2017 Savannah Holiday Events

Categories: Events

The holiday season in Savannah is chock full of cheer! Make plans to attend these special seasonal events.

Holiday Tours

Savannah Holiday Celebrations of Long Ago

At the Davenport House Museum, daily tours between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve will focus on the understated taste of an authentic early 19th century holiday season in Savannah. Tours look at how members of the Davenport household celebrated Christmas and New Year’s when they lived in the home between the years 1820 – 27.

Dates: November 24 - December 31

Admission: $9

20th Annual Holiday Sights Tour

The elves of Old Town Trolley Tours will delight and entertain on their annual Holiday Sights Tour. Enjoy caroling from the trolley as you pass decorated historic homes and city squares. The tour is offered 31 nights throughout November and December and includes two stops; the historic Isaiah Davenport House and Savannah's Westin Resort with the area's largest gingerbread village. At the Davenport House, you will be transported back to the 1820's to get a glimpse of a typical 19th century family holiday. Just before the evening ends, you will stroll through the areas largest gingerbread village at the festively decorated Westin Savannah Harbor Hotel.

There are up to five tours departing each night every 30 minutes between 6:30pm and 8:30pm. The tour is approximately two hours.

Dates: November 24 - December 24

Admission: $27.50

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Holiday Tour of Homes

Enjoy exquisite architecture, holiday décor, and gracious hospitality at the highly anticipated Savannah Holiday Tour of Homes!

Date: December 9

Buy tickets here.

Holiday Evening Tours by Candlelight

Glistening by candlelight, the Davenport House Museum welcomes visitors to an event emphasizing the end-of-year celebrations of early 19th century Savannahians, including the Davenport household, who lived in the fine brick home on Columbia Square. Light refreshments, music and skilled interpreters, who show visitors through the home, are among the highlights of the presentation. A demonstration of period dancing will culminate the evening. The performance requires that guests be able to walk up and down stairs and maneuver in the candlelit rooms. There will be no admittance after 8 p.m.

Dates: December 26 - December 30

Admission: $12 adults in advance, $15 at the door; $6 children in advance, $8 at the door. Plus tax. 
Combination Pass for the Daily Tour and the Holiday Evening Tour is $16.

Purchase tickets here.

Genteel & Bard Holiday Special

Use promo code HOLIDAY to recieve $5 off each Genteel & Bard Historic Savannah or Ghost Encounter Walking Tour ticket!

Admission: $25

Purchase tickets here

Holiday Dining Events

Holiday Riverboat Cruises

Savannah Riverboat Cruises is offering special dining cruises on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, New Year's Eve and more. Click here for a full list of holiday Savannah Riverboat Cruises.

Thanksgiving Buffet at Billy's Place

Billy's Place at McDonough's will be serving a classic Thanksgiving buffet from 11:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M. on Thanksgiving Day.

Thanksgiving at Pacci

Celebrate Thanksgiving at Pacci! This fine dining restaurant, located inside The Brice, will be offering a traditional southern Thanksgiving buffet with an italian flare. 

Date: November 23 from 12 P.M. - 6 P.M.

Admission: $49 for adults/$15 for kids

Call (912) 233-6002 for reservations.

Thanksgiving Lunch at The DeSoto

Give mom a break and visit The DeSoto to kick off your holiday season! Each ticket includes a traditional Thanksgiving feast with all the fixins. Make your reservations today. Ticket includes tax and gratuity.

Date: November 23 from 11:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.

Admission: $65.00

Buy tickets here.

Thanksgiving Brunch at The Westin

Celebrate all there is to be thankful for at The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa's Thanksgiving Day Brunch.

Date: November 23 from 10:30 A.M. - 3:30 P.M.

Admission: $75 per person/$35 for children 12 and under/Children under 2 are complimentary

For reservations please visit OpenTable or call (912) 201-2062. 

Click here to learn more. 

Holiday Cocktail Mixology Class 

Experience what the hostess city has to offer during the holidays by attending The DeSoto Savannah's Holiday Mixology class - featuring celebrity bartender Siran Watt. Siran will be mixing up some memorable cocktails that will ensure you’re the hit of all the holiday parties. Grab your ticket now before they're gone!

