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Savannah Events – December 2014

Ongoing

Saturdays   Forsyth Farmers Market
Focused on food and food issues, this producer-only market (meaning all vendors have to be producing at least 75% of the products they sell) allows only food and plant vendors. Located on the Southside of Forsyth Park, come out and support your local farmers.

 Saturdays through Dec. 20th   Wilmington Island Farmer’s Market
This outdoor market sets up in the parking lot of the Islands Community Church located at 111 Walthour Road in Wilmington Island. WIFM features local farm-fresh produce, handcrafted baked goods and other edibles, jewelers, photographers and body products.

Through Dec. 26th   A Christmas Tradition
“A Christmas Tradition” brings you holiday glitz and glitter with a 2-hour performance. The theatre is transformed into a perfect holiday picture, sharing memories of the Christmas standards that you know and love.

Festival of LightsThrough Dec. 28th
Savannah Harbor Festival of Lights
A drive through light show around the Hutchinson Island Road Course, a Ferris Wheel and carnival rides on Bryan Square, Gingerbread Village inside the hotel, Pictures with Santa, Winter “Fun Zone”, holiday concessions and fabulous holiday decor around the Resort.  $20 up to 8 passengers.  $40 9-16 passengers.

5          Christmas on the River & First Friday Fireworks
It’s a holiday celebration on Historic River Street! Featuring regional arts and crafts exhibitors with holiday gifts and stocking stuffers, music, and local entertainment, with fireworks as the grand finale. Free and open to the public.

5          City Market Holiday Open House
Explore the beauty of holiday decorations including hundreds of lights and over 500 luminaria in the courtyard. Enjoy Christmas carolers, visit with Father Christmas, and sample holiday treats in the shops. 6pm – 9m. Free and open to the public.  Please bring an unwrapped toy to drop off in our Holiday Hope collection box.

6          Christmas for Kids Celebration
Bring the family to City Market for fun-filled activities including cookie decorating, making ornaments to take home, face painting, a petting zoo, photos with Father Christmas in the Carriage Tours of Savannah Cinderella Carriage, and a choir performance. Please bring an unwrapped toy to drop off in our Holiday Hope collection box. 11am – 2pm  Free and open to the public.

6          Christmas Lighted Parade
Don’t miss Savannah’s Lighted Christmas Parade, starting on West River Street at 5:30pm, traveling throughout downtown and ending at Ellis Square. The parade marks the official arrival of St. Nick, so this is one event you don’t want to miss!  Free and open to the public.

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6          Savannah River Bridge Run
The 5k, 10k, Double Pump, and Kid’s ¼ Mile, this much anticipated race is always a fun run!


6   Tybee Island Christmas Parade
Everyone loves a parade! The parade begins at 1pm from the 14th Street parking lot and travels up Tybrisa to Butler Avenue, then to the Tybee Gym where children will have photo time with Santa.

11 – 24    Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens December Nights & Holiday Nights
Visitors can embark on a self-guided walking tour though over six acres of themed garden areas while enjoying holiday music and a beautiful display of seasonal lights. Stroller and wheelchair-friendly. $5.

12 – Jan. 3        Skatefest 2014
Ice skating, Savannah style, at the Savannah Civic Center.

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12 – 13  40th  Holiday Tour of Homes
Many special events are planned in conjunction with the homes tour to celebrate the 40th anniversary. 12 Homes to tour, Victorian Tea at the Massie Heritage Center, Christmas celebration of music, Hot toddy tasting, and special surprises.

16        Happy Hanukkah

 

19 – 20   Ft. Pulaski Candle Lantern Tours
Ft. Pulaski commemorates the Confederate Nog party of 1861. The long-lived tradition provides night-time tours of the historic fort by candle light and oil lamps.

20         5th Annual Savannah Reindeer Run (8k)
Savannah’s best family-oriented run event! Adults and youth are invited to run an 8K, and younger children will enjoy a kiddie race. Entry fee includes a T-shirt, food, and post-race festivities. Monetary prizes will be award to youth with most funds raised. Event includes a Kid Zone, costume contest and a “Seasons Best Cookie” contest, judged by Stratton Leopold, and Jesse Blanco of “Eat it & Like it”. Among the many prizes, winners will enjoy circus tickets to Ringling Brothers and Barnum Bailey.

