Thanksgiving at Kiawah

Year-after-year, families have made Kiawah Island Golf Resort the host of their favorite holiday traditions.

With lavish Thanksgiving Day feasts in our restaurants and a complete roster of activities for all ages, all around the resort—including our popular Turkey Trot, family sand sculpting competition, Mingo Point Oyster Roast & BBQ and your choice of seasonal craft workshops, as the excitement builds in anticipation of Santa’s Lowcountry Grand Arrival.

Delicious Dining
Please check back as Thanksgiving draws closer for a full roster of dining events to help plan your holiday celebration.
Thanksgiving Beach Bicycles
Family Activities
Thanksgiving is a time for family, and Kiawah Island Golf Resort offers a wide range of activities to keep kids (and grownups!) of all ages entertained! From our annual Turkey Trot to S'Mores and Beach Yoga, your family will create lasting memories of your Thanksgiving at Kiawah.

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.

T U E S D A Y, Nov. 26
Pumpkin Hockey
4:15pm – 5:15pm | Night Heron Park
This game of hockey is one like you’ve never seen! Come to Night Heron Park for a round of pumpkin hockey. Admission is complimentary.

W E D N E S D A Y, Nov. 27
Discovery Series: Center for Birds of Prey
4pm – 5pm | Night Heron Park Pavilion
Join us as we learn about how the health of our wild bird populations directly reflects the health of our environment, and discover how our decisions today will make a difference in protecting our natural world for tomorrow. Program includes amazing flight demonstrations you will not want to miss! Guests are encouraged to bring their own blankets and chairs. Admission is complimentary.

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 to purchase.

T H U R S D A Y, Nov. 28
Turkey Trot
9am | Sanctuary Front Beach
For beginners and competitive runners alike, this annual race won’t disappoint! Providing a one mile walk course, or a one to three mile run course with the beach as the backdrop, bring your entire family out to join in! Arrive at 8:30am to receive raffle ticket and hot chocolate/coffee. Raffle drawing will be held at race start/finish at 9:45am. Limited edition Turkey Trot shirts are available for purchase.

Yoga on the Beach
10:15am | Sanctuary Front Beach
This session is a slow to medium paced vinyasa class focused on gratitude to start your Thanksgiving Day off in a mindful way. No previous yoga experience required; all are welcome. $20/person, reservations required, call 843.768.6001.

5th Annual Night Heron Park Turkey Hunt
11:30am | Night Heron Park
Time to hunt for your perfect turkey for Thanksgiving! Participants will be split into one of three age groups to search for Turkeys that are hidden in the park. Prizes will be awarded in each age group for the participant that finds the Golden Turkey. Admission is complimentary.

1pm – 2pm | Night Heron Park Pavilion
Choose from any of our bright, rainbow spectrum colors to make your traditional Kiawah logo Tie-Dye T-shirt. $18+tax.

Family Sand Sculpting
2pm – 3:30pm | Sanctuary Front Beach
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. Entry is complimentary. Limited sand toys available for rent.

Fall Festival
5:30pm – 8pm | Night Heron Park
Join the Fall Festival with live music, an inflatable jump castle, pumpkin bowling, southern lawn games, face painting, and arts and crafts. Admission is complimentary. Crafts available for purchase.

F R I D A Y, Nov. 29
Holiday Bazaar Workshop
9am – 2pm | Turtles’ Nest Art Studio
Avoid the hustle of Black Friday shopping and drop into our art studio to make your holiday gifts! Projects include scented candles, body scrub, jewelry dishes, necklaces, ornaments, home decor, and more! Bring your own items found on Kiawah or special to you to enhance your creations. All ages welcome, no reservations required. $15-30 per project.

4th Annual Turkey Day Shootout
2pm – 3:30pm | Night Heron Park
Join us 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. Reservations required, call 843.768.6001. $12/person.

Holiday Ornament Workshop
4:30pm – 6pm | Night Heron Park Pavilion
Enjoy a cup of hot cocoa and learn to make an ornament that is uniquely yours! Advanced reservations required, call 843.768.6001. $25/person includes 4 ornaments, ages 5 – adult. Additional ornaments can be added to purchase.