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Holiday Party and Children's Parade

Holiday Party and Children's Parade 

Helen, GA 

Organizers are Ron and Ellen Dudik  


Country Inn and Suites           Standard Room is $ 189.00

877 Edelweiss Strasse

Helen, GA  30545

(706) 878-9000


The hotel is taking reservations now. Please identify yourself as part of the block of rooms under Atlanta Classic Thunderbird Club.   The deadline to get his room rate is November 15.

A free, hot breakfast features signature waffles, grits and fruit is included with the room


ACTC will have use of the hospitality room all weekend.  

This is a beautiful German-inspired town is a great backdrop for a picture-perfect holiday adventure in the Blue Ridge Mountains.  Find one-of-a-kind Christmas gifts, eat delicious food, take in the beauty, get out in nature and raise a pint to the most wonderful time of the year.

The hotel is located across the street from the banks of the Chattahoochee River and picturesque downtown Helen.  Peruse Bavarian-themed stores and enjoy unforgettable German cuisine at several restaurants within walking distance of the hotel.  

Don’t forget to register at the ACTC website that you will be attending so we have a correct count.


Friday, December 8, 2023 


We will caravan to Helen, GA. Bring your CB set to channel 22. 


9:30 AM departure We will meet at the Walmart parking lot at I-985, Exit 4 to the right off of I-985. The address is: 3795 Buford Drive, Buford, GA 30519. 

We will then travel to Helen, GA and arrive at the Country Inn and Suites.

Lunch will be at 11:30 AM at Dottie’s Kitchen which is walking distance from the hotel.  The address is:  8287 S. Main Street, Helen, GA. 30545.    Dottie’s Kitchen is a southern country cooking restaurant with something for everyone.  We will depart the hotel to Dottie’s Kitchen at 11:15 AM for the 5 minute walk.  Some may choose to drive to the location.

The afternoon will be free for shopping, etc. 

Dinner will be at 6:30 PM at Bodensee Resturant which is also walking distance from the hotel.  The address is:  64 Munich St., Helen, GA. 30545.  Bodensee is owned and operated by Chef Aurel Proden who is a master chef trained in Bavaria, Germany.  He brings “Old World Germany” to Georgia’s famous alpine village.  We will depart the hotel to Bodensee at 6:15 PM for the 5 minute walk.  Some may choose to drive to the location.

After dinner we will spend time in the Hospitality Room. Members can bring snacks and drinks.  All drinks and alcohol is BYOB 

Saturday, December 9, 2023 

Lunch is on your own.

Saturday is the annual Helen Christmas Parade. We have a 1:00 PM departure from the hotel to be lead to the line-up for the parade. The parade will start promptly at 2:00 PM. Many cars will be decorated with creative wreaths, bows, etc.  

This is such a fun small-town parade with fire trucks, horses, dirt-buggies, unique floats and tons of candy. 


Saturday night we will have dinner and our Annual Christmas Party in the Hospitality Room beginning with socializing and eating at TIME TBD around football game(s).  

ACTC will be providing the following:

Ham for sandwiches

Paper products including:

Bowls for chili

Paper plates



Shot glasses for drinks


Members bringing the following:

Ron and Ellen Dudik                     Italian sausage & meatballs in marinara sauce

Paul and Jean Christian                rolls for ham sandwiches and brownies


Needed from Members:

Condiments for ham sandwiches



Side dishes


Contact Ron Dudik at 770-262-1118 with what you will be bringing so we have everything needed and no duplicates.

All drinks and Alcohol will be BYOB.   


Please bring a gift for the gift exchange for each person that will be participating in the exchange. Gifts can be labeled for man or woman but do not have to be if you do not want to. Gifts should not exceed $25. The funnier, the better if that is your desire. Some gifts from prior years will be re-gifted, and some will be practical. Your choice on what to bring. 


We will have the annual gift exchange with Richard Goodroe as the emcee for the gift exchange. He always does a fine job! 


Sunday, December 10, 2023  


Goodbye and departures TBD.

Friday, December 8, 2023 to Sunday, December 10, 2023
Country Inn and Suites
Country Inn and Suites
877 Edelweiss Strasse
Helen, GA   30545

Additional Info:
Event Contact(s):
Ron Dudik
770.262.1118 (c)
Registration is recommended
Payment In Full In Advance Only
Attendees pay for their own charges