Festive Places to See Christmas Lights in Savannah, GA

It seems that from late November through December, it's practically impossible not to find holiday cheer in Savannah. With thousands of holiday lights twinkling throughout the city, as well as festive décor and seasonal events, it's easy to get in the holiday spirit for the Christmas season in Savannah!

If you're planning a vacation to Savannah, GA, during the holiday season and are hoping to see some Christmas lights — you're in luck. Consider planning a magical evening looking at the sparkling lights and decorations with the whole family at the following destinations in Savannah.

Where to See Holiday Lights in the Historic District

You don't have to travel far to see holiday lights in Savannah. These are some of the best places to see holiday decor in Savannah's Historic District — just a short walk away from your vacation rental.

Broughton Street

Broughton Street in Savannah, Georgia at Christmas

Broughton Street is one of the main spots for shopping and dining in Historic Savannah. During the holiday season, the restaurants, shops, and boutiques along Broughton Street decorate the inside and outside of their buildings with sparkling holiday lights and decor. There are even lights strung between buildings to create a picturesque backdrop for holiday shoppers looking for gifts — the entire scene looks like it’s straight out of a Christmas movie!

Broughton Street also offers fun events during the holiday season, including Holly Days — a series of Saturdays in December where visitors can enjoy live music, extended hours of operation, and shopping incentives. The Christmas Tree Lighting is another popular event on Broughton Street that usually takes place the day after Thanksgiving each year.

City Market

City Market in Savannah, Georgia at Christmas Time

City Market is a popular destination in Savannah, known for the American Prohibition Museum, as well as local shopping, dining, and nightlife. However, City Market shines (literally!) during the holiday season — the entire area is filled with Christmas trees decorated with red ribbons and twinkling lights.

City Market is also home to festive events on select nights during the holiday season, like the City Market Holiday Open House, complete with luminaries, carolers, and Santa Claus (or Father Christmas) himself. The City Market Courtyard Music Series is another popular event where you can enjoy local musicians playing your favorite holiday tunes while you stroll through the shops in City Market.

Forsyth Park

Forsyth Park in Savannah, Georgia at Christmas Time

Though there aren't technically many holiday lights in Forsyth Park, it's still a festive destination you can't miss during the holiday season.

In December, the Forsyth Park Fountain is decorated with festive wreaths, bright red bows, and beautiful garlands. Take it from us — if you still need a family photo for your Christmas card, grab the whole family and snap a photo in front of the festive Forsyth Park Fountain!

The Wayward

The Wayward in Savannah, Georgia at Christmas Time

The Wayward is an upscale cocktail bar in the Perry Lane Hotel, one of the most popular hotels in Historic Savannah. During the holidays, this bar turns into The Wayward Christmas Bar — a charming destination for holiday lights and decor and a seasonal-inspired cocktail menu.

If seeing holiday lights sounds better with a drink in hand (and we're not talking about hot chocolate, wink-wink), call up a group of friends and head over to The Wayward Christmas Bar in Downtown Savannah from December to early January.

Historic Homes & Squares

Historic Home in Savannah, Georgia at Christmas Time

While you can certainly visit an elaborate light display in Savannah, one of the best places to see Christmas lights in the city is by walking down the charming cobblestone streets and admiring the gorgeous historic homes and private residences in Historic Savannah.

Jones Street, often referred to as the most beautiful street in Savannah, is a great spot for looking at holiday decor. You can also meander around the beautiful squares in Savannah to see how they've been decorated for the holidays with traditional wreaths, greenery, bows, and lights.

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Festive Events in Savannah with Holiday Lights

In addition to some of the best places to see holiday lights in Savannah, several magical events take place throughout the city to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year. These are a few of the most notable celebrations in Savannah, GA, during the holiday season!

Old Town Trolley's Holiday Sites & Festive Nights

Old Town Trolley in Savannah, Georgia at Christmas Time

Old Town Trolley Tours are always a popular activity for tourists in Savannah, but they are especially fun for children and adults during the holiday season.

During select nights in November, December, and January, hop onboard a trolley to travel to popular destinations in Savannah, like Davenport House and the Plant Riverside District, to see festive lights and decorations throughout the city. Children will also be delighted to meet Santa Claus during the stop in City Market, and everyone can enjoy delicious holiday treats during the tour!

To make booking your trolley tour during the holiday season easier, please contact our concierge team at South Key Management at (912) 499-0777. We can take reservation requests over the phone, and we even are partnered with Old Town Trolley Tours to provide a discount for guests!

December Nights & Holiday Lights

Gazebo decorated with Christmas Lights in Savannah, Georgia

December Nights & Holiday Lights, hosted at the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens, is a favorite event for families during the holiday season in Savannah, GA. This event begins on the weekend after Thanksgiving and runs through select nights in December.

Guests will be able to enjoy holiday decor and lights in Savannah that span nearly five acres, including a winter wonderland and a life-sized advent calendar. Holiday treats, like coffee, hot chocolate, and s'mores, will be served, and Santa Claus will visit for pictures each evening.

Savannah Christmas Market at the Plant Riverside District

Christmas Market in Savannah, Georgia

The Savannah Christmas Market is a European-style Christmas market in the Plant Riverside District, starting after Thanksgiving and ending on January 1st. You'll be able to enjoy live music and performances, holiday treats, vendor booths, and photos with Santa Claus.

Experience the Magic of the Christmas Season in Savannah with South Key Management

There is no doubt about it — Savannah, Georgia, is one of the most charming Christmas cities in the United States. With beautiful holiday lights, enchanting decorations, fun holiday markets, and other festive events, you'll find no shortage of holiday cheer and magic in Savannah during the holidays.

If you want to stay near the best places to look at holiday lights in Savannah during your December visit, we hope you'll book a rental with us at South Key Management. Our vacation rentals offer a charming ambiance and historical flair to match the city but are updated with the modern amenities you want and need during a vacation. Explore our rentals to find the perfect place to stay this holiday season!

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