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Upcoming Festivals & Events

Throughout Georgia’s Golden Isles, every season shines with activities and new experiences: art and antique shows, festivals, food and wine events, historic celebrations, performing arts, clinics, themed tours and races. Regardless of which month you choose to visit the Golden Isles, there will be an event or festival to add to your fun and enjoyment. Check out our signature annual events here.

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E.g., 12/09/2016
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There are 25 events happening between December 9th, 2016 and January 8th, 2017.

Jekyll Island Skating Village

Jekyll Island Skating Village

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November 19th, 2016 to January 8th, 2017

Oceanfront “ice” skating comes to Jekyll Island! This outdoor synthetic rink is open November through January. Skate rentals, concessions, and panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean are available at the Jekyll Island Skating Village.

Holidays in History

Holidays in History

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November 26th to December 31st, 2016

The cottages of the historic district will be adorned with their finest holiday decorations. Enjoy the history of Jekyll Island enriched in seasonal splendor as you venture inside the cottages of Jekyll Island’s National Historic Landmark District.

Merry Artists' Show and Sale

Merry Artists' Show and Sale

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November 26th to December 30th, 2016

The Jekyll Island Arts Association is hosting a festive holiday art show and sale featuring small works of art, all under $150, created by members. The Merry Artists' Show and Sale will open with an artists' reception on November 26th, 1:00-6:00 p.m.

December Dining at Sea Island

December Dining at Sea Island

December 1st to 22nd, 2016

From December 1–22, Sea Island welcomes you to dine in our incomparable restaurants, enjoy special Spa and Salon savings, and shop for distinctive holiday gifts at Sea Island’s outstanding collection of unique shops, such as the new Peter Millar Collection store.

Christmas Twilight Tours

Christmas Twilight Tours

December 3rd to 31st, 2016

Exclusive to the holiday season, enjoy a special evening trolley ride through the National Historic Landmark District highlighting the story of Christmas on Jekyll Island.

The Nutcracker

Golden Isles Ballet Company presents The Nutcracker

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December 9th to 11th, 2016

The Golden Isles Ballet 2016 production of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker premieres December 9-11 at The Brunswick High Auditorium. This community event will feature the most famous ballet dancers alongside our local talent. Stars include Jorge Barani, Meisy Garcia Lafitte.

Golden Isles Live! Presents: Tenore

Golden Isles Live! Presents: Tenore

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December 9th, 2016

Golden Isles Live! Presents Tenore live in concert at The Cloister on Sea Island.

Ritz Radio Theatre Presents It's a Wonderful Life

Ritz Radio Theatre Presents It's a Wonderful Life

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December 9th to 18th, 2016

Golden Isles Arts & Humanities is bringing back the popular Ritz Radio Theatre production of It’s A Wonderful Life for the holiday season. Perfect for all ages, the performance will be presented December 9-18, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 3 pm.

The Farmers Market at Sea Island

The Farmers Market at Sea Island

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December 10th, 2016

Support southern vendors at the Southern Grown Farmers Market. Enjoy live music, fresh produce, samples, and southern products at this family-friendly event. This event is open to the public and held at The Market at Sea Island, 351 Sea Island Road, St. Simons Island, GA.

General Oglethorpe's Birthday & Holiday Open House

General Oglethorpe's Birthday & Holiday Open House

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December 10th, 2016

As the leading figure of the new colony of Georgia, General James Edward Oglethorpe was feted on his birthday in the young settlements of the colony.

After Matth Party

St. Simons Island Food + Spirits Festival After Matth Party

December 10th, 2016

Join us in Gascoigne Bluff on December 10th. Featuring the Elegant Island Living VIP Lounge with early event access at 11 am. Enjoy music, VIP celebrity meet & greets, private bar and fully catered food offerings!

Santa at the Rink

Santa at the Rink

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December 10th, 2016

Can’t make it to the Tree Lighting to see Santa? No worries! He’ll make special trips back to Jekyll Island at the Skating Village.

Bring your cameras and your wishlists to visit with the jolly old elf Saturday, Dec. 3, and Saturday, Dec. 10.

