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Holidays Events in Georgia

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Mohamed Bughrara

Georgia has a varied and plentiful list of things to do at any time of year, but especially during the holidays. Shopping, thrills, and holiday light displays await! Here are the top five things to do:

Thanksgiving Dinner Cruise

On Thanksgiving, Savannah Riverboat Cruises provides an out-of-the-box eating experience with their classic Antebellum riverboat, which features traditional colors and an elegant interior. So, if you’re looking for a change of scenery this year or to get people away from the house, this is the route to go!

Address: 9 E. River Street, Savannah, GA 31401 U.S.A.

To book tickets: https://savannahriverboat.com/seasonal-cruises/

Holiday in the Park

Six Flags Over Georgia Georgia debuted a reimagined version of an older coaster that has long been a park staple, and you can ride it during Thanksgiving week at Holiday in the Park. The Christmas extravaganza continues into the new year with ethereal vocals and a festive twist on their usual theme. Marvel at the iconic Promenade’s more than 100,000 lights, stroll the peppermint-scented walkways, ride the train to the North Pole, and relish holiday rides like Dare Devil Dive and Goliath, in addition to what the park already has to offer.

Dates: November 13th – January 2nd, 2022

To find tickets: https://www.sixflags.com/greatadventure/events/holiday-in-the-park

The Gobble Jog

There’s nothing like beginning a day of heavy indulgence with a good old-fashioned jog. Marietta organizes the Gobble Jog every year to raise funds for a charity that serves food, apparel, housing, and training to women and children. Don’t be surprised if you see people dressed up as turkeys.

Date: November 24th, 2022, 7:30am

Location: Marietta Square, Marietta GA

Join the 2022 Gobble Jog : https://must.enmotive.com/events/2022-gobble-jog

Black Friday Shop at Atlantic Station

For many reasons, Atlantic Station is the greatest spot to shop on Black Friday or any other day. Roads are closed to pedestrians, there is a terrific parking garage beneath, it will be colorfully decorated for the holidays, and there are numerous mainstream and unique stores. 

 Those who don’t want to shop can enjoy ice skating, mini train rides, a German Christmas market, and great restaurants, including Kilwin’s incredible hot chocolate, festive sweet treats, and a building that smells like heaven inside.

Address: 271 District Ave., Atlanta, GA 30363 

Nature’s walk

Many individuals may not be thrilled about the shopping malls and the hectic downtown Atlanta traffic. So perhaps nature hikes could be a good substitute. 

Around Thanksgiving, the state’s mountain regions are breathtaking, and soaking up some natural scenery on a picturesque hike in Georgia might be exactly what you need to prepare for all that cooking.

Cloudland Canyon is a breathtaking hike, and the colors are especially vibrant in the fall. The Sitton Gulch Trail is a popular hiking trail that includes a five-mile out-and-back trail with a waterfall. The months of October and September are ideal for hiking this trail, and dogs are welcome.

Georgia Legislature approves coverage to help first responders cope with job-related PTSD treatment

The Ashley Wilson Act, named for Gwinnett police sergeant Ashley Wilson, passed unanimously in the Georgia House of Representatives, aiming to provide supplemental health insurance for first responders diagnosed with PTSD due to on-the-job experiences. This landmark legislation, celebrated for its potential to significantly aid in the recovery and support of traumatized first responders, reflects a broader recognition of PTSD’s serious impact on public safety personnel, promising financial and treatment support beginning January 1, 2025.

FAFSA delays pose challenges for Georgia college-bound students

Students across Georgia are facing delays in the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) process, particularly challenging due to its late January rollout and additional complications for mixed-status families. Despite these setbacks, the Department of Education has implemented fixes for major issues, and officials, including MorraLee Keller of the National College Attainment Network, urge students not to give up on securing financial aid for college.