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 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.
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.
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.
Holidays In History on Jekyll Island! The cottages of the historic district are decorated for the season! Enjoy the history of Jekyll Island enriched in seasonal splendor as you venture inside the cottages of Jekyll Island’s National Historic Landmark District. Adults $16, children 7-15 $7, children 6 and under free. Runs through Dec. 31 (except the 24th & 25th) at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. daily. Special Twilight Tours are available Saturdays in December 2014, 4 p.m. Reservations are required for the twilight offering. Jekyll Island Museum, 100 Stable Rd., Jekyll Island. (912) 635-4036.
Advanced Members Exhibit at Goodyear Cottage Gallery on The talented hands that make up the Jekyll Island Arts Association will showcase their cream of the crop works, including painting, sculpting, woodworking and more. The gallery is open from noon to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sundays. Admission to the exhibit is free. Goodyear Cottage is located on Riverview Dr., in the Jekyll Island Historic District. (912) 635-3920.
December 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19:
The Coastal Georgia Historical Society has partnered with the St. Simons Land Trust to offer history tours of Cannon’s Point Preserve. These personalized tours will provide an overview of the history of Cannon’s Point with emphasis on the 19th century. Archaeology consultant Myrna Crook, who serves on the Cannon’s Point History Task Force, will be leading tour groups limited to 16. Participants will receive an in-depth interpretation of this historic site, including the John Couper family and life at Cannon’s Point during the plantation period. Tour groups will meet at the A.W. Jones Heritage Center, 610 Beachview Dr., at 9:15 a.m. for coffee and a short introduction beginning at 9:30 a.m. Groups will depart for Cannon’s Point 10 a.m. and will return to the Heritage Center at 12:30 p.m. The cost is $95 per person. (912) 638-4666. Pre-registration is required by visiting saintsimonslighthouse.org.
Annual Student Art Show! Featuring hundreds of amazing art pieces in every medium made by talented K-12 students in our local schools. Come be amazed by the creativity and inventiveness the students put into their unique art. The Ritz Gallery is open Wednesday – Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., or by appointment. Opening receptions, often with the artists themselves, are usually held on First Fridays, unless noted. 1530 Newcastle St. (912) 262-6934 or goldenislesarts.org.
Christmas at Ashantilly! Members and Friends Open House Friday the 5th, Santa Claus visits on Saturday, the 6th for the children! Open House 7th and 8th. Ashantilly Center, 15591 GA Hwy 99, Darien. (912) 437-4473 or ashantillycenter.org or email@example.com.
33rd Annual Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Christmas! 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, hot wassail and cookies, Civil War re-enactors, Christmas carols and a special appearance by Santa Claus. 6-9 p.m. Admission $5-$8. 5556 U.S. Hwy 17 N. (912) 264-7333 or gastateparks.org/HofwylBroadfield.
Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra HANDEL’S MESSIAH! 8 p.m. Michael Butterman, conductor. Twyla Robinson, soprano. Elise Quagliata, mezzo-soprano. Jason Slayden, tenor. Evan Boyer, bass. Jacksonville Symphony Chorus. Handel’s masterpiece to this day is one of the most famous oratorios ever written. Hallelujah! Join the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and Chorus for THE Messiah of the season, and music’s most powerful message of faith. Ticket Prices, $25-$72. Robert E. Jacoby Symphony Hall at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, 300 West Water St. Call (904) 354-5547 or JaxSymphony.org for more information.
December 6-7, 13-14:
Brunswick Actors’ Theatre presents “Twas the Night Before Christmas” by Ken Ludwig! A grand Christmas adventure, filled with schemes, confrontations, mistaken identities, bravery, and all things naughty and nice!.” – Maryland TheatreGuide. The wild holiday adventures of a mouse, an elf, and a spunky little girl who just won’t take no for an answer, on their quest to find out why Santa missed their house last year. A joyful tribute to the holiday season! Performances are on Saturday nights at 8 p.m. and on Sunday afternoons at 3 p.m. Doors open 45 minutes prior to curtain and reserved seating is available. Tickets – $25. The ticket price includes beverages and desserts. COMBO TICKETS AVAILABLE – TWO tickets to any TWO shows $40 (a savings of $5 per ticket). 1413 Newcastle St. (912) 262-0629 or soglogallery.com.
