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.
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.
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 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”
finally ending up meandering through The Jekyll Island Club with its majestic oaks all lit in spectacular fashion.
The Jekyll Island Club is decorated with fantasy trees and beautiful mantle displays.
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.
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.