Exploring Savannah in the Winter


The winter months are a great time to explore the wonders of Savannah, Georgia. With cooler weather and fewer crowds, the streets are easily navigated and there are no major line-ups for the various events. Leave your heavy coats, woolen hats and mittens at home. Bring your sunglasses, though, as there are many beautiful sunny days here during the winter months. 

Savannah’s Historic District is a fine place to start you winter adventure. Here you will find art, culture, festivals, concerts, live theater and, of course, a large variety of exceptional restaurants, both casual and gourmet. Get lost in a bookstore or antique shop, or just walk around and you’ll see why Savannah is called The Hostess City. Take a ride on an Old Town Trolley Tour and enjoy 15 stops around the district with unlimited hop-on/hop-off privileges. 

Winter Events 

  • Ice-skating at Savannah Civic Center is a fun winter activity for the whole family. The rink offers one-and-a-half hour sessions including skate rental.
  • Jepson Center for the Arts is a contemporary Savannah icon with modernistic exhibits, a special children’s area and a cafe. The center is over 7,500 square feet and exhibits the artwork of contemporary artists from all over the world in both permanent and traveling exhibits.
  • Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens features 10 acres of breathtaking natural beauty. If you happen to be in Savannah between Nov. 25 and Dec. 24, you will want to be there from 6 to 9 p.m. for its very special December Nights and Holiday Lights event, a favorite with the locals. 

More Holiday Events 

If your Savannah adventure takes place in December, you will not want to miss these heartwarming holiday treats. 

  • Holiday Trolley Tour
    Sing, sip warm cider and savor delicious Christmas goodies as you tour the city, gazing at the beautiful light displays. The tour ends at Savannah’s Gingerbread Village at Westin Savannah Harbor. It’s a time-honored competition displaying real gingerbread houses constructed by local residents, from children to master sculptors and everyone in between.
  • Holiday Celebration on the River
    Savannah’s waterfront is alive with holiday spirit including Christmas on the River hosted by the Savannah Waterfront Association, featuring many vendors come together to sell their crafts, arts and unique holiday items. There is much to see and do on River Street, including live music, food and many activities for the family to enjoy. 
  • Savannah’s Lighted Christmas Parade
    This is an annual tradition you won’t want to miss if you are in Savannah on Dec. 3. The parade starts at 5:30 p.m. on West River Street, but you need to get their early to claim your space at this extremely popular event. 

Tybee Island 

Another wonderful thing about visiting the South is enjoying the beach year-round – and you don’t even have to bundle up to do it. For seafood lovers, the shrimp and oyster season is in full swing, so join in on an oyster roast, low country crab boil, or grab yourself a bucket full of peel and eat shrimp and enjoy a day at the beach. You can also partake in deep-sea fishing, fossil hunting and jet skiing. 

Besides abundant water sports, on Tybee Island you can rent a bike and explore the entire island at your leisure. The island also has an abundance of excellent birdwatching at a variety of venues including the area surrounding Fort Pulaski National Monument. Finally, a hike along the Old RR trail is a popular spot for biking, hiking and wildlife watching. 

Now that you have discovered the charms of this beautiful, historic city, you may be thinking of making it your permanent home. Not only is there so much to Savannah, the people in The Hostess City are so hospitable, and the weather is mild all year long. This makes Savannah not just a great place to visit but a great place to live. Start your search in one of the attractive, master-planned and family-friendly communities of Landmark 24 Homes. Landmark 24 communities offer a wide variety of homes and floor plans in Savannah. Any one of them is sure to please even the most demanding homebuyer.