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Celebrate the Season



The holiday season is always a joyous and busy time of year on Jekyll Island. From tree lightings to concerts, our calendar is filled with cheer and entertainment. To find out more about these holiday festivities and to keep up-to-date with Jekyll Island events year-round, be sure to visit us on Facebook.com/JekyllIsland. Happy holidays and have a great new year!



Jekyll Island Skating Village

Jekyll Island Skating VillageA new signature experience on the Georgia Coast, oceanfront “ice” skating comes to Jekyll Island. Located at North Dunes Park, this outdoor synthetic rink is open November through January. Skate rentals, concessions, and panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean are available at the Jekyll Island Skating Village.

Open November 25, 2015 – early January, 2016
Monday-Thursday: 3-9 p.m.
Friday-Sunday: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Closed Christmas Day & New Year’s Day

$5 for skate rental & 30-minute session

North Dunes Park on Beachview Drive



Pajamas on Pier Road

Friday, November 27, 2015, 8-11 a.m.

Wear your PJs, enjoy refreshments, and receive a holiday discount* at all Pier Road shops in the Historic District.
*Must wear pajamas to receive discount.



Christmas Tree Lighting Festival

Saturday, November 28, 2015, 4-7 p.m.


Golf Cart Parade

Priscilla & Poppleton ChristmasSaturday, November 28, 2015, 3 p.m. set-up, parade starts at 4 p.m.
Kick-off the day with a festive parade where the golf carts don their gay apparel and wear their tacky Christmas sweaters. Led by our celebrity grand marshals, Priscilla and Poppleton, the parade will start at 3 p.m., travel down Pier Road in the Historic District, and include a special appearance by Santa Claus. All participating golf carts should meet at 3 p.m. in the Georgia Sea Turtle Center Parking Lot on Stable Rd.

Cocoa Mug awards will be presented to the golf cart parade winners. Awards include most festive, most creative, and Santa’s Choice.

Visit with Santa

Visit with SantaSaturday, November 28, 2015, 3:30-7 p.m.
Santa Claus is coming to town! Visit Santa on the porch at Indian Mound Cottage on Riverview Drive in the Historic District. He’ll be accepting all good boys’ and girls’ Christmas wish lists.

Family Fun

Saturday, November 28, 2015, 4-7 p.m.
Festivities for kids of all ages!

  • United Way Kids’ zone
  • United Way Paint-a-wreck
  • Kids’ zone
  • Paint-a-wreck
  • Poinsettia raffle
  • Face painting
  • Hay rides
  • S’more station
  • Kids’ craft area
  • Food booths
  • Live music
    • Main Stage: Eddie Pickett (3-5 p.m.), Mason Waters & the Groove All-Stars (5-7 p.m.)
    • Skeet House: Melvin Dean, steel drums (4-7 p.m.)

Lighting of the Christmas Tree

Saturday, November 28, 2015, 7 p.m.
The great tree – covered in 28,000 bulbs! – will be officially lit, accompanied by a fantastical fireworks and snow show.

2015 Applications
Tree Lighting Vendor Application

Tree Lighting Food Vendor Application

Tree Lighting Volunteers
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Movies on the Green

Movies on the GreenDate
Sunday, November 29, 2015 at 5:30 p.m.

Village Green in Beach Village

Two classic holiday movies under the stars: Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! and Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas. Bring your blankets and chairs and we’ll supply the popcorn. This is a free event, and is open to the public.



Holidays in History

Historic SantaDate
November 28 – December 31, 2015 (closed 12/24 & 12/25)
11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., daily

Enjoy the history of Jekyll Island enriched in seasonal splendor as you venture inside the cottages of Jekyll Island’s National Historic Landmark District.

Adults: $16; Children 7-15: $7; Children 6 & under: free

Special twilight hours Saturdays in December at 4 p.m., but reservations are required for twilight offering.

Call 912.635.4036 for additional details and reservations.



Merry Artists’ Show & Sale

Merry Artists’ Show & SaleDates
November 28 – December 31, 2015

Come enjoy a festive show and sale of small works all priced under $150. From paintings to drawings, basketry and jewelry, find artwork suitable for holiday gifts or decorations. Located at Goodyear Cottage on Riverview Drive in the Historic District.

Join the Jekyll Island Arts Association for an artists’ reception featuring The Jekyll Singers. Receptions to be held November 28, 2015, 2-6 p.m. and December 13, 2015, 1-3 p.m.

For additional details, visit jekyllartsassociation.org.



Jekyll Island Campground Holiday Décor

Through December

While visiting Jekyll Island this holiday season, take a tour through the Jekyll Island Campground. Our winter guests compete for the best decorated campsite, and red bows and luminaries make for an impressive sight throughout the campground.

1197 Riverview Drive



Santa on the Green

Saturdays, December 5, 12, & 19 from 1-4 p.m.

Can’t get your wish list to Santa at the Christmas Tree Lighting Festival? No worries – he – and his friend Scute the Sea Turtle, will be back to visit the Village Green in Beach Village.