Celebrate the Holidays on Jekyll Island

  • by Charles Wagoner
  • November 22, 2020

The holidays are here and Jekyll Island is one of our Top Holiday Road Trip Destinations to visit! Jekyll Island is located a little over an hour away from Jacksonville. The island is one of four barrier islands accessible by car off the coast of Georgia, but unlike any other. Although it’s technically a state park, while there you will feel like you’ve been transported to a resort town- it's truly the ultimate beach retreat.

This year, the island is transforming into a winter wonderland with over a half million lights, holiday events and so much more! Make plans to bring the family up for their Holly Jolly Light Tours where you can see 500,000+ lights, Drive-in movies where guests can watch and listen to the movie all from the safety and comfort of their vehicles, their island wide Holly Jolly Jekyll Parade, and the transformation of their Mini-Golf into Peppermint Land where guests can play under the lights, surrounded by life-sized gumdrops, candy canes, gingerbread men, and more! Below are just some of the activities and events happening during the Holly Jolly Jekyll season, November 27-January 3, only on Jekyll Island!

Holly Jolly Light Tour

Select nights, based on availability, Nov 27-Jan 17th

Take a ride on Jekyll’s jolliest trolley to see over half a million lights around the island. The whole family can sit back, relax and view the lights from Beach Village to the Historic District. Trolley riders will enjoy festive holiday beverages, music, and a one-of-a-kind tour souvenir! Click here for more information about tickets for the Holly Jolly Light Tour.

Peppermint Land

Nov 27-Jan 17th | Sun-Thu: 9am-7pm | Fri-Sat: 9am-8pm

Celebrate the holiday season at Jekyll Island Mini Golf! Enjoy one or both of the 18-hole courses while surrounded by life-size gumdrops, peppermint sticks, gingerbread men, and more.  Play into the evening and enjoy all of the lights! Click here for more information about Peppermint Land.

Holidays in History

 Nov 27-Jan 17th: 11am, 1pm, 3pm; excluding Dec 25 & Jan 1

The cottages of the historic district will be adorned with their finest holiday decorations. Enjoy the history of Jekyll Island enriched in seasonal splendor as you venture inside the cottages of Jekyll Island’s National Historic Landmark District. Click here for more information about tickets for Holidays in History.

Holly Jolly Jekyll Parade

Dec 5 from 5:30-7pm

Join the fun of the Holly Jolly Jekyll Parade jingling across the island on its new beachfront route, presented by the Beach Village Merchants. Click here for more information on how to view the parade.

Holiday Fireworks

Dec 6 & 20 at 7:30-8pm

Cap off your evening with festive fireworks starting at 7:30 p.m. launching near Beach Village. Park and view the show from your car at a beachside park.

Drive-in Movie

Dec 12 & 19, 4:30-6:30pm

Join us for a special drive-in movie presentation of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” at the Jekyll Island Convention Center Parking Lot. Find your parking spot and tune in to the movie using your car radio. This event is free and open to the public. All are welcome.

  • 4:30 p.m.: Convention Center Parking Lot opens
    Parking is first-come, first-served
    Spaces marked with a star are prime viewing locations
  • 5:15 p.m.: Santa arrives
    Santa will ride in on a fire truck to throw candy to children
  • 5:30 p.m.: Movie begins
    Shut off your headlights to view the movie
    Tune in to 89.7 FM to hear the movie




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