December Travel Guide to Lake Oconee

November 16, 2022

Signs of the season can be seen all around Greensboro, Georgia. With a charming main street strung with lights, friendly shops brimming with cheer, and the smell of gingerbread wafting from The Ritz-Carlton lobby. Scroll below to discover our December Travel Guide to Lake Oconee.

Where we’re eating & drinking: 

Breakfast with Santa at The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee: Saturday, December 17 and Friday, December 23, 2022 with seatings at 9 and 11 a.m.

Children of all ages will delight in Breakfast with Santa, where your child’s wish list can be shared with him personally. Young guests will enjoy a breakfast buffet featuring miniature pancakes, muffins, waffles and other pint-sized breakfast items while also savoring traditional brunch favorites.

Sipping in a winter wonderland at PJ’s Coffee: warm up with a seasonal beverage from PJ’s. Peppermint Bark Velvet Ice & Latte,  Butter Rum Latte, and Cookie Dough Oat Milk Latte are some of the drinks you can sip on by the fire.

Oconee Brewing Company: Our favorite craft brewery! In December, they will brew a milk stout. It will have some roasted barley and slight chocolate notes and a bit of sweetness, a very smooth stout overall. They’ll also do some fun varieties of that stout…a peppermint stout, a peanut butter stout, and a coffee stout.

The Yesterday Cafe: If you’re looking for the perfect dessert to take to your holiday gathering, look no further than the Buttermilk Pie at The Yesterday Cafe in Downtown Greensboro. You can buy a whole pie and be the hit of the party!



Where we’re shopping: 

Bend The Trend: Don’t get your tinsel in a tangle this season, Bend the Trend has the perfect gifts for him and her! Bend the Trend is a luxury boutique of high-end furniture and home goods inspired by timeless classics and worldly designs from around the globe. Specializing in custom, hand-painted finishes and bespoke pieces.

The Pink Stitch: The Pink Stitch is a family owned and operated boutique in Downtown Greensboro. They offer a variety of gifts, jewelry, and fashion forward clothing.

Paper Soiree: Nestled in the Lake Oconee Village, Paper Soiree provides high quality printing services as well as providing the lake area with a wide variety of gift ideas from unique candles, to apparel, jewelry and handbags, to a huge selection of children’s toys and games. Paper Soiree will help you find the perfect Christmas gift!

Genuine Georgia: Fun, hands on gifts for the little ones on your Christmas list! Spinners, woven hats, wand kaleidoscopes, books and more! All items at Genuine Georgia are made by local Georgia artists, making for a truly unique present.

JH McCommons: JH McCommons Co offers unique home decor, gifts, jewelry, apparel, tee shirts, candles, baby items and much more!


Where we’re going: 

Downtown Greensboro Tree Lighting: Ring in the holidays with Downtown Greensboro at their classic Christmas celebration on December 2nd! The tree will be lit on the courthouse lawn, there will be music, craft vendors and even a visit from Santa!

Ice Skating at The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee: Step into The Winter Forest where adventures and memories await. Resort guests can glide across the 5,000 square-foot ice rink, holding hands and laughing as they take in views of Lake Oconee. Relax in the Ice Lounge with plush sofas, creative drinks and twinkle lights. The Sand Bar, a retro trailer outfitted with holiday cheer, will be serving up warm classics such as hot cocoa, apple cider and hot toddies while creative cocktails make an appearance.

Drip and Dip: A fun painting experience for the whole family! Drip and Dip offers a laid back, fun ambience in which customers of all ages and experience levels are welcome to come and create. They offer step-by-step guidance from a trained instructor. If you think you are not an artist, after attending one of their events you will leave with confidence and ready to book again!

Sandy Creek Sporting Grounds: Woven into 100 acres of beautiful countryside, the Sandy Creek Sporting Grounds at Reynolds Lake Oconee encompasses an unmatched, multi-faceted selection of shooting challenges and sporting endeavors. An adventure for all ages, this luxurious sporting facility features a twenty-station sporting clays course, a five-stand shooting range, a sporting clays instructional and games area, an air rifle range and an archery range.

Lake & Local Holiday Charcuterie Class: The final charcuterie class of the year, and the perfect event to bring holiday guests! Learn board “art” and take home your gorgeous wood board.