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Holidays at Kiawah

Friends and family come together to celebrate the holiday season here at Kiawah Island Golf Resort. Relax and enjoy the variety of dining and recreation options available in addition to a round or two of golf. Our chefs and staff have prepared delicious menu options paired with local fare to ensure this holiday season is a joyous and memorable one.

THANKSGIVING NOVEMBER 24

Thanksgiving Specialty Pies

Let The Sanctuary's award-winning pastry team take care of your pie needs this Thanksgiving! Our chefs have crafted these beautiful, flaky pastry creations to compliment any holiday table. Pies are specially boxed and ready to pick up. Place your orders by Tuesday, November 15. Flavors Available: Pumpkin, Cinnamon-Apple Crumble, Pecan. $20/per pie.

thanksgiving pies

Pick-Up Dates:
Wednesday, November, 23 
Between 9:00am - 12:00pm at the Business Center Hospitality Desk
Thursday, November 24 
Between 9:00am - 11:00am at the Grand Oaks Ballroom Podium
To place your order please contact Leisure Services at (843) 768-6253.

turkey and roast on cutting boardThanksgiving Feast at The Sanctuary

in the Grand Oaks Ballroom | 11:00am - 4:00pm | $76++
Join us for a culinary creation on Thanksgiving Day. A lavish buffet presentation will be at your fingertips. Browse the numerous culinary stations throughout the ballroom, featuring seafood displays, live chef stations, holiday meats, and other traditional favorites. Sample the wine menu and finish your experience with decadent chocolates and pastries. Call (843) 768-6253 for reservations.

Children's Thanksgiving Buffet

at The Sanctuary Hotel | 11:00am - 4:00pm | $30++/child (ages 4-12)
Your children can enjoy a buffet of their own in the adjacent Heron Room while you enjoy the grand buffet in the ballroom. Your children will always remember this special event that will feature games, live animals, arts and crafts, as well as delicious and fun food.
vegetables on display at jasmine porch

Jasmine Porch Thanksgiving Buffet

Breakfast, 6:30am - 10:15am | Grand Buffet, 12:00pm - 8:00pm | $72++/adult, $25++/child (ages 4-12)
Celebrate the holiday with a magnificent buffet featuring traditional favorites and live music. This will be a dinner to remember in a warm yet elegant atmosphere, as you toast loved ones with a complimentary glass of champagne and ring in the holiday season. Jasmine Porch is sure to be an annual tradition for you and your family. Call (843) 768-6253 for dining reservations.

The Ocean Room

4:30pm - 9:00pm
The Sanctuary's signature restaurant is proud to present a Thanksgiving experience made for the true epicurean. The Ocean Room will be featuring their seasonal steakhouse menu in addition to holiday favorites. Children's menu available. For a more non-traditional option, our Sushi Lounge will be available for small plates and libations. Call Leisure Services for reservations at (843) 768-6253.

bread and meat displayThanksgiving Buffet at The Atlantic Room

11:00am - 6:00pm | $75++/adult, $35++/child (4-12 years)
Chef Banta has created dishes that capture the spirit of the season with his Thanksgiving buffet menu. Savor the flavors of the holidays while taking in the dramatic views of the Atlantic Ocean. (843) 266-4085.

The Lobby Lounge

Join The Lobby Lounge for spirits as you gather with friends and family this holiday season. The Lobby Lounge will be open from 12:00pm - 11:00pm on Thanksgiving.

Town Center Market

Open 7:00am - 3:00pm
Stop by for those last minute grocery items, plus beer and wine. Also serving breakfast and lunch.

Mingo Point Oyster Roast & BBQ

Reservations: (843) 768-2790 | Friday, November 25, 5:00pm - 9:00pm | $46.95/adult, $24.95/child (5-12 years). *Photos with Santa 6:15pm - 7:15pm
Celebrate the holidays at Mingo Point and come out for the last oyster roast and BBQ of 2016! Enjoy an authentic Lowcountry experience at Kiawah's most popular family outing. Indulge in a riverside oyster roast and an all-you-can-eat buffet of Southern BBQ specialties highlighting holiday favorites. Live entertainment from The Island Trio, a local artisan craft market, and a "kids-zone" featuring hair braiding and a design-your-own tote bag station. Be sure to be on your best behavior because good ol' Saint Nick is coming to the Lowcountry for holiday photos!

