Like The Hostess City, Tybee Island has holiday traditions that it carries on year after year. And, they have been known to add some special touches now and again. So, as you celebrate the holiday season, don’t forget to check out what’s happening in our neighboring seaside town.

Here’s a glimpse of Tybee traditions – old and new—including event dates and times for 2016.

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Lights on for Tybee

December 2, 2016, 6:30pm-8:30pm

Tybrisa Roundabout

Free and open to the public

Join all who gather for the annual Lights on for Tybee Celebration where the mayor signals the start of holiday festivities by lighting the island’s Christmas tree. Then take a sing-along stroll with performers from the Tybee Arts Performing Society. Your destination is the Historic Carbo House where refreshments and Santa await your arrival, and more old-fashioned sing-alongs are in store.


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Tybee Island Christmas Parade

December 3, 2016, Starts at 1pm

Butler Avenue

Free and open to the public

Share in the delight of this yearly tradition that brims with small town charm. Watch as cheerful floats and spirited parade participants make their way down the main street through town, along with Santa and Mrs. Claus in their sleigh. At the parade’s end, head over to the Tybee Gym for the photo time with Santa and surprises from the Tybee YMCA.

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Girls Night Inn

December 3, 2016, 6pm-9pm

Beachview Bed and Breakfast, Butler Avenue

Tickets: $30

Early December is the time each year when a benefit event takes place at Beachview Bed and Breakfast, a historically restored Tybee Island inn that celebrated its centennial anniversary in 2015. The benefit is a welcoming evening of music, food, raffle drawings and a silent auction. Monies raised support the Rising Tyde Community Food Pantry on Tybee Island.

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House of the Christmas Mouse

December 3, 2016, 10am-1pm & 4pm-6pm

December 4, 2016, 1pm-4pm

Tybee Arts Center, Cedarwood Avenue

Free admission

“House of the Christmas Mouse” starts a new annual tradition, and it’s one that parents and children can enjoy together. There is a gift shop just for kids (ages 4-14), which is stocked with an assortment of items, including gifts that are handcrafted by local artists. Prices range from $1 to $10, giving kids an affordable selection of items to purchase as presents for family and friends.

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Holiday Market at the Lighthouse

December 4, 2016, 11am (weather permitting)

Historic Tybee Light Station

Admission: Free

This once-a-year holiday market gives you the chance to shop for one-of-a-kind gifts and support local craftsmen and artists at the same time. Returning and new vendors offer all manner of unique wares ranging from driftwood furniture to doggie treats.  With the historic Tybee Island Lighthouse and the Atlantic as the backdrop, this shopping experience is also one-of-a-kind.


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Christmas Tour at Tybee Lighthouse

December 10 and 17, 2016, Starts at 7:30pm

Tybee Historic Light Station

$15 for adults, $10 for children 5-17, free for kids 4 & under

This year, the Tybee Light Station is the setting for a quaint portrayal of some of the Christmas customs of the last Lighthouse Keeper and his family who lived on Tybee Island in the 1930’s and 40’s. Bask in the warm glow of candlelight, sip hot cider, sing Christmas carols, and climb to the top of the Lighthouse to catch a glimpse of the twinkling Christmas lights across the island.


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Floating Christmas Parade

December 11, 2016, Starts at 5:30pm

Launches from Crab Shack dock

$5 for spectators with a donation for Second Harvest Food Bank

Now in its eighth year, this lighted boat parade will shove off from The Crab Shack dock just as the sun dips below the horizon. The gaily decorated seagoing vessels with festively clad crews will then slowly cruise down the back river, lighting the night and igniting your holiday spirit.  

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New Year's Eve Fireworks

New Year’s Eve, Midnight

South end of Tybee Island

Admission: Free

Every year, revelers recline in their beach chairs and get comfy on their blankets as they prepare to be awestruck by one of the largest fireworks shows in the Southeastern United States. At the stroke of midnight, brilliant pyrotechnics splash the night sky with vivid colors that sparkle and shimmer over the sea.


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Tybee Polar Plunge

New Year’s Day, 12:00 Noon

Tybee Island Peer and Pavilion

Adults $25, Kids under 12, $15 

For 17 years now, thousands of folks of all ages have said hello to the New Year by braving the chilly Atlantic. If you’re feeling plucky, why not take the plunge. If you’re also feeling wacky, get two or more of your buddies to join you in dressing up in crazy costumes to compete for prizes in the Gang of Goofs Contest and Parade that takes place before the mad dash to the water. Proceeds benefit the Tybee Post Theater.

Happy Holidays from the Live Love Savannah family!  Enjoy all your family traditions. We look forward to putting our talents and expertise to work for you next year – or sooner if you’re ready. We always are!

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