Spend some special time with your family this year and consider the following 2016 holiday-themed things to do in Savannah, GA.

Looking for things to do in Savannah, GA this holiday season? Seasonal activities prove more bountiful than the toys rolling out of Santa’s workshop. Consider taking the family to one of these holiday-themed ideas during the winter holidays this year.

A Christmas Tradition at Savannah Theatre

Now in its 14th year, this 2-hour holiday production at Savannah Theatre has the old-school aura of the classic variety show. A live band, as well as singers, dancers, and thespians bring tinsel-tinged entertainment to the stage. Expect plenty of twinkling lights and seasonal razzle dazzle. One moment Kris Kringle leads a chorus line of high-hoofing reindeer. Minutes later you’ll see a small choir belt out a gospel injected version of “Go Tell it on the Mountain.” The spirit of Andy Williams comes to life when cast members croon “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” “White Christmas,” and other standards. The show runs through Christmas Eve 2016.

Savannah Philharmonic Holiday Pops Concert at Savannah Civic Center

On December 17, the Civic Center’s Johnny Mercer Theater plays host to this annual tradition courtesy of the Savannah Philharmonic. The orchestra performs a classic holiday soundtrack and even encourages the audience to sing along. The 3:00 p.m. family matinee offers a 1-hour show with younger audiences in mind. The Savannah Children’s Choir bring its trademark angelic vocals to the proceedings. The 7:30 p.m. performance strikes a more mature chord. Guest soloist Michael Maliakel, the American Traditions Competition’s 2016 gold medalist, will display his booming baritone.

Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa

This annual celebration arguably rises to the top among the many holiday-related things to do in Savannah, GA. Just across the Savannah River from festive River Street, this resort does the holiday season in a big way. Special events and activities take place Thursdays–Sundays in December, and the whole week leading up to Christmas Day. The hotel’s Gingerbread Village boasts serious handmade displays. Carolers and choirs add music to the chilly air. Animals from the Oatland Island Wildlife Center can be seen up close and personal. The same goes for the big guy in red. Don’t feel like cooking on Christmas Day? Brunch (11 a.m. – 3 p.m.) and dinner (6:00 p.m. – 10 p.m.) can be found in the hotel’s Aqua Star restaurant.

Spend some special time with the family this year. And who knows—maybe one of these three suggestions might leave you with visions of sugarplums dancing in your head.

Jon Waterhouse

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