December 2017 Hilton Head Calendar of Events

Around Town


'Tis the Season!: Join in this holiday season for a lighting and entertainment spectacular! Activities and entertainment includes visits from Santa, Horse & Carriage Rides, Skating Rink, Free Movies in the Park, a Kids Zone with rotating activities, Local Group Performances and more! Park your car, stroll through the lights, enjoy nightly events all while shopping and dining! Fees for activities vary. Part of proceeds to benefit People for Parks. Shelter Cove Towne Centre, 39 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island.


Gardens shineCoastal Georgia Botanical Gardens - December Nights & Holiday Lights: Savannah's jewel of a Christmas returns with 1,000,000 sparkling lights across the Gardens. Visit with Santa Claus and the Coastal Rail Buff's miniature train display. Stop at Mrs. Claus' Kitchen for a hot beverage or baked goodies. Weather-dependent.2 Canebrake Road, Savannah, Georgia. 912-921-5460 or

DEC. 1

Winter Wonderland Festival: Start the Holiday celebration, everyone is welcome! Carnival games, children’s parade, golden candy cane hunt, Coca Cola Refresh Crew and much more. Concessions, trampoline bungee, and rock wall sold separately. Special appearance by Santa! Free admission, donations welcome. From 4- 8 p.m. Shelter Cove Community Park, 39 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. 843-681-7273 or

DEC. 1- 31

Amos HummellMIA MOONA LISA: Hilton Head Island artist Amos Hummell revisits his inner "Moon Dog" with this collection of moonlit fantasies partly inspired by mythological sea sirens and ancient mariners, but mostly by a fascination with lights in the night. The exhibit will be showcased Dec. 1-31 at the Karis Gallery, C4 Village at Wexford on Hilton Head. An opening reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 8. Free and open to the public. 843-785- 5100 or

DEC. 2

Fourth Annual Parade Day Oyster Roast: Join in the Bluffton Historical Preservation Society for a night of family-oriented fun, barbeque, and oysters straight from the May River. Live Entertainment by The Walker Harris Band. Tickets are $35 and children 12 and under are free. Tickets will be sold at the door, and prior to the event at the Heyward House Museum and Welcome Center. From 5 - 8 p.m. Bluffton Oyster Factory Park, 63 Wharf St, Bluffton. 843-757-6293 or

DEC. 2, 9, 16, AND 23

Holiday Fireside Movies with Popcorn: Every Saturday night in Decmber, enjoy a movie on the terrace at Sonesta Resort. Pull up a comfy chair by the fireside, have some warm popcorn and take in a show. At 7 p.m.

DEC. 2 - 27  

The Island Christmas Village: This winter wonderland is filled with trains, trolleys and villages to excite the young and young-at-heart.  This year’s theme is Christmas around the world, highlighting eight countries and how each one celebrates Christmas. Free and open to the public, donations of canned goods and toys accepted in support of Deep Well and St. James Baptist Church Soup Kitchen. Christ Lutheran Church, 829 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island. From 11 a.m.-3 p.m.  11 a.m. will be story time with Greg Crispell from the Hilton Head Library and photos with Santa from the Lens Club. 843-785-5560 or

DEC. 3

Eat, Shop, & Be Pampered: Who said holiday shopping had to be stressful? Enjoy some live music and holiday hors-d’oeuvres while browsing some of your favorite pop-up boutiques and low-country businesses.Enjoy Indigo Spa’s complimentary mini treatments for your most relaxing holiday shopping spree yet. 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. The Indigo Spa,14 Valencia Rd., Hilton Head Island. 843-321-4083 or

DEC. 3, 10 AND 17

Breakfast with Santa: Enjoy breakfast with Santa at Heyward’s Restaurant and Seacrest Terrace and Patio. A photographer will capture holiday moments for guests. 9 a.m.- 12 p.m. Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island, 130 Shipyard Dr, Hilton Head Island.Reservations required. $21.95 (13 and older), $11.95 (8 to 12 years), $8.95 ( 4 to 7 years), 4 and under complimentary with paying adult.

DEC. 7

American Revolution Round Table: Quarterly meeting to explore historic events and people of the American Revolution era emphasizing the importance and influence of the South. Jim Jordan, speaker, tour guide, and author will discuss Nathanael Green, one of Washington's most trusted generals. Guests are welcome. 11:30 a.m. Tidepointe, 700 Tide Point Way, Hilton Head Island.  For information and reservations, contact: John Basch 843-707-7049 or Gina Tjersland 843-422-3815.

DEC. 5 - 30

Beadazzled: Beaded sculptures, jewelry and embroidered art pieces fashioned with thread or wire are just a few of the techniques displayed in the Beadazzled Show. Choose a stylish, elegant gift for that special someone or for yourself. The artists will be demonstrating their techniques from 10 a.m.- 12 p.m. on Dec. 14, 21 and 28. Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. 843-681-5060 or


Elizabeth SlaterSOBA FEATURES NEW EXHIBIT: Elizabeth Slater is the featured artist at the Society of Bluffton Artists gallery. Her exhibit, “Lowcountry Elements: A Natural Study,” showcases pencil, watercolor and acrylic adaptations of the coastal elements of the Lowcountry. At SoBA gallery in Old Town Bluffton. Slater is a Savannah native with a love for the Georgia coast.

