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Holly Jolly Jekyll

Discover Holiday Lights and Magical Sights on Jekyll Island

From twinkling holiday lights to magical visits with Santa, escape to the coastal community of Jekyll Island on Georgia’s Golden Isles for an enchanted holiday season you’ll never forget. You’ll find plenty of things to do with kids, exciting celebrations, and hands-on experiences for everyone in the family.  

trees and star christmas lights lit up at night

Enjoy 360 degrees of light displays surrounding the live oaks of the Historic District when you experience them on a Trolley or self-guided tour.

See Holiday Lights

There’s nothing like dazzling holiday lights to get you in the spirit of the season, and Jekyll has nearly a million lights that set the island aglow.   

Hop aboard Jekyll’s jolliest trolley with Holly Jolly Light Tours. The whole family can sit back, relax and view festive displays from Beach Village to the Historic District. Along the way, sip on seasonal beverages and sing along to iconic carols and tunes. Or climb into an old-fashioned, horse-drawn carriage for a Christmas Carriage Light Tour through the Historic District, listening to relaxing music all along the way.

Looking to take in the lights from the comfort of your own vehicle? Follow Jekyll Island’s Self-Guided Light Tour map to see some of the island’s best light displays. (Be sure to follow traffic patterns and tour signs and remain in your vehicle while snapping photos of your favorite twinkling lights.)

gingerbread man lit up for Christmas lights

Play a round of mini-golf through a magical land of holiday candies at Peppermint Land.

Family Activities on Jekyll Island

With the whole family around, make some memories with Jekyll Island’s all-ages activities. 

Tap into your competitive spirit while celebrating the holiday season at Peppermint Land at Jekyll Island Mini Golf. Take a walk down peppermint lane and enjoy one or both of the 18-hole courses while surrounded by life-size gumdrops, peppermint sticks, gingerbread friends, and more. (Pro tip: If you play into the evening, you can also enjoy all the twinkling holiday lights!)
Or round up your group for the free Holly Jolly Drive-in Movie (Dec. 12 & 19) to enjoy a special screening of the original “Frosty the Snowman” movie in the Jekyll Island Convention Center parking lot. Find your spot, wave hello to Santa on his big red fire truck, and tune in to the movie using your car radio. 

Still need to pick up some last-minute gifts? For holiday shopping, stroll through the historic Goodyear Cottage, which transforms into the Merry Artists Holiday Market, showcasing handcrafted pieces by local artists and makers — perfect for one-of-a-kind presents. Or pop into the Holly Jolly Trading Post to pick up your Holly Jolly Jekyll season novelties and collectibles and grab a warm holiday beverage while you stroll.

golf cards lit up in Christmas lights for parade

Gather in Beach Village to watch the Holly Jolly Jekyll Light Parade.

Holiday Festivals & Celebrations

It wouldn’t be the holiday season without a joyous parade. During the Holly Jolly Jekyll Light Parade (Dec. 4), find your spot in the beachfront spectator areas to watch as Santa and his friends make their way beachside in a variety of golf carts and vintage vehicles — all lit up in their holiday best. 
For a nighttime celebration, ooh and ahh at holiday fireworks (Dec. 11 & 18) launching near Beach Village. Park beachside and watch the free show from your car to stay warm and cozy while taking in the spectacular sights. 

people in swimsuits run into the Ocean

Support sea turtles on the Georgia Coast through a fun winter plunge at Great Dunes Beach Park.

Winter Adventures on the Beach

If adventure is calling your name, infuse some excitement into your holiday vacation with outdoor activities on Jekyll Island’s beaches. 

Show your daring side during the new Cold-Stunned Plunge (Nov. 27) as you run into the chilly Atlantic Ocean. This fun (and frigid) fundraising event benefits the Georgia Sea Turtle Center on behalf of the Jekyll Island Foundation. Many sea turtles get caught in hypothermic water temperatures during winter months, and your support assists cold-stun rehabilitation and recovery. Mascot Scute C. Turtle and friends will cheer on participants and hang around for festive photos. Take the plunge, raise some funds and receive a commemorative T-shirt for your good deed. 

Or saddle up for a one-hour Jingle Bell Beach Horseback Riding session along the shore, where the friendly horses will be dressed for the occasion — in Santa hats and jingle bells — for a very merry ride. 
Discover even more fun and magic this holiday season on Jekyll Island

Published: October 2021

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