Christmas at Lake Oconee



Friday, December 2nd Downtown Greensboro’s Lighting of the Tree

Join the Christmas fun for Downtown Greensboro’s lighting of the tree on the Courthouse lawn. You can hang out with SANTA, ride an old-fashioned hay ride, eat lots of yummy snacks, and listen holiday music! This event is FREE to attend and the “official tree lighting” will occur after 6 p.m.

Friday & Saturday, December 2nd-3rd Holiday Tour of Homes in Madison

Experience the rich culture of Madison and some Christmas joy at the Holiday Tour of Homes in Madison. This is an excellent tour that showcases some of the beautiful historic homes, churches, and other buildings throughout Madison. There are day tours or candlelight tours on both days. If you purchase tickets on or before November 30th tickets are $27/tour or $45 for both day and night tours. After November 30th, tickets are $32/tour or $55 for both. For more information, you can email or visit . View a PDF of the tour here.


Friday & Saturday, December 2nd-December 3rd Quilts at the Richter Cottage in Madison

On both Friday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. you can view over 2 dozen locally owned antique and modern quilts. If you went to the Tour of Homes, you can use your ticket for a free admission, otherwise it’s $5 at the door. Located at 490 Wellington St. Madison, GA. Contact Patsy Harris (706) 461-3738.


Saturday, December 3rd Breakfast with Santa in Cuscowilla

The Waterside Restaurant in Cuscowilla is hosting breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 3rd. Have breakfast and then take pictures with Santa! This event starts at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 10:00 a.m. There are limited spots available. Email to reserve your spot!


Saturday, December 3rd “Cruise-N-Strut” at Memory Lane Classic Car Museum

The Memory Lane & Lake Oconee Elks hosts the second annual Cruise-N-Strut on Saturday, December 3rd from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This event is free, but if you would like to go inside the museum it’s a $5 admission. Classic car owners will bring their cars to this event to show them off. Event goers can check out all the cool cars, stay for the parade, participate in the auctions and enjoy good food. There will be a silent auction that closes at noon and a live auction that starts at 1pm. The “strut” begins at 2 p.m. and a parade will be held afterwards. Proceeds will go toward local Christmas Stocking Funds and food banks in the area. The Memory Lane Classic Car museum is located at 170 Scott Rd. Eatonton, GA 31024. Call Chuck Sapper at (706) 991-1835 for more information on this event.



Sunday, December 4th Christmas on the Avenue at The Plaza Arts Center

The Plaza Arts Center will be having Two Cantata performances on Sunday, December 4th. The first performance will begin at 4:00 p.m. and the second performance starts at 6:30 p.m. After the second performance, there will be a reception and the community is invited to attend. This FREE holiday performance will feature the church choirs of Eatonton’s North Madison Avenue. Call the Plaza Arts Center at 706-923-1655 or visit them online at

Sunday, December 4th Christmas Cantata at Greensboro First United Methodist Church

The Greensboro First United Methodist Church is proud to welcome Joel Raney to their church for their 2016 Christmas Cantata, “A Thrill of Hope”. The performance starts at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday and is FREE to the public. This a very popular event in the community, so be sure to come early to get a good seat! For more information visit the Greensboro First Methodist Church Facebook page .


Friday, December 9th Christmas Movie in the Briar Patch

Take the family to downtown Eatonton to get in the Christmas spirit by watching a movie on the Courthouse lawn. Starting at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, December 9th the movie, “The Polar Express”, will be playing on a projected screen. This is a FREE event. Bring lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy a movie on the lawn! For further information, you can email or call (706) 749-9150.



Saturday, December 10th Parade & Caroling by Candlelight in Madison

Downtown Madison will be hosting a Christmas parade with a “Storybook Christmas” theme. The parade starts at 4:00 p.m. Afterwards, the Caroling by Candlelight event will be in Town Park with music by local choral groups, bands, and musicians. Both Mr. & Mrs. Claus will be at the event along with their elves for pictures and Christmas wishes. Hot chocolate and roasted marshmallows will be available! This is a free event from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. For more information visit


Saturday, December 10th Christmas in the Briar Patch at the Putnam County Courthouse Lawn

From 2:00 p.m. to 7:00p.m. there will be an arts and crafts bazaar in the Putnam County Courthouse square. At 6:00 p.m. the Christmas parade begins and features lighted floats that will travel down the main streets of Eatonton. Once the parade is finished everyone can take pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus! For more information visit or call 706-749-9150.


Saturday, December 10th Christmas at Stepback Annual Open House in Eatonton

Visit Step-back, an area with numerous historic buildings and artifacts dedicated to inspire those who come to visit. With a general store, mill house, old school house, church, and various other buildings you won’t want to miss seeing what Step-back has to offer. Go back in time and attend the annual open house from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. featuring fully furnished 1890-1920 buildings on a walking tour. Visit them online for more information.


Saturday, December 10th Pancakes with Santa at Ashley Belle Landings in Eatonton

Ashley Belle Landings is hosting a Pancakes with Santa late breakfast. The breakfast starts at 10:00 a.m. and includes Prancer’s Pancakes served with eggs, fresh orange juice, Christmas cookie decorating, and pictures with Santa (must purchase pictures). You will also be able to access Santa’s Secret Shop, a shop specially designed for kids to purchase gifts for their family and friends. Most of the items in Santa’s Secret Shop are $10 or under. To attend Pancakes with Santa it is $30 per child and $20 per parent/grandparent. You can reserve a table for 8 people for $180. For more information visit them online or call 478-986-0972. Ashley Belle Landings is located at 436 Greensboro Rd., GA 31024 Ashley Belle is also accepting toy donations!


Saturday, December 10th Smith’s Second Annual BBQ & Oyster Jam at Smith’s Coastal Grill in Eatonton

Smith’s Coastal Grill in Eatonton is hosting their second annual BBQ & Oyster Jam. There will be activities for both kids and adults. Live music with Joey Vargas will start at 12:30 p.m. and will continue with Matt Rogers & Band at 1:30 p.m. You can purchase tickets before the event at Smith’s Coastal Grill for $20 or at the gate for $25. Children, ages 6-12 are $5 and children under 5 are free. Tickets include food, music, and dancing! Call Smith’s Coastal Grill at 706-485-7212 for more information. Smith’s Coastal Grill is located at 114 N. Jefferson Ave. Eatonton, GA 31024.


Thursday, December 15th Reynolds Chorus “Passport to Christmas” in Greensboro

Reynolds Chorus will have a performance at 7:30 pm at Greensboro First United Methodist Church South Campus, Carey Station Rd. Tickets are $20 and you can purchase them from choir members, at the First United Methodist Church and Bank South Lake Oconee. For more information, visit their Facebook page


Saturday, December 17th Movie Night At The Uncle Remus Library in Eatonton

The movie, “How The Grinch Stole Christmas”, will be playing at the Uncle Remus Library starting at 6:00 p.m. Free popcorn and drinks will be provided. For more information, visit their Facebook page