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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 THANKSGIVING DINING

Thanksgiving Feast at The Sanctuary**

Grand Oaks Ballroom ~ 11:00am - 4:00pm ~ $76++ per person
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. View Sample Menu (.pdf)

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Children's Thanksgiving Buffet

Heron Room at The Sanctuary ~ 11:00am - 4:00pm ~ $30++/child (ages 4-12yrs)
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.

 

Jasmine Porch Thanksgiving Buffet*

Breakfast, 6:30am - 10:15am
oysters-tableGrand Buffet 12:00pm - 9:00pm ~ $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. View Sample Menu (.pdf)


The Ocean Room*

4:30pm - 10:00pm
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. View Sample Menu (.pdf)


Thanksgiving Buffet at The Atlantic Room*

12:00pm - 6:00pm ~ $75++/adult, $35++/child (4-12yrs)
Chef Banta has created dishes that capture the spirit of the season with his Thanksgiving buffet menu. Savor the flavors of the season while taking in the dramatic views of the Atlantic Ocean. For thanksgiving-dessertsreservations, please call (843) 266-4085.
View Sample Menu (.pdf)


The Lobby Bar

Join The Lobby Bar for spirits as you gather with friends and family this holiday season. The Lobby Bar 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

dining--mingo-point-cornFriday, November 28, 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Reservations: (843) 768-2790
Celebrate the holidays at Mingo and come out for the last oyster roast and BBQ of 2014! 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, a kids "cool-zone" featuring hair braiding, a design-your-own tote bag station, a kid-friendly buffet, and of course, a visit from Santa Claus! This isn't your typical backyard oyster roast; this is an event you don't want to miss!
$43.95/adult, $23.95/child (5-12 years). View Sample Menu (.pdf)



Special Thanksgiving Events

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Oil Painting Instruction
Wednesday, November 26 & Saturday, November 29 | 9:00am - 12:30pm

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 Mayland 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.

 
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Night Heron Park Turkey Hunt*
Wednesday, November 26 | 11:00am | Night Heron Park

Time to hunt for your perfect turkey for Thanksgiving! Join us in Night Heron Park for this family fun event that will test your skills to the max! Turkeys will be hidden everywhere in the park and you and your family will team up and capture as many turkeys as you can. Prizes will be awarded for individual turkeys as well as most turkeys caught. Registration is complimentary.

 
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1st Annual Turkey Day Shootout
Wednesday, November 26 | 2:00pm | Night Heron Park

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. $12/person. Please call (843) 768-6001 to make your reservation.

 
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Native American Programming Featuring Jim Sawgrass
Wednesday, November 26 | 4:00pm - 5:00pm | Night Heron Park

Kick off the Thanksgiving holiday with Native American Presentation featuring Jim Sawgrass. Dressed in full Native American regalia, Jim Sawgrass, a native Floridian and member of the Muskogee Creek Indian Tribe, will demonstrate the use of ancient Indian tools while discussing Native American culture. The program will conclude with the fancy footwork by his son, Cody "Wildcat" Sawgrass, a champion dancer. Event complimentary, and guests are encouraged to bring blankets or chairs.

 
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Turkey Trot*
Thursday, November 27 | 8:30am | The Sanctuary beach access.

Rise & shine for our annual fun run/walk on the beach! Get your workout before the turkey eating and football watching! Registration begins at 8am 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 8:30am. All participants receive a raffle ticket for a prize drawing that will be held at 9:15am at the race start/finish line! Registration is complimentary. Visit Beaches & Cream, located in The Sanctuary for any of your pre or post Turkey Trot snacks!

 
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Tye-Dye
Thursday, November 27 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm | Night Heron Park Pavilion

If it's hip, if it's cool, it must be a traditional Kiawah Tye-Dye T-Shirt! Choose from our bright, rainbow spectrum colors to make your shirt vibrant. $15 per person.

 
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Family Sand Sculpting*
Thursday, November 27 | 1:30pm - 3:00pm | The Sanctuary Beach Access

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 toys available for rent.

 
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Fall Festival*
Thursday, November 27 | 5:30pm - 8:00pm | Night Heron Park

Join the Fall Festival with entertainment in Night Heron Park! A bluegrass band will be pick'n away so stomp your feet then head on out to the park for a kick 'n good time! Favorite crowd attractions include an inflatable jump castle, pumpkin bowling, southern lawn games, face painting, and a crazy train.

 
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Fall Quidditch Cup*
Friday, November 28 | 3:30pm - 5:00pm | Night Heron Park Soccer Field

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". This is a physical activity recommended for ages 8+

 
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Tree Lighting Ceremony
Friday, November 28 | 5:00pm | The Sanctuary

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 5pm and come ready to sing some favorite Christmas carols! We look forward to celebrating this special time of the year with you and your loved ones.

 
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Cookie Decorating at The Sanctuary*
Every Saturday from November 29 - December 20 | 11:00am | The Morning Room

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.

 
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Santa's Lowcountry Arrival*
Saturday, November 29 | 3:00pm - 5:00pm | Grand Lawn of The Sanctuary

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.

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Youth Oil Painting Instruction
Wednesday, November 26 & Saturday, November 29 | 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 your vacation. Charleston artist Tina Mayland 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 the day before the lesson: (843) 768-6001. Minimum of 2 and maximum of 12.

 
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Teen Night: Laser Tag*
Thursday, November 27 | 9:00pm - 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.

 
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Youth: 3 on 3 Basketball*
Friday, November 28 | 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.

 
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Teen Night: 3 on 3 Basketball*
Friday, November 28 | 9:00pm - 11:00pm

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.

 
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Youth & Teen: Pumpkin Hockey*
Saturday, November 29 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm

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.

 
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NEW! Archery Tag*
Saturday, November 29 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Come experience Archery like you've never seen before! Archery Tag is a form of dodgeball using bow & arrows. Dip and dive through bunkers to get your arrows and conquer the competition! Meet at the Night Heron Park Soccer Field. This event is for ages 8 and up. All equipment is provided. Admission is complimentary.

 
**$1 Donated to Charleston Food Band for every adult who dines at The Sanctuary or The Ocean Course (Grand Oaks Ballroom, Jasmine Porch, The Ocean Room and The Atlantic Room).
*Event is promoted by State Accommodation Tax (SATAX) Funds, Town of Kiawah Island and Kiawah Island Golf Resort.

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.

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 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

Christmas Day Dining

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, 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

Cookie Decorating at The Sanctuary

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

Jasmine Porch

Bid farewell to 2014 and welcome 2015! Dinner served from 5:30pm - 10:00pm
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.

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.