DEC. 14

LWV Annual Holiday Luncheon: The public is encouraged to attend this annual event. Guest Speaker will be James Mallory on the topic of Real and Fake News. 11:30 a.m.- 2 p.m., Country Club of Hilton Head, 70 Skull Creek Drive, Hilton Head.  $30 per person, RSVP by Dec. 5.

DEC. 20

Candace WhittemoreColor with Candace Whittemore Lovely: Learn to color the Impressionist Way with the country’s foremost living Impressionist painter. Enjoy an afternoon of tea, croissants, and crayons while Ms. Lovely guides you through the process of coloring one of her paintings from her beautiful new coloring books.  An event for all ages and skill levels. From 3 p.m.- 5 p.m.The French Bakery & European Cuisine, 28 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. 843-540-3963 or

DEC. 25

Christmas Night Dinner Buffet: Enjoy a Lowcountry-inspired Christmas Dinner with Family and Friends. Indulge in Southern favorites and delectable desserts. From 5 p.m.- 9 p.m. Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island, 130 Shipyard Dr, Hilton Head Island. Adults $38.95, 7 -12 year olds $15.95, 3 -5 year olds $8.75.

DEC. 31

New Year’s Eve Dinner: Bring in the New Year with Sonesta! Enjoy a special buffet at  Heyward’s Restaurant followed by entertainment at Bayley’s Bar. Watch the ball drop in the Savannah Ballroom in an intimate setting with live music and late night appetizer menu. Dinner at 7 p.m., ballroom 10 p.m.- 1 a.m.

GOOD-BYE 2017, HELLO 2018

new yearHilton Head and Bluffton don’t have Times Square, but that doesn’t stop locals from celebrating New Year’s Eve to the hilt.

Ring in the new year in Sea Pines with two ball drops on Dec. 31 – the first at 7 p.m. for kids and the second at midnight for after-hours revelers. Harbour Town hosts a Lowcountry-themed ball drop—a huge golf ball drops from the top of the Harbour Town Lighthouse after the count down. For more information call (843) 842-1999 or go to

Or dance the night away to welcome the new year at the Old Town Dispensary in Bluffton, where the seventh annual New Year’s Eve crab pot drop will take place. Live music starts at 6 p.m. and a DJ starts at 10 p.m. The crab pot, made out of old building materials, is hoisted 60 feet into the air and dropped at midnight. Check the Old Town Dispensary’s Facebook page for details.


Join the club at Sonesta Resort. Three courses for $20. Complimentary glass of wine. Specialty 3 course tasting menu. For reservations call 843-3341-1850.

By appointment, Tuesdays and Thursdays, located in Oyster Factory Park, 63 Wharf St, Bluffton. Visit the newly opened Garvin-Garvey Freedman’s Cottage.Tours will be offered by appointment on Tuesdays and Thursdays for $5.00 per person, with a 24-hour reservation. For more information about the Garvin-Garvey Cottage and its history please visit

3:30 p.m.- 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Sea Pines Resort. Sit back, relax and experience the animals and plant life of the Sea Pines Forest Preserve. Reservations required; contact 843-842-1979. $16/adult, $13/child (ages 12 & younger)

September 1 to March 31, Bluffton Branch Library 120 Palmetto Way. Missed or didn't get to read enough during summer reading? Join us and participate in the fall-winter reading program and register to win gift cards or movie passes. Read three books a month and submit your reading log at the Bluffton Branch reference desk. Free. For more information visit or contact Armistead Reasoner at 843-255-6512 or

9:30 a.m. Fridays, Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive. A partnership with the Coastal Discovery Museum, Hilton Head Island Land Trust and the Mitchelville Preservation Project offers a new tour. Meet at the Coastal Discovery Museum for a short introduction and then participants will caravan in their own personal vehicles to the sites. Visit the site of the self-governing community of Mitchelville (est. 1862) to learn about the Port Royal Experiment and how freedom and reconstruction impacted the new citizens who lived there. Nearby, join a guide for a tour of Fort Howell, built in 1864 to protect the town of Mitchelville. Cost is $15 for adults, $10 for children ages 6-12 and reservations are required by calling 843-689-6767 ext. 224 or online at

Wednesday nights starting Sept. 6, The Wreck of the Salty Dog, 232 S. Sea Pines Dr., Hilton Head Island. Enjoy live Maine Lobster ($25) with a side of live piano music. Call the Lobster Line to reserve your lobster 843-683-6465.

