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2011 Christmas Events

Savannah Feed the Hungry's Third Annual Christmas Dinner & Toy Giveaway
5-8 p.m.
Dec. 22 at Hinesville National Guard Armory and Dec. 23 at National Guard Armory on Eisenhower. Must preregister for toys. Free hot meals, live entertainment, free health screenings, free, clothes. Call for info 912.349.0774.

Holiday Lights Tour on Tuesday, December 20 from 6–9 p.m.
Dec. 20
Tour Savannah Quarters by trolley to view holiday decorations.
Over 100 homes included in tour.
Tours begin at Savannah Quarters Country Club.
For more information contact 912.450.2280.

Christmas Dinners
2 p.m.
Dec. 25
At Union Mission's Grace House at 120 Fahm St. Dinners served to homeless families and individuals. Call for details 912.236.7423.

Home Alone film at Lucas Theatre
doors open 6 p.m.; movie at 7 p.m.
Dec. 16
Free movie to benefit America's Second Harvest. Attendee are asked to bring one non-perishable item (per person) to be given to America's Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia. Acceptable donation items include (but are not limited to): canned vegetables, canned soups, canned meats, peanut butter, toothbrushes, toiletries,  and diapers. The patron who brings the most non-perishable items will receive one pair of tickets to each of the three remaining films in the Southern Circuit Film series.

Meet Santa Claus
1-3 p.m.
Dec. 17
At the SCAD Museum of Art. Join Santa Claus and his elves for cookies, hot chocolate and holiday music. Explore the expanded museum with free admission from 1-5 p.m.

Miracle on 34th Street
7 p.m.
Dec. 17
SCAD presents the classic holiday film at Trustees Theater. Free and open to the public with the donation of a new, unwrapped toy or canned good to benefit Toys for Tots and Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia.

Second Annual Savannah Reindeer Run/Walk 8K
9 a.m.
Dec. 17
At Hutchinson Island. Followed by chili cookoff. Celebrity judges to choose. Proceeds benefit the Rape Crisis Center. Register at Active.com or Fleet Feet. The Kids Run event, which is around Bryan Square at 8:45 a.m. is free. Call 912.233.3000 for details. Dress as your favorite holiday themed costume and win a prize.

Photos with Santa
11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Dec. 17, 18
At PetSmart located at 11132 Abercorn St. Framed photographs of your pet with Santa can be purchased for $9.95. Proceeds from Santa Paws benefit the Humane Society for Greater Savannah.

Santa Claws Fund-raiser
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Dec. 10, 11
Save-A-Life and PetSmart Charities are hosting. Photographers are taking pictures of pets with Santa. At the PetSmart store on Abercorn Street. Pets should be leashed or in a carrier. Proceeds go to Save-A-Life and other animals in need. For details, go to www.savealifepets.org  or call 912.598.SPAY.

Homegrown Holiday Hoedown
7 p.m. doors open; 8 p.m. concert starts
Dec. 16
At the American Legion Ballroom at 1108 Bull St. Savannah-based bands The Train Wrecks, The Accomplices, and Niche will perform. Tickets $10 in advance, $15 at door. Advance tickets are available at Primary Art Supply, Civvie's on Broughton Street, or online at www.thetrainwrecksband.com/store. Unopened, unwrapped toys will be collected at the door to benefit Toys for Tots. Cash bar in the Ballroom. 21 and over show.

Christmas Party at Extreme Makeover: Home Edition House
6-8:30 p.m.
Dec. 16
The Simpson family and City Church Savannah are hosting the event. Santa will arrive at 7 p.m. City Church will provide food at hte house. Games and fun for all ages. City Church will be accepting donations of food, toys, clothing and blankets to help local families. For details call 912.856.6262.

High Design Holiday Party
7 p.m.
Dec. 8
At the American Legion Ballroom at 1108 Bull St. Festive attire. Music by The Magic Rocks. For details call 912.441.5822.

36th annual Holiday Jazz Concert
5 p.m.
Dec. 25
Westin Savannah Harbor Resort on Hutchinson Island. $15 in advance at Portman's Music, Rody's Music, the Westin. $20 at door. http://www.coastal-jazz.org.

Annual Community Toy Drive
8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
At West Broad Street YMCA. Parents must bring a proof of residency (event is only open to Savannah residents in the immediate area of the Y) and a Social Security card for each child to ensure that the toys are going to kids). One of Santa's elves will bring the family to the toy shop set up in the Y gym and help them pick out their items.

Riverboat Cruise with Santa
Nov. 25, 26
At Savannah Riverboat Cruises, 9 E. River St. Boarding at 1:30 p.m., sailing from 2-3 p.m. Kids who bring a donation of an unwrapped toy can sale for free.

