New Year’s Celebrations


Ring in the new year with family and friends at Kiawah Island Golf Resort.

Family-friendly, kids-only and teens-only New Year’s Eve celebrations feature food, festivities and even a fireworks display before saying goodbye to the old  and making resolutions for the shiny new year.

Then boldly welcome that new year in an invigorating way, by either competing in the resort’s annual 5K race or racing into the chilly Atlantic Ocean in our annual Polar Bear Plunge.

Watch this page for updates and a full roster of activities, as New Year’s rolls around on your calendar.

Visit our event calendar for a complete list of daily nature tours, Kiawah camps, art classes, lessons, and more. Make online bike reservations to experience Kiawah by bike.

M O N D A Y, Dec. 30

Bonfire and S’mores
5pm – 6:30pm | Night Heron Park
Enjoy time with each other around a fire while listening to live music and indulging in a s’more or two. Event is complimentary. S’mores available for purchase.

T U E S D A Y, Dec. 31

Kamp Kiawah: Kids’ Night Out New Year’s Eve Bash
7:30pm – 12:30am | Sanctuary Hotel
Ring in the New Year at the Sanctuary Hotel! Enjoy splashing around the Sanctuary’s Indoor Pool, have a pizza party, and play video games! Pick-up and drop-off is located at the Sanctuary Indoor Pool.

W E D N E S D A Y, Jan. 1

New Year’s Day 5K
11am | Sanctuary Beach Access
No better way to ring in the New Year than with a beach run! This fun run will begin at the Sanctuary beach access, running east toward the Ocean Course 1.55 miles, turning around and heading back to the finish line in front of the Sanctuary Hotel. All participants will receive a Kiawah Island Golf Resort keepsake, as well as be entered into a raffle for some great giveaways! Water will be available at the start and finish line. Complimentary, no registration required.

Polar Bear Plunge
11:45am | Sanctuary Beach Access
Plunge into the New Year with the Polar Bear Plunge! Celebrate new beginnings as we gather on Kiawah’s beach to take an icy plunge into the Atlantic! All participants must bring their own towels. Complimentary, no registration required.