If you are spending Christmas on Kiawah Island, you are in for a treat! There is so much going on to celebrate the season. Read on for a list of the best Kiawah Island holiday events and festivities taking place annually, as well as dining recommendations for excellent Christmas meals.
For more Kiawah Island holiday events and other ways to experience the Charleston area, read our Christmas in Charleston Blog!
Holiday Events on Kiawah Island
Santa Claus arrives at Kiawah Island
Friday, November 25 from 9:00 am to 10:00 am Santa will parade from Night Heron Park to the Sanctuary Hotel.
Come out and welcome Santa to Kiawah Island for the season! Concessions available. No reservations are required.
Holiday Ornament Workshop
Friday, November 25, 2022, 10:30–11:30 am, 12–1 pm, 1:30-2:30 pm | Night Heron Park Deck
Craft your own custom ornament for this year's Christmas tree. Each kit includes materials to make 4 ornaments. $25. To make a reservation please call 843.768.6001
Storytime with Santa
Friday, November 25, 2022, 8:30 pm to 9:00 pm Center Stage, Night Heron Park
What could be better than a bedtime story read by Santa Claus? Bring a blanket and beach chair for this festive end to the day.
Join us on the Grand Lawn at The Sanctuary for one of the tastiest Kiawah Island holiday events! Enjoy fireside s’mores and hot cocoa while sitting under the stars.
Bring the children; story time with Mrs. Claus begins at 5:30 p.m. Afterward, come inside for Christmas carols with our pianist. (This event is weather-dependent.)
Christmas Dinner at Kiawah Island
Christmas Eve Dining - Kiawah Island Golf Resort
The Ocean Room
- Seasonal Selections, 5 pm - 9 pm
- Seasonal Selections, 5:30 pm - 9 pm
On Christmas Eve, The Ocean Room and Jasmine Porch will serve menus enhanced by seasonal specials. Celebrate the evening by savoring the fresh gourmet cuisine offered at The Ocean Room or by sampling Lowcountry and regional favorites at Jasmine Porch.
Call Dining Reservations at 843-768-6253 to secure a reservation for one of these very popular Kiawah Island holiday events.
The Atlantic Room
- A la carte, 5 pm - 8 pm
Delight in an enchanting holiday dinner in The Atlantic Room overlooking the ocean, at The Ocean Course Clubhouse. Celebrate the season by savoring the winter inspired menu prepared by Executive Chef John Ondo.
Tomasso at Turtle Point
- Feast of the Seven Fishes, 5 pm -8 pm
- 5 courses for $65, or $90 with wine pairings
Tomasso carries on the Italian Christmas Eve tradition with its own feast!
The Feast of the Seven Fishes (Festa dei Sette Pesci), also known as The Vigil (La Vigilia) and celebrated on Christmas Eve, is a tradition from Southern Italy.
The ritual of eating seafood on Christmas Eve dates from medieval Italian times, where meat markets were closed on specific holy days.
Christmas Eve Closings
- Town Center Market (7 am - 6 pm)
- Cherrywood BBQ & Ale House
- They Players Pub at Cougar Point
Christmas Day Closings
- Atlantic Room
- Ryder Cup Bar
- Tomasso at Turtle Point
- Beaches & Cream (Closes at noon)
- Town Center Market (8 am -3 pm)
Christmas Day Dining - Kiawah Island Golf Resort
- Breakfast from 6:30 am - 10:15 am
- Grand Buffet from 12 pm -8 pm
- $75++/adult, $28++/child (ages 4-12)
Get into the holiday spirit at Kiawah’s Traditional Christmas Day Buffet, held at Jasmine Porch. Celebrate at The Sanctuary and allow our chefs to overwhelm your palate with holiday specialties.
Call Resort Dining Reservations at 843-768-6253 to reserve your seat.
Cherrywood BBQ & Ale House
- A la carte Dinner, 3 pm - 8 pm
Celebrate the holiday with amazing Southern barbecue. Allow Chef Keith Richardson to prepare your Christmas dinner while you relax at the Osprey Point Clubhouse.
The Ocean Room
- Traditional Dinner , 5 pm - 9 pm
The Sanctuary’s signature restaurant presents a true Christmas experience. The Ocean Room will be featuring their seasonal steakhouse menu in addition to holiday favorites. Bring the entire family - children’s holiday meals are also available!
For a more non-traditional option, the Sushi Lounge will be available for small plates and libations.
Call Leisure Services for reservations at 843.768.6253
The Players Pub
- Breakfast & Lunch, 9 am - 5 pm
Pop into The Players Pub at Cougar Point Clubhouse before (or after) your Christmas Day round of championship golf.
The dining room seats up to 125 guests and the bar offers seating for 31.
Outside dining is also available on the 4,354-square-foot covered deck with gorgeous views of the sparkling lagoon and 18th green.
Enjoy a beer on tap and casual pub fare a la carte in Kiawah Island’s newest clubhouse!
Holidays Are Best Spent At The Beach!
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Nothing is more precious than spending time with loved ones over the holidays. Kiawah Island invites your family to start a new holiday tradition by celebrating on our private island, just 30 minutes from historic Charleston, SC.