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Holiday Evening Tours by Candlelight (Music, dance, history) @ Davenport House Museum, Savannah

Friday, November 29th, 2013

Candlight tours of Davenport House Museum Savannah Here’s a terrific family entertainment event with an historical flair: the Holiday Evening Tours by Candlelight 2013 program in Savannah during the week between Christmas and New Year’s.

Holiday Evening Tours by Candlelight @ Davenport House Museum, 324 E. State Street, Savannah, 31401
December 26 -30, 2013
TIME: 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Admission: $9 adults in advance, $11 at the door; $6 children in advance, $8 at the door

Program Length: The experience will take approximately 60 minutes. No admissions after 8 p.m.

About the Program: Glistening by candlelight, the Federal-style home welcomes visitors to an experience emphasizing the end-of-year celebrations of early 19th century Savannahians, including the Davenport household, who lived in the fine brick home on Columbia Square. Light refreshments, music and skilled interpreters, who show visitors through the home, are among the highlights of the presentation.

The experience requires that guests be able to walk up and down stairs and maneuver in the candlelit rooms.

Contact information or to make a reservation: 912-236-8097, ,

Reservations: Encouraged

New or amplified this year:
– Recreating a girl’s accidental discovery of Clement Moore’s brand new poem “A Visit from Saint Nicholas.”
– Dancing demonstration at the end of the evening – four dances – March, Pavane, Quadrille and “The Delightful Dance”

Davenport House Museum, 324 E. State Street, Savannah, 31401, 912-236-8097, ,


Shop Local & Save Green: Savannah Food Co-op offers eco-friendly toys from PlanToys & Green Toys & Earth Paints at nearly 50% off

Friday, November 29th, 2013

Plantoys Savannah Food Co-Op Holidays 2013

Savannah Food Co-Op toys 2013
Savannah Food Co-op is a local mom-owned business offering organic and all-natural foods, but during the holidays they like to play elf by offering fun eco-friendly toys from PlanToys and Green Toys, and safe, beautiful paints from Earth Paints at nearly half off the retail price!
PlanToys uses chemical-free rubber wood and water-based dyes to construct everything from musical instruments to dollhouses and trains. Green Toys makes a variety of fun and rugged playthings out of recycled BPA-free plastic in California. Earth Paints uses pure, natural earth pigments to make completely safe, non-toxic, sustainable and beautiful paints & art supplies for children and artists.  
As a special offer during Black Friday/Cyber Monday weekend, you can shop their extensive all-natural toy selection without paying any membership fee! Creating an account is quick and easy – don’t worry about the membership fee listed, they’ll deduct that from your Toy Order total.
Feel free to browse around without commitment, just remove any unwanted items from your cart before the order closes on Sunday night at 8pm. All items will be available for pickup on Dec. 12th from 10am – 2pm at their midtown location (Waters Ave & E 59th St near Truman Parkway). Alternate pickup arrangements may be possible, please contact Carmen, Julie and Melissa at to discuss the details.
Savannah Food Co-op,, email , Savannah Food Co-Op is a advertiser.

Holidays 2013: Kid-friendly holiday activities in Savannnah & the Lowcountry

Monday, November 25th, 2013

Holidays 2013 kids activities in Savannah

Holidays 2013 in Savannah & the Lowcountry with kids: The Holiday Boat Parade of Lights; Savannah’s Lighted Parade; December Nights, Holiday Lights at Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens; The Nutcracker in Savannah & much more in the Ultimate Holiday Guide.

Kid-friendly holiday events will be added throughout November so be sure to check out the guide today here & keep coming back through 2013.

Details on kid-friendly events in Savannah & the Lowcountry here.

Free or discount parking in downtown Savannah during holidays 2013

Monday, November 25th, 2013

The City of Savannah is offering a number of special parking incentives for downtown holiday shoppers beginning Thanksgiving.
• Three hours of free parking will be available in City Parking Garages every Thursday and Friday now through Dec. 27. This incentive is not offered during times when garages are charging special event rates.

