Night scene of manger and Christmas tree with white lights.The holidays shine brightly around Lake Lanier and in the mountain headwaters. Boat parades, dulcimer pickin’, snow tubing, carriage rides, Santa visits, tree lightings and numerous other traditional and non-traditional activities abound in the diverse environment spanning small mountain towns to the bustling lake shore.

A sample of area Holiday Events:

Nov. 22 – Jan. 15 – License to Chill Snow Island/Lakeside Lights Spectacular, Buford. Snow tubing, ice skating, carnival rides, s’more making, plus walk-through holiday light extravaganza with festive music; Snow Island 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Nov 4- Feb. 25; Lights Spectacular 5-9 p.m., Margaritaville at Lanier Islands, 7650 Lanier Islands Pkwy. Various prices.

Nov. 18 – Holiday Bazaar, Gainesville. Shop for ornaments, handmade gifts, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Hall County Farmer’s Market, 734 E. Crescent Dr.

Nov. 18 or Dec. 16 – Hops & Holly Wreath Making, Gainesville. Make evergreen wreath, sip a brew, 2-3:30 p.m., Gainesville Garden of the Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1911 Sweet Bay Dr. $50, $45 members. 404-888-4760.

Nov. 18 – Cumming City Center Winter Market/Tree Lighting. Artists sell homewares, fashion accessories and more beginning at 10 a.m. followed by 6 p.m. holiday celebration with live music, family activities, warm drinks and desserts, Cumming City Center, 423 Canton St.

Nov. 18 – Jingle Mingle, Gainesville. Kiddy train rides, carriage rides, open house and live music at historic buildings, holiday shopping, Santa’s arrival and Lighting of the Chicken ceremony, 4-6:30 p.m., Historic Gainesville Square.

Nov. 18 – Celebrate the Holidays, Braselton. Annual parade, tree lighting, live reindeer, entertainment, market and more, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., downtown Braselton & Town Green.

Nov. 22-Jan. 5 – Wilshire Wonderland of Lights, Gainesville. Stroll through beloved Gainesville park decorated with holiday lights, Wilshire Trails Park, 849 Wilshire Trials Rd.

Thurs.-Sat. Nov. 23-Dec. 9, nightly Dec. 14-23 – Mountain Country Christmas in Lights, Hiawassee. See Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds in holiday lights, plus music, arts vendors, food, Santa visits and Cowtown exhibit with cow milking, butter, ice-cream making, 6 p.m., 1311 Music Hall Rd. $7, free to children 12 & younger.

Thru Jan. 7 – Old Fashioned Christmas, Dahlonega. Annual celebration with near-daily holiday activities beginning with Lighting of the Square 5:30 p.m. Nov. 24, carriage rides, Santa visits, food trucks, Festival of Trees, and more. Holiday parade with 11 a.m. Dec. 9, Historic Downtown Dahlonega.

Nov. 25 – Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting, Clermont. Annual holiday parade with floats, bands, tractors, antique cars & Santa, followed by tree lighting, 5 p.m., Main Street.

Tues.-Sun., Nov. 28-Dec. 31 – Holiday Tree Trail, Gainesville. View six-feet Fraser firs decorated by local clubs, organizations and businesses, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Gainesville Garden of the Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1911 Sweet Bay Dr. $14.95 adults, $12.95 children ages 3-12, free to children younger than 3 and members. 404-888-4760.

Fridays and Saturdays in December – Victorian Christmas at Hardman Farm, Sautee Nacoochee. See Mansion at West End decorated in period décor, learn about Victorian holiday traditions from re-enactors, plus live music, s’mores around a bon fire, 4-7 p.m. . $15-$49, free to children 5 and younger. Registration required. 706-878-1077.

Dec. 2 – Christmas in the Mountains Festival & Lighted Parade, Cleveland. Parade, open houses, market on downtown square, Cleveland County Courthouse, 5-8 p.m., intersection Ga. 129/115.

Dec. 3 – Christmas on Green Street, Gainesville. Annual celebration on Historic Green Street with antique car parade, marching bands, and floats, plus food trucks, activities and performances at historic homes, 2-7 p.m. See new schedule:

Dec. 5 – Holiday Craft-Making, Gainesville. Create a holiday craft, free with regular admission, 10 a.m.-noon, Gainesville Garden of the Atlanta Botanical Garden. $14.95 adults, $12.95 children ages 3-12, free to children younger than 3 and members. 404-888-4760.

Dec. 9 – Holiday Boat Parade, Lake Lanier. Festival of lights on the water with decorated boat; parade begins at 5 p.m., north of Port Royale and floats toward Aqualand Marina for judges’ review before heading to Margaritaville for music and awards. Rain out day Dec. 10. Entry fees $75-$200.

Dec. 9 – Annual Christmas Parade, Helen. Fire trucks, horses, dirt-buggies, floats, candy, Santa, 2 p.m., Downtown Helen.

Dec. 9 & 10 – Christmas at the Inn, Toccoa. Festive dulcimer music, hot apple cider and teacakes, 19th-century stagecoach inn decorated with greenery and handmade ornaments, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Traveler’s Rest Historic Site, 4339 Riverdale Rd., 706-886-2256.

Dec. 9 – Holiday Jamboree on the Mountain, Clarkesville. Live music, nature crafts, Santa visits, hayrides, Mellinger Center/campground, 3-5 p.m., Black Rock Mountain State Park, 3805 Black Rock Mountain Pkwy. $5 parking., 706-746-2141.

Dec. 14 – Happy Holiday Hike, Helen. Naturalist-led hike to covered bridge to learn some fun holiday lore, plus hot cocoa and cookies at the visitor’s center, 10 a.m.-noon, Smithgall Woods State Park, 61 Tsalaki Trl. $5 parking., 706-878-4308 ext. 7.