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Tybee Island offers holiday activities
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Lights On for Tybee Celebration

• 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2
• Mayor Jason Buelterman lights the Christmas tree at the Tybrisa/Strand Roundabout on the east end of the street
• Includes entertainment, extended store hours, special offers and complimentary refreshments
• Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will make a special appearance

Tybee Island Christmas Parade

• 1 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 3, from the 14th Street parking lot to the YMCA on 5th Street
• Old-fashioned Christmas parade filled with the spirit of the season

Holiday Shop-n-Stroll

• Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 3-4
• Find gifts for everyone on your shopping list
• Shoppers can obtain raffle tickets from the merchants they do business with to register for special drawings Saturday evening
Tybee Floating Christmas Parade

• Departs from the dock at the Crab Shack at 7:15 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10
• Features boats, skiffs and yachts decorated in holiday finery

New Year’s Eve Fireworks

• Ring in 2012 at the stroke of midnight on Saturday, Dec. 31
• Enjoy fireworks display from the pier, the beach or wherever you choose.
• Tybee Island Tourism Council will offer free on-island New Year’s Eve shuttle to help revelers ring in the new year safely

Polar Bear Plunge

• Offers opportunity to jump into the Atlantic Ocean for a brisk and refreshing way to start the New Year
• At noon on Sunday, Jan. 1, don your favorite costume and gather at the pier on the island’s south end for an invigorating dip

For the third consecutive year, Tybee for the Holidays will offer plenty of family-friendly fun to brighten the holiday season. Special holiday activities are planned from Thanksgiving Day through New Year’s Day.
“Tybee for the Holidays offers the perfect way to spend quality family time together this holiday season,” said Chantel R. Morton, Better Hometown Program coordinator for the city of Tybee Island. “With a variety of activities and relaxing island experiences among the holiday lights and decorations, the island sparkles with old-fashioned magic.”
Tybee for the Holidays is an annual series of events jointly sponsored by the city of Tybee Island, Tybee Island Better Hometown Program and the Tybee Island Tourism Council. The events attract visitors from across the Southeast and around the country.
“We warmly invite the public to celebrate the holidays the Tybee Island way,” Tybee Island Mayor Jason Buelterman said. “There is no better place to celebrate Thanksgiving, Christmas or Hanukkah — and to ring in the New Year — than on Tybee Island. We specialize in family-friendly fun all year-round.
“Plus, shopping on Tybee lends itself to a relaxed and stress-free experience. There are a variety of eclectic gifts at island shops, including many made by local artisans, which makes the season’s gift-giving more unique and meaningful.”
For more information about Tybee for the Holidays and for a complete schedule of events, go to

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