StarFun & Fitness Holiday
11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Dec. 19-30
Registration deadline Dec. 14. Ages 6-14. Non members: $15 course registration fee; $10 discounted fee consecutive; $10 discounted fee second child. Members: $10 course registration fee; $5 discounted fee consecutive; $5 discounted fee second child. Conacted CCAC for more details at 912.652.6793.

Holiday Open House
4-7 p.m.
Dec. 13
At 315 Eisenhower Dr., Suite B-1 in Savannah.  Hors d'oeuvres will be provided by Meta Adler with Two Moons Catering.
Financial advisor Adam W. Lee is supporting America's Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia by accepting donations of non-perishable foods at the Edward Jones office. Edward Jones will be accepting food donations from December 2 through 16 from 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Monday through Friday.

Holiday Book Sale
9 a.m.-1 p.m.
The Humane Society of Greater Savannah Thrift Shop is hosting the book sale in the shelter parking lot at 7215 Sallie Mood Dr. Books will 25 cents.


Furry Christmas For All
4-8 p.m.
Dec. 16
At Topsail Bar & Grill on Tybee Island. Silent auction. Pet Christmas costume contest at 5:30 p.m. Live music starts at 6 p.m. Proceeds go to the Humane Society of Savannah. Call for details 912.659.0677.

Tybee Island will feature New Year's Eve Fireworks
Dec. 31
Enjoy the fireworks display from the pier, the beach or other Tybee location. The Tybee Island Tourism Council will offer a free on-island New Year's Eve shuttle.

Deck the Halls!
2-4 p.m.
Dec. 3
At Fort Pulaski National Monument. Park entrance fee $5. 15 and under free. Join the park staff in decorating the fort for the holidays and make ornaments that you can take home for your own holiday decorating! This activity will include stringing popcorn and cranberries to make garland and using the Civil War soldier's crackers known as "hard tack" to make ornaments. Space is limited. Reservations are requested.
Gloria Swift at 912.786.5787 extension 218 or via email at Gloria_Swift@nps.gov for more information.

Make Holiday Candy
2 to 4 p.m.
Dec. 17
At Fort Pulaski National Monument. Park entrance fee $5. 15 and under free. Children are invited to join park staff in making, molding, and painting the holiday candy know as marzipan. Also make other holiday decorations using oranges, cloves and ribbons. Space is limited. Reservations are requested.
Gloria Swift at 912.786.5787 extension 218 or via email at Gloria_Swift@nps.gov for more information.

Nature's Holiday
2 to 4 p.m.
Dec. 21
At Fort Pulaski National Monument. Park entrance fee $5. 15 and under free. Make ornaments using pine cones, peanut butter, bird seed, dried oranges, and apples, edible for backyard nature friends. Space is limited. Reservations are requested.
Gloria Swift at 912.786.5787 extension 218 or via email at Gloria_Swift@nps.gov for more information.


Christmas Tree Lighting
6:30 p.m.
Dec. 2 
Enjoy chili, cookies and hot chocolate at the P.B. Edwards, Jr. Recreation Center gym. Skating will be available for the children. Visit with Santa Claus.


Pooler Tree Lighting & Christmas Parade
6 p.m.
Dec. 4
At Joe Baker Park on E. Hwy 80 (near the fountain).


Historic Effingham Christmas at Ebenezer
3 p.m.
Nov. 27
A night of community worship, historic remembrance and Christmas celebration. See a  Salzburger Christmas the way it looked more than 270 years ago. 3-4:45 p.m. Old Salzburger home Christmas tour. 5 p.m. Lighting of the tree; 5:15 to 5:50 p.m. food reception; 6-7 p.m. Traditional Salzburger Advent Service. Free admission.


Thirty First Lions Christmas Parade
10 a.m.
Nov. 19
Rincon Noon Lions Club hosts the annual Thirty First Lions Christmas Parade. Line up at 8:30 am at Macomber Ball Park on Lexington Ave. Third ID Band and Color Guard will lead the parade.

Madrac Farms A Country Christmas
5:30-8:30 p.m.
Dec. 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17
Madrac Farms in Rincon. For more details call Melissa Reagan at 912.704.7651 or go to madracfarms.com.


Nov. 26 – Jan. 1
Christmas Tree Lighting Festival at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 26. Fireworks finale at 7:30 p.m. Face painting, carriage rides, candle making, Christmas card decorating, and pictures with jolly St. Nick himself. Live music, food. Christmas Wreath Silent Auction sponsored by the Jekyll Island History. Entry to the festival is free. Some activities do require a nominal fee.

