Kiawah Island Christmas: Holiday Events & Dining Options

The holiday season is right around the corner and there’s nothing like spending Christmas on Kiawah Island, South Carolina — from special events at the resort and extravagant feasts to tree lightings and many other cherished traditions. Plus, the mild temperatures during this time of year make this an ideal time to soak up the sun from the shore during the afternoon and take advantage of a vacation home with a heated private pool.

If you’re looking for the best things to do this holiday season on the island, then you’ve found the right place! We’ll be covering some of our favorite events and dining options available for Christmas below:

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Events for Christmas on Kiawah

We’re still waiting for details about the annual tree lighting ceremony at The Sanctuary Hotel and all other holiday events. Check back here to stay up to date or sign up for our monthly email newsletter.

However… will you be here for Thanksgiving? Get into the holiday spirit with the Santa Claus is Coming to Town parade on November 26th! Santa will be escorted by the St. Johns Fire Department down the Sea Forest loop from 9am to 10am as he takes a break on the island to prepare for the big day. Sleigh bells will ring and candy canes will be offered at this unique holiday experience!

The following day, on November 26th, you can stop by Night Heron Park for Story Time with Santa between 3pm to 3:30pm! Afterwards there will be a showing of The Polar Express from 6:15pm to 9pm for those ages 3 to 11. The youngsters are invited to wear pajamas while they enjoy dinner and a campfire for this magical event. And, there have been hints that a special appearance might just be made by the man himself! Please note that reservations are needed to attend the Kid’s Night Out: The Polar Express experience. You can learn more by contacting The Kiawah Island Golf Resort at 843-768-6001.

Love decorating cookies for the holidays? The Night Heron Park elves have been baking away and have a special treat for you on November 27th! From 12pm to 1pm you can join them in decorating away. Plus, Santa will be there and available for photos! Reservations are also required for this event. Please contact The Kiawah Island Golf Resort for more details: 843-768-6001.


Christmas Eve Dinner on Kiawah Island

Christmas Eve Dining

If you’re planning to be here for Christmas, here’s a quick look into what will be open and available:

Offerings at The Sanctuary Hotel

The Ocean Room and Jasmine Porch will both be serving holiday menus featuring season cuisine from 5:30pm to 9pm. You can call Kiawah Island Golf Resort’s reservations team to reserve a time: 843-768-6253.

The Atlantic Room

Savor the flavors of the season from Chef John Ondo while taking in the dramatic views of the Atlantic Ocean from The Ocean Course Club House! The a la carte menu will be served from 5pm to 8pm on Christmas Eve. Please call to make a reservation: 843-266-4085.

You’ll also find that the Ryder Cup Bar serving offerings from their regular menu from 11am to 8pm.

Tomasso at Turtle Point

Indulge in the Southern Italian tradition of the Feast of the Seven Fishes (Festa dei Sette Pesci), also known at The Vigil (La Vigilia), at Tomasso! Chef Andy Raeside and his team will be serving 5 courses for $90 or $115 with wine pairings from 4pm to 9pm.

Town Center Market

If you’re looking for a quick bite in a casual atmosphere on Christmas Eve, you’ll also find that the Town Center Market in East Beach is open from 7am to 6pm.

Please Note These Closings

Please note that Cherrywood BBQ & Ale House and The Players’ Pub will be closed on Christmas Eve.


Christmas Dinner on Kiawah Island

Christmas Day Dining on Kiawah

While our vacation rentals are fully equipped with everything needed for you to cook your holiday dinner, these restaurants on Kiawah Island will all be open on Christmas Day:

Jasmine Porch

Kiawah’s Grand Christmas Day Buffet is held at Jasmine Porch and the menu will be filled with holiday favorites! Breakfast is served from 6:30am to 10:15am and the lavish Christmas Buffet is from 12pm to 8pm. Pricing starts at $75 per adult and $28 per child (ages 4 to 12). Please call The Kiawah Island Resort for reservations at 843-768-6253.

The Ocean Room

Celebrate Christmas at The Sanctuary’s signature restaurant between 5:30pm and 9pm! They are offering an experience made for the true food connoisseur with their seasonal steakhouse offerings alongside of holiday favorites. A children’s holiday menu will be available as well. Please call KIGR’s Leisure Services for reservations at 843-768-6253.

Cherrywood BBQ & Ale House

Looking for the best Southern BBQ? You will find that here and they are open on Christmas this year for dinner from 5pm to 8pm! Relax and enjoy the golf course views from the Osprey Point Clubhouse. Please call KIGR at 843-266-4636 to make a reservation.

The Players Pub

Staying in West Beach or haven’t been to The Players’ Pub at the Cougar Point Clubhouse? This is the perfect stop for lunch on Christmas Day! You’ll find Chef Tripp and his team have prepared an a la carte experience for you to enjoy between 12pm and 4pm.

Other Notable Places Open on Christmas Day

You’ll also find the following places open on Christmas Day for dining or drinks:

Town Center Market from 8am to 3pm
Beaches & Cream at The Sanctuary from 7am to 5pm
The Sanctuary Lobby Bar from 12pm to 1pm


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Looking for a Place to Stay on Kiawah Island for Christmas?

Our vacation rentals book quickly for the holidays. However, we still have some availability over the winter months! Browse through our large selection of Kiawah Island homes to see what’s currently available.