Holiday Open House – City Market

Experience Savannah’s beautiful holiday spirit in historic City Market. Stroll in the flickering light of 500+ luminaria lining our two-block courtyard, serenaded by Christmas melodies. Drop in for treats in City Market shops and watch for a glimpse of Father Christmas.

December 3: 6 – 9pm

Savannah Santa Train

Where: Georgia State Railroad Museum

Savannah Santa Train, an annual favorite holiday family event, returns on Saturday, December 18, 2021, from 9 am to 5 pm at Georgia State Railroad Museum.

Festive activities and entertainment include a holiday-themed diesel locomotive train ride experience, live demonstrations by Lowcountry Turners artfully hand-crafting spinning tops, and dreidels available for purchase, caroling by Savannah Stage Company, and merry dancing with Minick Family Music. Decorate a holiday card to send to families at the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Coastal Empire, or enjoy complimentary donuts and coffee provided by The Salvation Army’s Mobile Canteen. Santa Claus will visit with all the children and hear their Christmas wishes.

Gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches from The Big Cheese food truck and frozen sweet treats from Leopold’s Ice Cream will be available for purchase.

*Tickets are $15 per person for all guests eighteen months and older. Members of Coastal Heritage Society receive a discounted ticket rate of $12 per person.

These tickets do sell out! Pre-registration is required. Purchase tickets here.

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Bourbon & Blues

As the Holidays kick into full swing in Savannah, here is a really special event for all you Bourbon lovers.

IT’S HERE, FOLKS! 🥃 What screams holiday season more than some friendly competition and supporting a good cause?! Bringing out Savannah’s most talented bartenders from across the city, you’ll judge this high-stakes holiday bourbon cocktail competition based on three criteria – 1) taste, 2) presentation, and 3) storytelling. The bartender with the winning cocktail will be awarded a $500 CASH PRIZE and receive the very first B&B Cocktail Trailblazer Award 🏆 Competing bartenders are from local Savannah restaurants and bars you know and admire. Check out our socials we reveal the impressive competitors lineup! Enjoy live music from blues guitarist Ray Lundy, delicious bites, and 10% of ticket proceeds will support Greenbriar Children’s Center, which provides emergency shelter for children and young adults. It’s all going down at The Clyde Venue on Wednesday, December 1st from 6 – 8:30pm. CHEERS!

Purchase tickets here.

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Boat Parade of Lights

As our “Home for the Holidays in Savannah” posts continue, head down to River Street Saturday, November 27 before 7pm to grab something to eat and an adult beverage (thank you, Savannah, for that open container law). Find a seat right along the river and wait for the splendor to begin!

Over 7,000 viewers will gather on River Street this year to watch more than 40 boats decorated in holiday cheer parade the Riverfront at 7 p.m., culminating in an amazing fireworks show. We encourage revelers to hop aboard the Georgia Queen Riverboat as it leads the parade or enjoy VIP Viewing from Plant Riverside with Fabulous Entertainment, St. Nick & a smorgasbord of holiday fare.

For more information, https://savannahharborfoundation.org/boat-parade-of-lights.

Home for the Holidays in Savannah

The holidays are definitely here and I thought it would be fun to celebrate by posting something special happening every day (hopefully) until Christmas. Savannah is a beautiful city full of life especially during the holidays.

Feel free to sign up for the emails using the link below so that you don’t miss out on any of the Holiday Events or so you can plan for family and friends coming to visit.

The Savannah Christmas Market at Plant Riverside District will spread good tidings and holiday cheer from Friday, November 26, 2021 through Monday, January 3, 2022.

The Savannah Christmas Market at Plant Riverside District blends European and Southern holiday traditions into a festive, month-long, family-friendly celebration that appeals to area residents as well as visitors from across the country.

Following a highly successful launch in 2020, the second annual Savannah Christmas Market at Plant Riverside District will offer a wide range of open-air, holiday-themed events as well as a European-style outdoor holiday market, live performances, tree lighting ceremony, children’s activities, photos with Santa and much more. All events are free and open to the public.

For a complete schedule of events, please visit www.savannahchristmasmarket.com.

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Olde Pink House Annual Holiday Celebration

I am so surprised these tickets are still available. Don’t miss your chance to enjoy this fabulous annual event!

