Where to See Holiday Lights in and Around Savannah
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We’ve made a list and we’ve checked it twice. Here’s where to see Savannah’s best holiday lights! From the historic district down to southside Savannah, here are light displays, experiences, and neighborhoods you must take in this holiday season.
Savannah’s Giant Christmas Tree
The 50-ft-tall Christmas tree at the corner of Bull and Broughton streets is a must-see. It’s adorned with 20,000 lights and is a magnificent sight. This tree makes for the most Instagram-worthy photos with friends and family. It’s also a great spot to take professional photos for your family’s holiday card.
Savannah’s Annual Christmas Parade
Perhaps one of Savannah’s longest traditions, the annual Christmas Parade lights up all of the northern Historic district. The parade starts on River Street by the Plant Riverside District and heads east before winding through the beautifully decorated City Market and heading along Broughton Street. This year’s parade takes place on December 9th, starting at 5:30pm. Parade route information can be found here.
December Nights & Holiday Lights at the Georgia Coastal Botanical Gardens
The annual December Nights and Holiday Lights event is a spectacular light display in Georgia. Held Thursday through Sunday at the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens from November 24 to December 23rd, the gardens feature over a million lights. The display does not operate during rain and runs from 6 to 9 p.m. Admission is $25 per car.
Tour Savannah’s Historic District by trolly
For a more informative holiday experience, take an Old Town Trolley’s holiday tour. The tour includes stops at the Davenport House Museum and the Massie Heritage Center, and you can view the Christmas lights at night as you wind through the Historic District.
Tybee Tour de Lights
AJ’s Dockside on Tybee Island hosts the Tybee Tour de Lights each year. In its 14th year, this holiday tradition is a hit with locals, who decorate bikes and golf carts to ride around the island. Those who choose to participate in the festivities contribute a $25.00 participation fee per person. The package generously includes oysters, appetizers, select drinks, entry into a contest for best-decorated bikes and carts, the opportunity to ride in the parade, door prizes and LIVE entertainment! The parade takes off in the evening around 6:30 and heads down to 16th Street and back. Even if you don’t want to ride, consider buying a ticket, which benefits local causes.
TMT Farm’s Annual Holiday Lights Display in Statesboro
During the holiday season, visiting downtown Statesboro is required. Stroll down Main Street to see the holiday lights and enjoy the holiday spirit. But before you leave, you must ride through TMT Farms’s annual Christmas Lights Drive-thru at 16710 Old River Road in North Statesboro. Thousands flock here yearly to see the farm’s sprawling Christmas light display. Be aware that this is a drive-thru experience only. Foot traffic is not allowed. Instead of money, the farm asks for donations of nonperishable foods, which are used to restock local food pantries.
Hilton Head Island’s Deck the Hulls Boat Parade
In 2022, the city of Hilton Head Island started a Deck the Hulls Boat Parade, which brought out the entire town. Locals decorate their boats from top to bottom with inflatables and lights that reflect beautifully on the water below. This year’s event takes place on December 9 from 6 pm to 8 pm at Skull Creek.
Going Griswold in Richmond Hill
Each year, the home at 63 Sweet Water Court in Richmond Hill puts on a spectacular light display in the front yard. Multi-colored lights, giant inflatables, and animated screens make for an enthralling experience. In 2023, the family made their display walkable so that visitors can hop out of their cars and walk through the lights. They partner with Richmond Hill’s Way Station Food Pantry to collect non-perishable goods from visitors. The display runs from November 25th to January 22nd. Hours of operation our dependent on the weather, but are typically from Sunday to Thursday at 4pm to 10pm and Friday to Saturday, 4pm to 11pm.