Date: December 2 from 6:00 P.M. - 7:30 P.M.

Admission: $30.00

Buy tickets here.

Repeal Day at Congress Street Up

Celebrate the end of Prohibition in Savannah's own speakeasy, Congress Street Up! 

Date: December 5

Breakfast with Santa

What better way to deliver your holiday list than in the most storied hotel in Savannah? Enjoy a breakfast buffet with the jolliest elf and take your seat on Santa’s knee at The DeSoto Savannah

Date: December 9 from 9:00 A.M. - 11:00 A.M.

Admission: $30.00

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Holiday Equinox Concert & Dinner

Join Jeremy Davis Jeremy Davis, Clay Johnson and the Fabulous Equinox Orchestra, The Savannah Morning News and the Savannah Harbor Foundation in support of The Empty Stocking Fund for cocktails, an auction, three-course dinner and the Fabulous Equinox Orchestra Holiday Show.

Date: December 10

Admission: $60

Click here to purchase tickets.

Feast of the Seven Fishes at Pacci

Spend Christmas Eve feasting on delicacies at Pacci. Dishes include snapper crudo, stuffed calamari, spaghetinni sea urchin, smoked mussels and more.

Date: December 24

Cal 912-233-6002 for reservations

New Year's Eve Dinner at Vic's on the River

Vic's on the River will offer a four-course, prix fixe dinner menu on New Year's Eve.

Date: December 31

Admission: $64.95 per person (+ tax & gratuity)

Call 912-721-1000 for reservations.

New Years Eve Dinner at The Westin

Enjoy fine dining inside Aqua Star or dance the year away inside the Harbor Ballroom. 

Date: December 31 at 7 P.M.

Cost: $105.00 per adult/$30 per child

Reservations are accepted only through OpenTable.

Click here to learn more.

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Holiday Shopping Events

Cohen's Retreat Holiday Pop-Up Shop

This event is Cohen's Retreat largest event of the year! Shop for items crafted by local vendors and stock up on unique gifts for your family and friends!

Date: November 3 -4

Admission: Free

23rd Annual Telfair Art Fair

Attend an open-air art fair featuring art, food trucks, live music, free children’s activities and more at the 23rd Annual Telfair Art Fair.

Date: November 11 - 12

Admission: Free

Mamie Ruth 3rd Anniversary Party and Neighborhood Holiday Gathering

Celebrate Mamie Ruth and MLiz Boutique's third anniversary with discounts, specials, deals, music and merriment.

Date: November 30 from 6 P.M. - 9 P.M.

Admission: Free

City Market Open House

City Market is a great place to explore any time of the year, but it gets even more beautiful during the holidays, when red bows, garland, wreaths and hundreds of lights brighten the courtyard. During their open house, visitors can enjoy Christmas carolers, visit with Father Christmas and sample holiday treats in the shops around City Market starting at 6 p.m., ending at 9 p.m. Don’t forget to bring an unwrapped toy to drop off in their Holiday Hope collection box. 

Date: December 1

City Market’s Christmas for Kids Celebration

Maybe you don’t just want to explore City Market, but partake in some holiday activities. If that’s the case, then make your way there for their Christmas for Kids Celebration, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. There will be fun-filled activities, including cookie decorating, ornament making, face painting, a petting zoo, photos with Father Christmas in the Carriage Tours of Savannah Cinderella carriage and a choir performance during this special occasion. Don’t forget to bring an unwrapped toy to drop off in their Holiday Hope collection box. 

Date: December 2

Misc. Holiday Events

"A Christmas Tradition" Musical Variety Show

Date: November 23, 2017 - December 24

If it’s a holiday show you’re looking for then make your way to the famed Savannah Theatre for holiday glitz and glitter. The two-hour variety show, “A Christmas Tradition,” will feature Frosty, dancing reindeer, Santa and his elves, along with an award-winning cast of singers and a live band performing all the classic Christmas favorites.

Admission: $37 for adults and $18 for children

Buy tickets here.

Boat Parade of Lights

Head to the Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa for front row seats to the Boat Parade of Lights. The twinkling parade will feature 35 festively decorated crafts on the Savannah River. Along with the beautiful parade, you will experience a festive tree lighting, Savannah Pipe and Drum Band performance and photos with Santa.

