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Winter Festivals, Fairs, Celebrations Holidays and Special Events

Seasonal Winter Fun in the Southeast


From celebrating Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year's Eve during the holiday season to planning a winter escape with your special Valentine or a family vacation during winter break, there are hundreds of wonderful annual winter events to enjoy in the Southeast U.S. Select a winter month or holiday from the following list to find out what will be happening during your visit.

Celebrating the Holidays in the Southeast

Charleston, SC Wreath - Photo: © 2007 George Alexander, licensed to About.com, Inc.
Steeped in holiday traditions and offering an array of seasonal festivities, the Southeastern United States is a wonderful destination for memory-making holiday fun. This guide to celebrating the holidays in the Southeast provides information about some of the popular events, holiday light displays, trip ideas and more.

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Also See:
Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend in the Southeast
New Year's Eve Celebrations in the Southeast

January Festivals, Celebrations and Special Events

Blowing Rock Winterfest Polar Plungers - © Jim Greene, courtesy of Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce
January welcomes the New Year in the Southeast with plenty of winter festivals and special events. In North Carolina, jazz and big bands take center stage in Asheville and Blowing Rock plunges into winter during the annual Winterfest celebration. Rodeos and oceanfront treasure hunts delight visitors to Georgia, while oysters, blues and more keep winter travelers busy in South Carolina.

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February Festivals, Celebrations and Special Events

Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Hilton Head Island Visitor and Convention Bureau
February brings an array of popular festivals including the annual Gullah Celebration at Hilton Head, the annual North Carolina Jazz Festival in Wilmington and more. Presidents' Day Weekend is a great time to visit the Southeast's unique celebrations and, of course, Valentine's Day is the perfect time for a little (or a lot of) Southern romance.

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Valentine's Day - Celebrate Romance in the Southeast

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Celebrate your special romance for Valentine's Day with a romantic escape, a special event, a unique ceremony to renew your marriage vows or one of these other memorable ways to express your love.

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Presidents' Day Weekend Celebrations

George Washington Birthday Parade - Photo by Anna Frame: Courtesy of the City of Alexandria
Virginia, brimming with history, is a wonderful destination for a Presidents' Day weekend getaway. Three standout Presidents' Day celebrations, including events in Old Town Alexandria, George Washington's Mount Vernon and Colonial Williamsburg, offer interactive living history fun for families and tours of important historic sites for history buffs. All three celebrations are situated in picturesque and charming settings, adding a touch of romance for couples.

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Winter Restaurant Week in Cities of the Southeast

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Several cities in the Southeast, mostly in Virginia, celebrate Winter Restaurant Week during January or February with special fixed prices at participating restaurants. Reservations often fill quickly so booking your table in advance is recommended.

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Mardi Gras Celebrations in the Southeast

Mardi Gras, "Throw Me Somethng, Mister" - Photo Credit:  Courtesy of the New Orleans CVB
Mardi Gras, "Throw Me Somethng, Mister" - Photo Credit: Courtesy of the New Orleans CVB
While New Orleans takes the cake (King Cake that is) for Mardi Gras celebrations in the United States, there are several other popular Mardi Gras celebrations in other southeastern cities, each with its own unique traditions and variations. For great Mardi Gras parades, revelry and crazy fun, the following celebrations offer an array of choices with everything from family friendly celebrations to some that are best enjoyed by adults only.

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St. Patrick's Day in the Southeast U.S.

Green St. Patrick's Day Fountain - Photo: Courtesy the Savannah St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee
Although March usually begins to feel more like spring than winter in many areas of the Southeast, St. Patrick's Day does fall just before the official change of the seasons. From Savannah's mega multi-day celebration, the second largest in the United States, to Old Town Alexandria's charming parade and festival, several great parades, festivals and special events offer lots of Irish fun for all ages.

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