This year, and this year only, Jekyll Island is having a special festival that merges some of the most-beloved elements from the Shrimp & Grits Festival and the Tree Lighting celebration into a new, two-day event – Merry Shrimpmas! Hurricane Irma couldn't keep the shrimps down!
Merry Shrimpmas will feature shrimp & grits dishes, live music, and an artists’ market for holiday shopping. Younger festival-goers can take in story time with Santa Claus and play in the kids’ zone. Festivities will culminate Saturday evening with the lighting of the great Jekyll Island Christmas Tree.
November 24-25, 2017 | Jekyll Island Historic District
Friday, Nov. 24: 2-8 p.m. & Saturday, Nov. 25: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Shrimp & Grits
We believe that good food brings us all together. For two days, you’ll enjoy a variety of local restaurants sharing their favorite recipe for shrimp & grits. Who will be your favorite?
Friday, 5-8 p.m.
On Friday evening, all shrimp & grits vendors will offer a 6-ounce serving of their signature shrimp & grits dish for $5. We dare you to pick a favorite.
Looking to diversify your meal or for a sweet treat to top off your shrimp & grits? Let the food trucks tempt you with an assortment of dishes.
Ring in the holidays with the lighting of the Christmas Tree on the Main Lawn in Jekyll Island’s Historic District. Once the sun goes down Saturday night, the magic sets in as the Christmas tree is lit, accompanied by fireworks and snow!
In the Kids’ Zone, your little ones can jump, swing, bounce, run, and create their way to fun! This kid-friendly spot is sure to keep kids (and parents!) happy. Bounce it out on a variety of inflatable slides, bounce houses, and agility games. Some activities within the Kids’ Zone will require tickets, which can be purchased on-site.
Story Time with Santa
Catch Santa Claus on the front porch of historic Skeet House as he reads stories to children of all ages. This wonderful show will bring the magic of Christmas alive as children will be captivated by traditional and modern stories. After the show, Santa will take a group photo with the children and even pass out special treats. Do you have a letter for Santa? Leave it in Santa’s mailbox and we’ll make sure the elves deliver it to the North Pole. Be sure to bring your cameras as there will be plenty of of photo opportunities. Unfortunately, individual Santa visits will not be available at this event. Story Time will take place hourly throughout Friday & Saturday. A full schedule will be posted soon.
End your festival evenings out on The Wharf Friday and Saturday night! Join us Friday as Jamie Renee and The Walkers takes the stage, with Thunderbird to follow on Saturday night. Grab a drink and a bite to eat all while taking in Jekyll Island's best scenery!
The premier stage of the festival, it’s literally in the center of all the action, and adjacent to all of the delicious food, including the restaurants serving up shrimp & grits. The Main Stage will be packed with two days of talent. From favorite bands from throughout the coast to specialty acts for the holiday season, this stage will be a festival favorite.
Skeet House Stage
This stage is situated in the heart of the Artists’ Market on Pier Road. Located on the front porch of this historic Skeet House, this stage is the perfect place to sit with friends and take a break from the hustle & bustle of the festival, and will be filled with a mix of local bands and seasonal entertainment, including Story Time with Santa.
Learn more about Merry Shrimpmas here.