Hilton Head is known for a laid-back style of family entertainment, and its holiday events follow that tradition. Outdoor Christmas movies and light displays, a “Nutcracker” production, a Christmas bird count and other wholesome activities are sure to create fond family memories.
Nov. 10-12 and 17-19
Seahawk Cultural Center at Hilton Head High School, 70 Wilborn Rd.
The score for “The Nutcracker” is one of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s most famous works, and 125 years after its debut, holiday audiences are still thrilled by Clara, the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Nutcracker Prince.
Nov. 18, 3-6 p.m.
Village at Wexford, intersection of William Hilton Parkway and New Orleans Road
Santa’s Big Arrival launches the Santa House and photo ops that will take place every Saturday from 3-6 p.m. until Christmas. The fun includes a Gingerbread Trail of treats, music, stories, kettle corn, cocoa, free photo opportunities while you visit with Santa, storytime with Santa, cookie decorating, crafts, letters to Santa, and more.
Nov. 20-Dec. 30, 6-9 p.m.
Shelter Cove Towne Centre, 40 Shelter Cove Lane
An entire holiday season’s worth of events are scheduled, from magical strolls through holiday lights, horse & carriage rides, train rides, a rock wall, a skating rink, Santa Claus visits, bounce houses, a zip line, local group performances and more. See the schedule of events for days and times of specific attractions, including the Winter Wonderland Festival on Dec. 1. Proceeds benefit the Island Rec Center.
Starting Nov. 24, 3-7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays
The Salty Dog Cafe, 232 S. Sea Pines Dr., South Beach Marina Village
Stroll light displays, and enjoy free photos with Santa and complimentary hot chocolate and cookies. Children can also write letters to Santa, and dogs are also welcome to have their photos made with the Jolly Old Elf. Additionally, Santa will be available for photos at the Tanger 2 Outlet from noon-3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
Nov. 24-Jan. 1
Sea Pines Resort, 149 Lighthouse Rd.
Every night from 8 p.m. to midnight enjoy strolling the Harbour to see the lights, illuminations and a massive Christmas tree. The official tree lighting is at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 24 before a Thanksgiving concert with Gregg Russell. Bring a canned good or new and unwrapped toy to drop off by the Liberty Oak Stage for The Deep Well Project.
Saturday, Nov. 25, 1-3 p.m.
Heritage Farm, 185 Greenwood Dr.
What says wholesome family fun more than caramel apples? Enjoy that warm feeling, and an afternoon of fun activities, that includes games, crafts and more.
Friday, Dec. 1, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Tanger Outlet 2, 1414 Fording Island Rd., Bluffton
Local school groups will sing songs of the season, Santa will be busy getting his picture made with the little ones, and the big tree will be lit to kick off a time of celebration.
Dec. 2, 9 and 16, 8 p.m.
Sea Pines Resort, 149 Lighthouse Rd.
At Harbour Town families can enjoy “The Santa Claus” on Dec. 2; “Home Alone” on Dec. 9; and “A Christmas Story” on Dec. 16. Included in the fun are roasting marshmallows over fire pits and photos with Santa. Admission is free if you bring a canned good donation for The Deep Well Project.
Dec. 7, 14 and 21, 6 p.m.
Shelter Cove Community Park, 40 Shelter Cove Lane
Want more holiday movies? As part of Tis’ the Season at Shelter Cove Towne Centre, families can enjoy movies at Shelter Cove Community Park. On Dec. 7 it’s “The Polar Express,”; Dec. 14 is “Elf,” and on Dec. 14 have your heart grow three sizes while watching “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”
Friday, Dec. 15
Throughout Hilton Head and Daufuskie islands, parts of Bluffton and local waterways
You don’t have to be an experienced birder to participate in the annual Christmas Bird Count. In fact, you can participate from home by being a Feeder Watcher! In either case it’s a fun day for birding enthusiasts.
Friday, Dec. 15, 8 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church, 540 William Hilton Parkway
Many locals say it wouldn’t be Christmas without the Choral Society’s annual Christmas concert. Tickets are $10-$40, and the evening will include classics such as Vivaldi’s “Gloria,” the society’s signature rendition of “Lowcountry 12 Days of Christmas,” and a sing-along of favorite carols.