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. Most of the city’s must-see sights are enjoyable at any time of year, and the festive season offers many of its own attractions too.

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:
All Savannah’s attractions and things to do
December weather in Savannah
Visiting Savannah in winter
How to get to Savannah

!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.


Events From December 1 To The Weekend of December 4-5 2021

See November events

– Forsyth Farmers Market, Saturdays 9am-1pm
Weekly farmers market in the southern part of Forsyth Park. More details

Events From December 6 To The Weekend of December 11-12 2021

– Forsyth Farmers Market, Saturdays 9am-1pm
Weekly farmers market in the southern part of Forsyth Park. More details

Events From December 13 To The Weekend of December 18-19 2021

– Forsyth Farmers Market, Saturdays 9am-1pm
Weekly farmers market in the southern part of Forsyth Park. More details


Events From December 20 To Christmas Weekend, December 25-26 2021

Events for this week to be confirmed.

Events From December 27 To The Weekend Of January 1-2 2021

Events for this week to be confirmed.

See January events

More Things To Do In Savannah In December

Savannah National Wildlife Refuge
Guided tours
Black history sites
National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force
Helicopter tours
Other things to do in Savannah

See also:
December events in Hilton Head, SC
Tybee Island events
– Events in Beaufort, SC, Bluffton, SC, St Simons Island, Jekyll Island, Brunswick and Darien
December weather in Savannah
How to get to Savannah

December Events TBC

– A Christmas Tradition, 2021 event TBC
2-hour annual Christmas-themed, family-oriented performance at the Savannah Theatre, with shows available most evenings. Adults $41, children (under 18) $19.50. More details

– Holiday Sights Tour, 2021 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

– December Nights & Holiday Lights, 2021 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

– Savannah Christmas Market, 2021 event TBC
European-style holiday market at Plant Riverside District, with holiday gifts and seasonal food and drink. More details

– Gingerbread Trail & Competition, 2021 event TBC
Annual holiday gingerbread competition, with scenes created in gingerbread displayed in various downtown hotels, shops and dining establishments. More details

– City Market Holiday Open House, 2021 event TBC
Holiday lights, caroling and evening opening at City Market. More details

– Voices on the Square, 2021 event TBC
Series of short holiday concerts in several downtown Savannah squares. More details

– Holiday Tour of Homes and Inns, 2021 event TBC
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, 2021 event TBC
Child-oriented Christmas event at City Market, with visits to Santa, children’s activities, music and other entertainment. More details

– Holiday Spectacular, 2021 event TBC
Annual holiday concert performed by the Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra, at the Johnny Mercer Theatre. Tickets from $25. More details

– Christmas on the River, 2021 event TBC
Seasonal arts and crafts festival with music and other entertainment, including the annual Lighted Christmas Parade. Free event. More details

– Colonial Christmas at Wormsloe, 2021 event TBC
Caroling, dancing and other Colonial-era festivities. Regular park admission applies. Event details
→ Visiting Wormsloe Historic Site

– (Richmond Hill) Fort McAllister Winter Muster, 2021 event TBC
Recreation of the Civil War siege of Fort McAllister. $9 per person. Event details
→ More about Fort McAllister State Park

– Front Porch Improv, 2021 event TBC
Improv show at the Front Porch Improv Theatre. From $14 in person, $10 watch from home. More details

– Christmas at the Cathedral, 2021 event TBC
Carols and seasonal music at the Cathedral of St John the Baptist, and the unveiling of the Cathedral Crèche. Free admission. More details

– Holiday Evening Tours by Candlelight, 2021 event TBC
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

– Rockin’ New Year’s Eve, 2021 event TBC
Special New Year’s Eve show at the Savannah Theatre. Adults $41, children $19.50. More details

– City Market New Year’s Eve, 2021 event TBC
Annual New Year’s celebration at City Market, with live music. More details

– (Tybee Island) Tybee New Year’s Eve Fireworks, 2021 event TBC
One of the area’s biggest fireworks displays, at the Tybee Island Pier. More details

– A Wild Night On Ossabaw, 2021 event TBC
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

– Up the Cup New Year’s Eve Celebration, 2021 event TBC
Annual New Year’s street party on River Street, with fireworks. Free event. More details

– Savannah Harbor Holiday Series, 2021 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

– Christmas Wassail, 2021 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, 2021 event TBC
Festival featuring burlesque performances at several downtown locations. Tickets from $12. More details

– Black Nativity, 2021 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

– Reindeer Run 8K, 2021 event TBC
Charity 8K and children's races to benefit the Rape Crisis Center of the Coastal Empire. Registration required. More details

– The Jingle Bells Tour, 2021 event TBC
Holiday-themed tour of Laurel Grove Cemetery. More details

– Chanukah Celebration, 2021 event TBC
Annual Hanukkah celebration in Ellis Square, with Menorah lighting, food and other entertainment. Free admission, all welcome. More details

– First Fridays in Starland, 2021 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, 2021 event TBC
Holiday celebration and tree-lighting ceremony at the Tybee Island roundabout, with music and refreshments. More details

– Jingle Bell Block Hop, 2021 event TBC
Holiday block party in Ellis Square, with live performances, singing and dancing. More details

– (Tybee Island) Tybee Island Christmas Parade, 2021 event TBC
Holiday parade on Tybee Island, with visits to Santa. More details

– The Twelve Bars of Christmas, 2021 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, 2021 event TBC
Savannah’s monthly downtown art walk, visiting several Historic District art galleries. Free event. Event details
→ More about art galleries in Savannah

– Auld Lang Syne Art Festival, 2021 event TBC
Juried arts and crafts fair on River Street. More details

– New Year’s Resolution Bar Crawl, 2021 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

– Christmas on the Canal, 2021 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, 2021 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, 2021 event TBC
Holiday music by several choirs on Broughton Street. More details

– Holidays on the Big Screen, 2021 event TBC
Family-friendly holiday movie screening in Ellis Square. More details