Celebrate the Season: Jekyll Island, Georgia

Nov 20 2013

by The Southern Coterie

You may be aware that Jekyll Island, Georgia was the winter retreat for some of America’s wealthiest and most influential individuals, dating back to 1886. Families such as the Morgan’s, Carnegie’s and the Rockefeller’s built mansion-sized family “cottages” and a grand Clubhouse on this remote island off the South Georgia coast as their winter “escape.” Over a span of 56 years, these elite enjoyed the mild winters and lush beauty of Jekyll Island, leaving behind a rich heritage in what is now a National Historic Landmark District, with many of the homes still in-tact and revitalized.


Take a step back in time and enjoying the holidays as they were celebrated throughout history, Jekyll is a perfect destination. Throughout the season, guests can enjoy timeless seasonal festivities, Below are a few highlights, and you can also read about more here.

  • Thanksgiving Dinner (Nov. 28) – The Jekyll Island Club Hotel will serve a four-course holiday dinner in the Grand Dining Room and at Crane Cottage.
  • St. Nicolas Day Celebration (Dec. 7) – A 1920s-style Christmas party hosted at the historic Villa Ospo cottage, featuring characters in period dress and timeless activities
  • Holidays in History (Dec. 7-28) – Daily tours inside the historic cottages of Jekyll Island, decorated in vintage style
  • Holiday High Tea (Dec. 10) – Traditional tea, sandwiches, soup, scones and holiday sweets, set to holiday music from Jekyll Island Club Hotel’s pianist
  • Santa Claus at Crane Cottage (Dec. 15) – A traditional visit from Jolly St. Nick himself!
  • Christmas Cookie Workshop (Dec. 18-19) – For guests interested in the timeless art of cookie decorating, hosted by the Jekyll Island Club Hotel’s pastry chef
  • Christmas Bagpiper (Dec. 19-24) – An authentic Scottish bagpiper heralds the season with free entertainment.


In addition, the outdoor lighting in the historic district will be among the most spectacular ever showcased on Jekyll Island. An all-new outdoor lighting system, which is “greener” and more unique than traditional outdoor holiday lights, will put an new spotlight on the historic oak trees of the historic island. The system creates shimmering effect that results in the appearance of fireflies dancing throughout the branches and leaves.


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