The Oaks at Jekyll Island Club photo by Kathy Miller

It’s that time of year when families, businesses and towns light up their trees, streets, homes and yards with millions of Christmas lights.  A favorite Christmas tradition in most families involves driving around neighborhoods to see all the lights and Christmas interpretations.  A few years ago our family discovered the Christmas Light Tour on Jekyll Island on the Georgia coast.

The Holly Jolly Jekyll Christmas Light Tour

November 25- January 8 has many fun events, but we love to take the self guided driving tour.

This year we decided to celebrate the holiday season with a family sleepover at The Jekyll Island Club.

Jekyll Island Club and Annex photo by Kathy Miller

Jekyll Island Club photo by Kathy Miller

 We stayed in The Annex which is connected to the main building and has wonderful adjoining glassed in porches, which was great for sunset watching, and cocktail time.

The Annex at Jekyll Island Club photo by Kathy Miller

Kaki and Parks enjoy sunset from our glassed in porch photo by Kathy Miller

Sunset at Jekyll from the Annex photo by Kathy Miller

The driving tour begins as you arrive on the island.  The trees in the median are lit up in every color combination with whimsical light displays of peacocks, stars, trains, flowers, trees, you name it.

Follow the route to The Roundabout Tree with thousands of lights on an old oak tree. Then to the Beach Village Lights, the Oceanfront lights, and  to my favorite, The Twelve Days of Christmas. Count the Twelve Days of Christmas with whimsical displays lining Shell Road

“Ten Lords A Leaping”

Twelve Lords a Leaping photo by Kathy Miller

finally ending up meandering through The Jekyll Island Club with its majestic oaks all lit in spectacular fashion.

Heavenly lights photo by Kathy Miller

Thousands of multicolor lights photo by Kathy Miller

The Millers at Jekyll Island Club photo by Kathy Miller

James, Carrie and Parks photo by Kathy Miller

Aunt Lizzy and Parks photo by Kathy Miller

The Jekyll Island Club is decorated with fantasy trees and beautiful mantle displays.

James and Parks in the hotel lounge photo by Kathy Miller

Parks in awe of Christmas lights

Our 1 night 2 day trip included lunch at The Wharf, on the river, adjacent to The Jekyll Island Club, dinner at their Ocean Club and then breakfast the next morning in the Grand Dining Room.  When not eating or driving the light tour we managed a history of the hotel tour, including a trip upstairs to The Turret Room.

Carrie and Parks on the Turret at Jekyll Island Club

Carrie, James and Parks on The Turret photo by Kathy Miller

There’s so much to do…walking the property, touring historic cottages, shopping in the Village, touring  Faith Chapel which has the Bourne Memorial Window by Tiffany…all part of the property’s fascinating history.

If you don’t want to spend the night it is definitely worth a day trip…the cost to get on the island is $8 per day…Just be sure you stay until dark to see the light tour! Don’t let my few pictures lessen your desire to see over a million lights!

This is such a special time of year!  We’re enjoying showing Parks all our family traditions.

Wishing you and yours the very Merriest Christmas, Season’s Greetings, and Happy New Year!

Come celebrate with me.  I’ll save you a seat at the table.

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