• City of Savannah Parking Smart Cards can be purchased for 50% off their face value through the end of the year. Parking Smart Cards are like gift cards that can be used at any “pay and display” and “pay by space” parking meter in Savannah, and can be purchased in denominations of $25, $50, $75 or $100. They can be purchased at Mobility and Parking Services Office at 100 East Bryan St. (ground level of the Bryan Street Parking Garage) or by calling (912) 651-6470.

For more information, go to .

Photography by Julie Anne in Richmond Hill session opening Dec. 7 & session discounts

Sunday, November 24th, 2013


holiday photo sessions in Savannah Photography by Julie Anne has relocated to Richmond Hill to a new spacious studio space.

The grand opening will be December 7 so come out and enjoy refreshments and check out the new studio.

If you book your session before December 7, you will receive a $50 discount on your session!

This includes newborns and weddings. These make great Christmas presents! Especially for Grandmas and Grandpas! We also have gift certificates available for a discounted price if purchased before or on the grand opening.

For more information, visit, email at or stop by the Facebook page here. 

Photography by Julie Anne, 7505 Waters Avenue, Savannah inside the office of Cherished 4D ultrasound; email,  (912) 655-9497, ; On Facebook here.  Photography by Julie Anne is a advertiser

Holidays 2013 in Savannah with Kids: December Nights & Holiday Lights at Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens, Savannah

Sunday, November 24th, 2013

Holiday Lights Show at Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens Savannah 2013December Nights & Holiday Lights @ Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens, Savannah (formerly called Bamboo Farm & Coastal Gardens)

Thursdays through Sundays, 6-9 PM
November 29 through December 22 and
Monday and Tuesday, December 23 and 24, 2013

For the third year, the historic farm buildings and gardens are lit with over 150,000 lights in this festive evening event. Music and sweet treats add to the holiday experience. This is the Christmas walking-tour event in Savannah that so many describe as “magical and pretty.”

COST: $5/person, infants (ages 2 & younger) free.

December Nights & Holiday Lights encompasses at least six acres around the historic core of farm buildings and gardens. Enjoy 150,000+ sparkling lights on select evenings between Thanksgiving Friday and Christmas Eve.

Embark on a self-guided leisurely walking tour through differently themed garden areas. Our Holiday Lights experience is stroller and wheelchair friendly. Please, no pets during this special event.

Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen offers a chance to purchase hot drinks and holiday goodies. Spirited music fills the air, sometimes with live carolers, choirs or orchestra concerts.

Organizers are auditioning performance troupes (carolers, madrigals, musicians, choirs, specialty acts, etc.) to feature for the 2013 December Nights & Holiday Lights. Please contact the Special Events Planner, Ms. Liz Lubrani, by email or call the office at (912) 921-5460.

Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens, 2 Canebrake Rd, Savannah, Georgia 31419,


Holiday Roadtrips: Lights Before (And After) Christmas, Riverbanks Zoo, Columbia, S.C.

Sunday, November 24th, 2013

Riverbanks Zoo Holiday Lights Display 2013 Columbia S.C.

UPDATE: Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden will be closed Tuesday, November 26, due to the forecast for heavy rain. The lights will shine again from 5:00pm to 9:00pm on Wednesday, November 27.


Experience Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition – now featuring longer hours – as Aflac presents the 26th annual Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden.

Lights Before Christmas Riverbanks Zoo Columbia S.C. Beginning Friday, November 22 through the end of December, the Zoo will illuminate one hour earlier, at 5:00pm each evening, with more than one million twinkling lights and countless animated images.

Please note: Since the Zoo will remain open as the lights start to shine, guests parked on the Zoo side (Greystone Blvd.) will not have to exit and re-enter the park for the nighttime event. Parking for Lights will be available at the main Zoo entrance only.

The ornate festival will again feature family favorites including the Music in Motion Lights Spectacular, a 20-foot Christmas tree grooving to the rhythm of popular seasonal tunes. Songs from the tree resonate throughout the Zoo’s Palmetto Plaza, where you’ll also find the cozy Jingle Bell Bonfire, a popular spot for toasting marshmallows and sipping hot cocoa.

