The Westin Savannah Harbor, Savannah Harbor Foundation, Savannah Morning News and a myriad of other high profile local businesses have appreciated your support to create an event that is enjoyed by thousands of Low Country residents. This year the Savannah Harbor Foundation Festival of Lights & Winter Carnival at The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa will feature a drive through light show around the Hutchinson Island Road Course, a Ferris Wheel and mechanical rides on Bryan Square, Gingerbread Village inside the hotel, Pictures with Santa, Winter Themed “Fun Zone”, holiday concessions and fabulous holiday decor around the Resort. Mark Spadoni, President of Savannah Harbor Foundation and General Manager of The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa, along with many other local tourism leaders, has been developing plans to make Savannah a more compelling holiday destination for over 10 years. “An opportunity presented itself for The Savannah Harbor Foundation,” Spadoni said, “to take the lead with this initiative to both create lasting family memories as well as help families and children in need during the holiday season. And we’re glad that this vision is shared by other community leaders like Savannah Morning News, who has come on as a presenting sponsor, and appreciate their and other organization’s support to make this event become a reality.”
For nearly 6 weeks, both locals and visitors will have the opportunity to experience the wonders of the holiday season on Hutchinson Island. These large-scale light displays will be staged around the near 2-mile road course where cars and trolleys can drive through at a leisurely pace and marvel at all the intricacies of these lighted masterpieces, like animated pirate ships, holiday scenes, dinosaurs and a drive-through tunnel of lights. Visitors can then partake in a myriad of festive holiday activities at the Winter Carnival inside Bryan Square between The Westin and the Trade Center! Snack on tasty treats, warm up by the bonfires with hot chocolate and a s’more and enjoy all the sights and sounds of the holidays. Special weekend programming is scheduled throughout the season to enhance this experience and includes an opening ceremony during the Savannah Harbor Boat Parade of Lights on November 29th with the arrival of Santa who will illuminate the lights.
“The Savannah Morning News and savannahnow.com are proud to join with the Savannah Harbor Foundation to bring this exciting family oriented event to the Coastal Empire and Lowcountry,” said Publisher Michael Traynor. “The Savannah Harbor Festival of Lights is destined to become the area’s premier holiday event, attracting thousands of visitors to spectacular light displays and family activities.
The Festival of Lights is Presented by the Savannah Harbor Foundation, a 501(3)c non-profit charitable organization designed to raise money for children's’ charities in Savannah. In fact, the heart of this organization lies in the dedication and support of local children’s charities and the presentation of family-friendly events. The Savannah Harbor Foundation is delighted to announce that it presented over $30,000 from the 2013 Festival of Lights to local charities: One Voice, Xcel Strategy, Greenbriar Children’s Center, 200 Club, Lowcountry Down Syndrome, Second Harvest Kids Café, Second Harvest Food Bank, Savannah Eagles, Voice Experience, Savannah Music Festival, First Tee of Savannah, West Broad Street YMCA, Interfaith Hospitality Network, Park Place Outreach Center, Give One Glove, The Living Vine, the World Ocean School, The Empty Stocking Fund & the March of Dimes.
The Savannah Harbor Foundation Festival of Lights will be open Christmas Day, from 6-10 p.m.