Savannah continues to display its holiday spirit with the return of an annual winter-themed family tradition and many more fun events. And if you missed your chance at tickets to the sold-out Holiday Pops concerts with the Savannah Philharmonic, we've got a few more musical suggestions that are worthy of your time.
Find our full holiday events list here, covering fun happenings through New Year's Day. Read on for Do's top picks to fill up your weekend schedule:
Starting Friday, the Savannah Civic Center will again be turned into a winter wonderland, offering the rare opportunity for ice skating in our coastal city. And at $7 for a 90-minute session and skate rental, it's an affordable outing for large families or groups. Session times vary, but Skatefest is open daily through Jan. 3. The only closure is on Christmas Day, so there's plenty of chances to get your skate on!
HOLIDAY TOUR OF HOMES
This year marks the 40th annual tour hosted by the Downtown Neighborhood Association. Adding to the festivities are a free concert Friday night at Trinity United Methodist Church, plus an exhibit and hot toddy tasting or Victorian tea between tours on Saturday. This is also the first year the tour will feature East Hall and Huntingdon streets in the oldest section of downtown, including the King-Tisdell Cottage. Look out for the Savannah Bicycle Campaign's roving bands of carolers, as well!
The most important rule of the free yearly bar crawl is you must dress up - and no, a hat just won't cut it. Get creative and join all the other elves at noon Friday to spread some holiday cheer. Get more details, including starting location and info on the toy drive, on the group's Facebook page.
TIS THE TEASIN'
The Savannah Sweet Tease are back with a holiday-themed burlesque show featuring your favorite Christmastime characters. Since these events almost always pack The Jinx, the troupe decided to perform two nights this time around. COEDS will open the Friday night show, and Peewee Moore & the Awful Dreadful Snakes will close out Saturday night. At just $10 per show, it's a deal not to be missed.
The seventh annual concert at Tubby's Tank House features eight back-to-back performances from several of your favorite local and traveling bands. Admission is $15-$20, with all proceeds going to America's Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia. Be sure to check out our interview with Nashville's Willie and the Giant, set to play right before Savannah band Junkyard Angel.
This Christian rock group tops the charts, and they'll bring those hits to Richmond Hill First Baptist Church on Saturday night. Tickets are just $10 in advance or $15 at the door, and the band will be joined by solo artist Lindsay McCaul for this all-ages show.
DEPUE BROTHERS BAND OR CELTIC CHRISTMAS
Saturday also brings a few opportunities for unique holiday concerts if you're willing to venture a bit beyond Savannah city limits. The DePue Brothers Band will be offering a "Magical Grassical Christmas" at Mars Theatre in Springfield, and guitarists Steve Baughman and Robin Bullock will bring Celtic sounds to The Pickin' Parlor in Bloomingdale. Both concerts are priced at $25 or less and are suitable for music lovers of all ages.
150TH ANNIVERSARY OF SIEGE OF FORT MCALLISTER
Savannah is honoring a milestone anniversary of its role in the Civil War. Fort McAllister in Richmond Hill, where Sherman's March to the Sea ended, will commemorate that historic battle on Saturday night. The day will be filled with re-enactors offering musket fire and cannon firing, then the battle will commence at 5 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults and free to children younger than 5.
Two up-and-coming stand-up comics based in L.A. will hit the stage at Club One on Friday. Performances by Justin Martindale and Julie Goldman are just part of the club's annual Christmas party, which will also feature a cabaret show and ugly sweater contest. Proceeds benefit Greenbriar Children's Center and Coastal Care Consortium.
HOLIDAY MOVIES FOR CHARITY
The Lucas Theatre gets into the spirit with three screenings of some of your favorite films this weekend: "Home Alone" on Friday night and a Saturday matinee of "Miracle on 34th Street," followed by "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" later that evening. While admission is free, moviegoers are encouraged to bring donations of canned goods and pet supplies for Second Harvest and the Humane Society.
Also, don't forget there are still two more weekend's to take in Collective Face Theatre's unique production of "The Little Prince" at Muse Arts Warehouse. This is a quality production, and the beloved tale is sure to please audiences of all ages. It's also the final weekend to experience Savannah Christian Church's interactive production, "The Journey."
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Heather Henley is the editor of Do Savannah. Contact her at email@example.com and follow her on Twitter @HeatherDHenley. View the Do Savannah "Big Calendar" mobile app