Walking in a Lowcountry Wonderland: The Holidays on Hilton Head Island

The holiday season is here on Hilton Head Island! Dazzling lights, charming views, and festive cheer all around — sounds like the perfect way to round out the year and create heartwarming memories with your loved ones — island style.

Pack your bags, gather your friends and family, and spend your holiday walking in a Lowcountry Wonderland.

Your Home Away From Home

Whether you’re looking for accommodations where everything is taken care of or a private vacation home for the whole family, it’ll be a breeze to find the perfect place to call home for the holidays on Hilton Head Island.

Looking to leave the chaos of the season behind? Unwind and take it easy at one of our charming hotels with views of the Atlantic Ocean, luxurious spas, and delicious dining options.

Or, are you hoping for something a little more intimate? Rent a private vacation home for the entire family and celebrate Christmas together in the Lowcountry. With oceanfront views, private pools and playgrounds, the surrounding luscious green golf courses, along with your own holiday traditions — there will be no shortage of festive fun here!


Festive Fun

No need to bundle up and shovel out your car to get into the Christmas spirit on Hilton Head Island! Experience the holidays on island time and check out all the festive fun while strolling the seaside streets and taking in the warm breeze.

Is it really the holiday season if you don’t indulge in a few baked goods? Fresh roasted coffee and croissants aren’t the only delicious treats you’ll find at some of the Island’s favorite coffee shops. The French-inspired pastries and delectable brunch options are also a must-try! Pick up a fresh cup of coffee before heading out for a fun-filled day of cheer!

Twinkling lights take over the Island this time of year, and we love it! The Holiday Boat Light Display transforms the Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina into a vibrant and spirited “winter” wonderland. The Holiday Lights at Shelter Cove Towne Centre are always a favorite to see - walk the park, gaze at the sparkling trees, and get some fantastic holiday photos.

We have special guests from the North Pole visiting us on Hilton Head Island this holiday season! On December 17 and 18, Santa and Mrs. Claus will stop by the Community Christmas Walk at Providence Church. Don’t miss out on the other festive fun happening these evenings with bright lights, live music, train rides, an outdoor movie, smores, and more!


Savor the Holiday Flavors of the Lowcountry

Hilton Head Island is home to many fantastic dining options, from casual restaurants to dinner by candlelight or local markets and boutiques. With over 250 options, you’re sure to find the perfect match for your holiday dining needs.

If you’re in the mood for a holiday-inspired meal, check out the Christmas Eve or Christmas Day Prix Fixe Dinner at Lucky Rooster Kitchen & Bar.

Or, if you’re up for hosting a holiday dinner at your vacation home, head to a specialty grocery shop for all the best local ingredients and goodies. Will you stick with a traditional turkey dinner and pumpkin pie, or try some of Hilton Head Island’s local favorites - oysters, gumbo, with peach cobbler for dessert?

Experience a Luscious Green Wonderland

Sure, snow’s not the first thing that comes to mind when you think of winter on Hilton Head Island. But that doesn’t mean this isn’t a wonderland — a luscious green wonderland!

A round of golf (or two) is a must-do when visiting the Lowcountry. With more than 23 world-class golf courses amid enjoyable weather and views of the beautiful blue waves, experienced and novice golfers are sure to have a great time on the greens.

Tee off on some championship courses this season with your travel companions for a little friendly competition — holiday edition!

Holiday Shopping Made Easy

If you’re like most of us and left your holiday shopping to the last minute, don’t worry! There are plenty of unique and special gifts available right here in the Lowcountry.

Gifted Hilton Head, voted Hilton Head Island’s favorite gift shop, has something for everyone with candles, books, and jewelry — some gifting classics!

Tee times, dining experiences, and Island getaways are some other favorites among the 2021 Holiday Gift Guide for Hilton Head Enthusiasts.

Celebrate the Holidays on Hilton Head Island

Make our traditions your new tradition this holiday season. Bring a smile to your face and start planning your holiday to-do list on Hilton Head Island.

Experience the hustle and bustle of America’s Favorite Island®, swap snowmen for sandcastles and turkey for oysters, and most importantly — make unforgettable memories that will last a lifetime!

Find Your Island Time

Hilton Head is America’s favorite island, offering 12 miles of pristine beaches and everything you need for the ultimate retreat. Enjoy easy days relaxing in the sun, sand and surf on some of the best beaches in the country.
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