Walking in a Lowcountry Wonderland: Celebrate the Holidays on Hilton Head Island

What if you could leave all the checklists, preparations, and hustle and bustle behind? What if you could gather the people you love around you in an enchanting place, where warm breezes and salty waves cool sun-kissed, smiling faces? What if you could enjoy the best of the holiday season and leave all the rest far behind you? It sounds like a dream but celebrating the holidays on Hilton Head Island just might be the best way to spend the perfect holiday. Vacation homes, holiday events and activities, exploring the greatest outdoors, holiday feasts, and all the flavors of the season. The charms of the Lowcountry only grow during the holiday season. Some of the best gifts don’t need to be unwrapped.

Your Home for the Holidays

Steps from the ocean or private pool right outside your door. Close to playgrounds to climb or courses to play. Pet friendly, family friendly, and just plain friendly. What’s on your perfect home-away-from-home wish list? Hilton Head Island has vacation homes and villa rentals in all shapes, sizes, and locations, so it’s easy to find the perfect match for you and your loved ones. Resort Rentals of Hilton Head Island will help you plan your dream vacation.

Vacation home rental with a pool in Hilton Head Island by Resort Rentals

Holiday Cheer

Worried the holidays just won’t be the same in balmy breezes and warm sunny days? Just because there’s no softly falling snow or warm, fuzzy mittens doesn’t mean the festive spirit is in short supply on Hilton Head Island. Tree lights and carol singing, outdoor movies and cocoa and cookies. And of course, the man himself, Santa! Holidays on island time brings you lots of things you didn’t know you wished for. Plan your visit around the 1st Annual Holiday Classic Golf Tournament at Palmetto Dunes. Stroll along the harbour and take in Harbour Town Lights hosted by The Sea Pines Resort. Enjoy seasonal figures all lit up, the towering Christmas tree, live entertainment and activities. Kids will love  Holiday Fireside Movies with Popcorn and Breakfast with Santa at Sonesta Resort. Discover how Hilton Head Island celebrates the holidays.

Oh, the Weather Outside is Delightful.

No need to bundle up and hibernate indoors when the weather hovers around near perfect temperatures all year long. There are plenty of reasons why Hilton Head Island is America’s Favorite Island and having a full slate of outdoor activities is one of them. Peddle pathways on a family bike ride. Meander along winding trails. Savor lazy beach days and leisurely sunset strolls. Trade the swish of your skis for the ripple of a kayak. Keep your holiday in full swing with a day on one of 24 championship courses, starting with any of the 99 holes of the award-winning Heritage Golf Collection. There are so many beautiful things that make Hilton Head Island so special, and just as many ways to to discover them.  

Golf course on Hilton Head Island

Dinner is Served

Switch things up in the very best way—a holiday dinner out may mean no turkey to carve or ham to slice, but it also means no vegetables to peel or messy kitchen to clean up. Lowcountry dining is full of mouth-watering dishes and the holidays is no exception. How about a Lowcountry-inspired Christmas Night Dinner Buffet of Southern favorites or opt for more traditional ones. Indulge in Christmas Day Brunch  at the Beach House Resort. Find out about special dining events and holiday hours for restaurants and start planning [link to Holiday Landing Page] your new Hilton Head Island Holiday dinner tradition. 

Festive Treats

Who says holiday traditions can’t follow you wherever you go? Savor homemade holiday drinks and decadent snacks to keep your holiday vacation merry and bright. Sure, you could go out and buy some festive holiday treats, but why not satisfy your sweet tooth with a little family time baking and cooking together? Making them yourself is a breeze with a little help from some fresh local fruits, vegetables, and herbs from the Farmers Market of Bluffton and baking supplies from Kroger. Need some local inspiration?

Island Fudge Peppermint Bark

The Island Fudge Shoppe 

16 oz white chocolate 
4 oz crushed candy canes 
¼ tsp peppermint extract 

Melt chocolate in bowl on low power in microwave. Once melted, add crushed candy canes and extract. Pour onto cookie sheet and chill in the refrigerator for minimum of 15 minutes. Remove from refrigerator and break apart into pieces. Store in airtight container. If there’s any left.

Winter Berry Sangria

Carolina Tasting Room 

1 bottle Calibogie Cranberry 
1 bottle Marshside Raspberry 
1 ½ cups of cubed pineapple 
1 bottle of orange juice 
1 cup blackberries 

Combine all ingredients in a pitcher. Cover pitcher with plastic wrap. Let sangria sit in refrigerator overnight. Pour over ice and serve. 

When you celebrate the Holidays on Hilton Head Island, you can wrap up the celebrations in one breezy, relaxing, bring-a-smile-to-their-faces package. The best part is, memories you make don’t need to be wrapped, returned, or exchanged. Only cherished.


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Vacation Home with a pool on Hilton Head Island

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