Santa arrives on Broughton Street: Noon, Fri. Nov. 28 @ 24E Broughton St. He’ll be available for photos and listening to children’s wish lists until 5 pm Fri and every week until Christmas. 912.660.4718. Click here for parking info.
Skating Under the Stars on Broughton Street: Outdoor ice-skating and holiday cheer, 6-9 pm Fri. Nov. 28. Be the first to ice skate on Broughton, between Lincoln and Abercorn streets. $7 tickets includes ice-skate rentals. Part of Southern Lights, a Savannah holiday tradition.
Post-Thanksgiving Day Sale @ Just for Baby & More, 10 am-6 pm Fri. & Sat, Nov. 28 & 29. On the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving, fill your shopping basket and get 30 percent off everything in your basket, plus 30 percent off art and lighting. Avoid the crowds and Just for Baby & More gift wraps. 7701 Waters Ave., Savannah. 912.355.4455
Savannah Holiday Frolic, 10 am-9 pm Sat. Nov. 29 in Savannah’s Historic District includes ice-skating, snow, children’s activities and live entertainment. Free parking and food for purchase available. Schedule includes: holiday marketplace, 10 am-9 pm on Broughton Street; outdoor ice-skating on Broughton Street, 10 am-9 pm between Lincoln and Abercorn streets; snowed in Savannah, 10 am-3 pm, Reynolds Square; Santa’s Workshop, 10 am-3 pm in children’s activity area in Reynolds Square. Cost is $15 for a wristband ($5 for children 5 and younger) and $10 with a military ID, includes skating, snow area, children’s activity area and holiday movies @ the Lucas Theatre.
Signing and reading by Bess Chappas, local author of the children’s book Kiki and the Red Shoes @ Books-a-Million, 11 am-5 pm Sat. Nov. 29. Book includes a read-along CD. 8108 Abercorn St.
Holiday Movies @ the Lucas Theatre, 32 Abercorn St. Elf @ 12:30 pm and 7 pm Sat. Nov. 29; Miracle on 34th Street, 3:30 pm Sat. Nov. 29. Part of Savannah Holiday Frolic. Tickets for movies are $5 for adults, $3 for children, available at The Lucas Theatre box office and at the SCAD box office or by calling 912.525.5050 for advance tickets.
The Nutcracker @ the Savannah Civic Center, 5:30 Sat. Nov. 29 by Columbia City Ballet, preceded by a Sugar Plum Party in the Kingdom of Sweets Party @ 4 pm where kids can taste delectable treats from a Whimsical Cup of Tea and meet characters from the Nutcracker Ballet. Tickets for the pre-show party are $10. Tickets for the ballet range from $20-$42. Tickets available here.
WTOC Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony @ River Street, 5:30 pm Nov. 29 in Morrell Park @ the east end of River Street. An evening of local choral groups, dance groups, and other live entertainment culminating with the lighting of the WTOC Christmas tree. 912.644.6401
Savannah Harbor Foundation Boat Parade of Lights @ River Street. 6:15 pm Sat. Nov. 29. A parade of festively-decorated yachts cruise the Savannah River. Free viewing @ River Street during the tree lighting ceremony, followed by a fireworks display. 912.201.4304
Hilton Head Is./Bluffton area
Thanksgiving Hayrides through Sea Pines Forest Preserve, HHI. 3 pm & 4:15 pm, Tues., Wed. and Fri.; 10 am & 11:15 am Thurs. & Sat. Reservations required. 843.842.1979
Holiday Shopping Day @ The Sandbox, Interactive Children’s Museum gift shop, HHI. 11 am-1 pm and 4:30-6 pm Mon. Nov. 24. Get a head start on the holidays at The Sandbox’s Gift Shop. Unique books, puzzles, educational and wooden toys, specialty items and more. Sales help support the non-profit museum. The museum will not be open for play during this time.
Piggly Wiggly Turkey Trot starting @ Boathouse II restaurant, HHI. 8 am Thurs. Nov. 27. 5K, 10K and fun walk. Pre-register, as the race is only hope to the first 1,300 racers. Pre-registration ends 4 pm Wed. Nov. 26. Fees are $30-$40. Proceeds benefit the Island Recreation Association’s scholarship fund. 912.681.7273
Gregg Russell’s Thanksgiving Concert, Harbour Town, HHI. 7:30-9:30 pm Fri. Nov. 28 under the Liberty Oak. FREE. 843.842.1979
Caramel Apple Festival, Sea Pines, HHI. 1-3 pm Sat. Nov. 29. Hayrides, face-painting, pony rides, music, crafts and food @ Heritage Farm. Reservations required. 843.842.1979
Christmas Tree lighting @ Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane, HHI. Christmas carols, holiday crafts and visit from St. Nick. 843.842.2787.