When Thanksgiving and the holiday season are upon us, there is no shortage of festivities, dining options, or activities taking place in the Charleston area. Experiencing a Thanksgiving on Kiawah Island, or on nearby Seabrook, is one of the best ways to enjoy this time of year. We’ve compiled the following list of local events for your convenience. Dining in? Order your Thanksgiving pie now! Planning to venture out to celebrate with family and friends? Browse the selection of restaurants offering something special. Looking for a Turkey Trot or a Turkey Hunt? Choose from many of the activities and festivals taking place!
Thanksgiving on Kiawah Island is a special time of year. In addition to many types of seasonal entertainment, there are also various other attractions and ongoing activities to appreciate. Our complimentary Kiawah Island Vacation Guide outlines the best things to do in the area, no matter what time of year you visit. Download it today to find the best restaurants, arts and cultural opportunities, outdoor adventures, and more. Use the Vacation Guide to ensure that your holiday, or any vacation to the Holy City, is extra-special.
Thanksgiving Specialty Pies
This Thanksgiving on Kiawah Island, let The Sanctuary’s award-winning pastry team take care of your pie needs! Our chefs have crafted these beautiful, flaky pastry creations to compliment any holiday table. Pies are specially boxed and ready to pick up. Place your orders early! Contact Leisure Services for details, including flavors, pickup, pricing, and more. They can be reached at 843.768.6253.
Thanksgiving on Kiawah Island: Specialty Dining
Thanksgiving Feast at The Sanctuary in the Grand Oaks Ballroom, $76+
Join us for the ultimate culinary experience this Thanksgiving on Kiawah Island. A lavish buffet will be at your fingertips. Browse the numerous stations throughout the ballroom featuring seafood displays, live chef presentations, holiday meats, and other traditional favorites. Sample the wine menu and finish your experience with decadent chocolates and pastries. Call 843.768.6253 for reservations.
Children’s Thanksgiving Buffet at The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, $30+ per child (ages 4-12)
Your children can enjoy a buffet of their own in the adjacent Heron Room while you enjoy the grand buffet in the ballroom. Your children will always remember this special event that will feature games, live animals, arts and crafts, as well as delicious and fun food.
Jasmine Porch Thanksgiving Buffet, $72+ per adult, $25+ per child (ages 4-12)
Celebrate the holiday with a magnificent buffet featuring traditional favorites and live music. This will be a dinner to remember in a warm yet elegant atmosphere, as you toast loved ones with a complimentary glass of champagne and ring in the holiday season. Jasmine Porch is sure to be an annual tradition for you and your family. Call 843.768.6253 for dining reservations. (Breakfast buffet also available.)
Thanksgiving Dinner in The Ocean Room
The Sanctuary’s signature restaurant is proud to present a Thanksgiving experience made for the true epicurean. The Ocean Room will be featuring their seasonal steakhouse menu in addition to holiday favorites. A children’s menu is 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 or ext. 86253.
Thanksgiving Buffet at The Atlantic Room, $75++/adult, $35++/child (4-12 years)
The Head Chef has created dishes that capture the spirit of the season with his Thanksgiving buffet menu. Savor the flavors of the season while taking in the dramatic views of the Atlantic Ocean. Call 843.266.4085 for reservations.
The Lobby Bar
Join us at The Lobby Bar for spirits as you gather with friends and family this holiday season. The Lobby Bar will be open from 12pm-11pm on Thanksgiving.
Town Center Market
Visit the Town Center Market between 7am and 3pm for those last-minute grocery items, plus beer and wine. Also serving breakfast and lunch on Thanksgiving Day.
Special Thanksgiving Events
Oil Painting Instruction
Call for days and times. Reservations required. 843.768.6001
During this 3-hour class, you’ll paint your own interpretation of the beautiful Kiawah River and marsh. Create a unique memory of your Thanksgiving on Kiawah Island to take home with you! Charleston artist Tina Maylandwill be with you every step of the way to ensure that your experience is educational and enjoyable. All supplies are provided: easel, canvas, oil paint, & smocks. Wear casual clothes. $150 per person. No experience is required to participate, and all levels of ability are welcome. Ages 18 and up.
Night Heron Park Turkey Hunt
Registration is complimentary. Call for details: 843.768.6001
What would Thanksgiving on Kiawah Island be without a Turkey Hunt? Join us in Night Heron Park for this fun event that the whole family will love! Participants will be split into three age groups and search for turkeys hidden in the park. Receive a prize if you find the elusive Golden Turkey!
