgia Chamber Symphony, Inc. presents a FREE concert. Holiday selections will include The Christmas Waltz, I’ll be Home for Christmas, and We Wish You a Merry Christmas. No tickets are required. Friday, 7:00Ppm. For further information, call 706. 867. 9444 or visit www.northgeorgiachambersymphony.org for a complete concert schedule.

12/5 & 7
The Sounds of Christmas
Young Harris College. Two great ensembles that sound great together, YHC’s Community Band and the Mountain Community Chorus join forces in a special Christmas program. Get into the holiday spirit with this concert showcasing the collaborative spirit among local musicians, the College and the community. 3:00pm at the Glenn Auditorium. For more info visit www.yhc.edu.

12/6
Vivace
Ellijay, GA. The Gilmer Arts and Heritage Association is proud to present “Vivace” for this season’s exciting B.E.S.T. Series Holiday Show. “Vivace” is a vocal group that will touch you, move you, and deliver one of the most memorable performances you will ever hear. It consists of two men and two women who have a rare combination of pop and classical voices. 7:30pm – 10:00pm. Performance will be at the Ellijay Elementary School Auditorium located at 32 McCutchen St., Ellijay, Ga. 30540. For information: www.gilmerarts.org

12/7
Symphony Christmas Concert
Dahlonega, GA. The North Georgia Chamber Symphony, Inc. presents a FREE concert. Holiday selections will include The Christmas Waltz, I’ll be Home for Christmas, and We Wish You a Merry Christmas. No tickets are required. Sunday at 2:30pm at the United Methodist Church, corner of S. Park and Maple. For further information, call 706. 867. 9444 or visit www.northgeorgiachambersymphony.org for a complete concert schedule.

12/12
Dailey and Vincent Spirit of Christmas Tour
Fannin County Performing Arts Center, Blue Ridge. The Fannin County Empty Stocking Program presents the 2014 Wishes Come True Benefit Concert featuring three-time Grammy nominated Dailey & Vincent and their Spirit of Christmas Tour 2014 at 7:00PM. Tickets are $20.00 General Admission Seating and $25.00 for Premium Seating (First 5 rows). Tickets available at United Community Bank in Blue Ridge or The Fannin County Empty Stocking Thrift Store at 4149 East First Street, Blue Ridge. Or buy online at www.fannincountyemptystocking.org

THEATER

11/28 thru 12/14
Miracle on 34th Street
Blue Ridge Community Theater, Blue Ridge, GA. Adapted by the Mountain Community Theater from the classic novel by Valentine Davies and the Twentieth Century Fox classic film. A wonderful sentimental journey that will take you right into the Christmas Season. Thursday thru Saturday: 7:30 p.m., Sunday’s Matinee 2:00pm. BRCT, 2591 East First St, Blue Ridge, GA 30513. Purchase tickets online at www.blueridgecommunitytheater.com or call the box office 706. 632.9223.

12/2 & 12/33
Eleemosynary, by Lee Blessing
Dobbs Theatre, Goolsby Center, Young Harris College Fine Arts Theater
Staged with utmost simplicity, this play nabbed the prestigious LA Drama Critics Circle Award. It follows the relationships between three generations of women. It’s a probing and illuminating study of family dynamics. 7:00 pm. For information visit www.yhc.edu

12/5 thru 12/21
White Christmas
Historic Holly Theater, Dahlonega, GA. This heartwarming musical adaptation features seventeen Irving Berlin songs. Fridays & Saturdays 8:00pm & Sunday Matinees @ 2:00pm. At the Holly, no seat is more than twenty feet from the action so you won’t miss any of the comedy, the music, or the drama! Adults $18.00, Children & Students $12. Call 706. 864. 3759 or visit www.hollytheater.com for tickets online.

12/6 thru 12/24
A Christmas Carol
Elm Street Cultural Arts Village, Woodstock, GA. A Cherokee County tradition since 2002! This musical adaptation of the beloved Dickens story features your favorite carols and original songs. A magical tradition for the whole family, and a great way to celebrate the season. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Located at City Center Auditorium, 8534 Main St. Woodstock, GA 30188. Call 678.494.4251 or visit www.elmstreetarts.com for more Information and tickets.

