Savannah has already been getting into the spirit with lighted parades, themed 5K runs and more. Keep up with the fun - both family-friendly and adults-only - with our handy list of holiday happenings.
December Nights and Holiday Lights
6-9 p.m. Dec. 12-14 and Dec. 18-24. Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens, 2 Canebrake Road. December Nights and Holiday Lights encompasses at least 10 acres around the historic core of farm buildings and gardens. Embark on a casual, self-guided walking tour through themed garden areas. The majority of the experience is stroller- and wheelchair-friendly. No pets or tobacco products are permitted. Mrs. Claus' Kitchen offers a chance to purchase hot drinks and holiday goodies. Live music events, ranging from carolers to brass choirs to classical string and modern ensembles, are anticipated this year. Indoor musical performances will take place in the Conference Center or the new Visitors Center. Cost is $5 per person and free for children younger than 2. Learn more at www.coastalgeorgiabg.org.
Savannah Harbor Festival of Lights
6-10 p.m. Dec. 12-14; 6-10 p.m. Dec. 18-28. The Westin, Hutchinson Island. Along with the annual holiday light show, this year also features a Winter Carnival with a Ferris wheel, inflatables, train rides, hot chocolate and sweet treats. Be sure to check out the Gingerbread Village inside The Westin, as well. Cost to drive through is $20 per vehicle; $40 for more than eight passengers; Old Town Trolley rides are $17.99 per adult and $9.99 per child. Learn more at www.savannahharborfoundation.com
Christmas Dinner with the Garrison
7-8:30 p.m. Dec. 12. Fort King George State Historic Site, 302 McIntosh Road, Darien. Join the Garrison of Fort King George to savor a delicious evening meal consisting of baked chicken, honey-glazed ham, garden salad, garlic mashed potatoes, green beans almondine and apple and peach cobblers. The fort buildings will be festively decorated for the holiday and entertainment includes live hammered dulcimer music, caroling and the firing of the Christmas guns. Cost is $35 per person. All proceeds from this annual fundraiser benefit the nonprofit Garrison of Fort King George. For more information, call 912-437-4770 or go to www.gastateparks.org/fortkinggeorge.
5-8 p.m. Dec. 12-14. Savannah Christian Church, 55 Al Henderson Blvd. Savannah Christian Church is producing "The Journey' for the 11th time. The outdoor, interactive drama authentically recreates the ancient town of Bethlehem and the cave-like stable where Jesus was born. Admission is open from 5-8 p.m. Dec. 3-7 and 10-14. Go to www.savannahchristian.com for more information or call Esther Griffin at 912-629-4762.
Holiday Tour of Homes
7-8:30 p.m. Dec. 12; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5-8 p.m. Dec. 13. Downtown Savannah. The 40th annual Holiday Tour of Homes is presented by the Downtown Neighborhood Association of Savannah. Each year, the tour offers guests the chance to see private homes and properties within Savannah's Historic District. Kick off the weekend at a complimentary Christmas Celebration of Music from 7-8:30 Dec. 12 at historic Trinity United Methodist Church on Telfair Square. Church choirs from around Savannah will come together to celebrate the season and a special surprise will light up the night as guests exit the church. Afternoon and evening tours on Dec. 13 each feature different homes, buildings and landmarks. Tickets are $40. Between tours, guests are invited to an elegant Victorian Tea served at the Massie Heritage Center on Calhoun Square. Tea service will be offered at 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. Tickets are $25. The Savannah History Museum created a back-in-time exhibit that looks at the history of the punch bowl. Guests are invited to enjoy a Hot Toddy Tasting while viewing the Powerful Punches exhibit. This opportunity is available from 3-5 p.m. with a limited number of tickets available. The cost is $25. Tour headquarters are at the Savannah Visitors Center, 303 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. For tickets, information and a complete schedule, go to www.dnaholidaytour.com.
6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Dec. 12. Tubby's Tank House, 2909 River Drive, Thunderbolt. The seventh annual Yuletide Jam fundraiser raises money for Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia. Admission is a $20 donation or $15 in advance. Bring five cans of food on event night and your donation will only be $15, too. Entertainment includes Hounddog Slim Duo, Bottles & Cans, The Veraflames and Stewart & Winfield on the outside stage and Soap, Willie & The Giant, Junkyard Angel, The Andrew Gill Band and jam sessions on the inside stage. There will also be a 50/50 raffle at 9:45 p.m. and the winner must be present. For more info, go to www.yuletidejam.com.
One Love Christmas Bazaar
4-8 p.m. Dec. 12. St. George's Episcopal Church, 15 Willow Road. Come enjoy some shopping to benefit One Love Animal Rescue. A bake sale will feature tasty treats for pets and humans, along with all the gifts for sale. Learn more at www.oneloveanimalrescue.com.
