Words by Victoria Donato
Known for its southern hospitality and rich history, you can feel the soul of Macon, Georgia in every step you take. There are plenty of activities to keep you busy during the holiday season with art galleries, restaurants, and the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame just to name a few. Grab a special holiday brew from one of the local breweries and take a stroll downtown to take in all of the seasonal lights. During the holidays, downtown Macon is an experience you don’t want to miss.
Find the Perfect Gift
Petals, Flowers & Market: Whether you need some florals or artisanal goods for the holidays, this multi-level market is more than meets the eye. You’ll find a wide range of goods from local and regional vendors here, making the perfect gift for the loved ones in your life.
Ocmulgee Outfitters: If you enjoy exploring the vast outdoors then Ocmulgee Outfitters is the perfect place for you to find all the outdoor gear and clothes you need for your adventures. The perfect winter coat does exist—and we guarantee it’s found in the camping section here!
Bohemian Den: Step into a world of enchantment this holiday season at Bohemian Den, your go-to metaphysical store for all your self-care needs. Nestled in the heart of Macon, this cozy haven awaits, offering a treasure trove of unique, artisanal goods that emphasize inclusivity and the power of healing.
Macon Downtown Visitor Information Center: Make your holiday visit to Macon truly unforgettable by exploring their one-of-a-kind souvenir shop. From exquisite handmade glassware and beautifully crafted cutting boards to stylish shirts and more, this shop showcases the very essence of Macon's creativity and craftsmanship.
Fresh Produce Records: Have a vintage vinyl fan in your life? Look no further than Fresh Produce Records to find the perfect holiday gift! Who doesn’t love listening to Bing Crosby in the kitchen while baking holiday cookies with the family?
Snacks and Sips
The Rookery: Relieve one of your favorite holiday memories of eating Little Debbie Christmas Tree cakes by stopping by The Rookery to taste their Christmas tree cheesecake. This famous holiday treat is something you won’t want to miss!
Macon's Breweries Get Festive: Get into the holiday spirit with a sip of cheer from Macon's local breweries! Join them for a merry celebration featuring special holiday drafts and drinks at Fall Line Brewing Co., Ocmulgee Brewpub, and Piedmont Brewery & Kitchen—and stay tuned for delightful surprises as the holiday season draws near.
Macon Christmas Light Extravaganza: Take a stroll down the streets of Macon and watch over 1,000,000 twinkling lights sync up to Holiday music across five blocks of downtown nightly. It starts with a special concert on the opening night and continues through the first of the next year. Expect carriage rides, Santa visits, special holiday-themed events from businesses, and plenty of jolly times!
Hay House Christmas Tours: The Hay House is known as the "Palace of the South," and each holiday season it's decorated to the nines, featuring a massive Christmas tree, and special events like Holiday brunches. Be sure to book a tour of this enchanting home during the holiday season.
Festival of The Trees at the Museum of Arts and Sciences: Step into a winter wonderland as the Museum of Arts and Sciences showcases a dazzling holiday spectacle with over 40 unique trees—each one a masterpiece crafted by local businesses and organizations. Let your holiday spirit soar as you explore these imaginative displays that bring festive magic to life!