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2018 Savannah Holiday Events & Discounts

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

"A Christmas Tradition" at Savannah Theatre

"A Christmas Tradition" at Savannah Theatre brings you holiday glitz and glitter with a 2-hour performance. The theatre is transformed into a perfect holiday picture, sharing memories of the Christmas standards that you know and love. Sprinkle in a little comedy and audience participation for the greatest event of the season.

Dates: November 22 - December 24

Buy tickets here.

December Nights & Holiday Lights

The Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens are a feast for the eyes during the holiday season! This year's event will feature 1,000,000+ lights and a wealth of new displays. Santa will be visiting on November 30, December 1, 7, 8, 13-16, & 20-23. The 2018 $5 Admission Family Nights will be held on December 13th & 20th. 

Date: November 24 - December 23

Admission: $10/adults; $5/children (4-12 years old); FREE/children (3 & under)

Old Town Trolley 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 at the Massie Heritage Center. At the Davenport House, guests are transported back to the 1820s to get a glimpse at a typical 19th century family holiday. Just before the evening ends, you will visit Santa Claus, a toy workshop, Christmas lights, a tree and other goodies at the Massie Heritage Center. 

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 23 - December 24

Admission: $28.50/adults and $16/children 

Buy tickets here

A Charlie Brown Christmas

Make memories with Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the Peanuts gang this Christmas at Savannah Children's Theatre! Begin your holiday fun with cookie decorating, ornament making and caroling, then get cozy in the theatre to watch "A Charlie Brown Christmas" while sipping hot chocolate from our create-your-own cocoa bar!

Multiple dates:

  • November 30 at 7:00 P.M.
  • December 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16 at 3:00 P.M.
  • December 15 at 10:00 A.M.

Call (912) 238-9015 or visit savannahchildrenstheatre.org for tickets.

The Journey

The Journey draws tens of thousands from across the Southeast to experience life the night Christmas began. Enter the gates of ancient Bethlehem. Taste, smell, and hear all the city offers as it fills with travelers and shopkeepers.  Follow shepherds to find a baby lying in a manger, and let the wonder of the season come to life in that star-lit stable. This event is hosted by Compassion Christian Church. Buy tickets on their website.

Date: November 30 - December 16

December Nights & Holiday Lights

The Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens are a feast for the eyes during the holiday season! This year's event will feature 1,000,000+ lights and a wealth of new displays. Santa will be visiting on November 30, December 1, 7, 8, 13-16, & 20-23. The 2018 $5 Admission Family Nights will be held on December 13th & 20th. 

Date: November 24 - December 23

Admission: $10/adults; $5/children (4-12 years old); FREE/children (3 & under)

Cookies with Santa

Enjoy cookies with Santa on the corner of Broughton & Bull Streets and witness the magical moments of the holidays in the eyes of our young children. Bring your little ones for a chance to meet Santa and take a picture with him. They will also get the opportunity to write a letter and mail it to the North Pole. 

Date: December 1 from 1:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M.

Learn more here

Meet Santa at River Street Sweets

Take a picture with Santa & Mrs. Claus at River Street Sweets (Habersham Village)!

Multiple dates:

  • December 1 from 3:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.
  • December 8 from 3:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.
  • December 8 from 11:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.
  • December 21 from 4:00 P.M. - 6:00 P.M.

Spartina 449 Marine Toys for Tots Drive

Spartina 449 is hosting a Marine Toys for Tots Drive, December 1 – 8 at all Spartina brand store locations. Customers who bring a new, unwrapped toy will receive 15% off their entire purchase, culminating in a grand finale Christmas party at Saturday, December 8th from 1PM-3PM with Christmas cookies, great cheer and raffle prize giveaways.

Date: December 1- 8

Winter Holidays and Crystal Dreams

Enjoy a concert of music to set the mood for the winter season in this evening in the Davenport House Museum’s Kennedy Pharmacy Building. The Savannah VOICE Festival Artists present a varied program of art song and popular music.

Date: December 2

Admission: $35

Buy tickets here. 

City Market Holiday Open House

Savannah’s beautiful spirit becomes even more exquisite during the holiday season, and City Market is no exception. Stroll in the flickering light of 500+ luminaria lining our two-block courtyard, serenaded by Christmas carolers. Drop in for treats in City Market shops and watch for a glimpse of Father Christmas.

Date: December 7 from 6:00 P.M. - 9:00 P.M.

10th Annual Tybee Boat Parade

Head to The Crab Shack for 10th Annual Tybee Boat Parade on Friday, December 7. The event begins at 7pm with a hot dog and chili bar (FREE for EVERYONE with a Second Harvest canned food donation). 

Date: December 7 at 7:00 P.M.

