Christmas in Savannah

Dec 3rd, 2010, 09:19 AM
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Christmas in Savannah

My husband and I will be in Savannah, GA, during Christmas. Need suggestions on what to see, places to eat (would any restaurants be open on Christmas Day?), and midnight (literally midnight!) Christmas Eve services, any denomination.
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Dec 3rd, 2010, 09:50 AM
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My favorite church for Christmas Eve service would be Christ Church. They have not posted their Dec services yet -

My favorite restaurant is nearby - The Pink House
I'd call to see if they are open on Christmas and make a reservation

Search here for events for the dates you'll be there 0
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Dec 3rd, 2010, 10:46 AM
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Starrs, many thanks for your superb suggestions. I called the church and the Pink House; there will be a midnight service, and the Pink House will be open on Christmas Day! I'll check the calendar links for further information on things to do while in Savannah.
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Dec 3rd, 2010, 01:20 PM
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Do not miss the bar at the Pink House called the Planters Bar. Cozy intimate room with a piano player. Have your dessert down there

We also ate a great italian restaurant while there last month, Garibaldi's. Beautiful room with gold accents and mirrors everywhere. I'm not a huge Italian food person, but my fish was excellent.
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Dec 3rd, 2010, 01:36 PM
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I agree with Garibaldi's. It's my #2 spot on the rare occasion that the Pink House is not available. They are managed by the same group so any of the Dining Group South restaurants are winners -

I love the tavern downstairs too. Sometimes we go early and have a drink and even an appetizer if the reservation is for a late time, or go down afterwards for coffee and dessert. It's especially nice when the big fires are burning and Gail Thurmond is playing the grand piano. Very nice. Be careful going down the outside stairs in winter. We don't have a lot of buildings that date back to the 1700's and it's wonderful to imagine the history that building has seen.
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Dec 5th, 2010, 11:24 AM
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Cathedral of St. John the Baptist (RC) can be SRO unless you are early.
In addition to Pink House, Sapphire Grill, Cha Bella's, Local 1011, and Elizabeth's on 37th are top notch. I'd be surprised if open on Xmas day.
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Dec 5th, 2010, 11:40 AM
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Those cheese straws at Pink House always remind me of my grandmama. It's a wonderful place to eat!
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Dec 7th, 2010, 08:33 AM
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Thanks for all the great restaurant suggestions! We'll be in Savannah a few days, so you've given us some wonderful choices. Another question, for Christmas Eve: I've seen mixed reviews on the Savannah dinner boat cruise, would appreciate your opinions. Offhand, I think not, as my husband and I are in the mood more for quiet, together time than for a party/dance atmosphere.
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Dec 7th, 2010, 08:41 AM
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We loved Savannah on our visit there several years ago. I put together a file while planning our trip and would be happy to send you a copy if you'd like. E-mail me at [email protected]

I imagine Savannah is gorgeous at Christmastime. We got an e-mail the other day from the Ballastone Inn where we stayed. What a place!
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Dec 7th, 2010, 09:57 AM
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suewoo, check out Geraldine's Bodacious Cheese Straws (hopefully) at a grocery store near you -
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Dec 24th, 2010, 11:54 AM
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Here in Savannah tonight. Love it totally, its undertated but meaningful and historic decorations, historic atmosphere preserved. Hopefully, midnight Mass tonight. Reservations at Pink House tomorrow. Giovanna, meant to send for your suggestions/trip report, but the time just slipped away. Thanks so much! Just have to find the Geraldine's Bodacious Cheese Straws! Happy Holidays to all.
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Dec 25th, 2010, 06:24 AM
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starrs thanks! mary, you'll get delicious cheese straws at the great Pink House.Have a great time!
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