1/23-24, 2/8
Farce of Nature, by Jones Hope Wooten.
Tater Patch Players in Jasper, GA. This will be the GEORGIA PREMIERE of this great writing trio’s latest show. A wacky collection of characters deals with a comedy mash-up of misconception, lies, lust and disguises, with some post-hypnotic suggestion and cross-dressing just to add a dash of spice. Friday & Saturday 7:30pm and Sunday Matinee 2:00pm. Contact: taterpatchplayers@gmail.com or call 706-253-2800 for more details.

1/16 – 1/7 & 1/24
Last Laugh!
Elm Street Cultural Arts Villiage, Woodstock. Coming to the Elm Street stage is iThink’s First Annual LAST LAUGH! Comedy Competition! Stand-up comedians and comedic troupes will compete for your laughter but only one will take the LAST LAUGH! 8 Comedians and Groups will move on to compete for the LAST LAUGH! BUT–the fans get to choose who makes the cut by electing their FAN FAVORITE who ALSO gets to compete in the Finale! 7:30 pm. Tickets online $10, $12 at the door. Call 678.494.4251 or visit www.elmstreetarts.com for more Information and tickets.

WINE TASTINGS

12/5 -12/7
Mountain Wine Country Holiday Weekend
Enjoy a wine holiday weekend in Mountain Wine Country! Visit 14 different wineries. Purchase a passport at any of the 14 participating wineries for $20 and receive a Mountain Wine Country glass. This passport gives you access to taste wines at each of the 14 wineries and three days of fun. Each winery is offering a special experience for this three-day event! Friday & Saturday from 12 – 5 pm and Sunday from 1 – 5 pm. For details visit 
www.serenberryvineyards.com

Ongoing
Live Music & Wine Tasting
Cartecay Vineyards, Ellijay, GA. Enjoy some of the best local musicians while tasting great local wines! $13.00 includes Live Music, 5 Tastings and Cartecay Vineyards’ Logo Wine Glass. On the Chimney Patio or in the Nealey Barn Loft if bad weather. Cartecay Vineyards, 5704 Clear Creek Road, Ellijay, GA 30536 For more information call 706-698-9463 (WINE) or visit www.cartrecayvineyards.com

Ongoing
Chocolatasm!
The Vine Wine Bar and Bistro in Blue Ridge and Chocolatasm are proud to present a special wine and chocolate pairing Friday evenings at 6pm (reservations only). Reservations required. Call Leann Martin at 706-946-8463 or email your RSVP to Leannhmartin@gmail.com by the Thursday before the date to reserve your place. There will also be regular wine tastings every day with no reservation required. www.thevineofblueridge.com

Ongoing
Montaluce Vineyard Wine Tasting
Dahlonega, GA. Tuesday-Saturday 11:00am – 5:00pm; Sundays 12:00-5:00PM. Complimentary Tours Tuesday thru Friday at 2:00pm, Saturday & Sunday 11:00am. Dates in January to be announced. Montaluce Vineyard, 946 Via Montaluce, Dahlonega, GA 30533. Call for confirmation at 706.867.4060 or by email at Info@montaluce.com. www.montaluce.com

Ongoing
Wolf Mountain Vineyards 
& Winery Tastings
Dahlonega, GA. We are proud to offer visitors to Wolf Mountain Vineyards and Winery a true “Napa Style” wine tasting experience. Wine Tastings Hours Thurs. thru Saturday: 11:00AM – 5:00PM; Sunday: 12:30 – 5:00PM. To ensure enough time to enjoy your wine tasting, please arrive at the winery no later than 4:15pm as the tasting room closes at 5pm. Groups less than 10 – NO Reservation required. Groups larger than 10 – Reservation required, please call 706.867.9862.

Thru 12/31
Crane Creek Vineyards, Tasting Room open through December, Tuesday-Saturday from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm & Sunday 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. www.cranecreekvineyards.com