December Savannah Art Walk

The Savannah Art Walk is a free event that happens the second Saturday of every month. Attendees enjoy free cocktails, the opportunity to mingle with artists and gallery owners, a self-guided "art walk" and an after party which includes a raffle, a free wine pour and a featured artist with a professional exhibition of work. Win your Christmas presents at this event with our raffle: original works of art, original jewelry, gift certificates, gift bags and more.

Date: December 8 from 2:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M.

Admission: FREE

Jingle Bell Block Hop

A holiday block party celebrating one of the favorite songs of all times, Jingle Bells which was penned here in Savannah, GA! It will be an afternoon full of live performances, singing, and dancing activities for the whole family.

Date: December 8 from 2:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.

Learn more here

Holiday Tour of Homes

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

Date: December 8

Buy tickets here

City Market Christmas for Kids Celebration

Make ornaments! Decorate cookies! Get Grinched (with hair and makeup)! Meet Father Christmas and take a picture with him in a carriage. All of this, plus face painting, choir music and more add up to a day of fun the whole family can truly enjoy.

Date: December 8 from 11:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M.

A Lighthouse Christmas

Travel back through time and experience the sights and customs of Christmas at the Tybee Island Light Station in the days of out last Lighthouse Keeper and his family. This quaint depiction of holiday cheer in the 1930’s and 40’s illustrates the traditions of a simpler time by a small family whose closest, and sometimes only, neighbors were the military families of Fort Screven. Enjoy the twinkle of the Christmas Lights across the island from the top of the Lighthouse, carols, hot cider and the joy of the season by the warm glow of candlelight. Call 912-786-5801 to reserve. Space is limited. 

Date: December 8 & 15 at 6:30 P.M., 7:30 P.M. and 8:30 P.M

Santa Train

The 10th annual Savannah Santa Train will return to the Georgia State Railroad Museum on December 8. Guests can build a holiday wonderland with Snapology, enjoy caroling from Savannah Stage Company, see and purchase handmade holiday spinning tops created by the Lowcountry Turners, create custom t-shirts with Maven Makers, enjoy performances from “A Charlie Brown Christmas” by Savannah Children’s Theatre and design holiday cards for hospital patients with Savannah Children’s Museum’s “Carts with heART” program.

Tickets are $15 per person for all guests eighteen months and up and pre-registration is required at: bit.ly/Santa-Train18. Train rides are available every twenty minutes, so please select a time to reserve your spot. Activities-only tickets are also available for guests who do not wish to ride the train.

Date: December 8 from 9 A.M. to 5 P.M.

Candlelight Tour of Fort Pulaski

Fort Pulaski will once again commemorate the Confederate Nog Party of 1861 on Friday, December 14, 2018 and Saturday, December 15, 2018. The long lived Savannah tradition returns after a stormy two years, with night-time tours of the fort by candlelight and oil lamps. The original party, held during Christmas 1861, gave the Confederate garrison at Fort Pulaski a respite from the tension of impending battle. The fort casemates, armed with cannon, were decorated with holiday garlands and as one soldier commented, “Tables groaned under the weight of fine delicacies sent down from the city”. With song and good cheer, the men celebrated a light-hearted moment as the dark clouds of war gathered over Savannah. Visitors will have the unique experience of a guided tour of the fort by candlelight. Hot cider or egg nog and cookies, caroling, and night-time weapons firings will allow visitors to re-live the festive occasion.

Date: Friday, December 14, 2018 & Saturday, December 15, 2018
Seven Programs will be offered each evening at 6:00, 6:30, 7:00, 7:30, 8:00, 8:30, & 9:00 p.m.

TICKETS: $10.00 Per Adult. $3.00 per child 4 years old to 15 years old. Children 3 and under are free. (On Sale Now)

Children 3 years old and under are free, but reservations must be made for them. Advanced tickets are highly recommended and may be picked up in person from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the park entrance station, or by calling 912-786-4383

Here We Come A Caroling

Come out and enjoy listening to the sound of holiday cheer from varies choirs as you shop for gifts in Savannah’s Historic District diverse stores.

Date: December 15 from 5:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M.

Learn more here.

Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas

Bring the whole family to Trustees Theater for a special movie from Walt Disney's Gold Collection, "Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas." The world's favorite mouse rings in the holidays with three charming stories: "The Gift of the Magi," "Duck Tales" and "A Very Goofy Christmas."  Admission IS FREE with a donation of a non-perishable food item for Savannah's Second Harvest. No tickets required. All events are open to the public. 

Admission: FREE with a donation of a non-perishable food item for Savannah's Second Harvest. No tickets required. All events are open to the public. 

Date: December 15 at 11:00 A.M.

