Don’t MISS These Small Georgia Coast Towns For The Holidays

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Suppose you’ve been following my Georgia road trip quest to visit every Georgia Coast town along a 100-mile stretch of shoreline. In that case, you won’t be surprised that I’m sharing some of Georgia’s best-kept secrets for this particular time of year… small town holiday celebrations that could be pulled from the best Hallmark Christmas movies.

Not even kidding.

Come on and get lost along the Georgia Coast with me for the holidays.

Charming Georgia Coast Towns

Believe me when I say that I’ve enjoyed compiling this list of the best small coastal towns along Coastal Georgia. We aren’t done yet. Here’s a guide for great choices in your holiday travel this year. Our Georgia road trip vlog will continue soon.


Don’t miss a unique Christmas tour like no other. Walk an illuminated path by candlelight under majestic, ancient oak trees to a preserved antebellum home at Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation. Travel back to the 1850s era with living history characters firing muskets and cannons. Get in the Christmas spirit by singing carols and enjoying wassail and cookies with Santa.

Enjoy a true small town Christmas parade at its best in Brunswick, Georgia. Pick your favorite spot along the mile-long celebration of over 100 floats, entertainment, and festive cheer being spread in the heart of the Old Town Historic District.

Don’t forget to look for Santa at the end!


Take a magical Santa Train Ride to Santa Land for a magical journey Christmas celebration. The fun starts with a preshow of holiday dancers before boarding and singing carols with the elves. Take the opportunity to help Santa save Christmas or be visited by Santa, Ms. Claus, and Frosty the Snowman!


St. Mary’s is one of the oldest spots in the country. Once a strategic military local and bustling seaport, it’s now a lesser-known tourist destination (my favorite kind). It’s one of my favorite things to do in Georgia because of its small town charm and gorgeous waterfront downtown.

Meet up for the St. Marys White Lighting Procession in November. A fun free night that begins with watching the small town parade and then following Santa and Mrs. Claus toward the waterfront to light the Christmas tree!

In December, take a hayride to Oakwell Farm to see the LIVE nativity. “Walk to Bethlehem” and experience the Christmas story you’ll never forget along the Georgia Coast.

Getting To Smalltown Christmas USA

Fly right into Brunswick airport to be smack dab in the center of small town America. If you are flying in from Atlanta, you’ll be ____ miles. If flying in from Jacksonville Florida, you’ll have a _________ minute drive

Interstate 95 is an option, but I prefer Coastal Highway 17. This charming nostalgic ocean highway hugs the Georgia Coast as closely as possible. It stretches along all of Georgia’s barrier islands, a secret-ish paradise like nowhere else in the world.


Another perk of visiting Georgia’s coastal region is the mild climate year round. Its 60 degrees Fahrenheit temperature in the fall and winter is what’s been attracting those escaping the cold for centuries.

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Published on HuffPost, Okefenokee Living Magazine, and more, Shan is a Family Travel Journalist with a passion for helping women lose the overwhelm of planning family-friendly trips in the south. She shares travel reviews & insider secrets that Women REALLY want to know about Georgia, Florida, & the Carolinas vacations.

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