Top 10 Things to do During the Christmas Season in the South

November 27, 2018

Many people think snow when they think about Christmas. Here in the South, we’ve learned to do Christmas a little differently — no snow boots required. Here is a list of some things you can do to fill your time this Christmas season in the South.

1. Take part in “Christmas on the Water” in Biloxi, Mississippi.

Boat Parade by emilio labrador, on Flickr
Boat Parade” (CC BY 2.0) by emilio labrador

This magnificent event includes a variety of boats covered in Christmas décor parading across the Mississippi Gulf Coast for spectators to enjoy. The night is capped off by a fireworks show over the water, making for a perfect Christmas event for all ages.

2. Make a trip to Dollywood for the Smokey Mountain Christmas Festival.

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Dollywood 2012 Christmas” (CC BY 2.0) by Chanter52

Dolly knows how to give guests a good time over the holidays. Whether you want to see some of your favorite musicals or soak up the atmosphere created by a park decorated with four million lights, Dollywood’s Christmas extravaganza is an experience you don’t want to pass up.

3. Celebrate Christmas like The King at Graceland.

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Elvis’ former home in Memphis, Tennessee, is a sacred destination for countless fans around the world. All rock and roll fans should visit the landmark at least once, and there is no better time to do so than during than Christmas time. Attend one of the many Christmas festivities on the grounds, and witness the kind of Christmas magic only The King could conjure up. There is no such things as a “Blue Christmas” when you’re visiting Graceland.

4. Take in the lights and festivities at “Christmas in Cotton Plant” in New Albany, Mississippi.

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In what is considered to be the best-kept secret of North Mississippi, Christmas in Cotton Plant is a 12-acre winter wonderland which features more than 500 inflatables and 300,000 lights, displays synchronized to music and an eight-foot-tall dancing elf. Drive or walk through the displays and see what this amazing venue has to offer.

5. Experience “Dickens Christmas Y’all” in Tuscumbia, Alabama.

Carriage Ride by ralph and jenny, on Flickr
Carriage Ride” (CC BY 2.0) by ralph and jenny

Every year this small town in Alabama transforms into a scene from Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol with horse carriage rides, snow falling and arts and crafts vendors. This awesome event is perfect for all ages and allows you to take a step back in time.

6. Take your kids for a ride on the Macy’s Pink Pig train at Lenox Square in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Neon Up-Close” (CC BY 2.0) by hyku

The Pink Pig train has become an institution in Atlanta. Having been in operation each Christmas season since the 1950s, taking a ride on this indoor locomotive is like taking part in history. It also creates a great opportunity for some pretty fun pictures.

7. Experience “A Country Christmas” at Nashville’s Gaylord Opryland.

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This storied hotel and resort pulls out all the stops each Christmas season. Whether you’re interested in snow tubing or interactive ice exhibits, the Gaylord transforms their grounds into a sensory overload of winter magic. You might even want to pack your coat for this one.

8. Take a ride on the North Pole Express in Calera, Alabama.

Niles Canyon Railroad Christmas Train by moyerphotos, on Flickr
Niles Canyon Railroad Christmas Train” (CC BY 2.0) by moyerphotos

This historic railway is transformed into a Christmas escape once a year and allows passengers to travel all the way to the North Pole. You will be greeted by Santa and his wife Mrs. Claus as elves board the train and entertain the passengers on the journey. There is also a similar experience available on the Grenada Railroad out of Batesville, Mississippi if that is a more reasonable location for you.

9. Celebrate Christmas at the happiest place on earth — Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

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In what may be the crème da la crème of all holiday festivities, celebrating Christmas at the Walt Disney World Resort is a magical experience. With a variety of shows and activities throughout the park, it’s a trip that is sure to create memories that will last a lifetime.

10. Get a new taste of Christmas at the World of Coca-Cola in Atlanta, Georgia.

World of Coca-Cola by Szilveszter Farkas, on Flickr
World of Coca-Cola” (CC BY-SA 2.0) by Szilveszter Farkas

The world-famous Coca-Cola museum in Atlanta hosts a variety of holiday activities all season long. They even roll out limited edition holiday soft drinks for visitors to sample. You can snap a photo with the Coca-Cola Polar Bear and learn the history of the Coca-Cola Santa.

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