Deck the Halls! Celebrate a Family Christmas in the South on Jekyll Island

Celebrating Christmas in the South (or anywhere else?) this year? Jekyll Island transforms into "Holly Jolly Jekyll" through January 1st, and is a great place families to spread the Christmas Spirit.

Bring the kids, and your best camera, cause you never know when the perfect holiday photo op will present itself.

Christmas Tree Lighting & Merry Shimpmas -

Holly Jolly Jekyll kicks off in November with a very special festival - Merry Shrimpmas! This festival is a one-time event. Hurricane Irma did a number on Jekyll Island. The storm was responsible for wide-spread damage throughout the area, as well as the canceling of many events. The 2017 Shrimp and Grits Festival, Jekyll Island's largest event, was one such casualty.

Merry Shrimpmas will combine the best of Shrimp & Grits with the Christmas season in an effort to support local businesses in Irma's aftermath. Come enjoy shrimp and grits dishes, live music on 2 stages, an artists' exhibit, kids' zone, and more - and take the opportunity to explore island shops for unique Christmas gifts for your friends and loved ones!

The Christmas Tree Lighting will be a part of Merry Shrimpmas this year and will be held in November, the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Merry Shrimpmas is just the first of many fun events happening on the island during the holidays.

The festival orbits around the Historic Center. Take time to participate in holiday shopping sprees, and enjoy delicious hot chocolate and savory Christmas treats.

And don't forget to take the kids to visit Santa at the Skeet House for Story Time with Santa. Be there, too, when Santa lights the Jekyll Island Christmas Tree.

There's never been a more special Christmas in the South!

The festival fun starts Friday, Nov. 24: 2-8 p.m. and runs through
Saturday, Nov. 25: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. The lighting of the Christmas tree and fireworks finale is at 7:30 PM. Admission to the festival is free, although some activities may require a small fee. The Jekyll Island parking fee will be increased by $4.00 (daily and weekly passes) for this event.

It's a perfect sendoff for Christmas in the South.

Holly Jolly Jekyll Parade -

Join Santa at Great Dunes at 4:30 pm on December 16 for the Holly Jolly Jekyll Parade. Santa will ride his sleigh, and you and the family can dress up your golf carts or Red Bugs in festive Christmas cheer and ride along. The parade will end at the Beach Village Green, where you can catch up on your shopping at the friendly neighborhood shops.

Santa at the Rink -

On the 2nd and 9th of December, you can also find Santa at the Jekyll Island Skating Village, where the jolly old elf will meet kids, and check who's been naughty and who's been nice!

Holidays in History Tour -

See the Historic District as you've never seen it before, decorated for the season! Imagine Christmas through the ages as you venture inside the cottages of Jekyll Island's National Historic Landmark District and experience the holidays from the Victorian Era to the Jazz Age.

November 25 thru December 31, 11 am, 1 pm, & 3 pm daily. $16 Adults, $7 Children 7-17, Free under 6.

Christmas Twilight Hours -

Ride the trolley through the Historic District and learn the story of Christmas on Jekyll Island. Enjoy the cottages dressed up in Christmas lights and decorations while hearing special Christmas stories. Your evening ends with music and light refreshments at one of the cottages. Saturdays December 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30. For reservations, call 912.635.4036.

Other Christmas in the South Holiday Happenings


The Historic Center is where it's at for holiday celebrations, and the Jekyll Island Club Hotel is at the forefront of the festivities with these lively offerings:

National Gingerbread House Day -

On December 12 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, come celebrate all things Gingerbread as the hotel's culinary wizards team up to construct scrumptious gingerbread house creations. And YOU get to judge which is best! Now if they'll just let us EAT those things...

Kids Holiday Tea Party and Etiquette Class -

Parents and kids join Christina Godwin for and afternoon of tea sipping and treat sampling - and the kids, bless their hearts, learn table etiquette. Special guest appearance by Santa's Elves! With presents! December 17, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

Christmas Cookie Workshop -

Join Jekyll Island Club Hotel's Pastry Chefs for a fun afternoon of decorating Christmas cookies. Each guest gets a dozen cookies to decorate and take home (or eat). Kids and adults can apply colored icings and sprinkles to create edible art! More fun decorations will be available, too, along with punch and mulled cider! December 20 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm in the Morgan Center.

The Jekyll Island Club Christmas Package -

Don't forget the perfect accommodations for your Christmas in the South family adventures!

Be where the action is by reserving your Christmas Package at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel. The Christmas Package includes:

  • Traditional or Clubhouse Accommodations with king or queen be, or two double beds
  • Breakfast Buffet for two in the Grand Dining Room
  • Christmas Stocking filled with goodies
  • A special Jekyll Island Club commemorative Christmas ornament (one per person in room)

Prices: from $189.00 to $239.00.

Make Reservations Now for Holiday Fun and Memories Galore!

And Merry Christmas to all, and to all...a good night!

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