Nightmare Before Christmas

Trustees Theater wil be screening the "Nightmare Before Christmas" at 3 P.M. on December 15. Bored with the same old scare-and-scream routine, Pumpkin King Jack Skellington longs to spread the joy of Christmas. But his merry mission puts Santa in jeopardy and creates a nightmare for good little boys/girls everywhere.  

Admission: FREE with a donation of a non-perishable food item for Savannah's Second Harvest. No tickets required. All events are open to the public. 

Date: December 15 at 3:00 P.M.

Miracle on 34th Street

Trustees Theater will be showing the  classic "Miracle on 34th Street" on December 15.  An old man going by the name of Kris Kringle fills in for an intoxicated Santa in Macy's annual Thanksgiving Day parade. When Kringle claims that he really is Santa Claus, it leads to a court case to prove his authenticity.  Admission IS FREE with a donation of a non-perishable food item for Savannah's Second Harvest. No tickets required. All events are open to the public. 

Admission: FREE with a donation of a non-perishable food item for Savannah's Second Harvest. No tickets required. All events are open to the public. 

Date: December 15 at 7:00 P.M.

Soulful Christmas Celebration

Enjoy live music, food and dancing during Premier Bowl & Bistro's Soulful Christmas Celebration!

Date: December 21

Learn more here

Holidays on the Big Screen

A family friendly event, bring everyone down along with chairs & blankets and watch a favorite holiday movie under the stars in Ellis Square. This is an event you don’t want to miss! Sponsored by The Savannah Harbor Foundation.

Date: December 22 

Learn more here

Christmas on the River

Join the Savannah Waterfront Association December 21–23 as they get into the holiday spirit with music, lights, Santa, decorations and holiday cheer! Grab some hot chocolate and visit the regional arts & crafts exhibitors with unique local holiday gifts and stocking stuffers. Choral performances, dance groups and live entertainment will take place on the Rousakis Plaza Stage all weekend long.

Date: December 21–23 

"A Christmas Tradition" at Savannah Theatre

"A Christmas Tradition" at Savannah Theatre brings you holiday glitz and glitter with a 2-hour performance. The theatre is transformed into a perfect holiday picture, sharing memories of the Christmas standards that you know and love. Sprinkle in a little comedy and audience participation for the greatest event of the season.

Dates: November 22 - December 24

Buy tickets here.

A Charlie Brown Christmas

Make memories with Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the Peanuts gang this Christmas at Savannah Children's Theatre! Begin your holiday fun with cookie decorating, ornament making and caroling, then get cozy in the theatre to watch "A Charlie Brown Christmas" while sipping hot chocolate from our create-your-own cocoa bar!

Multiple dates:

  • December 7, 14 at 7:00 P.M.
  • December 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16 at 3:00 P.M.
  • December 15 at 10:00 A.M.

Call (912) 238-9015 or visit savannahchildrenstheatre.org for tickets.

Old Town Trolley 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 at the Massie Heritage Center. At the Davenport House, guests are transported back to the 1820s to get a glimpse at a typical 19th century family holiday. Just before the evening ends, you will visit Santa Claus, a toy workshop, Christmas lights, a tree and other goodies at the Massie Heritage Center. 

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 23 - December 24

Admission: $28.50/adults and $16/children 

Buy tickets here

Christmas Eve Lunch Cruise

Start your Christmas Eve celebration off with some delicious Southern fare this year with Savannah Riverboat Cruises! Delight yourself over an elaborate lunch buffet filled with your favorite down south entrees and sides while enjoying the sounds of holiday spirit dance through the air. Advanced reservations required.

Date: December 24 from 1:00 P.M. - 2:30 P.M. 

Fare: Adults $46.95* | Children(ages 5-12) $26.95* | (Children 4 & under: Free)

Click here to buy tickets.

Christmas Eve Dinner Entertainment Cruise

Join Savannah Riverboat Cruises this Christmas Eve, along with family and friends, for a festive holiday cruise! Enjoy a specially-prepared holiday buffet and tap your feet to the beat to some of the best house entertainment, all while you cruise the Savannah River. Advanced reservations required.

Date: December 24  from 4:00 P.M. - 6:00 P.M. 

Fare: Adults $67.95* | Children(ages 5-12) $39.95* | (Children 4 & under: FREE)

Click here to buy tickets.

Celebrate Christmas at Moss + Oak

Moss + Oak invites you and yours to gather around the table from 12 – 6 pm on Christmas Day for a 3-course family-style buffet. Enjoy the views of the Savannah River with outdoor patio seating available on a first-come, first-served basis. For reservations, call 912-721-4593. To learn more, visit their website.

Date: December 25

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 28

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.