'A Christmas Story'
4:30-8:30 p.m. Dec. 12. Palmetto Bluff, 19 Village Park Square, Bluffton, S.C. Palmetto Bluff will again turn the Wilson Village Green into a private movie theater and show the holiday classic, "A Christmas Story." Bring a blanket and family and friends, and Palmetto Bluff will provide the snacks and hot cocoa. Donations of $20 will be collected per car at the front gate, with proceeds to benefit the Honor Our Heroes Foundation, a Hilton Head-based charity that provides assistance to local service members, veterans and their families. The gates open at 4:30 p.m. to allow time to mingle with Santa before the movie starts at 6 p.m. Learn more at www.palmettobluff.com.
Southern Living Idea House
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 12-13; noon-4 p.m. Dec. 14. Palmetto Bluff, 19 Village Park Square, Bluffton, S.C. Looking for ways to decorate your house this holiday season? The Southern Living Idea House will be decorated for Christmas with extended hours Dec. 12-13 to showcase the home's beautiful Southern Christmas dÃ©cor. Tickets are $15 each and proceeds benefit Bluffton Self Help and the Boys & Girls Club of Bluffton. Be sure to stop by and tour the home before it closes on December 14. For more information, go to www.palmettobluff.com.
Richmond Hill Christmas Decoration Contest
Deadline to enter is Dec. 12. The city of Richmond Hill will host its first Christmas Decoration Contest this year. The decorations must be in a residential yard within the city limits, and entries must be called into City Hall by Dec. 12. Yards will be judged the night of Dec. 15 and winners will be announced at the City Council meeting on Dec. 16. Categories include best use of lights; most original; most elegant; and the "Griswold Award" (most lights and decorations in one yard). Winners will receive a gift certificate to a local business or restaurant and a small yard sign announcing their win. To learn more, call 912-756-3345 or go to www.richmondhill-ga.gov.
Tis the Teasin'
10 p.m. Dec. 12 and 13. The Jinx, 127 W. Congress St. The weather outside might not always be frightful in the Lowcountry, but the Savannah Sweet Tease will be turning up the heat with not one, but two burlesque shows at The Jinx. Doing double on opening night Dec. 12 will be Buster Cherry, the newest Tease who also plays the bass for COEDS. The Savannah band will warm up the crowd starting at 10 p.m. The next night, Dec. 13, Pee Wee Moore will close out the night after the performances. Admission is $10, 21 and older only. Get tickets at www.etsy.com/shop/SavannahSweetTease.
Shoestring Theatre Co.
7 p.m. Dec. 12-14. The Guild Hall, 615 Montgomery St. The Shoestring Theatre Co. presents an unforgettable Christmas story unlike any you've heard before. What's it called? Well, we wouldn't want to spoil the surprise! We can tell you this is the year to forget about Dickens, the Grinch and Red Rider BB guns; prepare instead for angry dead Santa Claus leading a horde of brain-hungry zombies! Open your present early this Christmas; come enjoy this surprising, hilarious, grotesque horror comedy! Not suitable for children. Admission is $10 at the door. Performances take place in The Forge Theater. For more info, call 912- 398-2640 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Retro Christmas Party
7-11:30 p.m. Dec. 12. Club One, 1 Jefferson St. Wear your ugliest Christmas sweater and join us for a night of drink, food and fun! Admission is $20 or a children's toy of equal value. Proceeds benefit various local organizations, including Greenbriar Children's Center and Coastal CARE Consortium. Enjoy free drinks and appetizers, a comedy show at 8 p.m. featuring Justin Martindale and Julie Goldman and a drag show with the Club One Cabaret at 10:30 p.m. Learn more at www.clubone-online.com.
The G.W. Farmer Christmas Spectacular
8 p.m. Dec. 12. Dollhouse Productions, 980 Industry Drive. This one-man show will feature delightful stories of Christmas in the rural South and other places. Learn more at www.gwfarmercomedy.com.
VFW Post 660 Children's Christmas Party
1:30-3 p.m. Dec. 13. VFW Post 660, 5115 Ogeechee Road. VFW Post 660 will host a Children's Christmas Party from 1:30-3 p.m. Dec. 13. The Post put in a special request for Santa to visit, and he has agreed to spread cheer and joy to the children. Parents wishing to attend are asked to bring your child's gift wrapped with his or her name and age. Santa will be available for pictures. For more information, call 912-235-3001 after 3 p.m. any day of the week.
Christmas Golf Cart Parade
5:15 p.m. Dec. 13. The fifth annual Port Royal Christmas Golf Cart Parade will be Dec. 13, beginning at Helena Place Senior Living on Paris Avenue in Port Royal. All area residents are invited to decorate their golf carts and participate in the parade. All golf carts must be lined up in the Helena Place parking lot by 5 p.m. The procession of carts will begin promptly at 5:15 p.m. The parade will advance down Paris Avenue to 8th Street, then to London and end at Live Oak Park. Everyone wanting to partake in the Christmas revelry is encouraged to line the parade route. All are invited to enjoy hot refreshments and snacks under the pavilion at Live Oak Park, where the winners of the golf cart decorating contest will be announced. The parade will feature a special guest appearance by Santa Claus. The event is free and open to the public. The rain date is Dec. 14. For more information, call 252-3001 or email email@example.com.
