Lights, music and holiday activities will brighten the 2021 Christmas on Main festival in Savannah this weekend.
After a hiatus last year because of the pandemic, the City of Savannah, along with the help of local sponsors and partners, is again kicking off the holiday season with its signature series of Christmas on Main downtown events.
Main Street businesses in downtown Savannah are outlined in starry white lights and the series really gets in the spirit of the season with Christmas family time available over consecutive weekends on Dec. 3-4, Dec. 10-11 and Dec. 17-18.
“For our seventh year, Main Street, the City of Savannah, Hardin County, numerous businesses and individuals have donated to bring this ‘holiday gift’ to our citizens and visitors,” said Christmas on Main Committee Chairwoman Betty Lynn Collier. “Our dedicated volunteers have been working all year to bring these activities to inspire our holiday spirit and enhance our heritage of the Savannah community.”
Beginning Dec. 3, a canopy of lights strung across the Courthouse plaza showcases performances, a variety of children’s activities, and appearances by a variety of holiday characters all providing a family-friendly series of free festivities each weekend leading up to Christmas.
On the evening of Friday, Dec. 3, entertainment will commence with Savannah Mayor Bob Shutt turning on the majestic 30-foot Christmas tree at the downtown gazebo.
Plans are underway for carolers, cocoa and food vendors each Friday and Saturday night through Dec. 18 to join the festivities around the plaza and across at the Savannah Market. There will be appearances by Santa, Mrs. Claus, carolers, and local church and school performers each evening from 5-8:30 p.m. There will be free parking destinations with complimentary trolley service.
The highlight of Christmas on Main is an ice-skating rink under the lights of the pavilion at the Savannah Market, which is open each Friday and Saturday night.
Each Friday and Saturday night will also feature free Christmas performances on the courthouse steps, a hall of elementary school trees inside the Tennessee River Museum, Santa’s workshop in the Courthouse basement, free Christmas movies in the historic Savannah Theater, with children’s activities, music, lights, and the magic of Christmas throughout the city.
Traditional carriage rides from downtown Savannah to the Tennessee River view at historic Cherry Mansion are free.
There are more holiday events in Hardin County. Downtown Saltillo will celebrate on Saturday, Dec. 4, with a Christmas by the River festival featuring Santa, movie, dinner, dance and more.
Christmas in the Park is at Pickwick Landing State Park Dec. 10-11, with the annual holiday mart inside Pickwick Lodge Conference Center on Friday from noon until 9 p.m. and again Saturday from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. There are free carriage and wagon rides both nights through the park to view the spectacular lighted displays; a morning Reindeer Run plus an afternoon Christmas Trail hike along the riverbank on Saturday, Dec. 11, bedtime stories with the elves each evening, fun for the entire family in Pickwick.
The Friends of Pickwick Landing State Park organization wrap up the season with a New Year’s Eve celebration on Dec. 31 at Pickwick Lodge.