16 Oct 2019
Editor's Note 2020: Due to COVID-19, some events and festivals might be canceled, and some businesses may be closed or have different hours. Please check with individual business and event websites before making your plans.
The beautiful sea island of Hilton Head is located on the coast of South Carolina. Here, the stunning landscapes, restaurants, and activities offer so much to see and explore. And, you should know that Christmas on Hilton Head is one of the most exciting times of the year. Although many people visit in the summer, the mild winter climate and warm afternoons mean you can still take advantage of the beaches and golf courses. During the holidays, there are dozens of great activities for adults and children alike. Learn more about some of our favorite Christmas events and attractions below! Remember to get your copy of our Seven-Day Insider’s Guide to Hilton Head for more holiday inspiration. Open your guide today for suggestions on our favorite places to dine, shop, and relax!
The Best Ways to Celebrate Christmas on Hilton Head Island
Attend Harbour Town Lights Tree Lighting
Harbour Town is a charming area of the island and is best known for the iconic red and white lighthouse. Explore this part of the Sea Pines community while admiring the structure and holiday decor! During Christmas, Harbour Town hosts an annual tree lighting that usually takes place in November, the day after Thanksgiving. Witness the towering Christmas Tree in Harbour Town light up for the first time! Then, explore the other festive decorations.
If you miss the tree lighting event, you can still walk along the harbor and enjoy countless light displays through January 1, New Year's Day.
Shop for One-of-a-Kind Hilton Head Island Gifts
As you explore the island, you’ll find many Christmas stores perfect for additional festive decorations or unique gifts. Take home a Hilton Head-themed ornament from Christmas on the Harbour. Or, head to the yacht club to explore the many gifts and trinkets in the Harbour Town Christmas Store. You’re sure to find something unique to bring home with you. Gullah sweetgrass baskets are another special gift that you can only find in the Lowcountry!
Celebrate at the Winter Wonderland Festival
The Winter Wonderland Festival is one of our favorite family-friendly celebrations! You'll find all the festivities at the Shelter Cove Community Park. Kids can enjoy a children’s parade, a golden candy-cane hunt, games, and visits with Santa Claus. And, there's always plenty of food and drinks to go around! Besides local food and beverage vendors, you'll also find entertainment and activities, like rocking climbing and a trampoline bungee. Admission is free, and there is only a small fee to enjoy the food, rock climbing, and other fun activities.
Stay Near It All with Beach Properties of Hilton Head
For the ultimate Hilton Head Christmas, you won't want to cramp up in a small hotel room! Get the most of your vacation with a luxury, oceanfront home or villa. You'll find our handpicked collection of properties throughout the entire island in the most sought-after communities, including Sea Pines to Palmetto Dunes. Some of our homes even feature a private, heated pool! Or, opt for a villa with a private, community boardwalk, where the beach is only a few steps away.
As the year comes to a close, don't let those hard-earned PTO days go to waste. When you are ready to plan your holiday getaway, remember to open your free Hilton Head Island Guide. Happy holidays from Beach Properties of Hilton Head, and we hope to see you soon!