19 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.
If you’ve never enjoyed Christmas in the S.C. Lowcountry, then you’re missing out! In December, there's a lot to love about Hilton Head Island. You can look forward to warm sunshine, holiday events, and all your favorite outdoor activities. During your holiday vacation, take a swing at championship golf with 30+ courses to choose from. Another beloved winter tradition is Lowcountry oyster roasts, so indulge accordingly. And, for those planning a beach trip with family and kiddos, you'll definitely want to celebrate at the Hilton Head Winter Wonderland Festival. Read on to learn more about this adorable event! And, if you're looking for more kids' activities, remember our free HHI Vacation Guide. Inside, you'll find our team's top recommendations for family-friendly restaurants, nature trails and beaches, free island attractions, and more.
Your Holiday Guide to the Hilton Head Winter Wonderland Festival
Events That Will Make You Smile
There are so many ways to get in the holiday spirit at the Winter Wonderland Festival. With various family-friendly activities, the little ones can enjoy this celebration just as much as the adults. Grandparents and parents should know that these kids' activities are too darn cute, so remember your camera! The event kicks off with the Children’s Elf Parade. Shortly after, the golden candy cane hunt begins!
Activities Throughout the Day
Following the opening events, there are plenty of ways to keep the kiddos happy. Hayrides, face-painting, carnival games, and bounce houses are just the beginning. And of course, Santa Claus is always the superstar of the celebration! Mr. & Mrs. Claus always want to see their friends on the nice list, so remember to visit if you know someone who could use a few tips!
Eat Well & Be Merry
Hilton Head Wonderland is a child-centered event, so quite naturally, that calls for a kid-approved menu. Enjoy festive treats, like s'mores, hot chocolate, and roasted marshmallows. You'll also find other festival-inspired concessions like hot dogs, pizza, french fries, and more.
Tips for Your Trip
- Admission to the event is always free, and that includes your visit with Santa, the Elf Parade, entertainment, and more. Keep in mind there may be a small fee for food, beverage, and select activities, like the rock-climbing wall.
- Winter Wonderland Festival takes place at Shelter Cove Community Park. If your kiddos are interested in the parade, remember to arrive early. It's always nice to park the car and settle in before the parade begins.
The Best Place for Staying Near the Festival
It's always nice to vacation nearby when you have an exciting event, and our mid-island vacation rentals are perfect for Winter Wonderland festival-goers. Each of our beach villas and homes are about five minutes from this year's celebration, and with a variety of other kid-friendly attractions nearby, you can't beat the convenience. Luxury amenities are always included with your stay in any of our homes, like 56 Folly Field. Here, you can enjoy a private game room, a spacious yard with a tree swing, and a private pool (heat available).
If you're ready to start planning your holiday family vacation, remember your free vacation guide! Happy holidays from our team to you, and we hope to see you soon!