Holly Jolly Jekyll

Holly Jolly Jekyll, it’s the best time of the year! A time when we’ll have “snow,” “ice” skating, and lots of cheer. Every day of the holiday season is filled with joy and merriment, so whether you’re visiting Jekyll Island for the day or the month, we’ve got a holly jolly line-up for you.

The Jekyll Island elves are hard at work on the 2017 Holly Jolly schedule. Until its completion, check out some of the merry events from last year.

Admission for the Jekyll Island Tree Lighting is free. However, the Jekyll Island parking fee will be increased during this event. The fee is an additional $4 per daily/weekly pass; annual passes are not impacted. For additional information on the fee increase, please visit Park Entry & Parking Passes.

Jekyll Island Skating Village

November 19, 2016-January 8, 2017
Closed Thanksgiving & Christmas days
Hours: Skating Village 2016/2017 Calendar
Location: 655 N. Beachview Dr.
Cost: $5 per person, includes skate rental & 30-minute session

Oceanfront “ice” skating is back (and bigger!) for the 2016-17 season. Located on Beachview Dr., just south of the Holiday Inn Resort, the Jekyll Island Skating Village offers on-site skate rentals, concessions, and panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean.

Movie on the Green

Friday, November 25
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: The Village Green at Beach Village
Cost: Free

Join us for a special holiday edition of the Jekyll Island Movie on the Green series with “Elf,” Friday, November 25 at 5:30 p.m. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy this new holiday classic oceanside on Jekyll Island.

This event is free and open to the public. All are welcome.

Jekyll Island Tree Lighting

Saturday, November 26
Time: 4-7 p.m.
Location: National Historic Landmark District
Cost: Event is free & open to the public; costs vary for individual attractions within event

Ring in the holidays with the lighting of the Christmas tree in Jekyll Island’s Historic District. Celebrate this holly jolly event with fun for the whole family. Once the sun goes down, the magic sets in as the Christmas tree is lit, accompanied by fireworks and snow!

Holly Jolly Family Fun

  • NEW this year – experience thrills and chills on the Big King Snow Slide, for ages 5-adult. Parents, chill out in the Snow Lounge, brought to you from our friends at Hayneedle, where you’ll have the chance to enter to win a Hayneedle gift card.
  • Visit Santa at Mistletoe Cottage on Riverview Dr. in the Historic District. He’ll be accepting all good boys’ & girls’ Christmas wish lists.
  • Sing-along to all your holiday favorites with live music from Roy Gentry & Hired Guns.
  • Toast marshmallows at the popular s’mores station.
  • Stop by Indian Mound Cottage on Riverview Dr. for kids’ crafts, including Christmas cards, ornaments, wreaths, and more!
  • Support the local United Way: Decorate your home at the Poinsettia Sale or let your kids be “naughty,” and draw on our special chalkboard car.
  • Bring your appetite, and enjoy sweet treats, adult beverages, and dinner on the Main Lawn during the event.

Jekyll Island is on the lookout for Santa’s little helpers at the Tree Lighting Festival. Visit our volunteer page to learn more about specific volunteer openings and to sign up.


Thank you to our sponsors for making the Jekyll Island Tree Lighting possible.

Holidays in History

Daily, November 26-December 31
Excluding Christmas Eve & Christmas Day
Times: 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m.
Location: Jekyll Island Museum, 100 Stable Rd.
Cost: Adults $16; Children 7-17 $7; Children 6 & under free

The cottages of the historic district will be adorned with their finest holiday decorations. Enjoy the history of Jekyll Island enriched in seasonal splendor as you venture inside the cottages of Jekyll Island’s National Historic Landmark District.

Tours depart from the Jekyll Island Museum. For reservations, please call 912.635.4036.

Christmas Twilight Tours

Saturdays, December 3, 10, 17, & 31
Times: 4 p.m.
Location: Jekyll Island Museum, 100 Stable Rd.
Cost: Adults $20; Children 7-15 $10; Children 6 & under free

Exclusive to the holiday season, enjoy a special evening trolley ride through the National Historic Landmark District highlighting the story of Christmas on Jekyll Island. The tour includes a special stop at Faith Chapel, showcasing the magnificent stained glass masterpiece, “Adoration of the Christ Child.” The evening concludes at Indian Mound Cottage with music and light refreshments.

Tours depart from the Jekyll Island Museum. For reservations, please call 912.635.4036.

Santa at the Rink

Saturdays, December 3 & 10
Times: 1-4 p.m.
Location: 655 N. Beachview Dr.
Cost: Free

Can’t make it to the Tree Lighting to see Santa? No worries! He’ll make special trips back to Jekyll Island at the Skating Village.

Holly Jolly Jekyll Parade

Saturday, December 17, 2016
Times: 4:30-8 p.m.
Location: Great Dunes Park to Beach Village
Cost: Free

Santa has his sleigh, and Jekyll Island has golf carts! Join in the fun of the festive Holly Jolly Jekyll Parade, where golf carts don their Christmas best and jingle all the way to Beach Village.

All participating golf carts and Red Bugs should meet at 4:30 p.m. in the Great Dunes Park parking lot. The procession will depart at 5:30 p.m., travel along the oceanfront bike path, and conclude on the Village Green in Beach Village. Island guests and residents are encouraged to meet the parade in Beach Village to view the participants, enjoy live music, and work on your Christmas shopping lists at the Beach Village shops.

Santa Claus will be our special guest judge, awarding prizes for the best-decorated golf carts.

  • Santa’s Choice: $500
  • Most Festive: $300
  • Most Creative: $200
  • People’s Choice: Gift Certificate

There’s big prize money at stake, so deck your carts with boughs of holly, and we’ll see you at the parade!

All entries must have lights to participate.

Date: November-December, 2017

Location: Island-Wide