It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas and, for the 18th year, the Savannah Harbor Foundation and The Westin Savannah Harbor are going out of their way to make sure there is a flurry of exciting events to keep families celebrating the entire holiday season.
There are almost too many events to cover here, but one of the highlights is the annual Boat Parade of Lights on Nov. 24.
“It’s a Christmas parade, Savannah style,” says David Moses, president of the Savannah Harbor Foundation.
Over 20 decked out and brilliantly illuminated vessels will parade down the Savannah River while attendees enjoy roasted chestnuts, an oyster roast, music, holiday vendors, an appearance by Santa, and more. The parade is followed by the second largest fireworks display of the year and a captain’s reception, where awards will be handed out to the most dazzling boats. The $10 entry fee goes to the Greenbriar Children’s Center, “So, you can do a little goodwill while you’re having a great time,” adds Moses.
Dec. 15 is the Enchanted Winter Wonderland Ball, a tea party featuring princesses from Enchant My Party.
“This year we’ll be up in the ballroom,” explains Moses. “Attendees will be able to share time with their favorite storybook characters, learn how to curtsy, there will be some arts and crafts, the characters will be singing and dancing throughout the ballroom, there will be food and beverages, as well. Not only will children enjoy it, but also the adults in attendance.”
Be sure to get your tickets early for this one because the two sessions are limited to 100 attendees each to help preserve the magical experience.
For holiday music lovers, there is the Fabulous Equinox Holiday Concert on Dec. 16.
“It’s an annual event and one of my family’s favorites,” says Moses. “The Fabulous Equinox will be in all of their holiday pomp regalia. Their 18-piece band will sing your favorite songs from Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, and more with a couple of surprises in between.”
The Savannah Harbor Foundation sponsors the event to raise money for the Empty Stocking Fund. Attendees will not only enjoy a swingin’ concert, but also a three-course meal prepared by executive chef Anthony Burdo, and silent and live auctions.
Throughout the month, there will be other events at The Westin, including breakfast with Santa at the Aqua Star, a couples' canvas night, wreath making, calligraphy lessons, and a delicious-looking gingerbread village.
The Savannah Harbor Foundation is also organizing a decorating contest for businesses on Broughton and River streets, with prizes of $3,000 and $5,000. The winners with the best window displays/façade décor will be announced at Holidays on the Big Screen, a movie night in Ellis Square set for 7-9 p.m. Dec. 22.
The Savannah Harbor Foundation always goes big for the holidays, providing great family experiences and memories, but most importantly, embracing the spirit of giving.
“Over the years we’ve raised thousands of dollars (over $500,000) for children’s charities through many of these events,” says Moses.
A full list of events and activities can be found at savannahharborfoundation.com.
Boat Parade of Lights: 6 p.m.; Nov. 24; The Westin; $10; toys and gift cards for Greenbriar Children's Center also collected
Enchanted Winter Wonderland Ball: 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Dec. 15; The Westin; $10 adults, $30 children ages 3 and up, free for children 2 and younger
Fabulous Equinox Holiday Concert: 6 p.m. Dec. 16; The Westin; $60 and up, includes dinner