How to Have a Perfect Savannah New Year’s Eve 2016

Don Callahan
Don Callahan
Published on December 29, 2016

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Savannah is an elegant Southern city with picturesque cobblestone streets and gentle, whispering oak trees. But don’t be fooled by our quiet charm. We know how to party when it comes to the holidays! If you’re looking for some excitement this New Year’s Eve, make your way to Savannah, Georgia, and celebrate a fresh start in the Peach State. It will be a unique evening that’s both thrilling and glamorous – just like Savannah!

Plan the Ultimate Savannah New Year’s Eve

Savannah Riverboat New Year’s Eve Cruise

Ring in the New Year on the water with a Savannah Riverboat Cruise! You can choose from three different cruises including a 2-hour buffet dinner cruise, 4-hour gala cruise with a surf & turf buffet and champagne, or a New Year’s Eve Party Cruise that includes hours of dancing, live entertainment, party favors, and a midnight toast. Reservations are required in advance so don’t miss the boat!

Savannah City Market Celebration

Be sure to visit the Savannah City Market and welcome the New Year Southern style! Live music begins at 9 p.m. at the Wild Wing Cafe Stage and will continue rockin’ until 1 a.m. Plus, some of the best restaurants in the historic district are located in and around City Market. Be sure to make reservations early to get a front row seat! No tickets are required to attend and the event is free and open to the public.

4th Annual Up the Cup on River Street

For a wonderful night you won’t soon forget, experience a slightly non-traditional ball drop with a fun Savannah twist! Wet Willie’s counts down the seconds to the New Year as a six-foot to-go cup is raised over Rousakis Riverfront Plaza. When the clock strikes twelve, raise your cup and enjoy fireworks and music during this once-in-a-lifetime event.

Tybee Island New Year’s Eve Fireworks

If you’re looking to escape the cold weather for the holidays, try spending your Savannah New Year’s Eve at the beach! You can curl up in the sand on beach chairs or blankets and watch as the Tybee Island NYE Firework Display ushers in 2017 with a bang. The show begins at midnight and can be seen from many of the beachfront restaurants as well as the Walter W. Parker Pier.

