The holiday season is upon us and Tybee Island is abuzz with cheer and plenty of festive events.

It all starts at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 5 with the Lights on for Tybee Celebration. Join Tybee Mayor Jason Buelterman as he lights the Christmas tree downtown at the Tybrisa/Strand Roundabout. Enjoy live entertainment and finish - or start - your holiday shopping with extended store hours. Take advantage of specials and complimentary refreshments at participating locations throughout downtown Tybee Island.

Be sure to bring the youngsters, as Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will make a special appearance, and believe it or not, snowflakes will be falling from the Sea & Breeze throughout the evening!

Nothing will get you in the holiday spirit quite like Tybee's Christmas Parade. Mark your calendars for 1 p.m. Dec. 6. The parade will run from the 14th Street beachfront lot (behind Ocean Plaza) to the YMCA on 5th Street. Following the parade, get ready for photo ops with Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Tybee Gym.

Take a step back in time Dec. 19 and 20 as Fort Pulaski commemorates the Confederate Nog party of 1861 with the Fort Pulaski Candle Lantern Tour. Visitors can take a night-time tour of the historic fort by candlelight and oil lamps. Hot cider and cookies will be served and guests will experience caroling and weapon firings to relive the festive occasion of 1861. Get your tickets early, as this event sells out each year. For ticket information, call Fort Pulaski at 912-786-5787.

It's never too early to start making your New Year's Eve plans! Ring in 2015 at Tybee and enjoy a spectacular fireworks display at the stroke of midnight Dec. 31. Fireworks can be seen from the pier, the beach or anywhere on the east side of the island.

Round out the holiday season with the 15th annual Tybee Polar Plunge at the Tybee Pier & Pavilion. Join more than 1,000 hearty souls as they plunge into the Atlantic at noon on New Year's Day. If the thought of dipping into the chilly water isn't crazy enough, check out the Gang of Goofs contest at 11 a.m. and witness dozens of fun-loving gangs in wacky costumes parade in front of celebrity judges before dashing into the chilly waves. It's a crazy New Year's Day ritual not to be missed! To register, go to www.tybeepolarplunge.com.

As you can see, there is a lot of holiday cheer to go around at Tybee Island. Start a new tradition this season and plan a trip out to Tybee. For a complete schedule of events, go to www.tybeefortheholidays.com.

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