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Friday, December 11, 2015 - 5:31pm

Coastal Ga. Weekend: Savannah And Coastal Events Dec. 11-13

Scott West, founder of Savannah Master Calendar, and Molly Swagler, vice president of the Tourism Leadership Council offer up some ways to have fun and get into the holiday spirit this weekend.

Molly’s picks:

-Savannah kids have quite a few chances to meet Santa this weekend. Tell your Christmas wishes to the big guy after you check out the Gingerbread Village and hear a story from Mrs. Claus at Christmas at the Westin, Friday-Sunday, 5-9 p.m.; $5. Or meet him outdoors during Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens’ December Nights and Holiday Lights event, Saturday, 7-8 p.m.; $8 general, $5 children 3-12, free for kids 2 and under. Both events run through Christmas.

-Enjoy a holiday tradition live with the Savannah Children’s Theatre’s production of A Charlie Brown Christmas. Along with the show, enjoy interactive fun like a hot cocoa bar. Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m., Sunday, 3 p.m.; $20 adults, $15 children, seniors and military. Runs Dec. 18-20 as well.

-View Tybee Island lit up for the holiday season from the best possible vantage point: the lighthouse. A Tybee Lighthouse Christmas also takes visitors back in time to see how the lighthouse keeper and his family celebrated the season in the 1930s and 40s. Friday and Saturday, 6:30 p.m.; $20 adults, $15 children, free for children under 5.

-Get your grown-up celebration on at Club One with a Christmas party benefiting Greenbriar Children’s Center. The ladies of Club One will perform their signature outrageous show. Saturday, 10:30 p.m.; $20 children’s gift for entry.

-Take the kids to a special family-friendly edition of the Savannah Philharmonic’s Holiday Pops concert at the Lucas Theatre. The one-hour show features the Savannah Children’s Choir. Saturday, 3 p.m.; $25 for four tickets, $10 individual tickets.

-Celebrate Chanukah with Savannah’s prominent congregations at the Savannah Jewish Federation’s Chanukah Torch Relay. The relay race includes four stations along a 4.8 mile route from Mickve Israel to the Jewish Education Alliance. Each station will also collect gently-used blankets and coats. The race ends with a communal Chanukah lighting. Sunday, 3-5:30 p.m.

Scott’s picks:

-Kids have yet another chance to meet Santa at the Savannah Children’s Museum and Georgia State Railroad Museum’s Santa on the Train. Visitors can enjoy crafts, face-painting and wintry treats - and the first 1,300 people to purchase tickets get to take a holiday train ride featuring festive music and jolly ol’ St. Nick himself. Saturday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; $15.

-Party Latin style at the 16th annual Latin Festival at Our Lady of Guadalupe in Port Wentworth. Enjoy pinatas, folklore, food and more - plus Santa, the busiest guy in Savannah this weekend. Friday, 6:30 p.m., Saturday, 11 a.m.

-Support local pets at Savannah’s most pet-friendly run: TailsSpin’s Woof Woof 5K. Chow down on pancakes after the race, and be sure to enter your pet in the costume contest. Proceeds go toward fighting pet cancer and local pet rescues. Saturday, 7:30 a.m.; $30 race registration.

-Celebrate the season with longtime local market Polk’s Plus in Pooler at the Christmas Festival. Get in some holiday shopping with unique arts and crafts vendors, buy your Christmas tree and poinsettias and meet Santa Claus himself. Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

-Get more than just produce at the Wilmington Island Farmer’s Market Saturday, when the market will host its Christmas Tag Sale. Get some unique or hard-to-find gifts, or donate your own items to help support the market. Saturday, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

-Steep yourself in a truly southern Christmas with a reading of Truman Capote’s “A Christmas Memory.” The tale from his childhood details his Christmas traditions, including a quest to make an annual fruitcake. Retired Armstrong English professor Robert Strozier will read the story at the Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home. Sunday, 4 p.m.