December is such a magical time to visit Savannah. The Historic District looks like a scene straight out of a Dickens novel…and that’s not an exaggeration. Today I’m sharing a few of my favorite Christmas in Savannah activities, plus I’ll list a few fun things to do in general during the month of December!

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Savannah Georgia in December

If you’re wondering if December is a nice time to plan a trip to Savannah, it is! Between the mild weather and the year-round Southern charm, you’ll find yourself wanting to return year after year.

I’ve written a very detailed post describing the best time of year to visit Savannah, and December is a month that consistently earns high marks from me.

Savannah Weather in December

With highs in the upper 60s to low 70s (Fahrenheit), and lows in the mid-40s, you can expect a comfortable vacation. It’s typically cool enough for a light jacket, but not so cold that you’d want to spend your entire vacation indoors by a fireplace. We do have an occasional cold front.

Now…if it’s a white Christmas you’re seeking, you won’t find that here. It only snows in Savannah once every 10 years or so, and it’s a huge event when it happens. (And by huge event, I mean the entire city shuts down to enjoy it.)

Green two-story Victorian home in Savannah decorated for Christmas with snow covering the front yard and roof
Snow in Savannah? Think again! This snow is of the fake variety and was painstakingly placed there by a film crew shooting Disney’s “Lady and the Tramp” live-action movie.

The last time we had a memorable snowfall was in January of 2018, so I guess that means we aren’t due again for a while.

What to Wear in Savannah in Winter

While it typically doesn’t get very chilly in Savannah, you’ll still want to come prepared in case of a rare cold snap. I always suggest bringing items for layering.

Sweaters and cardigans are great, but it’s usually a safe bet to leave your heavy winter coat at home. Bring gloves and a hat in case you need them for early morning or late evening strolls, and check the local weather before packing. (The zip code for Savannah is 31401, in case your weather app requests it.)

Keep in mind that there’s often a breeze blowing in off the water along River Street, so sometimes that area feels slightly cooler.

Related Reading: 11 Photos That Will Make You Fall in Love with River Street

Where to Stay in Savannah for Christmas

There are so many incredible places to stay in Savannah that it can be hard to choose! However, there are a few hotels and B&Bs that stand out for their spectacular holiday decor. You’ll feel festive staying at any of these locations.

Plant Riverside District & River Street Zone

Marriott Plant Riverside is the newest hotel along River Street, and they make their presence known in a big way by hosting numerous Christmas events (which you’ll read more about below). Last year they were the first hotel to put decorations up. They had them up by mid-November. The year the entire Plant Riverside District is fully decorated and looks very festive. Check rates here.

The lobby of the JW Marriott Plant Riverside
The lobby of the JW Marriott Plant Riverside has a very different vibe from most of the hotels in Savannah. It’s less traditional and more Vegas-y.

River Street Inn is located along the center of River Street and is very convenient to restaurants, shops, and bars. They just completed an extensive interior renovation, but the exterior still looks like it did hundreds of years ago. Check rates here.

A Christmas in Savannah scene with flickering lanterns on the side of River Street Inn adorned in red ribbons and greenery
Didn’t I tell you the city looks like a scene from a Dickens novel? I just love the look of flickering old gas lanterns, like these surrounding the entrance to River Street Inn.

Historic District North Zone

Ballastone Inn has immaculate decorations on the interior and exterior of the inn. They don’t hold back for the holidays, and the results are jaw-dropping. Ballastone is my number one pick if you want to feel like you’re in a Christmas wonderland — and a luxurious one, at that. They begin decorating the day after Thanksgiving. Check rates here.

