If you’re anything like us, your favorite holiday is probably Christmas! After all, it’s the most wonderful time of the year. The recipe for a perfect holiday season always includes your dearest loved ones, but the location you choose for your festivities is important, too. If you and yours are looking to celebrate Christmas somewhere different this year, stay in Bluffton, SC! We’re just minutes away from one of the Lowcountry’s best holiday events: Christmas on the River in Savannah. Keep reading to learn more about this festive celebration! For even more event recommendations, access our complimentary Vacation Guide.
Your Guide to Christmas on the River in Savannah
What Is Christmas on the River?
For one weekend every year, historic River Street in downtown Savannah, GA, becomes a winter wonderland! Guests enjoy wandering down the cobblestone thoroughfare while shopping for stocking stuffers, viewing local artwork, and jamming out to live entertainment. This open-air event is the Hostess City’s way of welcoming St. Nick to the Lowcountry—just in time for Christmas! The celebration culminates with Savannah’s Lighted Christmas Parade, a truly can’t-miss procession featuring countless local organizations.
When Does it Take Place?
Christmas on the River typically takes place during the first weekend in December. 2019’s event lands on December 6, 7, and 8. Friday’s festivities are held between 4:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m., Saturday’s take place between 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. and Sunday’s are between 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Each day of the event brings a variety of fun shows, exhibitions, and food vendors to River Street, so don’t miss out!
What Else Do You Need to Know?
The best part about Christmas on the River is that it’s completely free! Anyone is welcome to attend the celebration, so bring your whole crew. We also recommend checking out the Hilton Head and Bluffton Christmas scenes. There are so many ways to celebrate here that you may not even feel the need to drive to Savannah!
Whether you envision a bustling family affair or a cozy couples’ retreat, you’ll discover your new favorite place to celebrate the holiday season at Old Town Bluffton Inn. After a fun day at Christmas on the River in Savannah, you and yours can retreat back to the charming Promenade for a delicious dinner and good night’s sleep. There are numerous Bluffton restaurants within walking distance of your beautifully decorated guest room, which includes a selection of premium amenities found nowhere else. There’s nothing quite like waking up on Christmas morning to views of a picturesque, quaint small town just steps away from a shimmering river.