Getting into the Holiday Spirit Hilton Head Style

Ho, ho, ho, hold on—Is it really already December? Yep, that’s right! With Thanksgiving just an oyster pie memory, it’s time to start getting into the holiday spirit and I cannot think of a better destination than Hilton Head to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year.

Dove Street’s festival of lights has long been a Hilton Head tradition, raising over $110,000 in cash for local non-profits, more than 40,000 cans of food for needy families and 20,000 presents for kids. What started as a few “characters” on Dove Street in North Forest Beach has grown into a 75,000-plus light wonderland at the Shelter Cover Town Centre. The Public Lighting Ceremony this December 1st from 6 to 8 p.m. will kick off the holiday. This special evening includes the lighting of a 30-foot tree, Santa and Mrs. Claus, magician Gary Maurer, Cappy the Clown,  face painting and the Hilton Head High School marching band and chorus.

Until January 2nd, you can also stroll around the pedestrian only zone at Shelter Cove Town Centre. Lights, falling snow bubbles and the sounds of carolers fill the night sky, as merchants open their doors and hearts to holiday shoppers. With multiple restaurant options like Poseidon Coastal Cuisine, The French Bakery, New City Pizza, Wayback Burgers, The World of Beer, Kilwins, and Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt you can also eat, drink and be very merry.

The Farmers Market at Sea Pines Center is back December 1st to the 29th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feast your eyes on holiday delicacies like local pecans and hot crossed buns and get holiday table decorating ideas with handmade linens, wooden bowls and hand thrown pottery.

This special event embraces the holiday spirit by giving back to the Boys and Girls Club of Jasper County. Friday, December 4th, walk along the Blue Heron Nature Trail and play in the snow, visit with Santa, take in the festival of trees, snack on s’mores, sip on hot chocolate and find just the gift for your loved ones with locally made arts and crafts. (Admission price is $10 for youth and covers all activities. Food and beverages sold separately.)

There’s a reason why Harbour Town is an iconic, family fun spot. Local singer songwriter and kid siren Gregg Russell started the celebrations with his November 27th concert and until January 1st you can deck the halls strolling along the harbor. Saturday, December 5th from 6-8 p.m. have your picture taken with Santa and knock out that Christmas card and then watch a showing of the classic movie “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town” under the Liberty Oak. The following Saturday (the 12th), local talents perform holiday music from 6-8 p.m. and on the 19th at 7 p.m. is a showing of “A Christmas Story” (admission is complimentary with a canned donation for Deep Well). Gregg Russell returns December 23rd from 7:30 to 9 p.m., the Caroling Wagon ride is December 26th at 3:30 p.m., the Annual Polar Bear Swim is December 31st at 10 a.m., and then you can ring in the New Year from 7 p.m. until midnight.