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 dates are correct as of August 2017, but may change at short notice. Please check the official event website for the most up-to-date information before planning your trip.

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To Weekend Of December 2-3 2017

A Christmas Tradition, November 23-December 24 2017. 2-hour annual Christmas-themed, family-oriented performance at the Savannah Theatre, with shows available Tuesday-Sunday. Adults $37, children (under 18) $18. More details

Savannah Harbor Holiday Series, November 24-December 24 2017. Family-friendly outdoor seasonal programming at the Westin Hotel on Hutchinson Island, with Gingerbread Village display in the hotel’s lobby. More details

December Nights & Holiday Lights, November 25-December 24 2017. Self-guided walking tours of the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens’ annual holiday lights show, with more than a million lights. Admission is charged. Event does not run on rainy evenings. More details

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

Lights On For Tybee, December 1 2017. Holiday celebration and tree-lighting ceremony at the Tybee Island roundabout, with music and refreshments. More details

Christmas on the River, December 1-3 2017. Seasonal arts and crafts festival with music and other entertainment, including the annual Lighted Christmas Parade. Free event. 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

Tybee Island Christmas Parade, December 2 2017. Holiday parade on Tybee Island, with visits to Santa. More details

Oyster Roast for a Reason, December 2 2017. Fundraising oyster roast on Skidaway Island, to benefit the ongoing efforts to revive Georgia’s historic oyster farming industry. More details

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To Weekend Of December 9-10 2017

Continuing: A Christmas Tradition (all week); Savannah Harbor Holiday Series (all week); December Nights & Holiday Lights (all week)

Savannah African Festival, December 7-10 2017. Festival of African art and culture. Ticket purchase required. More details

Holiday Tour of Homes, December 9 2017. Self-guided tour of selected private historic residences in downtown Savannah, organized by the Downtown Neighborhood Association. Ticket purchase required, advance reservations recommended. More details

Holiday Pops, December 9 2017. Annual holiday concert performed by the Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra, with a separate family matinee performance. Ticket prices vary. More details

To Weekend Of December 16-17 2017

Continuing: A Christmas Tradition (all week); Savannah Harbor Holiday Series (all week); December Nights & Holiday Lights (all week)

The Twelve Bars of Christmas, December 16 2017. Holiday-themed bar crawl of Savannah’s Historic District, organized by Stafford Promotions. $20 per person with discounts for advance registration. More details

To Christmas Eve 2017

Continuing: A Christmas Tradition (all week); Savannah Harbor Holiday Series (all week); December Nights & Holiday Lights (all week)

To New Year's Eve 2017

Holiday Evening Tours by Candlelight, December 26-30 2017. Candlelit tours of the Davenport House Museum, focused on historical seasonal celebrations. Ticket purchase required, reservations recommended. More details

Up the Cup New Year’s Eve Celebration, December 31 2017. Annual New Year’s celebration on River Street with light show and fireworks. Free event. 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, December 31 2017-January 1 2018. Overnight New Year's Eve visit to Ossabaw Island, with interpretive tour, hog roast and other activities. Transportation to the island (from Skidaway) included. From $150 per person, advance reservations strongly recommended. More details

Other Holiday Activities & Events TBC

Christmas Cabaret, event TBC. Carols and holiday jazz at the Lucas Theatre. Ticket purchase required, advance reservations recommended. More details

Fort Pulaski Candle Lantern Tours, event 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

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

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

Holiday Sights Tour, event 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

Tour de Lights Bike Parade, event TBC. Lighted and decorated bikes parade through Tybee Island, proceeds to local charity. Registration required. Upcoming events at Tybee Island

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