Ossabaw overnight trip Register by 5 p.m. Dec. 26. Spend New Year’s Eve on Ossabaw Island, an overnight trip featuring a nature walk through Ossabaw’s maritime forest, a short history walking tour and s’mores and tales of Ossabaw Island around the fire pit after dinner. Admission includes Ossabaw pig roast dinner (with vegetarian options) and a Champagne toast under the stars to welcome 2017. Cost varies. Register at Get more info at [email protected] or 912-233-5104. Jekyll Island event 5 p.m. Dec. 31. Holiday Inn Resort at Jekyll Island, 701 Beachview Drive. Enjoy New Year’s Eve dinner and a party with a cash bar, DJ, dancing and a balloon drop and champagne toast at midnight. Lucky guests can win prizes including a bar tab, a free growler or a complimentary hotel night. Dinner from 5-10 p.m. includes two meal options: three courses at $49.95 per person or four courses at $59.95 per person. RSVP at 912-319-0033 or NYE cruises 5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Dec. 31. Savannah Riverboat Cruises, 9 E. River St. The dinner cruise boards at 5 p.m. with sailing from 6-8 p.m. Tickets include house entertainment and buffet dinner. Cost is $65.95 for adults, $39.25 for children ages 5-12 and free for kids 4 and younger. The party cruise boards at 8:30 p.m. with sailing from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Tickets include hors d’oeuvres, entertainment, party favors, midnight Champagne toast and cash bar. Tickets are $79.95 for ages 21 and older. The gala cruise boards at 8:30 p.m. with sailing from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Tickets include hors d’oeuvres, surf and turf buffet, live entertainment, party favors, bottle of house wine or champagne (per couple) and cash bar. Formal cocktail attire encouraged for gala cruise. Cost is $199 for ages 21 and older. Reservations required at or 912-232-6404. Wormhole NYE 6 p.m. Dec. 31. The Wormhole, 2307 Bull St. New Year’s Eve is a special night at The Wormhole, since it marks the bar and music venue’s anniversary. Celebrate eight years in business with live music from local acts all night and a free Champagne toast. Admission is free in advance or $5 at the door. Ages 21 and older only. Learn more at A Foxy New Year’s 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Dec. 31. Foxy Loxy Café, 1919 Bull St. DJ Jose Ray and Press Play will spin records and emcee in the courtyard. This is a weather-dependent event. Fire & Wine will run as usual and the kitchen will serve food until midnight. More info at The Night at Aqua Star 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Dec. 31. Aqua Star Seafood Kitchen, The Westin, 1 Resort Drive. Enjoy live music from The Tradewinds while you sip, shimmy and savor. Reservations are $106 for adults and $30 for children younger than 12 at Up the Cup Countdown 8 p.m. Dec. 31. River Street. Raise a toast to the New Year in true Savannah style at the Savannah Waterfront Association’s fourth annual Up the Cup Countdown. Don’t miss out on a digital light show, countdown clock and a non-traditional “ball drop” with a Savannah twist. Countdown the final seconds of 2016 as we raise a 6-foot to-go cup to the New Year, followed by a fireworks display. Free and open to the public. Learn more at NYE Bash 8 p.m. Dec. 31. The Chromatic Dragon, 514 MLK Jr. Blvd. DJ Oisin will offer live music all night, which includes a huge kickoff into 2017 with some Champagne. The Dirty Dolls will finish off the night with a unique routine of “Nerdlesque.” There’s no party without a costume contest, and this one will specifically pay homage to those we lost in 2016. More info at City Market New Year’s 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Dec. 31. Savannah City Market, 219 W. Bryan St. Every New Year’s Eve, City Market becomes Savannah’s celebration central. Live outdoor music continues throughout the evening and restaurants are open (reservations recommended.) Outdoor events are free and open to the public. Learn more at NYE Masquerade 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Dec. 31. Savannah Cocktail Co., 10 Whitaker St. Savannah Cocktail Co. requests your company to a beautifully mysterious masquerade party on New Year’s Eve. Ticket includes complimentary draft cocktail, midnight Champagne toast, passed hors d’oeuvres, music, photography and party favors. Tickets are $50 through Dec. 18 and $75 after Dec. 19. Ages 21 and older only. Get tickets at New Year’s at Jazz’d 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Dec. 31. Jazz’d. Tapas Bar, 52 Barnard St. Love is all you need in the New Year! Join Jazz’d for a Woodstock-themed New Year’s Eve party. Enjoy entertainment by The MS3, tapas for two, Champagne split, party favors and table seating for the night. Cost is $160 per couple. Ages 21 and older only. RSVP at Club One NYE 9 p.m. Dec. 31. Club One, 1 Jefferson St. Come ring in the new year with the Club One Cabaret and a complimentary Champagne Toast at midnight. Guests will also enjoy more than $5,000 in cash and prizes, including six annual all-access passes during the balloon drop. Doors open at 5 p.m. Cabaret shows are at 10:30 p.m. and 12:30 a.m. Ages 21 and older only. Learn more at NYE Jazz Gala 10 p.m. Dec. 31. Hyatt Regency, 2 W. Bay St. Enjoy music by guitarist Nick Colionne and special guest, saxophonist Jeff Kashiwa. Tickets are $139 and include the concert, light food, party favors and a toast at midnight. Get tickets at NYE Yoga Celebration 10:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Dec. 31. Savannah Power Yoga, 7360 Skidaway Road, Unit J-3. At this special evening of intentional practice, meditate on 2016 and identify the things for which you are grateful and the things you need to leave behind. You will also mindfully create intentions for something new in 2017. After an all-levels practice, ring in the new year with a fire ceremony to burn off the old and make space for the new. Bring a journal and pen and dress for in layers. Admission is $35 in advance or $40 at the door. Register at Tybee fireworks Midnight Dec. 31. Tybee Island Pier & Pavilion. Ring in the New Year on Savannah’s beach with a bang. Enjoy the fireworks show launched from Tybee Island’s Pier & Pavilion at the stroke of midnight. The celebration can be observed from the beach around the pier as well many of Tybee Island’s restaurants, night spots and even privately on some hotel balconies. More info at JAN. 1 Tybee Polar Plunge 10 a.m. Jan. 1. Tybee Pier & Pavilion. Plan your costumes for the Gang of Goofs Parade and Costume Contest before you plunge into the ocean at Tybee to kick off the new year. All proceeds benefit the nonprofit Tybee Post Theater. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for children and include a long-sleeved T-shirt. Learn more at First Day Avian Loop Hike 1 p.m. Jan. 1. Skidaway Island State Park, 52 Diamond Causeway. Enjoy an afternoon hike to learn the history of Skidaway Island, marsh plants and local animals. The 2-mile hike will last about 90 minutes. Parking fee is $5. Call 912-598-2300. SkateFest Noon, 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Jan. 1. Savannah Civic Center, 301 W. Oglethorpe Ave. Enjoy the last day of SkateFest. Sessions are 90 minutes long. Cost is $7 and includes skate rental. Get tickets at


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