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Whoever said “There’s no place like home for the holidays” has never experienced the magic of Kiawah Island during Christmastime. With so many jolly events in the Charleston area and the beauty of the Lowcountry in the winter, you don’t want to miss spending Christmas on Kiawah. 

Holiday Events near Kiawah Island

There’s nothing like the Holy City during the holiday season! The Charleston area hosts a variety of festive Christmas events the whole family will enjoy. With no shortage of things to do in November and December, we have an event calendar full of holiday happenings.

Holiday Festival of Lights

November 12 - December 31, 2021
The Holiday Festival of Lights returns to make merry magical memories at James Island County Park for its 32nd year! This vibrant light show is one of Charleston’s most cherished holiday events, featuring an estimated two million dazzling lights.

More than just a driving tour, Charleston County Parks & Recreation invites you to park your car and explore all that the holiday season has to offer. Visit Santa's Village to see Santa Claus and his elves, ride the festive carousel, create a special craft at the Reindeer Workshop, and so much more!

Aquarium Aglow

Select Nights November 18, 2021 - January 2, 2022
A new exhibit for 2021, this immersive holiday light experience allows attendees to see the South Carolina Aquarium in a different light (pun intended)! Featuring thousands of dazzling lights and live entertainment, you won't want to miss this holiday 

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Light Up Bohicket

November 26 - December 31, 2021
Head to Salty Dog Cafe in Bohicket Marina to enjoy displays of holiday lights each night beginning at dusk. We recommend arriving in time to watch the sun go down as Bohicket Marina is known for its incredible sunsets over the water. Each Friday during the Light Up Bohicket event, Salty Dog will also be serving up S'mores by the fire and offer a hot cocoa bar.

Sound of Charleston: Holiday Edition

November 27 - December 3, 2021
Performed in the historic Circular Congregation Church, Sound of Charleston showcases the finest professional musicians in an incredible historic setting. This special holiday edition is sure to get you in the holiday spirit!

Cougar Night Lights

December 2, 2021 - January 1, 2022
Set in College of Charleston's charming Cistern Yard, Cougar Night Lights is an annual holiday light show you won't want to miss! Produced by Emmy award-winning alumnus, John Reynolds, this half-hour program will delight the whole family with its glittering lights and holiday tunes. 

Homegrown Holiday Bazaar

December 4, 2021
The annual Homegrown Holiday Bazaar returns to Johns Island for its eighth year! This highly anticipated holiday market will feature local vendors and artisans, food, crafts, games, and tons of festive activities for all ages.  

christmas tree with lights freshfields village

Holiday Carolers at Freshfields Village

December 4 - December 19, 2021
Each Saturday and Sunday in December leading up to Christmas, head to Freshfields Village to hear your favorite traditional tunes performed by carolers. Shop, dine, and explore the Village, all while listening to lovely hymns and carols.

Holiday Parade of Boats

December 11, 2021
This merry boat parade features boats adorned with festive decorations and twinkling holiday lights. Marvel from the shore as the boats proceed through the Charleston Harbor or decorate your own boat join in on the holiday fun.

Cookies with Santa

December 18, 2021
Celebrate the holidays in a delicious way! Magnolia Plantation and Gardens' Cookies with Santa event will have family-friendly activities like face painting, a meet and greet with Santa, and, of course, plenty of cookies. 

Why We Love Kiawah at Christmas

There's so much love about the holiday season on Kiawah Island, but here are just a few of our favorite things about Christmas on Kiawah Island.

Kiawah Island Weather

Beat the chill of winter and enjoy the temperate weather of the Lowcountry. Forget battling snow and sleet, the Charleston area has milder temperatures compared to northern destinations.

Holiday Decorations

 From downtown Charleston's Marion Square all the way to Kiawah Island's Ocean Course, the Lowcountry is always beautifully decked out for the holidays. Come see our famous Palmetto trees are wrapped with dazzling lights, historic homes draped in garlands galore, and so much more.

Things to do

As you can see, there's so much to do on Kiawah Island and in the Charleston area during the holiday season! Just a 40-minute drive from Kiawah Island, downtown Charleston is the perfect day trip destination. 

Plan Your Christmas Vacation

Experience the holiday magic on Kiawah Island! Our Kiawah Island vacation rentals are perfect for guests who want to celebrate the Christmas holiday in a unique and special way. We offer an extensive variety of private home, cottage, and villa vacation rentals on Kiawah Island, and aim to provide our guests with vacation experiences to last a lifetime.