Westin's gingerbread house competition
Click here for more details


Christmas light display
Take 95 south to exit 76. Turn right off the exit. Go about 2.5 miles. Turn right onto Isle of Wight Road. Then go down 1-2 miles and look for a dirt road named Jane St. near a curve. It's on the right. Turn right onto Jane and drive all the way to the end. They welcome you to get out of your vehicle and walk around to look at the lights.

Holiday Festival of Lights and Music
2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 26, Dec. 3
At Dunham Farms 5836 Islands Hwy. in Midway. Starring Jazz Legend Ben Tucker & Gold Medal Vocalist Kim Polote, Lutenist Christopher Kohut will perform at Palmyra Cottage. Carolers, candyland experience and more. 912.880.4500 or info@dunhamfarms.com.


Oyster Roast
2-6 p.m.
Dec. 16
Residents of the Bryan County Health & Rehab Center will sing Christmas Carols and have a special treat in store with Santa. Oyster Roast at the Richmond Hill Senior Center to follow. Please RSVP to Brenda Garrett at 912.756.2783.

Home for the Holidays
11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Dec. 17
At WaterWays Township in south Bryan County. Local artist, holiday treats, hot cocoa, holiday photos with Santa.


10th Annual Christmas Parade and Celebration
Dec. 10
Line-up 3:30 pm at J.M. Fountain Park. Parade starts at 4:30 p.m. This year's theme "The Sounds of Christmas" For more details, call 912.583.2323.



Wildlife Winterfest
2-8 p.m.
Dec. 10
At Georgia Southern University's Center for Wildlife Education. Exotic animals on display. $5 for adults; $3 for children. 3 and younger free. For more details go to http://welcome.georgiasouthern.edu/wildlife/.

Third annual Bulloch Academy Christmas Tree Lighting
5:30-7 p.m. Nov. 28
The school's PTA and Boosters Club have organized a chili dinner, face painting, hot chocolate, cakes and candies, Christmas caroling and other family fun. Santa Claus will be available to hear wish lists and for photos. Tree lighting at 6:15 p.m.
Contact: 912.541.0145 or Jodie Hendrix 912.682.9623

Lighting of Sweetheart Circle
4 p.m.
Dec. 1
Official lighting takes place at 4:30 p.m. Festivities run until 6 p.m. Georgia Southern University President Dr. Brooks Keel and his wife, Dr. Tammie Schalue, will welcome visitors and light the tree.

Tree planting
2 p.m.
Dec. 2
President Dr. Brooks Keel and his wife, Dr. Tammie Schalue will plant a tree in honor of the holiday season. It will take place near the GSU hedges at the entrance to Sweetheart Circle.


Jesup Jingle Bell Run
8:30 a.m.
Dec. 3
Benefits Wayne County Toy Drive

Wayne Co. Christmas parade
6:30 p.m. 
Dec. 3


Lyons Lighted Christmas Parade
6 p.m.
Dec. 3

Vidalia Christmas Parade
11 a.m.
Dec. 3
Downtown Vidalia


Celebration of Lights Christmas Parade
6 p.m.
Dec. 3
Parade in downtown Baxley. Winter Wonderland after parade from 6:30-9 p.m. behind City Hall, Fireworks display at 8 p.m. in Baxley.


5th Annual Christmas in Claxton
4 to 8 p.m.
Dec. 3
Activities for all ages including arts and crafts, kids games, entertainment, and the Parade of Lights. The annual Festival of Trees will be open from 4 to 8 p.m. during the event.


3rd annual Lowcountry Christmas Concert
7 p.m.
Dec. 11
The Parris Island Marine Band will perform at the Community Bible Church located at 638 Parris Island Gateway in Beaufort. Free and open to the public.

Holiday Wishes
6:30 p.m.
Dec. 8
Second- and third-graders performance at Joseph Shanklin Elementary School gym.

Make Your Own Ornaments
11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Dec. 3
ARTworks in Beaufort. Master potter Trevor Foster is setting up a holiday workshop for families to design and decorate their own keepsake Christmas ornaments. The cost is $5 for small ornaments, and $8 for larger ones, including all the paint, glitter, beads and yarn you'll need.
Contact: 843.379.2787 or go to www.artworksinbeaufort.org.


Winter Band Concert
6 p.m.
Dec. 12
Sixth and seventh-graders band performs at Bluffton Middle School cafeteria or gym.

Bluffton Christmas Parade
10 a.m.
Dec. 3
Parade starts at the intersection of Bridge and Pritchard streets. It should last about two hours. Road closures take effect by 9 a.m.

"It's a Wonderful Life"
9 p.m.
Dec. 9
Palmetto Bluff will host the film outdoors. Bring your beach chairs, blankets, and favorite Friday night date. They will have hot toddies and movie snacks. $20 per car will be collected at the main gate, which will be donated directly to Bluffton Self Help. Attendees are also encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy to assist Bluffton Self Help's efforts.

