Signature Holiday Events

Golden sunshine, sandy beaches, and mild coastal temperatures make up the glorious backdrop of the Golden Isles in the wintertime. And our signature holiday events take center stage. Attend an annual event, find great live music weekly or discover your new favorite festival in the Golden Isles this season!

Here's a lineup of Christmas and holiday events on St. Simons Island, Sea Island, Jekyll Island and Brunswick.


Redfern's 1st Annual Christmas Tree Lighting: November 26

Join us for Redfern's  Annual Christmas Tree Lighting, featuring Santa photos and a beautiful Christmas Tree lighting! There will also be live music and its Small Business Saturday, so the shops and restaurants will have fun discounts and other local vendors will be on-site to kick off the holiday season! 

A Charlie Brown Christmas: December 

Enjoy a "real people" adaptation of the beloved animated TV special showcasing Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and Linus as they discover the true meaning of Christmas. 

Mistletoe Market: December 2-3

Find the perfect gift of locally made artwork, pottery, sculpture, photography, woodworking, and more as you browse more than 60 accomplished artist booths at Glynn Visual Arts' annual Mistletoe Market held at Postell Park. Learn more.

Christmas Tour of Lights: December 13-27

Join Lighthouse Trolleys for their Annual Fendig Family Christmas Tour of Lights! The 90-minute tour will be offered daily from December 13-27. Hop aboard the trolley to see some of the most magnificent light displays found on St. Simons Island. Learn more.

Teddy Bear Tea: December 17

Visit the King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort for a holiday-themed tea party! At this holiday-themed tea party, children will be greeted with a plush toy upon arrival, and Santa Claus will host a storytime. This ticketed event features a variety of treats and refreshments, and all children must be accompanied by an adult. Learn more.


Sea Island Thanksgiving: November 21-26

Live music, bingo, traditional Thanksgiving fare, beach walks and more await guests and members of Sea Island this Thanksgiving. Participate in the resort's annual Turkey Trot Family Fun Run or 5K, delight in a sumptuous Thanksgiving feast, and begin the holiday season with a spectacular tree lighting ceremony, all to be held during the week of Thanksgiving on Sea Island. Learn more.

Sea Island Christmas: December 22-26

Guests and members of Sea Island will delight in the resort's incredible calendar of holiday-themed events held throughout the week leading up to Christmas. From a life-size Gingerbread Cottage to the annual Reindog Parade and special buffets, brunches, and dinners, this will certainly be a season to remember on Sea Island. Learn more.

Sea Island New Year's: December 27-January 2

Ring in 2022 at Sea Island with awe-inspiring fireworks displays, sparkling evenings filled with beautiful decorations and impeccable service, all while creating lasting memories along the way. Learn more.


Peppermint Land: November 24-December 27

Immerse yourself in Peppermint Land at the Jekyll Island Miniature Golf Course! Featuring decorations such as gingerbread men, gumdrops, peppermint sticks, and other sweet holiday favorites. This experience will make you feel like you are in a life-size Candyland! Learn more.

Holly Jolly Light Tours: November 24-January 7

The Jekyll Island Mosaic Museum will be offering the jolliest of holiday trolley rides. Tour the Historic District and gaze at over half a million-holiday lights! The centuries-old live oak trees will be decorated spectacularly for the season. So grab a holiday beverage and enjoy this coastal take on a winter wonderland. Learn more.

Mailbox on Main: November 24-December 24

It's time to get that Christmas list to the North Pole! Drop off your letter to Santa in the mailbox located on Main Street in the Jekyll Island Beach Village. Make sure you get it in on time! Learn more.

Christmas Tour of Lights: December 1-January 6

Join Lighthouse Trolleys for their Family Christmas Tour of Lights! The 90-minute tour will also be offered this year on Jekyll Island! Hop aboard the trolley to see some of the most magnificent light displays found on the island. Learn more.

Big Truck Roundup: December 2

Kids can explore, touch and learn more about exciting emergency vehicles from Jekyll Island Fire/EMS and Georgia State Patrol. With the opportunity to sit in the driver's seat and chat with emergency personnel, this holiday-themed event, complete with a visit from Santa, will be fun for all. Learn more.

Holiday High Tea: December 7-28

A holiday tradition at the Jekyll Island Club Resort, this is the perfect opportunity to gather your closest friends and family for a festive afternoon filled with delicious treats and beautiful decorations. Enjoy the sounds of the season while you sip on the expansive selection of teas and dine on tea sandwiches, soup, warm scones, and exquisite sweets. Reservations required. Learn more.

Holly Jolly Jekyll Light Parade: December 9

Ring in the holidays with Santa, his sleigh, and golf carts decked out in their best holiday gear! This parade will be jingling all the way from the Historic District to the Main Lawn. Find a full parade route with ideal parking areas here: Learn more.

Breakfast with the Grinch: December 9

Head out to the Jekyll Island Club Resort for a "Green Eggs & Ham" themed breakfast with the Grinch in the Grand Dining Room! Learn more.

