Holidays

Plenty of options to not drink and drive this New Year’s Eve

Throngs to pack Times Square for mild, rainy New Year’s Eve

TMT Farms ends holiday season with over 43 tons of food donations

Savannah Police emphasize New Year’s Eve safety

Over two dozen people killed on Georgia roads during Christmas holidays

Day after Christmas shopping becoming a trend

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  Shoppers taking advantage of holiday bargains

Amazon announces record-breaking holiday season

How to make good on New Year’s resolutions

Effingham Co. teen pays for homeless man’s hotel room on Christmas Day

GSP expecting heavy holiday travel to start back up Wednesday

Good News: Christmas lights for a cause

Behind the Front: Tracking Santa with NORAD

On Christmas Eve Santa Claus will be coming to town! And for over 60 years, NORAD has been tracking Kris Kringle’s world tour, giving you the chance to follow along on his journey.

Santa Claus around the world: Gifts on Dec. 6, an old lady delivering them, and other countries’ concepts

A look at some of the Santa Clause substitutes other countries use.

10th annual Feed the Hungry event feeds hundreds

Representative Carl Gilliard and other organizations hosted the 10th annual Savannah feed the hungry event on Sunday. Food, toys and even opportunities for jobs were all part of this event.

Christmas on the River parade held on River Street

The Savannah Waterfront Association is currently in the middle of one of the biggest holiday events in Savannah. Christmas on the River kicked off on Friday and will continue through Sunday.

Some Savannah businesses say they’ll help keep your packages safe

What do to this Savannah Weekend

Here’s your 2018 USPS, FedEx and UPS holiday shipping deadline guide

Beaufort County students donate ‘blessing bags’ to the homeless

U.S. Military preparing to track Santa’s journey through NORAD

Local police offer holiday safety tips for those going out-of-town

  Claxton Bakery booming with Christmas fruitcake sales

Fruit cake sales certainly go up around the holidays, and Claxton proudly considers itself the Fruitcake Capital of the World.

Feed the Hungry holding holiday Christmas dinner events

Savannah Feed the Hungry is holding its 10th annual Holiday Christmas Dinner events.

Helpful tips to avoid feeling overwhelmed during the holidays

Most people are still wrapping up end of the year work and shopping for gifts and it can all become quite overwhelming.

TMT Farms helps collect 25 tons of food donations with Christmas lights display

One holiday attraction in Bulloch County is helping more than 100,000 visitors celebrate Christmas cheer, while also helping feed those in need all year long.

Shipping and mailing deadlines approaching quickly during busiest week for USPS

Tuesday is the last day to mail anything to a military base or diplomatic location using priority mail express to guarantee it gets there by Christmas. That's anything with an APO, FPO, or DPO address.

Statesboro PD puts containers out around town for empty Christmas boxes

This may be the season of giving, but crooks see it as a time for taking, too.

Flannery O’Conner house holds open house for Christmas

The childhood home of Flannery O’Conner had a special Christmas open house on Saturday.

Rape Crisis Center hosts 9th annual Reindeer Run

The Rape Crisis Center of the Coastal Empire hosted the 9th annual Savannah Reindeer Run on Saturday morning at the Savannah Trade and Convention Center.

Christmas carolers hit Broughton Street to spread holiday cheer

It was feeling a lot like Christmas on Saturday night on Broughton Street!

SCAD donates toys to Union Mission

Several children will be getting exactly what they want under their trees this Christmas, thanks to SCAD.

Good News: Santa surprises new employees at Bitty & Beau’s Coffee

Santa had a surprise and an exciting new life experience for the newest members of the Savannah Bitty and Beau’s Coffee team.

Richmond Hill Fire Department helps local families, kids with Operation Christams

The Richmond Hill Fire Department is spreading holiday cheer to dozens of local students with Operation Christmas.

