Georgia Sea Turtle Center! The Center is open to the general public and offers an interactive Exhibit Gallery and Rehabilitation Pavilion with a number of viewable sea turtle patients. The Georgia Sea Turtle Center is a hospital for ill and injured sea turtles. We are the only hospital of its kind in the state of Georgia. $7 for adults (13+ years). $6 for Seniors (65+ years). $5 for children (4-12 years). FREE for children 3 and under. $6 for Active Duty Military Personnel, College Students and Teachers (ID required). Prices include tax. Visitors under 16 years old must be accompanied by someone 18 years or older. In accordance with State Health Department regulations, all swimsuits must be covered. Shoes and shirts must be worn at all times. The Georgia Sea Turtle Center is open to the public Tuesdays through Saturdays 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Mondays 10 a.m.-2 p.m. During the months of December, January, and February, we are closed on Mondays. We are closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. We are open on Thanksgiving Day 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 214 Stable Rd. (912) 635-4444 or georgiaseaturtlecenter.org.
Coastal Georgia Historical Society Museums, Galleries, Exhibits, Lighthouse tower and Maritime Center Watch tower are open Mon., thru Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sun., 1:30 p.m.-5 p.m. Last climb is at 4:30 p.m. The Maritime Museum closes from 12 noon-1 p.m. Mon.,-Sat. $10 for Adults, $5 for Ages 6-11. No admission charge for CGHS members and children under 6. (912) 638-4666 or saintsimonslighthouse.org.
Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation State Historic Site, open Wednesday through Sunday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Museum, trails, guided tour of plantation house. $8 adults, $7 seniors, $5 youth. 5556 US HWY 17N, Brunswick, GA 31525. (912) 264-7333 for more information.
Art Classes and Workshops. All media, ages, and experience levels; various times and prices. 529 Beachview Dr. (912) 638-8770 or glynnart.org.
Art Classes. All ages and levels. Various times and prices. 1413 Newcastle St. (912) 262-0628 or artdowntown.net.
Art Classes. Oils, acrylics, pottery. Weekly. 404 Northway, Darien. (912) 437-7711 or mcintoshartassociation.com.
Photography Classes. Basics, digital, iPhone, Photoshop, etc. Led by Barbara Marie Kraus. Various dates, times, prices. 529 Beachview Dr. (912) 638-8770 or glynnart.org.
Tours of Ashantilly Center! Schedule tour appointments or meetings on available times. Donations accepted for renovation. Ashantilly Center, Hwy. 99, Darien. (912) 437-4473 or (912) 230-6962 or ashantilly.org.
Multi-Media Self-Guided Tour! Extensive archive of photos, oral histories, diaries, home-movie footage of Jekyll Island Club history. Includes walking guide map, interactive multi-media device. $8 rental. Daily 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Jekyll Island Museum, Jekyll Island Museum, 100 Old Village Blvd. (912) 635-4036 or jekyllisland.com.
Passport to the Century guided tram tour of 240-acre historic district, includes entry into two cottages. Adults $16, Children 6-12, $7, Free under 6. Daily. Jekyll Island Museum, 100 Old Village Blvd. (912) 635-4036 or jekyllisland.com.
Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays:
Nature Walks! Wildlife and nature guides explain Jekyll Island’s fascinating beach, marshes, dunes and maritime forest during year-round tours. Tidelands Nature Center, 100 Riverview Dr. (912) 635-5032 or tidelands4h.org.
Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays:
Brunswick Farmer’s Market at Mary Ross Waterfront Park, 1530 Newcastle St. 8 a.m.-dark. (912) 262-6665 or brunswickfarmersmarket.com.
Storytime Stories and craft projects for younger children. 10:30 a.m. Brunswick Library, 208 Gloucester St. (912) 267-1212 or trrl.org.
Join Village Creek Landing for an informative Eco Lecture Series! Each month they will have a new guest speaker discussing environmentally focused topics specifically geared to preserving Georgia’s Coast. Come early and enjoy cocktails with Village Creek Landing’s beautiful marsh view! $10 per person (includes your first drink), Bar opens at 5 p.m. Lecture starts at 6 p.m. 526 S Harrington Rd. Space is limited, so RSVP at VillageCreekLanding.com or (912) 399-0063.
Seaside Dance Association, Dance Instruction/Practice Social and ballroom dance. Beginners 7 p.m. Advanced 8:15 p.m. $5 members, $8 non-members. St. Simons Elementary School cafeteria, 805 Ocean Blvd. For more information, (912) 634-9527.
Adult Pottery Classes, 9-11:30 a.m. & 6-8:30 p.m. Drop-In Class $27. 6 Classes for members $130. 6 Classes for non-members $145. Clay $25 for 25 lbs. All other supplies are provided in the studio. For more information, Glynn Art, 529 Beachview Dr., ask for Debbie Craig, (912) 638-8770 or visit glynnart.org.