Special Thanksgiving Events

Pumpkin Hockey
Tuesday, November 22, 4:00pm - 5:00pm

pumpkin hockey

He shoots, he scores! This game of hockey is one you've never seen! Come to Night Heron Park for a round of pumpkin hockey. Admission is complimentary.

Oil Painting Instruction
Tuesday, November 22 and November 29, 9:00am - 12:30pm

oil painting instruction

No experience needed! Enjoy being outside painting the beautiful Kiawah River & marsh. In just 3 hours, you'll create your own painting as a unique memory of your vacation. Charleston artist Tina Maryland will be with you every step of the way to ensure that your experience is educational and enjoyable. All supplies are provided: easel, canvas, oil paint, & smocks. Wear casual clothes.
$150/person. All levels of ability are welcomed, ages 18 and up. Reservations are required no later than 4:30 the day before the lesson: (843) 768-6001. Minimum of 2 participants & maximum of 12. www.TinaMaylandArt.com.

3rd Annual Night Heron Park Turkey Hunt
Tuesday, November 24, 11:30am

island sunset

Time to hunt for your perfect turkey for Thanksgiving! Participants will be split into one of three age groups to search for Turkeys that are hidden in the park. Prizes will be awarded in each age group for the participant that finds the Golden Turkey. Registration is complimentary.

Triathlon for Kids
Wednesday, November 23, 2:00pm - 4:00pm

turkey suit on the beach

This mini race is designed for all kids ages 3-12 to be successful! They will compete in a swim in the Night Heron Pool, bike around the park, and a run through the park. Advanced reservations are required, call (843) 768-6001.

3rd Annual Turkey Day Shootout
Friday, November 25, 2:00pm

bird in marsh reflection on water

Join us in Night Heron Park for this friendly, archery showdown! The competitor with the highest overall score for each age category will take home the prize! Categories for age groups are 9-12, 13-15, and 16+. Participants under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Reservations required, call (843) 768-6001. $12/person.

Discovery Series: Center for Birds of Prey
Wednesday, November 23, 4:00pm - 5:00pm | Night Heron Park Pavilion

birds of prey demonstration

Join us as we learn about how the health of our wild bird populations directly reflects the health of our environment, you will discover how our decisions today will make a difference in protecting our natural world for tomorrow. Program includes amazing flight demonstrations you will not want to miss! Guests are encouraged to bring their own blankets and chairs. Admission is complimentary.

Bonfire and S'mores
Wednesday, November 23, 5:00pm - 6:30pm | Night Heron Park

smores

Enjoy time with each other around a fire while, listening to music and indulging in a s'more or two. Event is complimentary. S'mores available to purchase.

Wine and Design
Wednesday, November 23, 5:30pm - 7:00pm | Night Heron Park

smores

Enjoy a beverage while you design your way to a masterpiece. This unique setting will provide inspiration while our art specialists guide you. $40/person, ages 14+. Advanced reservations are required, call (843) 768-6001.

Turkey Trot
Thursday, November 24, 9:00am

turkey trot

Rise & shine for our annual fun run/walk on the beach! Registration begins at 8:30am on the beach at The Sanctuary Beach Access (just west of The Sanctuary Hotel). This race offers a one-mile walk or a one to three mile run on the beach for families, beginners or competitive runners. The race begins promptly at 9am. All participants receive a raffle ticket for a prize drawing that will be held at 9:45am at the race start/finish line! Registration is complimentary.

