Mountain Country Christmas in Lights 2023, is a holiday treat for the entire family at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds in Hiawassee, GA along the shores of beautiful Lake Chatuge in the Northeast Georgia mountains. The fairgrounds will be transformed into a spectacular and magical holiday light show, with special Christmas music, art & craft vendors, holiday food, hot chocolate, and of course a visit and pictures with Santa! Special Exhibit: Cowtown! A live exhibit which contains an old time creamery where patrons participate in preparing a cow for milking by hand. Kids get hands-on experiences with the process of making butter ice cream and soap using historic tools and machines in these processes, and they learn the concept of “Home Made” just the way grandma used to do it! Get all your holiday shopping done at the Outdoor Craft Market! As a part of the Mountain Country Christmas in Lights we have expanded the crafting booths for your shopping pleasure! The Outdoor Craft Market will be open every Thursday & Friday from 6pm-9pm & every Saturday from 4pm - 9pm beginning Thanksgiving (Nov. 23rd) through December 23rd.
Once you've seen The Oak Ridge Boys' Christmas show, you will want to make it a family holiday tradition. The almost two-hour holiday extravaganza, which features a mixture of traditional and contemporary songs as well as some of the Oaks' classic country-pop hits, is a full-production show with beautiful visuals, including falling snow and Christmas trees. It also includes a visit from Santa and songs from the group's eight bestselling Christmas albums. Few Country Music groups have had the enduring popularity, cultural significance or crossover success of The Oak Ridge Boys, a vocal harmony quartet that started out in traditional country and gospel during World War II and evolved with the times to help popularize and modernize Country Music far beyond traditional genre and regional lines. The group went through numerous lineup changes in its early decades before Duane Allen, Joe Bonsall, William Lee Golden, and Richard Sterban took control in the 1960s and early 1970s and turned it into a dynamic Country Music force. The new alignment focused on high-energy vocal harmonies that brought crowds to their feet with increasingly secular music and a look and attitude that more accurately reflected the times, characterized by Golden's still-magnificent flowing beard and fur coats. National audiences learned the joy of the Oaks' harmonies when the group's biggest hit, 1981's “Elvira,” became a crossover pop smash with bass singer Sterban's unforgettable “oom papa oom papa mau mau” refrain. The song brought them one of their five Grammy Awards, went double Platinum and helped bring much-needed fun to a genre that had a reputation for weepers and hard times. All in all, the current lineup has scored 17 No. 1 hits, released more than 40 albums, and achieved sales greater than 41 million albums. The Oaks' classics include “Trying To Love Two Women,” “Beautiful You,” “Fancy Free,” “I Guess It Never Hurts To Hurt Sometimes,” “Make My Life With You,” “Touch A Hand, Make A Friend,” and “It Takes A Little Rain (To Make Love Grow).” The Oak Ridge Boys' “American Made” became a national ad jingle. Their “Thank God For Kids” is considered a Country standard. And their recording of “Leaving Louisiana In The Broad Daylight” helped launch the songwriting career of Rodney Crowell.
Christmas CantataSaturday, December 9th 7pm Admission included with Mountain Country Christmas Light admission. $7 per person and children 12 and under are FREE!
Throughout their career, Blackberry Smoke—vocalist/lead guitarist Charlie Starr, guitarist/vocalist Paul Jackson, bassist/vocalist Richard Turner, drummer Brit Turner, and keyboardist Brandon Still—has embodied Georgia's rich musical legacy, honoring the people, places and sounds of their home state. The band, who draws inspiration from Southern rock, blues-leaning classic rock and rootsy vintage country, has developed this confidence and amassed a loyal fanbase over the past two decades, leading their last five full-length albums to achieve great chart success, including 2021's You Hear Georgia, which reached #1 on Billboard's Americana/Folk Albums chart. Hailing from Southern California, Robert Jon & The Wreck take the Southern rock sound from the East Coast and make it their own. Since their inception in 2011, these five California natives - Robert Jon Burrison (lead vocals, guitar), Andrew Espantman (drums, background vocals), Henry James Schneekluth (lead guitar, background vocals), Warren Murrel (bass) and Jake Abernathie (keyboards) - have been electrifying audiences around the world with their soaring guitar leads, rich vocal harmonies, and memorable tunes.
Chris Janson, proud member of the Grand Ole Opry and multi-platinum songwriter and artist, is part of country's new breed. In touch with the lighter side of life with self-penned No. 1s “Fix A Drink,” “Good Vibes,” and the triple platinum “Buy Me A Boat,” as well as the more thoughtful truths of “Done,” “Things You Can't Live Without,” and the CMA Song of the Year nominee and ACM Video of the Year “Drunk Girl.” Both “Boat” and “Girl” were named to the Nashville Songwriters Association International's prestigious “Songs I Wish I Wish I'd Written” list, which is why artists like Tim McGraw (“Truck Yeah,” “How I'll Always Be”), Justin Moore (“Off The Beaten Path”), Cody Johnson (“Let's Build A Fire”), and the iconic Hank Williams Jr. (“God Fearin' Man,” “Those Days Are Gone”) reach for Janson's songs for their own projects. Beyond his artistry are his live shows, where all that heart-on-the-four-wheeler songwriting meets the fans where they come to rock. Rolling Stone proclaimed him “a live legacy in the making,” and Janson is a frequent presence at the nation's biggest country festivals, tours, and unexpected sit-ins. For a man known for his outdoors lifestyle and collaborations with Bass Pro Shops and Cabela's, making music from his own life has established the harmonica-forward multi-instrumentalist the go-to guy for young country for the last decade.