Just over an hour from our base in Franklin, North Carolina is the largest house in America… the Biltmore House. Experiencing the Biltmore Estate by Candlelight is a southern staple around the holidays and people from far and wide travel to Western North Carolina to get a glimpse of the festivities.
Treasures like the Biltmore House are just one of the things that make Christmas in the South a little more magical.
In Tennessee, my favorite Christmas must-do is Speedway in Lights at the Bristol Motor Speedway. From a snow maker, to an ice rink, to a traditional Nativity, and of course the Pinnacle Speedway in Lights, which is THE Largest holiday light show in the South and one of the largest in the country — this event is fun for the entire family and something that you will want to do year after year.
In Georgia, get a taste of Fröhliche Weihnachten, which is German for Merry Christmas by visiting the tiny town of Helen! The entire town transforms with a festive Alpine cheer for the annual Christkindlmarkt — a tradition that lines the center of the town with gifts, decorations, candied treats, and so much more!
If warmer weather is more your style — Pensacola, Florida is the place to be for Christmas! During the holiday season, the coastal town completely transforms for Winterfest, a festival that features an Elf Parade, the Reindeer Games, a Performance Tour, a Polar Express Tour, a Grinch Tour, and more. Santa will, of course, make his appearance before making his trek around the globe.
Even in the warm southern states, snow finds a way to lawyer the ground for the holidays — like in Andalusia, Alabama. Every weekend in December, Andalusia residents pull out all the stops for Christmas in Candyland. Along with fake snow, a complete candy village is constructed with Candyland cottages and a gigantic Christmas Tree right in the middle of town square.
Doesn’t matter where you go, as long as you are spending Christmas in the South, you are sending it right.