While Thanksgiving has been the traditional starting gun for the race to Christmas, it seems the retailers haven’t waited this year to put up Christmas decorations or start “Black Friday” sales. Christmas in my mind is a Bing Crosby “Winter Wonderland,” but in the southeast, snow and sledding are less likely than rain and mud-bogging. In that tradition, southerners have all kinds of options for getting in a coastal Christmas spirit.
This weekend, travelers to North Myrtle Beach can enjoy the Intracoastal Christmas Regatta. Since 1984, the Regatta has kicked off the Christmas season in grand fashion. This year, the parade will begin at the Little River Inlet at 5 p.m. on Saturday, November 27, and will end at the Dock Holidays Marina at 7 p.m. Spectators and participants donate cash or unwrapped toys for local needy children and enjoy the sights of brightly lit boats floating down the Intracoastal Waterway.
Also on Saturday, the city of Savannah will