Greenbriar Children’s Center wrapping gifts at Oglethorpe Mall

If you’re one of those people who has two left hands when it comes to wrapping gifts, the Greenbriar Gift Wrap Center has you covered.

Good News: 100 Children’s Foundation hands out gifts at Children’s Hospital

A local charity visited the Willett Children’s Hospital at Memorial Monday, helping spread cheer among the tiny patients.

Good News: SCCPSS students performing lunchtime serenades

Christmas is in the air, and so is Christmas music, thanks to local school kids.

‘The Journey’ continues at Savannah’s Compassion Christian Church

The very popular Christmas event, ‘The Journey,’ will continue Friday night at Savannah’s Compassion Christian Church.

Stolen Christmas decorations found in another yard in Walterboro, SC

Authorities say a real life grinch stole Christmas lights from a drive-thru display at a Walterboro, South Carolina home.

Christmas on the River event rescheduled due to expected rainy weather

The Christmas on the River event has been rescheduled due to the chance of rain this weekend.

Shipping deadlines for the holiday season

If you want your gifts to get to friends and loved ones on time, you’d better get your shipping strategy together now.

Project Evans Hope gathers toys, food for residents

Locals in Evans County have gotten together and formed a non-profit organization. Project Evans Hope was just created this year, and the group is already trying to help as many families as they can.

Military members get to go home for the holidays

Seven lucky families will get to see their loved ones this Christmas.

Santa’s Pantry feeding public school students over winter break

Santa’s Pantry is collecting non-perishable foods that are easy for kids to eat.

  Volunteers wrap gifts for seniors in Savannah

Several volunteers wrapped thousands of gifts Tuesday to bring joy to area seniors this holiday season.

City of Savannah celebrates Hanukkah

The City of Savannah hosted it’s Hanukkah celebration Monday night.

List of Christmas parades canceled, postponed due to potential rain Saturday

The threat of rain is putting a damper on some of the local Christmas parades that were planned for Saturday.

Hinesville set to hold 22nd annual Illuminated Christmas Parade

The 22nd annual Hinesville Illuminated Christmas Parade will take place Friday, Nov. 30.

Town of Bluffton prepping for annual tree lighting, Christmas Parade

The Town of Bluffton is prepping for a big weekend of Christmas spirit.

Good News: Chatham County Sheriff’s Charity

WTOC is partnering with the U.S. Marines on their annual Toys 4 Tots Campaign, but we like to see the wealth shared, especially when it’s shared with children in need.

GSU holds 25th Annual Holiday Helpers Tree to brighten holidays

Plenty of people across Bulloch County will have a True Blue Christmas they might not have had otherwise.

Stop by WTOC for our Toys for Tots donation drive

Once again, WTOC is partnering with the Marine Toys for Tots Program to make sure no child goes without this holiday.

City of Savannah offering free holiday parking through Dec. 28

The city of Savannah wants to help you shop local this holiday season.

Downtown Design District Holiday Walk happening Thursday

The streets of Savannah’s downtown design district will be filled with holiday cheer Thursday night.

Bryan County EMS wants your old Christmas lights

Do you have any old or unused holiday decorations that you don’t plan on using? Bryan County Emergency Services is asking you to donate them to local first responders so they can light up their stations around the county.

The White House is decked out for Christmas, decorations unveiled by first lady

The “American Treasures” theme is meant to “honor the nation’s heritage with patriotic symbolism and displays of the country’s landmarks."

PACCI Italian Restaurant host of ‘Miracle on Bay Street’ cocktail fundraiser

PACCI Italian Kitchen + Bar has been chosen as Savannah’s only location for the “miracle pop-up” concept this holiday season.

Cyber Monday shoppers will see more sites charging sales tax

A June ruling gave states the go-ahead to require more companies to collect sales tax on online purchases. Now, more than two dozen have moved to take advantage of the ruling, many ahead of the busy holiday shopping season.

