Although anytime of the year is a good time to visit this scenic southern city, during the winter there are numerous activities, attractions and a variety of popular events happening in the city. Winter time is also often less crowded than the high season (March through July.)
Activities and Attractions
Each year, the Savannah Civic Center offers ice skating for the whole family. Skatefest takes place between December and January and features the transformation of the Martin Luther King Junior Arena from an entertainment venue into a skating rink! Adults and children of all ages can enjoy 1.5-hour skating sessions that include skate rental.
When there’s a chill in the air, a visit to this unique museum is definitely in order. Created to celebrate the heroism of the Air Force during World War II, the museum features an array of intriguing exhibits, aircraft, memorabilia and artifacts that detail the dramatic events that led up to Hitler’s demise and the many American heroes that made it possible. Open seven days a week from 9 am to 5pm, the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force also offers a chance to enjoy a delicious lunch at the English Pub. Open Monday through Friday from 11am to 2pm.
One of the city’s most well-known art museums, the Jepson is a contemporary icon with modern exhibits, a special children’s area (Artzeum) and a café. In the center’s more than 7,500 square feet, you’ll have the opportunity to view the artwork of contemporary artists from all over the world and to enjoy both permanent and traveling exhibitions.
Among the many historic homes you can visit while in Savannah during the winter, the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace provides an unforgettable experience for people of all ages. The childhood home of the founder of the Girl Scouts of America, the beautiful southern mansion boasts an array of memorabilia from Low’s childhood as well as furnishings, personal items, photographs and more. There are special tours offered to Girl Scouts as well. The house stands as a tribute to Low and all she did throughout her lifetime to help every girl reach her maximum potential.
Founded in 1788, the country’s oldest African-American church is a great place to visit during the winter. Here, you will view magnificent stained glass windows that date back to the church’s earliest days as well as light fixtures, the baptismal pool and a pipe organ that was first brought into the church in 1832. This historic building is not only architecturally beautiful, it served as a connection to the underground railroad. While you’re there, be sure to head upstairs to the balcony to see the pews that were made by slaves and nailed onto the floors.
The markings you’ll notice on the outside of the pews are written in an African dialect known as “Cursive Hebrew.” Also of particular interest is the Nine Patch Quilt on the ceiling, which let slaves know that the church was a safe house where they could seek refuge.
Housed inside the William Scarbrough House and Gardens, the Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum is a unique collection of ship models, paintings and maritime antiques that date back to the trade era between England and America in the 18th and 19th centuries. The house itself, a sophisticated home that was built in 1819 for one of the principal owners of the Savannah, the first steamship to cross the Atlantic Ocean, is also something you shouldn’t miss.
Since the winter months are generally mild in Savannah, a visit to these 10 acres of gorgeous natural beauty is definitely among the top things to do. And if you happen to visit between November 25 and December 24, be sure to do so from 6 to 9pm during their very special December Nights and Holiday Lights event. The gardens are illuminated with 1,000,000 sparkling lights and visits by Santa and Mrs. Claus delight children of all ages. Hot chocolate and holiday treats are also available.
As you’d imagine, the city of Savannah, with its country squares and towering oaks, is especially beautiful during the winter months. There are also numerous events that take place during the season that are fun for the entire family.
Brush up on your Christmas carols and climb aboard this special holiday tour that takes place beginning in November. Get ready to sing, sip warm cider and enjoy delicious holiday treats as you tour through the city admiring the many beautiful light displays. You’ll be treated to stories by our conductor and end up at Savannah’s biggest Gingerbread Village at Westin Savannah Harbor.
This is a great way to get in the festive mood and to pick up souvenirs and gifts for your loved ones back home. Savannah’s waterfront comes alive with holiday spirit as an array of vendors come together to sell their arts and craft creations, special holiday items and more. There’s also live music, food vendors and more to enjoy—something for everyone.
If you happen to be on your Savannah vacation on the first Friday of the month, be sure to head over to the waterfront for this special celebration. Throughout November and December, and then again in February, fireworks illuminate the sky to the delight of folks old and young. January fireworks take place on New Year’s Eve.
An annual tradition, this year’s parade will take place on December 3 beginning at 5:30pm. If your Savannah vacation coincides, be sure to head over to West River Street or secure a place along the route which makes its way through downtown.