Visit the shops, galleries, restaurants of Historic Downtown Brunswick; art openings, live music, food and beverage pairing samples. 5-8 p.m. (912) 265-4032 or brunswickgeorgia.net.
Kids Pottery Classes, 10-11:30 a.m. Drop-in class $18. 6 Classes for members $95. 6 Classes for non-members $105. Clay $13 for 12 lbs. For more information, Glynn Art, 529 Beachview Dr. (912) 638-8770 or visit glynnart.org.
Christmas Twilight Tours, 2017. 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. This event takes place on Saturdays during the month of December. Tours depart from the Jekyll Island Museum. For reservations, please call (912) 635-4036. Adults $20; Children 7-15 $10; Children 6 & under free.
This popular family-friendly music event takes place at Gascoigne Bluff on St. Simons Island. Each month, the proceeds from Second Sunday benefit a variety of select local charitable organizations. Hundreds of music fans, families, friends – locals and visitors alike – who converge on the park armed with lawn chairs, blankets and coolers, enjoy listening to the live music. Raffle tickets are sold for door prizes contributed by area businesses. Kids can play in the inflatable bounce house and slides. Don’t miss out on this fun-filled community event! 1 to 7 p.m.
December 1 – January 6:
Jekyll Island Skating Village Oceanfront “ice” skating comes to Jekyll Island! This outdoor synthetic rink is open November through January. Skate rentals, concessions, and panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean are available at the Jekyll Island Skating Village. Closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Jekyll Island Beach Village, Beach Village Trail. (912) 635-3636.
December 1 & 8:
Visit with Santa at the Skating Village at the Jekyll Island Skating Village Oceanfront. Jekyll Island Beach Village, Beach Village Trail. (912) 635-3636.
December 1 – January 2:
Jekyll Island Arts Association Monthly Gallery Exhibit invites you to come to Goodyear Cottage for the Merry Artists Holiday Sale. 12 – 4 pm daily. (912) 635-3920 or jekyllartists.com.
December 1 & 2:
Glynn Visual Arts is pleased to announce its annual Mistletoe Gift Market. This fine art and gift market has become a mainstay of the Golden Isles’ holiday festivities. This year, we expect over 60 accomplished artists and artisans offering a wide variety of high quality artwork including two-dimensional art, pottery, jewelry, sculpture, photography, woodworking, baskets, fabric and mixed media. This show is a unique combination of fine art, wonderful gifts, good food, entertainment, and family fun in a festive island holiday atmosphere. It is the perfect opportunity for residents and visitors alike to find that one-of-a-kind purchase or gift for the holiday season. As an added bonus, when you buy something handmade, purchased directly from the artist, you are supporting small business and our local community. Dog lover? Don’t miss our local pooches (and sometimes potbellied pigs!) all dressed up in their holiday best and putting on a parade to celebrate the season at the festival in the Holiday Hound Hike Pooch Parade. Line-up starts at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday and parade starts at 11 a.m. sharp! There is a $10 fee to participate. Just for the kids, The Kid’s Creation Station celebrates the smallest artists with free holiday themed craft activities during the festival. Live music from some of our favorite local performers! For the third year, our local knitters will be turning Postell Park into its own work of art! Throughout the year they have been working away and will reveal their beautiful work at the opening of the festival. The colorful decorations will remain in the park for the month of December. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information on this year’s festivities, please email: [email protected].
Brunswick Christmas Parade! This year’s parade will be a night-time parade. Starting at 5:30 p.m. at Howard Coffin Park, over 100 floats, vehicles, walking groups and marching band units make their way one mile down the length of Gloucester Street to Mary Ross Waterfront Park in the heart of the Old Town National Register Historic District. Santa Claus also makes an appearance at the end of the parade. For information on entering a float, vehicle, walking or marching unit in the parade, please contact the Downtown Development Authority at (912) 265-4032 or email, [email protected] or discoverbrunswick.com/events/the-brunswick-christmas-parade.html.
Hofwyl-Broadfield 38th Annual Christmas Tour! Visitors will walk along the illuminated path under centuries old oaks and will be treated to a guided tour of the antebellum rice plantation. Enter the front door of the decorated plantation home where members of the Glynn County Garden Club Council will treat visitors to beautifully holiday decorated rooms and period dressed interpreters will share stories of the plantation. History buffs will enjoy Company A, 26th Georgia Volunteer Infantry and other units as they re-enact a pre-Civil War muster of the Glynn County Guards and Brunswick Rifles militia units. You will have the opportunity to see cannon firings which shoot flames over 100 feet from the barrels. Step back to the mid-1800s as the re-enactors demonstrate camp life. While strolling around the plantation, enjoy hot wassail and cookies as you listen to live musicians playing holiday music and singing Christmas carols. Also, Santa Claus has agreed to make a special appearance during both nights. Santa will be sitting by a cozy fireplace as he talks with the young ones; guests are welcome to take pictures of Santa and the children in his specially decorated room. 6-9 p.m. Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation State Historic Site, 5556 US Highway 17N, Brunswick, located at intersection of US17 and GA99, one mile east of I-95 exit 42. $10 for adults, $5 for youth (6-17), children 5 and under are free. (912) 264-7333 or www.GeorgiaStateParks.org/hofwyl.
