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By Kathy Witt

Vogel State Park in Blairsville gets decorated in
lights each holiday season.

GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES

Around GEORGIA

Celebrate the season
with Georgia's state parks

T

he most wonderful time of the year arrives in state parks
all over Georgia just in time for an old-fashioned family
Christmas.
The parks' roomy cabins and cottages as well as campsites
offer a range of accommodations to fit all budgets and serve as
the perfect backdrop for small gatherings.
Many of the parks and historic sites host events that
highlight Victorian Christmas traditions, and others offer
storytelling, decoration-making and visits with Santa. There are
tree-lighting ceremonies, candlelight tours, holiday music and
caroling-even a scavenger hunt of sorts.
In years past, the Christmas events and activities taking
place at the state parks crowded the calendar from mid- to
late November through December. COVID-19 has altered the
schedule this year so that there are fewer programs than usual,
but even with new protocols in place, families will find plenty of
holiday fun, including some activities with new twists.
" We are so proud of how well our park rangers have

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adapted during the pandemic, " says Kim Hatcher, public affairs
coordinator at the Georgia Department of Natural Resources
Parks, Recreation and Historic Sites Division.  " Safety is our top
priority, so most events now require advance reservations and
limit the number of participants.
" Other events, like drive-through light displays, make it
easy to social-distance. "
Park rangers also have shown their creative sides in
program planning. For example, Tallulah Gorge State Park in
Tallulah Falls is hosting a Sunset Candy Cane Hunt on Dec. 12,
followed by a holiday movie, s'mores and hot chocolate.
The holiday light display at A.H. Stephens State Park in
Crawfordville is always a big hit. Every Friday, Saturday and
Sunday from Nov. 27 through Dec. 25, merrymakers can tour the
10-acre event field and office area to see festive Christmas light
displays, enjoy free treats and watch holiday-themed movies.
" The light display is a true community event because local
churches, businesses and other groups participate, " Hatcher



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