Annual Turkey Day Shootout
Reservations required. Call 843-768-6001. $12/person.
Join us in Night Heron Park for this friendly archery showdown! The competitor with the highest overall score for each age category will take home the prize! Categories for age groups are 9-12, 13-15, and 16+. Participants under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
Thanksgiving Day. Registration is complimentary. 8:30am
Participate in our annual fun run/walk on the beach for a quick workout before the feasting begins! Register on the beach at the Sanctuary Beach Access (just west of the Sanctuary Hotel). This race offers a 1-mile walk or a 1- to 3-mile run on the beach for families, beginners or competitive runners. The race begins promptly at 9am. Upon registration, receive a raffle ticket for a prize drawing that will be held at 9:45am at the race start/finish line!
Family Sand Sculpting
Thanksgiving Day. 2pm – 3:30pm. Entry is complimentary.
Indulge your creative side this Thanksgiving on Kiawah Island. Design a sculpture on the beach at the Sanctuary Beach Access (just west of the Sanctuary Hotel). Categories include best holiday theme and most creative. Judging begins promptly at 2:45pm. Make sure to bring your own sand tools. Limited toys available for rent.
Tree Lighting Ceremony at The Sanctuary
Friday after Thanksgiving, 5pm
Join residents and visitors to “Deck the Halls” of The Sanctuary for the holiday season. Our holiday staff will be busy assembling the Grand Lobby Christmas tree, as well as decorating our mantels and grand staircases. Be there as The Sanctuary is transformed into a magical, holiday mansion. The tree lighting festivities will begin at 5pm and come ready to sing some favorite Christmas carols! We look forward to celebrating this special time of the year with you and your loved ones.
Thanksgiving Week Youth & Teen Activities
All events take place at Night Heron Park, unless otherwise noted. Teen programs are designed for ages 13-18, and youth programs are designed for ages 7-12. Recreation staff is present, however, youth and teens are not individually supervised. During all events, make necessary arrangements for transportation, and keep in mind the Night Heron Park closes promptly at 11pm. Reservations are not required unless noted.
Youth Oil Painting Instruction
Call for days and times. Reservations required. 843.768.6001
Enjoy beautiful Mingo Point, just outside the Kiawah gate, and create your own painting as a unique memory of your Thanksgiving vacation. Just like the oil painting class for adults, teens will be led by Charleston artist Tina Mayland during this 2-hour workshop. All supplies are provided: easel, canvas, oil paint, & smocks. Wear casual clothes. $95/person. No experience necessary; all levels of ability are welcome. Ages 12-17.
Kamp Kiawah: Fall Festival
Thanksgiving Day. Half or full day. Call for details: 843-768-6001.
Children ages 3-7 will love this holiday day camp just for them! Treat your little one to carnival-themed games, creative activities, and more during this special edition of Kamp Kiawah. A full day at the camp includes lunch.
Youth: 3 on 3 Basketball
Friday after Thanksgiving, 7pm – 8pm
Kids ages 8-12 are invited to come play in a friendly basketball tournament! Come with a team or solo and make some friends. Groups will be divided by age, and the winning teams in each group receive a prize. Meet at the Night Heron Park Basketball Court. $2 per player.
Teen Night: 3 on 3 Basketball
Friday after Thanksgiving, 8pm – 9:30pm
This single-elimination tournament is your teen’s chance to show off their skills. Winning teams receive a prize. Meet at the Night Heron Park Basketball Court. $2 per player.
Youth: Pumpkin Hockey
Call 843-768-6001 for dates and times. Admission is complimentary.
He shoots, he scores! This game is one you’ll only experience during Thanksgiving on Kiawah Island! Come to Night Heron Park for a round of pumpkin hockey.
Thanksgiving Day, 6pm – 8pm
Come experience archery like never before! Archery Tag is a form of dodgeball using bow & arrows. Dip and dive through bunkers to get your arrows and conquer the competition! This event is for ages 8 and up. All equipment is provided. $5 per game, and $20 for unlimited play.
Spend Thanksgiving at a Luxury Home on Kiawah Island
Enjoy the feasts and festivities this Thanksgiving on Kiawah Island. When night falls, return to your premier vacation rental to continue your family’s celebration. With convenient locations and amazing amenities, Pam Harrington Exclusives can help you find the perfect home for your holiday. Browse our available rentals, and reserve yours early to beat the rush. We look forward to sharing amazing food, fun, and good cheer with you this November!