There’s no better place to celebrate the holidays than St. Simons Island, Historic Downtown Brunswick and Jekyll Island. The Golden Isles have loads of festive, family-friendly events and celebrations throughout the holiday season.

If you’re planning a trip to the area, take advantage of our November and December special, where guests stay three nights with Hodnett Cooper Vacation Rentals and receive the fourth night free. Be sure to plan your visit around one of these memorable annual events:

Mistletoe Market on St. Simons Island – November 23-24, 2013

Glynn Art Association – 29 Beachview Drive

Join the Glynn Art Association in the heart of the St. Simons Island village for their annual Mistletoe Market. Exhibitors display hand-crafted art and it’s the perfect spot to find unique gifts

Historic Downtown Brunswick Tree Lighting – Friday, November 29, 2013

Park on Newcastle Street between Ned Cash Jewelers and Tipsy McSway

Each year, on the Friday after Thanksgiving, Historic Downtown Brunswick lights its tree. Festivities include Christmas carols and carriage rides.

Jekyll Island Christmas Tree Lighting Festival – Saturday, November 30, 2013

Historic Distric Lawn area – Jekyll Island

Jekyll Island celebrates the magic of the holiday season with the annual Tree Lighting Festival. Family-friendly activities include crafts, jingle bell tours, food, entertainment and fireworks in the evening. Festivities begin at 4pm and admission is free. (Event is free, Jekyll Island parking fee is required)

Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation, Annual Plantation Christmas – Friday & Saturday, December 6 & 7, 6pm – 9pm

Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site – 5556 US Highway 17 North, Brunswick, GA

Each year this former rice plantation rolls back the clock to the 1850s. Guests see how Christmas was celebrated with a candlelit stroll down a carriage road and enjoy candlelit tours of the antebellum plantation house. Also on hand are Civil War reenactors, hot wassail and cookies, Christmas carols and a special appearance by Santa Claus.

Historic Downtown Brunswick Christmas Parade – Saturday, December 7, 2013, 10am

Gloucester Street beginning at Howard Coffin Park, ending at Mary Ross Waterfront Park

This annual community parade features over 100 floats, walking groups and marching bands. At the end of the parade, Santa makes an appearance! After the parade, visit Mary Ross Waterfront Park for unique crafts and farmers market produce.

Pier Village Holiday Market on St. Simons Island – December 14-15, 2013

Postell Park

Holiday arts are crafts will be on display at this annual holiday market. Unique finds for everyone on your list!

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