If you're looking for events to bridge the gap from Christmas to New Year's Day, Do Savannah is here to help with our top picks! Read on for a breakdown of how best to spend your holiday break:
CHRISTMAS JAM CONCERT
This will be the 39th year in a row the Coastal Jazz Association has hosted its annual Christmas Day concert. This show brings together current and former Savannahians for a homecoming that is sure to please music lovers of all ages. This one usually sells out, so we recommend getting your tickets ahead of time. The fun starts at 5 p.m. Thursday at Savannah Station.
DARYL HANCE POWER TRIO
You can follow up the Christmas Jam with a 9 p.m. show at Barrelhouse South with the Daryl Hance Power Trio. The group is promoting its latest album, "Land of the Trembling Earth." Best of all, admission to this holiday show is free!
Keep the music going on Saturday night at Graveface Records & Curiosities. This all-ages show features four punk rock acts: Protester and Public Suicide out of Washington, D.C., Some Nerve from the Boston area and Savannah's own Toxic Shock. Just one $5 bill gets you in the door for the 7 p.m. show.
HOLIDAY EVENING TOURS BY CANDLELIGHT
We're surrounded by history here in Savannah, and one local institution will present the holidays as they were celebrated in the 1820s. The Davenport House Museum will host its annual Holiday Evening Tours by Candlelight from Friday through Tuesday. You can enjoy centuries-old dancing and sing "Auld Lang Syne" with the museum's re-enactors. Admission is just $10 for adults in advance, but reservations are highly recommended for this popular event.
There are of course a bunch of new movies coming out around Christmas (you can read reviews and see trailers here.) But if you're looking to see the first run of a foreign film that's generating a lot of buzz for the upcoming awards season, your only chance will be Saturday night at Muse Arts Warehouse. CinemaSavannah will screen "Force Majeure" at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. This is one to make time to see, if not simply for the fact that you likely won't have a chance to catch it again until the DVD comes out.
UP THE CUP AND CITY MARKET NEW YEAR'S EVE
Savannah will celebrate 2015 as only Savannah can: With the raising of a giant to-go cup at midnight. You can take part in the countdown, followed by fireworks, starting at 8 p.m. New Year's Eve at Rousakis Plaza on River Street. Another popular outdoor celebration lasts all night at City Market. Both events offer free admission and last well into the new year.
This hometown boy will offer a rare Savannah show on New Year's Eve at Barrelhouse South. Deputy's island-infused looping sound is sure to keep the party going all night, but get those tickets early, as there is only a limited amount available.
TYBEE NEW YEAR'S EVE
If the beach is more your style, Tybee Island will host its annual fireworks display at the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve. You can see this spectacular show from the pier, the beach, or really, anywhere on the eastern side of the island.
TYBEE POLAR PLUNGE
Wake up in 2015 with a chilly dip in the Atlantic Ocean! This 15th annual event benefits the Tybee Post Theater, set to open later next year. Even if you don't take the plunge, head out to Tybee anyway for the Gang of Goofs costume contest, which is always entertaining.
NEW YEAR'S BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL
This 39th annual event takes place from Jan. 1-3 at the Jekyll Island Convention Center. The talented lineup includes Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, the Gibson Brothers, Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice, Gene Watson and many more. You can get tickets for one day or all three days, and all ages are welcome, as well.
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