If you want to get out of the cabin for a while during your stay with us, here are some activities for you to enjoy this Christmas season. Provided by www.helenga.org
Chistkindlmarkt (December 1-2; 8-9)
Christmas markets originated in Germany as last-chance winter stock-up markets. Between the 1200s and 1400s they transformed into celebratory events. Craftspeople sold baskets, toys, and woodcarvings, as well as winter treats—almonds, nuts, roasted chestnuts, gingerbread and other baked goods. Items from Christmas markets became gifts for Christmas or New Year’s. Nearly every town in Germany has a Christmas market, which adds to the sense of community warmth and shared culture that we feel during the holidays. We carry on this tradition with handmade crafts, warm drinks, performances, and other attractions.
The Christmas Parade in Helen has an array of floats, familiar as well as distinctly German Christmas characters, music, dance, and treats. Later in the afternoon, children are invited to decorate traditional lanterns for lighting in the yearly Lantern Parade. At the end of this parade, which proceeds from downtown to the Festhalle, we’ll have s’mores and hot chocolate around a bonfire.
Breakfast with Santa (December 16)
Der Weihnachtsmann brings German children toys every year. Make your reservation (ticket link above) to have breakfast with Santa at the Unicoi State Park Lodge.
Victorian Christmas (December 7-8;14-15)
Hardman Farm is a state historic site you can enjoy year-round with and Indian Mound, an authentic 18th century home and dairy farm. During Christmas, Hardman Farm carefully recreates how houses in the Victorian era would have been decorated. Christmas music and treats are available to be enjoyed each night (ticket link above)