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Best of Hilton Head

Christmas is a magical time all over the world, but it is especially wonderful when celebrated on Hilton Head Island. The Lowcountry offers a magical holiday experience, with an abundance of holiday activities, delicious food, and crisp, cool weather. While winter is considered the "off season" for traveling in Hilton Head, it is one of the best times to come and experience the captivating charm of the island. Here are just a few of our favorite activities to enjoy during Christmas on Hilton Head.

Holiday Fun in Harbour Town for the Kids

Young boy eating a s'mores

For kids, Holiday Fun in Harbour Town is the place to be during the Holidays. From December 26th to the 28th at 5:30 pm, gather around the Liberty Oak to watch classic holiday movies, roast marshmallows and enjoy train rides, games and activities.

Holiday movies and marshmallow roasting start at 6pm. Participation is complimentary with the donation of a canned food item for the Deep Well Project; and train rides are just $5 per passenger.

Ugly Sweater Bar Crawl for Adults

Man wearing ugly Christmas sweater and Santa hat

For adults, grab some friends and your ugliest sweater and head on over to the Ugly Christmas Sweater Bar Crawl on December 15th at 5pm. Santa’s elves even secured sleighs for the bar crawlers to get safely from bar to bar.

Enjoy the best of booze by visiting bars like Black Marlin Hurricane Bar & Carolina Crab Company, Smokehouse, Frosty Frog, Mellow Mushroom, with the home base for the evening being the BarMuda Triangle. Tickets for trolley transportation are limited and are on pre-sale for $35, and proceeds will benefit the Lowcountry Autism Foundation.

Winter Wonderland Festival for the Family

Very excited young girl in a holiday sweater

If you’re looking for an activity that everyone in your family can enjoy, Shelter Cove Towne Center’s Winter Wonderland Festival is a can’t miss! Mark your calendars for Friday, December 7th, at 4 pm to go on some hayrides, play some carnival games, visit some animals at the petting zoo, watch a parade, and even meet Santa and Mrs. Claus!

There are also plenty of local boutiques to do some holiday shopping and restaurants to grab a bite and some drinks. This event is free, with donations appreciated, but concessions, trampoline bungee, and rock wall are all sold separately. 

Holiday Light Displays Throughout Town

Girlfriends looking at holiday lights

Lastly, one of our absolute favorite and FREE activities to do during the Holiday months is to explore all of Hilton Head’s wonderful light displays located throughout the island. 

Harbour Town Lights

From 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. every night until the New Year, you can head over to Harbour Town and stroll along the Harbour to enjoy a light display and take in the beauty of the giant Christmas tree.

Shelter Cove Towne Center Lights

For a mid-island light display, visit Shelter Cove Towne Centre. Park your car and stroll through the Holiday light display and enjoy all of the storefront holiday windows located on the main street.

Fire & Rescue Station Lights

Finally, the Hilton Head Fire and Rescue Station #3 boasts a dazzling light display that shines for the duration of the holiday season. Courtesy of the firefighters, this display is a local favorite, so make sure to drive through with your family!

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