Candlelight in Warm Springs

Historic Warm Springs, Georgia invites you to experience a traditional Christmas in this charming small town that is reminiscent of the towns seen in the annual holiday television movies. Now in its 38th year, Warm Springs lights up for an enchanted shopping and dining experience.

Shops and restaurants are open during the week and on weekends, and most will be open late on Fridays and Saturdays through December 18 for your shopping enjoyment. Hours vary between merchants, so please call ahead if you have questions.

Our town is beautifully decorated with thousands of tiny sparkling lights, green garlands and red bows. From the moment you step out of your car you’ll feel the excitement of Christmas. 

Visiting Warm Springs will surely put you in the holiday mood!  There’s front-door parking and warm friendly faces to greet you as the sounds of Christmas drift throughout town.

The Candlelight tradition began back in 1983 during a major renovation of Warm Springs when one shop owner rolled a piano onto the sidewalk. Customers were invited to share in the playing and singing of traditional Christmas carols. As nighttime approached, the sidewalks were lighted with candles and the music continued for hours.

Our opening weekend is held the Friday and Saturday before Thanksgiving when we open with Santa’s Welcome parades at 6:30 on that Friday & Saturday and our hometown Christmas parade on Saturday at 11:00 AM. Our shops stay open late on opening weekend, and until 8 PM (or later) on subsequent Fridays and Saturdays through the weekend before Christmas.

Come experience the warmth of Warm Springs…Warm hands…Warm hearts…Warm people…Warm Springs, Georgia!


Sponsored by the Warm Springs Merchants Association

Entertainment schedule subject to change. Please call in advance if you have questions.

Special thanks to the Meriwether County Fire Department for setting up our city park Christmas tree every year.

Friday, November 19 – SHOPS OPEN LATE

6:30 PM                       Santa’s Welcome Parade                     Spring & Broad Streets escorted by the Meriwether County Fire Department

7 PM                            Warm Springs Tree Lighting             City Park

7 – 8:30 PM                  Southern Pride Cloggers                   City Park stage

7 – 8 PM                      Santa                                                     Visitors Center

Saturday, November 20 – SHOPS OPEN LATE

10-10:45 AM               Southern Pride Cloggers                    City Park stage

11 AM                         Warm Springs Christmas Parade        Broad & Spring Streets

11-5 PM                      Pony rides & petting zoo (nominal fee)   City Park

1-2 PM                        Bone-a-Fide Slides trombone ensemble    Various locations

2-4 PM                        Billy Rose, piano                                   Country Classics

6:30 PM                     Santa’s Welcome Parade   Spring & Broad Streets escorted by the Meriwether County Fire Department and the Wicked Jeep & 4×4 Georgia Chapter

7 – 8 PM                      Santa                                                        Visitors Center

Thursday, November 25 – THANKSGIVING DAY

10:30 AM – 3:00 PM    Bulloch House open for Thanksgiving Day buffet

Shops open Thanksgiving Day: Bluebird Cottage, Dressing Room, Fala’s Flower Market, Fireflies Gift Boutique, Harmony Oaks, and Veranda on Broad (list as of November 24)

Saturday, November 27 – SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY

11 AM – 5 PM Book signing by Georgia author Bryan M. Powell, Fireflies Gift Boutique

4:30-6:30 PM               Santa                                                   Visitors Center

Saturday, December 4

11 AM – 2 PM   Judy Parker, dulcimer Hotel WS/Bulloch House/Bluebird Cottage

4:30-6:30 PM               Santa                                                   Visitors Center

6:00 PM Sign Language to Song Performance by Impact Youth from County Line Church, City Park Stage

Saturday, December 11

11 AM – 2 PM             Georgia Festival Chorus Ensemble     Various locations

4:30-6:30 PM            Santa                                                     Visitors Center

6:00 PM                    Columbus Civic Dance Company     City Park stage

Saturday, December 18

11 AM                         Beautiful You Dance Studios             City Park stage

4:30-6:30 PM             Santa                                                    Visitors Center

Entertainment schedule subject to change. Please call in advance if you have questions.


Last night for extended shopping hours is December 18. Our shops and restaurants will be open through mid-afternoon Christmas Eve.

The Bulloch House Restaurant will close at 2 PM on Christmas Eve and will reopen to regular hours on Tuesday, December 28.

Most shops and restaurants will be closed Christmas Day, Sunday, December 26, and Monday, December 27.

The Bulloch House will close at 2 PM on New Year’s Eve and will serve their traditional New Year’s Day buffet from 11 AM until 3 PM on January 1, 2022.