It is never too early to start planning your Christmas vacation, especially if it means you will be visiting Savannah. The city is filled with awesome events and activities throughout the holiday season, making your Christmas getaway that much more anticipated.
If you are looking to see incredible architecture and a community that comes together in celebration of everything Christmas represents, you won’t be disappointed with what Savannah has to offer. You will find plenty to keep you busy and in the holiday spirit if visiting the Southern city in December. There are also numerous showings of “A Christmas Tradition” at the Savannah Theatre, numerous listings for the Savannah Philharmonic Family Holiday Pops performance at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, a Christmas celebration on Savannah’s waterfront and a Holiday Open House at the City Market, to name a few.
Needless to say, spending the holiday season and Christmas specifically in Savannah GA will leave you full of holiday joy; there will be no shortage of things to do to keep you in good spirits. Below you will find information on some of Savannah’s largest traditional holiday events to help you better plan your Christmas getaway to the charming coastal city.
Savannah Festival of Lights
Taking place November 28 through December 24, the Festival of Lights is located at the Savannah Harbor on Hutchinson Island and is a truly mesmerizing experience. The island becomes a twinkling wonderland, boasting over 100 giant, holiday-themed light displays that are sure to captivate children and adults alike.
Guests are invited to drive through 1.5 miles of Christmas light displays and explore the festival grounds by foot at the end. There is a Staples Petting Zoo set up and three different shows at the Safari Stage held nightly. Kids and families are welcome to ride a camel or pony, learn about featured zoo animals and indulge in festival fare such as s’mores, hot chocolate and giant turkey legs. The Festival of Lights will also be open Christmas Day, giving you and the whole family a chance to dive further into Savannah’s festive spirit!
Savannah Holly Days
A marvelous annual tradition, the Holly Days run from Thanksgiving through New Year’s and make Savannah the perfect place to be for holiday cheer. Beginning with a tree lighting at the start of December, the city will be full of special candlelight tours, the Annual Festival of Lights and Boat Parade of Lights, the Downtown Holiday Home Tour, carriage rides, a Kid’s Celebration by City Market and so much more. The holidays in Savannah are a festive occasion that bring people from around the world, and the Holly Days are just one example of why.
Holiday Tour of Homes
This year (2014) will mark the 40th anniversary of the famed Savannah event. In addition to touring decked out homes, there will also be a Christmas Celebration of Music, a Holiday Tea at the Massie Heritage Center and a Hot Toddy Tasting. This Savannah event is a must for history buffs and new Savannah visitors alike, as it is a wonderful way to experience some of Savannah’s history and beautiful Victorian homes during the holiday season.
Christmas in Savannah is a captivating time of year, offering plenty to do for the whole family. The city comes alive with lights, music and numerous events that will keep the holiday spirit high from Thanksgiving all the way through New Year’s.
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