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.
T H U R S D A Y, Nov. 29
Thanksgiving Feast at The Sanctuary**
in the Grand Oaks Ballroom | 11am-4pm | $79++
Join us for a culinary creation on Thanksgiving Day. A lavish buffet presentation will be at your fingertips. Browse the numerous culinary stations throughout the ballroom, featuring seafood displays, live chef stations, holiday meats, and other traditional favorites. Sample the wine menu and finish your experience with decadent chocolates and pastries. Call 843.768.6251 for reservations.
Children’s Thanksgiving Buffet
at The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort | 11am-4pm | $30++/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**
Breakfast | 6:30am-10:15am
Grand Buffet | 12pm-8pm | $75++/adult and $28++/child (4-12yrs)
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 843.768.6252 for dining reservations.
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. Children’s menu available. For a more non-traditional option, our Sushi Lounge will be available for small plates and libations. Call for reservations at 843.768.6260 or ext. 86260.
Thanksgiving Buffet at The Atlantic Room**
11am-5pm | $75++/adult, $35++/child (4-12 years)
Chef John Ondo has created dishes that capture the spirit of the season with his Thanksgiving buffet menu. Savor the flavors of the holidays while taking in the dramatic views of the Atlantic Ocean. Call 843.266.4085 for reservations.
Thanksgiving at The Players’ Pub**
Give thanks and celebrate at Cougar Point’s new clubhouse and restaurant. Join us for the Thanksgiving Day parade and football games on one of our many TVs. Chef Cory will be offering holiday specials along with his seasonal a la carte menu.
The Lobby Bar
Join 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
Stop by for those last minute grocery items, plus beer and wine. Also serving breakfast and lunch.
F R I D A Y, Nov. 29
Mingo Point Oyster Roast & BBQ
Reservations: 843.768.2790 or purchase tickets online at KiawahDining.com
5:30pm-8:30pm | $50.95/adult, $27.95/child (5-12 years)
*Photos with Santa 6:15pm-7:15pm
Celebrate the holidays at Mingo Point and come out for the last oyster roast and BBQ of 2019! Enjoy an authentic Lowcountry experience at Kiawah’s most popular family outing. Indulge in a riverside oyster roast and an all-you-can-eat buffet of Southern BBQ specialties highlighting holiday favorites. Enjoy live entertainment from The Island Trio, a local artisan craft market, and a kid’s zone featuring hair braiding and a craft station. Be sure to be on your best behavior because good ol’ Saint Nick is coming to the Lowcountry for holiday photos!
S A T U R D A Y, Nov. 30
Beaches & Cream Ice Cream Sundae Bar
Build your ultimate ice cream sundae with all of the toppings for $12. Featuring Wholly Cow Ice Cream, a locally produced favorite.
T U E S D A Y, Nov. 26
Scenic Cinema in the Park
5:30pm – 8pm | Night Heron Park
Bring your lawn chairs and blankets to Night Heron Park for an outdoor movie experience featuring the film Free Birds! The movie will begin at 5:30 PM. Admission is complimentary and the movie is weather dependent. Concessions available for
purchase. Movie information: 1 hour 31 minutes
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.
Painting in the Park
6pm – 7:30pm | Turtles’ Nest Art Studio
Enjoy a beverage while you design your way to a masterpiece. This unique setting will provide inspiration while our art specialists guide you to create your own unique seasonal Kiawah Island inspired marsh canvas painting using acrylic paints. $60/person, ages 14+. Advanced reservations are required, call 843.768.6001.
T H U R S D A Y, Nov. 28
10:30am | Sanctuary Front Beach
This race offers a one-mile walk or a one to three mile run on the beach for families, beginners or competitive runners. Join us at 10am to receive your raffle ticket and complimentary coffee and hot cocoa. Run begins at 10:30am, raffle will be held at 11:15am. This event is complimentary, limited edition Turkey Trot shirts will be available for purchase at the race start.
Yoga on the Beach
11am | Sanctuary Front Beach
Join our instructor for a yoga session on the beach following the race. 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.
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.
6pm – 8pm | Night Heron Park
Join the global sensation of Archery Tag! This is a fast paced game that involves aim, accuracy, teamwork, strategy, and FUN! Reservations are not required, however time slot sign-up may be necessary based on the number of players. $5/game, $20/unlimited play.
F R I D A Y, Nov. 29
Tree Lighting Ceremony at The Sanctuary
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 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.
Holiday Bazaar Workshop
9am – 2pm | Turtles’ Nest Art Studio
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.
Basketball Clinic with Kevin Hammack
Basic Skills Clinic: 4:15pm – 5:15pm | Elite Basketball Clinic: 2pm – 3:30pm | Night Heron Park Basketball Courts
Local Basketball Coach at St. John’s High School Kevin Hammack leads an instructional clinic to practice and improve players of all skill levels the same day as the 3v3 Basketball Tournament! Coach Hammack was a scholarship basketball player at the Citadel, played professional basketball in Canada, and currently has 10 years of coaching experience as the Varsity Basketball Coach at St. John’s.
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.
5:45pm – 9:30pm | Night Heron Park
Meet us at the Sanctuary Hotel in your PJs and get your golden ticket. Journey on a special ride to Night Heron Park to enjoy hot cocoa, dinner, crafts, and a showing of The Polar Express. Ages 3-11. Advanced reservations required, call 843.768.6001.
Basketball Clinic with Kevin Hammack
Basic Skills Clinic: 4:15pm-5:15pm | Elite Basketball Clinic: 2pm-3:30pm | Night Heron Basketball Courts
Local Basketball Coach at St. John’s High School Kevin Hammack leads an instructional clinic to practice and improve players of all skill levels the same day as the 3v3 Basketball Tournament! Coach Hammack was a scholarship basketball player at the Citadel, played professional basketball in Canada, and currently has 10 years of coaching experience as the Varsity Basketball Coach at St. John’s. Basic Skills Clinic (Ages 6-11): $35/person Elite Basketball Clinic (12 & up): $55/person
3v3 Basketball Tournament: Youth, Teen, and Adult
Youth: 6pm – 7pm | Teen and Adult: 7pm – 8:30pm | Night Heron Basketball Courts
Join us at the Night Heron Basketball Courts for a 3v3 Tournament! Come alone or with a team to play the Island’s best basketball. Referees will call the games and run the tournament. Prizes awarded to the winning teams in each category. $2/player, registration begins 15 minutes before game time.
S A T U R D A Y, Nov. 30
Santa’s Lowcountry Grand Arrival*
3pm | Grand Lawn of The Sanctuary
Come witness as Santa and Mrs. Claus make their grand arrival on Kiawah Island. Kids of all ages are welcome to visit with Santa as parents get the opportunity for a picturesque holiday card. After visiting with Santa, join Mrs. Claus Christmas stories. Be there as our Pastry Team unveils this season’s Sanctuary chocolate sculpture creation!