Friday, Nov. 29

The Apalachicola Christmas Celebration will light up Apalachicola from 4 to 8 p.m., the day after Thanksgiving. Merchants will be open late and the sounds of carolers will echo through the streets lined with luminaries and filled with holiday spirit. Santa will arrive on a shrimp boat at 4 p.m. at the City Dock on Water Street. Santa will hear children’s Christmas wishes and carolers will sing. The Raney House Museum will be decorated in holiday greenery and specially decorated trees and open late for tours with docents to tell visitors about the city’s early history.


Saturday, Nov. 30

Come shop small independently-owned stores on national Small Business Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Apalachicola. Art, jewelry, home décor, food or antiques, you'll find the perfect gifts, minus the crowds and the hassle of going to the mall. When you spend your dollars locally, more of your money circulates in the community, creating a more vibrant, sustainable economy that employs your family and neighbors. Whether it is a hardware store, restaurant, bookstore or a shop downtown, of every $100 spent in a locally-owned, independent store, $68 returns to the community through taxes, payroll and other expenditures

Santa will also be in town from 1 to 3 p.m. to visit with his furry friends. Bring your camera and take your pet’s picture with Santa for a donation to the Franklin County Humane Society. Pet costume contest at 3 p.m. and special treats for dogs.


Friday. Dec. 6

The annual St. George Island Island Lights will once again be held on the first Friday in December, mid-island in St. George Lighthouse Park.

The one-mile "Jingle Jog" starts at 4 p.m. on the bike path in front of the park and proceeds through the business district. It's a fun run and everyone is welcome! All runners receive Santa hats for their heads and jingle bells for their shoes. Runners should arrive a little before 4 p.m. to sign in. A $5 per runner donation is suggested at the run.

Santa is expected at 5 p.m., arriving by fire engine and providing gifts to children age 10 and younger. Refreshments including cookies, coffee, and hot chocolate will be provided to all. The island Scouts will be selling hot dogs. In the event of rain, many sturdy tents will be set up. View the lighting of the island palms at sundown.

The event is hosted by the St. George Island Business Association. For more information, watch


Saturday, Dec. 7

Why fight the crowds and traffic at the malls? Enjoy the Holiday Fresh Market in downtown Apalachicola. Shop in a relaxed, hassle-free environment. Buy hand-crafted Apalachicola specialties from fresh seasonal wreaths to vintage European glass bead jewelry. For more information, call 653-9419.