Holidays at Kiawah

Friends and family come together to celebrate the holiday season at Kiawah Island Golf Resort. Relax and enjoy the variety of dining and recreation options available in addition to a round or two of golf. Our chefs and staff have prepared delicious menu options paired with local fare to ensure this holiday season is a joyous and memorable one.



Bike Rentals (Available Year Round)

Kiawah Island is renowned for its natural beauty and abundant wildlife. Discover numerous secret spots for solitude and wildlife viewing accessible only by bike! Ride along 30 miles of paved leisure trails and 10 miles of hard packed beach. We offer beach cruisers for family members of all ages. We anticipate selling out of bikes. To secure your bike rental, please make your reservations in advance online, or by calling 843.768.6001.

Calendar Of Events

For a complete schedule of holiday events, Kamp Kiawah, nature tours art classes and more, please visit our Calendar of Events.



Pumpkin Hockey

Tuesday, November 20 | 4:15pm – 5:15pm
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.

Discovery Series: Center for Birds of Prey

Wednesday, November 21 | 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

Wednesday, November 21 | 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

Wednesday, November 21 | 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. Advanced reservations are required, call (843) 768-6001.

Turkey Trot

Thursday, November 22 | 9am
Rise and shine for our annual fun run/walk on the beach! Registration begins at 8:30am on the beach at The Sanctuary Beach Access (just west of The Sanctuary Hotel). This race offers a one-mile walk or a one to three mile run on the beach for families, beginners or competitive runners. The race begins promptly at 9pam. All participants receive a raffle ticket for a prize drawing that will be held at 9:45am at the race start/finish line! Registration is complimentary, limited edition Turkey Trot shirts available for purchase at the race start. Visit Beaches & Cream, located in The Sanctuary for any of your pre or post Turkey Trot snacks!

Yoga on the Beach

Thursday, November 22 | 10:15am
Join our instructor for a yoga session on the beach following the Turkey Trot 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. Reservations required, call (843) 768-6001.

4th Annual Night Heron Park Turkey Hunt

Thursday, November 22 | 11:30pm
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.


Thursday, November 22 | 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.

Family Sand Sculpting

Thursday, November 22 | 2pm – 3:30pm
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

Thursday, November 22 | 5:30pm – 8pm
Join the Fall Festival with entertainment in Night Heron Park! Live music, an inflatable jump castle, pumpkin bowling, southern lawn games, face painting, and arts and crafts. Admission is complimentary. Crafts available for purchase.

Holiday Bazaar Workshop

Friday, November 23 | 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 décor, and more! Bring your own items found on Kiawah or special to you to enhance your creations. All ages welcome, no reservations required.

3rd Annual Turkey Day Shootout

Friday, November 23 | 2pm – 3:30pm
Join us in Night Heron Park 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.

Holiday Ornament Workshop

Friday, November 23 | 4:30pm – 6pm
Join us in front of the fireplace in the pavilion for 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.

Tree Lighting Ceremony at The Sanctuary

Friday, November 23 | 5pm
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. 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.

Mingo Point Oyster Roast & BBQ

Friday, November 23 | 5:30pm – 8:30pm | Photos with Santa: 6:15pm – 7:15pm
Celebrate the holidays at Mingo Point and come out for the last oyster roast and BBQ of 2018! 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 design-your-own tote bag station. Be sure to be on your best behavior because good ol’ Saint Nick is coming to the Lowcountry for holiday photos! Reservations: (843) 768-2790 | $49.95/adult, $29.95/child (5-12 years)

Kid’s Night Out: Polar Express

Friday, November 23 | 5:45pm – 9:30pm | Night Heron Park
All Aboard THE POLAR EXPRESS! Join us on this memorable journey to believe in the magic of the holiday season. Reservations: (843) 768-6001 | Ages 3-11

Cookie Decorating at The Sanctuary

Every Saturday from November 24 – December 15 | 11am | The Terrace Ballroom
Kids of all ages are welcome to come and decorate their favorite holiday creations! This event is complimentary and sponsored by The Town of Kiawah Island. Advance reservations required | (843) 768-6253.

Santa’s Lowcountry Grand Arrival

Saturday, November 24 | 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 for Christmas stories. Be there as our Pastry Team unveils this season’s Sanctuary Gingerbread creation!


THANKSGIVING DINING Thursday, November 22

Please note: Our Thanksgiving Dining events are very popular, and tend to sell out. For availability, or to inquire about a wait list, please contact (843) 768-6253


Thanksgiving Feast at The Sanctuary – FULLY COMMITTED

In the Grand Oaks Ballroom | 11am – 4pm
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) 768-6253 for reservations.

Children’s Thanksgiving Buffet – FULLY COMMITTED

At The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort | 11am – 4pm (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 – FULLY COMMITTED

Breakfast, 6:30am – 10:15am | Grand Buffet, 12pm – 8pm
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) 768-6253 for dining reservations.


4:30pm – 9pm
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 Leisure Services for reservations at (843) 768-6253. 

Thanksgiving Buffet at The Atlantic Room – FULLY COMMITTED

11am – 5pm | (843) 266-4085
Chef Torno 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. 

