IF YOU LISTEN closely, you can already hear the jingle bells. This year, Christmas is coming early through the debut of the newest tradition to bring festive fun to Savannah’s entertainment district, the Kessler Collection’s Savannah Christmas Market Plant Riverside District.
The Savannah Christmas Market will take place starting at noon Nov. 27 and continuing on until Jan. 3, 2021, so families have plenty of time to enjoy the market several times over, throughout many evenings.
“I am so excited about this event. This is something that we had really thought would kick off next year, but as we got closer and closer to this point in time, and we thought about what is going on in the world, in the United States, and in Savannah, we thought we needed to do something to being some joy and smiles to people’s faces,” said Richard Kessler, CEO of the Kessler Collection.
Years ago, business man, visionary, and philanthropist, Richard Kessler, had the pleasure of spending the Christmas holiday in Salzburg, Austria. What he saw there astonished him and rekindled the Christmas spirit within him. Every night, while in Austria, he went to the Christmas market and experienced the pleasant holiday atmosphere, filled with Christmas carols, special spiced wines, fresh baked Christmas cookies, Christmas tree selling, ornaments, and beautiful families all submerged in the spirit of Christmas. Kessler’s goal was to bring that experience to our city and rekindle the holiday spirit in us all.
Kessler first introduced the idea to Savannah in 2005, and the city was not ready at the time, but now, with the opening of Plant Riverside District, Savannah now has the perfect venue to make the stream of events a success. There is no better time than now to bring Kessler’s vision to life.
When the Savannah Christmas Market kicks off on Nov. 27-28, the weekend will begin with entertainment, a Christmas tree lighting ceremony, pictures with Santa, a boat show, and much more for the family to see and enjoy. From VIP goodies for adults to gingerbread decorating for the children, this new tradition will have plenty of activities that all can enjoy.
“I think every family should come and enjoy it because there’s going to be something for everybody can do,” said Kessler.
In addition, on the opening weekend of the Savannah Christmas Market, $1 from the sale of all beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) will be donated to New Ebenezer Retreat Center and the Treutlen House, a safe home for boys in Rincon, GA to support their organizations at this time.
“This is the place to be to see all the activities and opening kickoff event for the holidays at Plant Riverside, all in a family friendly, outdoor venue. We hope to see you there,” Donna Currier, Corporate Office Manager at The Kessler Collection.