‘Tis the season in Savannah when Fall leaves turn yellow, gold and red while most people are digesting Turkey and putting up Christmas lights.
With day time temperatures in the mid 70s and low 80s, it just doesn’t feel like Christmas, but as December 25th grows nearer you will find plenty of holiday events going on near you.
While some of the events are indoors, some are outdoors as well.
Here are a few to look for:
December 1-31 at the Westin- The Gingerbread Village (westinsavannah.com)
The hotel’s main lobby is transformed into a gingerbread village created by area chefs and culinary students. Last year a number of Savannah’s famous historic houses were recreated
If you want to turn this into a more interesting trip, skip driving across the bridge and park along Bay Street or one of the down town squares. You don’t have to pay parking meters on weekends, just don’t park all day on a one hour meter or you may get towed. Take a walk down the steps to River Street near the Hyatt and take a ferry boat across the river. You can plan lunch or dinner on River Street, City Market or Broughton Street, where restaurants for all tastes abound.
December 1-31 Take a trolley or carriage tour by day or night to see the sights and sounds of Savannah. You can hire a private carriage tour that seats four comfortably, bring along some hot cider and cookies and even sing Christmas carols. If horses are not your thing, you can be unique and take a pack of people on a trolley bus or hire a group of pedicab drivers to take you in mass around the squares as you laugh and make memories to last a life time.
Friday, December 9 – City Market will host a Holiday Open house with 500 luminaries in the courtyard, Christmas Carolers, Father Christmas and free samples of holiday treats. From 6 pm – 9 pm.
Saturday, December 10 – 37th annual Holiday Tour of Homes (http://dnaholidaytour.com/aboutjs.htm) with options to tour historic inns, participate in a Victorian Tea and more. The ticket price is a bit steep for those on a budget, but considering you get to go in a minimum of six homes on each tour, it is worth it. If the event sells out, don’t be disappointed, you can still visit a number of the old homes on your own and there are two tea rooms in the downtown area, so you can created your own tour of homes and probably get more exercise in!
As is typically the case in Savannah, you will not know what is coming up until about three days before it actually comes up, so check Connect Savannah and the Savannah News each week for more events.
Savannah Christian Church (http://savannahnow.com/do/2011-11-24/savannah-christian-churchs-interactive-christmas-story-open-nov-30#.TtFaSLLxVxk) offers a walk through interactive Christmas event called “The Journey,” an interactive Christmas story from 6-8 p.m., Nov. 30 through Dec. 4 and Dec. 7-11. Groups depart every five minutes at the Al Henderson Campus, 55 Al Henderson Blvd. The cost for that is only $5 with discounts for military and first responders and large families.
If you want to drive to Metter, you can take a walking tour of the Guido Gardens from 6 – 9 pm, now through Christmas and there is no charge to park or view the lights, which is a plus.
If you know of any Christmas or holiday events, feel free to post them below in the comments section, especially if they are free.
Here are just a few more, some outdoors, some indoors and there is a fee for some, so check ahead:
AASU Student Christmas Pottery Sale
Nov 30 – Dec 1, 9 am – 6 pm Fine Arts Courtyard
You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown – play at Savannah Children’s Theatre Dec 2 – 18 Friday 7 pm, Sat and Sun at 3 pm
Christmas on the River 9 am to 8 pm Historic River Street – there will be a parade at 5:30 pm with Santa Claus and First Saturday on the River, though it will be crowded because the Enmark River Bridge Run is going on that same day and starting at 8 am, so watch out for street closings on the west side of the city near the Civic Center.
For the Gay/Lesbian/Transvestite/Bi group there is a benefit for Savannah Pride at Club One on December 9 from 10:30 pm to 12:30 pm staring Sahngela from Ru Paul’s Drag Season 2 and 3.
If you are looking for tamer fare, you can take the kids to City Market on December 10 from 11 am to 2 pm for cookie decorating, a petting zoo, Carriage Tours of Savannah’s Cinderella Carriage and a choir performance.
Fort McAllister, outside Savannah in Richmond hill will have a winter muster and battle reenactment on Dec 10th from 8 to 4:30.
St. Thomas Tour of Homes takes place on Isle of Hope for a $30 fee on Dec 11 from 4 – 8. This year the tour goes inside national and locally known artists with displays of pottery, paintings and photography.
Speedwell United Methodist Choir will sing Carols and there will be refreshments along the way, so again, you will be well treated for your money.