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Top Winter Events on Tybee Island

From decking the halls to tossing beads, these Tybee Island events are the best way to get into the winter spirit. So, grab your friends and family and head to Georgia’s northernmost barrier island for a winter beach vacation laced with holiday shows, parades and festivals.

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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. This quaint depiction of holiday cheer in the 1930s and 40s illustrates the traditions of a simpler time for the military families at Fort Screven. View the island’s twinkling lights from the top of the lighthouse, sing carols, sip hot cider and witness the joy of the season by the warm glow of candlelight.

LIGHTS ON FOR TYBEE

The lighting of the enormous Christmas tree in the center of downtown Tybee Island is a holiday tradition! The beloved ceremony features a singalong led by the Tybee Arts Association’s Performing Society, as well as caroling and other live performances.

Tybee Island Christmas Parade

TYBEE ISLAND CHRISTMAS PARADE

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

ANNUAL TYBEE BOAT PARADE

Watch as dozens of festive boats show off their lights and decorations at the Crab Shack’s docks. At this festive event, boats will set sail on a scenic promenade throughout Tybee Island’s coastal waterways for all to see, and will return once again to display their masterpieces!

TOUR DE LIGHTS CHRISTMAS PARADE

All are invited to join in the holiday fun at the annual Tybee Island Tour de Lights Christmas Parade! Dress your bicycle or golf cart in its holiday finery and spread the holiday cheer across our quaint, coastal community.

NEW YEARS 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!

Take a New Year's Day dip in the icy Atlantic at the Tybee Island Polar Plunge.

TYBEE POLAR PLUNGE

The Tybee 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. Don’t miss out on the Gang of Goofs contest – 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 the new year!

CRITZ TYBEE RUN FEST

This unique beachside festival is a runner’s dream. Made up of five events, participants can choose how many races they participate in. Comprised of a 5k, 10k, half marathon, 2.8-mile beach run and a 1-mile run, those who complete all 5 will have done a full marathon!

Mardi Gras Tybee Parade

MARDI GRAS TYBEE

All are welcome to dress in an array of purple, gold and green to help Tybee Island celebrate Mardi Gras. Watch as the Mardi Gras Tybee Parade marches around downtown and join in on the Mardi Gras Street Party featuring free live entertainment and so much more!

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