Celebrate Christmas Past and Present – Jekyll Island Foundation

Celebrate Christmas Past and Present

Detail of Faith Chapel’s altar window, “Adoration of the Christ Child.” Image courtesy of the Jekyll Island Museum.

Holidays in History tours showcase Christmas stories and traditions of the Gilded Age on Jekyll Island. Image courtesy of the Jekyll Island Museum.

Relax and explore Jekyll Island’s seasonal light displays with a Holly Jolly Light Tour.

By Andrea Marroquin, Museum Curator

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!  Visit Mosaic, Jekyll Island Museum to get in the holiday spirit, explore Christmas through the ages, and create your own festive memories in the present day. 

Reflect on the reason for the season with a visit to Historic Faith Chapel to view an American stained-glass masterpiece created by the father-daughter team of David and Helen Maitland Armstrong.  Faith Chapel’s altar window, “Adoration of the Christ Child,” was installed in 1905, just one year after Faith Chapel’s dedication.  Representing Isaiah 60: 1-6, it richly illustrates the story of Christ’s birth.  Depicting baby Jesus, his mother Mary, and the three magi, the window’s symbolism and imagery rejoices in the coming of the Lord and prophesies the Christ Child’s future.

Next, hop aboard a Holidays in History trolley tour to experience the glittering world of the Jekyll Island Club and discover how your favorite Christmas traditions originally came to be.  Many of the holiday rituals we love most at Christmas were created during the island’s Gilded Age, when it was renowned as a winter resort for the wealthy.  In fact, Jekyll Island Club families started some of our most cherished Christmas customs.  Enjoy the history of Jekyll Island enriched in seasonal splendor and discover how Jekyll Island’s historical inhabitants helped spread the spirit of Christmas to millions of Americans.

As evening falls, Jekyll Island transforms into a magical wonderland of twinkling lights and holiday cheer.  Take a Holly Jolly Light Tour to check out Jekyll Island’s extensive holiday light displays.  The whole family can sit back, relax, and view the lights from the Beach Village to the Historic District.   Trolley riders will enjoy festive holiday beverages, music, and a one-of-a-kind tour souvenir as Jekyll’s jolliest holiday trolley takes you to see over half a million lights around the island. 

A variety of festive experiences are available throughout the holiday season, from November 27 – January 3, 2020.  Visit Holly Jolly Jekyll to discover our full list of holiday activities on Jekyll Island. 

Contact Us

Jekyll Island Foundation

P.O. Box 13002, Jekyll Island, GA 31527
Phone: (912) 635-4100


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