The Marshall House is located on Broughton Street, which is the main shopping street in Savannah. It’s just two blocks away from the city’s official Christmas tree. The hotel looks beautiful year-round, but it’s particularly festive during the holidays. They install a unique Christmas tree in the lobby that looks like a pineapple. (Yes, really…a pineapple. It’s the symbol of Southern hospitality.) They also hang garlands from the intricate wrought-iron balcony on the exterior of the hotel. If you enjoy the spook factor, it’s considered one of the most haunted hotels in Savannah. (It’s haunted by friendly ghosts, of course!) They begin decorating the Monday after Thanksgiving. Check rates here.

Historic District South Zone

Hamilton Turner Inn has been voted one of the top small hotels in the US, as well as one of the most romantic. It also tops the list for best service. In addition to those accolades, their Christmas decorations are some of the most beautiful in the city. I’m a big fan of the oversized nutcrackers guarding their front door. Check rates here.

Street view of an oversized nutcracker guarding the door of the Hamilton-Turner Inn in Savannah
Close-up of an oversized nutcracker guarding the door of the Hamilton-Turner Inn in Savannah

Related Reading: What’s the Most Haunted B&B in Savannah?

Forsyth Park Zone

Forsyth Park Inn is a cheery yellow Savannah bed and breakfast with a relaxing front porch overlooking Forsyth Park. Since December is so mild, it’s nice to enjoy a cup of hot cocoa on the porch and then head across the street for a walk in the park. Check rates here.

Christmas in Savannah at The Forsyth Inn, a cheery yellow B&B with a white porch decorated with red ribbons and greenery
The Forsyth Park Inn is a reasonably priced B&B that overlooks Forsyth Park. It’s a comfortable 20 minute walk through the Historic District to River Street from this location.

My Savannah First-Timer’s Guide includes a map detailing the different zones in Savannah and describes which ones are more touristy, romantic, residential, etc.

Related Reading: Where to Stay in Savannah GA: Tips from a Local

Where to See Christmas Lights in Savannah GA

One thing to note about the holiday decor is that you won’t find many tacky yard displays and garish lights around the city — especially in the Historic District. The decor is more traditional throughout the downtown area.

Homeowners often display an indoor Christmas tree and candles in the windows, and you’ll find wreaths and greenery on the exterior of the homes. The squares are often decorated with greenery and red ribbons on the flickering lampposts.

If you’re interested in booking a tour to see the lights, here are a couple options:

The Historic District

The Historic District is the perfect spot for a stroll for anyone who loves understated Christmas lights. I suggest heading out around dusk so you can peek through the windows to see the trees all lit up. It’s so magical! Here is one route I recommend:

  • North of Gaston: Begin at the famous Forsyth Park fountain, which is typically decorated with red ribbons and greenery for the holidays. From there, head directly north to the intersection of Bull and Gaston and spend an hour or two exploring the five streets directly north of the park: Gaston, Gordon, Taylor, Jones, and Charlton. Particular houses to note include the Armstrong-Kessler Mansion, Noble Hardee House (aka: Alex Raskin Antiques), the Mercer Williams House, Andrew Low House, and Hamilton-Turner Inn.
Street scene of two Colonial-style homes with candles and Christmas trees in the windows and Christmas wreaths on the front doors.
Pale blue historic home with dark blue shutters, candles illuminating the windows, and Christmas greenery on its wrought-iron fence
Christmas in Savannah with decorations on a yellow house with a second story porch that has detailed white Victorian-style trim
Close-up of a Magnolia leaf swag draped on the wrought iron gate of a historic home in Savannah
Yellow historic home with a large side porch and magnolia leaf Christmas decorations on the wrought iron fence
It’s common to find magnolia swags draped across wrought iron fences and stair railings throughout the Historic District. This pretty yellow house is located on Taylor Street.

Forsyth Park and the beautiful squares are usually decorated with greenery and red ribbons. Those decorations go up in early to mid-December. Here are a few of the squares that decorated early during the most recent Christmas season:

  • Calhoun Square
  • Crawford Square
  • Franklin Square
  • Lafayette Square
  • Pulaski Square
  • Telfair Square
  • Troup Square
  • Washington Square

The decorations in Forsyth Park usually go up the first weekend in December. I update the decorating schedule each year on my post about the best Christmas lights in Savannah.

