There’s a flurry of festivities happening in the Hostess City this holiday season that you won’t want to miss. Representing various holiday traditions, these events are sure to make the most wonderful time of the year even more special. Gather your loved ones and mark your calendars for these heartwarming holiday happenings!

12 Days of Thompson

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Thompson Savannah’s holiday celebration is well underway as several special events are scheduled through the end of the year. Their inaugural 12 Days of Thompson kicked off on Thanksgiving, but there’s still plenty of activity to look forward to at their hopping Holiday Bar. On Thursday, Dec. 7 at 5 p.m., scream/sing your favorite Christmas carols at Festivus Karaoke with DJ Matka. The following week on Friday, Dec. 15 at 6 p.m., test your holiday smarts at the Holly Jolly Trivia Night. The next day, Dec. 16 at 5 p.m. don your kitschiest apparel for the Ugly Sweater Party with DJ Miss Paradise. And wrap up with an evening of holiday jazz with the Fabulous Equinox Orchestra Trio on Friday, Dec. 22 at 6 p.m.

Kwanzaa Marketplace

The Savannah African Art Museum is hosting their third annual Kwanzaa Marketplace complete with BIPOC vendors and artists selling items and artworks from or inspired by the African continent and culture. This is a great opportunity to shop for unique items like handmade goods, art and clothing that will make for wonderful gifts this holiday season. The marketplace will take place in the museum’s courtyard Dec. 8, 9,15 and 16 from 12–4 p.m. each day.

Savannah Christmas Market

Join the party at Plant Riverside District for their 2023 Savannah Christmas Market, now through New Year’s Eve, the entertainment district is hosting several sensational events for locals and tourists alike to revel in the holiday spirit. On Saturday, Dec. 9 at 5:30 p.m., the 31st annual Savannah Lighted Christmas Parade will take place on the waterfront. Other events to look forward to include Brunch with Santa on Sunday, Dec. 17 and a Studio 24 New Year’s Eve Disco Celebration.

Chanukah at Forsyth

Chabad of Savannah, Savannah Jewish Federation and the City of Savannah have joined forces to host Chanukah at Forsyth, a community-wide celebration featuring entertainment, holiday foods and vendors, children’s activities and great fun for the whole family. The theme for this year’s event is Stronger Together, so come out and celebrate unity and holiday cheer on Sunday, Dec. 10 at 3:30 p.m. at our iconic Forsyth Park.

Christmas Festival at Trustees’ Garden

There’s a 100% chance of snow at the Christmas Festival at Trustees’ Garden. Enjoy train rides, sledding and other frosty fun at this family-friendly festival. Taking place Saturday, Dec. 16 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., this year’s event will benefit Cure Childhood Cancer, spreading even more cheer and goodwill.

Reindeer on the Roof

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Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and will land on the Peregrin rooftop Sunday, Dec. 17. From 12–2 p.m., families are welcome to relish the holiday magic with Santa and his reindeer friends along with complimentary cocoa and cookies. Then from 5 to 8 p.m., Peregrin will become an adult holiday haven with Christmassy cocktails, a cozy fire and stellar sounds from The Lowcountry Boil Band. Reindeer on the Roof is a great photo op so be sure to snap a pic with Santa and the crew.

Holidays at Hotel Bardo

Opening in February 2024, Hotel Bardo is Savannah’s newest, sleekest luxury lodge. And this holiday season, curious guests can get a sneak peek of the elegance that the hotel has to offer via two upcoming special events. Saint Bibiana, the hotel’s on-site dining concept, will host a Feast of the Seven Fishes, a five-course dinner set for Sunday, Dec. 24 at 5 p.m. Then on New Year’s Eve, Bardo is hosting a one-night-only event in the newly finished Club Bardo, located right above the restaurant. Guests can enjoy a premium open bar, late-night bites, dancing with DJ Phivestar and a midnight toast. It’s an exclusive look at the club before its official opening in February, and an excellent way to ring in the New Year.

A Kwanzaa Celebration

Savannah’s entertainment district, Plant Riverside District will present a Kwanzaa Celebration on Tuesday, Dec. 26 at 5:30 p.m. featuring master storyteller Lillian Grant-Baptiste, who will regale attendees with spirited stories evoking the rich history and traditions of Kwanzaa. Grant-Baptiste will also share about Kwanzaa’s seven core principles, one for each day of the week-long celebration, the first of which is Unity. Following this free event, which will take place at Beethoven’s Terrace, attendees can head to the vibrant Baobab Lounge to meet with Grant-Baptiste and enjoy specialty drinks and dishes from a Kwanzaa-inspired menu that will be available through Sunday, Dec. 31. Throughout the celebration, guests can visit a traditional altar featuring a Kinara candle holder and float white flowers down the Savannah River in honor of their ancestors. Then on Friday, Dec. 29, Plant Riverside District will spotlight local Black entrepreneurs in celebration of Ujamaa, which is about community. The Kwanzaa celebration will be a time of reverence, remembrance and rejoicing for all those who participate.

Chantel Britton

Chantel Britton is a compelling storyteller with an ever-growing curiosity. She's built a rewarding writing career for herself in addition to serving five years as a Public Affairs Officer in the U.S. Army Reserve. She's an NPR nerd with a deep passion for all things travel, sustainable living and adventure. She...


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