Holiday STROLL

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For the Yuletide season on Hilton Head Island, Windmill Harbour is the venue for one of December’s most festive events in the area — the annual “Harbour Stroll Weekend.” 

This year’s event — exclusively for Windmill Harbour residents, members of the South Carolina Yacht Club and their guests — is set for 6-8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 12-13. 

Gaily decorated yachts, sailboats, catamarans and homes combine with twinkling lights and lasers to illuminate the perimeter of this renowned locked harbour. 

Now in its 23rd year, the Harbour Stroll will be especially welcome in 2020. 

Kitty Sperry, a six-year Windmill Harbour resident, said the event engenders “a huge sense of community ... bringing the beauty of our community to another level.” 

Said resident Ann Rinaldi: “As I wander on the promenade around the marina admiring the beautifully decorated homes and boats, greeting my neighbors with friends and family in tow, and listening to the music and enjoying the libations and freshly baked cookies offered along the way I stop and smile. I realize how fortunate I am to live in a scene in a snow globe – but it’s minus the snow.” 

Although strollers are being asked by organizers to wear masks, children will still delight in the appearance of Santa Claus in a golf cart with his elves. 

There are games and stations along the promenade that offer refreshments, including wine, apple cider, hot cocoa, and cookies. Boat owners and homeowners also host drop-ins along the promenade. Secret judges tour the community during the event awarding prizes to the best decorated. 

“The Harbour Stroll brings so much energy to Windmill Harbour,” said Leslie Richardson, co-founder of the South Carolina Yacht Club. “It’s magical in the glow of Christmas lights. I remember how in 1997 at the first Stroll — just preparing for it got everyone into the spirit of Christmas. The whole community came out to help decorate, and the love and spirit of Christmas came alive. I’m thrilled it has continued every year since.”