River Street

River Street is another beautiful spot in the Historic District. All of the lampposts are covered in greenery and red ribbons, and the Georgia Queen riverboat looks festive with holiday lights and greenery.

The newly developed west end of River Street is known as the Plant Riverside District. They’ve created a Savannah holiday market similar to the Christmas markets you see in Europe, albeit on a much smaller scale.

The lighted displays in the Plant Riverside District are not as understated as what you’ll find in the rest of the Historic District. Their Christmas trees have bright blue LED lights, for example, and their fountains resemble a mini-Vegas lighting display.

Broughton Street

All of Broughton Street is draped with holiday lights from one side to the other during the Christmas season, and you’ll find wreaths hanging from every lamppost. It truly looks like a scene from a postcard.

The official city tree can be found at the intersection of Bull & Broughton Streets, next to Levy Jewelers.

A lit Christmas tree at night reflected in a wet paved city street
The city Christmas tree shines like a jewel on a rainy night in Georgia. This shot was taken facing north on Bull Street. The tree lighting ceremony is set for November 26, 2021 at 5:30 pm.

The extravagant window displays at The Paris Market are definitely worth checking out! Every year, I anxiously await the unveiling of their holiday window display to see if they’ve outdone themselves from the year prior. The 2021 theme is “Sleepy Town”.

A bicyclist silhouetted against a nighttime Christmas window display at The Paris Market in Savannah
A bicyclist silhouetted against a nighttime Christmas window display at The Paris Market in Savannah
Window display showing a nighttime scene of a moon man surrounded by pink clouds and stars at The Paris Market on Broughton Street
Elaborate holiday window display of Christmas trees at The Paris Market with cafe seating under a striped awning
Elaborate holiday window display of Christmas trees at The Paris Market with cafe seating under a striped awning
Elaborate holiday window displays of flocked Christmas trees at The Paris Market with cafe seating under a striped awning
The Paris Market creates elaborate window displays to celebrate each season. They opted for an understated winter forest theme for 2020.
Close-up of a Christmas window-display at Paris Market in Savannah GA
Elegant window display showing a Christmas tree with gold and white decorations
Parisian-themed Christmas window display in a cute shop with green trim around the windows on Broughton Street in Savannah GA
This was the seasonal display at The Paris Market in 2018. The prior year they had reindeer hauling Santa’s sleigh.
It's Christmas in Savannah at 24e furniture store with an elegant window display showing blue upholstered dining room chairs behind Santa's sleigh
24e is a furniture store with elaborate window displays for the holiday season. They have some really unique home decor pieces inside! Update: Sadly, they closed their brick-and-mortar store in December of 2021.

If you’re curious, the most photographed spot on Broughton Street is the colorful Leopold’s Ice Cream shop with the SCAD sign in the background.

Broughton Street in Savannah at night without a soul in sight and only the neon glow of the SCAD and Leopold's Ice Cream signs lighting the street
Twas the night before Christmas, and all through Savannah, not a creature was stirring…’cept for Erin with her camera.

SCAD usually posts a very simple holiday message on their marquee. (In the photo above it says “Happy Holidays”.)

Insider Tip: City crews install the Christmas tree the day before Thanksgiving each year, and it takes them all day and into the night. The lighting ceremony takes place the day after Thanksgiving.

Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist

The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist is the perfect place to get into the Christmas spirit. Church members hang wreaths on all of the massive columns, there’s usually greenery on the pews, and the cathedral is decorated with beautiful red trees made entirely of poinsettias.

If you’re looking for a place to attend Christmas mass, this is the spot! All are welcome. They typically host a musical event called Christmas at the Cathedral where choir members sing seasonal favorites and are often joined by the handbell ensemble.