Annual Brunswick Christmas Parade, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Come enjoy the annual Brunswick Christmas Parade. The Parade starts at Coffin Park and makes it’s way West on Gloucester to Mary Ross Waterfront Park. The reviewing stand will be in front of Customs House / City Hall at 601 Gloucester St. Santa Claus makes an appearance at the end of the parade and distributes free bags of candy afterwards at Mary Ross Park. (912) 265-4032 or brunswickgeorgia.net.
Brunswick Holiday Bazaar at Mary Ross Waterfront Park! Here’s a fun and easy way to get some extra holiday shopping in presented by Golden Isles Arts & Humanities. Crafts and decor, flea market finds, specialty items and seasonal goodies will be available, from 8 a.m. until about 5 p.m. Don’t miss out on the yummy fall veggies, great Georgia pecans and homemade treats, too – the Brunswick Farmers Market is always the perfect place to find the freshest and best-tasting produce in town. (912) 262-6665 or (912) 262-6934 or goldenislesarts.org.
30th Annual Tour of Homes on Sea Island! The tour, Jingle Bells & Sea Shells, will showcase five Sea Island Homes – and the exclusive Cloister opens its elegant facility to home tour participants, replete with enormous Christmas trees, gingerbread houses, and gourmet meals. Bake Sale & Vintage Market at Historic Tabby Cabins, Gascoigne Bluff, St. Simons, where you meet the tour bus. Bake Sale & Market 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Tour 10 a.m.-5 p.m. cassinagardenclub.org.
Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, THE POLAR EXPRESS! 3 p.m. Jacksonville Symphony Family Series! Michael Butterman, conductor. Douglas Anderson Concert Chorale. Krzystof Biernacki, vocalist/narrator. Experience the magic of the holidays by taking a ride on Chris Van Allsburg’s The Polar Express. This timeless tale of a boy who still believes makes every child hope to hear the ringing of Santa’s bells. As images from the book are projected above the stage, the words of this Caldecott Medal-winner come to life with orchestra, chorus and vocalist. Ticket Prices, $7-$24. Robert E. Jacoby Symphony Hall at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, 300 West Water St. Call (904) 354-5547 or JaxSymphony.org for more information.
The Golden Isles Youth Orchestra, formerly the Coastal Youth Symphony, announces its Holiday Concert at 3 p.m. at the Glynn Academy Auditorium, 1001 Mansfield St. The concert will feature classical works as well as some holiday favorites. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students and will be available from orchestra members or by contacting GIYO through our new website, GoldenIslesYouthOrchestra.org. Any remaining tickets will be sold at the door.
Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestra FREE HOLIDAY CONCERT! 7 p.m. Publix Super Markets Charities JSYO Series! Scott C. Gregg, JSYO Music Director and Principal Conductor. The holidays come alive with a free concert by the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestra, featuring a showcase of several JSYO ensembles. Admission is FREE. Robert E. Jacoby Symphony Hall at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, 300 West Water St. Call (904) 354-5547 or JaxSymphony.org for more information.
Chef’s Demo on Jekyll Island Club, 371 Riverview Dr. Chef Lewie and Chef Joel show how to prepare three courses with questions and comments welcomed from the audience. Enjoy a Spiced Butternut Squash Bisque, Sapelo Farms Cane Syrup and Plum Glazed Roast Duck, Cranberry Wild Rice, and Peppermint Bark. The relaxed atmosphere gives guests an opportunity to learn how to prepare and present delicious fare and to exchange ideas with the chef and each other. Very generous tasting of each course; a glass of complimentary wine and printed, easy-to follow recipes. $32 per person. Early reservations are suggested. (912) 635-5222 to make your reservations or purchase tickets. jekyllclub.com.
