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Top Winter Events to Attend in Savannah

Savannah Black Heritage Festival

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Winters in the Southeast are varied. Some days might require an extra jacket (maybe even some gloves!), while other days are bright blue skies and 70° weather. Luckily, Savannah hosts a variety of events during the winter months that allow visitors from far and wide to experience all that our city has to offer, whatever the weather may be.

DECEMBER

Enmarket Savannah Bridge Run

Each year, runners can sprint, jog or walk across the Talmadge Memorial Bridge (the iconic one that spans the Savannah River) as they compete in one of three Savannah Bridge Run races. There’s even a ¼ mile route for the kids! When the race is over and you’re ready to enjoy the rest of the festivities, head over to the Post-Race Party for food, drinks and live music . For the fun and slightly more competitive bunch, participants can dress up in single or group costumes for the run’s costume contest!

Savannah Holiday Tour of Homes

Each year, Savannah's Downtown Neighborhood Association presents the popular Holiday Tour of Homes. This tour gives attendees the chance to get an inside look at some of Savannah's most beautiful homes - all decked out in their holiday finery. Added bonus? This event is all for a good cause. Each year, this tour generates funds that are donated back to the community in the form of grants that support its mission to enhance the quality of life in the National Historic Landmark District, protect Savannah’s unique downtown environment, and advocate public policies which support these objectives.

Christmas on the River Celebration

Get into the holiday spirit on at River Street’s annual holiday celebration! Tourists and locals mingle as they listen to live music while shopping for festive gifts created by regional artists and craft vendors. The real kick-off to the season is the Savannah Boat Parade of Lights —a family favorite!  

JANUARY

Savannah Tire Hockey Classic

College hockey fans flock to the Savannah Civic Center each January for a legendary battle. What started close to 20 years ago is now an epic competition between Georgia and Florida rivals: The University of Georgia, Georgia Tech, Florida State and the University of Florida. For two nights, watch these four teams go head-to-head in some of the most intense games of the year!

Mountainfilm Savannah 

Dedicated to educating and inspiring local audiences to create a better world through the power of film, people, stories and conversation, Mountainfilm On Tour happens in Savannah every January. This annual festival features films for all ages - from adventure epics to heartwarming tales. 

FEBRUARY

Gray's Reef Ocean Film Festival

Support the diverse ecosystem of Savannah's own Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary at their annual film festival. This multi-day event features films highlighting the many wonderful creatures that call the ocean home. 

Georgia Historical Society's Super Museum Sunday

It’s no secret that one of the reasons why Savannah is such a popular vacation spot is because of our city’s rich historical background and culture. Each year, the Georgia Historical Society opens the doors to the state’s cultural institutions for free! In Savannah and Tybee alone, over 40 museums and centers participate.

Savannah Book Festival

Hosted in a handful of Savannah’s oldest buildings downtown, the Savannah Book Festival attracts close to 10,000 people from around the globe to celebrate all things books for one weekend each year. The festival invites incredibly well known authors (think James Patterson) as well as emerging writers to participate with signings, meet-and-greets and special speeches.

Savannah Black Heritage Festival

Savannah State University and the City of Savannah join forces to host the Black Heritage Festival each year. At almost 30 years old, this festival celebrates the culture, music, cuisine and history of black heritage. There are also educational opportunities for youth, a health and wellness fair and a culinary arts competition!

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