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Kiawah Island Winter Event Calendar 23/24

Escape the crowds and discover the hidden gem of Kiawah Island this winter! Winter on Kiawah Island welcomes you with sunny coastal weather, wild beautiful beaches and fairways with fewer crowds, endless outdoor adventures at Night Heron Park, fresh succulent seafood, and seasonal events to experience the true charm of the South Carolina Lowcountry. Unlock the hidden gems of Kiawah Island’s winter as we dive into a line-up of captivating Lowcountry events that will make your season truly unforgettable – and snowbird rentals that’ll have you soaking up the sun in no time!


1. KIAWAH SPIRIT TASTING

Every Friday & Saturday | 1 PM to 5 PM
Kiawah Spirits, Freshfields Village

For the 21+, Kiawah Spirits in Freshfields Village offers complimentary spirit tastings every Friday & Saturday from 1 PM to 5 PM, while supplies last! Kiawah Spirits feature the top 200 spirit brands in the US including over 100 single malt scotches, over 110 small batch bourbons and ryes, and spirits from the top Charleston distilleries.


2. AQUARIUM AGLOW

Select Nights from November 16th through December 30th, 2023 | 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM
South Carolina Aquarium, Charleston

Aquarium Aglow, an enchanting holiday light extravaganza hosted at the South Carolina Aquarium is a must-visit during your winter vacation on Kiawah Island. The brilliance of tens of thousands of holiday lights transforms the aquarium into a true winter wonderland with Scuba Claus greeting guests from the Great Ocean Tank, live holiday entertainment, and a variety of food and refreshments (including alcoholic beverages) available for purchase. An elevated aquarium experience. only a short drive from Kiawah Island.   


3. DINING FOR A CAUSE

December 5, 12, 29, 2023 | 5 PM to 9 PM
FortyEight Wine Bar & Kitchen, Freshfields Village

Starting on September 19th through December 19th, the FortyEight Wine Bar & Kitchen in Freshfields Village will be hosting Dining For A Cause, every Tuesday evening. Guests can make a reservation on Resy for dinner between 5 PM and 9 PM and 50% of all dinner revenue will be donated to a local charity in the greater Charleston area. Click HERE for a list of local charities.


4. 45TH ANNUAL KIAWAH ISLAND MARATHON

December 9, 2023
West Beach Conference Center

Imagine running along the pristine Atlantic coastline, through lush maritime forests, and past scenic marshlands while being surrounded by the soothing sounds of ocean waves. This dream becomes a reality for runners participating in the Kiawah Island Marathon and Half-Marathon, held annually on Kiawah Island in December. The event starts and finishes at the West Beach Conference Center in West Beach Village. Here are some helpful links to the Half Marathon Race Route and Full Marathon Race Route. 


5. HOLIDAY STARLIGHT CINEMA SERIES

December 9 & December 16, 2024 | 6 PM
Freshfields Village Green

Pack up a picnic (or order to go from Freshfields Village!), bring along your chairs, blankets, and winter warmers, and enjoy a free holiday edition of the Starlight Cinema on the Village Green. Saturday, December 9th features The Polar Express, a magical adventure about bravery, friendship, and the spirit of Christmas. Saturday, December 16th features The Santa Claus, a hilarious and heartwarming holiday movie for the whole family. Join us for a spectacular kick-off to the holiday season on Kiawah Island


6. CARS & COFFEE

3rd Saturday of Every Month
Freshfields Village Green

Kiawah Island’s free Cars & Coffee event at Freshfields Village takes place on the 3rd Saturday of every month from 9 AM to 11 AM. Car enthusiasts of all ages arrive in style to show off their rides and mingle together admiring some of the coolest cars in the country including classics, supercars, antiques, and top-tier collectibles! King Bean coffee and breakfast are available for purchase at Java Java on the Village Green.

WINTER CARS & COFFEE DATES:
December 16, 2023
January 20, 2024
February 17, 2023
March 16, 2024


7. HOLIDAY FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS

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

Experience the enchantment of the holiday season at the Holiday Festival of Lights in nearby Charleston. Take a driving tour through James Island County Park adorned with millions of mesmerizing lights, visit Santa’s Village with festive train rides, an old-fashioned carousel, an enchanted walking trail, marshmallow roasting pits, and festive food stands, or plan your visit for the grand finale fireworks on New Year’s Eve.  


8. 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!  


9. 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! 

Reservations Required!

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.


10. LOWCOUNTRY OYSTER FESTIVAL

February 4, 2024
Boone Hall Plantation, 1235 Long Point Rd, Mt Pleasant

Winter brings the oyster harvesting season to the Lowcountry, along with the world’s largest oyster festival, the Lowcountry Oyster Festival at Boone Hall. This must-do Charleston winter festival features fun family-friendly activities, oyster shucking and oyster eating contests, live local music, and a true taste of quintessential Lowcountry traditions. Tickets go on sale this fall. 

EVENT SCHEDULE & TICKETS: Click HERE!


11. OYSTERS ON THE POINT

January – March, 2024
Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina

Coastal charm meets culinary delights at Oysters on the Point, an annual event at the Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina. This popular once-a-month winter series takes place on the beach with views of the Charleston waterfront, buckets of steamed oysters, beers and cocktails, and beach bonfires and s’mores to end the evening. 2024 Event Schedule coming soon! 

EVENT SCHEDULE & TICKETS: Click HERE!


12. CHARLESTON RESTAURANT WEEK

January 11 – January 21, 2024
Charleston, SC

The next Charleston Restaurant Week is from January 11-21, 2024. As one of the highly anticipated culinary events in Charleston, this eleven-day celebration highlights Charleston’s best restaurants and the world-renowned cuisine of the Lowcountry. With local transportation options available, you can seamlessly transition from savoring the city’s flavors to basking in the natural beauty of Kiawah Island.


13. 16th ANNUAL GOURMET & GRAPES

February, 2024 (TBA)
The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort

There’s no need to travel to Charleston for Lowcountry culinary events! Gourmet & Grapes is a four-day culinary experience at The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort that couples local and international culinary talent with award-winning wineries to raise money for cancer research at Hollings Cancer Center. Highlights include a BBQ and bourbon mashup at Mingo Point, signature dining experiences at The Sanctuary, an exclusive Wine Odyssey Gala in the ballroom, beach bike rides, bubbles, and brunches with sweeping views of the Atlantic. 2024 dates to be announced soon!


SPEND VALENTINE’S DAY ON KIAWAH ISLAND

Escape the ordinary and create special memories on Kiawah Island, where the perfect blend of nature, luxury, and romance awaits! Kiawah’s world-class restaurants will enchant you with their Valentine’s themed menus, whisper sweet nothings amidst the swaying palmettos, hold hands along the shoreline, and let Kiawah Island be the backdrop of your love story! Your winter vacation on Kiawah Island begins here! Kiawah Exclusives offers a collection of 100+ of the finest vacation rentals on Kiawah Island, monthly rentals for a longer stay, and a local team to help plan your winter beach getaway!

 

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