Christmas at Kiawah

Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with family and friends at Kiawah Island Golf Resort.

From Thanksgiving weekend right up until Christmas Day, the resort decks the halls and rolls out a roster of fun and festive activities to get you in the seasonal spirit – from The Sanctuary’s official tree lighting to craft making workshops and Santa’s Lowcountry Grand Arrival.

Of course, your Christmas Eve and Christmas Day meals will be served in style in our fine restaurants, including the festa dei sette pesci (feast of the seven fishes), a time-honored tradition that proudly lives on every Christmas Eve in Tomasso at Turtle Point.

Delicious Dining
The holidays are a time for families at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, and our Christmas dining options reflect that sentiment.
Feast of the Seven Fishes
Feast of the Seven Fishes
Tomasso at Turtle Point
4 – 9pm
5 courses for $105, or $130 with wine pairings

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The Feast of the Seven Fishes (festa dei sette pesci), also known as The Vigil (La Vigilia) and celebrated on Christmas Eve, is believed to have originated in Southern Italy. The long tradition of eating seafood on Christmas Eve dates from medieval Italian times, where meat markets were closed on specific holy days. Chef Mike Littlefield and team at Tomasso are carrying on the tradition with their own feast! Call 843.266.4070 for reservations.


Sunday, December 24

Jasmine Porch and The Ocean Room
Jasmine Porch | Breakfast 6:30am-10:15am |Lunch 11:30am-2pm | Dinner 5:30 – 9pm
The Ocean Room | 5:30 – 9pm

On Christmas Eve, both The Ocean Room and Jasmine Porch will serve menus enhanced by seasonal specials. Celebrate this special evening by savoring the seasonal cuisine offered at The Ocean Room or by sampling Lowcountry and regional favorites at Jasmine Porch. Call Dining Reservations at 877.683.1234

The Atlantic Room
A la carte | 5:30 – 8pm
A la carte | 5:30 – 8pm
On Christmas Eve, join us for an enchanting holiday dinner in The Atlantic Room at The Ocean Course. Gather your family and friends for a memorable evening and enjoy Chef John Ondo’s winter inspired menu. Call 843.266.4085 for reservations.

Ryder Cup Bar will open from 11am – 8pm on Christmas Eve serving offerings from their regular menu.

The Lobby Bar at The Sanctuary
Join The Lobby Bar for spirits as you gather with friends and family this holiday season. The Lobby Bar will be open from 12:00-11:00pm on Christmas Eve.

The Nest Market | Café
Open 7am-6pm

Cherrywood BBQ & Ale House and The Players’ Pub are both closed on Christmas Eve.


Monday, December 25

Jasmine Porch
Breakfast from 6:30 – 10:15am
Christmas Buffet from 12 – 8pm
Adults: $129 | Children 4-12: $75

Kiawah’s Grand Christmas Day Buffet is held at Jasmine Porch. Celebrate this special day with The Sanctuary and allow our chefs to delight your palate with holiday specialties and enjoy live entertainment. At this time, reservations are limited to guests of The Sanctuary. Call 877.683.1234 for reservations.

Cherrywood BBQ & Ale House
Lunch | 12 – 4pm | a la carte
Celebrate the holiday with the best Southern BBQ the island has to offer. Allow Chef Keith Richardson to prepare your Christmas feast while you relax with your family in the comfort of the Osprey Point Clubhouse. Call 843.266.4636 for reservations.

The Players’ Pub at Cougar Point
Dinner | 5 – 8pm | a la carte
Merry Christmas from The Players’ Pub team! Join us for an a la carte Christmas dining experience with casual pub fare. No reservations required.

The Lobby Bar at The Sanctuary
Join The Lobby Bar for spirits as you gather with friends and family this holiday season. The Lobby Bar will be open from 12:00-11:00pm on Christmas Day.

The Nest Market | Café
Open 8am-3pm

The Atlantic Room, Ryder Cup Bar and Tomasso at Turtle Point are all closed on Christmas Day.

Festive Events
From magic shows to a magical tree lighting ceremony, there's no better way to celebrate the holidays than joining in the many family-friendly activities offered around the island!
Santa Claus is Coming to Town
Friday, November 24
9-9:45am | Sanctuary Hotel to Night Heron Park

To celebrate the start of the holiday season, Santa will be making a special visit to Kiawah. Join us along the parade route, where you can catch a glimpse of Santa and his merry team of elves as they make their way from the Sanctuary Hotel to Night Heron Park!
Blankets and/or beach chairs permitted along the parade route. Complimentary, no reservations required. Schedule subject to change.

View Santa's Parade Path

Visit our full calendar of events to see what’s happening every day and to make advance reservations for activities. And don’t forget to make your bike reservations – one of the best ways to explore all that our island has to offer!