Luminary Night with Santa
6-8 p.m. Dec. 13. Skidaway Island State Park. Bring your children and pets for pictures with Santa at Skidaway Island State Park on Dec. 13. Enjoy a walk along our enchanted luminary trail and take a hayride around the park. Sip on hot chocolate while decorating cookies and making holiday crafts. Prices are $5 per photo, $2 for hayrides and $5 for parking. For more information, call 912-598-2300.
Massie Holiday Tea
3-4 p.m. and 4-5 p.m. Dec. 13. Downtown Savannah. The Downtown Neighborhood Association is sponsoring the 40th annual Savannah Holiday Tour of Homes on Dec. 13. With the assistance of the Garden Club of Savannah, Massie Heritage Center will be hosting a traditional Holiday Tea with two separate seating times: 3-4 p.m. or 4-5 p.m. Participants will also learn about Savannah's history during the Civil War and particularly the Union occupation of the town. Guests are free to enjoy the exhibits at the Massie Heritage Center. Tickets are $25 at www.dnaholidaytour.com/about-the-tour.
150th anniversary of the siege of Fort McAllister
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 13. Fort McAllister Historic State Park, 3894 Fort McAllister Road, Richmond Hill. Join the troops at Fort McAllister as they reenact the taking of the fort by Union forces and Gen. William T. Sherman on that day 150 years ago. The fort, known as the "Guardian of Savannah," was attacked seven times by Union ironclads before Sherman sent troops to take the fort by land, where they outnumbered the Confederates 25 to 1. This significant Civil War battle marked the end of Sherman's March to the Sea in 1864. Skirmishes, drills and living history programs will take place throughout the day and the final assault reenactment will be at 5 p.m. Cost is $6 for adults or free for children younger than 5. Go to www.gastateparks.org/fortmcallister or call 912-727-2339.
Thunderbolt Holiday Boat Parade
6 p.m. Dec. 13. The Bluff near Thunderbolt Marina. Bring a chair and line the bluff to enjoy this festival annual display of holiday spirit! Enjoy hot dogs, chili, sweet tea and dessert for sale. All boaters are welcome. Awards ceremony is at 8 p.m. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Merry Makers Holiday Market
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 13. American Legion Ballroom, 1108 Bull St. The annual Merry Maker Holiday Market hosted by Craft Scout Savannah will take place Dec. 13. The market will be a curated, well-run event for 40 artisan and craft businesses without a storefront to sell handmade gifts. There will be live music and hot chocolate to enjoy while you shop.This is a one-stop shop for quality handmade gifts this holiday season. Learn more at www.craftscoutsavannah.com.
Noon. Dec. 13. Downtown Savannah. SantaCon is a free holiday pub crawl. The main rule to join in is that you must be in costume, and a simple Santa hat won't cut it! Elves, snowmen, reindeer and more are welcome. Please bring a new, unwrapped toy of about $10 value for Toys for Tots. Learn more at Facebook.com/savannahsantacon.
Holiday party and volunteer appreciation
5-8 p.m. Dec. 13. Savannah Bicycle Campaign, 1301A Lincoln St. Join the Savannah Bicycle Campaign for holiday cheer and an open house. At 6 p.m., help revive the SBC tradition of pedal-powered caroling during the annual Holiday Tour of Homes. Learn more at www.bicyclecampaign.org.
Children's Christmas Festival
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 13. Wilmington Island Farmers' Market, 111 Walthour Road. Join the market for a fun-filled day of bouncy houses, carnival games, crafts, cookie decorating and festive holiday music by Melvin Dean. Of course, food vendors will be joining in on the Christmas fun and will have all your holiday food needs. Learn more at www.wifarmersmarket.org.
7 p.m. Dec. 13 and 3 p.m. Dec. 14. Savannah Children's Theatre, 2160 E. Victory Drive. Celebrate the friendship and joy of the holiday season with SCT's first Holiday Cabaret, featuring the many talents of our staff, students and volunteers. The Dec. 13 performance will be followed by an opening night reception. Tickets are $20 or $15 for children, seniors and military. Learn more at www.savannahchildrenstheatre.org.
Breakfast with Santa
9-11 a.m. Dec. 13. Richmond Hill Senior Center, 9930 Ford Ave. Bryan County Emergency Services and Richmond Hill Senior Center invite you to join them for pancakes with Santa and lots fun for a great cause! Every toy donated will benefit Bryan County Family Connections. Learn more at www.bryancountyga.org.
