Holidays HQ

  Watch Night Service held on New Year’s Eve

While most think of parties and fireworks on New Year’s Eve, did you know that many churches were packed Tuesday night?

Yemassee Police offer free rides home to New Year’s celebrators

  New Year’s Eve firework sales booming

  Patrols to increase for a safe New Year’s Eve in Savannah

Know state firework laws, safety tips before ringing in the new year

SC Goodwill stores asking for end-of-year donations

  Your Guide to New Year’s Eve in Savannah

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  ’Bring One for the Chipper’ tree recycling underway at the airport

  Savannah residents celebrate third night of Kwanzaa

Claxton bakery produces world famous fruitcakes

Many Christmas decorations are not recyclable

  A unique Christmas delivery brings a sweet baby boy

  Workers collecting trash after Christmas

  How to return a gift that was bought online

It happens every year after Christmas. People start to return unwanted gifts. Whether it’s a sweater that doesn’t fit or a movie you already own, big retailers are ready to exchange it.

  GSP warns drivers to be safe on the roads as they head back home

Millions across the country are returning home Thursday from their holiday destinations.

  ‘Mysterious Santa’ makes sure no one spends Christmas in the hospital alone

Some Savannah residents got an extra visit from Santa Claus on Christmas this year.

  Christmas Day movie trip a tradition for some families

There aren't very many businesses open on Christmas Day, but that means the ones that are see a huge crowd.

  Woman makes gift bags for Savannah nursing home residents

  A Christmas Miracle: Woman given vehicle

  Hinesville VFW serves free Christmas dinner

  Local family gathering donations for kids

  Fellowship with the Homeless Christmas meal

  Dealing with holiday grief

  3rd annual Chanukah celebration

Folks came out Tuesday night for the third annual Hanukkah celebration at Ellis Square with the center of attention being the lighting of the menorah.

  Local artist delivers Christmas wish to 9-year-old

For 9-year-old Michael his dog, Tido, was his best friend. But earlier this year, Tido passed away and for Christmas Michael was asking Santa for a new dog, but Santa wasn’t going to be able to make this happen.

  Community gathers for Christmas Eve breakfast

Even Christmas Eve morning can be lost in the rush of last minute gift buying and visits and more. But one community used this morning to slow down and remember the original importance of the season.

  A Christmas Eve rush for restaurants who do the cooking for you

Over the holiday so many people expect several big, hearty meals over the next few days. But for some a good pre-meal is pizza.

  Savannah seeing tourism boost for the holidays

Savannah is seeing it’s fair share of holiday visitors this year and downtown businesses are counting on their coin heading into the new year.

  Delivering Christmas meals with classic wheels

One organization in Beaufort spent this morning making sure everyone in town had a Christmas meal to enjoy.

  GSP on holiday travel safety

If you're getting on the road now or later tonight, you won't be the only one.

  SPD, community partners spread holiday cheer on Christmas Eve

Today we just happened upon some men and women in uniform - along with some community partners - spreading some holiday cheer in downtown Savannah.

  Volunteers help hundreds of Vidalia kids have a merry Christmas

A small team in Vidalia made a big Christmas happen for hundreds of kids in their community. From bikes to toys, the group makes sure each child has something memorable.

  Union Missions serves 300 holiday meals

300 people came through Union Mission Monday to get a full belly and a bag of holiday cheer.

LINK: NORAD preparing to track Santa’s voyage across the world

Santa Claus is preparing for his annual voyage around the world to deliver toys to good boys and girls.

  Final night for Botanical Garden’s light display could be canceled due to weather

The Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens had to cancel a night of lights because of the rain.

Here’s your 2019 holiday shipping deadline guide

It’s not too late to order gifts for your friends and family and have them delivered by Christmas day.

  Jesup woman receives Christmas miracle

The holiday season is a time for giving, and sometimes that simple act can change more than one life. A woman in Wayne County is especially grateful for one family’s generosity.

Yemassee’s 3rd annual Christmas Festival free for the whole family

The Town of Yemassee is hosting the 3rd annual Christmas Festival this Saturday.

  Savannah Board of Realtors donates clothes, gifts to victims of domestic violence

Clothes and gifts were dropped off to families who were victimized by domestic violence.

  Santa visits children at the Hazlehurst Housing Authority

Santa made a stop Friday to visit with kids and eat some cookies at the Hazlehurst Housing Authority.

  Toys, food given to Liberty County families in need

Santa’s elves stayed busy Friday morning in Liberty County.

  Prepare for busy airports during peak holiday travel times

Over the next few days it will be more than just Santa Claus taking to the sky, as he’s joined by millions of you heading home for the holidays.

  Students make holiday cards to spread cheer at Memorial Health

Memorial Health got a huge delivery of holiday cards on Friday.

  Holiday Manners

Modern Manners expert Lydia Ramsey gave some advice for how to make your first time hosting a Christmas dinner a breeze, including how to set the table for a simple Christmas meal.

  Shopping for men during the holidays

We all know men can be a little difficult to shop for this time of year. WTOC got some inspiration at local stores to find the perfect gift for the man in your life this holiday season.

Record number of Americans to travel during holiday season

Visit Savannah, who manages the city's tourism, says the hospitality industry has been quite pleased with their numbers so far this month.

  16-year-old to make directorial debut with ‘A Christmas Carol’ play

Schools in Southeast Georgia continue to find ways to teach students beyond the classroom.

