SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – The 2020 holiday season is looking a bit different this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but local organizers are still finding ways to celebrate.
The Centers for Disease Control is advising avoiding large gatherings for the holidays. Learn more about low, medium, and high-risk activities, here.
Check out the list below to see what events are in store in the Coastal Empire and Lowcountry this year.
Savannah Christmas Market Plant Riverside District
From Nov. 27 to Jan. 3, Kessler Collection’s Plant Riverside District will host a variety of events as part of the hotel’s Christmas market. From a tree lighting ceremony to photos with Santa, there is something for everyone coming up.
PRD Christmas market events include:
- Savannah Christmas Market
- Tree Lighting Ceremony
- Savannah Harbor Boat Parade of Lights and Fireworks Show
- Kid’s Corner
- Photos with Santa
- Christmas donation days
To see a complete schedule of PRD Christmas Market events, CLICK HERE.
Tybee Post Theater holiday movies
The Post kicks off its screenings of a collection of holiday movies over Thanksgiving weekend and will continue through Christmas.
Movies shown include “A Christmas Story,” “A Christmas Carol,” “Elf,” “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” “Scrooged,” and more.
Movies will be shown twice a day at 3 and 7 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. On Sundays, the Post will show only family-friendly films. Showings begin on Nov. 27 with “It’s A Wonderful Life,” followed by “The Santa Clause” on Nov. 29.
Face masks are required while not eating or drinking inside the theater, and other COVID-19 precautions will be followed. To purchase tickets, CLICK HERE.
WSAV’s Holiday Hope
For two decades, WSAV has teamed with The Salvation Army of Savannah to collect toys for more than 7,000 children in our Georgia communities. And this year, we’re once again partnering with Bluffton Self Help to serve South Carolinians.
From Monday, Nov. 30 through Monday, Dec. 14, we will have boxes at participating Walmart locations, making it easy to drop off an unwrapped toy.
Our Holiday Hope Finale Toy Collection event will take place Monday, Dec. 14 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at Grayson Stadium. Stop by, drop off a gift and say “hi” to the team!
Society of Bluffton Artists’ 8th Annual Holiday Boutique
From Nov. 19 to Dec. 19, handmade gifts will be for sale from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Center for Creative Arts, located at 8 Church Street in Bluffton.
Everything from jewelry and glassware to paintings and floral arrangements created by local artists will be available.
Hilton Head’s Santa and Sirens
Santa will be touring the neighborhoods with Hilton Head Island Fire Rescue Dec. 7-11.
Check out Santa’s Hilton Head route HERE!
Jingles, Jewels & Furs
Kirschner Furs and Diva Designs of Savannah are teaming up for this shopping event to benefit The 100 Children’s Foundation.
Enjoy a fabulous afternoon of shopping with friends and a complimentary signature cocktail as you support a worthwhile cause.
The event is scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 13 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Grand Lakes Lodge at South Bridge.
Organizers say all sanitary precautions will be observed.
Blessings on the Southside
Kingdom Life Christian Fellowship is hosting Blessings on the Southside Saturday, Dec. 19 from 10 a.m. to noon.
Gifts and groceries will be given away at the church located at 425 W. Montgomery Crossroad.
Organizers will be giving away 1,000 bags of groceries and 1,000 bags of gifts for kids as long as supplies last.
The church will also be giving away Bibles and offer drive-thru prayer for anyone
Flynnstyle is hosting a Holiday Expo at the Best Western Premier on Saturday, Dec. 19.
Doors open at 10 a.m. for the event, featuring 20 vendors. It’ll be the perfect time to grab some last-minute Christmas gifts.
Organizers will also be giving away gift cards.
Deck the Paws
Moon River hosts the Deck the Paws fundraiser for the Humane Society for Greater Savannah on Saturday, December 19th in the beer garden!
The Humane Society will have adoptable pets on site 12-4pm.
Savannah Distillery will be in house with craft cocktails featuring their bourbon and vodka.
There will be fresh batch of spent grain dog treats made by the Moon River brew team, as well as food and drink specials for the humans, too.
Other activities include a raffle and ugly sweater contest!
$1 from each Moon River beer and Savannah Distillery drink sold goes to HSGS.
Tybee Polar Plunge
One of Tybee Island’s coolest events is going virtual this year.
Instead of running side-by-side into the cold ocean waters on New Years Day, Friday, Jan. 1, Tybee Polar Plunge organizers are asking participants to spread out and take the dive anywhere on the beach at noon.
Those who take the plunge are asked to share a video or photo in a new Facebook Group, where organizers will choose winners of several categories.
Participants must register online or by calling the Tybee Post Theater office at 912-472-4790, Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the theater.