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:
Visiting Savannah in winter
When is the best time of year to see Savannah?
All Savannah’s attractions and things to do

!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.


To The Weekend Of December 1-2 2018

See November events

– A Christmas Tradition, November 22-December 24 2018
2-hour annual Christmas-themed, family-oriented performance at the Savannah Theatre, with shows available most evenings. Adults $37, children (under 18) $18. More details

To The Weekend Of December 8-9 2018

Continuing: A Christmas Tradition

– City Market Holiday Open House, December 7 2018
Holiday lights, caroling and evening opening at City Market. More details

– First Fridays in Starland, December 7 2018
Street fair, art market or gallery show in Savannah’s Starland District every first Friday of the month, year round. More details

– Christmas on the River, December 7-9 2018
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 8 2018
Child-oriented Christmas event at City Market, with visits to Santa, crafts, music and other entertainment. More details


To The Weekend Of December 15-16 2018

Continuing: A Christmas Tradition

– The Twelve Bars of Christmas, December 15 2018
Holiday-themed bar crawl of Savannah’s Historic District, organized by Stafford Promotions. $20 per person with discounts for advance registration. More details

– Fort McAllister Winter Muster, December 15 2018
Recreation of Civil War skirmishes at Fort McAllister. Regular park admission applies. More details

To Christmas Day, December 25 2018

Continuing: A Christmas Tradition

To New Year's Eve, December 31 2018

– Holiday Evening Tours by Candlelight, December 26-30 2018
Candlelit tours of the Davenport House Museum, focused on historical seasonal celebrations. Reservations recommended. Adults $15 ($12 in advance), children $10 ($8 in advance). More details

– New Year’s Resolution Bar Crawl, December 29 2018
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

– Up the Cup New Year’s Eve Celebration, December 31 2018
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 2018
Annual New Year’s celebration at City Market, with live music. More details

– (Tybee Island) Tybee New Year’s Eve Fireworks, December 31 2018
One of the area’s biggest fireworks displays, at the Tybee Island Pier. More details

– A Wild Night On Ossabaw, December 31 2018-January 1 2019
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

See January events

Other Festivals & Events TBC

– Savannah Harbor Holiday Series, 2018 event 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 Sights Tour, 2018 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. Adults $28.50, children (4-12) $16. More details

– December Nights & Holiday Lights, 2018 event TBC
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

– (Tybee Island) Lights On For Tybee, 2018 event TBC
Holiday celebration and tree-lighting ceremony at the Tybee Island roundabout, with music and refreshments. More details

– (Tybee Island) A Lighthouse Christmas, 2018 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. More details

– (Tybee Island) Tybee Island Christmas Parade, 2018 event TBC
Holiday parade on Tybee Island, with visits to Santa. More details

– Oyster Roast for a Reason, 2018 event TBC
Fundraising oyster roast on Skidaway Island, to benefit the ongoing efforts to revive Georgia’s historic oyster farming industry. $50 per person. More details

– Savannah African Festival, 2018 event TBC
Festival of African art and culture. Ticket purchase required. More details

– Holiday Tour of Homes, 2018 event TBC
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, 2018 event TBC
Annual holiday concert performed by the Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra, with a separate family matinee performance. Ticket prices vary. More details

– Colonial Christmas at Wormsloe, 2018 event TBC
Caroling, dancing and other Colonial-era festivities. Ticket purchase required. More details

– Reindeer Run 8K, 2018 event TBC
Charity 8K and children's races to benefit the Rape Crisis Center of the Coastal Empire. Registration required. More details

– Holiday Oyster Roast, 2018 event TBC
Annual oyster roast at the DeSoto Savannah. Tickets $30, advance purchase $25. More details