F R I D A Y, November 24

Rick Hubbard’s Christmas Kazoobie Kazoo Show
10:30am – 12pm | Night Heron Park Stage
The snow will be falling so softly everywhere, and the sound of children’s laughter will surely fill the air! We can make your wish come true, because all you need for Christmas…is KAZOO! Our favorite, Rick Hubbard, is back for a special Christmas show on the Night Heron Park stage!
Admission is complimentary, no reservations required. A limited quantity of picnic table seating is available. Blankets and beach chairs recommended. Schedule subject to change.

Holiday Ornament Workshop
11am – 12pm, 12:30 – 1:30pm, 2 – 3pm | Night Heron Park Pavilion
Join us for a cup of hot cocoa, and learn how to make an ornament that is uniquely yours! Each bag contains 4 different ornaments. The perfect activity to remember your holiday on Kiawah Island! $25/bag. Additional ornaments available for purchase. For ages 5+. Reservations required, please call 843.768.6001. A 24-hour cancellation policy applies. Subject to availability.

Holiday Farm Snuggles
12:30 – 2pm | Night Heron Park
Crosswind Farm is back and bringing more animals than before! Celebrate the holiday spirit with a horse and a camel, or belt holiday classics with some goats for example! Admire the cuteness of bunnies in their pen, or tell stories to the llama and all their friends. We want to see you jolly on this special day, so stop by Night Heron Park to see our merry display!

This event is complimentary, no reservations required. Schedule subject to change.

Holiday Music Bingo
3:30 – 6pm | Night Heron Park Stage
Get into the holiday spirit with a few rounds of bingo! Try your luck in various rounds of bingo and mini games. Fun for the whole family! First round begins at 3:30pm. This event is complimentary and no reservations are required. A limited quantity of picnic table seating is available. Blankets or beach chairs recommended. Schedule subject to change.

Kids Night Out: Elf
5 – 8pm | Night Heron Pavilion
Pass through the seven levels of the candy cane forest, through the sea of swirly-twirly gum drops, and then walk through the doors of Kiawah Island’s Kids Night Out! Join us as we follow Buddy’s journey of candy spaghetti, cotton balls, dancing and singing. Don’t be a cotton-headed ninny-muggins and miss out on this cheerful night!
For kids ages 3-12. Dinner is included. Reservations required, please call 843.768.6001. A 24-hour cancellation policy applies.

Tree Lighting Ceremony at The Sanctuary
Friday, November 24 | 4:45-5:30pm
Join us as we “Deck the Halls” of The Sanctuary for the holiday season. Our holiday staff will be busy assembling our 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. Our tree lighting festivities will begin at 4:30pm. Come ready to sing some favorite Christmas carols with performing favorites, Gracie and Lacy! We look forward to celebrating this special time of the year with you and your loved ones.
Chocolate Sculpture Unveiling
Saturday, November 25 | The Sanctuary Lobby
Don't miss as The Sanctuary pastry team unveils this season's confectionary masterpiece–a sculpture made entirely of chocolate! Watch as Executive Pastry Chef, Jordan Snider and his team put the finishing touches on this year's display and stay for a Q&A with the artists.

S A T U R D A Y, November 25

Story Time with Santa
10 – 10:30am | Night Heron Park Stage
‘Twas just a month before Christmas, when all through the park, not a creature was chirping, not even a lark! For everyone had gathered around the center stage, to hear Santa himself read stories page by page. From sprinkles of holiday magic to a yuletide sing-a-long with care, Santa will answer questions about the North Pole and what it’s like to live there!
This event is complimentary and no reservations are required. Blankets and beach chairs recommended. A limited quantity of picnic table seating is available. Schedule subject to change.

Santa’s Workshop
10:30am – 12:30pm | Night Heron Park Nature Center
Nothing screams holiday cheer better than HO-HO-HOMADE gifts! Give your friends and family a big box of love, without stepping foot in a big box store! Handmade project options include scented candles, necklaces, ornaments, home décor, pottery and more!
Kiln projects, such as pottery painting, are available for pick up 2-3 days after completion. We will gladly ship your projects to your home. No reservations required. Subject to availability.

Santa’s Lowcountry Grand Arrival
2-4pm | Grand Lawn of The Sanctuary
Come witness as Santa and Mrs. Claus make their grand arrival at The Sanctuary. Kids of all ages are welcome to join Mrs. Claus for Christmas stories and then visit with Santa as parents get the opportunity for a picturesque holiday card.

Caroling at The Sanctuary
Join us every Friday and Saturday during the month of December as The Charleston Caroling Company brings the sounds of the holidays to The Sanctuary.

5pm | December 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 24
Christmas Service at The Sanctuary Chapel
We are pleased to offer a special Christmas Day service at The Sanctuary Chapel. Open to all.

10:30am | Pastor Dr. John G. Panagiotou
Ring in the New Year
Observing the passing from one calendar year to the next evokes special meaning when the celebration includes a spectacular firework display over the Atlantic Ocean. From live music, to glow-in-the-dark parties for the kids, and a champagne toast at midnight, the New Year never looked so bright as it does from Kiawah Island.