Savannah is an excellent place to visit in the winter because the average high is 63 degrees, while most of the country would be thrilled to see those temps.
But it's expected that the weekend after Thanksgiving is dominated by shopping with Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. And while Savannah is a wonderful place to shop, with dozens of independently owned boutiques and specialty shops lining our downtown, we wanted to round up some other options to enjoy in Savannah for our DO readers.
So, we asked a few Savannah experts what they're recommending to guests to do Nov. 29-Dec. 1. Here are their professional recommendations, from us to you.
Amy Brock, the digital concierge of Savannah thanks to her position as the social media manager of the Hostess City's official CVB organization, Visit Savannah, recommends a laundry list of fun.
"There's actually quite a bit going on," Brock shares. "Off the top of my head, there are several special holiday tours, including 'A Charles Dickens Christmas Walk,' where several 'rival' tour guides have partnered to give back to the community with a special Dickens holiday-themed tour."
There's also the Holly Jolly Trolley, and Brock promises, "You will have a ball riding around experiencing Savannah's dazzling holiday displays. Get a group of friends/families together and do it! It's seriously a good time."
She also recommends Christmas 1886 with the Gordons, where you can tour the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace after dark and see what the holidays were like in the late 1800s.
Other notables, according to Brock: "Savannah Harbor Festival of Lights, Boat Parade of Lights, Gingerbread Village, Sail on the Roseway, Staples Safari Zoo, Savannah Theatre's 'A Christmas Tradition' returns, 'The Nutcracker' at The Lucas Theatre, plus Columbia City Ballet visiting the Civic Center to present 'The Nutcracker,' and Mindless Behavior at the Johnny Mercer on Dec. 1."
So much for a quiet post-Thanksgiving food coma!
Diane McCray of Green Palm Inn echoes some of Brock's recommendations, such as Christmas 1886 with the Gordons, Savannah Harbor Festival of Lights and the Lighted Boat Parade - "with the River Street fireworks happening, too," she adds.
Or, take the advice of innkeeper of the Zeigler House, Jackie Heinz.
"I'm thinking, enjoy the slow weekend with some romance! Take a romantic carriage ride at dusk and dine at one of our wonderful restaurants, then dance the evening away at Mata Hari or Jazz'd to the live music," she says. "Spend the days strolling hand-in-hand, taking in the beautiful colors of autumn, and dine al fresco at lunch in one of our sidewalk cafes in City Market, or better yet, a picnic in the park."
However you decide to spend your (hopefully) long weekend, we at DO wish a happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.