301 W Oglethorpe Ave. Upcoming artists include Katt Williams, classical Chinese dance troupe Shen Yun and "blue collar" comedian Ron White (mature audiences only). For a full schedule of events and entertainment visit or call 912-651-6550.

7:30 a.m.- 9:30 a.m. Sept. 6 - Nov. 29, Pinckney Island Wildlife Refuge. The Coastal Discovery Museum has announced a Fall bird watching program at Pinckney Island led by experienced bird watchers from the Museum. The walk will include the combination of habitats at Pinckney Island Wildlife Refuge. These varying areas allow participants to see many different species of birds. Ages 12 and older. Participants are asked to bring their own binoculars and the program will be canceled in case of rain. The program is $12 per person and reservations are required by calling 843-689-6767 ext 223.

10 a.m. Wednesdays, intersection of U.S. 278 and Mathews Drive. Join the Heritage Library for a tour of the cemetery where Revolutionary War soldiers are buried. Learn about the oldest existing structure on Hilton Head Island and explore the location where planters antebellum church and muster house used to sit. $12 per adult, $7 per child. Registration required, call 843-686-6050 or visit

10 a.m. Thursdays,  65 Skull Creek Dr, Hilton Head Island. Join the Heritage Library for a tour of the Civil War battery Skull Creek built to protect Port Royal Sound the Seabrook Coaling Station. $12 per adult, $7 per child. Registration required, call 843-686-6050 or visit

10 a.m. Wednesdays, leaving from 137 Squire Pope Rd, Hilton Head Island.Take a ride along the waterfront corridor of Squire Pope Road and learn about Hilton Head Island’s unique and rich history of Native Americans, The Civil War, Reconstruction, the Gullah Community and more. Tour lasts about 1 & 1//2 hour, and is safe, casual and fun. Helmets required, bug spray and water suggested. Bring your own bike. $15 Adult, $10 Child, 10 and up only. Book online at


7 p.m. - 10 p.m. Dinner daily. Enjoy live entertainment Thursday through Saturday, 55 Calhoun St, Bluffton. The Pearl Kitchen & Bar will please your palate with the freshest of ingredients prepared in a manner that will excite, entice, and keep you coming back for more. For additional information call 843-757-5511 or visit

7 p.m. Nightly and 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. during Sunday Brunch, ELA'S Blu Water Grille,  Shelter Cove Harbour Shops, 1 Shelter Cove Ln, Hilton Head Island. Hilton Head Island's award‐winning waterfront restaurant on Shelter Cove Harbour, features exceptional water views, fresh catch seafood, prime cut steaks, and a sophisticated atmosphere. For schedule and more information visit

farmmarket1 p.m.-6 p.m. Thursdays, 1271 May River Rd. We’ve got more great reasons to visit! The Market is now open with additional public parking provided by the Town of Bluffton. We’ll be adding an Artisan Showcase on the first Thursday of every month to highlight a handful of local artists and their incredible lowcountry craftsmanship. Keep an eye out for fabulous new food and farm vendors this year and find your next favorite thing! Real Food, Real People, Real Close. Visit for more information.

1:30 p.m. Tuesday – Saturday, Savannah Historic District, Savannah, GA. Experience an exploration of Savannah’s deep association with fine food and drink in a two and a half hour tour that offers tastes of the very best of the Hostess City’s delectable cuisine. Join your certified tour guide on an afternoon journey that is delicious, informative, and fun. Adults $49, Military $45, children 12 and under $39. Reservations required, visit or call 912-604-3007 for more information.

9 a.m.- 10 a.m. Mondays, Hilton Head Library. Group meditation is a great way to get support and develop a mindfulness routine for a brand new, spotty, or long-time practice. Sit in silence for 30 minutes.  New to the program is that the meditation is to be followed by a 45-minute yoga session, to draw from heightened awareness to practice mindful movement.  For meditation, use a chair or bring a cushion; for yoga, bring your mat.  Any- and everyone is welcome. Free, for more information contact Lauren Read at 843-255-6531, or

10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Tuesdays & Thursdays, Sea Pines Resort, 32 Greenwood Dr, Hilton Head Island. Enjoy a relaxing morning by the beautiful lakes of the Sea Pines Forest Preserve while fishing. Supplies provided. Reservations required; contact 843-842-1979. $19/adult, $14/child (ages 12 & younger) For additional information visit

2 p.m. Tuesdays, Rose Hill Mansion, 199 Rose Hill Way, Bluffton. Experience afternoon tea at the most beautiful plantation house in the Lowcountry. Selections include custom crafted teas, elegant finger sandwiches, and heavenly desserts. Small groups or large groups welcome $40.00 per person.Call Lou Anne Takach today to book your tea time, 843-757-6046.

Times vary, Country Club of Hilton Head. Group and individual golf programs for adults and juniors led by PGA Professional Jeff Picus of Excel and Enjoy Golf Academy,To learn more or to register for any of these programs, contact Jeff Picus at 843-295- 8888 or