5 Festive Things to Do This Weekend

Kick off December with these safe and festive activities! From Christmas trees, to hot cocoa, to light shows, here's what to do in Savannah this weekend.

Photo: Whitefield Square, Savannah, Georgia

With temperatures dropping in the South and December upon us, it’s time to embrace the season and rally some holiday cheer! 

We’re not used to 30-40-degree weather in the Lowcountry; so when temperatures dropped as soon as calendars turned to December 1, a frosty shudder shook the South. However, it’s not quite time to concede to our couches and fire places—there are plenty of things to do around town! Beat the wintertime blues by getting out and enjoying the fresh (albeit, crisp) air and holiday spirit. Downtown Savannah, Georgia is buzzing with festivities, such the new Plant Riverside District Christmas Village and the 50-foot tree at the corner of Broughton and Bull streets. 

With colder weather often comes cold and flu season, and with COVID-19 numbers still on the rise, it is more important than ever to remain diligent about keeping yourself and others safe, happy and healthy this holiday. Please be mindful of health precautions and please double check with any event or venue about regulations.

More importantly, don’t be discouraged—neither by the weather nor the current state of affairs—and indulge in some holiday festivities! Here’s what is going on near Savannah this weekend (Dec. 4-6, 2020).

  1. See All the Christmas Trees

There are a few spectacular trees on display downtown. Of course, the 50-foot tree on Broughton Street is truly something to behold, weighing in at 10,000 pounds and illuminated with over 20,000 lights. It is said that the power needed to light the tree is equivalent to that of powering a small apartment.

Plant Riverside District held a tree-lighting ceremony last weekend (November 29) with a visit from Santa himself. The tree is beautifully decorated with lights and ornaments. While you’e checking out the tree, stop by the Christmas Village, running throughout December! Modeled after the traditional Salzburg Christmas Market in Europe, the Savannah Christmas Market will feature unique vendors along the riverfront with entertainment, specialty holiday items and seasonal food and beverage treats.

Photo: Plant Riverside District

2. Sip a Hot Chocolate

Nothing sets the tone for holiday festivities quite like clutching a warm cup filled with hot, chocolatety goodness. For the Starbucks-stans out there, they’ve rolled out their seasonal holiday cups and drinks just in time for your weekend fun. There are also many local options for a fantastic hot cocoa, including Savannah Coffee Roasters, Paris Market, Collins Quarter, Fox and Fig, and many, many more


3. Do: Drive-in Light Shows

There are several great light shows happening locally, but did you know, the “world’s largest holiday drive-through”—a mile-long stretch of over two million lights—is located in Marietta, GA? Although Marietta is a bit of a haul from Savannah, the light show is worth the trip. “Candy Rush” features a 40-foot tall candy cane, a gingerbread village, sugar plum fairies and sweets as far as the eye can see! It’s that childhood sugar-rush feeling without the crash. The drive-through park is open from 6-10 p.m. nightly and does require pre-bought tickets to enter. If you visit on a Wednesday, World of Illumination donates a portion of ticket sales to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Georgia.

Photo: World of Illumination – “Candy Rush”

If a multi-hour drive sounds daunting, a great local option is the December Nights & Holiday Lights drive-through at the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens. Only about a 20-minute drive from downtown, the light show is completely car-accessible this year and coasts $25 per car-load to view. The show runs daily from 6-9 p.m. and lasts through January 3.

4. Follow the Gingerbread Trail

The Savannah Harbor Foundation is hosting its annual gingerbread competition. Participants squared off against fierce competition to create gingerbread house masterpieces, including an impressive replica of the Savannah’s Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist! The top houses can be found at Perry Lane, Plant Riverside and the DeSoto hotels. You can view an interactive map here to track down all of the delectable creations!

Photo: Savannah Gingerbread Trail


5. For 21+ Fun: Liquid Warmth 

Forget liquid courage, we (21+ folks) could use some liquid warmth! Service Brewing is hosting the Made by Makers Holiday Market this Saturday, December 5 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Enjoy some craft brews while perusing the holiday market, featuring local vendors. Each purchase yields one raffle entry to win some great prizes, including a one-night stay at The Alida Hotel, an AW Studios leather wallet, and a Meredith Anne Sutton Polo Cuff. You don’t want to miss this event!

Photo: Service Brewing