ACC Leisure Services Department
inflatable holiday decorations at Bear Hollow Zoo

All Up in Lights...


The Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services Department will host the Deck the Hollow holiday lights show at Bear Hollow Zoo from December 10-13 and 17-20. This event takes place nightly from 5:30 - 7:30 PM.

The community is invited to celebrate the holidays in lights. Activities include animal encounters, live music, and photo opportunities in the zoo illuminated with holiday lights. Concessions will be available for purchase. 

The admission fee is $3 per person, children ages 2 and younger are admitted free of charge.  Registration is not required.  The public is encouraged to share their photos from the event using #learncreateplay. 

For more information call 706-613-3580. 


shiny gold present

Shop Til You Drop!


Santa buys original art and you can, too! 
The Lyndon House Arts Center’s Gallery Shop is expanding for the holidays.  Shop local and support Athens artisans this season.  A variety of gift items are available including including folk art, frames, glass,  jewelry, paintings, photography, pottery, soap, and much more. 

"Deck the Walls" is on display through January 6  with operating hours of Tuesday -Saturday from noon - 5 PM.  For more information call 706-613-3623.

Looking for something more outdoorsy?  Head over to the Frog Pond Shop at Sandy Creek Nature Center. Tuesday-Saturday from 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Choose from books, puppets, t-shirts, and more.  For more information call 706-613-3615.
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Vive la France!


The country of France and the city of Paris, has given the world some of the most awe inspiring art of our cultural history.

In the current wake of the tragic attacks and violence in Paris and around the world, the Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services Department will open the Painting and Drawing Studio at the Lyndon House Arts Center to the community each Tuesday evening in December. While art touches the intellect, it also touches the heart. Let’s come together to support peace and healing through conversing and creating.  

The public is invited to visit Lyndon House Arts Center for the "Standing with Paris: Art Unites" Open Studio Evenings each Tuesday in December, 5:00 - 8:30 PM at the Lyndon House Arts Center.

For more information, please call 706-613-3623.

Santa unloading his gift sack

'Tis the Season!


Santa is around town!  

Holiday activities continue throughout the Department including Breakfast with Santa, Breakfast with the Grinch, Flashlight Candy Cane Hunt, Santa's Workshop, and much more.  Online registration is underway under the "Holiday Programs" tab.

Spread some holiday cheer and be part of one of these upcoming events.

clocks covered in glitter

Welcome 2016!


Sandy Creek Nature Center will host “New Year’s at Noon" celebration  on Thursday, December 31 from 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM. 

Everyone is invited to be part of this New Year’s Eve celebration event. There will be crafts, games, and a planetarium program for the entire family. 

The program fee is $7 for Athens-Clarke County residents and $10.50 for non-county residents.  Online registration is underway. 

For more information, please call 706-613-3615.


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