The days are shorter, and the nights are longer, but people are flocking to Savannah for the holidays. Each year brings a time of joy and celebration, where long-standing traditions meet new ones. From carolers in Chippewa Square to Santa’s arrival in City Market and the Christmas Parade, you can find all kinds of gatherings and events that will light up your holiday season. We’re here to fill you in on some of the most iconic traditions, both old and new, that will make your holiday trip to Savannah one worth remembering.
Winter in Savannah
Savannah winters are generally mild. Daytime temperatures typically average in the low to mid 60s, with overnight lows averaging around 40 degrees. No matter the temperature, you’ll find a heart-warming experience with the holiday events available over the winter months. Here are just a few of the many seasonal hallmarks of Savannah.
Boat Parade of Lights (November 24)
One of Savannah’s most celebrated traditions is the Boat Parade of Lights on River Street. To kick off the holiday season, dozens of lighted boats will take over the Savannah waterfront. You will want to secure your spot on the river early, as this is a well-attended holiday tradition. Enjoy the view from many restaurants along River Street, or book your stay at the Homewood Suites to watch the parade from your room or the rooftop bar! Stay a while and you’ll also enjoy a beautiful firework display!
Holiday Pops Concert with the Philharmonic (December 7–8)
Now in its tenth year, the Holiday Pops Concert is returning to the Johnny Mercer Theater in the Savannah Civic Center. Every year, the Philharmonic convenes for this seasonal celebration with the orchestra and chorus, as well as musical guests. This year will feature the excellent Savannah Children’s Choir. Bring the family for a sing-along of your favorite holiday music. Family matinee tickets are $15 per person. Evening shows start at $25.
Savannah Theatre Holiday Show (November 22–December 24)
‘A Christmas Tradition’ is a wildly popular event that draws people of all ages to the historic Savannah Theatre for a fun, engaging performance, but make sure you’re ready to participate! This show includes everyone in comedic song, dance, and random outbursts. Now in its 17th year, the holiday show is an entertaining experience for the whole family.
Holidays in City Market (December 8)
One of Savannah’s most characteristic locations, City Market, becomes a brilliant display of lights and cheerful spirits. This destination for entertainment, shopping and dining also includes a celebration for children called “Christmas for Kids” on Dec. 8. Kids will love making ornaments, getting their faces painted, and meeting Santa. City Market also hosts a popular New Year’s Eve celebration.
Holiday Tour of Homes in Savannah (December 8)
Any time is a wonderful time to see the beautiful architecture in Savannah. However, during the holidays, visitors love seeing the classic homes of downtown Savannah decked with boughs of holly. Residents and guests alike look forward to touring eight private homes, three inns, and two museum homes, all decorated for the season. There are two tour sessions available, 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM. The ticket price is $65 per person.
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