Are you planning a getaway this December? Here is your list of must-go-to places in Savannah, Georgia. Escape from the freezing temperatures and enjoy the subtropical climate. There is always something nice to do and beautiful places to go.  Walk down memory lane with well-maintained parks shaded by magnolia blossoms, oak trees, and everything green like Forsyth Park. Marvel at the architectural landmarks atop horse-drawn carriages as they gallop along scenic spots and historic edifices like Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. 

This time, it is lovelier as we come  closer to the most wonderful time of the year. Christmas is definitely in the air! Green tree bows made of magnolias, pines and red ribbons adorn posts.  

Check out these events, and call your friends and start planning. If you're just visiting, get ready for a taste of Southern charm and hospitality the Savannah way this December. Every day there are fun things in store that will keep you on your toes.

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Savannah Harbor Holiday Series

December 1 – 30 (from Thursday to Sunday)

Time:   6:00 pm

Venue: Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa

Everything nice with the Gingerbread Village crafted by Christmas lovers. Enjoy the moment along with carolers and the jolly presence of Santa Claus. Be thrilled with your encounter with animals at Oatland Island Wildlife Center.

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Holiday Open House at City Market

Dec. 2

Time:   6-9 p.m.

Venue: courtyard at City Market’s Holiday Open South

Holiday decorations Galore! Numerous Christmas and paper lights glow around the place, carolers, Father Christmas and free holiday treats in the shops nearby complement the festive atmosphere.

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Forsythe Food Market

Dec. 3 and 24

Time:   9:00 a.m.

Venue: Forsythe Park

A market day where buyers can purchase directly from the growers promoting the farmer’s welfare, healthy food, and for the community’s benefit.

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A Christmas Tradition matinee at Savannah Theatre

Dec. 3 – 11 (Saturdays and Sundays)

Time:   3:00 p.m. -5:00 pm

Venue: Savannah Theatre

Educate yourself while witnessing the beautiful Christmas Tradition of Savannah. Delight in the two-hour variety presentation featuring the famous personalities of Christmas such as Santa with his reindeer and elves, Frosty the Snowman, Father Christmas, and Jack Frost. A company of singers and a live band complements the show singing all the classic Christmas tunes for your listening pleasure.

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Holiday Gospel Dinner Cruise

Dec. 5 and 12

Time:   7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Venue: Savannah Riverboat Cruises

Enjoy local live holiday gospel performance at its finest while savoring delicious southern cooking as the riverboat sails along the magnificent Savannah River.

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Battle of the Bikes

Dec. 9

Time:   5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Venue: Southbound Brewing Company

This is not your ordinary bike race where the first one who crosses the finish line wins but a Bicycle Repair Relay Race. There are six participating teams, each team will be given a number of bikes to repair and first to complete their allocation will be declared the winner.

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Woof! Woof! 5k

Dec. 10

Time:   8 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Venue: Habersham Village

For dog lovers, this one is definitely for you. The day’s event will include a 5K Walk/Run through the fascinating Ardsley Park, a bid at the Guinness World Record for most dogs in a costume parade, food and entertainment await the participants after the event.

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Tybee Island Floating Christmas Parade


Time:   5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Venue: Tybee Island

Witness beautifully decorated boats joyously cruising along the waters of Tybee Island.

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Boutique Blowout at Coastal Georgia Center

Dec. 11

Time:   10 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Venue: Coastal Georgia Center

Enjoy shopping and savings, as well, through remarkable discounts offered by numerous boutiques. On-site food vendors for that hungry tummy.

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Full Moon Night Hike

De. 14

Time:   6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Venue: UGA Marine Education Center and Aquarium

Trek the nature trail of the maritime forest under the moonlight and listen to the sounds of nocturnal creatures like owls, cicadas, and much more. Get ready for a fly-by by a deer and bats.

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Rockin’ Around the Christmas Cabaret

Dec. 15 and 17

Time:   8 p.m. and 10 p.m., respectively

Venue: Lucas Theatre for the Arts

Treat yourself to the music of the 50’s and 60’s hits and dancing the old fashioned way. Enjoy a sentimental journey through yesteryears with the tune of Elvis, Chuck Berry, Peggy Lee, etc.

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The Twelve Bars of Christmas Charity Bar Crawl

Dec. 17

Time:   2:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Venue: McDonough’s

Each bar on Santa’s list will provide cheerful drinks as you walk, jog, or crawl your way to the finish line.

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Mighty Eighth Museum Day Camp

Dec. 19 - 21

Time:   9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Venue: National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force

Do you have kids aged 6 – 12 years? Drop them off at a day camp, they’ll surely enjoy the array of activities that are in store complete with lunch. Do your last minute Christmas shopping and catch up on your bucket list.

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Junior Aquarist


Time:   9:00 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Venue: UGA Marine Foundation Center and Aquarium

A learning experience for children ages 10-15 years they will be educated on how to care for marine life and experience the wonders of the underwater world.

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Breakfast with Santa at Aqua Star

Dec. 24

Time: 6:30 a.m.

Venue: Aqua Star Seafood Kitchen

Experience a close encounter with Ol’ Saint Nick by eating an old-fashioned breakfast of sumptuous hotcakes and pancakes with everything on it.

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Christmas Concert and Jam Session

Dec. 25

Time:   5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Venue: Savannah Station

Do you’ve energy left? Celebrate the night with many jazz singers and musicians.

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Moscow Ballet presents the Great Russian Nutcracker

Dec. 29

Time: 3:00 p.m. – 10: p.m.

Venue: Lucas Theater

Get a glimpse of Russian culture with a 60 foot Christmas tree, performers clad in Russian costumes, larger than life magical props and sets.

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New Year’s Eve Up the Cup Celebration

Dec. 31

Time:   11:59 p.m.

Venue: Rousakis Riverfront Plaza

Ring in the New Year by counting down the final seconds of 2016 as a six foot-cup is raised. Welcomes 2017 with a firework display accompanied by a festive mood of joyful celebration.

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