There’s nothing quite like the holiday season in the Carolina Lowcountry. Take a trip to meet Santa or grab your friends for a New Year’s Eve adventure on the coast. Whether you’re looking for fun festivities the whole family can enjoy or Christmas activities for adults, there’s something for everyone to enjoy! This December and January, make your away across South Carolina’s historic towns and celebrate the holidays with the help of these events:
2019 Holiday Events in Hilton Head
Santa Visits at Shelter Cove | Details Here
Whether you’ve been naughty or nice, discover a spectacular wonderland at Shelter Cove’s Winter Wonderfest every Friday and Saturday evening all December long. Meet Santa and his elves and enjoy some magical fun for the whole family!
When: Friday and Saturday from 5-7 pm throughout Dec. 2019
Arts Center of Coastal Carolina | Details Here
It might be cold outside, but you’ll be feeling “Too Darn Hot” if you take a trip to the theater to see Kiss Me Kate this December! This play-within-a-play is spectacular holiday treat that is sure to sweep you off your feet.
When: Show runs Dec. 4-29, 2019
Historic Holidays on Hilton Head Island | Details Here
Enjoy a weekend full of Sea Island traditions, Lowcountry bites, and historic holiday experiences. Walk around the Christmas market, take a trolley/bike tour, or celebrate the beginning of the season with the community tree lighting!
When: Dec. 6-9, 2019
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Les Bonnes Artistes presents “Contrasts and Colour” at the Coastal Discovery Museum | Details Here
Visit the Coastal Discovery Museum in Hilton Head and explore the unique oil paintings and prints from Les Bonnes Artistes’ “Contrasts and Colour” collection. These visual masterpieces will be available to view December 9 through February 21 with a special opening reception occurring on January 15, 2020.
When: Dec. 9, 2019 through Feb. 21, 2020
Hilton Head Choral Society | Details Here
Celebrate the joy of the season with the Hilton Head Choral Society’s “Sounds of Christmas” holiday concert. This festive favorite features holiday hits performed by a full chorus and orchestra.
When: Dec. 13, 2019 at 7 pm
Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra presents “Holiday Swing” | Details Here
Come along for a holiday journey featuring jazz, swing, pop, blues, Motown, gospel, and country sing-alongs!
When: Dec. 17, 2019 and Dec. 18, 2019 at 7 pm
Beer Pairing Dinner | Details Here
Looking for a holiday activity for the adults? The Beer Pairing Dinner at the Plantation Golf Club’s Magnolia Room features a four-course Fraser’s Tavern dinner complemented by specially-selected beer from Savannah’s Southbound Brewing Company. Citrus beet salad, southern caviar, and fried brownies will light up your taste buds all evening long.
When: Dec. 19, 2019 at 6-8 pm
Gregg Russell Christmas Concert | Details Here
Join Hilton Head favorite, Gregg Russell, as he performs classic songs of the season for the whole family. Enjoy a special visit from Santa before and after the concert.
When: Dec. 23, 2019 at 5:30 pm
New Year’s Eve Celebration in Harbour Town | Details Here
Welcome in the New Year by soaking up the stunning coastal views surrounding the Harbour Town Lighthouse. Enjoy bites, beverages, and live music while counting down to the ball drop at both 7 pm and midnight.
When: Dec. 31, 2019
2019 Christmas Happenings in Bluffton
Town of Bluffton Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and Parade | Details Here
The annual Christmas Tree Lighting and Parade is sure to put the entire family in the holiday spirit! Indulge in cookies and refreshments under the pavilion while Santa and Mrs. Claus make a pre-Christmas appearance. On Saturday, watch as festive floats make their way along the route all the way to Bluffton Park at the corner of Pin Oak Street and 8th Avenue.
When: Dec. 6, 2019 at 5:30 pm and Dec. 7, 2019 at 10 am
2nd Annual Bluffton Coffee and Chocolate Fest | Details Here
The holidays are meant for decadent delights! Sample and savor the Lowcountry’s finest chocolates and coffee beverages at Bluffton’s 2nd Annual Coffee and Chocolate Fest. Explore different flavors and indulge in the finer things this season.
When: Dec. 14, 2019 at 12-4 pm
Bluffton Christmas Festival | Details Here
Celebrate the Christmas Season by attending an outdoor family-friendly event with activities everyone will adore. From Christmas cookie decorating and face painting to a mechanical reindeer ride and a climbing wall, this fun affair will keep you coming back for more. Indulge in sweet and savory treats while embracing the holiday spirit!
When: Dec. 20, 2019 at 6-9 pm
St. Andrew By-The-Sea Christmas Eve Service | Details Here
Remember the reason for the season with the St. Andrew By-The-Sea Christmas Eve service. The evening will begin with a children’s Christmas pageant, “Silent Night, Holy Night…” and is followed by a family-oriented celebration under the stars with carols and the lighting of candles.
When: Dec. 24, 2019 at 4:30-10:30 pm
2019 Beaufort Christmas Events
Beaufort Holiday Weekend | Details Here
A weekend of holiday fun awaits in Beaufort! Enjoy music, shopping, and tasty bites on Friday evening followed by the annual tree lighting ceremony. Don’t miss the “Light Up the Night” boat parade on the Beaufort River and the annual parade along historic Boundary, Carteret, and Bay streets.
When: Dec. 6, 2019 at 6-9 pm, Dec. 7, 2019 at 6 pm, Dec. 8, 2019 at 3 pm
Parris Island Band Annual Free Holiday Concert | Details Here
Support the Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island Marine Band as you listen to holiday classics at Battery Creek High School on Saturday, December 14th. This free concert is the perfect way to celebrate the season.
When: Dec. 14, 2019 at 3:30 pm
Beaufort Oyster Festival | Details Here
Start the New Year off by celebrating at the Lowcountry and Carolina Sea Islands Oyster Festival! Sample a variety of oyster dishes and cocktails during Tides to Table Restaurant Week across the Beaufort area.
When: Jan. 9, 2020 through Jan. 19, 2020
2019 Savannah Holiday Happenings
Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens Holiday Lights | Details Here
Light up your weekend by visiting the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens and viewing holiday lights throughout the grounds.
When: Friday and Saturday evenings throughout Dec. 2019
Christmas on the River | Details Here
Visit Rousakis Plaza the first weekend of December for music, arts and crafts, and a holiday celebration! Stroll alongside the river and enjoy the Christmas season in the heart of Savannah.
When: Dec. 6, 2019 to Dec. 8, 2019
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Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker | Details Here
This holiday season, give the gift of the classic Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker! Step into the theater and be transported into a world of Christmas magic with world-class dancers, stunning costumes and sets, and beautiful live music. This cherished tradition is a timeless treat.
When: Dec. 20, 2019 at 3-7 pm
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