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.

See also:
Savannah’s must-see sights
All Savannah’s attractions and things to do
December weather in Savannah
Visiting Savannah in winter

!Event dates, venue and other details can change at short notice. Please check all information at the official website before making plans to attend an event.

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Events From December 1 To The Weekend Of December 5-6 2020

See November events

– City Market Holiday Open House, December 4 2020
Holiday lights, caroling and evening opening at City Market. More details

– CANCELLED Holiday Tour of Homes and Inns, December 5 2020
Self-guided tour of selected historic inns and private residences in downtown Savannah, organized by the Downtown Neighborhood Association. $65 per person, advance reservations recommended. More details

– City Market Christmas For Kids Celebration, December 5 2020
Child-oriented Christmas event at City Market, with visits to Santa, children’s activities, music and other entertainment. More details

– CANCELLED Holiday Spectacular, December 5 2020
Annual holiday concert performed by the Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra, at the Johnny Mercer Theatre. Tickets from $25. More details

Events From December 7 To The Weekend Of December 12-13 2020

– CANCELLED Christmas on the River, December 11-13 2020
Seasonal arts and crafts festival with music and other entertainment, including the annual Lighted Christmas Parade. Free event. More details

– Colonial Christmas at Wormsloe, December 12 2020
Caroling, dancing and other Colonial-era festivities. Regular park admission applies. Event details
→ Visiting Wormsloe Historic Site

– CANCELLED (Richmond Hill) Fort McAllister Winter Muster, December 12 2020
Recreation of the Civil War siege of Fort McAllister. $9 per person. Event details
→ More about Fort McAllister State Park

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Events From December 14 To The Weekend Of December 19-20 2020

– Christmas at the Cathedral, December 20 2020
Carols and seasonal music at the Cathedral of St John the Baptist, and the unveiling of the Cathedral Crèche. Free admission. More details

Events From December 21 To Christmas Weekend, December 25-27 2020

– Holiday Evening Tours by Candlelight, December 26-30 2020
Candlelit open house at the Davenport House Museum focused on historical seasonal celebrations, with refreshments, music and period dance performance. Reservations recommended. Adults $15 ($12 in advance), children $8 ($6 in advance). More details
→ More about visiting the Davenport House

Events From December 28 To New Year’s Eve, December 31 2020

– Holiday Evening Tours by Candlelight, December 26-30 2020
Candlelit open house at the Davenport House Museum focused on historical seasonal celebrations, with refreshments, music and period dance performance. Reservations recommended. Adults $15 ($12 in advance), children $8 ($6 in advance). More details
→ More about visiting the Davenport House

– City Market New Year’s Eve, December 31 2020
Annual New Year’s celebration at City Market, with live music. More details

– (Tybee Island) Tybee New Year’s Eve Fireworks, December 31 2020
One of the area’s biggest fireworks displays, at the Tybee Island Pier. More details

– A Wild Night On Ossabaw, December 31 2020 - January 1 2021
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 $175 per person, advance reservations strongly recommended. More details

– CANCELLED Up the Cup New Year’s Eve Celebration, December 31 2020 - January 2 2021
Annual New Year’s street party on River Street, with fireworks. Free event. More details

See January events

December Events TBC

– Savannah Harbor Holiday Series, 2020 event TBC
Seasonal event series at the Westin Hotel on Hutchinson Island and nearby, with Gingerbread Village display in the Westin’s lobby. More details

– December Nights & Holiday Lights, 2020 event TBC
Self-guided walking tours of the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens’ annual holiday lights show, with more than a million lights. Adults $10, children (4-12) $5. Event does not run on rainy evenings. More details

– Holiday Sights Tour, 2020 event TBC
Old Town Trolley’s seasonal tour, which includes stops at the Davenport House Museum and the Massie Heritage Center. Adults $28.50, children (4-12) $16. More details

– A Christmas Tradition, 2020 event TBC
2-hour annual Christmas-themed, family-oriented performance at the Savannah Theatre, with shows available most evenings. Adults $39, children (under 18) $19.50. More details

– First Fridays in Starland, 2020 event TBC
Street fair, art market or gallery show in Savannah’s Starland District every first Friday of the month, year round. More details
→ More about Starland

– (Tybee Island) Lights On For Tybee, 2020 event TBC
Holiday celebration and tree-lighting ceremony at the Tybee Island roundabout, with music and refreshments. More details

– Front Porch Improv, 2020 event TBC
Improv show. $10 per person. More details

– Jingle Bell Block Hop, 2020 event TBC
Holiday block party in Ellis Square, with live performances, singing and dancing. More details

– (Tybee Island) Tybee Island Christmas Parade, 2020 event TBC
Holiday parade on Tybee Island, with visits to Santa. More details

– Christmas Wassail, 2020 event TBC
Holiday event at the Owens-Thomas House and Slave Quarters, with holiday decorations and evening tour of the house. $10 per person, RSVP required. More details

– Savannah Burlesque Festival, 2020 event TBC
Festival featuring burlesque performances at several downtown locations. Tickets from $12. More details

– Black Nativity, 2020 event TBC
Annual performance of Langston Hughes’s musical Black Nativity, a retelling of the nativity story with a black cast, by the Performing Arts Collective of Savannah. Tickets $25, or $20 in advance. More details

– The Twelve Bars of Christmas, 2020 event TBC
Holiday-themed bar crawl of Savannah’s Historic District, organized by Stafford Promotions. $20 per person with discounts for advance registration. More details

– Second Saturday Art Walk, 2020 event TBC
Savannah’s monthly downtown art walk, visiting several Historic District art galleries. Free event. Event details
→ More about art galleries in Savannah

– Reindeer Run 8K, 2020 event TBC
Charity 8K and children's races to benefit the Rape Crisis Center of the Coastal Empire. Registration required. More details

– Auld Lang Syne Art Festival, 2020 event TBC
Juried arts and crafts fair on River Street. More details

– The 70’s Show, 2020 event TBC
70s-era tribute show at the Savannah Theatre. Adults $39, children $19.50. More details

– New Year’s Resolution Bar Crawl, 2020 event TBC
Pre-New Year’s Eve bar crawl of Savannah’s Historic District, organized by Stafford Promotions. $20 per person with discounts for advance registration. More details

– The Jingle Bells Tour, 2020 event TBC
Holiday-themed tour of Laurel Grove Cemetery. More details

– The Journey, 2020 event TBC
Interactive nativity performance at Compassion Christian Church. Evening tickets $10, matinee $5. More details

– Christmas on the Canal, 2020 event TBC
Family-friendly holiday event at the Savannah-Ogeechee Canal Museum & Nature Center, with Santa visits, pet costume contest, seasonal refreshments, and more. More details

– (Tybee Island) A Lighthouse Christmas, 2020 event TBC
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. Event details
How to get from Savannah to Tybee Island

– Here We Come a Caroling, 2020 event TBC
Holiday music by several choirs on Broughton Street. More details

– Holidays on the Big Screen, 2020 event TBC
Family-friendly holiday movie screening in Ellis Square. More details

– Chanukah Celebration, 2020 event TBC
Annual Hanukkah celebration in Ellis Square, with Menorah lighting, food and other entertainment. Free admission, all welcome. More details