LIST: Festive family events for the holidays

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SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – From Christmas tree lightings to visits from Santa Claus, here’s a list of festive holiday events for the whole family.

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Brendlen’s Lowcountry Christmas Light Display

Christmas lights are on display from Thanksgiving through Dec. 31 at the Brendlen’s Lowcountry light display. Children in the Lowcountry can also meet Mr. and Mrs. Claus, Belle from Beauty and the Beast, Elle and get their faces painted on Dec. 4 and 11.

Chocolates and desserts are also available. The event is free to attend but the organization is accepting donations to benefit four fallen Jasper County firefighters lost in the past two years.

Burton Fire District’s Santa Mailboxes

Children in Burton have a chance to mail their letters for the North Pole through the Burton Fire District‘s Santa Mailboxes. Families can bring the letters to the Burton Fire District Station 84 on 158 Bay Pines Rd.

Santa Claus’ elves will make a trip down to Beaufort to pick up the letters from the firefighters so the children can receive a letter by Christmas Day, guaranteed.

Christmas in Yamacraw

First Bryan Baptist Church and the Yamacraw Restoration Project host these continuing holiday activities through Jan. 1:

  • Holiday decor at historic First Bryan Baptist Church
  • Guided tours of the Knauf Pipe organ, interior decorations and nativity scene
  • Candlelight services and musical concerts

Tybee Island Nighttime Christmas Parade of Lights

City of Tybee Island

December 3 at 6:00 p.m.

The parade of lights starts at Memorial Park and moves down Butler Ave. to Tybrisa St.

Ends at the roundabout near Tybee Pier with awards for best decorated float.

Liberty County Christmas Parade

December 3rd

Starts at 6:30 p.m.

Downtown Hinesville

Liberty County says the community event is great for the whole family.

Families can enjoy thousands of lights and holiday cheer.

The floats are decorated with care, in hopes that Saint Nicholas soon will be there!

Liberty County hopes you join them for this local favorite event, and enjoy celebrating the holiday season. 

Savannah Holly Days

Savannah Holly Days is a collaborative effort among the City of Savannah, Savannah Downtown Business Association, Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce and Visit Savannah.

Savannah Holly Days will provide family-friendly programming and decorations in Savannah during the holiday season.

The Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree series performances will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. on Dec. 4, 11 and 18 at Bull and Broughton streets in front of the Christmas tree.

  • December 4th’s schedule:
    • 1 p.m.  Marilyn Youman’s School of Dance
    • 1:30 p.m.  One Spirit Dance
    • 2 p.m.  Kwanzaa Storytelling by Lillian Grant-Baptiste
    • 2:30 p.m.   Equinox Christmas Brass Trio
    • 3:30 p.m.  Kenny Munshaw Duo

Other downtown holiday events include the City Market Holiday Open House on Friday, Dec. 3, from 6 to 9 p.m., and the Jingle Bell Block Hop and Candy Crawl on Sunday, Dec. 19, from 2 to 4 p.m.

The Jingle Bell Block Hop and Candy Crawl will include pictures with Santa, holiday dancers, Magic Marc, cookie decorating, games and a candy crawl at participating businesses. The event begins at the Christmas tree at Bull and Broughton streets.

Pooler’s Sam’s Club hosts Merry-Ville Market Popup

Saturday, December 4th, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Sunday, December 5th, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

at Pooler Sam’s Club – 15 Mill Creek Cir.

A holiday celebration built to mimic a holiday market. The event will include an ice rink, snow machines, a human-claw machine filled with gifts, kids games, holiday styling and decorating tips, and a free samples from the Member’s Mark Holiday Eats & Treats Food Truck.

Santa Claus will also be there virtually, taking and hearing Christmas wish lists throughout the weekend.

Downtown Beaufort Christmas tree lighting

The tree light lighting ceremony is part of Beaufort’s Holiday Weekend.

It all starts in downtown Beaufort on Friday, Dec. 3 with “Night on the Town” from 6 to 9 p.m.

Downtown streets will be closed, merchants and restaurants will be open, and the festivities will be going on! Followed by the annual Christmas tree lighting.

Port Wentworth Christmas Family Event

Port Wentworth is hosting its Christmas Family Event on Friday, Dec. 3, behind City Hall (7224 GA Hwy 21 across from CVS and Zaxby’s).

Stop by starting at 5:30 p.m. for a tumbling show. Santa and Mrs. Claus are expected around 6 p.m. and “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” will begin around 6:30 p.m.

