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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.

Special Christmas Eve Dining

Jasmine Porch and The Ocean Room

Wednesday, 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 Jamine Porch. Call Dining Reservations at (843) 768-6253 to secure a reservations for what are already very popular dining events.

The Atlantic Room

Atlantic Room, a la carte, 5:00pm - 8:00pm
On Christmas Eve, join 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.


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 die setts 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 Eve Closings

Town Center Market (7:00am - 6:00pm), Cherrywood BBQ & Ale House, Southern Kitchen, West Beach Cafe & Gifts

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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.


Dinner, 5:00pm - 9:00pm a la carte, Dining Room & Bar
Celebrate the holiday in our Italian Gathering Place. Allow chef Jonathan Williams 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.

Christmas Day Closings

The Atlantic Room, Ryder Cup Bar, Cherrywood BBQ & Ale House, Southern Kitchen, West Beach Cafe & Gifts, Beaches & Cream (Closes at noon), Town Center Market (8:00am - 3:00pm)

Special Christmas Events

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Every Saturday from November 29 - December 20 at 11:00am in The Morning Room at The Sanctuary
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.

Holiday S'mores!

Saturday, December 6, 13 and 20, 5:00pm - 7:00pm, $15/kit (Available for purchase at The Lobby Bar)
Join us on the Grand Lawn at The Sanctuary for holiday fireside s'mores and hot cocoa while sitting under the stars! Mrs. Claus will make a special appearance for Christmas stories beginning at 5:30pm. Then join our pianist inside the hotel for Christmas carols to conclude the evening. This event is weather-dependent.



New Years Eve Special Events

New Year's Family Celebration*

Wednesday, December 31, 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Night Heron Park
Ring in 2015 with friends and family, featuring live entertainment by Permanent Vacation 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 hopping' john, delicious desserts, and kettle corn. Food will be served until 9:30pm. Other activities include train rides, jump castles, & 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 Kiawah: KNO New Year's Eve Bash

Wednesday, December 31, 7:30pm - 12:30am 3 to 11 year olds
Ring in the New Year at Night Heron Park and watch fireworks! Enjoy splashing around the Sanctuary's indoor pool, have a pizza party and make New Year's decorations! Pick-up and drop off is located at The Sanctuary's indoor pool. *Dress campers in warm clothes as they will be outside for the festival at the Night Heron Park and Fireworks on the beach.

Teen Night: New Year's Bash

Wednesday, 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, snacks, crafts and Wii competitions. Reservations required. Call (843) 768-6001. Recommended for ages 12 to 17. $50/teen.

New Year's Eve Resort Dining

The 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 available until 11:00pm. No outside beverages, please.

New Year's Eve Resort Dining Options

The Atlantic Room, a la carte, 5:30pm - 9:30pm
Tomasso, a la carte, 11:30am - 9:00pm
Southern Kitchen, a la carte, 7:00am - 2:00pm
Town Center Market, 7:00am - 8:00pm

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.

New Year's Day 5K*

Thursday, 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.

2nd Annual Polar Bear Plunge*

Thursday, January 1, 12:00pm
Plunge into the New Year at Kiawah Island Golf Resort's Polar Bear Plunge on Thursday, January 1. Come and celebrate new beginnings with us as we gather on Kiawah's beach, just in front of the hotel to plunge in The Atlantic. Whether you plunge solo or with the whole family, dress it up! The plunge is complimentary. All fellow plungers must bring their own towel to this event.
*Visit Beaches & Cream for your New Year's Day treats or warm up at Jasmine Porch for a post plunge brunch!

*Event is promoted by State Accommodation Tax (SATAX) Funds, Town of Kiawah Island and Kiawah Island Golf Resort.