Savannah In December

Night view of streetcar tracks on Savannah, GA's cobbled River Street, with illuminated shops and restaurants.

Despite the colder days and dark evenings, December can be a great time of year to visit Savannah. The city’s holiday season begins right after Thanksgiving, with light shows, holiday-themed musical and theatrical performances, seasonal food events, parades, special holiday programming at several area attractions, and more, to compensate for the cooler weather.

More about visiting Savannah in winter, or the best time of year to see the city.

Event details may change at short notice due to weather or other unexpected circumstances. Please check the official event website for the most up-to-date information before planning your trip.


Holiday Lights

December Nights & Holiday Lights, dates TBC. Self-guided walking tours of the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens’ annual holiday lights show, with more than a million lights. Admission is charged. More details

Savannah Harbor Holiday Series, dates TBC. Family-friendly outdoor seasonal programming at the Westin Hotel on Hutchinson Island, with Gingerbread Village display in the hotel’s lobby. More details

Holiday Events

City Market Holiday Open House, December 1 2017. Holiday lights, caroling and evening opening at City Market. More details

City Market Christmas For Kids Celebration, December 2 2017. Child-oriented Christmas event at City Market, with visits to Santa, crafts, music and other entertainments. More details

Lights On For Tybee, date TBC. Holiday celebration and tree-lighting ceremony at the Tybee Island roundabout, with music and refreshments. Usually in early December. More details

Christmas on the River, dates TBC. Seasonal arts and crafts festival with music and other entertainment. Free event. Usually in early December. More details

Savannah’s Lighted Christmas Parade, date TBC. Savannah’s annual Christmas parade, from River Street to City Market. Free event. Usually in early December. More details

Tybee Island Christmas Parade, date TBC. Holiday parade on Tybee Island, with visits to Santa. Usually in early December. More details

Holiday Tour of Homes, date TBC. Self-guided tour of selected private historic residences in downtown Savannah, organized by the Downtown Neighborhood Association. Ticket purchase required, advance reservations recommended. Usually in mid December. More details

Fort McAllister Winter Muster, date TBC. Recreation of Civil War skirmishes at Fort McAllister. Admission is charged. Usually in mid December. Upcoming events at Fort McAllister

Colonial Christmas at Wormsloe, date TBC. Caroling, dancing and other Colonial-era festivities. Ticket purchase required. Usually in mid December. Upcoming events at Wormsloe

Tour de Lights Bike Parade, date TBC. Lighted and decorated bikes parade through Tybee Island, proceeds to the Rising Tyde Community Food Pantry. $15 entry fee. Upcoming events at Tybee Island

The Twelve Bars of Christmas, December 16 2017. Holiday-themed bar crawl of Savannah’s Historic District, organized by Stafford Promotions. Registration required. More details


Holiday-Themed Things To Do

A Christmas Tradition, November 23-December 24 2017 (except Mondays). 2-hour annual Christmas-themed, family-oriented performance at the Savannah Theatre. Ticket purchase required. More details

Holiday Sights Tour, dates TBC. Old Town Trolley’s seasonal tour, which includes stops at the Davenport House Museum and the Westin Hotel’s Gingerbread Village on Hutchinson Island. Ticket purchase and reservations required. Usually available late November through December. More details

Fort Pulaski Candle Lantern Tours, dates TBC. Seasonal evening tours of Fort Pulaski by candlelight, with music, caroling, food and drink and historic weapons demonstrations. Admission is charged. Usually in mid December. Upcoming events at Fort Pulaski

Holiday Pops, date TBC. Annual holiday concert performed by the Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra, with a separate family matinee performance. Ticket purchase required. Usually in mid to late December. More details

Christmas Cabaret, dates TBC. Carols and holiday jazz at the Lucas Theatre. Adult tickets $25, advance reservations recommended. Usually in mid to late December. More details

Holiday Evening Tours by Candlelight, dates TBC. Candlelit tours of the Davenport House Museum, focused on historical seasonal celebrations. Ticket purchase required. Upcoming events at the Davenport House

New Year’s Eve In Savannah

Up the Cup New Year’s Eve Celebration, date TBC. Annual New Year’s celebration on River Street with light show and fireworks. Free event. Usually on December 31. More details

City Market New Year’s Eve, December 31 2017. Annual New Year’s celebration at City Market, with live music. More details

Tybee New Year’s Eve Fireworks, December 31 2017. One of the South’s biggest fireworks displays, at the Tybee Island Pier. More details

A Wild Night On Ossabaw, date TBC. Overnight visit to Ossabaw Island, with interpretive tour, hog roast and other activities. Transportation to the island (from Skidaway) included. Ticket purchase required, advance reservations strongly recommended. Usually on December 31. Upcoming trips to Ossabaw Island