A beachy holiday is like the best of all worlds, isn’t it? The roar of the surf and the twinkling of lights were just made to go together. If you’re visiting Hilton Head Island for the holidays and want to know where to get that Christmas cheer, here’s a list of the best and brightest to enjoy with your family.

Dove Street Festival of Lights

Every night until after the New Year, you can enjoy beautiful holiday lights at Shelter Cove during the Dove Street Festival of Lights. This festive sight has become an island favorite for both visitors and residents.

Harbour Town Lights

If you’re still in the mood for a stroll, head over to the Sea Pines Resort for Harbour Town Lights. The whole scene is centered by a towering Christmas tree, surrounded by the figures of season, including Santa and his elves. It’s great fun for the whole family.

Outdoor Christmas Movies

One of the biggest benefits of beach living during the holidays is the climate. Ride your bicycles down to Harbour Town for holiday movies every Saturday until Christmas Eve. To make the event even more festive, you can roast marshmallows over the fire pits and enjoy other seasonal snacks.

Visit Santa

What kind of holiday is it without a visit to Santa? On December 12 and 13, take the whole family down to the Island Rec Center to see the man himself. Take photos, share your Christmas list, and revel in the spirit of the season.

Make It a White Christmas

The likelihood of snow on Hilton Head Island is next to none—that’s why you chose the beach for Christmas, isn’t it? That doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a White Christmas. Sing along with Irving Berlin’s classic musical throughout the month of December at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina. Find show times and ticket prices here and start making your plans now!

You’re all set for the happiest holidays yet. If we can make your vacation more comfortable, please don’t hesitate to let us know!