Tree Lighting Festival

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Time: 2-8 p.m.
Location: Jekyll Island’s National Historic Landmark District
Parking: Festival parking will be located at Great Dunes Golf Course with shuttles to the festival. Shuttles will begin at 1 p.m. and run throughout the festival, with the last shuttle leaving the festival at 9:30 p.m.
Cost: Event is free & open to the public; costs vary for individual attractions within event

Ring in the holidays with the lighting of the great tree in Jekyll Island’s Historic District. Celebrate this holly jolly event with the whole family.

This one-day festival is full of holiday magic and is sure to put even the grinchiest Grinch in the holiday spirit. Festivities begin with a Candy Cane Hunt and continue with Story Time with Santa throughout the day. Be sure to write your letter and mail it directly through the North Pole Express.

Cross off your holiday shopping list with unique gifts at the Holiday Market. Dance and sing along to your favorite holiday tunes, with live music by the area’s favorite bands.

Skate under the twinkling lights of the Historic District at the Jekyll Island Skating Village in its new riverfront location just steps from the great tree. Or, bounce and play until your heart’s content in the kid’s zone. There are fun activities planned throughout the day. A variety of food trucks will be on hand serving up their favorite dishes.

As the sun begins to set, grab a cup of cocoa and settle on the Main Lawn for the big show. The great tree will be lit, snow will fall, and the skies will sparkle with fireworks as the holiday season officially begins on Jekyll Island.

Giving is the best part of the holiday season. Please bring an unwrapped toy to donate to the Georgia State Patrol’s Toys for Tots drive. Donations may be placed in the box at the Main Stage, located near the great tree.

Service animals are allowed at the Festival, but we politely ask you to leave other four-legged friends at home out of concern for your pets’ safety.

Festival Details

Schedule  |  Sponsors  |  Lodging  |  Vendor Applications



Thank you to all our generous sponsors. We appreciate you!




Maggie Dutton State Farm

Red Bug Motors


Shirt Sponsors


Villas by the Sea

The Westin

McGarvey's Beach Wee Pub


The Westin Jekyll Island

The Westin Jekyll Island is a proud sponsor of the 2018 Jekyll Island Tree Lighting Festival. Located less than two miles away from the festival grounds, The Westin Jekyll Island offers a wide range of guest rooms from which to choose. Hotel amenities include pet-friendly, oceanfront accommodations featuring spacious layouts, iconic Heavenly® Beds, flat-screen TVs, mini-refrigerators, large work desks and free Wi-Fi. Come enjoy the Tree Lighting Festival and stay at The Westin Jekyll Island!

Valid dates: November 23-24, 2018, and subject to availability. 

Tree Lighting Festival Rate Package starting at $169 and includes:

  • Two light-up necklaces
  • Transportation to the festival
  • S’mores kit for The Westin fire pit

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Vendor Applications

Jekyll Island Tree Lighting Festival 2018’s vendor applications are closed. All vendors will be notified of their acceptance/denial no later than Friday, October 12.

Ainsley ToalJekyll Island Authority Events Manager
Phone: 912.635.4121


Date: November 24, 2018

Location: Jekyll Island Historic District