Savannah’s Greatest Places to See at Christmas

December may not be the best time to explore the nearby Georgia beaches. However, we enjoyed all of Savannah’s greatest places to see at Christmas time.

We split our 7 day vacation between Charleston and Savannah. Brian’s airbnb was directly outside of Foresyth park. It was a dream with unlimited Keurig coffee pods and a sleep number mattress.

Savannah’s Greatest Places to See at Christmas Checklist

Forsyth Park

Forsyth park has 30 acres of tree lined sidewalks dripping with Spanish moss. This park is the oldest and largest in Savannah with the epic fountain from Forest Gump and a botanical garden.

Savannah’s Greatest Places to See at Christmas: Savannah Christmas Market

During the month of December there is a European inspired market set up along the river walk . First, grab a warm Christmas drink. Secondly, walk the shops. Last but not least, check out the concert schedule to insure you will see a daily performance.

Wormsloe Historic Site

  • Epic mile long Spanish covered oak alley
  • Oldest standing structures in Savannah
  • William Bartram Trail
  • 500 acre plantation
  • Open 9am-5pm
  • 10 dollars per adult

Savannah City Market is one of Savannah’s Greatest Places to See at Christmas

The Savannah city market covers two Savannah squares. Frequently, there are local musicians and excellent people watching. Christmas in the city market is magical with many Christmas trees and decorations everywhere.

Savannah’s Greatest Places to See at Christmas: Chippewa Square

Savannah has 22 historic squares today. Chippewa Square was home of the scene in the movie Forest Gump on the park bench. However, they have moved the bench for preservation.

Cathedral Basilica of Saint John the Baptist

  • Self guided tours Monday-Saturday
  • Donations are appreciated and welcomed (suggested 3 dollars per person)
  • Built in 1898-1900 after a fire destroyed the original structure in 1876

Bonaventure Cemetery

Bonaventure cemetery is on the land of Bonaventure Plantation. It is on a scenic bluff of the Wilmington River. Take a drive for the best way to experience it all since there are over 100 acres of ancient cemetery. They are open 8am-5pm daily.

Moon River Brewing

Moon River Brewing is a large brewery with ample outdoor space. Therefore, on a chilly December day they provide a ton of heaters to accommodate everyone that wants to experience their gorgeous courtyard.

Savannah’s Greatest Places to See at Christmas: River Street

  • Home of the River Street Market Place
  • Historic Staircases
  • Views of the Talmadge Bridge
  • Many rooftop patios

Waving Girl Statue

Located on River Street is the waving girl statue. She greeted the ships for years in search of her long lost lover. Occasionally, ships still pay her tribute by honking their horns.

Savannah Botanical Gardens

Savannah botanical gardens are free to the public. There are walking trails throughout the gardens. If you visit in December you will find the iconic red rose or two.

Betty Bombers

Betty Bombers is an all American eatery. They have the best burgers in town.

Olde Pink House Savannah’s Greatest Places to See at Christmas

The olde pink house has a famous restaurant inside known for their epic bar. It was decorated cute for Christmas time. However, make a reservation ahead of time to insure a spot.

Myrtle Rose Rooftop Garden Bar

  • River views
  • Excellent cocktails
  • Fun lounging spot in the city

Foxy Loxy Cafe

Foxy Loxy Cafe has delicious lattes. Enjoy your coffee on the upstairs deck on a nice day.

Cutters Point Coffee

Outside of downtown is the modern Cutters Point Coffee Company. They have a large menu of frappes with a variety of rich flavors.

Black Riffle Coffee Co

With a purchase of coffee, apparel and gear Black Riffle Coffee Company supports our veterans and officers. However, you do not have to visit the shop off River Street in Savannah to order items. Their online shop is convenient and items can be shipped directly to your door.

The Grey

Eat and drink in a 1938 art deco Greyhound Bus Terminal at the Grey. The front of the place is a bar with booths, appetizers and great drinks if a 4 course meal is not your style.

Repeal 33

  • Rustic
  • Large bar
  • Cozy

Leopold Ice Cream

  • Homemade super-premium ice cream since 1919
  • Serve sandwich’s, soups, and salads
  • Always a line but worth the wait

Talmadge Bridge

  • Built in 1990
  • Cable-stayed bridge architecture
  • Almost 2 miles long

Tybee Island: Savannah’s Greatest Places to See at Christmas

Tybee island is an excellent place to relax on a beautiful day. Simply a short 20 minute drive from Savannah hosts many beaches, restaurants and a beautiful pier.

Savannah’s Greatest Places to See at Christmas: Coastal Georgia Botanical Garden

  • Admission: $5 adults $3 kids
  • Historic bamboo farm
  • 10am to 4pm Monday through Saturday; 12pm-4pm Sunday

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