Golden Isles Live! Presents The American Tenors! A popular favorite with a totally different program! Nathan Granner, Ben Gulley, and Daniel Montenegro are accompanied on piano by Jesse Lynch and will return to the Golden Isles by singing at the Cloister, 100 Cloister Dr. The program is totally different than before with a trip around the world through song. Individual tickets can be purchased at the door. Adult, $40. Student/Child, $10. (912) 638-4111 or goldenisleslive.org.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra – NEW Live Show at The Veterans Memorial Arena, 300 A. Philip Randolph Blvd., Jacksonville, FL. at 7:30 p.m. Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s rock opera, The Christmas Attic will be re-released, to coincide with the tour, complete with bonus tracks, as well as a special vinyl edition. Called an “…inspiring story…” by USA Today and “Majestic, sweeping, …” by Billboard magazine. The album’s (and stage production’s) narrative begins on Christmas Eve, when a young girl’s curiosity leads her to a night of mischief and magic. She decides to sneak up into the attic of her parents’ home while she should be asleep and there discovers a magical doorway to the past in the form of a mysterious trunk filled with ornaments, toys, old records and bundles of handwritten letters. A startling discovery in one of the letters, leads to an unlikely adventure. For more info, call (904) 630-3900 or jaxevents.com/event/trans-siberian-orchestra-christmas-eve-and-other-stories-tour/.
Photography Retreats! Capture the beauty of St. Simons Island under the guidance of local photographer Barbara Marie Kraus. Visit historical sites and natural wonders while learning effective photography techniques. 201 Arnold Rd. (912) 268-5965 or kingandprince.com/photography-weekend.aspx for rates and information.
Ritz Radio Theatre presents: “It’s A Wonderful Life” talented cast of local actors in Golden Isles Arts & Humanities’ production done just as it would have been done in the 1940s as a live radio drama. Friday & Saturday 8 p.m. Sunday 3 p.m. The Ritz Theatre, 1530 Newcastle St., Brunswick. Golden Isles Arts & Humanities, (912) 262-6934 or goldenislesarts.org.
Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra HOLIDAY POPS! Friday, 11 a.m. & 8 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. & 8 p.m. Sunday, 3 p.m. Fidelity National Financial POPS Series! Mayo Clinic COFFEE Series! CertusBank Matinee Series! Michael Butterman, conductor. Doug LaBrecque and Sarah Jane McMahon, vocalists. It’s Jacksonville’s favorite Holiday music tradition! Thrill to the spectacular acrobatics of Cirque de la Symphonie performers, dazzling vocalists, heartwarming choral melodies and the magical sounds of your Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. Coffee concert ticket prices, $16-$26. Pops concert ticket prices, $25-$72. Matinee concert ticket prices, $22-$69. Robert E. Jacoby Symphony Hall at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, 300 West Water St. Call (904) 354-5547 or JaxSymphony.org for more information.
Christmas Boat Parade of Lights, 6 p.m. Get into the holiday spirit and join the Golden Isles Sailing Club’s Fifth Annual Christmas Parade of Lights to welcome the Holiday Season! 1530 Newcastle St., Mary Ross Waterfront Park. (912) 275-7774 or goldenislessailingclub.com.
Santa & the Sea Turtles, at Georgia Sea Turtle Center, 214 Stable Rd., 12-3 p.m. Santa visits good girls and boys every year, so why not sea turtles? He’s stopping in for a visit along his Christmas migratory route. Sit on his lap, tell him your wish, and admire his red and white suit! Make a festive ornament to adorn your Christmas tree, then visit our sea turtle patients to hear their special Christmas story! Event is included with general admission to the Center – $7 adults, $5 children, 3 & under are free. (912) 635-4141 or georgiaseaturtlecenter.org.
Benefit Weekend Concert | Featuring Dierks Bentley and Thomas Rhett! 4-11 p.m. Wainwright Foundation inaugural Benefit Weekend winds up with a concert featuring country music superstar Dierks Bentley with special guest Thomas Rhett, and another special guest to be announced. Glynn County Stadium, 2747 4th St. Tickets!
