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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!


Days of Christmas Arts & Crafts: November 28 - December 6

Create some Christmas pieces with the Tinted Tide this holiday season. Create a festive masterpiece at one (or all!) of The Tinted Tide's themed holiday events throughout November and December. Make Christmas memories that will last for years to come. Learn more. 

Santa Paws: December 3

Dress your dogs in their Christmas best as you take them to meet Santa Paws at the St. Simons Casino! Each pup gets their own photo with Santa and a special treat, too. Learn more.

Santa Cinema: December 4

Watch a movie with the Big Man himself! Santa will travel all the way from the North Pole to hear your Christmas wishes, snap a photo, and even watch a movie with you. Enjoy the holiday classic "Mickey's Christmas Carol." Space is limited to 50 guests per showing. Learn more.

Mistletoe Market: December 5 - 6

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' eleventh 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.

Breakfast with the Grinch: December 5

Join the festive fun at Golden Isles Olive Oil for Breakfast with the Grinch! Santa will also make a special appearance. Guests will be treated to a buffet breakfast with Green Eggs and Ham. Don your Christmas best for the perfect photo with the Grinch and Santa, too! Learn more.

Holiday Golf Cart Parade and Santa Arrival: December 12

Head down to the Pier Village watch the Holiday Golf Cart Parade roll through town! See everyone dressed in their favorite holiday sweaters and watch as the golf carts drive by decked out in tinsel and lights. And be sure to keep your eyes on the horizon for the big man in red to sail into town! 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.


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 18th annual Reindog Parade and special buffets, brunches, and dinners, this will certainly be a season to remember on Sea Island. Learn more.


Peppermint Land: November 27 - January 3

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. 

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 27 – January 3

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 27 - December 26

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: November 27 - January 3

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 Fireworks Displays: December 6 & 20 

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.

Holiday High Tea: December 8 & 15

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: December 5

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.

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 Christmas Parade: December 5

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.

Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation's 40th Annual Christmas: December 5

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 Actors Theatre Presents The Santaland Diaries: December 5-20

Join the Brunswick Actors Theatre this December for their production of The Santaland Diaries. This one-man show has been an annual tradition at theaters across the U.S. for the past twenty years. It is the perfect Christmas tree for grownups! Learn More.

Coastal Symphony Winter Concert: December 6

Enjoy the always enchanting Coastal Symphony of Georgia as they play Festive Christmas Brass outdoors under the oaks at Gascoigne Bluff. It will be an afternoon filled with joyful, extraordinary music. Bring your own chairs and masks. Learn more.

A Christmas Carol: December 11 - 20

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.

Moxie Last Minute Market: December 12

If you've forgotten to get a present for that special someone, don't panic! Moxie Craft Fest will be hosting a last-minute market on Saturday the 12th. Find beautiful hand-made crafts that will be perfect for anyone you are hoping to impress this holiday season. Stop by Silver Bluff Brewing for this outdoor market. 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!

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