Tybee Island truly knows how to throw a party, and that’s as true during the holidays as it is during the summer. From lighting up the island to festive parades to caroling, you’ll enjoy the slower-paced celebrations of this quaint coastal community.
The lineup is pretty spectacular. Read on for a few of our favorite reasons to visit Tybee Island this holiday season.
2019 Christmas in Tybee Island
Dec. 6: Kick-off the season with the Lights on for Tybee Celebration beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the roundabout. Following the lighting, performers with the Tybee Arts Performing Society will lead the crowd from the tree to the steps of Historic Carbo House for holiday entertainment and good ole’ fashioned singalongs. Dance students will perform while you wait for the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus. Children can also enjoy gently falling snowflakes from the Sea & Breeze throughout the evening. Complimentary refreshments will be available at locations throughout downtown.
Dec. 7: The Annual Tybee Island Christmas Parade rolls at 1 p.m. from the 14th Street parking lot. The charming small-town parade travels up Tybrisa to Butler Avenue then to the Tybee Gym where kids can get a photo with Santa.
Dec. 8: Being that you’re on an island, it’s appropriate to attend the Lighted Boat Parade. The party starts at 5:30 p.m. when boats leave from the docks at The Original Crab Shack. They sail down to Alley 3, then return to the Crab Shack. Organizers collect canned goods and nonperishable food items for Second Harvest during the event. Watch the Crab Shack’s Facebook page for updates.
Dec. 13: Get in the holiday mood with a performance of “A Carpenter’s Christmas,” 8 p.m. at Tybee Post Theater. The legendary pop duo made a lot of hit records, but won hearts with their Christmas music. Is there another holiday song more breathtakingly beautiful than Karen Carpenter singing “Merry Christmas, Darling?”
Dec. 14: Singalong with the 3rd Tybee Christmas Cabaret, also at Tybee Post Theater. The audience is encouraged to join in on Christmas carols, and you’ll hear classics like “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” and more. Performers include soloist, singer/songwriters, a chorus and an acapella group.
Dec. 14: Decorate your bicycle or golf cart in mistletoe and holly to spread holiday cheer during the Tybee Island Tour de Lights Christmas Parade. Registration starts at AJ’s beginning at 3 p.m. A registration fee of $25 gets you appetizers and drink specials as well as entry to the prize competition. Bikes and golf carts will be judged for best decorations before rolling at 6:30 p.m.
Bring the whole family and enjoy a beachy Christmas in one of our large vacation rentals. Benton Cottage offers four bedrooms and four and a half baths just 100 feet from the beach. Catalina Comfort also has space for 10 guests, along with lots of decks and outdoor space and access to a community dock. You bring the holiday cheer; we’ll make you feel at home for the holidays.