I love Savannah any time of year but there is something magical about this city during the holidays. Whether you want a night on the town or a quiet escape into the city's history, you can find it. Here's a peek at 5 of my favorite things to do in Savannah during the holidays.
1. Walk down Broughton Street to see the Lights and Shops
Take some time this year to slow down and enjoy the sights and sounds of the season as you visit quaint shops, fabulous restaurants, and the absolutely beautiful scenery of Broughton Street. This is a free activity that will get you out of the house and supporting local businesses or spending some one-on-one time with that special someone.
2. Holiday Lights and Sights Tour
Old Town Trolley's Holiday Lights & Sights Tour is one my favorite holiday tours in Savannah. Running every night from November 27-December 24, this activity will take you back in time as you visit historic homes and city squares decked out in their holiday best – all set against a backdrop of caroling and seasonal festivity. Highlights include the historic Davenport House, a visit with St. Nick at the Plant Riverside District, and holiday treats. Reservations are required so plan ahead and book early.
3. Gingerbread House Trail
Visit some of Savannah's finest hotels, shops, and dining establishments as you follow the Savannah Harbor Foundation's Gingerbread House Trail. This competition puts ah-mazing gingerbread creations on display for everyone to enjoy while supporting local charities. Viewing the masterpieces is free. Creations are auctioned off on November 21 and displayed by the winners thereafter.
4. Carriage Ride Through Downtown
Horse-drawn carriage rides are a classic Savannah experience and the holiday season is the perfect time to take in the sights. Take your pick of carriage tours all of which last about an hour and will take you through some of the city's most popular sites and historic districts all decorated for the holidays.
5. Walking Food Tour
John and I love to set up our own progressive dinner where we will start at one place for drinks, then move to another restaurant for appetizers, next place for mains, then wrap up with dessert and coffee. Several of our favorite spots include Andaz for drinks, The Old Pink House for apps, Alligator Soul for mains, Jazz'd for dessert and coffee.
Want more ideas on how to spend the holidays this year? Check out my ideas for Christmas gift wrapping, 4 Holiday Cocktail Ideas, and my gift guide for the foodies in your life.