Follow the star to LaGrange, Georgia, for the holiday season

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Lee Cathey LaGrange Square at Night

Holiday wishes are coming true in LaGrange, Georgia, this year with special events that can’t be experienced anywhere else. Travel down I-85, an hour south of Atlanta, to make Christmas memories in one of the South’s most beautiful small towns.

No need to travel to Bethlehem to peek into the very first Christmas. Biblical History Center in LaGrange takes guests on the journey with their Follow The Shepherds Walks. Trace the steps of Joseph and Mary as they travel from Nazareth to Bethlehem and learn new insights into the Christmas story in one of the most authentic settings this side of Israel. Every Friday and Saturday night up to Christmas Eve.

Throughout the month of December, celebrate the Holidays at Hill & Dales Estate. This historic Southern mansion is adorned with the complements of the season. Gaze at the Christmas tree styled circa 1940 and feel old-fashioned merriment. On December 2, learn how to decorate for the holidays like a pro at the Mixed Green Christmas Wreath Workshop where the staff will help guide you in creating a wreath using a variety of elegant, fresh evergreens and berries. On December 16, it’s the Children’s Christmas Celebration, where kids can create their own gingerbread house; participate in a Christmas sing-a-long, story time and visits with Santa, www.HillsAndDales.orgwww.LaGrangeSymphony.org

Embrace the spirit of the season and join the LaGrange Symphony Orchestra for their annual Christmas Concert on December 12 at Callaway Auditorium on the campus of LaGrange College. Special guest artist Jason Coleman, the grandson of famous pianist Floyd Kramer, will add his uncanny reflection of the signature stylings of his Grandad to a variety of holiday favorites.

Watch and hear warming musical tributes to two of O Henry’s short stories at New Horizon Theatre. Gifts of the Magi runs December 14-16 and Once Upon a December, a 90 minute musical extravaganza, is December 21, www.nhct.orgwww.LaGrangeChamber.com.