The Olde Pink House, an iconic restaurant and architectural treasure located at 23 Abercorn St. in the heart of Savannah’s National Historic Landmark District, will host The Olde Pink House Annual Holiday Celebration on Thursday, Dec. 2 from 6:30 to 10 p.m.

This exquisite holiday celebration will celebrate 250 years of history at The Olde Pink House and will feature hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and wine as well as samplings of proprietary blends of Woodford Reserve bourbon, Casa Herradura tequila, Papas Pilar rum and Whistle Pig rye whiskey. Guests can enjoy live music in the Grand Ballroom and Planters Tavern and are invited to wander through all 13 historic dining rooms at The Olde Pink House, which will be beautifully decorated for the holidays.

Tickets are $125 per person and are available at OldePinkHouseRestaurant.com. Cocktail attire is recommended. Proceeds from the event will benefit The Habersham Pink House Scholarship presented to Bethesa Academy by the Women’s Board of Bethesda.

Sip ‘N Shop Soiree

THE QUEEN OF SUMMER READING RETURNS…

Andrews kicks off the season with THE NEWCOMER (St. Martin’s Press; hardcover), a fish out of water tale about a woman who may be in over her head following the suspicious death of her younger sister who left behind a daughter, a “go-bag” full of cash, and a cryptic message about where to flee in the event of her death.

“If anything bad happens to me—it’s Evan. Promise me you’ll take Maya and run. Promise me.” These words haunt Letty Carnahan as she flees New York City with her niece Maya after discovering her sister’s murdered body. Letty has no further information about what she is running from and why. One thing she is certain of? Who she is running from: Tanya’s ex, sleazy real estate entrepreneur Evan Wingfield. She knows in her gut that Evan is somehow responsible for Tanya’s death. 

Tanya was a woman shrouded in mystery and secrets, so it is no wonder to Letty that her one clue about where to go is a faded old magazine article about a sleepy mom-and-pop motel in a Florida beach town with the improbable name of Treasure Island. The Murmuring Surf Motel, knowns as The Surf to regulars, is the winter home of a close-knit flock of retirees and snowbirds who don’t particularly care for newcomers. Exhausted and desperate with nowhere else to turn, Letty makes a deal with the motel’s owner and settles into the old storage room. As she tries to unravel her sister’s shady past, care for her grieving niece, and figure out what to do next, she must keep a low profile, particularly around the owner’s suspicious (and handsome) son Joe, who is also a local police detective. With danger closing in, it’s a race to find the truth and right the wrongs of the past.

The Savannah Ripper

Think you have what it takes to catch a killer??? CluedUpp is a new outdoor detective adventure – and it’s coming to Savannah!!!!

When: Saturday, April 17, 2021; play starts at 9am and runs through 5pm.

Put your team together (up to 6 team members, children under 16 can be extras on the team as well) and buy your tickets now. Per Team Ticket Price: $52 – 1 ticket required per team.

CASE: The words “The Ripper” strike fear into the heart of every detective. Now it seems that a new Ripper is on the loose and three men have already been murdered. Can your team of detectives scramble across town, solve the clues and crack the case before The Ripper strikes again?

DETAILS: CluedUpp Detective Days are like giant, outdoor escape games. It’s where clue-solving meets adventure. It’s the most exciting murder-mystery you’ll ever attend. Join over half a million players worldwide and experience it for yourself…

  • What: A city-wide murder-mystery game 
  • Start Time: Start anytime between 9am and 2pm 
  • Start Location: Secret start location to be revealed…
  • Players: One ticket covers a team of 6
  • Language: All game narrative is written in English

HOW TO PLAY:

  • Grab 1 ticket per team of six players 
  • Scramble across town and interrogate virtual witnesses
  • Crack clues, solve puzzles and complete challenges
  • Unravel the mystery, save the town and take the glory!

TO PLAY, YOU’LL NEED:

  • A team of detectives (between 2-6 players)
  • At least one smartphone per team
  • A fantastically clever team name
  • Detective inspired fancy dress (optional but fun)

The Greening of Savannah

I, like so many of you are really disappointed that our St Patrick’s Day festivities have been canceled again this year due to COVID. Don’t get me wrong, I am a firm believer in social distancing and wearing a mask – or two, but we all need a little normalcy back.

