2012 Holiday Events | Events
View a list of 2012 holiday events going on around the Coastal Empire and Lowcountry.
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Bring One for the Chipper
Bring in your live Christmas trees to be ground into mulch.
WHEN: Jan. 7, 2013, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
WHERE: J.F. Gregory Park, Richmond Hill
Click here for Chatham County cooking oil recycling drop-off sites.
Check here for Savannah Harbor 2012 Festival Of Lights Schedule
Free holiday parking in city garages
Downtown holiday shoppers will once again enjoy 3 hours of free parking in city garages every Thursday and Friday from Thanksgiving until Dec. 28. Daily rates apply after the first 3 hours of free parking.
WHEN: November 22 & 23, 29 & 30; December 6 & 7, 13 & 14, 20 & 21, 27 & 28.
WHERE: Downtown Savannah: Bryan St. Garage, 100 E. Bryan St.; Liberty St. Garage, 301 W. Liberty St.; Robinson Garage, 132 Montgomery St.; State St. Garage, 100 E. State St.; Whitaker St Garage, 7 Whitaker St.
HOLIDAY HOURS: Visit www.savannahga.gov/parking for hours of operation.
Chatham Area Transit - HOLIDAY OPERATING SCHEDULE
The following schedules will be in effect during the holiday season:
- Thanksgiving Day, Nov 22 – No bus service and CAT offices will be closed. Telephone schedule information/ticket sales will not be available.
- Nov. 23 - Regular weekday bus service will be available. CAT offices will be closed. Telephone schedule information/ticket sales will not be available.
- Dec. 24, Christmas Eve - Holiday bus service will be available. Offices will be open from 8 AM – 5 PM.
- Christmas Day, Dec. 25 – No bus service and CAT offices will be closed. Telephone schedule information/ticket sales will not be available.
- Dec. 31, New Year’s Eve - Holiday bus service will be available. Offices will be open from 8 AM – 5 PM.
- New Year’s Day, Jan. 1, 2013 – No bus service and CAT offices will be closed. Telephone schedule information/ticket sales will not be available.
Adopt-a-Family during the Holiday Season
The Interfaith Hospitality Network’s Adopt a Family program pairs generous sponsors with families in need providing a Christmas they could not afford themselves. Each family has completed a wish list which can be faxed, emailed or picked up at the Interfaith Hospitality Network office at 126 Horizon Park, Savannah. The wish list is designed to help the sponsor get to know the children’s needs and desires. If you or your group would like to sponsor a family this year, contact Interfaith Hospitality Network at 912.790.9446 or email@example.com.
America's Second Harvest Holiday Food Drive
'Tis the season to share a warm meal with family and friends, but some needy folks in our community may go without if the shelves aren't filled at America's Second Harvest Food Bank. Donations of non-perishable foods and all food items that are labeled and unopened are being accepted. America's Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia is located at 2501 East President Street, Savannah. For more information about food donations or conducting a food drive to alleviate hunger in our community, visit http://www.helpendhunger.org/.
Tybee Polar Plunge
Take a brisk plunge into the Atlantic Ocean. This year’s plunge welcomes the return of the "Gang of Goofs" contest. Everyone is invited to dress up in funny and wacky costumes for a chance to parade in front of an esteemed panel of judges and to win great prizes. There is no fee to enter the "Gang of Goofs" contest; $25 entry fee to take the plunge. All event proceeds benefit the restoration of the historic Tybee Post Theater on Tybee Island.
WHEN: Jan. 1, 2013, Gangs of Goofs Parade at 11 a.m.; Polar Plunge starts at noon.
WHERE: Tybee Pier & Pavilion, Tybee Island
MORE INFO/REGISTER: Register online by Dec. 28 at www.tybeepolarplunge.com.
