How to Have the Best Thanksgiving on Kiawah Island

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and that means it’s time to start making your holiday plans! For many, it’s a tradition to gather for a festive feast complete with turkey, gravy, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and pecan pie. Why not start a new tradition this year, and enjoy a relaxing Thanksgiving on Kiawah Island? Bring all your family and friends and share your holiday meal by the beach. You’ll find that there is no shortage of festivities, dining options, or activities taking place along our beautiful shores. Here are some of our top recommendations!

If you are planning to celebrate Thanksgiving on Kiawah Island, make sure to request a copy of our complimentary Kiawah Island Vacation Guide! It’s full of tips about the best things to see and do on our beautiful barrier island. From dining and shopping to activities and events, vacation planning has never been easier. 

How to Celebrate Thanksgiving on Kiawah Island in 2019


We have compiled the following list of restaurants and local events to help you plan the ultimate Thanksgiving on Kiawah Island. Check it out and get ready for a holiday your family will remember for years to come!


Specialty Thanksgiving Dining Options:

Thanksgiving Feast at The Sanctuary in the Grand Oaks Ballroom | $79+

Are you looking for the ultimate culinary experience this Thanksgiving on Kiawah Island? The Sanctuary in the Grand Oaks Ballroom will be hosting a lavish buffet from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. on November 28th. There will be several stations throughout the ballroom featuring seafood displays, live chef presentations, holiday meats, and other favorites. Sample the wine menu and save room for dessert! Call 843.768.6251 for reservations.

Children’s Thanksgiving Buffet at The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort | $30+ per child (ages 4-12)

While you are dining in the Grand Oaks Ballroom, your children can enjoy a festive meal of their own. The annual Children’s Thanksgiving buffet will be held in the adjacent Heron Room from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. With games, live animals, arts and crafts, and tasty food, this is an event your children will love! 

Jasmine Porch Thanksgiving Grand Buffet | 12 p.m. – 8 p.m. | $75+ per adult and $28+ per child (ages 4-12) ** Fully Committed, Waitlist Only

The Jasmine Porch offers an elegant ambiance that is sure to impress. This delicious Thanksgiving grand buffet is complete with all your traditional favorites as well as live music. Enjoy your meal and ring in the holiday season with a complimentary glass of champagne. Cheers! Call 843.768.6252 for reservation information. A separate breakfast buffet is also available. 

Thanksgiving Dinner in The Ocean Room

Calling all Epicureans! No place does Thanksgiving dinner better than The Sanctuary’s signature restaurant. The Ocean Room will be offering their steakhouse menu and other traditional favorites from 4:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. If you’re looking for a non-traditional option, stop by their Sushi Lounge for small plates and expertly crafted drinks. Call 843.768.6260 for reservations. 

Thanksgiving Buffet at The Atlantic Room, $75++/adult, $35++/child (4-12 years) ** Fully Committed, Waitlist Only

Would you like to enjoy dinner and a view? Don’t miss The Atlantic Room’s annual Thanksgiving Buffet! Chef John Ondo carefully-crafted dishes are sure to tantalize your taste buds. While you dine, enjoy spectacular vistas of the Atlantic Ocean right from your table. Call 843.266.4085 for reservations. 

Thanksgiving at The Players’ Pub

Are you looking for a more casual Thanksgiving celebration? Cougar Point’s new clubhouse is throwing a Thanksgiving bash and you’re invited! The event will take place all day from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. Enjoy various holiday specials and a signature a la carte menu prepared by Chef Cory. While you dine, you’ll be able to watch the Thanksgiving Day parade and football games on TV. 

The Lobby Bar

If you’re looking to grab drinks with family and friends, make sure to check out The Lobby Bar. Get into the holiday spirit while you sip festive cocktails with your loved ones. The bar will be open from 12 p.m. until 11 p.m. on Thanksgiving. Cheers!

