St. Simons Island's Calendar
of Events for December, 2017

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Featured Calendar Events

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 view-able 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

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

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

Art Classes. All ages and levels. Various times and prices. 1413 Newcastle St. (912) 262-0628 or

Art Classes. Oils, acrylics, pottery. Weekly. 404 Northway, Darien. (912) 437-7711 or

Photography Classes. Basics, digital, iPhone, Photoshop, etc. Led by Barbara Marie Kraus. Various dates, times, prices. 529 Beachview Dr. (912) 638-8770 or

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

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

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

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

Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays:
Brunswick Farmer’s Market at Mary Ross Waterfront Park, 1530 Newcastle St. 8 a.m.-dark. (912) 262-6665 or

Storytime Stories and craft projects for younger children. 10:30 a.m. Brunswick Library, 208 Gloucester St. (912) 267-1212 or

Third Tuesdays:
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 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

First Friday:
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

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

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.

Second Sundays:
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:
Keller Williams Concert, Rainbow Island, Sea Island! Widely known as a ‘one-man jam-band,’ Keller Williams’ music combines a unique mix of bluegrass, folk, alternative rock, reggae, jazz, and even a bit more. Since the release of his first album in 1994, Williams has been keeping audiences on their feet through his journey to create and perform music that sounds unlike anything ever heard before. Let Williams sweep you off your feet with an energetic live performance—no two of which are ever alike. You’ll love his compositions and choice cover songs, as well as his ability to create on the fly samples with nothing pre-recorded for an authentic, exciting effect. 7 p.m. (Doors 6 p.m.)

December 1 & 2:
Christmas at Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation. This magical experience will demonstrate how Christmas was celebrated on a Southern rice plantation during the 1850s. Take a candlelit stroll down the old carriage road and enjoy candlelit tours of an antebellum plantation house. This event is family friendly.  There will be hot wassail and cookies, Civil War reenactors, Christmas carols and a special appearance by Santa Claus. Admission: $5 – $10. (912) 264-7333.

December 1 & 2:
Glynn Visual Arts is pleased to announce its seventh annual Mistletoe 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 10:30am 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:

December 1-17:
Anderson Fine Art Gallery, 3309 Frederica Rd., St. Simons Island will be hosting the Oil Painters of America 2017 Eastern Regional Exhibition Of Representational Oils. This is a juried show open to all members of the OPA living in states east of the Mississippi River. The show will be juried by the OPA and the prospectus will go out to members in April. The OPA is a national non-profit organization whose mission is preserving and promoting excellence in representational art, Oil Painters of America’s primary mission is to advance the cause of traditional, representational fine art by drawing attention to the lasting value of fine drawing, color, composition and the appreciation of light. Gallery hours are Tuesday – Saturday: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. or (912) 634-8414.

December 1 – December 31:
Holidays in History on Jekyll Island!  Jekyll Island is transformed for the holiday season. The Historic District decorated in Christmas grandeur and special themed tours take guests back in time to Christmas during the Club era. Departs daily, November 26- December 31 at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. *Closed on December 24-25. Adults $16; Children 7-17 $7; Children 6 & under free. For reservations, call (912) 635-4036.

December 1 – December 31:
Merry Artists’ Christmas Gift Sale. Come shop on an island paradise. Visit the Goodyear Cottage, in the historic district on Jekyll Island, for one-of-a-kind gifts made by the artists of the Jekyll Island Arts Association. You will be sure to find the most unique gifts for everyone on your holiday shopping list. All items are priced between $5 and $150. Opening day is November 24 and on November 25, Jekyll Island lights up for the holidays. Join us Thanksgiving weekend for punch and cookies as you shop. We will also have punch and cookies the weekends of: December 2 -3, December 9 -10, & December 16 – 17.

December 1-January 2018:
Oceanfront “ice” skating comes to Jekyll Island! Located oceanfront and situated just south of the Holiday Inn Resort, 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 Thanksgiving & Christmas day. (912) 635-3636.

