Our Favorite Hilton Head Holiday Events

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As the holiday season approaches, Hilton Head Island becomes a wonderland of festive fun. From beautiful light displays and holiday markets to visits with Santa and Christmas parades, there’s a calendar full of fun for everyone to enjoy while you’re here. Whether you're shopping for the perfect gift, enjoying a holiday show, or participating in traditional events, Hilton Head Island offers a variety of activities to celebrate the season. Read on as we cover some of our favorite Hilton Head holiday events!

Deck the Hulls with Boughs of Holly: Christmas Boat Parade

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Join the community on December 9 for the "Deck the Hulls Christmas Boat Parade" at Skull Creek Boathouse. Watch a flotilla of decorated boats led by the Parade Marine Coordinator, Dave Medvedeff, sail along Skull Creek. This waterfront spectacle is free and showcases boats adorned with lights and holiday décor, sure to dazzle spectators of all ages.

Festive Saturdays at Coligny Plaza

Every Saturday before Christmas, Coligny Plaza becomes a hub of holiday merriment from morning till evening. With free photos with Santa, storytelling, and festive singing, it's a not-to-be-missed Hilton Head tradition for family fun and holiday shopping. 

Find Your Festive at The Greenery's Open House

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The Greenery's Gift & Home Shop is rolling out the red carpet for holiday shoppers at their annual Holiday Open House on November 11. This is your chance to step into a world of holiday joy and exquisite seasonal decorating ideas. The Greenery is well-known for its lush offerings, and this event promises to present an extensive collection of home decor, floral arrangements, and distinctive gifts that are perfect for the season of giving. From 10 AM to 4 PM, guests can savor drinks and snacks on the house, receive a complimentary gift, and enter a drawing to win a $150 holiday shopping spree. It's more than just shopping; it's an opportunity to get inspired and find the perfect items to bring a touch of holiday cheer to your home.

Harmonies of the Season: "Coastal Christmas" Concert

The Shore Notes A Cappella Chorus will fill the air with holiday harmonies during their "Coastal Christmas" concerts. Attend any of their free performances on December 3, 9, and 10, and get in the Christmas spirit with festive sing-alongs. Donations are appreciated and go towards supporting local charities.

Experience the Magic of "The Nutcracker" at Seahawk Cultural Center

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The stage at the Seahawk Cultural Center will come to life with the magic of "The Nutcracker" ballet, presented by the Hilton Head Dance Theatre from November 10 through November 19. This ballet is a cherished holiday tradition, drawing crowds to witness the story of Clara and her Nutcracker Prince. The dancers' poise and grace bring the enchanting Tchaikovsky score to life, creating an atmosphere filled with wonder and excitement. With performances spanning two weekends, it's an event that has become synonymous with the holiday season in Hilton Head. 

Santa and Shopping Extravaganza at Shelter Cove

Ready for a dose of holiday cheer? Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina is hosting its "Santa & Shopping Day" on November 24. This family event is the perfect start to the holiday season, combining the thrill of meeting Santa with the joy of finding the perfect holiday gifts. Children will be thrilled to see Santa arrive in style on a fire truck at noon, where he'll be ready to hear their Christmas wishes by the Neptune Statue until 2:30 p.m. Meanwhile, parents can take advantage of special offers throughout the shops and restaurants in the harbor. Adding to the festivities, the Hilton Head Social Bakery will be handing out gingerbread cookies to the first 250 kids, making this event a sweet treat for all.

Polar Pines Express: Holiday Wagon Ride at Heritage Farms

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The Polar Pines Express is calling all aboard for a delightful wagon journey at Heritage Farms on December 16. This event promises a day filled with the joyous activities of the season, including holiday crafts, treats, and a heartwarming rendition of "The Polar Express." As you glide through the farm's very own "North Pole," you'll be transported into the world of this classic tale. Children can enjoy a warm cup of hot chocolate as everyone joins in to belt out their favorite holiday tunes. Make sure to dress in cozy layers and come ready to dive into the spirit of the holidays at this unique Hilton Head event.

Bluffton's Festive Cheer: Parade, Tree, and Menorah Lighting

Bluffton's 52nd annual Christmas Parade on December 2 marks the start of the town's holiday festivities, including a tree lighting, Santa's Workshop, the screening of "Elf," and a new Menorah Lighting ceremony, celebrating the season's diversity and heritage.

Book Your Hilton Head Holiday Getaway Today!

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Perfect for those planning a family winter retreat, this spacious home, with its 6 bedrooms and 6.5 bathrooms, is the ideal place to unwind after a day of holiday frivolity. With enough space for 16 guests and exceptional amenities, this home ensures your holiday escape is as jolly as the seasonal celebrations around you. Secure this premier property with Host + Home by booking directly right on this site! We can’t wait to welcome you home for the holidays in Hilton Head.