  Fort Stewart, Liberty County schools partner for toy drive

The holiday break is right around the corner for students. Liberty County schools and Fort Stewart have partnered together to spread holiday cheer.

  Savannah Weekend: Christmas movies, 5K for Hanukkah

If you want to get into the holiday spirit this weekend, you can bring the whole family to the Trustees Theater and help those in need at the same time.

  No ‘Up the Cup’ event this New Year’s Eve on River Street

The New Year’s Eve event called “Up the Cup” will not take place this year in Savannah.

  Students with hearing loss learn in all kinds of ways, even with Santa and horses

It can be devastating news to hear a doctor tell you your newborn baby is profoundly deaf.

  38,000 lbs of food donations collected at TMT Farms

Thousands of people each night check out one Bulloch County family’s Christmas lights at TMT Farms.

  Emily McCarthy puts together three looks for holiday parties

Emily McCarthy, owner of the Emily McCarthy Shoppe, put together three looks perfect for different types of holiday parties.

  Savannah police bring holiday cheer to kids at Memorial Health

For so many the holidays are a time to be with family and friends. But for those in the hospital, Christmas may look a little different. The Savannah Police Department is working to change that.

  Buying safe, fun toys this holiday season

You might be running out to buy those last-minute Christmas gifts for your kids, but experts want to you think before you buy. While they may look fun, not all toys are safe for your children.

  Managing Holiday Stress

The holidays is a time when many start to get stressed out, but don’t worry, as we have a few tips for you.

  Sippin’ Santa

If you scroll through Instagram or Facebook this holiday season, you’ll probably get bombarded with pictures of a trend that’s blowing up right now - holiday themed cocktail bars.

  Fire officials say electrical safety important during holiday season

A deadly fire thought to have been caused by extension cords has Savannah fire reminding the community of the importance of electrical safety.

  “Georgia Love” group creates care packages for Fort Stewart soldiers

A group of Fort Stewart soldiers are overseas for the holidays. Soon, they will get a piece of home.

  Santa Claus visits children’s hospital, Jenkins Athletic Club in Savannah

Santa Claus spent time Sunday spreading cheer around Savannah.

  Beaufort Co. neighbors enjoy dueling holiday light displays

In one Beaufort County neighborhood, there’s not one but two houses that take decorating to the extreme.

  Chatham Parkway Toyota hosts Toys for Tots

A car dealership on Chatham Parkway welcomed people armed with new and unwrapped toys instead of checkbooks.

Chatham Fire 2019 Santa schedule

When is Santa coming to your town?

  St. Andrew’s students learn lesson on giving

More than 70 students invaded Target Friday morning, but it was all for a good cause. St. Andrew's 5th and 6th graders roamed the aisles shopping for toys to give away.

  Greenbriar’s Gift Wrap Center is open in the mall

Annette Mitchell and Margaret Ann Pearson, both long-time volunteers at the Greenbriar Children’s Center, stopped by Morning Break to show us how to wrap gifts faster and make those wrapped gifts look better.

  Elevate your holiday party spread

Meta Adler with Hostess Provisions has a solution. She came on Morning Break to show us how to build a grazing board perfect for any holiday celebration.

Public ice skating returns to Savannah

Break out your skates and winter gear because it’s time to go ice skating in Savannah.

  Vaden Chevrolet Pooler donates to new computer lab, Christmas gifts

Two checks are making a new computer lab and a merry Christmas possible for students at Pooler Elementary School.

  Home holiday safety tips from Pooler Police Dept.

The Pooler Police Department has now deployed their “Elf Patrol.”

  Vidalia group helping brighten Christmas for children in need

A small group in Vidalia will make a big difference this Christmas for hundreds of local children. They’re getting gifts together to brighten the holidays.

  Lowcountry Christmas light display makes Christmas spirit shine

If you’re in the Lowcountry and want to get into the Christmas spirit, you don’t have to drive too far.

  Effingham Co. Sheriff’s Office issues holiday travel safety reminder

We’re in the thick of the holiday season and area law enforcement want you to be aware that they will be out keeping a close eye on travelers to make sure you make it to and from your destination safely.

  Holiday season challenging for those fighting addiction

The holiday season can be the happiest time of year for many. For those struggling with addiction, it can be the most challenging.

  Baxley’s Christmas Parade is this Saturday

The town of Baxley is planning a full evening of holiday fun.

  Rape Crisis Center of the Coastal Empire to host annual Reindeer Run

The Rape Crisis Center of the Coastal Empire is hosting its annual Reindeer Run on Sunday, December 15.

Ottawa Farms host old-fashoned Christmas

“If you want to go back to the days when Christmas was about family and friends and not all the hustle and bustle, this is the place to be."

WTOC’s annual Toys for Tots toy drive now ends Tuesday

WTOC’s annual Toys for Tots drive is underway.

Presents delivered to children’s hospital

Christmas came early Tuesday to patients at the Dwaine and Cynthia Willett Children’s Hospital of Savannah.

  Savannah Fire adds red bulbs to holiday wreath

Savannah Fire Rescue is trying to keep its wreath as green as possible until the new year.

  Screven County Christmas Extravaganza, Gingerbread House Decorating Contest

The city of Sylvania will soon transform into a Christmas wonderland. Screven County’s Christmas Extravaganza will include food, pictures with Santa, a live nativity and more. The night will end with the Parade of Lights at 6:30 p.m. It’s all happening in downtown Sylvania.

  Local organization donates toys, books to children in hospitals

A community group in Savannah is getting into the giving spirit in a big way.