On the nights leading up to Christmas Eve, kids off all ages are invited to visit with Santa Claus at Santa’s Village. Santa will be greeting guests from 6-9 PM each evening. Riverbanks also is the only place in town where it snows every night.

In addition, a few of the Zoo’s indoor exhibits will remain open during Lights including Gorilla Base Camp, Koala Knockabout and Riverbanks Farm.

Lights Before Christmas will take place each evening from 5:00pm to 9:00pm, November 22 to December 30. Lights will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.


Admission is $10 for adults and $8 for children ages 3 to 12. To avoid long lines on the nights of the event, guests are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance online at .

All Riverbanks members are eligible to receive one free visit when they show their membership card and picture ID at the gate; guest passes are not accepted.

For more information, call Riverbanks at 803.779.8717, visit  or


Pooler Dentists for Children: Kidz Korner Dentistry

Sunday, November 24th, 2013

Pediatric Dentists in Pooler Kidz Korner DentistryWelcome our newest advertiser, Kidz Korner Dentistry in Pooler, the unique dental practice of Dr. Shana Herring.

Kidz Korner Dentistry provides quality dentistry to children and adolescents.

We’re excited to tell you more about Kidz Korner Dentistry & Dr. Herring in the near future. More details here.

Kidz Korner, 143 Canal St., Suite 400, Pooler 31322, 912.748.2303,

Dunham Farms Holiday Festival of Lights & Music Illumination Night, Sunbury

Sunday, November 24th, 2013

Dunham Farms Savannah event venues 2013SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2013, 5:30-10:30 p.m.

It’s a WINTER WONDERLAND, a shimmering night aglow with holiday lights, feasting, and song at Dunham Farms in Sunbury, Ga.

The Holiday Festival of Lights and Music Illumination Night is a yearly event with jazz and holiday music, hay wagon rides, a scrumptious holiday dinner and more! All festival proceeds support non-profit Seabrook Village, its educational programs and historic buildings.

ADVANCE TICKETS ONLY. Reservations close Thursday, December 12th at noon. Children 8 years and up are joyously welcomed to share the true spirit of the holiday season. Please specify veggie option if needed.

Dunham Farms, , 912.880.4500, 5836 Islands Hwy., Sunbury, Georgia 31320


$10 off Toys, Magic, Games and Gifts at Magic Puppet Toy Store, Savannah

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

Magic Puppet Toy Store Savannah

Where can you see a giant African tortoise, a blue and gold macaw, a cockatoo and meet a magician/television star in downtown Savannah? The Magic Puppet Toys and Gifts at 212 Broughton Street, just west of Barnard Street.

The Magic Puppet has smart games and toys for kids of every age and the most animals and fun per square foot anywhere downtown. The store is the brainchild of Magic Marc Dunston.

Magic Marc appears all over Savannah and the world. He has been on Seasame Street, the Super Bowl, and is the host and executive producer of the Magic Marc show. Come by for an incredible selection of Playmobil, Lego, and all sorts of smart toys. Bring your kids to see the rabbits, parrots, giant tortoise, hamster, etc., etc. etc.

Free Beautiful Gift Wrapping!

Print the coupon above and bring it in for $10 off any purchase of $50 or more.

“Like” The Magic Puppet on Facebook here to stay connected.

The Magic Puppet,, 212 W. Broughton St., Savannah, 31401, email:  tel: 912-234-2007 The Magic Puppet Toys & Gifts is a advertiser

Holiday Roadtrips: Holiday Festival of Lights 2013 Charleston, S.C.

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

Holiday Festival of Lights Charleston 2013Featuring over 700 displays and two million lights, the Holiday Festival of Lights in Charlesto, S.C. is a cherished holiday tradition for many families throughout Charleston, S.C. and beyond. From November 8 – December 31, James Island County Park comes alive with illumination, and is a great place to capture the magic of the holiday season.

