Activities to Celebrate the New Year in Tybee Island

With year winding down, everyone’s focus right now is on Christmas.  While Tybee island is a great coastal destination to spend Christmas at, there are also other events taking place after the holiday that will make you want to stick around.

·         New Year’s Eve Fireworks – What better way to ring the New Year than on the Tybee Pier overlooking the beach and ocean.  At the stroke of midnight, the gentle lapping of waves and hum of conversation will give way to a brilliant display of fireworks.  You can watch from one of the many restaurants or bars, on the pier itself, or immerse yourself in the moment on the soft, sandy beach.

·         Tybee Polar Plunge – After you finish ringing in the New Year, join locals and visitors for the 12th Annual Tybee Polar Plunge on January 1st.  This is a popular yearly event where everyone dons their favorite bathing suit and swim cap to take an invigorating dip in the Atlantic.  Participants are encouraged to wear crazy costumes or hats as they leap into the waves.  All participants this year will get to participate in a Guinness World Records Official Attempt to break the record for the “Largest Gathering of People Wearing Swim Caps”.  The Guinness Attempt takes place at 11:45am and the Polar Plunge happens at noon by the Tybee Island Pier and Pavilion at Tybrisa St. and Strand Ave, so be sure to get their early to register.

·         Critz Tybee Run Fest – Taking place Friday, February 3rd and Saturday, February 4th is an event that takes place far enough from the holidays to give you time prepare, while at the same time close enough for you to work off those excess holiday meals.  The Critz Tybee Run Fest is a 5 event marathon along the coast.  There is a 5K Friday night at the Lighthouse, a 10K Saturday morning, a half-marathon Saturday morning, a 2.8 mile beach run Saturday afternoon and a 1 mile run Saturday afternoon.  You can participate in one event or all 5 for a full 26.2 mile marathon.

After opening Christmas presents stick around the beautiful ocean-front town of Tybee Island and join these exciting events.  You’ll be able to ring in the New Year and enjoy the natural beauty of the island, all in one day.  Fill in the gaps in between by sampling the diverse cuisine, excellent accommodations and cool weather.

Which upcoming event will you choose?

Contact us here at the 17th Street Inn for more information about staying with us, things to do on Tybee Island including dining, nightlife, beach activities, must see attractions and events, and any other questions you may have about the area!  We would also love for you to connect with us on our Facebook Page.

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