Things to Do on Hilton Head Island and in Bluffton in December

The holidays are here, and in the Lowcountry there's plenty to celebrate! Here's our guide to some of the festive fun on Hilton Head Island and in Bluffton this December. 

The holiday season is a magical time to visit Hilton Head Island. Colorful lights, festive entertainment, and warm, welcoming hospitality await. Feast on seasonal Lowcountry cuisine, enjoy the sounds of your favorite holiday tunes with a Southern twist, or spend time with Santa himself–no matter how you like to celebrate the holidays, Hilton Head Island is the place to be this month. Check out our picks for December events and activities on Hilton Head Island and in Bluffton. 

Kiss Me Kate: December 4-29

The award-winning Arts Center of Coastal Carolina presents the classic Broadway musical, Kiss Me Kate, until December 29. The spectacular song and dance play-within-a-play combines Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew with Cole Porter’s music and lyrics for a lively and fun theater experience–the perfect holiday entertainment. 

Seventh Annual Holiday Boutique: December 7-21

The Society of Bluffton Artists will be showcasing original, one-of-a-kind handmade gifts for everyone on your list, with prices ranging from $15 to $350. It’s the perfect chance to shop for art, jewelry, holiday decorations, and floral arrangements for friends and family–or treat yourself to something special! 

eggnog and christmas cookies

Shop for Good: December 12

If you still have some last-minute gifts to cross off your list, Shop for Good’s special pop-up features a Barbour trunk show and onsite snacks and drinks. Better yet, 20% of sales from the event support the Volunteers in Medicine clinic! 

Hilton Head Choral Society’s Sounds of Christmas Concert: December 13

Featuring an 85-voice chorus with orchestra, the Sounds of Christmas Concert is a wonderful way to enjoy your favorite carols and holiday tunes and experience the warmth of the season. Don’t forget to purchase tickets to this popular annual event in advance! 

Hilton Head Choral Society

Holiday Cookie Decorating Party: December 14

Join us for a gingerbread cookie decorating party–a delicious and fun way to celebrate the holidays! Enjoy a hearty breakfast, pose for photos in the Gingerbread Cottage, and submit your cookie creation in a contest to win prizes including hotel stays. Browse local arts and crafts in the onsite pop-up shop. 

Brunch with Santa: December 22

Enjoy a festive, family-friendly brunch with Santa himself at Alexander’s Restaurant & Wine Bar! In addition to an extensive brunch menu that will satisfy everyone’s appetite, don’t forget to pose for a photo of Santa next to the fireplace before he heads back to the North Pole to make his final Christmas preparations. 

Christmas at Alexander's

Light Up the Lowcountry: December 22

Celebrate Chanukah at Shelter Cove Towne Centre, where latkes, doughnuts, crafts, music, and entertainment will be served up alongside the tallest menorah in the county! 

Gregg Russell Christmas Concert: December 23

Island favorite Gregg Russell’s Christmas concert at Harbour Town has delighted kids of all ages for many years. Holiday music and a visit from Santa before the concert are sure to inspire Christmas memories.

New Year’s Celebration at Harbour Town: December 31

The New Year’s Eve ball drop at the Harbour Town Lighthouse at 7 p.m. and then again at midnight for the for the late nighters is a fun way to usher in the New Year. Music and food add to the festivities for a Hilton Head Island New Year’s Eve to remember. 

There’s so much to see and do in the Lowcountry this December. Check out our full events listing for even more ways to make your visit to Hilton Head Island special. We can’t wait to celebrate this special season with you! 


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