WHEN: Events throughout December
WHERE: Downtown Savannah
MORE INFO/SCHEDULE OF EVENTS: www.savannahhollydays.com
Santa’s holiday hours at Oglethorpe Mall
November 17-December 24, Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., with breaks from 1 to 2 p.m. and 5 to 6 p.m. Sunday hours are noon to 6 p.m. with a break from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Santa will also welcome cats and dogs on November 19 and November 26 and on December 3, 10 and 17 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Children’s Civil War Holiday Workshops
WHEN: Throughout the month of December
WHERE: Ft. Pulaski National Monument, US Hwy. 80, Savannah
MORE INFO: 912.786.5787
2012 Savannah Harbor Festival of Lights
cost is $20 per car (which includes a $5 food and beverage voucher); walk - through, trolley and horse-and-carriage rides are also available.
WHEN: open Wednesdays through Sundays, including Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, from 6-10 p.m.
WHERE: Savannah Harbor on Hutchinson Island
SkateFest Public Ice Skating
WHEN: Dec. 8, 2012-Jan. 6, 2013 (Closed Christmas Day)
WHERE: Savannah Civic Center, 301 W. Oglethorpe Avenue, Savannah
DAILY SKATE SESSIONS SCHEDULE: www.savannahcivic.com
Holidays in History Tours
The cottages of the historic district are decorated for the season.
WHEN: Offered at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. daily in December (except for Dec. 24 & 25)
WHERE: Inside the cottages of Jekyll Island’s National Historic Landmark District.
ADMISSION: Adult admission is $16; children admission, for ages 7 to 15, is $7; and children under the age of 6 are admitted for free.
Christmas concert presented by the Liberty County Community & Area Mass Choir
Mary Did You Know – free performance, all ages welcome.
WHEN: Dec. 15, time tba
WHERE: First United Methodist Church, Hinesville
Adams Christmas Lights
The Adams display of lights gets bigger each year. There is a donation box on site and appreciate all donations. Santa will be on the dock on Dec. 8 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
WHEN: Opens on Dec. 1, 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. then open nightly through the Dec. 28.
WHERE: located one half mile off of HWY 280 between Glenwood and Alamo in the Stuckey Community across from the Stuckey Baptist Church. Drive or Walk.
MORE INFO/DIRECTIONS: 912.523.5468 (if no answer, leave message)
The event includes a costume parade, hot beverages and more.
WHEN: Jan. 1, Registration is at noon
WHERE: picnic area near the lighthouse on Hunting Island, SC
Holiday Musical “Anything Goes”
COST: $54 adult; $40 child
WHEN: Dec. 5-30 (Tues-Sat at 8pm; Sundays at 2pm or 7pm)
WHERE: Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head
BOX OFFICE: 843-842-ARTS; http://tickets.artshhi.com
Able Foundation Christmas Ornaments For Sale
The ornament is the fourth in a commemorative series featuring favorite Lowcountry scenes. The 2012 ornament features a Heron. All proceeds go to support Camp Treasure Chest.
Ornaments are available at the following locations:
- Smiles by Wyles Dentistry, 134 Lady's Island Drive, Lady's Island
- Budget Print, 510 Carteret Street, Beaufort
- Sea Eagle Market, 2242 Boundary Street, Beaufort
- Green Herring Gallery, 1001 Bay Street, Beaufort
- Harbor Island Beach and Raquet Club, Harbor Island
- New Image Salon, 1615 Paris Ave., Port Royal
- Offices of Disabilities and Special Needs Dept, 100 Clear Water Way, Beaufort
Celebrate The Season
New animated light displays, a weekend carousel and face time with Santa are just a few of the treats waiting for visitors to the 2012 Celebrate The Season holiday driving tour and weekend festival. Hours are 6-9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 5-9:30 p.m. Fridays through Sundays. Advanced tickets are available at the Old Santee Canal Park.
WHEN: Nov. 23-Dec. 30
WHERE: The entrance is at Santee Cooper’s headquarters, 1 Riverwood Drive, Moncks Corner.
MORE INFO: www.celebratetheseason.org
25th annual Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden
Guests who purchase tickets in advance will receive a $2 discounted rate of $8 for adults and $6 for children ages 3-12.
WHEN: Nov. 17- Dec. 30, 6-9 p.m.; Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve & Christmas Day.
WHERE: Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, 500 Wildlife Parkway, Columbia, SC
ADVANCE TICKETS: www.riverbanks.org or at any Zoo ticket window.
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