If it’s Santa you’re looking for, then head over to the Savannah Riverboat Cruises to explore the Savannah River with the jolly old man himself. This one-hour, family-friendly Harbor Sightseeing Cruise allows kids to sail free with the donation of an unwrapped toy. Boarding begins at 1:30 p.m. and sailing is from 2-3 p.m. No reservation required. Tickets are $21.95 for adults and $12.95 for children (ages 5-12). For more information, call (912) 232-6404 or go to www.savannahriverboat.com.
For lights, amazing gingerbread houses, Christmas activities, holiday treats and more, head over to the Westin across the Savannah River for the 15th annual Savannah Harbor Holiday Series. It will not only feature the South’s best Santa Claus, a world famous Gingerbread Village and Competition, but also daily events from local organizations and holiday treats at the “Ice Bar” and “North Pool.” There will not be a “Festival of Lights” road course with a drive thru light display, but instead the Savannah Harbor Foundation will have a non-profit organization, children’s group or musical performance each night, presenting their very own special holiday cheer. Tickets are just $5 and $10 on November 28 for the Boat Parade. You can find more information about it at www.savannahharborfoundation.com.
For a magnificent light display, head out to the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens, where more than 500,000 lights will be on display for the holidays. With several different themed gardens, the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens’ display is constantly described as “magical and pretty.” But the lights aren’t the only activity here; music, sweet treats and a model railroad display add to the festive 2015 holiday experience. Wednesday-Sunday, November 27-December 13 and daily December 16-24 from 6-9 p.m. For more information, go to wwww.coastalgeorgiabg.org.
Vacationing on Tybee is one thing, but getting a peek into some of the classic cottages all decked up is another. This season, guests can tour the classic Tybee Island cottages restored by the famous interior designer Jane Coslick from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The tour will also include a visit to the recently re-opened Tybee Post Theater. Tickets are $30 with proceeds benefiting the community Low Cost Spay Neuter Clinic and Humane Society of Greater Savannah. For more information, call Shirley Sessions at (912) 695-0724, Sandy McCloud at (912) 484-7355 or go to www.tybeefun.com.
Vhe sounds of the season never sounded better than when put on by the Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra, especially at their Holiday Pops Concert. Bring your friends and family to enjoy the magic, joy, and warmth of the season with the Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus, soloists and special guests for the seventh season. This year the soloists include Irish Entertainer Harry O’Donoghue and countertenor (American Traditions Competition Gold Medalist) Alexander Edgemon with special guest I Cantori. Tickets range from $16 to $75. Click here for more information about, or to buy, tickets.
Another activity that gives you a little insight into another time is Fort Pulaski’s Lantern Tours, which are done to commemorate the 154th anniversary of the Confederate Nog Party of 1861. Candlelight and oil lamps will guide guests through the fort, where hot cider, cookies, music, caroling and historic weapons firings will be found. Tours leave every 30 minutes from 6-8:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and children 15 and under are free. Advance ticket purchase is highly recommended. For more information, contact Ron Calhoun at (912) 786-5787 ext. 120 or go to www.nps.gov/fopu.
If it’s a holiday show you’re looking for then make your way to the famed Savannah Theatre for holiday glitz and glitter. The two-hour variety show, “A Christmas Tradition,” will feature Frosty, dancing reindeer, Santa and his elves, along with an award-winning cast of singers and a live band performing all the classic Christmas favorites, Tuesdays-Saturdays at 8 p.m. with matinees on Sundays at 3 p.m. Tickets are $37 for adults and $18 for children. For more information, call (912) 233-7764 or go to wwww.savannahtheatre.com.
The Savannah Waterfront Association is known for it’s fun festivals on River Street and their Christmas on the River celebration is just that. This holiday celebration features regional arts and craft exhibitors with holiday gifts and stocking stuffers at the Rousakis Riverfront Plaza, with music and local entertainment on the Arbor Stage throughout the weekend leading up to Savannah’s Lighted Parade. Weekend festivities kick off December 4 from 4-10 p.m., with First Friday Fireworks at 9:30 p.m., and December 5 from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. The parade will start on West River Street, travel throughout downtown and end in City Market. For more information, call (912) 234-0295 or go to www.riverstreetsavannah.com.
Shop local and enjoy fun festivities for all at the 14th annual Wright Square Holiday Party on Friday, December 4 from 5-9 p.m. The shops at Wright Square, including Shoe Be Do, Olfactory, Magnolia’s and Wright Square Café, will stay open late and offer specials and deals for shoppers to enjoy. For more information, call (912) 232-3600 or click here to visit their Facebook.