A guide to all things Christmas in Morgan County

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Lights are being strung, wreaths are being hung, and bells will soon be jingling. The Christmas season is upon us and there is no shortage of local holiday activities on the horizon for Morgan County families to enjoy. From crafts to concerts, from parades to festivals, there is surely something for everyone to do to get into the holiday spirit.

Cookies with Santa at Mint Juleps Kitchen on

Thursday, Nov 29 at 4 p.m. Saint Nick himself will kick-off the Christmas season in Madison this year, making an early appearance on Thursday, Nov. 29 at Mint Juleps Kitchen, located at 231 Hancock Street in

Madison. The event begins at 4 p.m. For more information, call: (706) 707-8088.

Holiday Tour of Homes @ Heritage Hall

 Friday, Nov. 30 and Saturday, Dec. 1

Traditional holiday décor and history join forces for the annual Holiday Tour of Homes, in which tourists can walk through some of Madison’s most luxurious historical homes decorated with classic Christmas trappings inside and out. This year’s Holiday Tour of Homes has been organized by Heritage Hall and will run for two days beginning on Friday, Nov. 30.

“Step into a winter wonderland as you celebrate the season with a holiday favorite, the Historical Society’s Christmas Tour of Homes in Madison, GA. With both daytime and candlelight itineraries, this magical event is not to be missed. This is a walking tour of historic and private homes fully decorated for the holidays. Madison boasts one of Georgia’s oldest and largest National Historic Districts and was named one of “The South’s Best Small Towns” by Southern Living Magazine in 2016 and 2017. You’ll also find unique shopping and renowned restaurants during your stay,” said a representative from Heritage Hall.

The self-guided daytime tours run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Candlelight Tours run from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.  Prices for each tour ticket is $27 through November 27 and $32 beginning November 28. Combo Premier Tour (for both tours combined) ticket rates are $45 through November 27 and $55 beginning November 28. Special rates for groups of 10 or more are $21.50. Ticket purchase: Tickets may be purchased online at www.friendsofheritagehall.org or by calling 706-342-9627. Tour begins with ticket pick up at Heritage Hall, the tour headquarters, located at 277 South Main Street, Madison, Ga. A map of all homes on tour is provided along with tickets. Don’t forget your complimentary Holiday Tour of Homes Guide in this week’s edition of the Morgan County Citizen.

Holiday Market at Farmview Market in Madison on Saturday, Dec. 1 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 2610 Eatonton Highway, Madison GA.

Stock up on locally-made Christmas décor and gifts while keeping toasty with free hot chocolate and inspiring Christmas carols at a special Holiday Market at Farmview Market in Madison. “Celebrate an exciting Christmas-themed Holiday Market at Farmview,” said a representative from Farmview. “This special holiday event is one day only and free for the entire family.  Enjoy an assortment of handcrafted gifts, kid’s crafts, Christmas carols, free hot chocolate, a special appearance by Santa Claus and more!”

Make a Wreath at the Madison Artists Guild Gallery on

Saturday, Dec 1 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. $55

Create your very own wreath to display or giveaway this Holiday season at a special event at the Madison Artists Guild (MAG) this Saturday, Dec. 1. The cost is $55. The MAG is located at 123 South Main Street in Madison.

“Preserved boxwood clippings become a lovely wreath to bring elegance and beauty to your home all year ‘round or as a thoughtful and much-appreciated gift.  Come join us for an afternoon of fun and creativity.  All materials are supplied including ribbons and decorations for your wreath.  Bring a snack, your favorite beverage, maybe a friend, and you’ll all enjoy making something fresh and green for your home that will look fresh for years to come,” said a representative from MAG. For more information, call (706) 474-1578.

Community Holiday Concert at the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center on Sunday, Dec. 2 at 3 p.m.

The Madison-Morgan Cultural Center  (MMCC) is hosting a free concert on Sunday, Dec. 2. “Join us for an afternoon of song and dance showcasing Madison talent. No admission charge, but tickets must be picked up in advance from the Cultural Center. The donation of canned goods for the Caring Place is encouraged. Tickets available for pick-up starting Nov. 14,” said a representative of the MMCC. The MMCC is located at 434 S Main Streeet in Madison.

Student Series: A Christmas Carol at the Madison Morgan Cultural Center on Wednesday, Dec. 5    at  9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

Don’t miss a special production of the Holiday Classic, A Christmas Carol, performed at the MMCC on Wednesday, Dec. 5. “Perhaps the best-loved holiday story of all time, VA Repertory’s adaptation of Dickens’ classic is particularly suited to children. Watch Mr. Scrooge have a change of heart from stone to gold as he is visited by the ghosts of Christmas. All the joy, sentiment and meaning are here, without being too scary for young audiences,” said a representative from the MMCC. The play is written by Charles Dickens, adapted by Steve Perigard, and music and lyrics by Paul Deiss.Tickets are $7. For tickets, contact Mandi Sorohan, at Madison-Morgan Cultural Center: (706) 342-4743. Teachers and Bus Drivers are FREE; Homeschool parents 1 FREE per family (or 3 students).Groups of 15+ are eligible to place advance reservations– a final headcount will be due 30 days prior to the show and the group will be responsible for the total headcount regardless of no-shows at the performance; all smaller groups and individual tickets must be purchased in advance. For more information about our Student Series, please visit http://www.mmcc-arts.org/student-series.html

