Start a New Holiday Tradition in South Carolina’s Lowcountry

Some may dream of a Christmas blanketed in snow, but it’s tradition that truly warms the heart and stirs the holiday spirit in us all. South Carolina’s gracious Lowcountry offers a wide array of wondrous celebrations and festivities to inspire a new tradition that will be beloved for generations to come. And Kiawah Island Golf Resort is your ideal home base for all the exciting holiday events planned on property and throughout the region.

Seasonal Lowcountry Charm

Everyone loves a holiday parade — and Charleston’s are second to none! The pageantry kicks off with the 35th Annual Charleston Christmas Parade on December 6. The following Sunday, the night will glow with more than 100 parade floats, a tree lighting and fireworks during the 20th Annual Christmas Light Parade & Tree Lighting. As a coastal destination, Charleston doesn’t limit its parades to roadways. On December 12, the 34th Annual Holiday Parade of Boats will cruise by with vessels decorated from stem to stern in twinkling lights. Want to take to the water yourself? Hop aboard a Charleston Sleigh Ride! You’ll traverse the city’s waterways while enjoying hot chocolate, Christmas music and stories about Charleston’s cheerful holiday traditions.

Celebrations in the New Old-Fashioned Way

Join in seasonal festivities influenced by Charleston’s rich past. Start where motor coaches and carriages are forbidden with Holiday Walking Tours offered throughout December, featuring famous historic landmarks and tales of Christmases past. On December 4 and 11, Christmas 1860 at the Edmondston-Alston House showcases interpreters in Victorian-period dress reenacting scenes from the last lavish holiday before the start of the Civil War. Finally, on December 17 – 19, Middleton Place’s Grand Illumination & Buffet Dinner depicts the joyous Christmas celebration that followed the British troops’ evacuation in 1782. Festivities include a traditional buffet and living history tours illuminated by cozy fires and flickering candles.

The Happiest of Holidays, Island-Style

Can’t wait until December to get into the seasonal spirit? Then come to Kiawawh Island Golf Resort on November 27 for the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at The Sanctuary, complete with Christmas caroling. You’ll see that all the halls are decked just in time for Santa’s Lowcountry Grand Arrival the following afternoon. Kids can visit with old St. Nick himself then join Mrs. Claus for Christmas Stories on the Grand Lawn. To make the season even sweeter, guests can Decorate Cookies and Make Holiday S’Mores on Saturdays. To explore this stockingful of festive year-end fun — including details on dazzling New Year’s Eve celebrations for all ages — check out the resort’s comprehensive Activity Guide.

Once you’ve planned your Lowcountry holiday itinerary, reserve your accommodations on Kiawah Island with a room in the Five-Star Sanctuary or a spacious Resort Villa. By booking directly with the resort — either online or at 800.654.2924 — you’re ensured exclusive benefits and savings, complimentary island transportation and the best selection of lodging for your sensational seasonal getaway.