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!

ST. SIMONS ISLAND

Santa Cinema: December 6

Watch a movie with the Big Man himself! Santa will travel all the way from the North Pole to hear your Christmas wishes and even watch a movie with you. Drink hot cocoa and enjoy the holiday classic "How the Grinch Stole Christmas." Learn more.

Mistletoe Market: December 7 - 8

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' eighth annual Mistletoe Market held at Postell Park . Other exciting events include the Holiday Hound Hike, a festive dog parade, and a kids' creation station. Learn more.

Family Christmas Concert at Christ Church: December 8

A piano performance with a holiday twist! Terry Readdick is bringing you your favorite holiday pieces like Joy to the World and Jingle Bells. He even will be performing selections from the Nutcracker. This is something to get the whole family in the Christmas Spirit. Learn more.

Caroling at the King & Prince: December 9 - 19

Students from local schools will be singing your holiday favorites on select dates this December! Sip hot chocolate and Christmas tea while you sing along to the classics. 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. Learn more.

Teddy Bear Tea: December 14 & 21

The King & Prince invites you and your best doll friend to enjoy decorating cookies and listening to stories told by Santa himself! Tea sandwiches, chocolate chip cookies, cake pops, scones, and your favorite holiday beverages will all be available. You and your furry friends don't want to miss this extraordinary event! Learn more.

Kid's Holiday Workshop: December 19 - 20

Create some Christmas pieces at the Tinted Tide this December. Paint a holiday masterpiece, make a personalized candle, and a 4x4 mixed media project. Make Christmas memories that will last for years to come. Learn more. 

Christmas Brunch Buffet : December 25

The King & Prince welcomes you to dine with them this Christmas holiday. Beginning at 11 AM on Christmas Day, the resort will be serving up a delicious seasonal menu. Reservations are required. Learn more.

SEA ISLAND

Sea Island Half Marathon: November 16

Runners will take in the scenic sights and views around Sea Island as they opt between a 10K or half marathon course with minimal elevation gain. The marathon, presented by Vineyard Vines, will feature a post-race party and champagne brunch, Vineyard Vines participant performance tee, medal and more. Learn more.

JEKYLL ISLAND

Jekyll Island Skating Village: November 29 - January 5

Placed in the middle of the picturesque Historict District, the Jekyll Island "ice" skating village is back again! Skate amongst the live oak trees and gaze out over the marsh as you watch the sunset. Who knew you could ice skate in paradise?! Learn more. 

Peppermint Land: November 29 - January 5

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

Mailbox on Main: November 29 - December 22

It is 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. 

Holly Jolly Light Tours: November 29 – December 28

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.

Merry Artists' Show & Sale: November 29 - December 31

If you're thinking about something a little more creative than a tie or sweater for those on your gift list this holiday season, the Jekyll Island Arts Association's fifth annual Merry Artists' Show & Sale is your shopping solution. Find unique works of art, all created by Jekyll Island Arts Association members and on sale throughout the holidays at Goodyear Cottage. Learn more.

Holidays in History: December 1 - December 31

Explore the cottages in the Jekyll Island Historic District this Christmas season. Dressed up in their holiday best, these historic mansions will fill you with inspiration for decorating your own homes. Learn more. 

Holiday High Tea: December 3 & 18

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 Parade and Lighting of the Great Tree: December 7

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. After the parade, Santa himself will light the Great Tree! Celebrate this holly jolly event with the whole family. Learn more.

Jekyll Singers Christmas Concert: December 17

The Jekyll Island Arts Association present the annual Jekyll Singers Christmas Concert. The Singers will perform the Christmas classics you know and love at the always beautiful Jekyll Island Convention Center. Learn more. 

Historic Gingerbread House Decorating: December 20

Design and construct your very own gingerbread house at the Mosaic Museum. This will be a night full of sweet, family friendly fun! Learn more. 

Winter Carnival: December 21

Rides, games, music and more can be found at Jekyll Island's Winter Carnival in the Beach Village. Experience a Coastal Georgia winter during this outdoor event! Learn more. 

New Year's Eve Party

2020 is just around the corner and we know how you should celebrate. Head over to the Jekyll Island Club Resort and enjoy the festivities. Food, champagne, and live music are just a few things that will help you ring in the New Year! Learn more. 

BRUNSWICK

Brunswick Christmas Tree Lighting: November 29

Head down to Historic Downtown Brunswick for the annual lighting of the Christmas Tree! The tree will be located in Jekyll Square next to Tipsy McSway's. Restaurants will stay open late and businesses will be participating in the window decorating contest! Christmas carolers will be singing as well as horse driven carriage rides and even a visit from Santa himself! Learn more.

Festival of Lights and Window Wonderland: November 29 – December 14

Celebrate the holidays with festive lights and decorations, including creative displays in Historic Downtown Brunswick’s windows and storefronts! Decorations will be up throughout the holiday season, and many special activities are scheduled in the weeks leading up to Christmas. Learn more.

Coastal Symphony Winter Concert: December 2

Enjoy the the always enchanting Coastal Symphony of Georgia as they play selections from The Nutcracker Ballet as well as the magical Hansel and Gretel and Trumpet Concerto. It will be a night filled with joyful, extraordinary music. Learn more. 

Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation's 39th Annual Christmas: December 7

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 plantation home, witness pre-Civil War re-enactments and cannon firings, and even visit with Santa Claus himself! Learn more.

Brunswick Christmas Parade: December 7

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 13 - 22

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.

A Christmas Musical Gathering: December 19

Join The Blue Door for a special Christmas event filled with festive music, food and fun! Singing this year will be local artists such as Dave Griffin and Owen Plant. Special Guest Walter Peters will also be adding his holiday tunes to the lineup! Don't miss out on this spectacular night. Learn more. 

New Year's Eve Ghosts & Legends: December 31 - January 1

Have a spooky New Year at Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation on a lantern-lit tour through Coastal Georgia's most haunted rice plantation. Listen to the tales of those who inhabited the grounds or maybe even meet a few. Learn more. 

Explore more arts festivals, live music, First Friday events and more on our full events calendar to see what fits into your vacation!