A Christmas Family Getaway to Jekyll Island

A Christmas Family Getaway to Jekyll Island

What to do at Jekyll Island at Christmas time with Kids(This post is sponsored by the Jekyll Island Authority.  All thoughts and opinions are my own!)

We just got back from a little weekend getaway to Jekyll Island. We have been twice in the warmer months, and it's quickly become a family favorite, so it was really fun to experience it in the Christmas season.

what to do at Jekyll Island with kids at ChristmasWe stayed three nights at the dreamy Jekyll Island Club Resort, which is nestled in the beautiful historic district of the island.

We arrived in the evening, so we go too see ALL the Christmas lights first thing - the entrance is lined with Spanish moss draped live oak trees that are highlighted by countless twinkly white lights, and the front lawn has the biggest Christmas tree I have ever seen. (Go here to see a little video of the gorgeousness, and below is a photo of the girls in front of the gigantic tree!)

Jekyll Island at ChristmasWe explored the beautiful hotel in our Christmas pj's before bedtime (the entire place is brimming with Christmas cheer!), and then spent the next day walking around the historic grounds and looking at all the gorgeous Christmas decorations on all the cottages.

We also made a visit to the Georgia Sea Turtle Center (the girls' favorite!) and got to see a sweet rescue turtle getting a checkup and cleaning.  I think we watched for a good 30 minutes while their team worked hard to get little Penne healthy.

On Saturday, it was a bit warmer (the weather in South Georgia is usually pretty mild in the winter!), and we couldn't get away without spending some time at the beach in between all the Christmas activities. The temperature was in the mid to high 60's, so we were comfortable enough on the beach.  We mostly waded in the water, and enjoyed the hot tub at The Jekyll Ocean Club's gorgeous ocean front property (which also has an amazing restaurant!). 

Jekyll Island in the winter with kidsThe girls were thrilled to get some time at the ocean, and the beach has countless shells and treasures that they squealed over, and we have buckets full of shells and sand dollars.  We made necklaces for their teachers when we returned!

We spent the rest of the afternoon doing all the Christmas things - seeing Santa in the historic village . . .

making Victorian Christmas ornaments on the porch of the Indian Mound Cottage . . .

enjoying high tea at the hotel in the afternoon (so much fun!) . . .

and taking in the super fun and family friendly golf cart parade at the end of the evening.  The girls had so much fun running around under the magical Christmas lights!

We snuck in one last visit to the beach (and the hot tub!) our last morning before the girls said a tearful goodbye.

We had such a fun time, and it was honestly so wonderful to hit pause on all the Christmas craziness and get away as a family!  We enjoyed such a sweet time together - everyone was so welcoming and kind at Jekyll!  I can't recommend it enough as a getaway, especially with littles (check out all the holiday events they have taking place here!).  The pace is slow and sweet, and honestly it feels like going back in time a little - in the very best way!  There are no crowds, no rushing around, and cheery Christmas decor is literally draped everywhere, so you can't help but get in the spirit!  Plus, who can beat Santa and the beach, all at the same time?

We are so grateful to Jekyll Island for letting us enjoy a weekend away with our girls and soak in the season!

Thank you again so much to the Jekyll Island Authority for sponsoring this post! 


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