Yoga on the Beach
Thursday, November 24, 10:00am

yoga on the beach

Join our instructor for a yoga session on the beach following the race. This session is a medium paced vinyasa class focused on gratitude to start your Thanksgiving Day off in a mindful way. No previous yoga experience required; all are welcome. $18/person, reservations required, call (843) 768-6001.

Tye-Dye
Thursday, November 24, 1:00pm - 2:00pm | Night Heron Park Pavilion

tye dye shirt

Choose from any of our bright, rainbow spectrum colors to make your traditional Kiawah logo Tye-Dye T-shirt. $17

Family Sand Sculpting
Thursday, November 24, 2:00pm - 3:30pm

family sand sculpting

Design a sculpture on the beach at The Sanctuary Beach Access (just west of The Sanctuary Hotel). Categories include best holiday theme and most creative. Judging begins promptly at 2:45pm. Make sure to bring your own sand tools. Entry is complimentary. Limited sand toys available for rent.

Fall Festival
Thursday, November 24, 5:30pm - 8:00pm

face painting

Join the Fall Festival with entertainment in Night Heron Park! Live music, an inflatable jump castle, pumpkin bowling, southern lawn games, face painting, arts and crafts and train rides. Admission is complimentary.

Fall Quidditch Cup
Friday, November 25, 4:00pm - 5:00pm | Night Heron Park Soccer Field

quidditch cup

A fictional sport from the World of Wizards and Witches has become a world-wide Recreation sensation. Come experience Kiawah's Quidditch Cup, where players will compete in this fast and exciting version of "Muggle Quidditch". Admission is complimentary.

Holiday Ornament Workshop
Friday, November 25, 5:30pm - 7:00pm

ornament decorating

Join us in front of the fireplace in the pavilion for a cup of hot cocoa and learn to make an ornament that is uniquely yours! Advanced reservations required, call (843) 768-6001. $25/person for ages 5 - adult. Additional ornaments can be added to the purchase.

Tree Lighting Ceremony at The Sanctuary
Friday, November 25, 5:00pm

tree lighting

Join us as we "Deck the Halls" of The Sanctuary for the holiday season. Our holiday staff will be busy assembling our Grand Lobby Christmas tree, as well as decorating our mantels and grand staircases. Be there as The Sanctuary is transformed into a magical, holiday mansion. Our tree lighting festivities will begin at 5:00pm and come ready to sing some favorite Christmas carols!

Cookie Decorating at The Sanctuary
Every Saturday from Nov. 26 - Dec. 17 at 11:00am in The Morning Room

cookie decorating

Kids of all ages are welcome to come and decorate their favorite holiday creations! This event is complimentary and sponsored by The Town of Kiawah Island. Advance reservations required. Please call Leisure Services at (843) 768-6253.

Santa's Lowcountry Grand Arrival
Saturday, November 26 | 3:00pm Grand Lawn of The Sanctuary

santa arrival

Come witness as Santa and Mrs. Claus make their grand arrival on Kiawah Island. Kids of all ages are welcome to visit with Santa as parents get the opportunity for a picturesque holiday card. After visiting with Santa, join Mrs. Claus for Christmas stories. S'more kits will be available on the Grand Lawn for purchase during the activities. Be there as our Pastry Team unveils this season's Sanctuary Gingerbread creation!

Thanksgiving Week: Youth & Teen Activities

All events take place at Night Heron Park, unless otherwise noted. Teen programs are designed for ages 13-18, and youth programs are designed for ages 7-12. Recreation staff is present, however, youth and teens are not individually supervised. During all events, make necessary arrangements for transportation, and keep in mind the Night Heron Park closes promptly at 11:00pm. Reservations are not required unless noted.

Youth Oil Paining Instruction

Tuesday, November 22 and November 29th | 2:00pm - 4:15pm
Paint outdoors at beautiful Mingo Point, just outside the Kiawah gate. In 2 hours you'll create your own painting as a unique memory of our vacation. Charleston artist Tina Maryland will be with you every step of the way to ensure your experience is educational and enjoyable. Everything is provided: easel, canvas, oil paint, & smocks. Wear casual clothes. $95/person. All levels of ability are welcome, ages 12-17. Reservations are required no later than 4:30pm & maximum of 12. www.TinaMaylandArt.com.

