A picture of the booths at the Christmas Market at the Plant Riverside District in Savannah, GA

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Planning a trip to Savannah, Georgia this holiday season?  Live in Savannah and looking to liven up your holiday season?

Then it’s time to visit the Plant Riverside District!  I love visiting this part of Savannah anyway.  The Riverside area is so beautiful and they have a lot of great restaurants in the area as well.

The decorations are wonderful there during the holiday season.

A picture of the holiday lights up at Savannah's Riverside District

A picture of beautiful Christmas decorations at the Plant Riverside District of Savannah, Georgia during the holiday season

But the reasons to visit this area during the holiday season even extended beyond just the beautiful decorations (not that that isn’t enough).

Christmas Market

This is because a European-style Christmas market will be there nightly until Monday, January 1, 2024.  It is absolutely free and my family loves it!  It is really fun walking along and seeing the different booths.  You can find a lot of unique items that make wonderful holiday gifts.

A picture of the booths at the Christmas Market at the Plant Riverside District in Savannah, GA

A picture of the Christmas booths and businesses in the Plant Riverside District of Savannah, GA during the holiday season

A picture of booths at the Christmas market in the Riverside part of historic downtown Savannah Georgia

A lot of great vendors are participating like:

  • Get Gifty With it
  • Zoë Life
  • Gillian Trask
  • Weedies’ World Famous
  • Savannah Sam Photography
  • True South Designs
  • Palmetto Kettle Corn
  • McBride Studios
  • Satchel
  • 7th & Palm
  • Moon Child Studio
  • Element Tree Essentials
  • Golden Hour Savannah
  • M.F. Hot Sauce
  • LOVE & MOXIE
  • Kate Laine Jewelry
  • New York Puzzle Company
  • Cutco
  • The Wooden Basket Shop
  • Madison & 5th
  • Daydreamers Earrings
  • Rhoot Man Beverage Company
  • Tribe and Temple
  • Ceramics by Sibel
  • Crystalize Home
  • Hall of Sneakz
  • Carolina Hemp Company
  • Grand Bohemian Gallery
  • Hey Peaches
  • Salacia Salts
  • Artesanías Tarina

However, that’s not all that is there.  At select times, there are photos with Santa Claus and live performances.  There are also children’s activities.  Additionally, there are food and drink options so you can get warm drinks like hot cocoa if it’s cold at night.

Warm up with hot cocoa at the Christmas market at Savannah Plant Riverside District

Festival of Trees

I really love the Festival of Trees, another great feature of the holiday season in the Plant Riverside District.  The Festival of Trees is comprised of Christmas trees that represent different businesses in Savannah, such as:

  • Byrd Cookie Company
  • River Street Sweets
  • Peach Cobbler Factory
  • Satchel
  • Savannah Cruzers
  • Board & Brush Creative Studio
  • Coastal Vibes Boutique
  • Frank Reubel Fine Jewelry
  • 18Loves Art
  • Service Brewing Co.
  • Savannah Riverboat Cruises
  • Olmsted Savannah
  • Wet Willies
  • Southern Christmas
  • Savannah Convention Center
  • Vici Rooftop
  • Outside Brands
  • Bartlett Tree Experts
  • Morgan Rae Boutique
  • Encryption Escape

You can find it over at the Generator Hall at Plant Riverside District.  My family and I went and we were really impressed with the Christmas trees you’ll find here.  They are really beautiful as well as creative, too.

A picture of the Christmas trees at Generator Hall at Plant Riverside District, Savannah, Georgia

A picture of Christmas trees decorating Generator Hall at Plant Riverside District in Savannah, Georgia

Local companies like Byrd Cookie Company have Christmas trees in Festival of Trees at Generator Hall at Plant Riverside District in Savannah, Georgia

A picture of 18LovesArt's Christmas at the Festival of Trees in Savannah, Georgia

A picture of a Christmas tree beautifully decorated by a Savannah, Georgia business for their Festival of Trees in their Plant Riverside District

Other Activities

Some of the other activities going on during the holiday season include:

  • Gingerbread House Unveiling
    • Friday, November 24 at 4:00 pm
  • Plant Riverside District Christmas Lighting Ceremony
    • Friday, November 24 from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
  • Jack Daniel’s Barrel Tree Auction Fundraiser
    • Friday, November 24 at 8:00 pm
  • 22nd Annual Savannah Boat Parade of Lights
    • Saturday, November 25, from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
  • Holiday Cookie Decorating
    • Every Saturday in December at 2:00 pm
  • 31st Annual Savannah Lighted Christmas Parade
    • Saturday, December 9 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
  • Brunch with Santa
    • Sunday, December 17 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm
  • Holiday Dining at Stone & Webster Chophouse
    • Thursday, December 21 to Sunday, December 24

Meet and Greet with Santa and Mrs. Claus

There are also meet and greets with Santa and Mrs. Claus at select times.

  • Friday 11/24
    • 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Sunday 11/26
    • 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
  • Saturday 11/25
    • 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
  • Saturday 12/2
    • 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
  • Friday 12/1
    • 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Sunday 12/3
    • 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
  • Friday 12/8
    • 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Sunday 12/10
    • 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
  • Saturday 12/9
    • 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
  • Saturday 12/16
    • 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
  • Friday 12/15
    • 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Friday 12/22
    • 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Saturday 12/23
    • 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Where to Stay

If you are planning to come to Savannah during the holiday season and you would like to enjoy these festivities, then perhaps you are looking to book a hotel.

The obvious choice would be the J.W. Marriott Savannah Plant Riverside District.  It’s an amazing hotel right on the river with 12 onsite restaurants, a spa, and much more.  You can find the best price for the hotel here.

So that would be a great hotel to stay in, but it’s obviously not cheap.  Another hotel you could stay in if you want a cheaper price but still a great hotel in a great location is Fairfield Inn Savannah Historic District.  That’s where we stayed when we were in Savannah last week and we had a great time.  It’s about a ten-minute walk to the Plant Riverside District and it’s a straight shoot.  We’ve stayed there multiple times before.  It’s a wonderful hotel hotel too with great features like a free breakfast.  You can find out more about the hotel in our review.