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Thursday, December 17, 2015 - 11:51am

Coastal Ga. Weekend: Savannah And Coastal Events Dec. 17-20

Amy Condon, associate editor of Savannah Magazine, and Jessica Leigh Lebos, community editor of Connect Savannah, offer up some ways to get into the holiday spirit this weekend.

-Explore the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens all lit up for the holidays at December Nights and Holiday Lights. The festivities include six acres of lights and lighted displays to walk through, as well as a model train display. Mrs. Claus will be on hand for storytime on select nights. Nightly through Christmas Eve, 6-9 p.m.; $8 adults, $5 children, free for kids 2 and younger.

-Check out a twist on the tale of the season with Langston Hughes’s “Black Nativity,” presented by Performance Art Collective. The poet, playwright and activist tells the traditional Christmas story through the lens of the African American experience, incorporating traditional Christmas carols and gospel hymns. For the first time, this year’s performance will take place at Savannah Arts Academy’s auditorium. Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m., Saturday, 3 p.m.; $20.

-Sadly, we were mistaken in our conversation about the Magic Men Live show; it happened Wednesday night. But if you really need your Magic Men fix, they’re performing in Athens Thursday and Friday nights. Plus there’s always the movie.

Amy’s pick’s:

-Celebrate the season with some of Savannah’s favorite musicians at the Lucas Theatre’s Christmas Cabaret. Performers include Cecilia Arango, Trae Gurley and Jared Hall, offering up favorite carols and holiday jazz. The Thursday show is already sold out, so buy your tickets fast for the others. Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m.; $25.

-Jam out with a more Americana take on the holiday at the annual Homegrown Holiday Hoedown Friday at the Legion ballroom. Enjoy food from North Beach Bar and Grill and beers from Southbound while you listen to the tunes of City Hotel, The Train Wrecks, The Accomplices and Waits & Co. Tickets have sold out, but organizers say if some guests leave early they can let more enter, so you might have a shot to get in on the fun. Friday, 6:30-11 p.m.

-Take advantage of the warm weather to enjoy some time on Tybee - culminating in Tybee City Limits, Saturday at Tybee Post Theater. The night of live, local music features Payne Bridges, Andrew Gill’s Junkyard Trio and the Isaac Smith Band. Saturday, 7:30-10 p.m.; $10 general, $9 members.