Holidays & Celebrations
The Easter bunny makes a special appearance every spring on the lawn of Riverside, the home of Fort Benning’s commanding general, for the Spring Eggstravaganza. This free, family event includes egg hunts, games, refreshments and prizes. Bring a camera and baskets.
The Independence Celebration on Fort Benning’s York Field features great music, food, entertainment, military displays and demonstrations and the Chattahoochee Valley’s largest fireworks show. This is a free, family event typically held the weekend before July 4 to give families a chance to travel over the holiday.
Oktoberfest, Fort Benning’s favorite fall tradition, returns to the Uchee Creek each October. Put on your dancing shoes and enjoy traditional German music (including an authentic oompah band), food, games for all ages and a Volksmarch. The fun starts with a ceremonial keg tapping Friday evening. This family event is open to the public Friday through Sunday. Oans, zwoa, drei, g’suffa!
Santa pays a visit every year during December to Riverside. This free event includes prizes, games, face painting, cookies and cocoa and a chance for your children to meet Santa Claus, climb on his lap and share their hopes and dreams for world peace, an end to hunger and a viable alternative energy source — or an iPad. Dress warmly and expect long lines. Riverside is at the intersection of Vibbert and Lumpkin roads.
Here in the South, we string Christmas lights to anything that stands still. Santa “drops” in for a visit during the annual Lighting the Jump Tower each year on Eubanks Field, and if the weather is just right, we’ll give you the chance to jump out of a 34-foot training tower.
The Chaplains Program hosts the annual Christmas Tree and Menorah Lighting Ceremony every year on the Field of the Four Chaplains, next to the Infantry Center Chapel. This is a free family event, with refreshments, entertainment and a visit with Santa.
With more than 8 million lights and 15 dazzling scenes, a Christmas village and more, Callaway Gardens’ Fantasy in Lights is one of the South’s most spectacular holiday light and sound shows, named one of the world’s “Top 10 Places to See Holiday Lights” by National Geographic Traveler. Get your discounted tickets at Tickets & Travel in the commissary mall.