Spend the Most Magical Time of the Year in America’s Favorite Island®

It’s beginning to look a lot like the holiday season everywhere we go! Temperatures are going down (but are still amazingly warm), and trees, decorations, and twinkling lights are going up. For many, the holiday season is the most wonderful time of the year, and on Hilton Head Island, the holidays are made better by endless activities and events to enjoy!

If you and your family prefer white beaches over snow and are eager to enjoy a healthy dose of vitamin sea, then this is the guide for you! We’ll take you through some of the best holiday events that are sure to get you in the spirit while you enjoy America’s Favorite Island®!

Rock Around the Tree at these Rockin’ Family Stays

Don’t feel like decking the halls of your house this season? Much prefer the relaxing sounds of crashing waves and boats passing by? Then the Ultimate Family Escape Package at Palmetto Dunes is right for you and your loved ones! This package comes with everything that you’ll need so that your holiday vacation will be an absolute breeze. This perfect family holiday package includes accommodations, bike and beach rentals, a resort gift card for some of Hilton Head Island’s most lauded restaurants, and much more to make your holiday season a memorable one!

Suppose your getaway is also doubling as a family gathering, and you need more space to celebrate. In that case, Hilton Head Island is home to an array of Vacation Homes and Villas. These unique accommodations come in all sizes — from condos for romantic getaways or eight-bedrooms villas for a full family reunion. And they feature all kinds of fantastic amenities, such as heated pools, fully decked-out kitchens ready for preparing holiday feasts, golf course vistas, and even private beach access!

No matter what you’re looking for this holiday season, Hilton Head Island has everything you need to find the perfect home away from home.

You’ll Wish It Could Be A Vacation Everyday

Hilton Head Island is not only America’s Favorite Island®, but rumor has it that it’s Santa’s Favorite Island as well! This year you and your loved ones will be able to enjoy brunch with Santa at Alexander’s Restaurant and Wine Bar. On December 12th, 2021, from 10 a.m to 1 p.m, Santa will be fueling up ahead of dropping off presents with a delicious brunch. Make sure to bring a gift donation that will benefit the Deep Well Project, and wave to Santa goodbye as he heads off on his sleigh!

After sharing mimosas and pancakes with Santa, make sure to head over to the Hilton Head Island Winter Wonderland Festival. The Island Rec Center will host this Winter Wonderland on December 3rd from 4-7:00 PM. The festival is a family-friendly holiday affair, featuring carnival games, a children’s parade, bounce houses, and even a golden candy cane hunt!

After spending a jolly good Friday with your family in a winter wonderland, head over to Mitchelville Freedom Park on Saturday for the Drive-Through Holiday Light show. This wonderful light show runs December 4 – 6 and begins at dusk each night. The event is part of the Hilton Head Island Historic Holidays festival, and its aim is to highlight and celebrate the Lowcountry’s culture and history. Don’t forget to pre-register before heading over and enjoying the magic of Historic Mitchelville!

You can also enjoy the holidays the Lowcountry way and be a part of history by attending the inaugural Hope Floats Salty Santa Christmas Boat Parade. Dozens of vessels are chartered to float on by Hilton Head Island waterways completely decked out in holiday lights and decorations, while the crew is outfitted in similar holiday cheer. Visitors and locals alike are encouraged to register their own decorated vessel in the hopes of winning prizes. You can also charter a private boat from their fleet or join the party aboard one of their unique flotilla cruises!

To top off the festivities on Hilton Head Island, step into the season at the Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina with the Holiday boat light display that lights up the boardwalk and ocean! This light show runs every day through December 31st. As you peruse restaurants and shops along the boardwalk, you’ll feel like you are walking in a Lowcountry winter wonderland!

All I Want For Christmas Is You…and presents

The best present this holiday season is undoubtedly a trip to Hilton Head Island. That said, it’s always a good idea to bring a little something back home for a loved one who couldn’t make it. Or, you can choose something for yourself as a keepsake. Hilton Head Island is full of fantastic and unique boutiques where you’re sure to find something for even the pickiest person on your list. For example, if you’re shopping for the cocktail aficionado in your group of friends, why not consider a small batch of rum or vodka from Hilton Head Distillery? These spirits are carefully crafted, combining the distilling traditions of the West Indies and Carolina whiskey traditional methods.

As for the consummate interior designer in your life, why not surprise them with a wonderfully unique Sweetgrass Basket? These baskets are breathtakingly beautiful and are made from weaving techniques that have been passed down through generations. They’re also a piece of art that is handmade and unique every time.

On the off chance that you have forgotten to pack a loved one’s gift, or it simply slipped your mind amidst all the merriment and holiday cheer, there are plenty of boutiques with unique offerings here on Hilton Head Island to save the day! Gifted Hilton Head features jewelry, candles, houseware, cookware, apparel, and even custom Hilton Head Island souvenirs. The best part is that this one-stop-shop will wrap your present up for you with complimentary gift wrapping.

Santa Claus Goes Straight to the Beach!

There is nothing quite like a Hilton Head Island holiday. This year, we invite you and your family to join us for an unforgettable getaway full of enchantment and memory-making moments. Make sure to request our Hilton Head Island Vacation Planner so you can start planning your holiday itinerary! See you in the Low-ho-ho-country soon!


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