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Tree Lighting Ceremony & Opening Weekend - Savannah Christmas Market

Celebrate the opening of the third annual Savannah Christmas Market at Plant Riverside District with a special Tree Lighting Ceremony and family-friendly activities!

The Savannah Christmas Market at Plant Riverside District will officially open on Friday, November 25 at noon and will feature a special Tree Lighting Ceremony, featuring Roger Moss reading “The Night Before Christmas” and live holiday-themed performances by Coastal Youth Choirs on Friday, Nov. 25 at 6:30 p.m. at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park. The official lighting of the Christmas Tree in Martin Luther King, Jr. Park will take place at 7:30 p.m., followed by Santa and his elves arriving to greet attendees and distribute free candy canes.

Photos with Santa, which are free and open to the public, will be available daily from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. as well as on Saturday, Nov. 26 and Sunday, Nov. 27 from 1 to 3 p.m. in Montgomery Park. Cirque Divina will present a free holiday-themed aerial show on Friday, Nov. 25 at 9 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 26 at 2 p.m. Acclaimed magician David Jowers will perform free holiday magic on Friday, Nov. 25 at 5 p.m. at Beethoven’s Terrace.

A special Kid’s Corner featuring free children’s holiday activities including ornament decorating, letters to Santa and holiday card making will be set up in Montgomery Park on Friday, Nov. 25 from noon to 3 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 26 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Christmas Story Time with Daniel Eustice will take place on Saturday, Nov. 26 at 11 a.m. in Montgomery Park.

Attendees can also enjoy free live music at two stages along the riverfront on Friday, Nov. 25 from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m., including performances by Laiken Love and the Fellowship of Love, Island Harmony Carolers and Swamptooth. The music continues on Saturday, Nov. 26 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., with live music by Savannah Pipe and Drums, Savannah Bananas Pep Band, Hollifield Band, Nick Poulin Band, Chuck Courtenay Band and Mily Kinner and The Mini-Killers.

The Savannah Boat Parade of Lights will float past Plant Riverside District on Saturday, Nov. 26 from 7 to 9 p.m.

A portion of the proceeds from every drink sold at Plant Riverside District on Friday, Nov. 25. and Saturday, Nov. 26 will be donated to the New Ebenezer Retreat Center and Treutlen House: A Safe Place for Boys in Rincon, Ga.

A complete Savannah Christmas Market schedule of events is available online at

Date & Time

November 26, 2022

11:00AM - 10:30PM


— Plant Riverside District - 400 West River Street, Savannah, GA, 31401 400 West River Street Savannah 31401 GA US

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