Ugly Sweater Party
6 p.m. Dec. 13. World of Beer, 112 W. Broughton St. Come down and show off your ugliest holiday attire. Select drink specials for those in costume, plus a special cask of Monday Night Brewing Drafty Kilt with chocolate, vanilla beans and coca nibs. Learn more at www.wobusa.com/savannah.
Tacky Christmas Party
5:30-10 p.m. Dec. 13. Savannah Jaycees, 101 Atlas St. The Savannah Jaycees will host its annual Tacky Christmas Party. Admission is free, but the organization suggests a $20 donation to the Kicklighter Resource Center. Food and drinks will be provided. There will be a prize for the tackiest attire, so guests are encouraged to get creative with their sweaters. Cabs will be available to provide transportation home. For more information, go to www.savannahjaycees.com.
'Magical Grassical Christmas'
7 p.m. Dec. 13. Mars Theatre, 109 S. Laurel St., Springfield. "A Magical Grassical Christmas" featuring The DePue Brothers Band is a non-stop celebration for audiences of all ages of fresh arrangements of holiday favorites performed by elite musicians who seamlessly blend bluegrass, Americana and classical music. The DePue brothers, Alex, Wallace and Jason,are classical violin virtuosi with fiddling chops galore, and are joined by IBMA's Banjo Player of the Year Mike Munford, national flatpicking guitar champion Mark Cosgrove, Philadelphia Orchestra principal timpanist/percussionist Don Liuzzi and Philly jazz bass great Kevin MacConnell. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for children 18 and younger. Learn more at www.marstheatre.com.
Annual reading of Capote's 'A Christmas Memory'
3 p.m. Dec. 14. Flannery O'Connor Childhood Home, 207 E. Charlton St. The Flannery O'Connor Childhood Home will host the 25th annual reading of Truman Capote's "A Christmas Memory." Retired Armstrong State University English professor Bob Strozier, a founding member of the Flannery O'Connor Childhood Home Foundation, will read this holiday classic as part of the home's Fall Lecture Series. This event is free and open to the public. Learn more at www.flanneryoconnorhome.org.
Festival of Lessons and Carols
11 a.m-noon Dec. 14. Wesley Monumental United Methodist Church, 429 Abercorn St. The choirs of Wesley Monumental United Methodist Church present a Festival of Lessons and Carols: A musical and scriptural celebration of the birth of Jesus. This event includes scripture readings, anthems and congregational carol singing. The singers have toured England, France, Scotland, Austria and the Czech Republic. They recently returned from performances in Paris. Free admission. For more info, call 912-232-0191.
Unity Christmas Concert
5:30 p.m. Dec. 14. Unity of Savannah, 2320 Sunset Blvd. Enjoy live music by Spirit I Am Band, Debi Burk Scott, Georgia Kyle and the Rev. Dale Worley. Learn more at www.unitysavannah.org.
Supper with Santa
5-8 p.m. Dec. 15. Sweet Tea Grille, 109 Travelers Way, Port Wentworth. Join Santa Claus for this annual supper to benefit Toys for Tots. Learn more at www.sweetteagrille.com.
6-11 p.m. Dec. 16. Kevin Barry's Irish Pub, 117 W. River St. Kevin Barry's will offer two showings of its popular Celtic Christmas this year, one at 7 p.m. and another at 9 p.m. Seating begins at 6 p.m. and 8:40 p.m. Food service ends at 6:45 p.m. and then again at 9 p.m. A limited menu will be offered in the listening room. Admission is $10 per person, plus food purchases. RSVP at www.kevinbarrys.com or to firstname.lastname@example.org.
'Cool Yule, A Christmas Cabaret'
6 p.m. Dec. 17. Lucas Theatre, 32 Abercorn St. The Savannah Downtown Business Association will offer members and guests a unique holiday experience with a sneak peek of "Cool Yule, A Christmas Cabaret," presented by Onstage Cabaret at the Lucas Theater. Enjoy an evening full of all of your favorite carols and some holiday jazz with your favorite cabaret stars: Roger Moss, Trae Gurley, Natasha Drena and newcomer Cecilia Arango. Jared Hall will be tickling the ivories as we take you on a sleigh ride to a winter wonderland! Members and guests will also enjoy appetizers and a cash bar as they watch the show. The cost for members and non-member guests is a toy for the Moses Jackson Center or $20. All reservations must be made via www.savannahdba.com.
Empty Stocking Fund Concert
6:30 p.m. Dec. 17. The Westin, Hutchinson Island. Enjoy a swingin' holiday show with Jeremy Davis and Clay Johnson with the Equinox Orchestra. cocktails begin at 6:30 p.m. with the concert at 7 p.m. The evening also includes a four-course dinner by chefs Steve Black and Shaun Hinson, as well as a ticket to drive through the Festival of Lights. Tickets are $55 and benefit the Empty Stocking Fund. To make reservations, go to www.equinoxorchestra.com or call 912-201-2085.
