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 7-8 2019

See November events

– Elf: The Musical, November 7 - December 1 2019
Holiday musical based on the movie Elf, at the Savannah Theatre. Adults $39, children $19.50. More details

– Savannah Harbor Holiday Series, November 10 - December 31 2019
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, selected evenings November 22 - December 23 2019
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, November 29 - December 24 2019
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, December 3-24 2019
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

– City Market Holiday Open House, December 6 2019
Holiday lights, caroling and evening opening at City Market. More details

– First Fridays in Starland, December 6 2019
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, December 6 2019
Holiday celebration and tree-lighting ceremony at the Tybee Island roundabout, with music and refreshments. More details

– Holiday Spectacular, December 6-7 2019
Annual holiday concert performed by the Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra, at the Johnny Mercer Theatre. Tickets from $25. More details

– Christmas on the River, December 6-8 2019
Seasonal arts and crafts festival with music and other entertainment, including the annual Lighted Christmas Parade. Free event. More details

– Holiday Tour of Homes and Inns, December 7 2019
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 7 2019
Child-oriented Christmas event at City Market, with visits to Santa, children’s activities, music and other entertainment. More details

– Front Porch Improv, December 7 2019
Improv show at La Scala Ristorante. $10 per person. More details

– Jingle Bell Block Hop, December 7 2019
Holiday block party in Ellis Square, with live performances, singing and dancing. More details

– (Tybee Island) Tybee Island Christmas Parade, December 7 2019
Holiday parade on Tybee Island, with visits to Santa. More details

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Events From December 9 To The Weekend Of December 14-15 2019

– Savannah Harbor Holiday Series, November 10 - December 31 2019
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, selected evenings November 22 - December 23 2019
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, November 29 - December 24 2019
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, December 3-24 2019
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

– Christmas Wassail, December 10 2019
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, December 12-14 2019
Festival featuring burlesque performances at several downtown locations. Tickets from $12. More details

– Black Nativity, December 13-15 2019
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, December 14 2019
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, December 14 2019
Savannah’s monthly downtown art walk, visiting several Historic District art galleries. Free event. Event details
→ More about art galleries in Savannah

– Front Porch Improv, December 14 2019
Improv show at La Scala Ristorante. $10 per person. More details

– Colonial Christmas at Wormsloe, December 14 2019
Caroling, dancing and other Colonial-era festivities. Regular park admission applies. Event details
→ Visiting Wormsloe Historic Site

– Reindeer Run 8K, December 14 2019
Charity 8K and children's races to benefit the Rape Crisis Center of the Coastal Empire. Registration required. More details

– (Richmond Hill) Fort McAllister Winter Muster, December 14 2019
Recreation of the Civil War siege of Fort McAllister. $9 per person. Event details
→ More about Fort McAllister State Park

– Christmas at the Cathedral, December 15 2019
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 16 To Christmas Day, December 25 2019

– Savannah Harbor Holiday Series, November 10 - December 31 2019
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, selected evenings November 22 - December 23 2019
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, November 29 - December 24 2019
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, December 3-24 2019
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

– Front Porch Improv, December 21 2019
Improv show at La Scala Ristorante. $10 per person. More details

Events From December 26 To New Year’s Eve, December 31 2019

– Savannah Harbor Holiday Series, November 10 - December 31 2019
Seasonal event series at the Westin Hotel on Hutchinson Island and nearby, with Gingerbread Village display in the Westin’s lobby. More details

– Holiday Evening Tours by Candlelight, December 26-30 2019
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

– The 70’s Show, December 27 - December 31 2019
70s-era tribute show at the Savannah Theatre. Adults $39, children $19.50. More details

– New Year’s Resolution Bar Crawl, December 28 2019
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

– Front Porch Improv, December 28 2019
Improv show at La Scala Ristorante. $10 per person. More details

– City Market New Year’s Eve, December 31 2019
Annual New Year’s celebration at City Market, with live music. More details

– Up the Cup New Year’s Eve Celebration, December 31 2019
Annual New Year’s street party on River Street, with fireworks. Free event. More details

– (Tybee Island) Tybee New Year’s Eve Fireworks, December 31 2019
One of the area’s biggest fireworks displays, at the Tybee Island Pier. More details

– A Wild Night On Ossabaw, December 31 - January 1 2020
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

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