Top Things to do in Savannah, GA During the Holidays
If looking at twinkly lights strung among Spanish moss while taking a cozy carriage ride around a historic square sounds like an idyllic family holiday activity, then you and your family should check out Savannah, GA this season. There are so many wonderful activities in this southern gem to get your family in the holiday spirit. Here are some of my recommendations for the top things to do in Savannah with kids during the holidays.
6 Fun Things to do in Savannah, GA this Holiday
1. A Christmas Tradition at the Savannah Theater
A Christmas Tradition is one spectacular show! It’s a holiday-themed variety show with familiar songs, fabulous dancing, and special guests, including Frosty the Snowman, dancing reindeer, and Santa and his elves. It is held in the Savannah Theater which is one of the oldest continually operating theaters in the country. We found it a joyful and fun way to get in to the holiday spirit.
2. Carriage Ride through Historic Town
A carriage ride is the perfect way to see historic Savannah in a unique way, especially for families with younger kids. My daughter and I cuddled up under blankets as our horse and driver took us several miles through town. Because we were moving slowly, we could appreciate the historic buildings and architecture, and our driver entertained us with stories. Most carriage rides during the day focus on general history, and the evening tours are often Ghost Tours which may not be the best for young kids.
3. Ice Skating at the Savannah Civic Center
Now through January 1, the Savannah Civic Center in the center of historic Savannah has been transformed into SkateFest, an ice skating rink open to the public where even beginners can try ice skating. There are several 1 1/2-hour sessions each day and skates are available to rent. For session times and details, contact the Savannah Civic Center.
4. A Stop for Treats
Kids often need a break amid the hustle and bustle of sightseeing, and a little hot chocolate or candy apple might be just the thing to give them the energy to keep going. There are a number of quaint spots in Savannah, including Byrd’s cookies in City Market where we bought lemon tart and triple chocolate cookies. Not far from Franklin Square is Chocolat by Adam Turoni with elegant homemade chocolates. River Street Sweets on River Street offers every chocolate and candy treat a child could imagine, and we enjoyed both chocolate and ice cream at this new favorite.
5. Riverboat Cruise
For a different way to see the city and celebrate the holidays, think about a riverboat cruise with Savannah Riverboat Cruises. They offer two-hour dinner cruises along the Savannah River with a southern-style buffet dinner and live music. Cruises start boarding at 6 pm and dock back on land by 9 pm in time for a late bedtime. During the holidays there’s even a Sailing with Santa Cruise on select dates!
6. Trolley Ride to see the Lights
A fun way to see the lights and decorations at night is to take a trolley tour through the historic town and across the river. Old Town Trolley Tours offers a Holiday Lights Tour nightly from Thanksgiving until Christmas where you pass by historic houses and city squares decorated for the holidays. The conductors share holiday traditions from the city and everyone participates in singing carols. Reservations are recommended because seating is limited on the trolley.
Where to Stay in Savannah, GA
When it is time to relax, a great place to stay to enjoy these holiday events is Hilton Garden Inn Savannah Historic District. It’s within walking distance of many of these holiday activities and historic sites.
For a little taste of the holidays in the historic South there is no better place to visit than Savannah, GA.
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Susan is an enthusiastic traveler and mom to a 11 year-old boy and eight year-old girl. Originally from North Carolina, Susan is a Southerner at heart, although…