There will also be a photo booth, and all children will get a special gift from Santa.

Families are asked to bring their own chairs and have cash, should they want drinks, kettle corn, boiled peanuts or cotton candy that will be on sale.

Savannah African Art Museum hosts Kwanzaa workshop Series

The Savannah African Art Museum (SAAM) is hosting a Kwanzaa workshop series on three consecutive Saturdays – Dec. 4, 11 and 18 – from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in their Terracotta Gallery (upstairs), 201 East 37th St.

This series will close out their 2021 bi-monthly workshops and will also offer guests shopping opportunities with the Diaspora Marketplace and Ghanian Fine Artist, William Kwamena-Poh.

Seats are limited for the workshops. Attendees must RSVP for this event.

Learn more and register for the workshops HERE.

A Christmas Taste of Gullah

A Christmas Taste of Gullah will feature authentic Gullah cuisine and live holiday entertainment at Beaufort’s Waterfront Park on December 4 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public .

As rice is a direct link between the Gullah culture, Africa and the African diaspora, a rice cook-off will also be held with attendees choosing their favorite dish.

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Kwanzaa – A Celebration of Family and Community

A Touch of Afrika Boutique and Cultural Shop will host a Pre-Kwanzaa presentation at 2110 Sunset Blvd. on Saturday, Dec. 4, at 5 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 11 at 12 p.m.

Learn about the origin, the true meaning and cultural and historical significance of this African American holiday.

Light up the Night Holiday Boat Parade

Night two of Beaufort’s Holiday Weekend is happening in on Saturday, Dec. 4 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Waterfront Park.

If you are interested in participating, fill out this application, which must be received by Nov. 29.

Beaufort Christmas Parade

Night three of Beaufort’s Holiday Weekend is set for Sunday, Dec. 5 at 3 p.m.

Parade Route: Adventure to Boundary to Carteret to Bay Street

Want to be in it? Fill out this application and return it by Saturday, Nov. 30.

Note: If you are interested in being a sponsor for the Downtown Beaufort Holiday Weekend 2021, details can be found here.

Richmond Hill’s 25th annual Christmas Parade

Saturday, December 4, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. 

Begins on Linwood Ave and finishes at the entrance of J.F. Gregory Park on Cedar Street.

This year’s theme is “Silver Bells: It’s Christmas Time in the City.”

With over 100 parade entries, the parade is expected to go until approximately noon.

The parade route (outlined in green) will be closed to all vehicle traffic at 9 a.m. by Richmond Hill Police Department to ensure the safety of parade spectators.

Chanukah FESTival of Lights celebration

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Sunday, December 5

at the Jewish Educational Alliance

5111 Abercorn Street in Savannah

The event that starts at 3:00 p.m. will include Inflatables, a Chanukah train, crafts, a scavenger hunt, fitness demonstrations, latkes, donuts and more. 

The community is then welcomed to join in the lighting of the menorah on the 8th and final night of Chanukah at 5:00 p.m.

Live holiday show to benefit Savannah’s single moms

Hosted by Shelter From The Rain Inc., the live holiday show is set for Sunday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. at the Savannah Theatre (222 Bull Street).

The annual holiday fundraiser brings awareness to the needs of single moms and raises needed funds to support the organization’s services and programs.

For sponsorship and ticket info, visit Eventbrite or shelterfromtherain.com.

Single mothers, single fathers and refugee families can attend at no cost by completing this RSVP form.

Holiday Lights and Nights in Historic Mitchelville Freedom Park

Families can look forward to a drive-thru holiday light show at one of Hilton Head Island’s historic sites this holiday season.

Historic Mitchelville Freedom Park‘s drive-thru experience is set for Dec. 4 through 6, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The free light display can be viewed at the Historic Mitchelville Freedom Park on 229 Beach City Rd. Donations will be accepted.

Sycamore Church’s Live Nativity Experience

The Sycamore Church, in partnership with the All-American Petting Zoo of SC, is bringing a free Christmas experience to Georgetown.

Stop by the Sycamore Church (2031 Grove Point Road) on Dec. 7 or 8 between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m.

Children can pet the animals — including a camel, cow, sheep and donkey — and even dress up and be part of the live nativity story.

Parris Island Marine Band performance

The Parris Island Marine Band will perform holiday favorites in Beaufort on Saturday, Dec. 11, at the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park starting at 1:30 p.m.

Admission is free. Don’t forget your chairs and blanket.

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