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St Simons Island Christmas Events + More

Friday, December 2nd, 2016

It’s that magical time of the year again, filled with twinkly lights, shiny bows, Christmas cookies, and all around togetherness! Whether you’re already feeling the cheer, or not, there’s tons of things happening around the Golden Isles to help get you into the Christmas spirit. Load up the kids, call a few friends, or fix a coffee and fly solo, just be sure to check out some of these activities to get you feeling merry & bright!

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Lighthouse Trolley’s Christmas Tour of Lights

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Ritz Radio Theatre presents It’s A Wonderful Life

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Gift Shot, The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort.  201 Arnold Road, St. SImons Island, GA  31522.

Resort Gift Shop, The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort.  201 Arnold Road, St. Simons Island, GA 31522

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*For a full list of events happening in December, check out our calendar or our December Events Blog.

Our Iconic Christmas Tree is Up!

Friday, December 11th, 2015

Tree decorating is one of the most rewarding things you can do during the holidays. A few dedicated hours of work and you end up with your own art installation that radiates the perfect amount of light for watching TV on the couch. Christmas lights are big part of the holiday magic, tiny little beacons of warmth that make you smile during the chill of winter.

Sure, the lights can get tangled. Sure, you have to move the stepladder every 5 seconds. Sure, sometimes you have to hunt for the bad bulb and then hunt the replacement bulbs hiding in a bag in the bottom of one of the many Christmas bins you’ve pulled down from the attic. And if you’re lucky, you remember to start on the right end of the tree so the plug ends up at the bottom before you get halfway finished.

Whether your favorite thing about it is the lights, the smell of pine, or reminiscing over your collection of ornaments, in the end it’s all worth it.

But what if your tree was 20 feet tall? What in the world would you do then?!? You’d get a crew, LOTS of lights, a cherry picker, and someone to walk around pointing out any holes. You can see the video here.

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Simon, our Elf on the Shelf, rode in on our tree

Setting up the Christmas Tree Stand

Setting up the tree stand and weighting it with bags of sand

Pulley System for the Christmas Tree

Attaching the pulley system to the tree

Setting up the Christmas on St Simons Island, GA

We had lots of help holding the tree in place

Lighting the Christmas on St Simons Island, GA

Lighting the tree is an all day event, only 5 feet to go

Finishing the Lights on the Christmas Tree

Finishing up lights on the tree

Decorating the Christmas Tree on St Simons Island, GA

Final placement of ornaments on the tree

The King and Prince Christmas Tree

King and Prince Resort Christmas Tree 2015

Lots of locals have been stopping by to take their photos in front of our tree, and we welcome you to do the same if you haven’t already! Lighthouse Trolley is even doing Christmas Light Tours around St. Simons Island and you can learn more about that here.

Not only do we have our tree and our gingerbread house display to get you in the holiday spirit, ECHO has lots of events happening this month including Tacky Sweater Parties and more! You can check out our calendar or go here to see the special events highlighted at ECHO.

In addition to our Christmas Day Buffet, we are also offering dining specials for Christmas Eve and New Years Eve, those menus are here.

We hope to see you this holiday season, Merry Christmas!

December 2015 Events in the Golden Isles

Monday, November 30th, 2015

Brunswick Actors Theatre Presents A Christmas Carol: Saturday, November 28th to Sunday, December 13th, 2015

The Magnolia Women’s Literary Society Presentation of A Christmas Carol, Adapted by Michael Dyche: November 28, 29, December 5, 6, 12, 13, 2015. When the ladies of the Magnolia Women’s Literary Society decide to stage a production of “A Christmas Carol”…..Well! I think that is all we need to say. Hilarity guaranteed! Please call 912-262-0628 for more information or the “Reservation Hotline” at 912-280-0023 to purchase your tickets today.