Town Center Market

Do you need to pick up some last-minute groceries, wine, or beer? The Town Center Market has everything you need to create your own mouthwatering holiday meal. The Town Center Market is open from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m.  On Thanksgiving Day, the market will also be offering a special breakfast and lunch. 

Special Thanksgiving Events:

From oyster roasts and turkey trots to tree lighting festivals and more, there are so many fun ways to celebrate Thanksgiving on Kiawah Island. Mark your calendar for these upcoming Turkey Day events!

Turkey Trot | Thursday, November 28th 

The annual Turkey Trot is one of Kiawah Island’s most beloved Thanksgiving traditions for both locals and visitors alike. This event, which is held at The Sanctuary Front Beach, is great for all ages and skill levels. You can either opt to take a one-mile walk or a three-mile fun run on the beach. The race begins at 10:30 a.m., but we recommend arriving at 10 a.m. to pick up a raffle ticket. The event is complimentary and includes hot cocoa and coffee.

Yoga on the Beach | Thursday, November 28th | $20 per person

Following the Turkey Trot, enjoy a mindful yoga session at The Sanctuary Front Beach. All levels of experience are welcome to participate in this medium-paced vinyasa class. Plus, it’s the perfect way to start your relaxing Thanksgiving on Kiawah Island. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 843.768.6001.

Fall Festival | Thursday, November 28th

Celebrate the season at this year’s Fall Festival in Night Heron Park! The festivities kick off at 5:30 p.m. and run until 8 p.m. Get ready for live music, pumpkin bowling, Southern lawn games, face painting, arts and crafts, and more. Admission is complimentary. 

5th Annual Night Heron Park Turkey Hunt | Thursday, November 28th

What would Thanksgiving on Kiawah Island be without a Turkey Hunt? Join us at 11:30 a.m. 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! Registration is complimentary. Call 843.768.6001 for details.

Family Sand Sculpting | Thursday, November 28th

Have you ever wanted to 

challenge your family to a sandcastle contest? Now’s your chance! Indulge in your creative side this Thanksgiving on Kiawah Island and design a sand masterpiece on the beach. Sculptures will be rated by categories such as “best holiday theme” and “most creative.” The event will be held at the Sanctuary Beach Access and judging begins at 2:45 p.m. Entry is complimentary. Limited sand toys are also available for rent.

4th Annual Turkey Day Shootout | Friday, November 29th | $12 per person

Show off your archery skills in this friendly showdown! The 4th Annual Turkey Day Shootout will be held in Night Heron Park from 2 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. The event is separated into three separate age groups and the winner will take home a prize. Participants 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 843.768.6001.

Mingo Point Oyster Roast and BBQ | Friday, Nov. 29th |$50.95 per adult, 27.95 per child

The crisp weather of November welcomes oyster season in the Lowcountry, and the Mingo Point Oyster Roast is one event you won’t want to miss. Bring the whole family and shuck oysters beside the river, enjoy an all-you-can-eat Southern BBQ buffet, and listen to live entertainment from The Island Trio. This family-friendly event will also feature a craft market, a kid’s zone, and photos with Santa. Make reservations by calling 843.768.2790. Bring 2 or more canned goods to receive 10% off admission!

Tree Lighting Ceremony at The Sanctuary | Friday, November 29th 

Get into the holiday spirit at the Tree Lighting Ceremony at The Sanctuary! The entire mansion will be decked out for the holidays, complete with garlands, decorated mantels, and of course the Grand Lobby Christmas Tree. The tree lighting ceremony begins at 5 p.m. Sing along to your favorite Christmas carols while you watch the magic unfold!

Santa’s Lowcountry Arrival | Saturday, November 30th

See the jolly old man himself as he makes an early appearance on Kiawah Island! Your kids will love visiting with Santa and listening Christmas stories told by Mrs. Clause. The event will take place at 3 p.m. on the Grand Lawn of The Sanctuary. 

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!