20         Tybee Island Tour de Lights Bike Parade
Light up your bikes, tinsel up the handrails, and cruise the island for a night of holiday fun! The Tour Lights parade will begin and end at AJ’s Dockside.

21         Tybee Floating Christmas Parade
Get swept away by all of the festive Christmas lights on the water during the Floating Christmas Parade.

25         Merry Christmas!

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31         New Year’s Eve in City Market
Ring in the New Year at City Market! It’s an outdoor street party and you are invited to join in the fun. Live music starts at 9pm and lasts until 1am. Free and open to the public.

31         New Year’s Eve on River Street
Ring in the New Year on Historic River Street! Don’t miss out on live music and our non-traditional “ball drop” with a Savannah twist! Countdown the final seconds of 2014 as we raise our six foot to-go cup to the New Year! The “Up the Cup” countdown will start right before midnight followed by a firework display to officially ring in 2015!

31    New Year’s Eve on Tybee
Curl up on your beach chair, or on a blanket, to watch the fireworks display from the Pier and Pavilion at midnight.

October Calendar of Events

It’s officially Fall, and with the weather cooling off, it’s a perfect time to take advantage of all of these outdoor events!

Saturdays

Collage Farmers MarketForsyth Farmers Market
9am – 1pm. Every Saturday, at the south end of Forsyth Park, you’ll find plenty of locally grown, and organic, fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy, and more! Talk to the farmers, and meet up with friends; it’s a great way to start your Saturday!

Wilmington Island Farmers Market
9am – 1pm. Highlighting local talent and bringing healthy foods to our doorstep. With guest Chefs, story time for the kids, and musical acts, it’s quickly become a favorite for those on the Islands.

October 3 – 5   Oktoberfest on the River
Friday, 4pm – 10pm. Saturday, 10am – 10pm. Sunday, 10am – 5pm.  It’s a Wiener Dog Racing, Bratwurst Tasting. Oompha Dancing Celebration on River Street! Enjoy a bit of Germany Savannah style with a beer garden, food booths, a Wiener Dog Race, arts, crafts, and live entertainment.

October 5   Picnic in the ParkPicnic Savannahians look forward to this annual event, where they go all-out with their picnic spreads, and compete to win prizes, and the coveted title of “best of.” This year’s theme is “Fly Me to the Moon.”  Free and open to the public.

October 7   Kevin James Live
7:30pm. The King of Queens star comes to the Savannah Civic Center for a stand up comedy routine. Tickets $29 – $70.

October 9 – 11  Savannah Greek Festival
11am – 9pm.  The annual festival will feature homemade Greek foods, desserts, and dancing, church tours, market place, a live band and so much more during the three-day celebration of Greek food, music and heritage. Come enjoy the food, shopping, music, dancing and atmosphere of the Greek culture.

Pirate's Fest

October 9 – 12
Tybee Island Pirate Fest
Come out to Tybee for a Swashbuckling good time! With live music, pirates, street performers, magicians, puppeteers, and weaponry demonstrations, it’s fun for the whole family! Little pirates enjoy an entire area devoted to family entertainment with bounce houses, storytellers, face painting and more! Times and prices vary – check out the link for more detailed information.

October 11   Midnight Garden Ride
Savannah’s favorite family-friendly bicycling event is moving to a new location and date. Ellis Square is the new home of Midnight Garden Ride and the Good and Evil Party. After our casually-paced, police-escorted ride through Savannah’s most beautiful neighborhoods, we’ll return to Ellis Square for live music and fun.

Collage Speed ClassicOctober 24 – October 26
Savannah Speed Classic
Bringing back Savannah’s auto racing heritage, the Savannah Speed Classic is a unique race track experience offering an intimate look at the inner working of racing! This year’s races will feature celebrity drivers, hot lap rides at racing speeds, vintage racing, pit/paddock access, and a special class of Pre-War race cars. Times and prices vary. Check the link for more detailed information.

ShipOctober 24 – November 2
Spanish shop El Galeon Andalucia

This 170-foot long, 500 ton ship is the only Galeon class vessel sailing today. Five of the seven decks will be available for the public to tour, and featured events include Tapas and Tango – A Night in Spain, Party like a Pirate Rum Tasting and Concert, Crawl-o-Ween Pub Crawl and Haunted Pirate Ship. Tour times and ticket prices vary. Check the link for more detailed information.

