Holidays HQ

  Traditional food for good luck in the New Year

New Year’s Day means a specific menu for many in the South. After the year that was 2020, they might be grabbing a second helping to get 2021 off to a good start.

  Savannah’s Plant Riverside District preparing for New Year’s Eve celebrations, COVID-19 safety

Gov. McMaster reminds public of approved NYE events

  Savannah holding first Kwanzaa Krawl

  First responders working hard on Christmas day

  Humane Society celebrates Christmas Eve with donations, close to adoption goal for 2020

Christmas lights spectacle draws hundreds to Wilmington Island neighborhood

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Christmas Eve shopping hours for those last-minute shoppers

Ga., SC highway patrols expecting busy roads for holiday travel

Feed the Hungry holding 12th annual Christmas Holiday Dinner event

  Battling depression during the holidays made worse by pandemic

  Most Savannah churches still holding Christmas services

  Mystery gift in Effingham Co. proves Santa is real

  CNET’s Picks for STEM Toys

CNET contributor Bridget Carey shared her picks for presents that encourage STEM learning.

  Local pizza shop focuses on children and families during holiday season

Children ages 10 and under will receive two free slices of pizza during their holiday break. This will go until the start of the new school year. But that’s not all.

Law enforcement, GOHS cracking down on drunk drivers amid holiday season

The Governor's Office of Highway Safety recommends drivers plan ahead... if they plan on drinking, plan for a designated driver. First responders also ask anyone to report erratic drivers or suspicious behavior to 9-1-1.

  Tips on preventing holiday fires

Many of us love the sights of bright decorations during the holidays. But we don’t think of the potential danger until it’s too late.

Bulloch Co. employees donate toys for those in need

  Chatham Charcuterie shows us to build a Charcutewreath

Holidays to impact Chatham Area Transit services

  Lowcountry fire departments team up to demonstrate dangers of Christmas tree fires

  Inappropriate visitor behavior causing issues for TMT Farms

  Local Florist Shows How to Create Christmas Garland

  Long Co. children possibly exposed to COVID-19 during holiday activities

Long County Chairman Robert Parker is warning families their children could have been exposed to COVID-19 during holiday festivities in Ludowici on Thursday.

  COVID-19 precautions cause Pembroke farm to cancel Christmas festival

Owners at a farm in Pembroke had to cancel their annual Christmas festival due to COVID-19.

Neighborhood association decorates Edgemere Sackville park

Residents in eastside Savannah spent Saturday getting their neighborhood in the holiday spirit.

  WATCH: WTOC Holiday Lights Special

WTOC Holiday Lights Special

WTOC Holiday Lights special airs Friday

WTOC is helping you get into the Christmas spirit by taking you around Southeast Georgia and the South Carolina Lowcountry to share some of the best lights you can visit in our area.

  SVF holding ’Home for the Holidays’ free virtual concerts

Celebrate the holiday season this weekend with free virtual concerts.

  Black Artist Series Market (BAS) this weekend in Savannah

Do you still have some Christmas presents to pick out? There are a couple of events planned for our area where you can check that off your list and shop local.

  Annual Toys for Tots drive underway; bring donations to WTOC

The annual Toys for Tots drive is underway.

  Pembroke Christmas tree catches fire

The city Christmas Tree in downtown Pembroke caught on fire Tuesday night.

  Learn How to Wrap Your Present Like a Pro

Greenbriar Children's Center gift wrap center is now open. The centers volunteers gave some advice on how to wrap a better present.

WATCH: Enjoy the Vidalia Christmas parade

Enjoy the Vidalia Christmas Parade.

WATCH: The Illuminated Christmas Parade in Hinesville

Enjoy the Christmas Parade in Hinesville, Ga.

  Health precautions in place for Bluffton’s Christmas events

The Town of Bluffton has been getting ready for their Christmas celebrations for weeks and there are a lot of details that go into the planning.

  Paul Anderson Youth Home To Host Christmas Celebration

The Paul Anderson Youth Home in Vidalia is hosting a Christmas celebration.

  Jesse Blanco Shares His Favorite Gifts for Foodies

Christmas is just a few weeks away, and we’ve got suggestions for the foodies on your gift list.

  Police offer tips to help be alert this holiday shopping season

Look around your local shopping center this month and you’ll see people loaded down with shopping bags. Sometimes, they bring one handful to the car to go back for more.

Ice skating canceled this year at the Savannah Civic Center

The decision has been made to cancel ice skating at the Savannah Civic Center this year.

Richmond Hill Fire Department kicks off annual Santa run

December 1 starts the official countdown to Christmas.

  How to Keep Calm This Holiday Season

Psychologist Dr. Kristi Duke shares some tips for how to manage stress over the holidays.

Feed the Hungry asking for donations for annual Christmas dinner, toy giveaway

Christmas is just a few weeks away and Savannah Feed the Hungry is trying to help families have a traditional holiday.

  Tybee Island hosting community food donation program

Tybee Island will not be having their usual Christmas parade this year, but the city will be having a Christmas Caravan that’ll ride through the neighborhoods.

  Family Connections’ Angel Tree program back for another year

Christmas is just around the corner and it’s the time when many kids will unwrap gifts, they’ve been waiting all year for, but some may not have that opportunity.

  Celebrate the Holidays and Meet a New Four-Legged Friend at Twinkle, Bark, Stroll

Coastal Pet Rescue is hosting Twinkle, Bark, Stroll. During the event, you’ll be able to walk through an outdoor holiday light display and also meet adoptable dogs and cats.

  WATCH: Holidays at Home

Holidays at Home is filled with stories and ideas that will get you in the Christmas spirit, from picking a Christmas tree to cooking a holiday meal and more.

