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.
Find Your Bearings
Get to know Savannah by experiencing a city tour, either on a period-style trolley or with a highly trained step on guide. The tours last about two hours and will help your group get better acquainted with Savannah. It will also give your group a sample of the attractions they may want to explore later on their own.
Try Southern Favorites
Savannah loves food, and its hospitality and charm seasons the dishes popular to this region. For lunch, dine at a restaurant that specializes in Southern cuisine to get a sample of good ‘ole home cooking.
Enjoy an Early 19th Century Holiday at the Davenport House
The understated taste of an authentic early 19th century holiday season in Savannah is the theme of the historic house’s presentation. Tours explore how the Davenport household celebrated Christmas and New Year’s in the 1820s.
Sample a wonderful variety of Lowcountry cuisine by taking your group on a progressive dinner down River Street or to other nearby shopping and dining districts.
Choose Your Tour
Holiday Sights Tour: Enjoy caroling and tales of holiday traditions aboard a festively decorated Old Town Trolley Tour. trolley. Includes a guided tour of the Historic District and tasty treats at the Westin Savannah Harbor.
- Holiday Evening Tours by Candlelight at The Davenport House: Light refreshments, music and skilled interpreters, who show visitors through the home, are among the highlights of the presentation.
Christmas 1886 with the Gordons
Explore Victorian holiday customs at Girl Scout founder Juliette Gordon Low’s birthplace home, which is beautifully decorated for the holidays. The table is set for Christmas dinner, the stockings are ready in Mama’s bedroom and the vintage “Game of Merry Christmas” is out for all to see.
Savannah is an extremely walkable city, with 22 park-like squares arranged in a grid pattern, and shops and art galleries scattered throughout the city are perfect for finding holiday gifts and souvenirs. Groups are able to split up and explore the city individually to find the perfect holiday gift or treasure!
Catch a Special Holiday Show
Your group’s second night in Savannah is sure to be a memorable one as they experience one of the city’s top theatre presentations, “A Christmas Tradition" at the Savannah Theatre. The show brings holiday glitz and glitter with a two-hour performance where the theatre is transformed into a perfect holiday picture, sharing memories of the Christmas favorites your group knows and loves.
Experience the Savannah Harbor Holiday Series
Each year, the Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa tranforms into a winter wonderland! Guests come from far and wide to admire the Gingerbread village, roast marshmallows by the bonfire, enjoy holiday-themed libations and more. The Westin also offers a slew of holiday-themed events including a Thanksgiving brunch, Breakfast with Santa, a New Year's Eve party and more. Click here for official Savannah Holiday Series dates, times and information.
Celebrate the Season
Among the season’s offerings are an annual Holiday Tour of Homes, weekly holiday gospel dinner cruises, a spectacular gingerbread village and even a Christmas Eve dinner cruise. You’ll find that Savannah has the holidays wrapped up in a pretty package.
Explore Holidays on the Plantation
Admire the Festival of Lights and Music at Dunham Farms, the oldest single-family owned (former) plantation in Georgia, located just outside of Savannah. Thirty riverfront acres glow with holiday trees and lights, while majestic oaks are wrapped in lights and topped with stars. Your group will enjoy concerts, food and drink and fun holiday sing-alongs.
Watch Lights on Parade
Experience the annual Boat Parade of Lights on the beautiful Savannah River. Whether enjoying the sights from aboard the Savannah Riverboat on a dinner cruise or from along River Street, it’s a magical way to kick off the holiday season. Your group also won’t want to miss Savannah’s annual Lighted Christmas Parade, which winds through the streets of the Historic District.