Bonaventure After Hours: New Year's of Fear

A very special After Hours conducted by storyist, author, filmmaker and Bard of Bonaventure, Shannon Scott. This is Savannah's ONLY after hours, cemetery tour! Scott's specialty is revealing the hidden for his guests from the layers and legions of secret society topics, to root doctor ritual work, gangsters, bootleggers, murderous lovers and other clandestine story gems that Scott defines as "the taboo tales" of Bonaventure. For fans of Midnight In The Garden of Good & Evil? This is the ultimate show as you roam the grounds discussed in the novel where many of the characters are now buried and this tour features a very exclusive reveal few will have the privilege of observing! Not to be missed and yes, this tour will sell out! Also includes gorgeous Official Tour Poster & other goodies!

Date: December 29

Admission: $44.95

Buy tickets here

December Local Artist Exhibit

Savannah local artist Logan Artisan will have a collection on display at GCD Home Furnishings & Decor that is both feminine and organic with bold, unapologetic colors. In addition to original paintings, prints and ornaments will also be available for purchase.

Date: Through January 31

Rockin' New Year's Eve

Ring in the new year with Savannah Theatre's spectacular "Savannah Live!" show. This fun 2-hour variety show features pop, Broadway, mototown and more Then join the cast and band on stage as they count down to 2019!

Date: December 31

Buy tickets here

Celebrate New Year's Eve at Moss + Oak

Moss + Oak Savannah Eatery invites you to ring in the New Year while taking in the views of the Savannah River. Enjoy a prix fixe menu featuring a mouthwatering amuse bouche selection along with 3 delectable courses. Round off the evening with a champagne toast to celebrate the New Year. For reservations, call 912-721-4593. To learn more, visit their website.

Date: December 31

City Market New Year's Eve Celebration

Every New Year’s Eve, City Market becomes Savannah’s “celebration central” – and this year promises to be better than ever. Live outdoor music continues throughout the evening and restaurants are open to help you celebrate. Drop in and stroll through the market all evening long. (Restaurants, of course, require New Year’s Eve reservations.) 

Date: December 31 from 9:00 P.M. - 1:00 A.M.

New Year's Masquerade Party

Enjoy drink specials, DJ Smurf, free giveaways, prizes and more at Premier Bowl & Bistro's New Year's Masquerade Party!

Date: December 29 at 8:00 P.M.

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Holiday Discounts

$199 Any Room Special at Surf Song Bed & Breakfast

During the months of November, December and January, Surf Song Bed & Breakfast is offering any room for $199/night. That includes the suite (with the exception of December 23-31). 

Dates: November 1, 2018 - January 31, 2019

Scrub Workshop with a Festive Drink

Enjoy a 60-90 minute workshop with one festive drink per guest for only $45/person! You are free to bring your own drinks and food. Email Jasmine Head, Studio Manager, at [email protected], to book your holiday workshop at Salacia Salts.

Dates: November 1, 2018 - January 1, 2019

Mermaid Cottages Winter Family Special

Book a stay with Mermaid Cottages anytime before February 28, 2019 and receive a FREE BINGO card and dauber for any Friday night of your choice! Friday night BINGO at the Tybee Island American Legion is an iconic island event that people from around the world love to attend. Each Friday night event features over 12 chances to win $1500+ in prizes. Teachers, educators, military, AARP or AAA members can receive an additional 5% off. 

Call (912) 704-4618 or email [email protected] to make your reservation.

Make your online reservation here. Use the WinterBINGO discount code. 

Dates: Through February 28, 2019

$5 Off NOGS Tour of Hidden Gardens

Give the gift of gardens this year! Receive $5 off each NOGS Tour of Hidden Gardens tickets when you book online. 

Book tickets here

$5 off Bonaventure Cemetery After Hours Tours

Get $5.00 off to Bonaventure Cemetery After Hours on Nov 24, December 22nd and December 29th.

Buy tickets here. Use Special Offer Code: BONANIGHT

Holiday Elopement Special

Elope Savannah and Elope Tybee Island offer magical elopements this holiday season! Take your pick of a winter wonderland of sand and sea, or a whimsically decorated historic square! Let our sleigh (Classic Cadillac in red or black) whisk you away to your destination! Call (912) 344-7882 for details.

Dates: November 19, 2018 - January 3, 2019

Holiday Event Deal at Hyatt Regency Savannah

Celebrate the holidays at Hyatt Regency Savannah and enjoy amazing service, delicious food and breathtaking views. Book your holiday event by December 1, 2018 and receive:

  • Chef's special holiday menu priced at $50 per person
  • Complimentary room rental and setup fee
  • Complimentary welcome cocktail to toast with at the event

Call (912) 238-1234 for more information.

50% Off Savannah ePasses & eGift Cards

Enter code SAVCVB2018 and receive 50% off your ePASS and all eGIFT Cards to send to your friends and family! Code exclusive to Members Only!

Click here to purchase. 

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