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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.

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
Grand 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.

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.

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 reservations, please call (843) 266-4085.

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.

Special Thanksgiving Events


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.


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.


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.


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.


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!


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.


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.


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.


Fall Quidditch Cup*
Thursday, 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+


Tree Lighting Ceremony
Thursday, 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.


Mingo Point Oyster Roast & BBQ
Friday, November 28 | 5:00pm - 9:00pm | Mingo Point

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 yrs). For reservations, please call (843) 768-2790.


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.


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 Bread 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 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 even 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.