So I borrowed this idea from a friend – let’s turn the city of Savannah green for our own little celebration. Green lights decorating homes, shamrocks bouncing off buildings, lamp posts wrapped in St Paddy’s Day green. This is just the first of February – we have time to make this go viral. We can do this. Everyone who comes to Savannah from March 1 – March 17 will smile when they see that we not only turn Forsyth Fountain green but the whole city.

Halloween Edition

Friday, October 9 – Saturday, October 31

Spear-it of Halloween Ghost Boat!

Welcome aboard the Spear-it of Halloween! 🎃☠️Your Pirate Crew will guide you through the waters of Tybee Bay and share Haunting Tales of times past. Prepare to enjoy classic Halloween Hit songs as you embark on your Ghost Boat through the low country. Dress up, bring refreshments, and be ready to have an overall fun time. 🎃 **Parents**👻 Please use your best discretion upon booking. Some material may be unsettling for children under 10. Captain Derek’s Dolphin Tour, 6pm-7:30pm, TICKETS

Saturday, October 24 – Saturday, October 31

SCAD Film Festival – The film festival will be virtual this year. The good news is that this will give more people the opportunity to actually see these film screenings. The full schedule and tickets are available here.

Saturday, October 24

PHIL the Squares with Music – ELITE PARTY BAND! Chippewa Square: First performance 10am – 11am; Second performance 5:30pm – 6:30pm. FREE!!!

Join us in welcoming to the Phil the Squares with Music stage Grammy Award winner and Savannah Philharmonic Double Bassist Marc Chesanow and Elite Party Band (EPB)! The group is Savannah’s premiere event band composed of the finest musicians in the area. Fronted by vocalist Amanda Jeter, EPB will perform an exciting mix of jazz, R&B, pop, and maybe even a few original songs.

These free concerts are available to the entire Savannah community and will be streamed via Facebook live for you to enjoy from the comfort of your home. We welcome you to attend the performance. If you plan to stop by and wave to our musicians, please wear your mask and maintain social distancing practices. Perched on balconies and terraces overlooking Savannah’s squares, SavPhil Musicians will play a wide variety of musical selections for the Savannah community.

Friday, October 30

Savannah Carnival: Clyde Venue 7pm – 10pm

It’s time to celebrate (safely, of course) with everyone’s favorite service & therapy dog organization, SD Gunner Fund. The award-winning Savannah Carnaval is back and more action-packed than ever before! Witness jaw-dropping acrobatics and jugglers from First City Fitness and Aerial Elements. Take your picture with real-life mermaids and painted ladies. Explore your Latin-inspired dance moves with DJ Will Smith, dress to impress to be entered in our first ever costume contest. And back by popular demand, compete in our legendary Rock, Paper, Scissors contest!

As an All-Access Pass VIP Ticket Holder, you will have access to an open bar. Plus you will witness everything Savannah Carnaval has to offer! Including lite bites, a selection of beverages, live entertainment, competitive games, and unlimited access to all photo opportunities, with several surprises in store!

Temperature checks and contact tracing will be provided. Masks are mandatory.

Saturday, October 31

Renaissance Ball – La Scala Ristorante:

Price: $50

An evening of Renaissance music, wine, and food. Your $50 ticket includes three glasses of wine and light hor d’ouvres to be served from 7-8pm. La Scala Ristorante119 E 37th St, Savannah, GA 31401Savannah, GA, 31415 Please call ahead to reserve your seat: 912-238-3100

TRICKS, TREATS AND TRAINS – Georgia State Railroad Museum:

Tricks, Treats, and Trains, a socially distanced trick-or-treating experience at Georgia State Railroad Museum Saturday, October 31st, 2020 from 10 am to 12pm.

Georgia State Railroad Museum is a large, open-air historic site with plenty of space for safe social distancing. Costumed staff and volunteers handing out treats will be positioned throughout the outdoor museum for participants to trick-or-treat. Ongoing demonstrations of Georgia State Railroad Museum’s operational turntable will allow guests to see the site in action.

