Entertainment

The Merry Shrimpmas event will be packed with family-friendly entertainment for kids of all ages spread across two, fun-packed days.

Tree Lighting

Saturday, November 25 | 7 p.m.

Ring in the holidays with the lighting of the Christmas Tree on the Main Lawn in Jekyll Island’s Historic District. Once the sun goes down Saturday night, the magic sets in as the Christmas tree is lit, accompanied by fireworks and snow!

Mike Prangley, First Coast News’ meteorologist, will join us again this year to emcee the lighting of the great tree. He’ll bring great cheer – and hopefully a festive forecast – for the big event.


Kids’ Zone

In the Kids’ Zone, your little ones can jump, swing, bounce, and run their way to fun! This kid-friendly spot is sure to keep kids (and parents!) happy. Bounce it out on a variety of inflatable slides, bounce houses, and agility games. Some activities within the Kids’ Zone will require tickets, which can be purchased on-site.

Bounce It Out

  • Friday, November 24: 2-8 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 25: 10 a.m.- 8 p.m.

Disc-Connected K9s

The internationally acclaimed Disc-Connected K9s are bringing their professional Frisbee dog show back to Merry Shrimpmas! Comprised of all rescue dogs and some of the best Frisbee dogs on the planet, these high-flyers will amaze you with their athleticism and warm your heart.

Friday, November 24

  • 2:30-3 p.m.
  • 4-4:30 p.m.

Saturday, November 25

  • 11-11:30 a.m.
  • 1-1:30 p.m.
  • 3:30-4 p.m.

Snow Slide & Carousel

Experience the thrills and chills of the snow slide or catch a ride on the classic carousel.

Enjoy free rides throughout the event, courtesy of the Jekyll Island Authority and The Brunswick News.


Story Time with Santa

Catch Santa Claus on the front porch of historic Skeet House as he reads stories to children of all ages. This wonderful show will bring the magic of Christmas alive as children will be captivated by traditional and modern stories. After the show, Santa will take a group photo with the children and even pass out special treats. Do you have a letter for Santa? Leave it in Santa’s mailbox and we’ll make sure the elves deliver it to the North Pole. Be sure to bring your cameras as there will be plenty of of photo opportunities. Unfortunately, individual Santa visits will not be available at this event.

Friday, November 24

  • 3-3:30 p.m.
  • 5-5:30 p.m.
  • 7-7:30 p.m.

Saturday, November 25

  • 11-11:30 a.m.
  • 1-1:30 p.m.
  • 3-3:30 p.m.
  • 5-5:30 p.m.

Story Time with Santa will last approximately 30 minutes. Santa will read a story during the first 15 minutes, and a group photo will follow on the steps in front of Skeet House during the last 15 minutes.


United Way

Elements of Merry Shrimpmas will benefit the United Way of Coastal Georgia. The chalk car will be on-site, and for a donation, your kids to do the unthinkable – draw on a car! While the kids draw, visit the poinsettia sale to help get your home ready for the holidays. All proceeds from donations and poinsettia sales will go to the United Way of Coastal Georgia and help improve lives in the community.