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Sometimes the harsh winter cold and constant snowfall can get to be too much, and as nice as having a white Christmas can be, sometimes you want to get away from it all and enjoy some warmer weather and not worry about shoveling your driveway. Hilton Head Island is a great destination for that very thing, and it’s filled with opportunities to hit the beaches. In fact, it stays warm enough that on some sunny days you’ll even be able to go for a swim if the weather’s right.

Hilton Head Island also has its fair share of Christmas-themed events for you to enjoy while you’re visiting. Just because you’re away from home doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate the holiday spirit, giving you the best of both worlds. That being said, here are some recommendations for things to do while you’re spending Christmas in Hilton Head Island.

Brunch with Santa

Alexander’s Restaurant & Wine Bar will be hosting an all-ages event where you can participate in their annual brunch with Santa. Guests will be treated to a two-course meal, and there’s plenty of spare time to get photos with Santa before you head out. This is a wonderful way to enjoy some upscale seafood and seasonal-themed cuisine with a holiday twist. Reservations aren’t required, but they’re definitely recommended. You won’t want to miss out on your chance to get a table.

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Holiday Fun in Harbour Town

Centered around the Liberty Oak Tree in Harbour Town, this event will treat you to viewings of classic holiday movies, roasted marshmallows, and train rides around the harbor. It’s a great family friendly event for a good cause, because entry is free as long as you provide at least a single canned food item for the Deep Well charity, so get in the generous holiday spirit and help those less fortunate while having some fun.

Live Music at the Jazz Corner

If you’re in town on December 11th, there will be two concerts happening at 6:30 and 9:30PM, featuring Cranford Hollow. This is a former touring band that opened for large international acts, and has since decided to stay local, meaning you likely won’t be able to see them if you aren’t from the area. They’ll be performing their unique “low-country stomp” style for you to enjoy, so don’t miss the opportunity.

Hit the Beaches in Your Spare Time

Though this might seem like it goes without saying, you’ll have a great time hitting the beaches while you’re visiting the island. They’re absolutely gorgeous year-round, and since you’re visiting outside of peak season, you’ll have plenty of extra space to enjoy the peace and quiet with. You’ll be able to walk for hours every day if you like, and with miles of beach to explore you can always find something new.

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Explore the Island

With plenty of fine dining and shopping all in a relatively short distance, you can spend plenty of time taking in the sights and finding what helps make Hilton Head Island the unique place that it is. Since it doesn’t ever get down to freezing weather, you might enjoy renting a bike and taking it for a ride around the island. It’s a great way to get around, and you can make plenty of different stops in a short amount of time.

Enjoy Christmas Dinner in Your Vacation Home

Christmas dinner is often the main event of the holiday, giving family and friends a chance to get together and show their appreciation for each other over a nice meal. Just because you’re away from home doesn’t mean you have to miss out on dinner, because our vacation rentals come with fully equipped kitchens. You’ll love using our modern appliances to put together the Christmas meal of your dreams, and you’ll have plenty of space to make that happen. You can even put together a uniquely local meal by getting ingredients on the island.

With plenty of open seating space, you and the family can gather at the dining room table to have a traditional sit down with each other, and when dinner finally comes to a close, head to the living room to share your gifts with each other. Experience Christmas in a new way in your home away from home.

Christmas in Hilton Head Island Is Waiting

Coastal Vacation Rentals wants to make sure you have the best Christmas vacation possible. We’ve put together a portfolio of gorgeous rentals with the best views on the island, and they come in all shapes and sizes to make sure there’s room for everyone. With a long list of different amenities and locations to choose from, our agents will answer any and all questions you have to make sure you find the right home for you. Get in touch with us now to get your vacation started!

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.

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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 Hilton Head Thanksgiving holiday, 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.

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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?

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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 Hilton Head Thanksgiving 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!