Savannah Children’s Museum will also be open and offering Halloween-themed activities throughout the day. Savannah Children’s Museum will be open from 9:30am-2:30pm and is an additional fee.

The cost to attend Tricks, Treats, and Trains is $5 per person for all participants, ages eighteen months and older. A discounted combination ticket including admission to Savannah Children’s Museum and Tricks, Treats, and Trains is $10 per person. Pre-registration is required at http://bit.ly/TricksTreatsTrains. Registration will close at midnight the day before the event. Admission is free to Coastal Heritage Society members.

Bonaventure Cemetery Tour with Dinner: Bonaventure Cemetery after the gates lock to the public…the rare full Hunter’s Blue Moon to light the evening’s path…hypnotic, taboo stories shared by storyist Shannon Scott…followed by a private foodie’s fabulous dinner where the entire restaurant rented just for the event, complete with firepits, macabre antiquities show-n-tell style and magic performed by illusionist David Jowers? What more do you need to know? This won’t just be a tour, this will be making history itself! Be part of The South’s most exclusive, unforgettable October 31 ever! Amazing commemorative t-shirt for sale at checkout time! Details: $99.95 Per Guest includes a 3-hour tour, official 18 x 24 poster dinner & dessert. Cash Bar. Reservations are required. Questions – shannon@shannonscott.com

Savannah Carnival: Clyde Venue 7pm – 10pm

It’s time to celebrate (safely, of course) with everyone’s favorite service & therapy dog organization, SD Gunner Fund. The award-winning Savannah Carnaval is back and more action-packed than ever before! Witness jaw-dropping acrobatics and jugglers from First City Fitness and Aerial Elements. Take your picture with real-life mermaids and painted ladies. Explore your Latin-inspired dance moves with DJ Will Smith, dress to impress to be entered in our first ever costume contest. And back by popular demand, compete in our legendary Rock, Paper, Scissors contest!

As an All-Access Pass VIP Ticket Holder, you will have access to an open bar. Plus you will witness everything Savannah Carnaval has to offer! Including lite bites, a selection of beverages, live entertainment, competitive games, and unlimited access to all photo opportunities, with several surprises in store!

Temperature checks and contact tracing will be provided. Masks are mandatory to enter the yard

Saturday, October 24 & Saturday, October 31

Where’s the Noble Bones? – A Bone-Chilling Scavenger Hunt at Wormsloe Historic Site: Help find one of Savannah’s founders — Noble Jones — who has lost all of his Noble Bones. Every Saturday in October, Wormsloe State Historic Site in Savannah will host a spooky scavenger hunt. It gives families a perfect way to get outdoors and enjoy nature and history while scaring up Halloween fun. Guests will make their way to the museum where they will find QR codes giving the first clue to begin their journey. The first clue will lead you to the first “Bones” family member hidden on the main trail. Near this skeleton will be the next QR code with the next clue. After locating the fourth Bone’s family member, it will lead you to your final destination. The scavenger hunt is free with admission, which ranges from $4.50 children to $10 adults. Every Saturday will offer a different experience with unique locations and clues for locating the skeletons.

ONGOING: Plant Riverside and Savannah Cirque

Plant Riverside District & Savannah Cirque 🎉🎪 have partnered to offer the community of Savannah Free Live Circus Entertainment every Friday and Saturday night behind the Plant Riverside District near the River Walk!✨The production brings Historic Savannah to Life with 4 Different Pop Up Performances. 1️⃣: Waving Girl Statue on the Pole 2️⃣: The Haunted Aerial Hoop 3️⃣: Rolla Bolla, Acrobatics, & Juggling 4️⃣: Our Glamour Girl on the Aerial Silks 🎫Shows will be at 8:00 pm and 9:30 pm every Friday and Saturday night!

Announcement from Coastal Heritage Museums

“We have already closed Pin Point and Harper Fowlkes House.  We will suspend operations at Savannah History Museum and Old Fort Jackson beginning Nov. 1.  Georgia State Railroad Museum and Savannah Children’s Museum will remain open Thursdays-Saturdays 9:20-2:30 assuming positive revenues continue.  ALL venues will remain available for booked group tours and private events with special pricing such as weddings and holiday parties.  We plan to reopen everything in the spring (we hope around March 1, but we need to see how the winter goes). “