City of Helen 100 years

2018 Annual Lighting of the Village

Come watch the city come alive with Christmas delight at the Annual Lighting of the Village. This will take place on November 23 at 6:00 p.m. in downtown Helen.

2018 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.

2018 Christkindlemarkt

The11th Annual Christkindlmarkt will take place December 1-2, and 8-9. 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.

2018 Christmas Parade

The Annual Christmas Parade will take place December 8 at 2:00 p.m. Christmas elves and characters along with Santa will come to Downtown Helen. For more information, call the Helen Visitors' Center at 706-878-2181. **The Christmas Parade will take place even if it rains or snows. It will only be cancelled if there is ice on the roads.

2019 Rods on the Hooch Car Show

Join us Saturday, November 2, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Helen's Riverside Park for the fourth annual Alpine Helen Fall Car Show, "Rods on the Hooch". Proceeds will benefit The White Christmas for Kids Campaign sponsored by the Helen Police Department and Helen City Hall. Buy a ticket for a chance to win an Alpine Helen birdhouse or take a shot at the 50/50 Ticket Sale. All makes and models will be allowed. Trophies will be given for several catagories. So come out for a day of fun for the whole family. Santa and Mrs. Claus will even make an appearance for the kids. For more information, to become a sponsor or make a donation, call 706-878-2722 or 706-878-2733, Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Test of the Emergency Alert System

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), will conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) on Wednesday, October 3, 2018. The WEA portion of the test will be at 2:18 p.m. EDT, and the EAS portion follows at 2:20 p.m. EDT. The WEA test message will be sent to cell phones that are connected to wireless participating providers. THIS IS ONLY A TEST. If this had been an actual emergency, an official message would follow. NO ACTION IS REQUIRED. If you have any questions, you may call Helen City Hall at 706-878-2733.

Chattahoochee Strasse Road Closure/Water Outage

Monday, August 27, the City will be replacing a waterline valve on Chattahoochee Strasse. This will cause the water to be off for all shops from the Troll Tavern up to Chattahoochee Strasse on the north bound side of North Main Street. It will also cause the road to have limited access while the repair is being made.

Beginning Wednesday, August 29, Chattahoochee Strasse will be resurfaced causing areas of the road to have limited access or be closed. This will affect the part of Chattahoochee Strasse between North Main Street and Edelweiss Strasse. Paving is expected to take place on Wednesday and Thursday if everything goes well. If you have any questions, call City Hall at 706-878-2733.

Due to road closures, the Helen Library will be closed Wednesday through Friday, August 29 - 31. We are sorry for any inconvenience. If you have any questions during times the library is opened, you may call them at 706-878-2438.

2018 Oktoberfest Parade

The Oktoberfest Parade will take place September 8, 2018 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