Gingerbread House Decorating on Jekyll Island: December 9

It's not officially the holidays without Gingerbread House decorating! Stop by the Jekyll Island Club Resort for a fun afternoon of decorating! Learn more.

Lunch with Santa: December 16

Bring your family for a special and memorable meal with Santa Claus at Jekyll Island Club Resort's Grand Dining Room. Photo opportunities will be available. Learn more.

Drive-In Movie: December 20 & 27

Park your car at the Jekyll Island Convention Center to enjoy a screening of How the Grinch Stole Christmas featuring a visit from Santa. Enjoy dinner at one of the Beach Village restaurants, do a little Christmas shopping, and treat your family or friends to a fun evening together. Learn more.

Holiday Fireworks Displays: December 21 & 28

End your night with a bang with two incredible, free fireworks displays on Jekyll Island! After touring the island to take in the spectacular Christmas decorations, head to Great Dunes Beach Park, Corsair Beach Park or Oceanview Beach Park for three of the best places to view the fireworks show. Learn more.

New Year's Eve Party: December 31

Enjoy live music and great company while you celebrate the beginning of 2024. All party goers can enjoy late night bites and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. We will be dancing the night away at the Jekyll Island Club Resort with live music by BackBeat Boulevard! Learn more. 


Golden Isles YMCA Breakfast with Santa: November 18

Come celebrate Christmas with the Golden Isles YMCA Foundation! Enjoy a delicious Santa Breakfast and plenty of activities for the children, and take photos with Santa! Learn more

Annual Christmas Tree Lighting: November 24

Join Historic Downtown Brunswick for their annual Christmas tree lighting the Friday after Thanksgiving! The tree lighting will take place at Queen Square with a reading of "Twas the Night Before Christmas," live music, and the opportunity to visit with Santa! Learn more.

Festival of Trees: November 30

All are invited to join the merriment of the season while decorating a tree or wreath to be auctioned as part of a fundraiser for Hope 1312 Collective. This event has both tree decorating and an auction. Learn more.

Twinkle in the Squares: December 

In Historic Downtown Brunswick, walk or drive along Newcastle Street any evening after dark to experience the annual Festival of Lights, which is a fantastic static light display. The whole street will be lit up from G Street to Hanover Park. The fifteen-minute shows will run for an hour twice a night on Friday and Saturday evenings throughout December. 

Magnolia Garden Club Christmas Tour of Homes: December 

Enjoy a self-guided tour of the beautiful downtown Brunswick homes that will be decorated for the holidays, also featuring a bake sale! Storytellers will give additional information about the area and particular houses. Participants have the option to walk, drive, or take Redbug shuttles as they tour throughout the neighborhood. 

2023 CASA Jingle All the Way 5K: December 2

Run for a good cause! This cause will start and finish in Historic Brunswick, Georgia. Runners will follow a route through historic sections of downtown and run past the CASA offices. All the proceeds will go to support CASA Glynn and CASA Camden, and the hundreds of volunteers that support the children of Southeast Georgia. Learn more.

Pictures With Santa: December 3,9

Bring your camera and take a picture with Santa at Beaus and Babes Boutique, located in Downtown Brunswick. Learn more

Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation's Annual Christmas: December 1-2

Step back in time at Brunswick's historic rice plantation and enjoy the special holiday-themed decorations for the Christmas season. Visitors will walk along the illuminated path under centuries-old oaks, take in the beautifully decorated historic home, witness pre-Civil War re-enactments and cannon firings, enjoy hot wassail and cookies, and even visit with Santa Claus himself! Learn more.

Brunswick Actors Studio Presents Christmas with the King: December 1-3

Join the Brunswick Actors Theatre this December for Christmas with the King, a concert featuring Georgia's favorites including Michael Chambliss, Travis Powell, Austin Irby, and Samantha Chambliss! Learn more.

Brunswick Christmas Parade: December 2

This annual community parade takes place on the first Saturday in December. Starting at 5:30 p.m. at Howard Coffin Park, more than 100 floats, vehicles, walking groups, and marching bands will make their way down Newcastle Street as they light up the night and fill the air with holiday cheer. Learn more.

A Christmas Carol: December 8-10

Watch a live performance at the Historic Ritz Theatre of Charles Dickens' immortal tale of the mean old miser Scrooge and his magical night discovering the true meaning of Christmas. Live on stage and starring Bryan Thompson as Ebenezer Scrooge. Learn more.

The New Year's Eve Shrimp Drop: December 31

Join in on the countdown at Mary Ross Waterfront Park! Say goodbye to 2021 and welcome 2022 with Bob the Shrimp. In addition to the Shrimp Drop, this annual event features live music, food, axe throwing, and fun inflatables. Learn more.

Explore more art festivals, live music, First Friday events, and more on our full events calendar to see what fits into your vacation! And if you're in search of places to eat during the holidays, make plans to dine at one of these beloved local restaurants featuring special menus this season.