 

Golden Isles Community Band Presents “A Night of the Classics”: Thursday, December 3rd, 2015 – Starts at 7 pm

Golden Isles Community Band presents “A Night of the Classics” at the Brunswick High School Auditorium. The concert is free to attend and is open to the public. The program will include William Tell Overture, The Symphonic Beatles, Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral, Danse Macabre, The Klaxon March and Princeton Variations. 3885 Altama Avenue, Brunswick, GA 31520

 

First Friday in Downtown Brunswick: Friday, December 4th

Take a stroll down Newcastle Street & Gloucester Street in downtown Brunswick and visit the shops, restaurants and galleries that call the port city home. There will be live music from local musicians, restaurant specials and art openings.

 

34th Annual Christmas at Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation: Friday 4th-Saturday 5th, December 2015 – 6 pm – 9 pm

This magical experience will demonstrate how Christmas was celebrated on a Southern rice plantation during the 1850s. Take a candlelit stroll down the old carriage road and enjoy candlelit tours of an antebellum plantation house. There will be hot wassail and cookies, Civil Ware reenactors, Christmas carols and a special appearance by Santa Claus. Admission: $10.00 Adult and Seniors, $5.00 Youth (6 – 17)

 

Brunswick Holiday Bazaar: Saturday, December 5th, 2015 – 8 am – 5 pm

Looking for unique gifts for family and friends? You will find that and more at the annual Holiday Bazaar sponsored by Golden Isles Arts & Humanities at Mary Ross Waterfront Park in Historic Downtown Brunswick. Crafts and decor, flea market finds, specialty items and seasonal goodies will be available. Plus, there will be yummy fall veggies, great Georgia pecans and homemade treats, courtesy of the Brunswick Farmers Market: the perfect place to find the freshest and best-tasting produce in town. Shopping local has never been this fun!

And as always, there will be a special treat for the kids – Santa Claus will be at the park to greet children and hear all their Christmas wishes. There will be seasonal music for your shopping enjoyment and prepared food vendors with an array of goodies, including deviled crab, caramel apples, funnel cake, boiled peanuts, and more. 912-262-6934

 

Jingle All the Way 5K and Fun Run: December 5th, 2015, Starts at 9 am

Jingle All The Way 5K and 1 Mile Run: Benefiting CASA Glynn. USATF Certified 5K Course and 5K timed by FIRST PLACE SPORTS using chip-timed finish line. Registration: www.active.com through December 10, 2014.

 

Cassina Garden Club Jingle Bells Jumble & Bake Sale: Saturday, December 5th, 2015 – 9 am – 2 pm

After 30 years of Cassina’s successful Christmas Tour of Homes, in 2015 the Club will celebrate Christmas and the restoration of its historic Tea Cabin with a Jingle Bells Jumble and Bake Sale. Come see the restored exterior and get a peek at the interior secrets of the Tea Cabin, Cassina’s gift to the community, and stock up on Christmas decorations and goodies.  Cassina Tabby Slave Cabins, Arthur J. Moore Drive, St. Simons Island, GA. 912-638-9808

 

Brunswick Christmas Parade: Saturday, December 5th, 2015 – Starts at 5:30 pm

This annual community parade takes place on the first Saturday in December. Starting at 5:30pm at Howard Coffin Park, over 100 floats, vehicles, walking groups and marching band units make their way one mile down the length of Gloucester Street to Mary Ross Waterfront Park in the heart of the Old Town National Register Historic District.

Santa Claus also makes an appearance at the end of the parade and distributes free bags of candy afterwards at Mary Ross Park. Santa is joined at the park by arts and crafts vendors offering hand-made holiday gifts for sale and by the farmers offering fresh fruit and produce at the Brunswick Farmers Market.