Interior of the Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist with large stained glass windows, Christmas trees, and poinsettias
Interior of the Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist withChristmas trees and poinsettias
Elaborate church interior decorated with a 20-ft tall Christmas tree made of poinsettias

Insider Tip: The nativity scene (also known as the Crèche scene) is usually installed the first or second week in December. It takes a few days to complete it, and it’s 100% worth seeing in person.

City Market

City Market is an open-air shopping pavilion that’s popular with tourists. It looks very festive during the holidays! The market consists of two large blocks, and you’ll find a Christmas tree in the center of each.

You’ll also spot garlands and wreaths throughout the area, as well as unique decorations in many of the stores. Savannah Candy Kitchen usually has two oversized nutcrackers standing guard at their entrance.

Christmas tree with white lights and red ribbons in the center of City Market in Savannah
City Market looks like a Christmas wonderland! You can get your Christmas shopping done there, too.

Are you beginning to sense how magical Christmas in Savannah is yet? Keep reading, because there’s so much more to experience!

Insider Tip: The decorations in City Market usually switch from fall-themed to Christmas mid-week during the week of Thanksgiving. (Which means if you’re visiting for Thanksgiving, you’ll find Christmas decor!)

Related Reading: Where to Find All the Best Christmas Lights in Savannah

Savannah GA Christmas Events

There are a good number of Christmas events planned for the Historic District (and beyond). I’ll try to give you a good idea of what to expect…

Holiday Boat Parade of Lights

Event Date: Saturday, November 27, 2021 at 7 pm

Savannah’s Christmas parade is a little different from most cities, because ours happens on the water. That’s right: Santa arrives by boat in Savannah!

You can line up anywhere along River Street to watch the parade of boats float by, but the Plant Riverside District is one of the most crowded areas. They’ll have a live performance by The Fabulous Equinox Orchestra this year, plus a fountain show and VIP after-party at Electric Moon.

The boats arrive all decked out in their holiday finest, with colorful lights and giant balloons. Many have holiday characters on board, too.

Sometimes there’s a fireworks show over the river to end the event — because it just wouldn’t be Christmas in Savannah without fireworks on the river!

Insider Tip: If you prefer to watch the parade from a rooftop bar, try one of these spots along the riverfront: Top Deck at The Cotton Sail, Electric Moon at Plant Riverside, Myrtle & Rose at Plant Riverside or Rocks on the Roof at The Bohemian.

Christmas on the Ogeechee Lighted Boat Parade at Fort McAllister Marina in Richmond Hill is a similar lighted boat parade. The Grinch and Santa have both made appearances there in years past!

Savannah Christmas Market at Plant Riverside

You can expect visits from Santa, live music, street performers, a vendor market, and more at Plant Riverside’s Christmas Market. Tickets aren’t required for any of these events.

  • Tree Lighting Ceremony | November 26, 2021 at 6 pm This event features a live reading of The Night Before Christmas, a performance by First Baptist Church Choir, a tree lighting ceremony starring Santa, and a performance by Cirque Divina. The event is held at Plant Riverside Amphitheatre.
  • Santa Meet & Greet + Photos | November 27 – December 24, 2021 Bring the kids to Plant Riverside to have their pictures taken with Santa. A professional will be on hand, or you can bring your own camera. Santa is there daily (during selected times) from Thanksgiving week until Christmas Eve.
  • Kid’s Corner | November 26 – 27, 2021
    The little ones can write letters to Santa, decorate gingerbread cookies and ornaments, and craft garlands from felt.
Neon signage reading Electric Moon Skytop Lounge with Christmas decor surrounding it

I’ve written an entire post about the Savannah Christmas Market in the Plant Riverside District, and it includes lots of photos so you’ll know what to expect. (Spoiler alert: It’s very cute!) It’s one of the most festive areas in the entire city.

