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7 Tybee Island Events To Get You In The Holiday Spirit

From decking the halls to ringing in the new year, these Tybee Island events are the best way to get in the holiday spirit. So, grab your friends and family, take your eggnog to-go and head to these festive island happenings!


Lights On For Tybee Celebration

Witness the lighting of the enormous Christmas tree in the center of downtown Tybee Island at this celebration of lights! The beloved ceremony will feature a singalong led by the Tybee Arts Association‘s Performing Society, caroling outside of the historic Carbo House and performances by the Gretchen Greene School of Dance. Then, help welcome Santa to our island and enjoy complimentary refreshments throughout downtown Tybee during the evening celebrations.

WHEN: December 2 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

WHERE: Tybrisa Roundabout


Tybee Island’s Annual Christmas Parade

This yearly tradition celebrates the island’s small town charm. Follow the lively parade through downtown Tybee Island and all the way to the Tybee YMCA. Children can have their photos taken with island Santa Claus, enjoy holiday-themed snacks and play lots of reindeer games.

WHEN: December 3 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

WHERE: Along Tybrisa Street and Butler Avenue


Holiday Market At The Lighthouse

See what local artists have to offer and check some gifts off your holiday list at this annual marketplace. Vendors will have unique gifts including pottery, vintage jewelry, art prints, driftwood furniture, fossils, dog treats, local honey, handmade soaps, sweet tea mixers, soy-based candles and so much more.

WHEN: December 4 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

WHERE: Tybee Island Light Station


Christmas Tour at the Tybee Island Light Station

Travel back through time and experience the sights and customs of Christmas at Tybee Island’s lighthouse in the days of our last lighthouse keeper and his family. This quaint depiction of holiday cheer in the 1930s and 40s illustrates the traditions of a simpler time for this military families of Fort Screven. Enjoy seeing the island’s twinkling lights from the top of the lighthouse, carols, hot cider and the joy of the season by the warm glow of candlelight. Tickets for this unique experience can be purchased here.

WHEN: December 10 and 17 at 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Tybee Island Light Station


8th Annual Tybee Boat Parade 

Watch as dozens of festive boats show off their lights and decorations at the Crab Shack‘s many docks! Enjoy a free hot dog and chili bar when you bring a canned food donation for America’s Second Harvest Food Drive. The boats will set sail on their scenic promenade throughout Tybee Island’s coastal waterways for all to see, and will return once again to display their masterpieces!

WHEN: December 11 at 5 p.m.

WHERE: Crab Shack


George Gee Swing Orchestra and Holiday Gala

Don’t miss this holiday celebration at the historic Tybee Post Theater! George Gee’s versatile ensemble elegantly balances genuine big band traditions with exhilarating modernism. Come early for the yearly holiday gala featuring complimentary hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and live music with enough twinkling lights to get you in the holiday spirit! Tickets can be found here.

WHEN: December 16 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

WHERE: Tybee Post Theater

Photo courtesy of Casey Jones of Visit Tybee

New Year’s Eve Fireworks

Experience the largest New Year’s Eve fireworks display in the southeastern U.S. at Tybee Island’s Pier and Pavilion. At the stroke of midnight, make a wish and start a new tradition by ringing in the new year with your toes in the sand!

WHEN: December 31 at midnight

WHERE: Tybee Island Pier and Pavilion

Photo courtesy of Visit Savannah

Polar Plunge

The 17th annual Polar Plunge is a quirky tradition held every New Year’s Day at the Tybee Island Pier and Pavilion. Join more than 1,000 brave souls as they plunge into the chilly Atlantic at noon. And don’t miss the Gang of Goofs contest at 11 a.m. – you can watch dozens of fun-loving gangs sporting wacky costumes parade in front of celebrity judges. It’s a happy-go-lucky way to start 2017!

WHEN: January 1 at 11 a.m.

WHERE: Tybee Island Pier and Pavilion

jess_brannen_headshotJess Brannen is Visit Tybee’s Social Media Coordinator. She graduated from Armstrong State University with her BA in English and Professional Communications. Jess is a Savannah native and loves playing with Sir Charles Barkley, her neurotic golden retriever, and watching reruns of Martha Stewart’s cooking shows while eating chocolate. 

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