Santa Claus story hour
1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m.
Dec. 17
At The Storybook Shoppe at 41A Calhoun St. Santa Claus will be reading to children at The Storybook Shoppe. Call 843.757.2600 for reservations.

Tanger Holiday Tiki Post
Noon to 4 p.m.
Dec. 3-18
In the courtyard next to Shopper Services at Tanger 2 on Saturdays and Sundays. Children will receive a free treat from Santa and parents will receive a free Tanger coupon book offer* (limit 1 book per family per day). Photographer Ron Casas will be available for photos, which range from $15-$40. With the purchase of a photo package, each child in the family will also receive a free praline treat from Kilwins.

Christmas at The House
2-4 p.m.
Dec. 10
At Bluffton House Apartments. Live Oak Christian Church and the Neighborhood Outreach Connection present games, crafts, face-painting, snacks, music, giveaways, goodie bags and a visit with Santa.


Brendlen's Christmas Light Display
6-11 until Dec. 31
More than 80,000 lights on over 80 yard displays. Go go http://www.brendlenslowcountrychristmas.com/ for details.


Holiday Swing
7 p.m.
Dec. 8
Hilton Head Island High School Visual and Performing Arts Center. Stardust Orchestra presents Big Band fund-raising concert.

Holiday Village
12:30 p.m.
Dec. 10
Hilton Head Island High School string ensembles performance at Pineland Station Shopping Center.

Christmas tree display, silent auction
Local businesses and organizations donate their time and ornaments to decorate trees provided by the Westin. Each participating tree will be paired with luxurious hotels stays throughout the country and will be placed in a public silent auction. Proceeds benefit the Sandalwood Community Food Pantry Organizations interested in sponsoring a tree can contact the Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa at 843.681.4000.

Heavenly Spa by Westin Holiday Open House
5 – 7 p.m.
Dec. 7
Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa
843.681.4000 or go to www.westinhiltonheadisland.com/holidays

4th Annual Breakfast with Santa
8 – 11a.m.
Dec. 10
Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa
843.681.4000 or go to www.westinhiltonheadisland.com/holidays

Holiday Concert
6:30 p.m.
Dec. 12
Singing Sea Otters and Litter Otter Singers performance at Red Auditorium at Hilton Head Island Elementary.

Lighting of the Harbour Town Christmas tree
Harbour Town will be lit up with white lights, from November 23 – January 2, with an official lighting of the Harbour Town Christmas tree by Gregg Russell taking place on Friday, November 25. A special family-friendly Gregg Russell concert will follow the lighting.

Holiday Window Contest  
Nov. 23 – Jan. 2   
Area elementary classes have created original works of art that best depict the holiday season in the Lowcountry and they will be displayed in various shop windows around Harbour Town. Vote for the display you like best by picking up a ballot at any participating store. For additional information please contact The Sea Pines Resort Recreation Department: 843.842.1979.


Christmas Breakfast
7-9 a.m.
Dec. 14
For YMCA members and staff, we will be having a Christmas Breakfast in the main lobby. Employees and members are encouraged to bring in something special to share with your friends. Coffee and juice provided. Wardle Family YMCA in Port Royal. Call 843.522.9622 for details.

The Uncalled for Trio
7:30 p.m.
Dec. 15
The Uncalled for Trio is made up of Kim Weitkamp, Andy Offut Irwin and Bil Lepp, award-winning, nationally-touring performers at the Shed on Paris Avenue. Tickets at the door only: $5 adults; $2 for kids 8 to 16.

Little Elves Workshop
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Dec. 10
At Wardle Family YMCA. Drop off your kids and finish Christmas shopping. For ages 3 months to 12 years. $20 per child and $10 for siblings. Bring swim gear and a cold lunch for children under 2. Call 843.522.9622 for details.

Holiday Camps
7 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 19-23 & Dec. 26-30
At Wardle Family YMCA. Kids will enjoy crafts, activities, rock-wall climbing, science experiments. Y Members: $85/week; Non-Members: $105/wk week. Pack swim gear and cold lunch. Call 843.522.9622 for details.

The Rockin' Lock-In
5 p.m.-8 a.m.
Dec. 31
15 hours of extreme fun including Wii, Tux the Clown, Karaoke, Bounce House, Swimming, 5-on-5 sports tournaments and more.
$30 per child. Ages 7-13. The facility will be fully monitored with cameras and experienced staff.
Bring a positive attitude, sleeping bag/pillow and swim gear. At Wardle Family YMCA. Call 843.522.9622 for details.


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