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 2018 Holly Jolly schedule. Check back soon for further updates on this year’s festivities.

Jekyll Island Skating Village

November 17, 2018-January 6, 2019
Closed Thanksgiving & Christmas days
Hours: Check back soon
Location: Oceanview Beach Park, 655 N. Beachview Dr.
Cost: $5 per person, includes skate rental & 30-minute session

Oceanfront “ice” skating is back (and bigger!) for the 2018-19 season. Located at Oceanview Beach Park, 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 23
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 “The Polar Express,” Friday, November 23 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.

Pier Road Pajama Party

Friday, November 23
Time: 8-11 a.m.
Location: Pier Road in Jekyll Island’s National Historic Landmark District

Kick-off the holiday shopping season in your jammies! Shoppers donning their pajamas will receive discounts from the Pier Road shops, and there will be a best pajamas contest. Prizes will be awarded for the best individual and family pajamas.

Jekyll Island Tree Lighting

Saturday, November 24
Time: 2-8 p.m.
Location: Jekyll Island’s National Historic Landmark District
Cost: Event is free & open to the public; costs vary for individual attractions within event
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.

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 tree is lit and fireworks light up the sky.

Check back soon for more holly jolly family fun details.

Holidays in History

Daily, December 1-31
Excluding Christmas Eve & Christmas Day
Times: 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m.
Location: Historic District Tours, located at the Infirmary
Cost: Adults $16; Children 7-17 $7; Children 6 & under free
Reservations: Purchase Tickets

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.

Christmas Twilight Tours

Dates & Time: Saturdays, December 1-29, 2018
Location: Historic District Tours, located at the Infirmary
Cost: Adults $20; Children 7-15 $10; Children 6 & under free
Reservations: Purchase Tickets

Explore a magical time of year in Jekyll Island’s historic district. Special evening excursions highlight heart-warming holiday tales and the lights & decorations of the season on Jekyll Island. This Christmas celebration concludes with light refreshments and sunset views from one of our historic district cottages.

Santa at the Rink

Saturdays, December 1 & 8
Times: 1-4 p.m.
Location: Jekyll Island Skating Village at Oceanview Beach Park (655 N. Beachview Dr.)
Cost: Free

Can’t make it Merry Shrimpmas for story time with Santa? No worries! He’ll make special trips back to Jekyll Island at the Skating Village.

Holly Jolly Jekyll Parade

Saturday, December 15, 2018
Time: 5:30-7 p.m.
Location | Route | Pre-Registration: Please check back
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.

Stay tuned for more details on the 2018 Holly Jolly Jekyll Parade.

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.


Deck your carts with boughs of holly and win an award! Rumor has it Santa has some new awards up his sleeve, so check back soon to learn more.

All entries must have lights to participate.


Jekyll Island will be seeking volunteers to help with the parade. If you’re interested in helping with this fan-favorite event, please contact Erin Evors or visit our volunteer page to learn more.

Erin Evors, Jekyll Island Authority Events Coordinator 
Phone: 912.635.4092 | Email: eevors@jekyllisland.com

Date: November-December, 2018

Location: Island-Wide