Golden Isles Major Holiday Trip Ideas

Golden Isles is an ideal location to celebrate year-round holidays. From a romantic date on Valentine’s Day to a family-friendly celebration on Thanksgiving, there is always a place (and a reason!) to celebrate in the Golden Isles.

Valentine’s Day

Looking for a special way to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your sweetheart? Nothing is more romantic than a trip to the Golden Isles. Book a room at a cozy bed and breakfast like McKinnon House and enjoy a leisurely stroll in Old Town Brunswick. Or, book a stay at the luxury boutique hotel on St. Simons Island, Hotel Simone. Impress your date with gourmet specials and authentic southern fare at The Grand Dining Room on Jekyll Island, then spend the evening stargazing at Driftwood Beach. Check out more of our best date ideas in the area.  

Mother’s Day

Spend time with the family at the Mayfair, a signature event that’s held each year on Mother’s Day. With food, games, music and more, this is a perfect family-friendly event in beautiful Brunswick, Georgia. Elsewhere in Brunswick, take a guided historic tour or poke through antique shops in Old Town to find a unique gift for mom.


Fourth of July

Fourth of July celebrations take place across the Golden Isles, with fireworks and parades in multiple locations. Check out the St. Simons Island Sunshine Festival, an island tradition for over 60 years, or venture over to Sea Island for a Fireworks Spectacular at the Beach Club. All that and more when you celebrate the Fourth of July in the Golden Isles.

Labor Day

Plan a camping trip over Labor Day weekend to temper the sting of the unofficial end of summer. Pitch your tent under oak trees at Jekyll Island Campground or swim in the freshwater lake at Blythe Island Regional Park and dine at the onsite restaurant Fish Tales Pub and Grill. No matter where you lay your pack at night, you’ll be sure to enjoy beautiful hiking trails and scenic vistas along coastal Georgia.


Take the stress out of Thanksgiving and let us do the cooking. The Jekyll Island Club Resort hosts a Thanksgiving brunch and dinner for those who want to spend more quality time with family and friends outside the kitchen. The King & Prince on St. Simons Island also serves a festive Thanksgiving feast. 

Jekyll Island Club at Christmas

Christmas and New Year’s

There are a variety of signature holiday events that happen throughout December in the Golden Isles. Watch the floats roll by at the Annual Brunswick Christmas Parade to get in the holiday spirit. Or stop by Holly Jolly Jekyll on Jekyll Island. There you’ll see festive Christmas lights and enjoy caroling, craft workshops and more.