Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year! The recipe for an ideal holiday season begins with your dearest loved ones, but the location you choose for your festivities is important, too. We think the perfect place to celebrate the holidays is right here in the Lowcountry! Below, we’ve compiled just a few of the ways to achieve the best Hilton Head Christmas. For more local restaurant, boutique, and event recommendations, be sure to request access to our complimentary Vacation Guide! It’s packed with all of the best things to do in the Lowcountry.
6 Ways to Have the Best Hilton Head Christmas
See Christmas Lights at Harbour Town
One of the most festive ways to get into the holiday spirit is to attend a night of Harbour Town Lights, one of Hilton Head’s best Christmas light displays. You’ll love taking a leisurely stroll around the Harbour Town Lighthouse (which will be dressed in its holiday best) and taking in the sparkling winter wonderland that surrounds. Find this attraction in the Sea Pines community on the South End of Hilton Head Island.
Enjoy a Fantastic Holiday Meal (or Two)
There’s no denying that good food plays an important role in any holiday gathering. Luckily, the Lowcountry is a fantastic place to enjoy a delicious meal with coastal flair any time of year! Here are just a few of the many excellent restaurants in the Hilton Head area:
- Marley’s Island Grille, Hilton Head
- Poseidon (Check out the rooftop bar!), Hilton Head
- Skull Creek Boathouse, Hilton Head
- The Cottage, Bluffton
- The Juice Hive (for breakfast/brunch), Bluffton
Celebrate the Arts
Though Hilton Head and Bluffton are two different towns with two different personalities, a Hilton Head Christmas is even better when you include some of the fun events in neighboring Bluffton. One of our favorites is the Bluffton Holiday Artwalk, an annual celebration that features the work of over 200 local artists, music, refreshments, and plenty of southern hospitality. You don’t want to miss this classic Old Town Bluffton event!
Spot Winter Wildlife
One of Hilton Head’s oldest Christmas traditions is the Audubon Christmas Bird Count. If you’re an outdoorsman or simply love walking through nature, you’ll love this century-old event! Join The Audubon Society in their search for the most beautiful birds in the region this winter for a truly unique Hilton Head Christmas.
Attend a Christmas Parade
Just minutes away from Hilton Head Island, the town of Bluffton hosts a fabulous Christmas parade each winter. Be sure to catch it this year! Bluffton’s annual Christmas parade will take place next on Saturday, December 1.
Finally, ensure that you and your family experience the best holiday season by planning a stay at Old Town Bluffton Inn. Located in the heart of The Promenade, our brand new, family-owned inn is the best place to escape the ordinary with loved ones. After exploring the Lowcountry’s finest holiday offerings, come back to the comfort and luxury of your beautifully decorated guest room complete with premium amenities found nowhere else. You’ll love cozying up in your plush, stately bed and taking advantage of the surrounding shops, restaurants, bars, and more. There’s nothing quite like waking up on Christmas morning to views of a picturesque, quaint small town just steps away from a shimmering river (while avoiding the crowds commonly encountered on Hilton Head during this time of year).