Masonic Christmas Ball
7-11 p.m. Dec. 18. Richmond Hill City Center, J.F. Gregory Park. The Masonic Christmas Ball is open to the public. The event takes place Dec. 18 at Richmond Hill City Center. This event is semi-formal and includes a full gourmet dinner and live DJ with dancing. Email Shane Gray at email@example.com for ticket info.
'Cool Yule, A Christmas Cabaret'
8 p.m. Dec. 18-20. Lucas Theatre, 32 Abercorn St. Enjoy Cool Yule, A Christmas Cabaret," presented by Onstage Cabaret at the Lucas Theater. Take in an evening of all of your favorite carols and some holiday jazz with your favorite cabaret stars: Roger Moss, Trae Gurley, Natasha Drena and newcomer Cecilia Arango. Jared Hall will be tickling the ivories as we take you on a sleigh ride to a winter wonderland! Tickets are $25 and seating is limited to the first 150 guests, so reserve tickets at www.lucastheatre.com or call 912-525-5050.
The Nativity Symphony
7 p.m. Dec. 18. Mars Theatre, 109 S. Laurel St., Springfield. Enjoy a Christmas celebration presented by the combined choirs of First Baptist Churches of Springfield and Rincon. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children 12 and younger. Learn more at www.marstheatre.com.Winter Wonderland5-7 p.m. Dec. 18. Habersham Branch YMCA, 6400 Habersham St. Tons of snow will fall at the first Winter Wonderland celebration. Special guest of honor is Santa himself! Come play in the real snow, enjoy hot chocolate, cookies and story time and dance to your favorite holiday tunes. Admission is $5. For more info, call 912-354-6223.
Fort Pulaski Candle Lantern Tour
6-8:30 p.m. Dec. 19-20. Fort Pulaski National Monument, U.S. 80. Fort Pulaski will commemorate the Confederate Nog party of 1861 with the Fort Pulaski Candle Lantern Tour. Each year during the holiday season, visitors can take a night-time tour of the historic fort by candlelight and oil lamps. Hot cider, cookies, caroling and weapons firings will allow guests to relive the festive occasion of 1861. Six programs will be offered each half-hour from 6-8:30 p.m. Cost is $10 per adult. Children 15 years old and younger are admitted free, but reservations must be made for them. Advance tickets are highly recommended and may be purchased in person from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. by cash, check or credit card. Credit card orders are accepted by phone at 912-786-5787, ext. 120. Learn more about Fort Pulaski National Monument at www.nps.gov/fopu.
7:30 p.m. Dec. 19, 20 and 21. Pentecostal Miracle Deliverance Church, 4712 Bull St. The Performing Arts Collective of Savannah will be producing the musical "Black Nativity" for its fifth consecutive year. The musical was written by Langston Hughes and is a joyful retelling of St. Luke's story of the birth of Christ by way of gospel music, dance, poetry and narrative. PAC consists of three local groups: The Eastside Players, Spitfire Poetry Group and Abeni Cultural Arts Performing Dance Studio. Tickets are $10 and are available by calling 912-631-3452 or 912-272-2797. Tickets may also be purchased at the door.
The Love & Soul Holiday Experience
7 p.m. Dec. 19. 200 Gov. Treutlen Blvd., Pooler. Come enjoy a nice of open mic, comedy, poetry and dining. Live music acts include Shawna Dominique Harris, Mahoganee Amiger, Curtis Dansby and 4Play. Tickets are $10-$15. Get tickets at www.eventful.com.
'The Night Before Christmas Carol'
8 p.m. Dec. 19. Mars Theatre, 109 S. Laurel St., Springfield. "The Night Before Christmas Carol" is a historically accurate and highly humorous holiday production by renowned Charles Dickens scholar Elliot Engel. It takes place in 1843 on the night Dickens dreams up his idea for a ghostly little Christmas book that becomes world famous. As he composes his winter morality tale, the audience glimpses into the life of the real Dickens explaining his inspirations. David zum Brunnen cleverly performs the role of Dickens and more than 17 Dickensian characters in this 90-minute performance. Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for children 18 and younger. Learn more at www.marstheatre.com.
Homegrown Holiday Hoedown
6:30 p.m. Dec. 19. American Legion Post 135 Ballroom, 1108 Bull St. Enjoy this annual concert featuring The Train Wrecks, The Accomplices and Soap. Get merry with the music, snag a photo booth picture with Santa and sing along with "It's a Stan Ray Christmas." Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door, and includes food by North Beach Bar & Grill. Cash bar; event is for ages 21 and older only. Bring a new, unopened, unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots. Advance tickets at www.thetrainwrecksband.com/store/hoedown.
