The winter cold can be rough when the holiday season rolls around. In some parts of the country, it gets too cold to make the long trips or go on outings with the family, but when you head over to Hilton Head Island, you’ll be able to avoid the winter chill while still enjoying all of the holiday spirit. Generous festive spirit spreads across the island between locals and visitors alike, and it makes for a wonderful environment to bring your friends and family along to really get in touch with the meaning of the season.

Speaking of avoiding that winter chill, Hilton Head Island has a myriad of outdoor attractions that remain open during the winter, and even though it’s the off season, you’ll find them no less enticing. What better way to see the scenic beaches of this famous island than by beating the crowds and taking a deep breath of the fresh and cool ocean breeze? However you want to spend your holiday in Hilton Head Island, here are some of our recommendations for things to do during your stay:

Community Thanksgiving Dinner at Hudson’s Seafood House

Generosity is synonymous with Thanksgiving season, and this event embodies that in all the right ways. As a free event open to the public, you’ll be able to bring the whole family along to dine with your fellow man while meeting new and friendly faces. You can expect to find all of the Thanksgiving mainstays here, from Turkey to cranberry sauce and everything in between.

This event is sponsored by St. Andrew By-The-Sea United Methodist Church and Hudson’s Seafood House, and if you’re feeling charitable after enjoying your community meal with your new and old friends, they’ll also be accepting donations to benefit those less fortunate and help them have even more lovely Thanksgivings for years to come.

Shop for Your Thanksgiving Meal at the Hilton Head Farmers Market

If you’re planning on putting together your own Thanksgiving feast, what better way to complete than by acquiring some locally grown goods to make it a true Hilton Head experience? This farmers market runs every Tuesday from 9:00am-1:00pm at the Coastal Discovery Museum’s Honey Horn campus, so if you’re planning on getting into town just a couple days before Thanksgiving proper, you’ll have plenty of time to get your shopping done.

Expect to find a wide variety of foods for purchase here, not just limited to locally grown fruits and vegetables. Plenty of meats, like chicken, pork, rabbit, and sausages of all kinds will be available for purchase from local artisan vendors, and they might just be the perfect thing to spice up your personal feast. While you’re there enjoying the variety, don’t forget to stop by one of the many rotating food trucks they’ll have available, and sample all of those delicious baked goods and desserts!

Take Part in the Hilton Head Turkey Trot

Turkey Trots are a Thanksgiving mainstay all over the country, and they’re a great way to enjoy the sights of the island while also reaping those health benefits just before you go home to have that meal with your family. After all, what better way to eat your Thanksgiving feast guilt free than by running however much of the marathon you’re comfortable with beforehand?

As with any Turkey Trot, you aren’t obligated to register if you want to participate. You can always stand on the sidelines or watch a live stream of it from home while you cook, and proceeds and donations to the event go to supporting charities that help those less fortunate enjoy their holidays in peace.

Cook Up a Splendid Meal in Your Vacation Rental

Just because you’re on vacation doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy all of the amenities you can expect while you’re at home. Our properties are stocked with everything you’ll need if you want to cook your own meal for the holiday without worrying about beating any of the crowds at the restaurants. From small snacks to multiple course meals, our full suite of appliances will ensure that your feast will be one to remember. Embrace your creativity while you’re at it by using some of those one of a kind, locally purchased goods!

Your Thanksgiving at Hilton Head Island Is Waiting

At Coastal Vacation Rentals, we’ve spared no expense to make sure our portfolio includes vacation homes of all sizes, fit to host groups both large and small. If you’re travelling alone or bringing the whole party with you, our team of agents will make sure that you’re paired with the perfect vacation home to complement your Thanksgiving getaway, whether it’s that beachfront property or a secluded home with a pool. Get your Thanksgiving vacation started now by getting in touch with us to find your new home away from home!

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