Date: November 25 at 6:00 P.M.

Admission: $10.00

Purchase tickets here.

Savannah Harbor Holiday Series

For lights, amazing gingerbread houses, Christmas activities, holiday treats and more, head over to the Westin across the Savannah River for the 16th annual Savannah Harbor Holiday Series. It will not only feature the South’s best Santa Claus, a world famous Gingerbread Village & Competition, but also daily events from local organizations and holiday treats at the “Ice Bar” and “North Pool.” 

Date: Thanksgiving – New Years

Christmas on the River

The Savannah Waterfront Association is known for it’s fun festivals on River Street and their Christmas on the River celebration is just that. This holiday celebration features regional arts and craft exhibitors with holiday gifts and stocking stuffers at the Rousakis Riverfront Plaza, with music and local entertainment on the Arbor Stage throughout the weekend leading up to Savannah’s Lighted Parade. Weekend festivities kick off December 1 from 4-10 p.m., with First Friday Fireworks at 9:30 p.m., and December 2 from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. The parade will start on West River Street, travel throughout downtown and end in City Market. For more information, call (912) 234-0295 or go to

Dates: December 1-3

Savannah Ballet Theatre Presents "The Nutcracker"

The Savannah Ballet Theatre’s production of The Nutcracker will take center stage at the beautiful Lucas Theatre on December 2. Join the dancers in the lobby for a character meet and greet after the performance.

Date: December 2 at 2 P.M. and 8 P.M.

Admission: Purchase $25.00 tickets here.

Tybee Island Christmas Parade

On December 2 visitors can head over to “Savannah’s Beach” at 1 p.m. for the Tybee Island Christmas Parade, where festive floats and spirited parade participants will fill the streets of Tybee Island as they lead Mr. and Mrs. Claus from the 14th Street parking lot, up Tybrisa to Butler Avenue, to the Tybee Gym for photos with Santa and all kinds of other family fun. The Tybee YMCA will also have surprises for all to enjoy at the gym. 

Date: December 2

9th Annual Tybee Island Lighted Boat Parade

Watch a parade of boats decked in their holiday finery from the comfort of The Crab Shack on Tybee Island.

Date: December 3 at 5:30 P.M.

Admission: Free

Davenport House Harvest Lecture Series

December 4: Nancy Carter Crump, culinary historian specializing in 18th century open-hearth cooking, presents Out of the Ashes: Using Early Cookbooks as a Guide to Fireplace Cooking

December 11: Damon Lee Fowler, culinary historians specializing in southern cooking and the taste of the Lowcountry will present Lowcountry Cooking Traditions.

Admission: Free to public but reservartions are requested.

Call 912-236-8097 for reservations.

Pictures with Santa at Savannah Harley-Davidson

Savannah Harley-Davidson will be offering free photos with Santa, Christmas music, refreshments, crafts and more. 

Date: December 9 from 2 P.M. - 4 P.M.

Admission: Free

Holiday Pops with Savannah Philharmonic

It’s December and that means it’s time for our beloved annual Holiday Pops concert, featuring musical favorites both old and new! You’ll hear traditional tunes, sing-along melodies, and holiday classics in this concert which features something for everyone. There’s no better way to usher in the holiday season that with Holiday Pops and your Savannah Philharmonic

Date: December 9

Admission: $16 - $75

Buy tickets here

Solstice Seafarers

The Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum is offering FREE admission for up to two children when accopmanied by one paying adult.

Date: December 19 - January 2

Admission: Free

City Market New Year's Eve Block Party 

Every New Year’s Eve, City Market becomes Savannah’'s “celebration central”! – Drop in and stroll through the market to enjoy live outdoor music, dining and shopping during City Market New Year's Eve Block Party.

Date: December  31

Admission: Free

18th Annual Polar Plunge

2018 marks the 18th annual Tybee Polar Plunge, a tradition held every New Year’s Day at the Tybee Island Pier and Pavilion. Join more than 1,000 hearty and brave souls as they plunge into the chilly Atlantic.

Date: January 1, 2018

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