December 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29:
Christmas Twilight Tours! Explore a magical time of year in Jekyll Island’s historic district. Special evening excursions highlight heart-warming holiday tales and the lights and decorations of the season on Jekyll Island. This Christmas celebration concludes with light refreshments and sunset views from one of our historic cottages. Twilight Tours are available by reservation on Saturdays, Dec. 1-29, 2018, at 4:00 pm. Departs from The Infirmary, 101 Old Plantation Rd., Jekyll Island. For reservations, call 912-635-4036. Cost: $20 Adults, $10 Children 7-15, Free under 6. (912) 635-3636 or jekyllisland.com/history/christmas-twilight-tours/.
Clara and her dream prince will return to the stage once again this holiday season when the Golden Isles Ballet Company presents Tchaikovsky’s Christmas classic “The Nutcracker” on December 2. Performances will take place the Brunswick High School Auditorium, 3885 Altama Avenue. Performances at 2 & 7 p.m. (912) 289-2120 or goldenislesballet.com.
Come and discover Holidays in History! The cottages of the historic district are decorated for the season. Enter the glittering world of the Jekyll Island Club! When: Daily, December 2018 (except the 24th & 25th) at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. Where: Departs from The Infirmary, 101 Old Plantation Rd., Jekyll Island. For reservations, call (912) 635-4036. Cost: $16 for adults, $7 for children ages 7-15 & kids under 6 are free. (912) 635-3636 or jekyllisland.com/history/holidays-in-history.
December 4, 11 & 18:
The Holiday High Tea has become a holiday tradition at the Jekyll Island Club Resort. Enjoy the sounds of the season while you sip on our expansive selection of teas and dine on tea sandwiches, soup, warm scones with fruit compote and exquisite holiday sweets! Holiday High Tea is offered three times – Tuesday, December 4, Tuesday, December 11, and Tuesday, December 18. Please be cautious and purchase your tickets for the day you would like to attend. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Ticket sales close 24 hours prior to event. Dress code is resort casual, but holiday attire welcomed. SOLD OUT. Click here to see if there are any cancellations for tickets and more information.
The Literary Guild of St. Simons Island Film Series presents Jungle. Australia, 2017, directed by Greg McLean. Based on the true story of Israeli backpacker, Yossi Ghinsberg (played by Daniel Radcliff), who, in 1981, meets a cryptic Austrian geologist in La Paz, Bolivia, and captivated by his engrossing stories of lost tribes, uncharted adventures and even gold, decides to follow him. With his two good friends, Yossi joins an expedition led by their seasoned trail-leader, deep into impenetrable Amazonian rainforest. However, as the jungle separates the inexperienced team, before long, Yossi will find himself stranded in the depths of a nightmarish environment crawling with adversaries. 115 minutes, rated R. 7-8:30 p.m. Casino Theater, 550 Beachview Dr. Free, but a $3 donation is requested to help defray costs. litguildssi.org.
Santa Cinema from 6 – 8 p.mat the Simons Casino Building, 550 Beachview Drive, St. Simons Island. Join us at the Casino on Saint Simons Island for our Annual Santa Cinema! There is something for everyone at this event. Enjoy Mickey’s Christmas Carol in our theatre (show starts every half hour), visit Santa Claus (don’t forget your camera), enjoy hot chocolate and cookies while you color and write a letter to Santa! $3.00 per person attending. **This is a cash only event** goldenisles.com.
On Saturday, December 8, 7 – 11 a.m., CASA Glynn will hold its Seventh Annual Jingle All the Way 5K and 1 Mile Run. Get into the holiday spirit as you “jingle” along the USATF certified 5K course. Great Dunes Park, Ocean View Trail , Jekyll Island. (912) 264-4448 or casaglynn.org.
Holiday Open House at the Fort Frederica National Monument, 6515 Frederica Road, St. Simons IslandThe public is invited to come join in the living history volunteer program to discuss the life and influence of General Oglethorpe. This event is free and will provide a history immersion experience using costumed volunteers to draw visitors into the life and significance of the fort and town site. (912) 638-3639 or nps.gov.
