10 Ways to Celebrate the New Year in Savannah

Posted on December 13, 2017 by

During the Day

Prefer to get your fun in during the day and be in bed by nine? We don’t blame you (okay, maybe only a little). Ditch the night crowds by enjoying these family-friendly festivities throughout the afternoon.


Swing by the Savannah Civic Center to glide around this indoor ice skating rink. This annual event offers multiple skating sessions each day, ensuring that no matter what your schedule’s like, you’ll have time to stop by and skate. Sessions last 1.5 hours and are available for purchase individually, or buy the Skatefest Punch Pass for multiple sessions at a time. Skate rentals are included, although personal skates are also allowed.

Tybee Island North Beach LighthouseTybee Island Light Station Tour

Celebrate the New Year by appreciating the past with a tour of the Tybee Island Lighthouse. The state’s oldest and tallest lighthouse is open from 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and offers tours throughout the day. This gorgeous tower stands at 145 feet and dates back to 1736. Inside the museum, explore exhibits covering the Euchee tribe, Fort Screven and Tybee’s Golden Era. You can end the afternoon with a filling lunch from one of their many nearby restaurants.

A Night Out on the Town

Ring in the New Year with a night out in the city of Savannah. Enjoy festive entertainment, food, drinks, and more at these celebratory events.

City Market’s New Year’s Eve Celebration

From 9 p.m.-1 a.m. explore all that Savannah’s City Market has to offer. Live outdoor music will play throughout the evening, while restaurants will be open  for drinks, appetizers or a full dinner (reservations may be required). Plus, stroll through the market’s shops and galleries to view handmade gifts and art from local artists. This event is free and open to the public.

Savannah Live

Grab tickets for “A Rockin’ New Year’s Eve” at the historic Savannah Theater. The two-hour variety show “Savannah Live” will get you in the dancing mood with a live band and professional cast performing pop, jazz and Broadway hits. Then kick off the New Year with a champagne toast and dance party until after midnight!

Tybee Island Fireworks

Just a thirty-minute drive from the heart of Savannah, Tybee Island is a fun alternative for a New Years’ celebration. Watch the largest New Year’s Eve fireworks show in the southeastern United States over Tybee Pier. If you’re looking for some alone time with your beloved, the fireworks can also be seen from any of Tybee’s eastern beach locations.

New Years Eve Up The Cup Countdown in SavannahAnnual Up the Cup on River Street

We all know the famous ball drop, but here, we’re proud of our open container policy and like to celebrate with the annual “Up the Cup” on River Street. The Savannah Waterfront Association puts on this fun twist on a New Years’ classic with Wet Willie’s countdown of a six-foot to-go cup raised over Rousakis Riverfront Plaza. At midnight, you can toastwith your own cup and watch lively fireworks over the river.

The Morning After

No matter if your plans ended early or late into the night, it’s important to take advantage of the fresh start January has to offer. Even if you step out just for some well-deserved breakfast, consider these fun activities to start 2018 off right.

Most Important Meal of the Day

While we may be known for our history, ghosts and drinking, we also can’t help but brag when it comes to our tasty breakfast spots. Indulge in a filling breakfast from a few of our favorites like B. Matthew’s, J Christopher’s or Collin’s Quarter for the recovery meal of champions. You may need to book a reservation in advance, so check out their websites ahead of time for holiday availability.

Tybee Polar Plunge

Still looking for some excitement? Look no further than the Tybee Polar Plunge. Join locals and visitors alike at the Tybee Island Pier and Pavilion at noon for a brisk dip in the Atlantic Ocean. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for children under 12.

Tybee Island Farmers and Artisan Market

After your plunge, check out the local farmers and artisan market for a variety of goods such as fresh produce, vegetables and artwork. It’s a fun way to spend the afternoon, as well as support local businesses. The market takes place in the field next to the Tybee Lighthouse from 4-7 p.m.

Skidaway Hike

Start your New Year’s Resolutions on the right foot with a day hike on one of Skidaway’s popular trails. The Avian Loop Hike is a 2-mile walk through open grasslands, marshes and creeks. And the Sandpiper Loop trail crosses bridges and heads westbound to pass earthworks constructed by Confederate troops during the Civil War. Both trails provide a stunning scene of natural wildlife and a peaceful escape from the rest of the city.