Events at Savannah's Waterfront
Savannah Christmas Market
November 25, 2022 - January 2, 2023
Plant Riverside District – which is widely known as Savannah’s Entertainment District – is delighted to host the third annual Savannah Christmas Market, which will spread good tidings and holiday cheer from Friday, November 25, 2022 through Monday, January 2, 2023. All family-friendly festivities are open to the public and will take place at Plant Riverside District, which is conveniently located on Savannah’s historic riverfront at 400 W. River St.
The 2022 Savannah Christmas Market at Plant Riverside District will offer a wide range of holiday-themed events as well as a dazzling European-style outdoor holiday market, live performances, tree lighting ceremony, children’s activities, gingerbread house, photos with Santa and more. The Savannah Christmas Market at Plant Riverside District blends the best of European and Southern holiday traditions into a festive, inclusive, family-friendly celebration.
The Savannah Christmas Market will officially open on Friday, November 25 at noon and will feature a special Tree Lighting Ceremony featuring Roger Moss reading “The Night Before Christmas” and live holiday-themed performances by Coastal Youth Choirs on Friday, Nov. 25 at 6:30 p.m. at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park. The official lighting of the Christmas Tree in Martin Luther King, Jr. Park will take place at 7:30 p.m., followed by Santa and his elves arriving to greet attendees and distribute free candy canes.
Photos with Santa, which are free and open to the public, will be available daily from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. as well as on Saturday, Nov. 26 and Sunday, Nov. 27 from 1 to 3 p.m. in Montgomery Park. Cirque Divina will present a free holiday-themed aerial show on Friday, Nov. 25 at 9 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 26 at 2 p.m. Acclaimed magician David Jowers will perform free holiday magic on Friday, Nov. 25 at 5 p.m. at Beethoven’s Terrace.
A special Kid’s Corner featuring free children’s holiday activities including ornament decorating, letters to Santa and holiday card making will be set up in Montgomery Park on Friday, Nov. 25 from noon to 3 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 26 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Christmas Story Time with Daniel Eustice will take place on Saturday, Nov. 26 at 11 a.m. in Montgomery Park. In addition, Plant Riverside District pastry chefs will lead Holiday Cookie Decorating for children of all ages on Dec. 3, 10 and 17 at 2:30 p.m. in Generator Hall. The cost is $20; reservations are currently available online at savannahchristmasmarket.com.
Culinary highlights include Breakfast with Santa, featuring a delicious holiday breakfast buffet, on Dec. 4, 11 and 18 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at River Landing. A special Christmas Brunch offering a lavish buffet with an assortment of chef-prepared delicacies and live music will take place on Sunday, Dec. 25 in Salzburg Ballroom. Reservations for Breakfast with Santa and the Christmas Brunch are available at savannahchristmasmarket.com.
Attendees can also enjoy free live music at two stages along the riverfront on Friday, Nov. 25 from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m., including performances by Laiken Love and the Fellowship of Love, Island Harmony Carolers and Swamptooth. The music continues on Saturday, Nov. 26 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., with live music by Savannah Pipe and Drums, Savannah Bananas Pep Band, Hollifield Band, Nick Poulin Band, Chuck Courtenay Band and Mily Kinner and The Mini-Killers.
The Savannah Boat Parade of Lights will float past Plant Riverside District on Saturday, Nov. 26 from 7 to 9 p.m. A special VIP Viewing Party and Holiday After Party for ages 21 and up will be held at Electric Moon from 6:30 to 10 p.m. and will include high-energy tunes spun DJ Lil G, gift bags and complimentary glass of Kessler wine, Budweiser beer or Bud Light Ugly Sweater Seltzer. Admission is $20 per person at the door.
A portion of the proceeds from every drink sold at Plant Riverside District on Friday, Nov. 25. and Saturday, Nov. 26 will be donated to the New Ebenezer Retreat Center and Truetlen House: A Safe Place for Boys in Rincon, Ga.
Savannah Christmas Market Hours (11/25 – 12/18)
Friday (11/25) – Noon – 11:00 pm (Grand Opening & Tree Lighting)
Saturday – Noon – 11:00 pm
Sunday – Noon – 8:00 pm
Thursday – Noon – 10:00 pm
Closed Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays
Hours (12/19 – 1/2 open 7 days a week)
Monday, 12/19 – Noon – 10:00 pm
Tuesday, 12/20 – Noon – 10:00 pm
Wednesday, 12/21 – Noon – 10:00 pm
Thursday, 12/22 – Noon – 10:00 pm
Friday, 12/23 – Noon – 10:00 pm
Saturday, 12/24 (Christmas Eve) – Noon – 6:00 pm
Sunday, 12/25 – (Christmas Day) – 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Monday, 12/26 – Friday, 12/30 – Noon – 10:00 pm
Saturday, 12/31 – (New Year’s Eve) – Noon – 11:00 pm
Sunday, 1/1 – (New Year’s Day) – Noon – 11:00 pm
Monday, 1/2 – Noon – 6:00 pm
A complete Savannah Christmas Market schedule of events is available online at savannahchristmasmarket.com.