October 25   Wag-o-Ween
This annual Trick-or-Treat fundraising event is fun for the whole family – especially the furry members! Follow the map to over 100 businesses and Treat-or-Treat with your canine companion. There will be a costume contest and raffle times. $5 per person; proceeds benefit local pet rescue agencies.

October 25   Little Grand Wine Tasting
3p – 6pm.  Come to the Tybee Island Social Club for this preview of the Wine Festival’s signature event! Enjoy wine tastings from dozens of vineyards, appetizers, live music, a silent auction, and a souvenir Tickets are $25, and proceeds benefit the Tybee Post Theater.

Collage Film FestivalOcotber 25 – November 1
Savannah Film Festival
Filled with cinematic creativity from both award-winning professionals and emerging student filmmakers, the festival is host to a wide variety of competition film screenings, special screenings, workshops, panels, and lectures.

October 31   Savannah River Street Crawl-o-Ween
7pm – midnight. This Halloween pub crawl will feature select bars and restaurants on River Street. Crawl along the cobblestones and your own pace while enjoying drink specials along the way. Tickets are $10 per person and include a souvenir cup.

If you check out any of these events, let them know you saw it on Savannah Getaways!

Savannah September Events

While the days of Summer slowly start to fade away, they bring cooler weather, and Savannah events are back in full swing!  With many family-friendly, and FREE events, it’s hard to fit them all into your schedule!
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Saturdays  Forsyth Farmers MarketBring your re-usable bag, and fill up with local, organic goodies every Saturday morning on the South end of Forsyth Park.  Fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy, farm-raised meats, and educational presentations.  This is where Savannah locals go to stock up for the week.  Saturdays, 9am – 1pm, Rain or shine.

9/4 – 11/21  Savannah Live. Savannah Live is a high-energy, 2-hour variety show that features everything from “Pop” to “Broadway” and Motown” to “Rock & Roll!”  Check out the website for ticket prices and show times.

9/5   First Friday Fireworks.
  Celebrate the end of the week and the beginning of a new month with First Friday Fireworks and River Street Fun! 9:30pm on the River.  Free and open to the public.
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9/5 – 9/6  Inaugural Bacon Fest.  Love Bacon?  Then you’ll love Bacon Fest where your favorite local restaurants will be serving up their most mouth-watering bacon creations all weekend long!  Free and open to the public.

9/6  Savannah International Food & Wine Festival. 
With over 50 wines to sample, and signature dishes from your favorite Savannah restaurants, this is always a much anticipated event.  There will also be a Silent Auction, where a portion of the proceeds will benefit COPE; a program that combats childhood obesity. 3p – 6pm at the Hellenic Center on Abercorn Street.
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9/18  Third Thursday Concert Series. 
Enjoy the last days of Summer on the Tybee Island Pier with a concert at the Pier and Pavilion. 5:30pm. Free and open to the public.

9/19  “Jaws” at Tybee Light StationBring your beach chairs and blankets and settle in for this classic blockbuster. Vendors will be on-site, and there will be cool “Jaws” memorabilia up for auction, where proceeds will benefit the Tybee Post Theater. Gates open at 7pm, movie starts at 8pm.  Adults $10, Kids under 12, $5.

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9/21 – 9/27 – Savannah Jazz FestivalJazz is one of our country’s most sought-after international exports, with its language being “spoken” by people around the world. Jazz, emanating from America, has become world music. It is America’s Classical Music. The Coastal Jazz Association is committed to perpetuating Jazz and will feature numerous concerts throughout the event.  Free and open to the public.
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9/27  Fee Free Day at Fort Pulaski. A family friendly event where you can learn about the it’s part in the Civil War.  Free and open to the public.

 

9/27 Savannah Derby Devils vs. South Florida Roller GirlsCome out for this rock-em-sock-em, action packed event where local business women by day, become Derby Devils by night. Adults $12, Children 3-12, $2, Family 4-Pack (2 Adults, 2 Children, $26), Group of 10, $10.


9/28 Coastal Pet Rescue’s 8th Annual Cruise for Critters. This two-hour sight seeing tour is hosted by Savannah’s own Captain Mike of Captain Mike’s Dolphin Tours. 2pm – 5pm. $30 per person includes light refreshments and event t-shirt, and proceeds benefit Coastal Pet Rescue.

If you stop by any of these fun-filled events, be sure to tell them “Hello!” from Savannah Getaways!

