Savannah is always picturesque, but when she puts on her holiday best she is without a doubt one of the prettiest cities you’ll ever see. And while locals know to expect a photo-worthy holiday display around every corner, it doesn’t diminish the awe we experience every year when our hometown once again embraces us with picture-perfect sights like the ones mentioned here.

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Holiday lights at Coastal Botanical Gardens

One million lights glimmer across 10 acres of themed garden areas with displays like a 90-foot tunnel of colorful arches; sparkling stars, snowflakes and angels; and multihued LEDs lighting a 300-foot-long crepe myrtle allée.

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Grandly decorated historic homes 

Private residences in the Historic District look especially beautiful adorned with Southern door wreaths, elegant lights, over-the-door and window holiday swag, and festive flourishes embellishing ornamental wrought iron fences.

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Savannah’s historic squares

At holiday time, Savannah’s squares are decoratively reminiscent of Colonial Christmas past. Natural garland is artfully draped, fashioned into wreaths, entwined with a ribbon around lamp posts, and gathered into pretty bundles tied with bright red bows.  

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City Market

The spirit of the season shines through at City Market, which is all decked out for the occasion. Holiday trees are laden with ornaments and lights, and hundreds of string lights and 500+ luminaries fill the two-block courtyard with a heart-warming glow.

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Gingerbread Village

The gingerbread houses displayed in the annual Gingerbread Village at The Westin Savannah Harbor are inspired, edible works of art. It’s a wonderland of spectacular creations that range from Savannah riverboats to Santa’s workshop to replicas of The Westin.

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Boat Parade of Lights

Lighting up both sides of the riverfront and casting sparkling reflections on Savannah Harbor, this bedazzling floating parade of about 40 beautifully decorated seagoing vessels is a scene that is befitting of a postcard.

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Lighted Christmas Parade

In our city’s old-fashioned Christmas parade, not only are the cars, trucks, floats and trolleys creatively decorated and all lit up. Even the groups on foot are wearing or carrying lighted adornments.

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Broughton Street

From a 50-foot holiday tree in the heart of the Downtown Historic District to high-tech, immersive art projections that use Broughton Street buildings as their canvas, this revitalized main avenue is a real-life portrait of holiday merriment.

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Tybee Island New Year’s Eve Fireworks

 Few sights are more reminiscent of a breathtaking painted scene than fireworks bursting into a spectrum of colors in the night sky over the luminous Atlantic Ocean.

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Historic River Street 

Savannah’s centuries-old cobblestone streets are made even more enchanting by forest green garland in heirloom arrangements, sparkling red ribbon weaved into decorations and shaped into long-tail bows, and countless twinkling lights. Need we say more?  

Make the most of the holiday season in Savannah, taking time to bask in the wonderful scenery suggestive of a Yuletide in days of yore. And, stay tuned to the Live Love Savannah blog next year for periodic posts on other sights and spots in Savannah that are literally a photographer’s dream.

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