Savannah Reindeer Run
8:45 a.m. Dec. 20. The Rape Crisis Center will host the fifth annual Savannah Reindeer Run 8K. The run will benefit anti-bully activity provided by the Prevention Education program at RCC. This event is consistent with RCC's mission to promote healthy relationships among youth and young adults. The race takes place Dec. 20. Adults and youth are invited to run an 8K at 9 a.m. and younger children will enjoy a kiddie race beginning at 8:45 a.m. All youth older than 10 are encouraged to raise funds for their $25 race entry fee, which includes a T-shirt, food and post-race festivities. Monetary prizes will be award to youth with most funds raised. To register, go to www.runsignup.com. For more information, call 233-3000.
Military Night Out
3-9 p.m. Dec. 20. Life Moves Dance Studio, 11260 Hwy. 144, Richmond Hill. The Rotary Club of Richmond Hill and Life Moves Dance Studio are launching a new initiative to help military families in our region by providing free childcare for active military on Dec. 20. Military Night Out will provide a fun afternoon for the children of military families to give parents time to shop, run holiday errands or have some quiet time without the little ones. Infants to 12-year-olds will enjoy age-appropriate games, tumbling, dance, bouncy house, movies, crafts and more. Drinks and snacks will be provided and families can leave their children in safe hands for two to six hours. There is no cost for this service. Space is limited and reservations are required. Call 912-756-8482 or sign up at Life Moves Dance Studio.
'The 12 Bars of Christmas'
2-10 p.m. Dec. 20. Begin at McDonough's Lounge, 21 E. McDonough St. Crawlers will have to brave the ice-cold winter weather and journey through Savannah's winter wonderland, otherwise known as the beautiful Historic District. And 12 bars later, you'll be sufficiently full of holiday cheer. Along with presents from Santa, each bar will provide festive drink specials only for participants. By the end of the crawl, you will have participated in a 3.1-mile adventure. A portion of "The Twelve Bars of Christmas" proceeds will be donated to Shriners Hospitals for Children. Cost is $15 until Dec. 19 and $20 the day of the event. The first 250 crawlers to make it to every bar and present their completed scorecard at Savannah Smiles will receive a T-shirt. Drinking is optional! Rain or shine. Learn more at www.barcrawlsavannah.com.
Fetish Fantasy Christmas Ball
10 p.m. Dec. 20. The Wormhole, 2307 Bull St. Have you been naughty or nice this year? Come find out at this Fetish Fantasy Christmas Ball and Winter Solstic. Entertainment includes Kinky Christmas Peepshows by The Tied and Tasseled Cabaret, plus music by Analog Kid. There will be two fetish play areas and doms on duty, so bring your toys. There will also be a needle corset demo. Contest for best fetish/Christmas costumes. Please bring a new, unwrapped toy to be donated to Toys for Tots. Free party, no cover. Learn more at www.wormholebar.com.
Christmas Crafty Corner for Kids
10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Dec. 20. Wilmington Island Farmers' Market, 111 Walthour Road. Calling all kids! Mrs. Claus hopes you can join her at the market for our first Christmas craft affair. There'll be Christmas cookie decorating, ornament making, paper plate Santas, reindeer puzzles, Christmas card making and many, many more holiday crafts. All kids welcome. The YMCA Competitive Gymnastic Team Elves will be there to lend a helping hand and the Christmas Market Express Train will be there for rides, as well. Learn more at www.wifarmersmarket.org.
Breakfast with Santa
9-11 a.m. Dec. 20. Knights of Columbus No. 5588, 700 Christopher Drive. All are welcome to this free event. Enjoy a pancake breakfast, crafts and games while you visit with Santa. Learn more at www.kofc5588.org.
Nightmare Before Christmas Party
7 p.m. Dec. 20. World of Beer, 112 W. Broughton St. Join us as we celebrate Jack Skellington and Halloween Town. Southbound Brewing Company will have a wide range of drafts on tap, including "The Reaper." Wear your favorite costume or full black and white for drink specials all night. Learn more at www.wobusa.com/savannah.Toys For Tots Charity Concert7:30 p.m. Dec. 20. The Music Vault, 8082 Speedway Blvd., Hardeeville, S.C. Help children in our community have a happy Christmas at this Toys For Tots benefit. Gift cards in values from $150-$500 will be raffled off. Enjoy live performances by Jared Wade and The James Lavine Band. VIP tables available. Tickets are $12 in advance or $20 the day of the event. Order tickets at www.asmpromotions.com/tickets.html.
1-4 p.m. Dec. 21. Wormsloe State Historic Site, 7601 Skidaway Road. Join Wormsloe Historic Site this Christmas to celebrate the season colonial style, with wassailing (caroling), hot cider, a warm hearth and the burning of the Yule log. A brief discussion will focus on the way life would have been during the holiday season and the how festivities would have been enjoyed. This is a family-friendly event. Cost is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors and military, $4.50 for youth ages 6-17 and $2 for children younger than 6. Learn more at www.gastateparks.org/Wormsloe.