“A Christmas Carol” at the Historic Ritz Theatre, 1530 Newcastle St., Corner Of F Street, Brunswick. Charles Dickens’ immortal tale of the mean old miser Scrooge and his magical night discovering the true meaning of Christmas. Live on stage and starring Bryan Thompson as Ebenezer Scrooge. Thursday, Friday, Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 3 p.m.(912) 262-6934 or goldenislesarts.org.
Who says business can’t be JOLLY?? Join us at December’s Business After Hours at Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers. Bring plenty of business cards for door prizes – and don’t forget to bring your friends and co-workers! Mellow Mushroom, 440 Kings Way, 5:30-7:30 p.m. $7 members, $10 non-members. brunswickgoldenisleschamber.com.
Annual Grits & Issues Breakfast! Please join us at the annual Grits & Issues Membership Breakfast at Epworth By The Sea on St. Simons Island. Congressman Buddy Carter, State Sen. William Ligon, State Rep. Don Hogan and State Rep. Jeff Jones will be in attendance to discuss their views on current legislative issues. Sign up now to attend – seating is limited for this popular event. 8:30 a.m. Epworth By The Sea, 100 Arthur J Moore Dr. $35 Members, $30 Non-Members. brunswickgoldenisleschamber.com.
Holly Jolly Jekyll Parade takes place from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. 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. Island guests and residents are encouraged to watch the parade along the route, and afterwards meet in Beach Village to view all of the participants. While you’re there, enjoy holiday music, compete in holiday trivia and an ugly sweater contest, and work on your Christmas shopping lists at the Pier Road and Beach Village shops. Everyone is encouraged to bring new, unwrapped toys for the Georgia State Patrol’s Toys for Tots drive. Event is free. Parade begins on Pier Road. The parade route winds up Shell Road through the Jekyll Island Convention Center parking lot and along the beachfront path to the Beach Village Green. Walk-up registration only. (912) 635-3636.
December 15 & 16:
The Jill Stanford Dance Center presents “The Grinch” at the Brunswick High School Auditorium, 3885 Altama Avenue. December 15 at 2 and 6 p.m. Sunday, December 16, at 2 p.m. This holiday production has become a Golden Isles favorite. It’s a fun show that the whole family can enjoy. Come out to see talented young dancers and celebrate the Christmas spirit. You might just find your own heart growing three sizes! Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. You can get your tickets at Jill Stanford Dance Center studios, South Coast Bank and Trust on St. Simons Island.(912) 264-8810 or jillstanforddancecenter.com.
Coastal Symphony of Georgia Presents Classics in Art and Music! Experience Classics in Art and Music – when the orchestra gives us a 20th Century work with influences of the Classical Period; music reflecting visual art; and another symphony inspired by Mozart, nature, and a party. Sergei Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 1 in D major, was also known as The Classical Symphony. Written in 1917, the work is a striking combination of both its time and of the classical period, and it is widely considered to be the ultimate test for any string section. Ottorino Respighi’s delightful Trittico Botticelliano gives musical form to three Sandro Botticelli masterpieces hanging in the Galleria degli Uffizi in Florence, Italy. A student of 16th, 17th and 18th Century music, Respighi’s music is bright, evocative, and eclectic, borrowing from both old and new musical styles. The concert closes with Franz Schubert’s Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, written in 1816 and resembling in character, Mozart, whom he idolized. The work is scored for a small orchestra of woodwinds and strings, and it became known as “the symphony without trumpets or drums.” Schubert’s diary entries just before beginning the 5th mention Beethoven, “the magical notes of Mozart’s music,” the pleasures of a walk in the country, and a party honoring Italian composer Antonio Salieri. This concert will tickle our imaginations and delight our senses! 8 p.m. Brunswick High School Auditorium, 3885 Altama Ave. Tickets are by season subscription, but there are also single tickets available. More information (912) 634-2006 or coastalsymphonyofgeorgia.org.
The Literary Guild of St. Simons Island Film Series presents Man Who Invented Christmas. UK, 2018, directed by Bharat Nalluri. The story of the magical journey that led to the creation of Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim and other classic characters from A Christmas Carol. The film shows how Charles Dickens (Dan Stevens) mixed real life inspirations with his vivid imagination to conjure up unforgettable characters and a timeless tale, forever changing the holiday season into the celebration we know today. 110 minutes, rated PG. 7-8:30 p.m. Casino Theater, 550 Beachview Dr. Free, but a $3 donation is requested to help defray costs. litguildssi.org.
A special New Year’s edition of Ghosts and Legends of Hofwyl Broadfield Plantation. The tour will start on New Year’s Eve and will celebrate the New Year at Midnight by ringing the Historic Plantation Bell and end at 12:30 a.m. Reservations Required! $15 per person. 10 p.m. 5556 US Highway 17N, located at intersection of US17 and GA99, one mile east of I-95 exit 42. $15. (912) 264-7333 for reservations or more information, also you may visit, GeorgiaStateParks.org/hofwyl.