Youth: Laser Tag

Thursday, November 24 | 8:00pm - 9:30pm
It's every man for himself in our impressive laser tag game at Night Heron Park. Come ready to dodge and shoot while meeting other teens of the island! Meet in front of the Night Heron Park Stage. Ages 7-12. Admission is complimentary.

Teen Night: Laser Tag

Thursday, November 24 | 9:30pm - 11:00pm
It's every man for himself in our impressive laser tag game at Night Heron Park. Come ready to dodge and shoot while meeting other teens on the island! Meet in front of the Night Heron Park Stage. Admission is complimentary.

Youth: 3 on 3 Basketball

Friday, November 25 | 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Take it to the top of the key! Come with a team or solo and make some friends. Groups will be divided by age. Winning teams receive a prize. Meet at the Night Heron Park Basketball Court. Admission is complimentary.

Teen Night: 3 on 3 Basketball

Friday, November 25 | 9:00pm - 10:30pm
Give it your best shot! This single elimination tournament is your chance to show off your skills. Winning teams receive a prize. Meet at the Night Heron Park Basketball Court. Admission is complimentary.


Christmas Eve Dining Saturday, December 24

Jasmine Porch and The Ocean Room

Saturday, December 24 | The Ocean Room, 5:00pm - 9:00pm | Jasmine Porch, 5:30pm - 9:00pm
On Christmas Eve, both The Ocean Room and Jasmine Porch will serve menus enhanced by seasonal specials. Celebrate this special evening by savoring the seasonal cuisine offered at The Ocean Room or by sampling Lowcountry and regional favorites at Jasmine Porch. Call Dining Reservations at (843) 768-6253 to secure a reservation for what are already very popular dining events.

The Atlantic Room

a la carte, 5:00pm - 8:00pm
On Christmas Eve, joins us for an enchanting holiday dinner in The Atlantic Room at The Ocean Course. Celebrate this special evening by savoring the seasonal cuisine prepared by Chef Jonathan Banta.

Tomasso

Feast of the Seven Fishes | 5:00pm - 8:00pm | 5 courses for $65, or $90 with wine pairings
The Feast of the Seven Fishes (festa dei sette pesci), also known as The Vigil (La Vigilia) and celebrated on Christmas Eve, is believed to have originated in Southern Italy. The long tradition of eating seafood on Christmas Eve dates from medieval Italian times, where meat markets were closed on specific holy days. We at Tomasso are carrying on the tradition with our own feast!

Christmas Day Dining Sunday, December 25

Jasmine Porch

Breakfast from 6:30am - 10:15am | Grand Buffet from 12:00pm - 8:00pm; $72++/adult, $25++/child (ages 4-12)
Kiawah's Grand Christmas Day Buffet is held at Jasmine Porch. Celebrate this special day with The Sanctuary and allow our chefs to overwhelm your palate with holiday specialties. Call Dining Reservations at (843) 768-6253 to secure a reservation for what is already a very popular dining event.

Tomasso

Dinner, 5:00pm - 9:00pm a la carte
Celebrate the holiday in our Italian Gathering place. Allow Chef Brandon Lapp to prepare your Christmas dinner while you relax and enjoy a glass of wine. Please call (843) 266-4070 for reservations.

The Ocean Room

5:00pm - 9:00pm
The Sanctuary's signature restaurant is proud to present a true Christmas experience. The Ocean Room will be featuring their seasonal steakhouse menu in addition to holiday favorites. Children's menu available. For a more non-traditional option, our Sushi Lounge will be available for small plates and libations. Call Leisure Services for reservations at (843) 768-6253.