'The Joy of Christmas, Carols for a Cause'
7 p.m. Dec. 21. Christ Church Episcopal, 28 Bull St. Christ Church Episcopal on Johnson Square will host "The Joy of Christmas, Carols for a Cause" on Dec. 21. The festive event will feature Rebecca Flaherty, soprano; Savannah Children's Choir; The Holiday Harmonies; Savannah Brass Quartet, Timothy Hall, organist; and audience participation in festive carols. A freewill offering will be taken to benefit Emmaus House, a ministry of several churches in Savannah that feeds the hungry every weekday morning at 18 Abercorn St. For more info, go to www.christchurchsavnnah.org.
'Miracle on 34th Street'
3 p.m. Dec. 22. Mars Theatre, 109 S. Laurel St., Springfield. A little girl discovers dreams do come true if you really believe. Six-year-old Susan has doubts about childhood's most enduring miracle: Santa Claus. Her mother told her the "secret" about Santa a long time ago. But after meeting a special department store Santa who's convinced he's the real thing, Susan is given the most precious gift of all - something to believe in. Bring the whole family for this classic tale! Tickets are $6. Learn more at www.marstheatre.com.
'The Muppet Christmas Carol'
6 p.m. Dec. 22. Mars Theatre, 109 S. Laurel St., Springfield. Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie and the entire cast of the Muppet universe come together to re-tell Charles Dicken's immortal classic "A Christmas Carol." This was the first time the Muppets appeared on screen since Jim Henson's death in 1990. Michael Caine gives a magnificent performance as Ebenezer Scrooge in a world full of muppet comedy and almost scary performances from the ghosts of Christmas past, present and yet to come. Tickets are $6. Learn more at www.marstheatre.com.
'It's A Wonderful Life'
3 p.m. Dec. 23. Mars Theatre, 109 S. Laurel St., Springfield. A young George Bailey, overwhelmed by family obligations and a sense of responsibility toward his community, feels tied down to a company he never had an interest in working for, and a life he never wanted to live. As he ages, he sees his youth, dreams and opportunities pass him by. Unknown to George, all of his friends and family have been praying for him to get through those hard times. Told through the point of view of a group of angels, he is met by Clarence his guardian angel, as he contemplates ending his life. Tickets are $6. Learn more at www.marstheatre.com.
'A Christmas Story'
6 p.m. Dec. 23. Mars Theatre, 109 S. Laurel St., Springfield. It's 1940, and 9-year-old Ralphie Parker wants only one thing for Christmas: an official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot range model BB rifle with a compass in the stock. His teacher and mother both say he'll shoot his eye out, but someone may have planned a surprise for Christmas morning. Tickets are $6. Learn more at www.marstheatre.com.
Asbury Memorial carol singing
7 p.m. Dec. 24. Asbury Memorial United Methodist Church, 1008 E. Henry St. Asbury Memorial United Methodist Church will host its annual carol singing program on Dec. 24. A special Christmas Eve Candlelight Service with Liturgical Dance will be at the church at 7 p.m. Visitors are not only invited to attend, but also to join members of the congregation immediately after the service for carol singing around the Waters Avenue area. For more information, go to www.asburymemorial.org.
Christmas Jam Concert
5-8 p.m. Dec. 25. Savannah Station, 601 Cohen St. The Coastal Jazz Association's 39th annual Christmas Jam Concert is a gathering and homecoming concert and jam session, with many local and regional jazz singers and musicians participating. It's also a fundraiser for jazz scholarships. Advance tickets can be purchased for $20 at Portman's Music Superstore at 7650 Abercorn St., Rody's Audio Warehouse at 7700 Abercorn St., The Magic Puppet Toy Store at 212 W. Broughton St., Savannah Bookkeeper at 123 E. Montgomery Cross Road and TailsSpin Pet Supplies at 4501 Habersham St. Tickets can also be purchased at the door for $25. Tickets can also be ordered at www.coastaljazz.org.
Holiday Evening Tours By Candlelight
6-8:30 p.m. Dec. 26-30. Davenport House Museum, 324 E. State St. Glistening by candlelight, the Federal-style home welcomes visitors to an experience emphasizing the end-of-year celebrations of early 19th-century Savannahians, including the Davenport household, who lived in the fine brick home on Columbia Square. Light refreshments, music and skilled interpreters who show visitors through the home are among the highlights of the presentation. The performance requires that guests be able to walk up and down stairs and maneuver in the candlelit rooms. The format is open house style. The experience will take about one hour. No admission after 8 p.m. Cost is $10 for adults in advance or $12 at the door; $6 for children in advance or $8 at the door. Contact 912-236-8097 or firstname.lastname@example.org for advance tickets. Learn more at www.davenporthousemuseum.org.