The Grinch

Southern Dance Theatre presents The Grinch

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December 10th to 11th, 2016

Southern Dance Theatre presents The Grinch at the Glynn Academy Auditorium

Saturday, December 10 at 2:00 and 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 11, at 2:00 p.m.

Santa at Crane Cottage

Santa at Crane Cottage

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December 11th, 2016

The kids can share their wish list with Santa at Crane (no charge). A photographer will be available to capture the moment (fee).

Moonrise Oceanfront at ECHO

Moonrise Oceanfront at ECHO

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December 12th to 14th, 2016

Make plans to appreciate Month Nature’s beauty with drink and dining specials at ECHO – St. Simons’ only oceanfront restaurant. Each month, we will showcase a variety of local farmers and purveyors for three evenings. While the moon rises over the horizon and glistens on the ocean.

Harrington Community Park Grand Opening

Harrington Community Park Grand Opening

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December 13th, 2016

Supporters of the Park at Harrington on St. Simons Island will celebrate the opening of what is now known as the Harrington Community Park, on Tuesday, Dec. 13, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

The Literary Guild presents Still Walking

The Literary Guild presents Still Walking

December 14th, 2016

The Literary Guild of St. Simons Island Film Series presents Still Walking. Japan, 2008, directed by Hirokazu Koreeda. The film is a family drama about grown children visiting their elderly parents, which unfolds over one summer day. The aging parents have lived in the family home for decades.

Lighthouse Trolley Island Tour of Lights

Lighthouse Trolley Island Tour of Lights

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December 14th to 27th, 2016

The Fendig Family invites to you to board up with us on our trolleys and buses and come out to tour the Christmas Lights of St. Simons Island, Georgia.

Holly Jolly Jekyll Parade

Holly Jolly Jekyll Parade

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December 17th, 2016

Santa has his sleigh, and Jekyll Island has golf carts! Join in the fun of the festive Holly Jolly Jekyll Parade, where golf carts don their Christmas best and jingle all the way to Beach Village.

Georgia Sea Grill Winter Wine Dinner

Winter Wine Dinner

December 18th, 2016

You're invited! Join us at the piano bar Sunday, December 18th for an intimate wine pairing dinner beginning at 6 p.m. Executive Chef Tim Lensch and Wine Director Brian Henderson have crafted the ultimate blend of cuisine and wine in this special 4-course dinner with pairings.

Christmas Bagpiper

Christmas Bagpiper

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December 19th to 24th, 2016

Come hear the sounds of the season as Tim Akins bagpipes around the hotel. Join us for this free event and get into the holiday spirit! This event will take place December 19-24, 2016 from 4:30pm-5:20pm.

Christmas Cookie Workshop

Christmas Cookie Workshop

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December 20th, 2016

Spend a sweet afternoon with our Pastry Chefs for the fun of decorating Christmas cookies. Each guest will receive one dozen cookies to decorate and take home. Colored icings, sprinkles and more fun decorations will be available along with punch and mulled cider!

The Literary Guild presents Hunt for the Wilderpeople

The Literary Guild presents Hunt for the Wilderpeople

December 21st, 2016

The Literary Guild of St. Simons Island Film Series presents Hunt for the Wilderpeople. New Zealand, 2016, directed by Taika Waititi. Stylistically compelling and drenched in golden light, this is funny, entertaining and sneakily profound.

Jekyll Island New Year's Bluegrass Festival

41st Annual New Year's Bluegrass Festival

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December 29th to 31st, 2016

Come experience what is becoming a Jekyll Island tradition, the New Year's Bluegrass Festival. Take part in this 3 day event and hear some of the biggest names in bluegrass perform live at the Jekyll Island Convention Center.

Island Treasures

Island Treaures

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January 1st to February 28th, 2017

In the early 1900s, east coast fishermen used hollow glass balls, or floats, on their nets as markers. Occasionally, the floats would break loose and wash ashore for lucky beachcombers to find and keep. Collecting these rare, highly sought after glass floats became a hobby in the 1950s.