  Black Friday shopping in stores big and small in Statesboro

Shoppers in Statesboro say, other than masks, they’re not seeing a lot of difference in this Black Friday and others in the past.

  How to pick out the perfect Christmas tree

Truitt Zipperer and his sons walk through the rows of trees searching for their Christmas trees.

Holiday season begins in Savannah with Christmas tree lighting

The Christmas tree is set up at the corner of Broughton and Bull streets in Savannah.

  Richmond Hill boy starts coffee, donut stand to buy toys for kids

An 8-year-old boy in Richmond Hill decided to start his own business in his front yard to help raise money for toys for the fire department’s toy drive.

  Tanger Outlets Savannah still a popular destination on Black Friday

Black Friday shopping is in full swing and hundreds of people hit the streets to find the perfect deals ahead of Christmas.

  Shoppers head downtown for Black Friday in Savannah

All day, downtown Savannah saw the hustle and bustle of Black Friday shopping and exploring.

Lowcountry towns decide whether to host Christmas parades

While Charleston City officials are set to give an update on holiday festivities across the city, other Lowcountry towns have decided their parades will go on.

  Businesses encourage the community to shop local this holiday season

‘Tis the season to give! One of the most fun parts about this time of year is picking out special gifts for those near and dear to our heart.

  Local religious leaders offer encouragement during the COVID-19 pandemic

For many people so much of what makes the holiday season special revolves around one thing - faith. If your Hanukkah or Christmas celebrations will be looking different this year, you’re not alone. We spoke with some of our local religious leaders to find out how you can keep the faith during these

FBI advises online holiday shoppers to keep an eye out for scammers

For those who plan to shop online this holiday season, the FBI wants them to keep an eye out for scammers trying to take their money.

Savannah, Tybee businesses encourage shopping locally this holiday season

Many local businesses and city officials are encouraging shoppers to buy local this holiday season.

  Bubba’s Bistro in Richmond Hill offers last minute Thanksgiving dining

While many restaurants and businesses were closed for Thanksgiving, some were open for business like Bubba’s Bistro in Richmond Hill. But the dining experience definitely looked a lot different because of COVID-19.

  Opening night for TMT Farms light display; collecting canned goods & toys for the needy

Beginning Thursday night, a Bulloch County family welcomes you to their farm to enjoy Christmas decorations that take months to prepare.

  Warm weather attracting Thanksgiving travelers to the beach

Many people are still traveling for the holidays and some chose Tybee Island as their Thanksgiving destination. With the beautiful weather and opportunity to social distance, visitors say it’s a fun and safe place to go for the holiday.

  Still need to shop? Here’s what stores are open, closed on Thanksgiving

If you still need to go out and buy some last-minute items for your Thanksgiving feast, just know that your nearby grocery store may be closed. But there are some that will open their doors on Thursday.

  Liberty County family keeps Christmas Tree farm tradition alive

You and your family can cut down your own Christmas Tree in Liberty County.

SCDOT: Non-emergency roadwork suspended through Thanksgiving weekend

The South Carolina Department of Transportation says lane closures are prohibited for non-emergency road work.

  Savannah downtown business hopeful for holiday shopping

Some of Savannah’s local businesses are gearing up for a holiday shopping season unlike any before due to the pandemic.

  Georgia Southern’s ‘Holiday Helpers’ tree adapts to pandemic

A giving tradition continues at Georgia Southern, despite the pandemic.

Many still traveling to spend Thanksgiving with loved ones

Despite CDC guidelines, many are still traveling to holiday destinations this year ahead of Thanksgiving.

  Last minute shopping to prepare for Thanksgiving

The day before Thanksgiving is one of the busiest days for grocery stores. This year is no different though we are in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Coastal Ga. Botanical Gardens hosting Holiday Lights as drive-thru event

The Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens is hosting its annual December Nights & Holiday Lights as a drive-thru event this year due to COVID-19.

  COVID-19 safety protocols for Lowcountry holiday events

Thanksgiving is just days away and that means Christmas holiday events are following close behind. If you’re wondering how you can celebrate safely this year, many towns in the Lowcountry have got you covered.

Frosty, Rudolph, and the whole holiday gang return to TV

Frosty, Rudolph, and the whole holiday gang return to TV

Deadlines you need to know for holiday shipping

Shipping deadlines you need to know for the holidays.

Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield serving up Thanksgiving meals for soldiers

Senior leaders from the 3rd Infantry Division will spend two days wearing chef hats and serving a Thanksgiving-style meal to hundreds of soldiers.

  Feed the Hungry holds annual Thanksgiving meal as drive-thru giveaway

State Representative Carl Gilliard says the group usually feeds around 5,000 people during their Thanksgiving event. He expects that number to be double this year.

Iowa turkeys to receive traditional presidential pardon

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump will pardon one of these feathered friends. The winner will be decided by a social media poll created by the White House.

  Burton Fire District helping your letters get to Santa Claus

Have you started listening to Christmas music? Maybe you’ve already decorated.

  Tybee Post Theater to show holiday movies

Starting this weekend, it’s “Lights on for the Holidays” at the Tybee Post Theater.

  More people getting ‘lit’ early this holiday season in Savannah

As we approach Thanksgiving many are already looking ahead to Christmas. Which is something one Savannah based company is banking on as they’ve been busier than every decorating homes for the holiday season.

Rahn Farms to celebrate first Christmas tree season with opening weekend events

Everyone has a new place to buy a Christmas tree this holiday season in Effingham County.

  City of Savannah begins decorating for the holidays

The Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce says it plans to set up the city's annual Christmas tree along Broughton Street this Wednesday, Nov. 25.

  Director Reflects On Nearly Two Decades Talking Turkey

We’re just days from Thanksgiving, and while many of us will take the day off, volunteers at the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line are preparing for their biggest day of the year.