Event Dates: November 26, 2021 – January 3, 2022

Plant Riverside District | 400 W River Street, Savannah, Georgia 31401

Savannah Gingerbread Trail

Another event that lets you get out and about to explore the city is the Savannah Gingerbread Trail. Competitors build gingerbread houses that are showcased at different hotels, shops, and venues throughout the city. The DeSoto Hotel was the starting point for the last event.

Guests can “Sip & Stroll” through the Historic District to enjoy the displays of the completed homes. (That means you can take a hot chocolate or a hot toddy to keep warm. Much of the Historic District is an open container zone.)

My personal favorite house in 2020 was the gingerbread and candy version of the Cathedral of St. John, which was on display in the Old Savannah Tours lobby. I was also impressed by an incredibly detailed Victorian home.

The official judges vote to select their favorites, but the contest also includes a “people’s favorite” option that’s up for vote.

No tickets are necessary to see the gingerbread houses on display.

Event Dates: December 10 – 25, 2021 [Update: Event cancelled for 2021]

The DeSoto | 15 E Liberty Street, Savannah, Georgia 31401

Holiday Tour of Homes

One of the events I look forward to most each year is the Savannah Holiday Tour of Homes. The Historic District is always decorated beautifully for Christmas, and this event offers an opportunity to peek into homes you wouldn’t normally be able to see.

It’s hosted by the Downtown Neighborhood Association (DNA) and raises money for the community. Tickets go on sale each year beginning the first day in September. I suggest purchasing early since it often sells out.

Event Dates: Saturday, December 11, 2021

Holiday Tour of Homes | Savannah Historic District, Savannah, Georgia 31401

A Christmas Tradition

Head to the Historic Savannah Theatre to watch this 2-hour live performance, which celebrates seasonal favorite songs and dances. When audience members get in on the festivities, that’s when everyone starts laughing. This event is always cheerful!

Tickets vary between $20 – $50.

Event Dates: November 25 – December 24, 2021

Historic Savannah Theatre | 222 Bull Street, Savannah, Georgia 31401

December Nights & Holiday Lights Drive-Thru

The Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens at the Historic Bamboo Farm hosted a socially-distanced holiday event in 2020. Tickets were $25 per carload, so the entire family was able to celebrate together.

We’ll have to wait and see what 2021 brings!

Event Dates: November 26 & 27 2021, December 3 – 4, 10 – 11, and 17 – 24 from 6 – 9 pm

Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens | 2 Canebrake Road, Savannah, Georgia 31419

Davenport House Tours by Candlelight

For a few special nights in December, you’re able to tour the Davenport House by candlelight to see what it would’ve looked like back in the mid-1800s. They offer light refreshments, music, and dancing, and interpreters are available to guide you through the historic home.

Tickets usually cost $12 in advance, $15 at the door.

Event Dates: December 26 – 30, 2021

Davenport House Museum | 324 E State Street, Savannah, Georgia 31401

Holiday Open House in City Market

Explore the courtyard at City Market, which is lit by more than 500 luminaria. The event includes delicious treats, Christmas melodies, and a visit from Father Christmas.

City Market also hosts a Christmas for Kids Celebration the day after their open house.

There is no cost to attend either event.

Event Dates: Friday, December 3, 2021

City Market | 219 West Bryan Street, Savannah, Georgia 31401

Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree

You’ll find live music and local dance groups around the official Christmas tree on Broughton every Saturday in December for the whole family to enjoy. It’s a fun gathering spot for the family and makes a nice place to sip hot chocolate when you need a break from shopping.

There is no cost to enjoy the entertainment.

Event Dates: December 4th, 11th, and 18th from 1 – 4 pm

Savannah Christmas Tree | Intersection of Bull & Broughton streets, Savannah, Georgia 31401

Savannah Souvenirs: Where to Buy Christmas Presents

Ready to do some shopping? Savannah is the perfect place to find presents for family and friends. There are so many unique shops where you can find a one-of-a-kind gifts.