The 17th Annual Gingerbread workshop at the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center Annex on Saturday, Dec. 8 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Create your very own personalized Gingerbread House to display this Holiday Season. The Madison Artists Guild (MAG) is hosting the 17th Annual Gingerbread Workshop from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center Annex on Foster Street in Madison.  “It’s run for the whole family.  We’ll also have a contest for 11 to14-year-olds with a $50 cash prize for most creative design,” explained a representative from the MAG.  Advanced tickets are $17 per house for non-members of the MAG or $15 for MAG members if purchased by Dec. 5th. Tickets sold at the door will be $20 for each house.  Get your tickets at the MAG located at 123 South Main Street in Madison.   Fore more information call 706-342-9360.

The Christmas Rush Classic in Downtown Madison on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 8 a.m. Don’t miss the annual Christmas Rush Classic. “The Rotary Club of Morgan County would like to invite the community to come run through Historic Madison, Georgia on this fairly flat and fast course. Several Georgia State records have been set on the 8K course. Both courses are USATF Certified and are Official AJC Peachtree Road Race Qualifying Events.” The race will take off from 160 W. Washington Street in Madison, GA. For more information, contact Cindy England at (478) 451-7113.

Madison’s Holiday Day Parade and Caroling by Candlelight in downtown Madison on Saturday December 8 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Don’t miss the annual Holiday Parade and Caroling in Downtown Madison on Saturday, Dec. 8 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. “We’ll be parading through Downtown Madison to ring in the Christmas Holiday! The Holiday Parade will feature floats, walking groups, vintage cars, horses, dogs, dancers, and the award winning MCHS Marching Bulldog Band, all decorated to this year’s theme, ‘Up On The Rooftop, Click, Click, Click…’ Show your community spirit and join the fun by entering your business or organization in the parade. It’s FREE to participate and entry forms are available for download on this page,” said a City of Madison representative. “After the parade, join friends and neighbors for our annual Caroling By Candlelight celebration in Town Park. An evening full of music and holiday spirit brought to you by Madison Main Street. Local choral groups, bands, and community-based musicians will perform holiday carols certain to warm our hearts. Performers will also lead the crowd in familiar carols to extend the holiday cheer.  In addition to the musical show, Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus and the Elves will be on hand to hear Christmas wishes. Kids are invited to sit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, or leave a special letter for speedy delivery to the North Pole. Warm your hands with a steaming cup of hot chocolate, and tasty marshmallows roasted over an open flame.”

The Annual Rutledge Christmas Parade and Christmas Festival in Downtown Rutledge on Saturday, Dec. 8 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The annual Rutledge Christmas Parade and Festival features a special appearance by Santa Claus, a magic show with balloon animals, face-painting, Christmas music sung by Meghan Hodgson, and lots of food and fun for the entire family. The parade will begin at 10 a.m. led by Santa Claus himself. The Festival is sponsored by the Rutledge Garden Club and The City of Rutledge.

Ornament Workshop at the Steffen Thomas Museum of Art on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 10 a.m.

Create your very own ornament for a special holiday keepsake. Led by professional artists Elizabeth Collins and Peter Loose, participants will make an original ornament using recycled materials, including wood bits, paint, and recycled trash. The cost is $5 per person; maximum family cost of $15. The event will be held at the Steffen Thomas Museum of Art, located at 4200 Bethany Road in Buckhead, Ga. You can pre-register for the event by calling (706) 342-7557. For more information, please contact Elizabeth at elizabeth@steffenthomas.org.

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, a Holiday Concert at the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center on Wednesday, Dec. 12 at 8 p.m.

Don’t miss the annual Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Holiday Concert, a tradition in Madison for the last 40 years. “It’s an annual favorite for over 40 years!” said a representative from Madison-Morgan Cultural Center (MMCC).  “The Grammy Award-winning Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performs a program of holiday and classical favorites, including a sing-a-long of familiar holiday tunes. Tickets for MMCC Members are $55, non-members: $65, and students: $35. For more information, call (706) 342-4743.

Winter Festival and Evening with Santa at Hard Labor Creek State Park on Saturday, Dec. 15 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

“Get into the holiday spirit by joining us for a variety of festive activities – including a visit from St. Nick himself! He and the Mrs. will be at the park for photos. Got gingerbread skills? Enter your decorated gingerbread house in our contest. Tour the park on a hayride with our elves. Enjoy games, crafts, hot cocoa by the fire, and more!” Hayrides will cost $2, mini-golf will cost $3 and there is a $5 parking feel. The parade will begin at 4:30 p.m. Santa will be available for photos at 5 p.m. “Bring a decorated gingerbread house to enter in our contest. Requests for auxiliary aids and services should be made directly with the park. Please provide advance notice for scheduled events to allow time for scheduling,” said a Hard Labor Creek representative. For more information, call (706) 557-3001.  Hard Labor Creek State Park is located at 5 Hard Labor Creek Road in Rutledge, Ga.

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