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Holidays in Savannah

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Savannah's a beautiful city year-round, but add holiday lights, cheer and mistletoe and you've got a vacation you won't easily forget. In addition to the year-round sites—trolley tours, ghost walks, historic house visits, world-class restaurants—that make Savannah special, here are a few just-for-the-holiday highlights in town.

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Day One

TOUR THE TOWN

Get to know Savannah by taking a city tour, either on foot with a walking tour or on a period-style trolley with a highly trained step-on guide. The tours last about two hours and will help your group get better acquainted with Georgia’s first city.

MAKE AND TAKE

Your groups will enjoy Savannah so much they’ll want to take a piece of their experience home with them, or perhaps turn it into the perfect gift for friends and family. Whether it’s making body scrubs and bath salts, or fashioning their own Savannah-themed pillow, plank sign or frame, there are lots of opportunities to create a lasting memory.

BOATS ON PARADE

A Christmas parade, Savannah style! More than 40 lighted vessels parade both sides of the waterfront, accompanied by live musical performances, a tree lighting ceremony, and a fireworks extravaganza you won’t want to miss. The annual event is held the first Saturday after Thanksgiving.

CHRISTMAS ON THE RIVER

Held the first weekend of December each year, Christmas on the River showcases features local entertainment, music, seasonal treats and regional arts and crafts in what has become a beloved port city tradition.

LIGHT UP THE NIGHT

Savannah’s Lighted Christmas Parade is a much-heralded annual event staged along the Savannah River each year on the first Saturday in December and has become a favorite with visitors and locals alike. The colorful parade is comprised of individual vehicles, car clubs, colorful floats and walking groups, and kicks off the official arrival of St. Nick.

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Day Two

TIMELESS TREASURES

Experience holiday traditions in many of the museum homes and cultural centers gracing Savannah’s tree-lined avenues. Among the many treasures you don’t want to miss is the Green-Meldrim House, once the headquarters of General Sherman who famously presented Savannah as a Christmas present to President Lincoln. Glistening in the glow of candlelight, the Federal-style Davenport House Museum welcomes visitors to an experience recreating the end-of-year celebrations of early 19th century Savannahians.

HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS COOKING WITH CLASS

No Southern Christmas would be complete without putting a little South in your mouth, and Chef Darin won’t disappoint! He can arrange everything from a Designer Deviled Egg Derby to a praline-making or holiday cookie mini class. Each class lasts about an hour and makes a great addition to a culinary-focused experience.

ILLUMINATION NIGHT

For a truly unique and Southern experience, take your group to the outlying Dunham Farms plantation, the largest remaining land grant from King George still held by its original family in the state. You group will begin the evening with a cocktail hour and holiday jazz. Afterwards they’ll stroll the grounds or take wagon tours. At twilight each guest will be given a candle before gathering on the Riverside Lawn for caroling and lighting of the enormous Christmas tree. From there, revelers will be led through an avenue of lighted trees to the river, where their candles, representing holiday hopes and dreams, will be set free on the water to illuminate the night and begin the holiday season. It’s a magical experience they’ll talk about for years to come!

ROLLING ON THE RIVER

For a special evening on the Savannah River, Savannah Riverboat Cruises offers several exciting events including Monday night Gospel Dinner Cruises, participation in Savannah’s Lighted Boat Parade, and a special Christmas Eve Cruise with Santa.

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Day Three

TASTE OF THE TOWN

Sample delicious local foods with one of several leisurely-paced culinary walking tours. You’ll not only be treated to sit-down service at some of Savannah’s best-loved restaurants, you’ll learn more of our history along the way.

SHOP SAVANNAH

City Market, River Street, and Broughton Street: all offer unique shopping in local businesses as well as the national brands you’ve come to love. Your group will find treasures of every kind in the stores throughout the Historic District, many tucked away on the beautiful side streets that wind through the city.

NIGHT DELIGHTS

Savannah’s trolley companies offer special tours in the evenings. Your groups will have the chance to see the city decorated as it would have been in the 1800s, with glistening trees in mansion windows and wreaths made from local greenery.

A CHRISTMAS TRADITION

The Savannah Theatre’s holiday show, “A Christmas Tradition,” brings you glitz and glitter with a two-hour performance. The theater is transformed into a perfect holiday picture, sharing memories with the Christmas standards you know and love. Sprinkle in a little comedy and audience participation for the greatest show of the season!

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