Happy Holidays!!! Christmas on the River has been rescheduled, due to inclement weather forecasted this weekend. We will see everyone December 21st – 23rd to enjoy the Christmas spirit with music, lights, Santa, decorations and holiday cheer! Grab some hot chocolate and visit arts & crafts exhibitors with unique local holiday gifts and stocking stuffers. Choral performances, dance groups and live entertainment will take place on the Rousakis Plaza Stage all weekend long.
Festivities kick off Friday afternoon with lighting of our Christmas trees, performances by the Savannah Arts Academy Skylarks, Windsor Forest High School Concert Band and the So Unique Dance Company. Train Wrecks front man Jason Bible will keep things rolling with his soulful country sound on the Rousakis Stage Friday night.
Savannah Waterfront Association proudly announces the Savannah Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society as the Community Outreach partner for Christmas on the River. Representative Maci Varnell, has been selected as this year’s 2018 SWA Lighted Christmas Parade Grand Marshal! Maci was diagnosed at age 16 with Stage 2 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. She underwent 4 rounds of chemotherapy and is now in remission. She is a graduate of Effingham High School and has been an active volunteer for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society for the past 3 years. She says, “I like to help other people who are in the same situation that I was in.” Her personal hero is Kelley Cowan, the Child Life Specialist that worked with her family through her diagnosis. Maci wants to pursue a career as a Child Life Specialist.
“We are so grateful to have Maci as our Grand Marshal — her bravery, tenacity, and giving spirit is commendable”, says Victoria Freeman Smith, executive director of the Savannah Waterfront Association. “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”, Winston Churchill. “Let’s all give back now and throughout the new year.” A portion of our First Friday Fireworks donations and Kidz Zone activities will be donated to Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Savannah, continues Smith. SWA will collect donations throughout the weekend.”
Santa Claus will be taking photos with families and children on Saturday 11AM-3PM and Sunday 12- 4PM in Rousakis Plaza. Kids young and old can also create keepsake ornaments in the Waterfront Kidz Zone while enjoying the shopping and entertainment along River Street. Santa will also help us kick off the holiday season with the Lighted Christmas Parade at 5:30PM Saturday, December 22nd.
Weekend festivities continue Saturday & Sunday with performances from the Abeni Cultural Arts, Rhythm in Motion / Maxine Patterson School of Dance, Marilyn Youmans School of Dance, Coastal Arts Performance Academy- The Grinch, the 3rd Infantry Division Band & Kelly and Company Studios. Owen Plant and Danielle Hicks & the Resistance will provide the Saturday evening entertainment on the Rousakis Plaza Stage.
Savannah Waterfront’s Christmas on the River and Lighted Christmas Parade are hosted by the Savannah Waterfront Association. For a detailed schedule of events and parade route information, visit riverstreetsavannah.com.