Ways to protect yourself from cyber scams targeting holiday shoppers

You’ll want to be extra cautious as you fork out the cash or swipe your credit card when you’re doing your holiday shopping. The FBI is reminding shoppers that cyber criminals have aggressive and creative ways to steal money and personal information.

Leopold’s offering free pints of ice cream as part of Cyber Monday deal

Leopold’s is offering a pretty “sweet” deal for Cyber Monday.

  City of Savannah celebrates holidays with tree lighting and boat parade

The huge Christmas tree on Broughton Street is now fully lit after Saturday’s tree lighting event.

Richmond Hill gearing up for 23rd Annual Christmas Parade

People are pushing the turkey away as we speak and gearing up for Santa to come to town. The City of Richmond Hill will celebrate the start of December with their 23rd Annual Christmas Parade.

Adults want cozy, kids want gross: 4 holiday trends to watch

Cozy sweaters and soft pajamas are in for adults while board games featuring fake poop and pimples are what kids want for the holidays.

City of Savannah reschedules tree lighting to Saturday due to potential wet weather

The holiday season kicks off in Savannah this Friday with the Broughton Street Tree Lighting.

For the best Black Friday deals, shop clothes and electronics

Those braving the long lines this weekend should look for sales on electronics, designer handbags, winter gear and sneakers.

Black Friday deals kick off early with Gray Thursday in the Coastal Empire

Even though Black Friday is known for its door buster deals, the holiday shopping frenzy has grown so much it’s seeped over to Thanksgiving. Some call it Gray Thursday.

Annual TMT Farms light display opens Thursday night

One Bulloch County family uses Thanksgiving to kick off a Christmas tradition of helping others.

Habitat for Humanity enables 143 working families to become homeowners

Habitat for Humanity has been housing people since 1983. It has enabled 143 working families to become homeowners.

Good News: WTOC’s Day of Giving pays off on Thanksgiving

Your generosity has helped make this a Happy Thanksgiving for Coastal Empire families in need.

Shoppers, businesses getting ready for Small Business Saturday in Savannah

Thursday, Savannah city leaders came together with representatives from the Small Business Chamber of Commerce and UGA’s Small Business Development Center to announce the city’s proclamation naming Nov. 24, 2018 Small Business Saturday in Savannah.

WTOC Cookbook: Bari Soash’s Cheesy Mashed Potatoes

A very simple recipe, but it gives you some extra creaminess to your mashed potatoes.

Domestic violence officials cautioning citizens to be extra vigilant during holidays

Domestic violence happens year-round, but victims advocates tell us the holidays can sometimes create strains that add fuel to already dangerous situations at home.

WTOC Cookbook: Romney Smith’s Perfect Pound Cake

Light, fluffy and delicious!

WTOC Cookbook: Grandma Kate’s Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin Pie is a Thanksgiving staple.

Feed the Boro volunteers in Statesboro preparing for Thanksgiving

An army of volunteers in Statesboro helped cook and deliver a holiday meal to those less fortunate on Thursday.

Candler Co. Sheriff’s Office cracking down on drivers using cell phones

The traffic on I-16 in Southeast Georgia is picking up as millions of Americans hit the road for the Thanksgiving holiday.

WTOC Cookbook: Cyreia Sandlin’s Caramel Apple Cider Mimosa

This is a great Thanksgiving cocktail to enjoy while watching the parade, cooking the big meal, or even after with a nice slice of Pumpkin Pie!

Consumer Guide to Holiday Shopping

164-million people nationwide are expected to shop between Thanksgiving Day and Cyber Monday. That’s according to the National Retail Federation. Black Friday remains the busiest of all of those days.

Tanger Outlets in Bluffton preparing for Black Friday shopping crowds

Many people love the food on Thanksgiving, but for a lot of people, they love the Black Friday shopping.

Thanksgiving-themed ice cream arrives just in time to replace turkey with dessert

The company’s artisanal ice cream is handcrafted and using what may seem like strange flavors is its signature.