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What To Do Christmas & NYE On Kiawah Island?

As winter descends upon the Lowcountry, a serene and enchanting atmosphere blankets the historic City of Charleston and its surrounding beach towns. Beyond the mild weather, sun-kissed beaches, and allure of winter golf and racquet sports, our local winter events and experiences define the true essence of a winter escape to the Lowcountry.

Planning a holiday to the beaches this winter season? Look no further! Kiawah Island is truly a magical & wonderful place to spend the holidays. In addition to the world-class golf, Kiawah also plays host to several truly unique and memorable events that make the holidays even that much more special. Check out some of our favorite holiday events and activities on Kiawah this winter season.

Local’s Tip: Please feel free to use and reference this tentative events calendar to help plan your trip to Kiawah Island!


HOLIDAY FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS

November 10 to December 31, 2023 | 5:30 PM to 10 PM
James Island County Park, SC

Kick off the holiday season at the Annual Holiday Festival of Lights, a mesmerizing three-mile driving tour adorned with more than 2 million interactive lights, themed zones, holiday shopping, and festive activities for the whole family! This season-long Charleston festival captures the true holiday charm of the Lowcountry in every essence! 

After your driving tour, immerse yourself in the seasonal spirit with a self-guided stroll through a Winter Wonderland. Take a train trip through the light displays on the Festival Express, ride the holiday carousel, schedule a visit with Santa Claus, take selfies at the holiday sand sculptures, and holiday shop to your hearts delight! In addition, the festival features a special events calendar with music performances, storytelling with Mrs Claus, reindeer workshops, and sunset dragon boat tours through the light displays. 

Nightly Activities | 6 PM – 10 PM
Santa Photo Package: Starting at $13.99
The Festival Express: $4 per person
Carousel Rides: $2 per person
Mingle with Kringle: $75 per family
Climbing Wall: $3 for two climbs
Dragon Boat Tour: $30 per person 

Festival Admission & Tickets

Admission prices vary based on the night, book in advance for the best deal. Pricing starts at $15 off-peak for a standard vehicle, $50 for a vehicle with 16-30 guests, and $150 for a larger vehicle with 31+ guests. 


CHRISTMAS ON KIAWAH ISLAND

December 24th and 25th, 2023
Kiawah Island Golf Resort

Get ready to eat, drink, and be merry in style at Kiawah Island Golf Resort this Christmas! Whether you’re planning to celebrate on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, you’ll find Lowcountry holiday favorites being served in style! Savor the rich traditions of the Feast of the Seven Fishes at Tomasso at Turtle Point, feast on fresh seafood in the Atlantic Room at The Ocean Course, or experience elegance overlooking the Atlantic Ocean in The Ocean Room at The Sanctuary. The options are endless, but reservations are required!  


NEW YEAR’S CELEBRATIONS

New Year’s Eve Family Celebration at Night Heron Park | 5:30 PM – 9 PM
Come celebrate New Year’s on Kiawah Island! The festivities kick off with the New Year’s Eve Family Celebration at Night Heron Park. This fabulous family event features live entertainment, kids activities, a delectable spread of roasted oysters and BBQ chicken, and festive fireworks to ring in the New Year.   

New Year’s Eve Dinners | 5:30 PM – 9 PM
For a more refined dining experience, reserve a table at one of Kiawah Island’s renowned restaurants to savor Lowcountry cuisine amidst an elegant ambiance. After dinner, head to The Sanctuary Lobby Bar, where the Andrew Thielen Big Band will have you dancing your way into 2024! 

Local’s Tip: Reservations are required! Make sure to make plans ahead of time.

List Of Restaurants
Jasmine Porch, The Ocean Room, The Lobby Bar: (877) 683-1234
The Atlantic Room on The Ocean Course: (843) 266-4085
Tomasso at Turtle Point: (843) 266-4070
Cherrywood BBQ & Ale House: (843) 266-4636
The Players’ Pub at Cougar Point: (843) 768-2771 

New Year’s Day Polar Plunge | 11:45 AM to 12:45 PM
Ring in 2024 with a New Year’s Day Dip in the Atlantic Ocean! Kiawah Island Golf Resort’s Annual Polar Bear Plunge takes place on the beach in front of The Sanctuary. Expect water temperatures around 600F, not too icy! The event is free. Participants must bring their own towels. 

New Year’s Day Breakfast & Brunch | 12 PM to 3 PM
Chilly ocean dips not your thing? The Jasmine Porch at The Sanctuary is open for breakfast (6:30 AM – 11 AM) and brunch (12 PM – 3 PM) on New Year’s Day. Indulge in an extensive array of Lowcountry breakfast traditions including savory classics, sweet indulgences, and signature cocktails served with true Southern hospitality. Reservations required.


Experience the Lowcountry events in Charleston by day, and the charm of a coastal vacation rental to call home when you stay with Kiawah/Seabrook Exclusives. Browse our exclusive collection of Seabrook Island rentals online or call our team at (843) 768-0808 to customize your vacation experience.

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