NEW YEAR'S EVE DINING Saturday, December 31

Jasmine Porch

Bid farewell to 2016 and welcome 2017! Dinner served from 5:30pm - 9:00pm
Ring in the New Year with a warm atmosphere accompanied with live music, your favorite champagne, and regionally inspired cuisine. Jasmine Porch will be offering their "Tour of the Lowcountry" with a holiday spin, plus a limited a la carte menu. Reservations required. Call (843) 768-6253.

The Ocean Room

5:30pm - 10:00pm
Celebrate a new beginning at The Ocean Room this New Year's Eve while enjoying their seasonal steakhouse menu! Join us prior to your dinner reservation for spirited libations in The Ocean Room Lounge. For lighter options, the Sushi Lounge will be available for southern style sushi and small plates. Reservations are required; please call (843)768-6253. Tax, gratuity, and wine selection at dinner not included. Call the Sommelier to pre-select wine at (843) 768-6308.

lobby bar drinksThe Lobby Lounge

Live Music and After Party, 8:00pm - 1:00am
Join us in the Lobby Bar before and after your dining plans. Enjoy specialty cocktails and spectacular live music as you count down to the New Year.
All guests are welcome to dance the night away on the dance floor and raise a glass of champagne to the New Year under the stars of the Grand Lawn.
There will be a stunning firework display at midnight. Dancing and cocktails will continue until 1:00am.Cash Beer & Wine Bar available in the Lobby in
addition to our full Lobby Bar. Light menu fare available until 11:00pm. No outside alcoholic beverages, please.

New Year's Eve Special Events

New Year's Family Celebration

Sunday, December 31 | 5:30pm - 10:00pm | Night Heron Park
Ring in 2017 with friends and family, featuring live entertainment and fireworks at Night Heron Park. Full a la carte dinner menu including Kiawah's favorites, such as roasted oysters, barbecued chicken & ribs, collard greens and hoping' john, delicious desserts, and kettle corn. Food will be served until 9:30pm. Activities include train rides, jump castles, a magician & party favors for all. The fireworks finale begins at 10:00pm from the Night Heron Park Soccer Field! The evening is full of entertainment suitable for families and groups of all ages.No coolers or outside food and beverages allowed.

Kamp Kawa: KNO New Year's Eve Bash

Saturday, December 31 | 7:30pm - 12:30am | 3 to 11 year olds.
Ring in the New Year at The Sanctuary hotel! Enjoy splashing around The Sanctuary's indoor pool, have a pizza party and play video games! Pick-up and drop off is located at The Sanctuary's indoor pool.

Teen Night: New Year's Bash

Saturday, December 31 | 8:30pm - 12:30am
Kick off the new year with us! We'll be taking over the Ashley Cooper Room at The Sanctuary with music, PS4 games, Xbox Kinect, snacks, crafts and Wii competitions. Reservations required. Call (843) 768-6001. Recommended for ages 12 to 16. $50/person.

New Year's Day Events

New Year's Day Brunch at Jasmine Porch

Join Jasmine Porch for your first meal of the New Year! Breakfast available 6:30am - 11:00am and then enjoy our extended brunch options from 11:45am - 2:00pm. This southern traditional brunch will feature Hoppin' John, Collard Greens, Shrimp & Grits and all your Lowcountry favorites.

3rd Annual New Year's Day 5K

Sunday, January 1 | 11:00am | Sanctuary Beach Access
No better way to ring in the New Year than with a beach fun run! This fun run will begin at The Sanctuary beach access, running east toward The Ocean Course 1.55 miles, turning around and heading back to the finish line in front of The Sanctuary hotel. All participants will receive a Kiawah Island Golf Resort keepsake, as well as be entered into a raffle for some great giveaways! Water will be available at the start and finish line. Complimentary.

4th Annual Polar Bear Plunge

Sunday, January 1 | 11:45 am | Sanctuary Beach Access
Plunge into the New Year at Kiawah Island Golf Resort's Polar Bear Plunge on Friday, January 1. Come and celebrate new beginnings with us as we gather on Kiawah's Beach, just in front of the hotel to plunge into The Atlantic. All fellow plungers must bring their own towel to this event. Complimentary.