Santa Claus at Crane Cottage, 371 Riverview Dr. Jolly Old St. Nick arrives to Crane Cottage welcoming children to tell him their Christmas wish list (no charge). A photographer will be available to capture the moment (fee). 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. (877) 935-2651 or jekyllclub.com.
Santa and the Sea Turtles! Santa loves good boys and girls. Santa loves his reindeer. And Santa loves his sea turtles! Join the Jolly Man at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center to tell him your holiday wishes, then stick around to visit the turtles and make holiday ornaments. The event will be held from noon to 3 p.m. at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center, 214 Stable Rd. georgiaseaturtlecenter.org.
Christmas Cookie Workshop, 371 Riverview Dr. Spend a sweet afternoon with our Pastry Chefs for the fun of decorating Christmas cookies. Each guest will receive one dozen cookies to decorate and take home. Colored icings, sprinkles and more fun decorations will be available along with punch and mulled cider! Join us in the Morgan Center for this annual tradition. 2-4 p.m. (877) 935-2651 or jekyllclub.com.
New Years Eve Partying with Ease! Get into the holiday spirit with The King and Prince and ECHO executive chef and culinary team. We have planned a series of fun, educational, and tasty cooking demonstrations for the holidays. $59 per person ($75.67 with tax and service charge). 201 Arnold Rd. (912) 268-5965 or kingandprince.com/winter-holiday-culinary-series.aspx.
Holiday Cookie Class! Get into the holiday spirit with The King and Prince and ECHO executive chef and culinary team. We have planned a series of fun, educational, and tasty cooking demonstrations for the holidays. $29 per person, ($37.19 with tax and service charge) for one adult and one child. Additional children, $15 plus tax and service charge. 201 Arnold Rd. (912) 268-5965 or kingandprince.com/winter-holiday-culinary-series.aspx.
Christmas Bagpiper at Jekyll Island Club Hotel! Come hear the sounds of the season as Tim Akins bagpipes around the hotel. Join us for this free event and get into the holiday spirit! 4:30-5:20 p.m. 371 Riverview Dr. (877) 935-2651 or jekyllclub.com.
Ritz Radio Theatre presents: “A Christmas Carol” talented cast of local actors in Golden Isles Arts & Humanities’ production done just as it would have been done in the 1940s as a live radio drama. Friday & Saturday 8 p.m. Sunday 3 p.m. The Ritz Theatre, 1530 Newcastle St., Brunswick. Golden Isles Arts & Humanities, (912) 262-6934 or goldenislesarts.org.
Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra FIRST COAST NUTCRACKER! Friday, 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. & 8 p.m. Sunday, 2 p.m. Christopher Confessore, conductor. Rhonda Stampalia, choreographer. Enter the magical world of childlike imagination at one of Jacksonville’s greatest holiday traditions, with live music by your Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. Ticket Prices, $18-$50. Robert E. Jacoby Symphony Hall at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, 300 West Water St. Call (904) 354-5547 or JaxSymphony.org for more information.
1/2 Day Youth Winter Soccer Camp! Coaches include Danielle Sunderhaus, a former US Women’s National Team & WUSA Professioinal soccer player. For 4-8 year old boys & girls. 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $100. Includes snacks. Family discounts availalbe. Frederica Park, St. Simons Island. georgiasportsinstitute.net.
Full Day Youth Winter Soccer Camp! Coaches include Danielle Sunderhaus, a former US Women’s National Team & WUSA Professioinal soccer player. For 9-18 year old boys & girls. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $200. Includes snacks & lunch. Family discounts availalbe. Frederica Park, St. Simons Island. georgiasportsinstitute.net.
Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra TOAST! TO THE NEW YEAR! 9 p.m. Michael Butterman, conductor. Rich Ridenour, special guest. Ring in the New Year with your Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra! Enjoy a sparkling array of popular symphonic favorites, featuring the wit, humor and jazzy virtuosity of piano entertainer Rich Ridenour. Ticket prices, $75, $100, $150. Robert E. Jacoby Symphony Hall at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, 300 West Water St. Call (904) 354-5547 or JaxSymphony.org for more information.