City of Helen 100 years

2016 Dropping of the Edelweiss

Come help us bring in the New Year December 31 with music, food, fun, party hats, dancing and the annual Dropping of the Edelweiss! Light Hors d'oeuvres, party favors and Midnight Champagne Toast.  Family Friendly! Helen Festhalle, 1074 Edelweiss Strasse, 706-878-1908.

2016 Christmas Parade

The Annual Christmas Parade will take place December 10 at 2:00 p.m. Christmas elves and characters along with Santa will come to Downtown Helen. For more information, call the Helen Chamber of Commerce at 706-878-1908.

2016 Christkindlemarkt

The 9th Annual Christkindlmarkt will take place December 3-4, and 10-11. This traditional German event takes place in Downtown Helen in the Marketplatz area. Booths are set up offering unique gifts and decorations. Call 706-878-1908 or go to for more information.

2015 Plein Air Painters

Plein Air Painters of Northeast Georgia will be set up September 11 - 13 throughout the downtown area of the City painting as you watch. If you are interested in joining them, contact Gayle Murdock at 850-830-8847.

2016 - 46th Annual Oktoberfest

Helen's biggest celebration, Oktoberfest, begins September 8-11, and then continues daily September 15 - October 30. There will be German music, dancing, food & drinks. The kick-off parade will be September 10 at 12:00 noon at Downtown Helen. The "tapping of the keg" follows the parade. For more information, call 706-878-1908 or 706-878-2181 or go to

2016 Oktoberfest Parade

The Oktoberfest Parade will take place September 10, 2016 at 12:00 noon in Downtown Helen. Come celebrate the opeining of Oktoberfest. The "Tapping of the Keg" will follow the parade. For more information call 706-878-1908

2016 Annual 4th of July Fireworks

Join us for our annual display of beautiful fireworks. The fireworks will be held at dusk (between 9PM & 9:30PM) behind the Alpine Helen Shoppes, but can be viewed from almost anywhere in the downtown area. For more information contact 706-878-2181.

Hot Air Balloons Are Back June 2-4, 2016

June 2, 2016, Helen will host the 43rd Annual Helen to the Atlantic Hot Air Balloon Race. The race will begin at 7 a.m. (weather permitting). While the race to the Atlantic proceeds, other balloonist will compete in local events beginning Thursday evening around 6:00 pm. Local flying events will take place on Friday and Saturday. There will be many opportunities available to the public - assisting with the inflations, being a part of a chase crew, taking a tethered ride in a balloon or a champagne flight over the mountains. For more information, contact the Helendorf Inn at 706-878-2271.