December 2:
The Sea Island Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K are all run on Sea Island. Race entries are limited and early registration is suggested. All participants will receive: a post-race party and champagne brunch. Limited Edition Sea Island Half Marathon apparel, Pre-race gear check and a 4” Finisher medal. Race staff available at Sea Island to answer course and race questions the day before the race. Special race and room packages available. The official start time for the half marathon will be 7 a.m/, and the 10k and 5k will start at 7:30 a.m.

December 2:
Brunswick Christmas Parade! This annual community parade starts 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. For information on entering a float, vehicle, walking or marching unit in the parade, please contact the Downtown Development Authority. Visit the facebook page for more information.

December 2:
Christmas Boat Parade of Lights! The eight annual Christmas Boat Parade of Lights will start at Brunswick Landing Marina and travel toward the Sidney Lanier Bridge and back. Guidelines and rules for the parade may be found on the Golden Isles Sailing Clubs website. 6-8 p.m. Sponsored by Golden Isles Sailing Club.

December 2:
A Merry Mixer! Shaking It Up To Benefit the Elizabeth F. Correll Teen Center, will be held Saturday, December 2 at Halyards and Tramici restaurants on St. Simons Island. The continuing goal of this event is to raise funds for the Elizabeth F. Correll Teen Center, the Boys & Girls Club of Southeast Georgia’s club designed especially for teens. There will be delicious food and drinks, championship football on the TVs, live music outside and a live auction and Wish List for Clubs. Limited tickets available. Purchase Tickets at OR email Brooke at

December 8:
Golden Isles Live presents the Nelons. With tight family harmonies, timeless songs and a passion for worship, The Nelons have been captivating audiences for four decades. Standing on the legacy of founder and patriarch Rex Nelon; Kelly, Jason, Amber and Autumn continue the family tradition of unparalleled vocal excellence, incomparable harmonies and stunning live performances. The group has recorded more than 35 albums with chart-topping Southern Gospel classics like “We Shall Wear a Robe and Crown,” “Come Morning,” and “O For a Thousand Tongues.” With a love for the old and a vision for the new, The Nelons embrace their traditional roots, while bridging the generational gap by pushing musical boundaries. Their awards and accolades include three Grammy Award-nominations, six Dove Awards, 14 Singing News Fan Awards and a People’s Choice Silver Telly Award. Show goes from 7:30-9:30 p.m.

December 8-10:
The Golden Isles Arts & Humanities presents “A Christmas Carol.” Featuring a talented cast of local actors the show is done just as it would have been done in the 1940s as a live radio drama – in front of a live audience, with period costume and sound effects. Fri. & Sat. @ 8 p.m., Sun. @ 3 p.m.

December 9 & 10:
Jekyll Comic Con is Southeast Georgia’s Premiere multi-day Pop Culture event attracting thousands of attendees of all fandoms. Hosted at the beautiful beachfront Jekyll Island Convention Center, 75 Beachview Dr. N., Jekyll Island, Jekyll Con celebrates a little bit of everything from the comic book, fantasy, sci-fi, anime, and gaming universe! This all ages family-friendly event hosts some of the top vendors, artists, and celebrities in the industry; along with panels, workshops, gaming tournaments, live entertainment and so much more. See dates and a full schedule at

December 9 & 10:
Jill Stanford Dance Center presents “The Grinch” at the Glynn Academy Auditorium, 1001 Mansfield St., BrunswickGA. Saturday, December 9 at 2 and 6 p.m. and Sunday, December 10, at 2 p.m. This holiday production has become a Golden Isles favorite. So many dancers participate and the costumes are simply fabulous. 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, or online at

December 16:
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. Santa has his sleigh, and Jekyll Island has golf carts! The procession will depart at 5:30 p.m., travel along the oceanfront bike path and conclude on the Village Green in Beach Village. 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. Prizes for the best-decorated golf carts. 100 James Rd., Jekyll Island, GA. (913) 635-3636. 



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