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Savannah Christmas Market Plant Riverside District to Offer Family-Friendly Holiday Fun



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The Kessler Collection’s Plant Riverside District – the largest redevelopment in the history of Savannah’s National Historic Landmark District – is pleased to announce the debut of Savannah Christmas Market Plant Riverside District, the Hostess City’s newest and most exciting family-friendly holiday tradition.

The Savannah Christmas Market will sparkle with holiday charm from Friday, November 27, 2020 through Sunday, January 3, 2021 at Plant Riverside District, located at 400 W. River Street in the heart of historic Savannah.

“We think it’s important for the Savannah community to celebrate the holidays together and wanted to create a beautiful event that gets everyone in the mood for Christmas,” said Richard Kessler, Chairman and CEO of The Kessler Collection. “Over the years, I’ve visited Christmas Markets in Austria, Germany and Italy. We wanted to bring that festive tradition to Savannah for the first time.”

Overlooking the Savannah River at a 4.5-acre waterfront hospitality and entertainment destination, the Savannah Christmas Market Plant Riverside District will officially open on Friday, November 27 at noon and will be a must-see destination in the heart of one of America’s most beautiful cities. A wide range of holiday-themed events, live performances and family-friendly activities are planned for November 27 and 28, including a Christmas Market, Tree Lighting Ceremony, Kid’s Corner and Savannah Harbor Boat Parade of Lights followed by a fireworks show directly across the river from Plant Riverside District.

The Savannah Christmas Market Plant Riverside District blends European and Southern holiday traditions and is designed to appeal to area residents as well as visitors from across the region and around the world.

Savannah Christmas Market Plant Riverside District highlights include the following:

Savannah Christmas Market 

Nov. 27 – Jan. 3 

A European-style market with vendor displays will showcase an exceptional selection of high-quality holiday gifts as well as specialty holiday-inspired food and beverage items.

Tree Lighting Ceremony 

Nov. 27 at 6 p.m. – Plant Riverside Amphitheatre and Plant Riverside Montgomery Park

Featuring performances by the Savannah Children’s Choir, Roger Moss reading A Christmas Story and a candlelight processional, followed by an appearance by Santa Claus, live music, live performances and a holiday fountain show.

Savannah Harbor Boat Parade of Lights and Fireworks Show 

Nov. 28 at 7 p.m. – Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, Riverwalk, VIP seating at Electric Moon

Open seating at MLK Park, with viewing on the Riverwalk. VIP seating for ages 21+ at Electric Moon for $30 per person, which includes a holiday gift bag and choice of a glass of Kessler wine, Bud Light Ugly Sweater Seltzer or Budweiser beer. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. over the Savannah River directly across from Plant Riverside District, with holiday performances by the Fabulous Equinox Orchestra at 5:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

Kid’s Corner 

Nov. 28 noon-3 p.m. & Nov. 28 11 a.m.-4 p.m.– Plant Riverside Montgomery Park

Children’s activities including letters to Santa, ornament decorating, holiday card making, cookie/gingerbread decorating and holiday wreath and popcorn garland making. Storytime on Nov. 28 at 11 a.m. with a special guest.

Photos with Santa 

Nov. 27 – Dec. 24 – Plant Riverside Montgomery Park

Available on Nov. 27 from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Starting Nov. 28, available daily from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Charitable Donations 

Nov. 27 & 28

$1 from the sale of all beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) will be donated to New Ebenezer Retreat Center and the Treutlen House, A Safe Home for Boys in Rincon, Ga.

“Plant Riverside District is Savannah’s entertainment district, so it’s the perfect place for the Savannah Christmas Market,” said Kessler. “We’re looking forward to this year’s event and plan to make the Savannah Christmas Market even bigger and better in the future.”

Attendees can use parking code 10153664 from the City of Savannah to receive free parking at electronic meters on River Street for Opening Weekend. The code is valid on Nov. 27 and 28 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Savannah Christmas Market hotel packages, featuring stays at the acclaimed JW Marriott Savannah Plant Riverside District, are available.

Event sponsors include Savannah Harbor Foundation, Southern Eagle Distributing, Service Brewing, Savannah Distributing, Batasiolo SPA, Ranco Events and Kennickell Group.

A complete Savannah Christmas Market Plant Riverside District schedule of events is available online at

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