Sporting Goods

Football Season might not kick-off until September, but you’ll have the chance to meet up with some of the Jacksonville Jaguars players, coaches and cheerleaders as they caravan into Savannah tomorrow night at the Charles H. Morris center.  Bring the family for music, food, games, prizes, and get autographs from those scheduled to participate like Brad Meester, Greg Jones, Zach Miller, Quarterback Blaine Gabbert and former Jaguar, Tony Boselli.
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If baseball is your sport of choice, then you won’t want to miss the Class A Savannah Sand Gnats double header tomorrow night as they take on the Ashville Tourists.  It’s Thirsty Thursday and that means half-price small sodas and beers all night!  It’s also Ladies’ Night, which means ladies pay only $5 admission with this coupon.  They’ll be at home for a stretch next week taking on the Charleston River Dogs on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.  Each day is a different promotion; from $1 off tickets, to buy one-get-one beer, to free webkinz for the kids.  Check out all the discounts here!
 

Want something a little more fast paced?  Then you won’t want to miss the Savannah Derby Devils next week as they host a back-to-back bout against the Palmetto State Rollergirls of Myrtle Beach.  These girls might be rough and tough on the track, but they have a soft heart and give back to the community by partnering with local non-profit groups at each game.  Next week, all raffle proceeds will go to America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia and you’re encouraged to bring a canned food item. This family-friendly event will have you rockin’ and rollin’ with live music and kids activities, so bring the family.  Kids 2 – 12 are only $2. (Adults $12 – $16). 

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If you’re following the NBA finals, you can belly up to just about any bar and catch the game – Churchill’s Pub, Wild Wing and Coach's Corner are some of the local favorites for any game day.
While Savannah might not have a national team, we’re happy with our small town favorites and support them with the same heart.  We hope you’ll join us!

This Week in Savannah

Savannah is a town that likes to eat and drink; and with so many great restaurants, it’s hard to decide which to choose from.  Tonight the Savannah Chamber has made it easy with the Annual Taste of Downtown.  This much anticipated event will be in Johnson Square (also referred to by the locals as “Bank Square) from 5:30 – 7:30 and will feature 42 restaurants!  It’s a great way to sample all the best that Savannah has to offer. 
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Afterwards, grab a drink “To Go” and stroll through City Market while you browse the shops and listen to live music – or take a walk along River Street and enjoy the sunset; the view from Rocks on the River can't be beat.
Unleash your inner artist on Saturday with the Savannah Sketch Crawl.  Free and open to the public, you’ll follow a designated route through historic downtown Savannah where you can sketch, paint or photograph some of Savannah’s historic scenes and places.  Leave your artwork on display at the Jepson Center where it will be featured in a 2-week exhibition.
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Get your beach gear ready and head to Tybee Island for the start of Beach Bum Week where the Extreme Volleyball Professionals Pro Beach Volleyball Tour will be taking place.  Meet the players and test your volleyball skills to win prizes.  Don’t forget to bring some sun screen.
Celebrate Mom on Sunday with brunch or dinner at any of Savannah’s restaurants and hotspots – or make it a day and take her to see Southern Nights at the Historic Savannah Theatre.  
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Next week kicks off Savannah Fashion Week where several local boutiques will feature special collections, make-overs and extended hours for you to shop ‘til you drop.  There will be a fashion show at the Lucas Theatre on Friday night and the Exposed runway show on Saturday features designs by Project Runway’s April Johnston.  Any fashionista will not want to miss this!

First Saturday, Savannah Style

Spending time in Historic Savannah is special no matter what time of year you visit – but if your stay happens to be during the first of the month, then you’re in for a treat!

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River Street is the place to be the first weekend of each month where things get started with a bang! With First Friday Fireworks you don’t have to wait for the 4th of July anymore to see the spectacular display in the sky. From the Historic District, River Street is just a few blocks. A pleasant stroll north through Savannah’s many tree-filled squares takes you straight to the river where you can grab a bite to eat at one of more than 15 fantastic restaurants. Or, if you don’t feel like walking, you can catch a Pedicab to Bay St. at Bull where you can take the elevator to River Street – and you can catch one again to take you back to wherever you’re staying in the Historic District.

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The fireworks begin just after sundown, so you might enjoy watching the show while dining on a restaurant balcony – or you can watch from Rousakis Plaza – there’s plenty of room, and lots of vantage points to get a great view.

