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6 Jan 2021
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Editor’s Note: Due to COVID-19, some events might be canceled or postponed to a different date. Please check with the individual event websites to be sure. 

There are many great reasons to visit the Lowcountry throughout the year. Each season has its unique appeal for travelers. Exciting winter events on Hilton Head Island are yet another reason that snowbirds and families living in the North flock to our little slice of paradise. Escape the freezing cold with a trip to South Carolina, where you can enjoy pleasant weather and fun-filled activities that the whole family will enjoy. 

Read on to learn more about the different annual festivities you have to look forward to. Then, be sure to request a free copy of our complimentary 7-Day Itinerary for our local insight on the best of HHI! 

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6 of the Best Annual Winter Events on Hilton Head Island 

December Events & Festivals 

1. Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival 

Get a taste of the Lowcountry’s renowned fresh, local seafood. The Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival begins at the end of November and hosts various events in December. Here in South Carolina, oysters reign supreme, and there will be plenty to go around at this highly anticipated annual affair. 

2. Hilton Head Winter Wonderland Festival 

There’s nothing quite like the magic of Christmas and the smiles it brings to your children’s faces. Get in the holiday spirit at the Hilton Head Winter Wonderland Festival, which takes place in December. Prepare your list for Santa Claus and come hungry so that you can feast on delicious seasonal treats such as S’mores. 

3. Light up the Harbour 

Shelter Cove is a lively island center home to restaurants, shops, and entertainment year-round. Celebrate the season with a coastal holiday tradition: Light up the Harbour. Beautifully decorated and well-lit boats glow and reflect colorful lights in the Harbour. You don’t want to miss out on this brilliant scene! 

4. Harbour Town Lights 

Harbour Town is a must-visit destination regardless of the time of year. In December, the Harbour shines with beautiful Christmas lights and holiday cheer. Join locals to celebrate the annual tree lighting or enjoy the lights on your own time with a stroll around the Harbour. 

January Events & Festivals 

5. Hilton Head Island Snow Day 

We know what you’re thinking, “Snow in South Carolina? Yeah, right!” Us Lowcountry locals find snow to be quite the treat, given that we don’t usually get any. The Hilton Head Island Snow Day is an exciting way to give families a fun day in the snow! In addition to a snowfield, there will also be live entertainment and inflatable rides. Dress warm! 

February Events & Festivals 

6. Gullah Celebration 

The Hilton Head Island Gullah Celebration is an annual event that honors the Lowcountry’s local roots. This impactful event celebrates Gullah culture through storytelling, basket weaving, food, art, music, and more. It’s a truly remarkable experience and valuable learning opportunity for families to enjoy together. 

More Wonderful Winter Travel Resources for Your HHI Vacation

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