For information on entering a float, vehicle, walking or marching unit in the parade, please contact the Downtown Development Authority at 912-265-4032 fax: 912-265-8181; email:ellen@discoverbrunswick.com. Gloucester Street, Brunswick, GA 31520

 

6th Annual Christmas Boat Parade: Saturday, December 5th, 2015 – Starts at 6 pm

Get your Christmas Spirit on and join the Golden Isles Sailing Club’s Christmas Boat Parade to welcome the holiday season. Set for Saturday, December 5. The parade will start at Brunswick Landing Marina and travel towards the Sidney Lanier Bridge and back. More information at: Golden Isles Sailing Club 912-275-7774

 

Student Art Exhibit Saturday: December 5th, 2015 (All day) to Saturday, January 30th, 2016 (All day)

The popular Annual Glynn County Student Art Show returns to the Ritz for the holidays and features hundreds of art pieces in every medium made by creative K-12 students. The free opening reception will be held during First Friday activities, Dec. 5, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.The Ritz Gallery is open Wednesday – Friday 9 am to 5 pm, Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., or by appointment.

 

Coastal Symphony of Georgia Presents Christmas Traditions: Monday, December 7th, 2015 – Starts at 8 pm

The magic of Christmas will be at the heart of the Coastal Symphony of Georgia’s December concert, “Christmas Traditions.” The orchestra will open with traditional selections including White Christmas, Carol of the Bells, the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah and others. Singing along is allowed!

A gift of dance will follow with guest artists Bess Chambliss and Val Salnikov dancing the Pas de Deux from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker Ballet. Following intermission, Ms. Chambliss will narrate as the orchestra performs The Nutcracker Suite. This will be a concert to delight young and old with the excitement of the season.

The concert will be performed at 8:00 PM, Monday, December 7th, at Brunswick High School. For more information, please call the Symphony Box office at (912) 634-2006 or visit our website at www.coastalsymphonyofgeorgia.org. 912-634-2006. 3920 Habersham Street, Brunswick, GA 31520

 

Gingerbread House display at The King and Prince: Begins Wednesday, December 9th.

There will be gingerbread houses decorated by the children at local elementary schools on display in the lobby at The King and Prince.

 

The Baker’s Brunch at ECHO benefiting America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia: Friday December 11th, 2015 – 9 am – 11 am

ECHO will be offering food at menu price if you would like to relax and dine with friends. Every dollar spent at this event feeds five people during the Holiday Season. The sale of the sweet & savory treats will benefit America’s Second Harvest Food Bank. For Reservations or Holiday Treat Donations Contact Carson at 912-242-4164

 

Jewelry Trunk Show at The King and Prince: Friday, December 11th, 2015 – 4 pm – 8 pm

Featuring
• King & Prince Statement Jewelry
• Jewelry Handcrafted by Local Artists
• Rodan & Fields Skin Care
• Salacia Salts Bath & Body Products
• Free chair massages
• Giveaways

 

Golden Isles Live! Presents Vivace: Friday, December 11th, 2015 – 8 pm – 10 pm

Vivace is a modern and thrilling combination of four unique and exceptional pop and classical singers. Based primarily out of Vancouver, Melody Courage, Tiffany Desrosiers, Marc Devigne and Michael Ciufo first merged their talents in 2010 performing at the Vancouver Winter Olympic Games. Since then, they have gone on to tour extensively through the United States and Canada, captivating audiences everywhere they go. Vivace is the latest addition to the classical crossover/popera genre. This concert is held in The Cloister Ballroom. Tickets are $40 for adults. $10 for students/children.

 

Ritz Radio Theatre Presents A Christmas Story: Friday 11th to Sunday 20th, December 2015

Based on the classic movie, the Ritz Radio Theatre tells the story of young Ralphie’s Christmas holiday season as he bargains for a Red Rider BB Gun. Done in the style of a 1940s radio broadcast complete with period costumes, live sound effects and a talented cast of local performers. Performances take place on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and on Sundays at 3 pm. More Info About A Christmas Story House: http://www.achristmasstoryhouse.com  912-262-6934. Ticket Link

 

The Farmer’s Market at Sea Island:  December 12th from 9 am – 2 pm in the parking lot of the Market at Sea Island- This event is now held on the second Saturday of each month, features a variety of fresh produce, artisan products, vendors, live music, and food samples.