The fun continues with First Saturday on River Street. From music to handmade crafts, First Saturday offers events that the whole family can enjoy. Stroll along this lively riverfront where you’ll find plenty of folks milling about. Come take in the fresh air and stop by booths offering jewelry, pottery, clothing, stationery – even furniture! There’s entertainment for the whole family – from music to jugglers –and you can even get a caricature of yourself from a local artist!

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Whether it’s lunch or dinner time, you have plenty to choose from among River Street’s several restaurants. From pizza to seafood to a refreshing ice cream cone – Savannah’s Riverfront has something to satisfy everyone’s palate. Come on down and see what all the noise is about on First Friday and First Saturday on River Street!


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Savannah, by Land, by Air AND by Sea?

While Savannah keeps an eye out on Carnival Cruise Lines and their due to expire in 2011 agreement with Jacksonville, many southeastern residents are rooting for that scenario to become a reality. Quite a few Georgia & North and South Carolina residents would love to shave a few more hours off of their drive time to Destination Savannah over Destination Jacksonville. Plus have the added attractions of Historic Savannah AND the beaches ofTybee Island, Daufuskie Island, and Hilton Head Island as a value added getaway option once they arrive. 

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As this possibility continues to pick up a head of steam with the Carnival Cruise Ship Fascination. many Savannahians believe this is one of the possibilities that could move to the Hostess City according to Georgia Public Broadcasting!

"Savannah Alderman Tony Thomas has been leading the push for the cruise ship industry in Savannah. "If Carnival is considering leaving Jacksonville, we would be very interested in Savannah in talking to them," Thomas says. "Maybe this is an opportunity for Savannah." If the Fascination left Jacksonville for Savannah, it would be the first major cruise ship to call on the Georgia coast. Savannah has been seeking to build a cruise ship industry in recent years." 

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Stay Tuned Savannah Lovers, if Savannah Getaways has it’s way, coastal Georgia will have a Cruise Line option available for your consideration sooner rather than later!

City Market Planning another New Year’s Eve Throw Down

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Savannah's City Market will be doing her normal New Year's Eve Celebration in downtown Savannah. With live music throughout the night starting at 9:00 PM plus an always well attended fireworks display.  Suffice it to say, this makes this always popular tourist destination in the Landmark Historic District the place to be on January 31st. So ring in the New Year at City Market's outdoor street party. No reservation required, just show up to join in the fun for this free event open to the public. Don't be late for the final countdown that begins at 11:30 p.m. Be there are be square! 

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Beautiful Beaufort, Younger Sister to Charleston and Savannah

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Along with its stunning coastal landscapes and majestic historic architecture, Historic Beaufort South Carolina, offers an amazing blend of arts, history, recreation and luxury living. Beaufort has to be considered on this Southern Passages leg of the Heritage Corridor as a favored "get away from it all" destination, with its rows of antebellum mansions, restful waterfront setting, and a well deserved reputation of Southern hospitality. Overlooking one of the most pristine natural habitats along the Atlantic Ocean, the surrounding lowcountry area is a picturesque archipelago of lush sea islands and tidal estuaries. Within the adjacent view shed of this coastal paradise, nature's finest is much in evidence. White-tailed deer and raccoons scamper around under Live Oaks draped with Spanish moss while the rivers, creeks, and bays teem with splashing dolphins and diving osprey. 

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The Historic District of Beaufort is ideal as a place simply to linger – enjoying live acoustic music and local artisans at the Arts in the Park series, or taking in the freshest seafood dinner at any of the chic eateries along Bay Street. Stroll through historically correct neighborhoods built in classic architectural styles. Take in the tantalizing boutique City Loft Hotel, with luxury amenities in well appointed guest rooms in the midst of the historic district.This upscale Beaufort accommodation is a well positioned overnight stop on a leisurely planned road trip between Charleston and Savannah

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While many consider summer the prime time to visit Beaufort’s Historic District, fall is an equally popular time to visit when the Beaufort International Film Festival, featuring more than 100 productions from dozens of countries, as well as a look at the city's wondrous historic buildings and blooms in the Fall Festival of Houses and Gardens. Beaufort is only 30 minutes away from the famed golfing paradise and deep-sea fishing of Hilton Head Island and within an hour’s drive of Top Ten North American Destination, Sultry Savannah just one county away. 

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