We’re pretty sure 2017 has flown by faster than previous years. No scientific proof. Just a hunch. But the good news with the year passing quickly is it’s now… THE HOLIDAYS! Before we gather with friends and family, remember why we’re thankful, swap gifts (new socks!), watch Elf, drink eggnog, and eat and nap aggressively, we have 5 things you have to do in Macon to get you into the proper festive spirit.

1.) Festival of Trees

This annual exhibit of stunning holiday trees, decorated by regional designers and artists, is already on view and runs through January 14, 2018 at the Museum of Arts & Sciences. As part of the exhibit, the museum opens Santa’s Secret Shop where kids can purchase gifts for family members.

2.) Ice Skating

Whether you hug the walls or can double-axle like a young Brian Boitano, ice skating is a quintessential activity for the holidays. Since we don’t get too much snow down here, we’re sure thankful for the Macon Centreplex which opens their arena to the public for ice skating. Regular admission tickets are $10 per person (ice skates are included). Children must be 2 or older to skate. Stay off the ice, baby!

3.) Main Street Macon Christmas Parade

Move over, Macy’s. The Main Street Macon Christmas Parade on December 3, 2017, is a community-wide celebration held in downtown Macon that will get you in the yuletide spirit. This year’s theme is Macon Merry so you better come with a smile on your face. Enjoy marching bands, floats and maybe a Santa or two.

4.) See A Show

You don’t have to go to Broadway to see an amazing show. This December, Macon has an incredible array of quality productions including Beauty in the Beast, Annie, and the Christmastime essential, The Nutcracker. Pair a show with dinner in downtown Macon and your belly shall be full and your spirit shall be lifted.

5.) Get Smarter At A Museum

We have mild winters here in Macon, but it still can get pretty chilly. Get out of the cold and enjoy a warm walk in one of Macon’s many museums. Celebrate African-American culture at the Tubman Museum. Explore Macon’s musical heritage at The Allman Brothers Band Museum at the Big House and the Otis Redding Foundation’s Mini-Museum. Learn about the best Georgia athletes of all-time at Georgia Sports Hall of Fame. Marvel at Macon’s architectural delights like Hay House and Cannonball House.

And Now You're In The Spirit

See, wasn’t that easy? No more Scrooge-ing about. Get to Macon and experience one of the South’s most famous cities.

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