General Information

Joining us for Merry Shrimpmas? Here are the basics you need to know for a fun and safe visit.

Dates & Hours

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

Location & Directions

The event will take place under the oaks in Jekyll Island’s National Historic Landmark District. Whether you’re traveling to Jekyll by boat, car, or plane, we hope you arrive safely to Merry Shrimpmas.


Q: Where is the event located?
A: Merry Shrimpmas takes place on Jekyll Island, Georgia in the National Historic Landmark District.

Q: What’s the best way to get to the festival?
A: If you’re staying on-island, many of the hotels offer shuttles directly to the festival entrance. If you’re staying off-island please read our parking information.

Q: I’m coming in from out of town. Is there an airport nearby?
A: Yes! There are three airports near Jekyll Island.

Q: Are there hotels near the festival?
A: There are multiple hotels on the island, as well as private home rentals. Check out our Premier Lodging Partner, Jekyll Realty, for a great Merry Shrimpmas deal. We recommend you plan ahead because hotels & rental properties fill up fast. There are also multiple hotels located off-island that are just a short 15- to 20-minute drive to the festival.

Q: Where do I park?
A: We’ve dedicated an entire section with detailed parking information.

Q: Do I need a ticket for the festival?
A: Admission to Merry Shrimpmas 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. Additionally, some special events and experiences within the event – food & beverage, kids’ zone, etc. – do come with a cost.

Q: Is there an age requirement for the event?
A: No! Merry Shrimpmas is very family-friendly. There’s something for everyone at the festival, from ages 6 to 76.

Q: Is the festival ADA accessible?
A: Yes. A reserved accessible parking will be located at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center. Lot attendants will check for government-issued parking placards or license plates for entry; the shuttle bus fleet includes accessible buses & attendants; and all restrooms at the Festival include accessible locations.

Q: How do I get around the Festival?
A: With extra guests on Jekyll Island, walking is the best way to navigate within the event. Keep in mind the event covers 20+ acres, so be sure to wear comfortable shoes.

Q: What if I run out of cash over the weekend?
A: ATMs will be conveniently located throughout the event grounds.

Q: What if I need medical assistance while attending Merry Shrimpmas?
A: A First Aid station and Jekyll Island EMTs will be on-site all weekend.

Q: I’ve lost my family member/friend/significant other while at Merry Shrimpmas, what do I do?
A: Any lost visitor seeking to find your party can meet at the First Aid Station.

Q: I lost my sunglasses/wallet/phone/etc. at Merry Shrimpmas, what do I do?
A: Please check with the Information Tent to see if your lost item was turned in.

Q: Can I bring my pet to the festival?
A: Service animals are allowed at Merry Shrimpmas, but we politely ask you leave other four-legged friends at home out of concern for your pets’ safety.

Q: Can I apply to be a food or art vendor?
A: Yes! We are still accepting applications for shrimp & grits vendors, food trucks (cannot sell shrimp & grits), and artists for the artists’ market. Applications are included in each of the links above.

Q: Can you point me to the restroom?
A: Restrooms are located throughout the event. Specifically, outside the wharf restrooms, behind Doc’s Snack Shop, in the Kids’ Zone, behind The Cottage Shop on Pier Rd., near the snow slide/carousel, and at both the Museum & Airport for shuttle bus pick-up & drop-off.

Q: What if it rains?
A: We expect beautiful weather; however, Merry Shrimpmas is a rain or shine event.

Q: What if I have any other questions?
A: Additional information can be found on-site at one of the Info Tents.

Q: What will be available to eat?
A: A variety of food of all sorts, including Shrimp & Grits, and drinks will be available on-site. Check out the full line-up of all the yummy food options.

Q: What should I bring to the festival?
A: Here’s what we recommend: hats, sunglasses, comfortable walking/dancing shoes, a good attitude, sunblock, and bug repellent.

Prohibited items:

  • No illegal substances
  • No drugs / drug paraphernalia
  • No e-cigarettes or vapes
  • No pets (excluding service animals)
  • No outside food or drink
  • No large chains / spiked jewelry
  • No balloons, balls, inflatables, Frisbees, etc.
  • No tents or large umbrellas
  • No weapons of any kind (includes pocket knives)
  • No aerosol cans
  • No laser pointers
  • No drones

Q: Can I bring my drone?
A: No. Unfortunately, as much as we love drones (we have several), we cannot allow them buzzing around at the festival. When you combine large groups of people and flying robots with rapidly spinning blades, the likelihood of something ugly happening increases exponentially.