1 of state’s most beautiful spots offers unique post-Thanksgiving event

Check out unique shopping event, Christmas trees in Rabun County

CLAYTON, Ga. — Many Black Fridays are filled with thousands of shoppers fighting for a handful of great deals, lots of traffic and long lines.

But what if Black Friday could be filled with beautiful mountain views, one-of-a-kind gift ideas, great food and some spectacular Christmas trees? That’s exactly what’s on tap in Rabun County the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving.

What will visitors find?

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“Pottery, soaps, honey, baked good, jewelry, wood (toys), all kinds of arts and crafts, there’s something for everybody,” Annie Berryman, the director of the Rabun County Events and Venues, told WSBTV.com.

Those are some of the unique gift ideas available at the Merry Market and Fundraising Jolly event at the Rabun County Civic Center. The event includes the annual Festival of Trees silent auction.

“The goodwill here in the county is just really heart-warming because local organizations and individuals, they sort of adopt a tree,” Berryman said. “The Rabun County Board of Commissioners provide the trees, then the tree adopter, they provide all of the decorations and tree skirts and their time and really, they’ll knock your socks off with some of these trees. They are beautiful.”

Last year’s selection of adopted trees included one decorated for harvest and another decorated with a Nightmare before Christmas theme.

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Pet photos with Santa are on tap, too. The event runs 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

With so many people canceling Thanksgiving travel plans, a getaway to the north Georgia mountains to check out all the fun offers a great alternative.

“You could certainly make a weekend out of it,” Berryman said. “Some people make a day trip, others make a weekend or spend the night and have a couple of days. You could come up here and visit the show at the Civic Center, pop on down (the block) to downtown Clayton. It’s not too far (from) Dillard and the lights. There’s so much, you’d have to really work at fitting it in. And then of course all of the wonderful restaurants and the bed and breakfasts we have. It’s such a nice trip.”

Proceeds from the event benefit Another Chance Rescue, Rehab & Sanctuary, a nonprofit dog rescue facility.

Enjoy some treats on a visit to Rabun County.
Enjoy some treats on a visit to Rabun County. (Nelson Hicks)

This story is sponsored by Rabun County Events and Venues.