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. From then through December, there are holiday light shows and musical and theatrical performances nearly every day.

Special holiday events are offered at several Savannah and Tybee Island historic houses and museums, usually providing an insight into historical Christmas traditions in the South. Outdoor events include Christmas parades in downtown Savannah and at Tybee, plus other seasonal family-oriented celebrations at City Market and on River Street.

If the weather is cooler, December's smaller crowds make this an ideal time to visit a historic house or museum, even if there are no special events on. Or, you could browse in one of Savannah's dozens of art galleries or antiques stores.

Even in December, though, Savannah's mild subtropical climate can make for many beautiful, sunny days perfect for outdoor sightseeing downtown, a trip to Bonaventure Cemetery, or an excursion out into Georgia's lowcountry.

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


To Weekend Of December 2-3 2017

See November events

– 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

– Holiday Sights Tour, November 24-December 24 2017
Old Town Trolley’s seasonal tour, which includes stops at the Davenport House Museum and the Westin Hotel’s Gingerbread Village on Hutchinson Island. Adults $28.50, children (4-12) $16. 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

– (Tybee Island) 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) A Lighthouse Christmas, December 2, 9 and 16 2018
Special evening holiday event at the Tybee Island Lighthouse exploring the holiday traditions of Tybee's lighthouse keepers in the 1930s and 1940s, with carols, cider, and the opportunity to climb the tower to see Tybee's holiday lights from above. Adults $15, children (5-17) $10, young children free. Advance reservations are required, call 912-786-5801. More details

– (Tybee Island) 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. $50 per person. More details


To Weekend Of December 9-10 2017

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

– 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

– Colonial Christmas at Wormsloe, December 9 2017
Caroling, dancing and other Colonial-era festivities. Ticket purchase required. More details

– Fort McAllister Winter Muster, December 9 2017
Recreation of Civil War skirmishes at Fort McAllister. Admission is charged. More details

To Weekend Of December 16-17 2017

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

– 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); Holiday Sights Tour (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 Island) 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

See January events