Have you made plans for Thanksgiving? A Thanksgiving spent in Savannah puts the holiday season in full swing. After all, you’ll barely have finished the turkey and dressing when the city lights up for Christmas.
Take a Turkey Trot
Start Thanksgiving Day with a brisk run or walk in the 11th United Way Turkey Trot. Register online. The first race starts at 8 a.m. with the Kids K or 400-yard race for kids 8 and under. It’s followed at 8:15 a.m. by the Diaper Dash (40 feet) for those under 2. Both are free to enter. The entry fee for the 4M Run/Walk is $25. More than 1,300 runners come out each year to race the four-mile course, which starts at Daffin Park.
Do a Little Black Friday Shopping
Temperatures this time of year range from the 50s to 70s, making it a perfect time to hit the sidewalks of the historic district for Black Friday shopping. Browse The Paris Market on Broughton Street, a charming, two-level boutique where you’ll discover a “well-curated Parisian flea market,” as the shop describes itself. There’s even a cafe with pastries, espresso drinks, and wine if you need a pick-me-up. Also, on Broughton, explore Goorin Bros. Hat Shop with fashionable headwear for men and women. Every corner you turn in the historic district leads to more specialty shops, unique boutiques, and art galleries.
On Saturday, Nov. 30, head to River Street and Hutchinson Island to watch as more than 40 lighted vessels sail by during the annual Boat Parade of Lights. The event includes live musical performances, a tree lighting ceremony and a fireworks extravaganza. You don’t want to miss it. The River Street Plaza, the Westin or any of the River Street restaurants with decks make great viewing spots. Or, see the lights from the water with a special Savannah River Boat cruise during the parade.
Light Up Your Stay
Start a new holiday tradition with a visit to Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens for its December Nights & Holiday Lights. More than 1 million lights are on display around the grounds during the popular event, which starts the weekend after Thanksgiving. Even if you’ve been before, there is always something new added so check it out.
Book a charming Historic District vacation rental to make your home-away-from-home during the holidays.