Even if you’re inclined to hibernate in January, the events scene in Savannah will coax you out. And although it’s a slower pace than the just-past holiday hullabaloo, there is plenty of fun to be had.

Tybee Polar Plunge

Venue:     Tybee Island Pier and Pavilion

When:        Jan 1, 12 Noon

Cost:          Adults $25, Kids under 12 $15

Start the year with a popular tradition. Say “Brrr,” take off running, and jump into the Atlantic Ocean at high noon on New Year’s Day. You’ll be one among thousands who flock to Tybee to participate in this wacky and chilly tradition. If you’re not up to taking the plunge, you can cheer others on. And don’t forget that the fun kicks off with the costume contest where the wackiest win great prizes.

Savannah Tire Hockey Classic

Venue:     Tybee Island Pier and Pavilion

Cost:         Adults $25, Kids under 12 $15

Venue:     Savannah Civic Center

When:      Jan 12 - 13, 12 noon, See website for schedule

Cost:        $12-$18

Hockey fans, don’t miss this year’s “Rumble in the Rink” where the University of Georgia, University of Florida, Georgia Tech and Florida State will battle it out to take home the Thrasher Cup. The Georgia Bulldogs prevailed at last year’s tournament, claiming their seventh trophy. The event will be action packed and if the past is an indicator, the games will be exciting and hard fought.

Unity 5K on MLK

Venue:     Forsyth Park

When:      Jan 13, 9am-4pm

Cost:         $30 registration fee

Join hundreds of race participants for the 5k and afterward have a blast at the post-race Music Festival. Some of the area’s hottest bands and dance groups will be there along with a variety of food and merchant vendors. It’s fitness and fun, and the event raises money to help the Blessings In A Bookbag organization feed kids who might otherwise have little or no food to eat on weekends.

Martin Luther King Day Parade

Venue:     Downtown Savannah

When:      Jan 13, Starts at 10 am

Cost:         FREE for spectators

Claim your spot early along the parade route for this annual showcase of floats, cars, trucks, trolleys, marching bands, cheerleaders and all manner of other walking groups. It’s a beloved tradition for countless Savannahians who line the downtown streets to watch the pomp and circumstance of this observance activity honoring the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Pulse Art + Technology Festival

Venue:     Jepson Center for the Arts

When:      Jan 17-21,  See schedule

Cost:          FREE to students and Chatham County residents

                    Museum admission required without valid student or Chatham County ID

This is the 12th year for Telfair’s immersive art event, and it’s sure to “wow” again. It has a blend of workshops and lectures and it showcases several virtual reality installations. Step inside a radiating light field that immerses you in virtual space. Experience what it’s like to soar like a bird. Explore a virtual futuristic landscape that addresses climate change and rising sea levels, and more.

Mountainfilm on Tour

Venue:     Trustees Theater and Lucas Theater

When:      Jan 18-20, See schedule

Cost:         General admission: $15, Matinee: $5, Some events free

Savannah’s branch of the Telluride Mountainfilm Festival has films for all ages, and these inspiring shorts and documentaries tell stories of adventure, friendship, resilience, healing, exploration, innovation, creativity, and the list goes on. There’s an educational and entertaining playlist just for students, and you can meet up with the filmmakers at the Coffee Talk on Saturday morning.

FREE Family Day

Venue:     Jepson Center for the Arts

When:      Jan 20, 1pm-4pm

Cost:         FREE

January’s FREE Family Day is part of the PULSE Art + Technology Festival and its focus is on STEAM education. There is a STEAM Expo that afternoon as well as a virtual reality performance by the Glad Scientist (Daniel Sabio) who is a VR artist and composer. By all accounts, the performance is an intriguing and exhilarating one that will change the way you experience music.

Image source: Jewish Educational Alliance

Savannah Jewish Film Festival

Venue:     Jewish Educational Alliance

When:      Jan 24 - Feb 3, See website for schedule

Cost:          See ticket prices

The 2018 installment of this annual festival showcases eight feature-length films and one short film. They are preceded by meals or receptions and include dramas, comedies, documentaries, and a narrative. The opening night film will be The Testament, a story about a Jewish historian who discovers an identity-challenging family secret while researching Holocaust atrocities.

Savannah Comedy Fest

Venue:    Bull Street Labs

When:    Jan 25 - 27, 8 pm Thursday, 8 pm and 9:30 pm Friday and Saturday

Cost:       $15/show, $25 for night pass on Friday and Saturday

It’s a three-day comedy festival with some of the most exciting performers in comedy today. You’ll get to enjoy stand-up comedians, sketch comedy, and improv groups. There will be five shows – one on Thursday night and two on Friday and Saturday nights – all sure to generate lots of laughs.

Youth Ocean Conservation Summit

Venue:     Marine Education Center and Aquarium on Skidaway Island

When:    Jan 27, 8am-4:30pm

Cost:          $10

It’s an event for students in grades 7-12 that will empower participants with knowledge, skills, and resources to brainstorm and implement community project plans for ocean conservation. Note that registration closes on January 15, and the summit is limited to 50 students on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration includes lunch and all materials.

 Savannah most definitely has a year-round calendar full of opportunities for recreation and entertainment. So, get out there and get your New Year started from day one. We are most certainly looking forward to every day in 2018 and to having the daily opportunity to help clients meet their real estate needs. It’s what we love most and do best.

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