Holiday family-friendly events (many are free) 2019 in Savannah, the Lowcountry

Savannah Holidays Guide Christmas parades, lights, tree lightings

SPOTLIGHTED EVENT: Sailing & Photos with Santa with Savannah Riverboat Cruises. Kids sail for free with a donated, unwrapped toy Fri. Nov. 29 & Sat. Nov. 30. Details here.

SPOTLIGHTED EVENT: Table Top Turkey Workshop for all ages @ Savannah Cultural Arts Center, 9:30-11:30AM. Cost: $10 per person. Tues. Nov. 26. Details here.

SPOTLIGHTED EVENT: FREE showing of “Freebirds” @ Savannah Cultural Arts Center, 12-3PM Tues. Nov. 26. Details here. 

SPOTLIGHTED EVENT: 11th Annual United Way Turkey Trot (including a free 400-yard race for kids) @ Daffin Park in Savannah on Thanksgiving Nov. 28.  Details & registration link here. 


(Savannah) Skatefest. Savannah Civic Center turns into giant indoor ice rink. Skate rentals available. Skatefest is daily Fri. Dec. 13 2019-Sun. Jan. 5 2020. Details here. 

(Savannah) Gingerbread Village Display @ The Westin Savannah. Free & open to the public. Nov. 24 through the holidays. Please call ahead to confirm the display is up as scheduled . Details here. 

(Savannah) Free holiday kids’ activities & photos with Santa @ Bass Pro Shop, Savannah Mall daily through Dec. 24. Details here. 


(Savannah) Holiday Tree Lighting & live performances, 7-8:30PM Fri. Nov. 29. Free & open to the public. Details here. 

(Tybee Is) Tybee Christmas Parade & Christmas Tree Lighting. 6:30PM Fri. Dec. 6. Details here. 

(Savannah) FREE Kids’ Holiday Making Station @ the Savannah Clay Spot’s Merry Art Market, 10AM-6PM Sat. Dec. 7. Details here. 

(Savannah) Savannah Santa Train 2019 @ Georgia State Railroad Museum, 9AM-5PM Sat. Dec. 7. Order tickets online. Details here.

(Savannah) Savannah’s Lighted Christmas Parade, 5:30PM Sat. Dec. 7, starts on River Street & travels through downtown Savannah. Details here. 

(Savannah) FREE Christmas for Kids celebration in Savannah’s City Market. 11AM-2PM Sat. Dec. 7. Make ornaments. Decorate cookies. Get Grinched (with hair and makeup). Meet Father Christmas & take a picture in the Cinderella carriage tour. Plus face painting, choir music. Details here. 

(Savannah) Jingle Bell Hop @ Ellis Square, 2-4PM Sat. Dec. 7. Free & open to the public. Live performances, singing, dancing activities. Free & open to the public. Details here. 

(Richmond Hill) Richmond Hill Christmas Parade, 10AM-Noon Sat. Dec. 7.  Details here. 

(Tybee Is) Tybee Lighted Boat Parade, Sun. Dec. 8.Details here. 

(Richmond Hill) Richmond Hill Fire Department’s Breakfast with Santa. 7-10AM Sun. Dec. 8. Details here. 

(Savannah) Rocking Around the Christmas Tree. Enjoy performances by various choir groups & local musical artists in front of Savannah’s Christmas tree at Broughton & Bull street. Free & open to the public. 7-9PM Sat. Dec. 14. Details here. 

(Tybee Is) Tybee Tour de Lights Holiday Bike Parade, Sat. Dec. 14. Details here. 

(Savannah) FREE holiday movies @ Trustees Theater all day starting at 11AM Sat. Dec. 21 with Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Admission is FREE with a donation of a non-perishable food item for Second Harvest. Details here. 

(Savannah) Christmas Festival @ Trustees Garden. 11AM-7:30PM Sat. Dec. 21. Fake Snow, Snow Tubing, Rock Climbing, Trackless Train, 23ft Christmas Tree, Bouncy House, Portraits with Santa, Food Trucks/Vendors, Musical Performances, Home Alone (1990) on Giant Screen in Kehoe Square. $15 All Day Pass (all ages); $45 Family Pack of 4 All Day Passes. Details here. 

(Hilton Head Is) Cookies, Cocoa, Santa @ Sandbox Children’s Museum, Sun. Dec. 22. Details here. 

(Hilton Head Is) Noon Year’s Eve @ Sandbox Children’s Museum, Sun. Mon. Dec. 31,  10AM-2PM. Celebrate the New Year without staying up to midnight. Special games, scavenger hunts, arts & crafts, picnic lunch, a balloon drop @ noon. Details  here. .

(Tybee Is) Tybee Island New Year’s Eve Fireworks, Dec. 31, 2019 @ 11:55PM-Jan. 1, 2020 @ 12:30AM. Launches from the Tybee Pier

(Tybee Is) Tybee Polar Plunge, Jan. 1, 2020 @ the Tybee Island Pier and Pavilion. Join more than 1,000 as they plunge into the chilly Atlantic. Register online here. 

(Midway, Ga) 1st Day Hikes on Jan. 1 2020 @ Fort Morris State Park. Details here. 

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