The Lobby Lounge

Join The Lobby Lounge for spirits as you gather with friends and family this holiday season. The lobby Lounge will be open from 12pm – 11pm on Thanksgiving.

Town Center Market

Open 7am – 3pm
Stop by for those last minute grocery items, plus beer and wine. Also serving breakfast and lunch.



CHRISTMAS EVE DINING Monday, December 24

Jasmine Porch and The Ocean Room

Jasmine Porch | 5:30pm-9pm
The Ocean Room | 5pm – 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 (843) 768-6253.

The Atlantic Room

A la carte | 5pm -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 Nick Torno’s winter inspired menu.


Feast of the Seven Fishes | 5pm – 8pm | 5 courses for $65, or $90 with wine pairings
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 Derick Wade and team at Tomasso are carrying on the tradition with their own feast!


CHRISTMAS DAY DINING Tuesday, December 25

Jasmine Porch

Breakfast from 6:30am – 10:15am
Grand Buffet from 12pm – 8pm
Kiawah’s Grand Christmas Day Buffet is held at Jasmine Porch. Celebrate this special day with The Sanctuary and allow our chefs to overwhelm your palate with holiday specialties. Call for reservations (843) 768-6253

Cherrywood BBQ & Ale House

Lunch & Dinner | 11:30am – 8pm | 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.

The Ocean Room

Dinner | 5pm – 9pm
The Sanctuary’s signature restaurant is proud to present a true Christmas experience. 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 (843) 768-6253.



NEW YEAR’S EVE DINING Monday, December 31

Jasmine Porch

Bid farewell to 2018 and welcome 2019! Dinner served from 5:30pm – 9pm
Ring in the New Year with a warm atmosphere accompanied with live music, your favorite champagne, and regionally inspired cuisine. Jasmine Porch will be offering their “Tour of the Lowcountry” with a holiday spin, plus a limited a la carte menu. Reservations required. Call (843) 768-6253.

The Ocean Room

5:30pm – 10pm
Celebrate a new beginning at The Ocean Room this New Year’s Eve while enjoying their seasonal steakhouse menu! Join us prior to your dinner reservation for spirited libations in The Ocean Room Lounge. For lighter options, the Sushi Lounge will be available for southern style sushi and small plates. Reservations are required; please call (843) 768-6253. Tax, gratuity, and wine selection at dinner not included. Call the Sommelier to pre-select wine at (843) 768-6308.

The Lobby Lounge

Live Music and After Party, 8pm – 1am
Join us in the Lobby Bar before and after your dining plans. Enjoy specialty cocktails and spectacular live music as you count down to the New Year. All guests are welcome to dance the night away on the dance floor and raise a glass of champagne to the New Year under the stars of the Grand Lawn. There will be a stunning firework display at midnight. Dancing and cocktails will continue until 1:00am.
Cash Beer & Wine Bar available in the Lobby in addition to our full Lobby Bar. Light menu fare available until 11:00pm. No outside alcoholic beverages, please.



Bonfire and S’Mores

Sunday, December 30 | 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.

New Year’s Family Celebration

Monday, December 31 | 5:30pm – 9pm | Location TBD | Fireworks, 9pm
Ring in 2019 with friends and family, featuring live entertainment and fireworks. Full a la carte dinner menu including Kiawah’s favorites, such as roasted oysters, barbecued chicken & ribs, collard greens and hoppin’ john, delicious desserts, and kettle corn. Food will be served until 8:30pm. Activities include jump castles, lawn games and party favors for all. The fireworks finale begins at 9pm from the Night Heron Park Soccer Field! The evening is full of entertainment suitable for families and groups of all ages. No coolers or outside food and beverages allowed.

Kamp Kiawah: KNO New Year’s Eve Bash

Monday, December 31 | 7:30pm – 12:30am | 3 to 11 year olds.
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’s indoor pool.

Teen Night: New Year’s Bash

Monday, December 31 | 8:30pm – 12:30am
Kick off the New Year with us! We’ll be taking over the Ashley Cooper Room at The Sanctuary Hotel with music, video games, snacks, and crafts. Reservations required. Call (843) 768-6001. Recommended for ages 12 to 16.


NEW YEAR’S DAY EVENTS Monday, January 1

New Year’s Day Brunch at Jasmine Porch

Join Jasmine Porch for your first meal of the New Year! Breakfast available 6:30am – 11am, and then enjoy our extended brunch options from 11:45am – 3pm. This southern traditional brunch will feature Hoppin’ John, Collard Greens, Shrimp & Grits and all your Lowcountry favorites.

New Year’s Day 5K

Tuesday, January 1 | 11am | Sanctuary Beach Access
No better way to ring in the New Year than with a beach fun 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.

6th Annual Polar Bear Plunge

Tuesday, January 1 | 11:45 am | Sanctuary Beach Access
Plunge into the New Year at Kiawah Island Golf Resort’s Polar Bear Plunge on Tuesday, January 1. Come and celebrate new beginnings with us as we gather on Kiawah’s Beach, just in front of the hotel, to plunge into The Atlantic. All fellow plungers must bring their own towel to this event. Complimentary.