The Top 5 features a variety of Savannah’s best arts, music, theater and community events. We aim to include something for all ages and income levels each week. To have your event considered for this list, email See the full list of events in Do’s Big Calendar.


Dec. 20-23

December Nights & Holiday Lights: 6-9 p.m., last ticket at 8:30 p.m. through Dec. 23; Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens, 2 Canebrake Road; cost varies; $10 ages 13 and older, $5 ages 4-12, free 3 and younger. Family night Dec. 20, admission is $5 ages 4 and older, free for 3 and younger; Santa visits Dec. 20-23. Mrs. Claus Kitchen sales benefit area nonprofits.


Dec. 21

Stardusted Circus' Winter Solstice Festival: 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 21; Tybee Post Theater, 10 Van Horne Ave.; $15 adults, $10 children 12 and younger; A festival of firelight with a three-ring circus, acrobatic snow angels, ice fairies and the Extraordinary Flying Roller Skater.



Dec. 21-23 

Christmas on the River: 4-10 p.m. Dec. 21, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Dec. 22, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 23; River Street, Rousakis Plaza; free; Visit from Santa, vendors and entertainment by local dance troupes, choral groups and musicians Jason Bible, Owen Plant and Danielle Hicks & The Resistance. First Friday Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Dec. 21 and Lighted Christmas Parade with Grand Marshal Maci Varnell at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 22. Portion of proceeds from Kidz Zone activities, other donations go to Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Rescheduled from earlier this month.


Dec. 22

Holidays on the Big Screen: 6-8 p.m. Dec. 22; Ellis Square; Bring chairs and blankets to watch a favorite holiday movie under the stars.


Dec. 26-Jan. 1

35th annual Kwanzaa celebration: 6-8 p.m. Dec. 26-29 at Tompkins Community Center, 2319 Ogeechee Road; Dec. 30-Jan. 1 at Mary Flournoy Golden Age Center, 1001 W. 39th St.; free admission; Founder’s Reception on first night, Night of the Fest on final night.