There is no more magical or romantic way to start the Holiday Season than with Illumination Night! Begin the celebration with a cocktail hour and holiday jazz in glorious Live Oak Hall. Stroll the grounds or take wagon tours. Come early to explore the gorgeous riverside plantation grounds before dark when ancient oaks will be transformed into a Starry Night fairyland.
In the twilight just before dinner, guests will be given candles before gathering on the Riverside Lawn for caroling and the lighting of our enormous 24' Christmas tree. From there, revelers will be led through an avenue of lighted trees to the river. Then, the candles, representing holiday hopes and dreams, will be set free on the tide to illuminate the night and begin the holiday season.
Returning to Live Oak Hall, enjoy a concert by the Holiday Harmonies Octet, long-time holiday favorite at the famed Elizabeth's on 37th in Savannah. Revelers will usher in the ceremonial boar's head and sing the traditional Boar's Head Carol signaling the beginning of the feast!
After dinner, enjoy wagon rides through the beautiful Starry Forest and throughout the illuminated grounds. Stops include Palmyra Cottage, Palmyra Barn B&B and the majestic Cathedral Oak Grove, a fire pit and with hot cocoa and marshmallows for roasting, and the Holiday Shop featuring unique gifts and decorations. Live Oak Hall will remain open with a cash bar, non-alcoholic beverages and music until 10:30 p.m.
Ages 8 & up only. Seating is limited. Discounts are available for tables of 10. Please call for details and group reservations.
4:00-5:45: Wagon shuttles leave parking lot every 15 minutes. Stops at Live Oak Hall, Gift Shop, and tours at Palmyra Barn and 1840s-era Palmyra Cottage
4:30-5:45: Mulled wine and cocktail hour with hors d’oeuvres and Christmas jazz at Live Oak Hall.
6:10: Giant tree lighting
6:15: Riverside candle ceremony—a Dunham Farms original tradition
6:35: Guests seated for Holiday Harmonies concert
7:00: Arrival and presentation of ceremonial Boar’s Head and singing of the traditional Boar’s Head Carol
7:05: Dinner begins
7:30: Dessert, coffee and Holiday Harmonies encores. Music and cash bar service continues until 10:30.
7:45: Wagons shuttles begin between Live Oak Hall, Palmyra Cottage, Palmyra Barn B&B, the Gift Shop, and a beautiful Starry Night Forest tour. Shuttles also return to the parking lot.
Assorted Hors D’oeuvres
Pork Sauerbraten with Gingersnap Sauce
Spicy Red Cabbage
Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon
Seeded Breads and Hot Rolls
Creme de Menthe Brownies
Coffee and Tea
Cash bar remains open serving wine, holiday cocktails and soft drinks.
Ticket Prices & sales
All prices include food, one drink ticket, all activities, tax and service, & 20% discount on Gift Shop and Dunham Farms gift certificate purchases.
Adults (18-61) $55.00
Seniors (62+) $49.50
Child (8-17) $45.00
Table (10 persons) $450.00
Advance tickets only. Reservations close at noon on December 3, 2015. Reserve your tickets by calling (912) 880-4500 or by ordering below:
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... for going green
Dunham Farms is known for being conservation focused. Our Holiday Festival is "green" as well as festive! We use environmentally-friendly LED lights, decorations are recycled for years to come, and many are handmade or are made from found materials.
... for giving back
Festival proceeds benefit the non-profit, award-winning Seabrook Village Foundation. Seabrook Village is a unique, African-American living history museum on the Georgia coast.
The Seabrook community was established through federal land grants made possible by General Sherman's "forty-acres-and-a-mule" policy. Freedmen settled as landowners on the lands they had worked as slaves. Armed with little but their freedom, a plot of land, and the determination to build a brighter future, the freedmen of Seabrook represent the African-American Pioneer Experience. Courtesy of americantowns.com.
The Spirit of Christmas and friends take a moment to pet one of the farm's horses.
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