Visitor Guide

Visit Rome For the Holidays

Posted November 14, 2019 by Georgia's Rome in Arts, Downtown, Events, Family, Holiday, Things to Do

We have over 20 reasons to visit Georgia’s Rome for the holidays! Here is your 2019 guide to holiday fun!

Ashley Phillips Photography

Photo: Ashley Phillips Photography

Downtown Holiday Open House – Nov 16 Free See Santa Event

Enjoy free trolley rides with Santa from 11 am – 3 pm at the Town Green; plus kids 10 and under will love the Candy Cane Hunt at 1 p.m.. Shop for the holidays while in historic downtown and stroll downtown to see the holiday window displays! Both Georgia’s Rome Gift Shops will also be open late!

Community Cookout – Rome City Brewing – Nov 16

What better way to enjoy the holiday season than with a family-friendly chili cook-off! Bring the fam, root for your favorite college teams, vote on your favorite chili and enjoy our chili bar! Fill up a plate – come back for seconds!

Holiday Themed Do-It-Yourself Workshops at AR Design – Nov – Dec

The holiday season is already in full swing at this workshop where you can make your custom holiday decor. Host a party or sign up for a themed workshop!

Forum On Ice – Forum River Center, Now – Jan 6

The Forum River Center transforms into a winter wonderland with indoor ice skating and a 100 foot ice slide!

A Friendsgiving Low Country Boil – Courtyard Rome Riverwalk, Nov 21

Enjoy an authentic Low Country Boil served family style; reserve a table for your friends today.

Winter Wonderland Carnival & Ice Festival – Forum River Center, Nov 23-24

Celebrate the season of peace with this festival that runs alongside the Forum on Ice and learn new holiday traditions from various cultures.

A Traditional Friendsgiving Dinner – Courtyard Rome Riverwalk, Nov 23

Enjoy all the fixings of a Thanksgiving feast, served family-style; reserve a table for your friends today.

 

Silver Creek Christmas Tree Farm

Silver Creek Christmas Tree Farm

Christmas Tree Farm – Silver Creek Farm – Opens Nov 29

Christmas Tree season officially begins! Continue a holiday tradition or start a new one by picking out a live tree together!

Rome Christmas Parade – Broad Street – Dec 3 Free

The parade announces the official start of the holiday season in Georgia’s Rome. Enjoy the sights and sounds of local bands and performers as we celebrate the joy of the season! The parade will also be broadcasted live on the Georgia’s Rome facebook page.

Seeking Botany’s Designs – Harbin Clinic Gallery – Fridays in December

This stunning exhibit reveals the beauty of interpreting the minutiae of botany often overlooked by the naked eye. Add this to your Friday evening plans during your weekend visit to Rome. Open gallery hours on Fridays 4 to 6 p.m.

Welcome Christmas – Rome City Auditorium – Dec 5

Rome’s Own Musical Ensembles performs a Christmas performance featuring The Grinch and Holiday Cabaret.

Home for the Holidays with Timothy Reynolds – Dec 5

Enjoy the sounds of the holidays with Rome’s own Timothy Reynolds; artist Siri Selle will exhibit her work.

Holiday Wonders – Berry Dance Troupe – Sisters Theatre at Berry – Dec 5-6

Dancers showcases different dance styles including jazz and contemporary to modern renditions of Christmas classics.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever – Historic DeSoto Theatre – Dec 6-15

This charming family show is adapted from the best-selling book and has become a holiday favorite full of mayhem and fun.

2nd Annual Holiday Trolley Tours of Historic Neighborhoods – Downtown Georgia’s Rome Welcome Center – Dec 7

Take a holiday tour of Rome’s historic residential districts on the Roman Rose Trolley and learn the history of each area.

Oak Hill Victorian Christmas Tours – Oak Hill & Martha Berry Museum – Dec. 7

Tour the beautiful grounds of Martha’s Berry’s home dressed for the holidays as in Victorian times when she lived in the home.

Christmas in Lindale – Parade & Star Lighting – Lindale, GA – Dec 7

Celebrate 88 years of “The Star Between the Stacks” at the Lindale Mill in Lindale, Ga. Festivities begin with a parade and includes performances by local students.

The Messiah Handel – Rome City Auditorium – Dec 7

Handel’s holiday masterpiece performed by the Rome Symphony Orchestra and the Three River Singers.

Georgia’s Rome Winter Art Market

Winter Art Market – Rome Civic Center – Dec 7 – 8 Free

Find the perfect gift for your loved ones or yourself with over 60 artists and craftsmen! Shop jewelry, wood-turned crafts, folk art, and much, much more!

Small Town Christmas in the Country – Rolater Park, Cave Spring, Dec 7-8 Free

Celebrating 16 years, this annual arts and crafts festival offers holiday shopping and treats from local artisans.

Lessons and Carols – Berry College – Dec 7 Free

A service that draws upon the traditions of the Lessons and Carols Services in England.

Playtime With Santa – Various Locations Throughout December  Free See Santa Event 

Visit our local recreation centers to get pictures with Santa and play games with Santa’s elves.

Rome for the Holidays – Holiday Shopping – Downtown Rome – Dec 12

The local merchants in Downtown Rome are staying open extra late for holiday shopping and discounts!

Portraits with Santa – Rome Little Theatre – Dec 12

Santa Claus will be at the Historic DeSoto Theatre; stop by and have your holiday portraits made with him! All proceeds benefit Rome Little Theatre.

Christmas Back Home – Rome City Auditorium – Dec 13 & 14

Classic Christmas songs with a delightful twist! J. Scott Thompson and Brent McDonald lead an 8 piece band for a new take on timeless holiday masterpieces.

Christmas Back Home

Christmas Back Home

Breakfast at Santa’s Workshop – Forum River Center – Dec 14 

Holiday fun with a pancake breakfast and pictures with Santa – oh and ice skating and ice sliding too!

Cave Spring Christmas Parade – Dec 14

Line downtown Cave Spring for this annual tradition that begins at 6 p.m.

There’s No Place Like Rome for the Holidays – Rome City Auditorium – Dec 16 – Free

Northwest Georgia Winds and Montessori School of Rome perform seasonal favorites.

Polar Express Pajama Party – DeSoto Theatre – Dec 16

Kids can wear Christmas pajamas, visit with Santa & Mrs. Claus and take pics too! Make a Christmas craft and enjoy cookies with milk!

Holiday Hangout – DeSoto Theatre – Dec 21 – Free

This free concert full of holiday favorites features local band, Broad & 3rd. Guest bartenders prepare festive spirits; all donations support the theatre.

Did we miss your holiday event? Please submit it to our calendar so we know about it! 

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About the Author

Kristi Kent is the Director of Communications for the Georgia's Rome Office of Tourism. She loves Rome because it is a small town that has it all - culture, heritage, beauty and Southern Hospitality! Kristi enjoys spending her free time in Rome's outdoors and she also loves to paint! Her dog Annie, is the unofficial "Paws Permitted" mascot because Rome welcomes all visitors - including the furry ones! Stop by the office and say "Hi" to both Kristi and Annie!

1 Comments

  1. Avatar Regina, November 14, 2019:

    Great list!
    You are so great at what you do!
    Keep up the good works!


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