The Paris Market & Brocante

This gorgeous store is a favorite for gifts year-round, but WOW is it spectacular during the holidays! There are so many beautiful ornaments, unique home decor items, and one-of-a-kind gifts that you’ll have no trouble finding something special — even for those “hard to please” folks on your list.

Elegant flocked Christmas trees with gold ornaments and large cherubs inside the entry to The Paris Market in Savannah
Display area in The Paris Market with a couch with colorful blue and green decorative pillows and a matching Christmas tree in the background
Christmas tree inside The Paris Market with colorful red, peach, and teal fluff ball decor and a Paris Metro sign in the background
Elaborate silver ornaments as a centerpiece on a table display in The Paris Market with chandeliers hanging overhead and a Christmas tree in the background

One of my favorite gifts is their Savannah candle, which is exclusive to the store. It’s designed to evoke “memories of mystery, magic, and Spanish moss”. They also offer some really unique jewelry pieces. The owners travel the world to curate items specifically for the store. (Talk about a dream job!)

The Paris Market | 36 W Broughton Street, Savannah, Georgia 31401

Savannah Bee Company

This popular local store has all different kinds of honey and items made with honey: beauty products, beeswax candles, books…you name it!

The Savannah Bee Company storefront with a Christmas wreath on the front door and Christmas trees in the window
The Savannah Bee Company offers honey tastings for guests and has multiple locations in the Historic District.

The Tupelo Honey and Acacia Honey are two of my favorites. I also love their Raw Honeycomb. They offer lots of holiday gift sets! Oprah even included their Book of Honey on her “Oprah’s Favorite Things” list this year.

Savannah Bee Company | 104 W Broughton Street, Savannah, Georgia 31401

You can’t go wrong with a gift of food! Head to Byrd Cookie Co. for some of the sweetest treats in town. The Key Lime Coolers are their most popular option and are my personal favorite. I also love the Salted Carmel Cookies (the perfect combination of salty and sweet), the Cupcake Cookies and the Georgia Peach flavor. Their cheese biscuits and jalapeño biscuits are also delicious.

OK…everything they sell is delicious!

They offer gift tins and holiday cookie jars, or big spenders can opt for a “Cookie of the Month” subscription. Their stores always look really merry during the Christmas season.

Christmas in Savannah at Byrd Cookie Company with a large wooden bar displaying various flavors of cookies
Guests can sample every flavor of cookie at Byrd Cookie Company, and the customizable tins and cookie jars make excellent gifts!

They have a new location in Plant Riverside District, another great shop in City Market, a smaller store on River Street, and their flagship store is located on Waters Avenue.

Byrd Cookie Company | 213 West Julian Street, Savannah, Georgia 31401

Cozy Restaurants in Savannah

If you’re looking for restaurants that get into the holiday spirit, there are a few I recommend. These are cozy spots that usually have pretty holiday decorations.

Six Pence Pub

Six Pence is an authentic British Pub, which makes it an ideal spot to cozy up with a drink. The menu consists of both British and American comfort foods, and the dark wooden interior makes for an inviting atmosphere during the winter months.

Nighttime scene of the front of Six Pence Pub decked out for Christmas in Savannah with a red telephone booth filled with lights and ornaments hanging in the windows, which are aglow with warm light
Six Pence Pub with a lit Christmas tree inside a red telephone booth, a wreath over a window, and red ribbons and colorful flags hanging over the front entrance
Six Pence Pub with a lit Christmas tree inside a read telephone booth, a wreath hung over a window, and ornaments hanging fro, the interior of the windows

For the holiday season, they add a Christmas tree to the famous red telephone booth by their front door and hang festive glass ornaments in the windows. Their must-try dish is the Shepherd’s Pie!

Six Pence Pub | 245 Bull Street, Savannah, Georgia 31401

The Olde Pink House

This restaurant is a favorite year-round, but it looks even more beautiful during the holiday season. I always suggest making reservations well in advance for this popular spot.