NEW YEAR'S EVE
Fireworks at Tybee
Midnight. Dec. 31. Tybee Island Pier & Pavilion. Tybee Island will ring in 2015 with a New Year's Eve fireworks celebration, igniting the open sky with one of the largest firework displays in the Southeast. Enjoy the fireworks from the pier, the beach or anywhere on the eastern side of the island. This popular annual event, which has become a Tybee tradition, is free and open to the public. Go to www.visittybee.com or call 912-786-5444.
City Market Celebration
9 p.m. Dec. 31. Savannah City Market, 219 W. Bryan St. Ring in the New Year at City Market with an outdoor street party. Live music starts at 9 p.m. and lasts until 1 a.m. Free and open to the public; no tickets or reservations are required. Learn more at www.savannahcitymarket.com.
Up the Cup NYE Celebration
8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Dec. 31. Rousakis Plaza, River Street. Ring in the New Year on Historic River Street. Celebrate the end of the year with our second Up the Cup Countdown. Don't miss the live music and our non-traditional "ball drop" with a Savannah twist. Count down the final seconds of 2014 as we raise our six-foot to-go cup to the New Year! The countdown will start right before midnight, followed by a fireworks display to officially ring in 2015. For a full schedule of entertainment, go to www.riverstreetsavannah.com.
Zach Deputy at Barrelhouse South
9 p.m. Dec. 31. Barrelhouse South, 125 W. Congress St. Zach Deputy is coming home and is performing a live New Year's Eve concert at Barrelhouse South. Talk about intimate: Only 150 tickets are available. He has even agreed to play for five hours! That's right, five hours of amazing "island-Infused drum 'n' bass gospel ninja soul." Tickets are $25 in advance and $40 at the door, or $75 for VIP, which includes open bar and re-entry. There will be a free champagne toast at midnight. Learn more at Facebook.com/barrelhousesav.
New Year at The Westin
7 p.m. Dec. 31. The Westin, Hutchinson Island. Enjoy a five-course menu and live music at the Aqua Star Seafood Kitchen at 7 p.m. Cost is $97 for adults and $30 for children. "The Celebration" in the Grand Ballroom is from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. and includes an open bar, desserts, music, champagne toast, fireworks on the river and party favors. Cost is $75 per person. Enjoy both events for $137 per person. Book at www.opentable.com or 912-201-2085. You can also go to www.westinsavannah.com/newyears for room rates.
Tybee Polar Plunge
11 a.m. Jan. 1. Tybee Island Pier & Pavilion. On New Year's Day, join thousands of people and take the plunge into the frigid Atlantic Ocean at the 15thannual Tybee Polar Plunge. Don't miss the "Gang of Goofs" contest, where everyone is invited to dress up in funny, wacky costumes for a chance to parade in front of an esteemed panel of judges and to win prizes. All proceeds benefit the restoration of the historic Tybee Post Theater. The Gang of Goofs parade and contest is at 11 a.m., with the Polar Plunge at noon. Entry fee is $25 for adults to take the plunge and register for the Gang of Goofs contest and $15 for children younger than 12. Cost includes a long-sleeved Tybee Polar Plunge T-shirt. Tybee Post Theater members enjoy a 10 percent discount off entry fee. Register in person from 1-4 p.m. Dec. 27-31 at the Tybrisa Roundabout on Tybrisa Street or from 9-11:30 a.m. Jan. 1 at the Tybee Island Pier & Pavilion. The deadline to register for the Gang of Goofs contest is 10:30 a.m. Jan. 1. Register online at www.tybeepolarplunge.com.
39th annual New Year's Bluegrass Festival
Noon-10 p.m. Jan. 1 and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Jan. 2-3. Jekyll Island Convention Center, 75 N. Beachview Drive, Jekyll Island. The three-day New Year's Bluegrss Festival is back! The Jan. 1 lineup features The Clinton Gregory Bluegrass Band, The James King Band, The Spinney Brothers, Springfield Exit, Rhonda Vincent & The Rage and Gene Watson and The Farewell Party Band. The Jan. 2 schedule includes The Tennessee Gentlemen, The Spinney Brothers, The Gary Waldrep Band, Goldwing Express, The Gibson Brothers and Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver. Jan. 3 features Bluebilly Grit, Darin & Brooke Aldridge, Nothin' Fancy, The Little Roy & Lizzy Show, Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice, Dailey and Vincent and Jimmy Fortune. Three-day reserved tickets are $95 for adults and $50 for children ages 7-15; three-day general admission tickets are $90 for adults and $45 for children; daily reserved tickets are $45 for adults and $25 for children; daily general admission tickets are $40 for adults and $20 for children. Children younger than 7 admitted free with a parent. To order tickets, go to www.adamsbluegrass.com.