If you're not in the holiday spirit yet, Do Savannah's top weekend events are sure to get you singing carols in no time!
That's because several of our picks are centered around the sounds of the season, but since this city is anything but boring, each show has its own unique twist. Combine those concerts with a bar crawl, historic holiday recreation or a beer tasting, and you've got a full and fun schedule. Read on for all the details:
'COOL YULE, A CHRISTMAS CABARET'
The Lucas Theatre's popular OnStage Cabaret performers are back Thursday, Friday and Saturday with a holiday-themed show featuring Roger Moss, Natasha Drena, Cecilia Arango and Trae Gurley singing carols and jazz classics along with pianist Jared Hall. You can even expect a little Johnny Mercer, and who doesn't love that? Tickets to these intimate shows are just $25, but it's advised to order early, as only 150 seats are available per show.
HOMEGROWN HOLIDAY HOEDOWN
Savannah-grown favorites The Accomplices and The Train Wrecks will be joined by Soap at this year's annual party Friday at the American Legion on Bull Street. The event also serves as a benefit for Toys For Tots, with patrons asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy. Also, expect food from North Beach Grill and The Sentient Bean, as well as new cans from Southbound Brewing that come with special keepsake koozies. This popular show usually sells out, so order those tickets in advance (you'll also save $5 from the price at the door.)
'THE MESSAGE OF GABRIEL'
The Goliards choral group presents its own unique Christmas concert, with Medieval music that covers a period of 300 years from 1150 to 1450. It's safe to say you're probably not going to hear any of these songs at any other Christmastime concert in Savannah, so head to St. Paul's Episcopal Church at 3 p.m. Sunday to experience a show that's a little different than the usual seasonal offerings, and from the folks who know it best.
The Performing Arts Collective of Savannah brings together some of the city's top talent from three differnt arts groups, and they're joining forces again to offer an annual production of Langston Hughes' play. The family-friendly show presents the tale of Jesus' birth through music, song and dance, and features about 50 cast members. Tickets are only $10, and you can catch the show Friday-Sunday nights at Pentecostal Miracle Deliverance Church on Bull Street.
FORT PULASKI CANDLE LANTERN TOURS
Take a trip back in time to Christmas 1861 at this recreation of the fort's historical "nog party." Enjoy Civil War-era music, cookies, cider and a sing-along as you stroll the grounds. Tours of the candle-lit fort are available each half-hour from 6-8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Admission is $10 for adults and free for children 15 and younger, be reservations are required for all.
COLONIAL CHRISTMAS AT WORMSLOE
Make it a full weekend of history and head to Wormsloe State Historic Site Sunday afternoon for wassailing, hot apple cider, Colonial games and the burning of the Yule log. There might even be a rousing game of cricket if enough players are available. Admission is $2-$10 for what should be a great family event.
The fifth annual Reindeer Run hosted by the Rape Crisis Center is meant as more than just a way to get in a good workout: It's also about raising anti-bullying awareness. Along with a kids' run and 8K for adults, there will also be a "Best Holiday Cookie" contest with celebrity judges Stratton Leopold, Orchid Paulmeier and our own columnist Jesse Blanco. The center will also be launching its Bully & Cyber-bully Hotline for all Chatham County middle schools during the event. Register for the run at www.runsignup.com.
'THE 12 BARS OF CHRISTMAS'
A portion of the proceeds from this bar crawl benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children, so it's a good excuse to hit downtown Savannah with friends and family for a fun-filled Saturday. Take in a few new venues along with the familiar favorites, and while drinking is completely optional, crawlers can take advantage of bar specials throughout the day. Tickets are $15 through Friday, so order early and make it the perfect reward after completing the Reindeer Run!
FETISH FANTASY CHRISTMAS BALL
Party promoter Chris Cook brings another tantalizing night to The Wormhole on Saturday. Expect a costume contest, performances from the Tied and Tasseled Cabaret and more for the adventurous Savannah crowd. Admission is free, though Toys For Tots donations are encouraged.
COASTAL EMPIRE BEER CO. TASTING ROOM GRAND OPENING
If you've been enjoying Savannah Brown Ale and Tybee Island Blonde for years, you'll be happy to hear Coastal Empire Beer Co. will now have a home base on Ross Road, opening for tours and tastings this Saturday. If you can't make it out to this free event, tours will be offered each first and third Saturday of the month. And local beer enthusiasts should also check out Thursday night's Art on Tap at the Jepson, featuring Southbound Brewing.
Also worth mentioning are the civic center's Skatefest, which continues throughout the month, and Collective Face Theatre Ensemble's "The Little Prince," which is in its final weekend through Sunday's matinee. And you won't want to miss Coastal Jazz Association's 39th annual Christmas Jam Concert at 5 p.m. Christmas Day. It's a great tradition that brings Savannahians from near and far back home for a rollicking good time.
You can also find even more holiday happenings in our full roundup of events.
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Heather Henley is the editor of Do Savannah. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow her on Twitter @HeatherDHenley. View the Do Savannah "Big Calendar" mobile app