The Holiday Festival of Lights has been recognized around the country and the world. It was featured as the only U.S. event in Moscow’s Festival of Festivals, Coastal Living recognized it as “One of the Top 10 Holiday Celebrations,” the American Bus Association ranked it as “One of the Top 100 Events in the Nation,” and it was most recently named one of the “Top 20 Events in the Southeast” by the Southeast Tourism Society.

More Than Lights
More than just a driving tour, the Holiday Festival of Lights invites you to park your cars and explore all that is offered:
Magnificent sculpture made from over 50 tons of sand
An up-close look at the lights on the holiday train
Mouth-watering treats from Santa’s Sweet Shoppe
Handmade gingerbread houses
Giant greeting cards created by local students
Victorian carousel

The Holiday Festival of Lights at James Island County Park is located at 871 Riverland Drive, Charleston, SC 29412.
Hours & Admission
The Holiday Festival of Lights is open 7 days a week from November 8 – December 31. Festival hours and admission vary. Learn more here.
Email Park & Program Services or call (843) 795-4386.

Holiday Festival of Lights Fireworks Finale
9 PM Tues. Dec. 31


For Handmade Holiday Gifts: Merry Art Market at Savannah’s Clay Spot

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

Handmade art for holiday gifts Savannah shopping Handmade Happiness for the Holidays! You’re invited to the Merry Art Market at Savannah’s Clay Spot pottery studio.

Give pottery, metalsmithed jewelry, turned wood, fibers, or stainglass, all made by local artist this holiday season. Join Savannah’s Clay Spot for 3 wonderful Sat.’s and get all you shopping done in one spot.

Three Events Saturdays Nov. 30, Dec. 7, and Dec.14
At Savannah’s Clay Spot
1304 Barnard Street, Savannah, GA 31401

The Merry Art Market is a wonderful way to get handmade arts and crafts to give this holiday season. Meet and greet the artist, and purchase Pottery, silversmithed jewelry, turned wood, fibers, stained glass, and so much more!

Contact: Lisa Bradley, , 912-509-4647

Check out photos of gifts you can buy by “liking” Savannah’s Clay Spot on Facebook here.

Savannah’s Clay Spot, , 1305 Barnard St. Savannah,  31401, tel 912-509-4647 Savannah’s Clay Spot is a advertiser


FREE kid-friendly bike ride on trails of Tom Tripplet Park, Pooler

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

Free family bike ride Pooler 2013

Cloth Diapers now available at Life is Full of Blessings Children’s Clothing, Wilmington Island

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

Cloth Diapers in Savannah at Life is Full of Blessings boutique wilmington Island

Savannah children's consignment stores Wilmington Island

Huge variety of brand new cloth diapers are now available at Life is Full of Blessings, a children’s consignment boutique on Wilmington Island near Savannah offering family-friendly customer service and a fun, loving atmosphere.

Check out the Life is Full of Blessings cloth diaper photo album and all the adorable cloth diaper prints by clicking here! This series of diapers are “Goodnight Heavy Wetters” and are wonderful at keeping your baby dry. Life is Full of Blessings plans to continue stocking a wide variety of cloth diapers at affordable prices.

Life is Full of Blessings children’s consignment boutique, 212 Johnny Mercer Blvd. Savannah, 31410 tel. (912) 247-2624,  Life is Full of Blessings is a advertiser

Grand Thanksgiving Fete & Festival @ Fort Pulaski (tours, sack races, wheelbarrow races, cannon firings), Savannah

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

sack races fort pulaskiThanksgiving Field Day 2013 @ Fort Pulaski, Savannah

10AM to 3:30 PM
Fee: $5 Entrance Fee
Contact Name: Gloria Lee (912) 786-5787 ext 104

Fort Pulaski will commemorate the 151st anniversary of the Grand Thanksgiving Fete and Festival of 1862. The event will recreate the field day offered by the 48th New York Infantry to celebrate their first Thanksgiving in Fort Pulaski.

