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Tybee for the Holidays

Posted By Charissa / November 4, 2015 / , , , , , , , / 0 Comments


Tybee Island, GA (November 3, 2015) – Experience Tybee in a different light this holiday season with distinctive culture, dining, shopping, and festive small town excitement on the coast.  Beginning Thanksgiving Day and running through New Year’s Day, Tybee Island offers family-friendly fun to brighten the holiday season for all to enjoy.


Signature activities to note for Tybee for the Holidays 2015:

tybee for the holidaysNumerous island businesses are participating in Community of Caring. This year, to share the true spirit of the holidays with others, donations are being collected throughout the season for the Rising TYde Community Food Pantry, the  Animal Shelter, and the Children’s Hospital at Memorial. A list of needed items and participating drop-off locations is available at:  Click Here.

Small Business Saturday® on Tybee is November 28. Recognizing the importance of supporting small, independently-owned businesses in our community, the City’s Development Authority/Main Street Program is pleased to be a Neighborhood Champion for Small Business Saturday®.  From City Officials, to Tybee residents, to island visitors alike, all are encouraged to shop local this season. Click Here for participating businesses and locations.

tybee for the holidaysLights on for Tybee Celebration begins at 6:30pm on Friday, December 4 when Mayor Buelterman lights Tybee’s Christmas tree downtown at the Tybrisa/Strand Roundabout. Following the tree lighting ceremony, there will be singing led by the Tybee Arts Performing Society, dance performances by Gretchen Greene School of Dance students, and an awards presentation by Tybee Beautification Association for the best decorated businesses.  Plus, a variety of businesses will have extended store hours and complimentary refreshments throughout downtown as “snow” flurries fall to create a magical experience for the children. Ornaments hung on the Tybee Christmas Tree during this year’s Community Decorating Day on November 28 will include creations made by Tybee Island Maritime Academy students.  This hometown celebration will conclude with Santa and Mrs. Claus making a special appearance to delight the young ones.

holiday cottage tourOn Saturday, December 5, two special events are planned. Jane Coslick Holiday Cottage Tour begins at 10am to benefit the Savannah Humane Society Low Cost Community Spay/Neuter Clinic. The tour highlights classic historic Tybee Island cottages restored by the famous interior designer, Jane Coslick.  At 1pm, the Tybee Island Christmas Parade begins filling the streets with festive floats and spirited parade participants as Santa and Mrs. Claus are led from the 14 Street parking lot to the Tybee Gym on 5th Street. Once they arrive at the gym, they will spend time listening to children’s Christmas wishes and having photos taken. The YMCA will provide snacks and activities for all ages to enjoy. Share your holiday spirit during this old-fashioned Christmas parade while touring some of the island’s preserved gems!

Other activities which include holiday shows and performances, a lit parade, tours, a “plunge” in the ocean, and more will add to the joy of the season on Tybee.

Tybee for the Holidays provides plenty of family-friendly fun to brighten the holiday season. All are welcome to witness the splendor of the island from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day. Visit www.tybeefortheholidays.com for more information.



About the Program:  The Tybee Island Development Authority / Main Street Program is managed by a City staff person and a volunteer board of directors and committees working with partners to ensure the vision of improving the quality of life for those that live, work, and visit Tybee Island and enhancing the cultural experience, while preserving the community’s barrier island heritage.  The program follows an annual work plan which improves all aspects of the town, while focusing on economic development within the context of historic preservation to enhance the quality of life. With broad-based community support, it integrates a practical management strategy by using the proven Four-Point Approach®.  For more information, visit www.tybeeislandmainstreet.com.


About Tybee Island, GA.: Established in 1887, the City of Tybee Island is the northernmost barrier island off the Georgia coast with a year round population of 2,990 residents. With a wild bird sanctuary, over three miles of ocean beaches, and salt marshes on the back river, outdoor recreation activities abound. As a key defense point to the important Savannah port, Tybee’s Fort Screven, Tybee Post Theater, Fort Pulaski, and the Tybee Island and Cockspur Lighthouses combine with the unique architectures of the island’s raised cottages to form a rich backdrop for history buffs. Attracting a strong artistic community, there are several locally owned art galleries among the diverse mix of commerce. Keeping the island interesting year round are several art shows and performances, parades for Pirates, Beach Bums and more, as well as firework displays pre-Independence and New Year’s Days from the Walter W. Parker Pier and Pavilion. The Marine Science Center cooperates with Georgia’s DNR to protect threatened sea turtle species by searching for nests, protecting their eggs, and making sure hatchlings make it to sea.  To find more about the City of Tybee Island link to http://www.cityoftybee.org/.


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