Only in its second year, the Savannah Harbor Festival of Lights is no doubt a spectacular holiday adventure. It’s a drive-through light experience that showcases at least 80 larger-than-life displays. There are surprises hidden behind every twist and turn, including additional events and entertainment!
One of those is the Staples Safari Zoo. It was established three generations ago to aid in rehabbing exotic and domestic animals. The goal of the zoo is to give these animals a happy ending. That’s made possible through the efforts of Brian Staples. Staples made a life commitment to animal conservation. He works to support the zoo and educate people about the plight of endangered species and the importance of their influence in the world we live. Staples Safari animal shows help rescue and care for more than 100 animals that could not have been returned to the wild. In the Staples Safari Zoo in Savannah, you will find an exotic animal viewing area, live shows, pony and camel rides and a petting zoo. The safari tent features lions, tigers, panthers, primates and other rain forest animals! You’ll be able to make contact with exotic and domestic animals in the petting zoo. For example, there’s a rare Bactrian camel and baby Yak to the Alpaca. But there’s much more. See Israeli sheep, Pygmy goats, swans and kangaroos! Be amazed by more than 22 primates, along with a tiger, black panther, monkeys and tiger. Stop by the live nativity scene, and last but not least, take a pony or camel ride on an animal that’s domesticated and safe!
All of this will be ongoing from November 29, 2013 through January 1, 2014. Presented by the Savannah Harbor Foundation and Savannah Morning News, the 2nd annual Savannah Harbor Festival of Lights will include many special events. There will be a Savannah Harbor Foundation Boat Parade of Lights on Saturday, November 30, and the Coastal Starz Dance Company will perform “The Dancing Grinch that Stole Christmas” on Friday, December 13. “Cool Yule” will be performed by the Gretchen Greene School of Dance on Saturday, December 14, and there will be several musical ensembles throughout the month.
Here’s the full schedule for the Festival of Lights:
Friday, November 29 – Sunday, December 1 – 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Thursday, December 5 – Sunday, December 8 – 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Thursday, December 12 – Sunday, December 15 – 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Wednesday, December 18, 2013 – Sunday, January 1, 2014 – 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
One of the best parts about the festival is that it’s for a good cause. It actually benefits several! The Festival of Lights and the Savannah Harbor Foundation raised over $23,000 last year for charities like Bethesda Academy, Interfaith Hospitality Network, Greenbriar Children’s Center and Lowcountry Down Syndrome. More than 3,000 trolley passengers and 30,000 visitors turned out. In its second year, the Savannah Harbor Foundation will support the World Ocean School and the Empty Stocking Fund, among others.
Now that you are making plans to stop by the Festival of Lights, we encourage you to reserve a room at the Presidents’ Quarters Inn, a historic Savannah bed and breakfast. Click here to view our rooms and rates.