 

East River Arts Market: Saturday, December 12th, 2015 – 9 am – 4 pm

This exciting new market will showcase unique and artistically designed merchandise and artwork at the Brunswick Farmers Market Pavilion on the second Saturday of each summer month, beginning in June. Browse through a diverse array of arts, crafts, distinctive food, specialty items and more! 912-262-6934

 

Jekyll Island Comic Con: Saturday, December 12th, 2015 – 11:30 am – 11 pm

Jekyll Comic Con is a one-day event that will be a celebration of everything Comic, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Anime and Gaming related. It will host celebrity guests from such films and TV shows as Serenity and Firefly, Arrow and the Walking Dead, as well as famed artists from Marvel and DC. The Artists Alley will welcome such acclaimed artists as Tommy Castillo, Tony Kordos, Scott Rorie and John Beatty, as well as Fallen Manga Studios and Anomalous Comic. Several local artists will also be showcased. The vendor’s room will have everything from comics, toys, t-shirts, models and posters to costumes and accessories.

Jekyll Comic Cons two panel rooms will be going all day and will have lively discussions and Q&A from a variety of experts in the fields of Cosplay design, podcasts, authors and filmmakers.There will be open gaming for all the D&D and Magic:The Gathering fans. And the screening room will be showing popular comic and anime related movies for all ages.

As the day winds down, Jekyll Comic Con After Dark will kick off with a variety of Cosplay Contest including amateur, advanced and kids’ contests with cash prizes. Following this, a dance party will get into full swing with DJ Rozotron at the turn tables.

Due to our close ties with the Wounded Warrior Project and the Humane Society of South Coastal Georgia a portion of the ticket sales will be donated to these two amazing charities. We have also collected vast amounts of products and original art pieces donated by our vendors and artists that will be raffled off all day with 100% of the proceeds also going to these charities. With the support of the community we hope to again make this a fun and exciting event for all ages. 912-506-3155

 

Pier Village Holiday Market at Postell Park: Saturday 12th to Sunday 13th, December 2015

Explore unique arts and crafts such as painting, pottery, jewelry, garden art and more at the Pier Village Holiday Market at Postell Park on St. Simons Island. Show is from 10 am – 5 pm on all days. 912-262-0628

 

Tacky Sweater Party & Sam Adams Tap Takeover at ECHO: Thursday, December 17th & Wednesday, December 23rd – 7 pm – 10 pm

Celebrate the holiday season at ECHO’s Tacky Christmas Parties. In addition to food and drink specials, there will be live music by Jamie Rowell and Friends and the Camden County Wildcats Choir.

 

Christmas Concert at Selden Park: Friday, December 18th, 2015 – Starts at 6 pm

The Coastal African American Coastal Historic Preservation Commission invites you to celebrate the 150th ratification granting freedom and abolishing slavery in the United States. A Christmas Concert will be held in Selden Park on December 18th at 6 pm. Musical acts that will be featured include Michael Hulett, the Sea Island Singers and Trina Meade. Admission is $5 per person and children under 6 receive free admission. Santa Claus is also rumored to be in attendance! 3401 Ross Road, Brunswick, GA 31520 912-265-7244

 

The Jazz and Poetry Den Celebrates Christmas: Friday, December 18th, 2015 – Starts at 7 pm

The Jazz & Poetry Den Celebrates Christmas! Great people, music, poetry & art. Chic Bar & Hor d’oeuvres.
Unitarian Universalists of Coastal Georgia (UUCG); 1710 Gloucester Street- Historic Brunswick 912-230-2834

 

Paint & Play at ECHO hosted by Get Your Muse On: Tuesday December 29th, 2015 – 6 pm – 9 pm

Enjoy the view of the sunset while you create your own masterpiece! This event is happening on a Tuesday due to the Christmas holiday. This price is $55 and includes wine, appetizers and all art supplies. To register for this event, please go to getyourmuseon.com. Space is limited and reservations are required.