Words by Victoria Donato
Known for its Federal-style architecture and tree-lined streets, historic Milledgeville is nestled halfway between Atlanta and Savannah. What was previously the capital of Georgia is now considered one of the prettiest small towns in the state with a never-ending list of activities for any occasion, especially during the winter. Whether you fancy a tour through the house of Flannery O’Connor, sipping hot cider at a cafe, or strolling through the winter market, wintertime in Milledgeville is an experience you don’t want to miss.
Find the Perfect Gift
Milledgeville Market: Filled with local artisans, crafters, makers, and more, the Milledgeville Market is a one stop shop for all of your holiday needs. Make your way over to this seasonal market beginning December 1st to make sure you get those holiday gifts early.
The Market Collective: Interested in vintage clothing and antiques to add to your holiday list? Look no further than the Market Collective, a shared dream turned into reality by a group of women with an expert eye for the unique side of life.
Eclectic: Experience the timeless allure of Eclectic, where antiques expertise meets the heart of this charming town. Embrace the holiday spirit as this beloved store offers a delightful selection of antiques, dazzling jewelry, and cozy accessories that make for unforgettable seasonal gifts.
Southern Roots: This shop seamlessly blends rustic charm with timeless style, offering an exceptional collection of upscale clothing for men and women. Explore renowned brands like Peach State Pride, Onward Reserve, Burlebo, Over Under, and Heydude, ensuring you'll discover the perfect blend of Southern sophistication and comfort for the holidays.
Little River Antiques: This holiday season, Little River Antiques is your destination for finding distinctive gifts with a touch of vintage charm. Explore their curated collection of antiques, vintage treasures, and home decor, and keep an eye out for their upcoming outdoor garden area.
Snacks and Sips
Blackbird Coffee: Indulge in the holiday spirit at Blackbird Coffee in downtown Milledgeville, where their peppermint mocha drink is a delightful blend of premium coffee and festive flavors. With skilled baristas and a warm atmosphere, it's the perfect place to savor the season's magic one sip at a time.
Coasties Bakery: Treat yourself to a delightful holiday season with Coasties, where you'll find an irresistible array of beautifully decorated Christmas cookies—including timeless classics like sugar cookies and innovative delights like gluten-free cupcakes.
Christmas at the Mansion: Step into the enchanting world of Georgia's Old Governor's Mansion this holiday season and experience the magic of 19th-century-era holiday decor, passed down through generations. Explore the fully adorned mansion during their special holiday tours from November 11th-18th and November 28th-December 22nd. Another can’t miss is the captivating candlelight tours on December 2nd and 16th.
Lockerly in Lights: Celebrate the holidays in style at Lockerly Arboretum's Lockerly in Lights event! Embrace the festive spirit with your family. Whether you choose to drive the magical one-mile holiday lights display on Fridays or take a leisurely walk through the illuminated wonderland on Saturdays, it's the perfect family-friendly experience to brighten your holiday season.
Christmas Cove: Experience a cherished local tradition as waterfront homes along the cove on Lake Sinclair adorn their docks with vibrant Christmas lights, casting a mesmerizing reflection on the water for all to enjoy. Each unique display promises a festive journey that culminates in the stunning glow of Christmas Cove—an unforgettable holiday spectacle.
Hannukah Menorah Lighting: Join the community in celebrating the first night of Hanukkah with a heartfelt menorah lighting ceremony on December 7. Gather on West Hancock Street in front of The Local Yolkal Cafe to partake in this inclusive event open to everyone, as you come together to embrace the spirit of the season.