cid:image005.jpg@01D352EB.9A9C67D0Tybee Island, GA (November, 2017) – Experience Tybee in a different light this holiday season with distinctive culture, dining, shopping, and festive small town excitement on the coast. Decorations are being hung with care this week to ready the island for the holiday season which begins Thanksgiving Day and runs through New Year’s Day. Tybee for the Holidays offers family-friendly fun to brighten the season that all can enjoy.


A few highlights to note as the Tybee forthe Holidays 2017 season begins:

· Numerous island businesses are participating in Community of Caring. This year, donations are being collected throughout the season for the Rising TYde Community Food Pantry, the Animal Shelter, and the Children’s Hospital at Memorial so that the true spirit of the holidays can be shared with others. A list of needed items and participating drop-off locations is available at: http://www.tybeefortheholidays.com/community-of-giving.


No automatic alt text available.· Small Business Saturday® on Tybee is on November 25. Recognizing the importance of supporting small, independently-owned businesses in our community, the City’s Development Authority/Main Street Program is pleased to be a Neighborhood Champion for Small Business Saturday®. From city officials, to Tybee residents, to island visitors alike, all are encouraged to shop local this season. Visithttp://www.tybeefortheholidays.com/shop-local-saturday/ for participating businesses and locations.


· Lights on for Tybee Celebration begins at 6:30pm on Friday, December 1 when Mayor Buelterman lights Tybee’s Christmas tree downtown at the Tybrisa/Strand Roundabout. Following the tree lighting ceremony, there will be singing led by the TybeeArts Performing Society, an awards presentation by Tybee Beautification Association forthe best decorated businesses, and dance performances by students with The Studio. Plus, a variety of businesses will have extended store hours and complimentary refreshments throughout downtown as “snow” flurries fall to create a magical experiencefor the children. Ornaments hung on the Tybee Christmas Tree during this year’s Decorating Day on November 25 will include creations made by Tybee Island Maritime Academy students. This hometown celebration will conclude with Santa and Mrs. Claus making a grand entrance as The Studio performers welcome them in a special way with help from everyone attending.


· On Saturday, December 2, a variety of event for the holidays are taking place. Beginning at 10am is the Tybee Arts Association's House of the Christmas Mouse at the Arts Center. Then at 1pm, the annual Tybee Island Christmas Parade begins filling thestreets with festive floats and spirited parade participants leading Mr. and Mrs. Claus safely from the 14th Street parking lot to the Tybee Gym on 5th Street. Parade applications are currently being accepted. Once they arrive at the gym, they will spend time listening to children’s Christmas wishes and having photos taken. The YMCA will provide snacks and activities for all ages to enjoy. Then, that evening, a Girls Night Inn is taking place to benefit the Tybee Island Rising TYde Community Food Pantry andthe Lighthouse Christmas tours, where you can experience Christmas customs from days of the past, will begin.


Other activities, which include holiday-day dining, holiday shows and performances, two holiday lighted parades, tours, a “plunge” in theocean, and more add to the joy of the season on Tybee throughoutthe month. Tybee for the Holidays provides plenty of family-friendly fun to brighten the holiday season. All are welcome to witness thesplendor of the island from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day. Visit www.tybeefortheholidays.com for more information.


The City of Tybee Island, Georgia is the northernmost barrier island of Georgia. With a wild bird sanctuary, over three miles of ocean beaches, and salt marshes on the back river, outdoor recreation activities abound for residents and visitors to the island. As a key defense point to the important Savannah port, Tybee’s Fort Screven, Tybee Post Theater, Fort Pulaski, and the Tybee Island and Cockspur Lighthouses combined with the unique architectures of the island’s raised cottages form a rich backdrop for history buffs. Attracting a strong artistic community, there are several local art galleries. Keeping the island interesting year round are several art festivals, community based events and activities, and annual parades and festivals. The Marine Science Center cooperates with Georgia’s DNR to protect threatened sea turtle species by searching for nests, protecting their eggs, and making sure hatchlings make it to sea. For visitor information, stop by http://www.tybeevisit.com/, and to find more about the City of Tybee Island, visit our web site at http://www.cityoftybee.org/.


The Tybee Island Development Authority/Main Street Program is managed by a staff person and a volunteer board of directors and committees working with partners to ensure the vision of improving the quality of life for those that live, work, and visitTybee Island and enhancing the cultural experience while preserving the community's barrier island heritage. The program follows an annual work plan which improves aspects of the town, while focusing on economic development within the context of historic preservation to enhance the quality of life. With broad-based community support, it integrates a practical management strategy by using the proven Four-Point Approach®. For more information, visit http://www.cityoftybee.org/Development-AuthorityMain-Street-Program.


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