The original event, held in 1862, gave the Union garrison of Fort Pulaski a respite from the constant vigilance which they maintained throughout their year-long residence on Cockspur Island.  Of the day’s events, one soldier commented, “The day was …a memorable one, contrasting as it did so severely with the events which placed us there and continued to disturb the country.”

Everyone is encouraged to participate in foot races, sack races, and wheelbarrow races.  Amusements of the day will include guided tours of the fort and historic weapons demonstrations.

The event will also be an opportunity to try on clothing of the Civil War era.  All are encouraged to participate in the “burlesque dress parade”.  There will be clothing for men, women, and children, as well as accessories for the proper period look.

Schedule of Events
10:00                           Guided Fort Tour
11:00                           Foot Race (public competition)
11:15                           Sack Race (public competition)
11:45                           Wheelbarrow Race (public competition)
12:30                           Cannon Firing Demonstration
1:00                             Guided Fort Tour
2:00                             Foot Race (public competition)
2:15                             Sack Race (public competition)
2:45 Wheelbarrow Race (public competition)
3:30                             Cannon Firing Demonstration

11:00 – 3:00                Burlesque Dress Parade
Dress in the fort’s Civil War garb.


Junior Ranger programs at National Parks in Savannah, CharlestonWhen you take kids to tour national parks, you never know how much they are getting out of the visit. Especially for those of us moms who aren’t exactly history experts.

Which is why you need to pick up the Junior Ranger booklets at the visitor centers of national parks you visit. The Junior Ranger program kids engage more during the visits.

Junior Ranger booklets have activities about the national parks for ages 5-12. Junior ranger books are free to any visitor and usually are available at the visitors’ centers. Often, similar programs with more advanced activities are also available for older kids. Just ask at the site’s visitor center.

While doing the activities, children enjoy earning a badge and a certificate.

Various national parks that have Junior Ranger programs include:
*Fort Pulaski National Monument, on U.S. 80 en route to Tybee Island. Info on the Fort Pulaski Junior Program here.
*Fort Sumter & Fort Moultrie national monuments, Charleston, S.C. Info on these forts Junior Ranger program here.
*Cumberland Island National Seashore, Ga. More info here.

Fort Pulaski National Monument is located on U.S. Highway 80, 15 miles east of Savannah. Learn more at and visit us on Facebook and Twitter

$1 Clothing Sale Sat. 11/23 @ Life is Full of Blessings Children’s Clothing, Wilmington Island

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

Holiday clothing sale wilmington Island savannah

You are determined to come in under budget this holiday shopping season.

Which is why you need to check out the huge $1 clothing sale this Sat. Nov. 23 @ Life is Full of Blessings, a children’s consignment boutique on Wilmington Island near Savannah offering family-friendly customer service and a fun, loving atmosphere.

The store is pulling new clothing sizes for Saturday’s $1 clothing sale. Several thousand pieces will be pulled for this weekend.

It has been 4 years this coming January since  Life is Full of Blessings first opened and they have a lot of inventory to pull to de-clutter the store and make room for new. Many great finds, so come check it out  Life is Full of Blessings this Saturday. Sale starts at 9 am at Life Is Full Of Blessings Children’s Clothing.


Savannah children's consignment stores Wilmington Island

About Life is Full of Blessings

Inside the Life is Full of Blessings store, you’ll find everything from new to gently-loved clothing, school uniforms, new brands of cloth diapers and children’s furnishings, even boutique hair bows. You name it and you will see it in this store!

Life if Full of Blessings has a variety of items coming in and going out on a daily basis, so it is always exciting as a customer to see what new items have come in.

They offer three forms for consignor reimbursement: Cash, store credit or consignment. Designed to make resale easy for moms, this boutique accepts items of any season any time. Learn more by liking Life is Full of Blessings on Facebook here.

Life is Full of Blessings children’s consignment boutique, 212 Johnny Mercer Blvd. Savannah, 31410 tel. (912) 247-2624, Life is Full of Blessings is a advertiser