Stately two-story pink stucco home with flags displayed over the front portico
The Olde Pink House once operated as a bank. If you’re looking for a cozy date-night spot, try a table for two in the vault room.

They serve lots of Southern-style dishes and are known for their Fried Green Tomatoes, yummy BLT Salad, and Crispy Scored Flounder (their signature dish). Their decadent Praline Basket is a popular dessert option.

The Olde Pink House | 23 Abercorn Street, Savannah, Georgia 31401

17Hundred90 Inn & Restaurant

The restaurant at 17Hundred90 Inn is a very warm and toasty spot for a winter meal. As a bonus, they’re one of only a handful of restaurants in Savannah actually open and serving meals on Christmas Day.

The ambiance is rather romantic, with low wood-beamed ceilings and chandeliers throughout the dining area. I recently wrote a post about the haunted aspect of 17Hundred90 Inn, which includes a few shots of the restaurant.

17Hundred90 Inn & Restaurant | 307 E President Street, Savannah, Georgia 31401

Where to Grab a Toasty Drink

What could be better than a cup of hot tea or a frothy cappuccino on a cold winter’s day? Here are a couple places I recommend…

Gryphon Tea Room

This SCAD-owned establishment is located in the historic Scottish Rite building, which once served as an apothecary. You’ll love the cozy atmosphere of the tea room, with its Tiffany-style lamps, intricate stained-glass details, and dark mahogany bookcases.

Cozy interior of Gryphon in Savannah with upholstered furniture, lamps, and bookshelves stuffed with books
Gryphon was rockin’ the grandmillennial style way before it was cool. It’s the perfect spot to get warm on a chilly winter day.

Their sandwiches and soups are just the right size so you’ll leave feeling full, but not stuffed. They offer traditional tea service, so it’s an ideal spot for true tea fanatics. Visit for high tea in the afternoon and enjoy a tiered platter full of scones and delicious treats, plus a steaming pot of tea.

Gryphon Tea Room | 337 Bull Street, Savannah, Georgia 31401

Artillery Bar

If you’re looking for unique craft cocktails in an elegant, inviting setting, look no further than Artillery Bar. The building was originally constructed in 1896 to house artillery for the Georgia Hussars, and the details on it are incredible.

Intricate old building with tall windows encased in white and gold frames
I think this is one of the most unique buildings in a city full of extraordinary architectural finds. The exterior reminds me of an intricate little jewelry box!

The stunning exterior is decorated with intricate gold columns set against a white marble background, while the interior has exposed brick walls and a beautiful marble bar.

Now…you won’t find inexpensive drinks at Artillery, but you will be served delicious craft cocktails with complete attention to detail in a drop-dead gorgeous setting!

Artillery Bar | 307 Bull Street, Savannah, Georgia 31401

Savannah Food Tours

December is a nice time to try a food tour in Savannah. You can go for a stroll through the Historic District to see the decor, then stop in restaurants along the way to sample some of their most popular Southern-style dishes. Here are a few I recommend:

Obviously there are tons of things to do in Savannah in December! It’s the perfect place to get into the holiday spirit. Make sure to bookmark this post so you can find it again, since I’ll continue to update it with new events and photos.

Savannah Vacation Planner

If you’re ready to start planning your trip and found this post helpful, I’ve created some additional resources to help you out…

  • Savannah First-Timer’s Guide – Be sure to purchase a copy of my ebook to get all of my best insider tips in one place. It’s the only resource you’ll need when planning your trip to Savannah! You’ll also gain access to my (very active) private Facebook group with your purchase. You can use it to pick my brain about your upcoming travel plans and read trip reviews from others who have recently visited.
  • Savannah FTG Free Resources Library – Get a free printable list of 50 Things To Do On-Foot in the Historic District (no car needed!), plus more fun goodies.

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