The real question is “Why shouldn’t you visit Hilton Head in December?” The holiday season is jam-packed with special events and activities throughout the month, and Savannah and Beaufort aren’t far away if you run out of festive fun in Hilton Head. The island is aglow with Christmas light displays, and you can often hear the sounds of live musical performances as you stroll through town. Here are several more reasons why Hilton Head is a great place to visit in December. 

The Basics

Since it’s considered the “off-season” one of the biggest bonuses to visiting Hilton Head in December is scoring major discounts on lodging accommodations. Not only that, you’ll avoid tourist crowds and won’t have to wait in long lines for dinner. 

The weather is another great reason to visit Hilton Head in December since the daily temperatures tend to stay in the low to mid-60s. You might even get lucky enough to experience a few days in the 70s or 80s! Sunny days in December on the island are perfect for bike riding, golfing, or even taking a kayak out on the water. 

What to Do

It’s December, which means Christmas is right around the corner, so obviously you need to get a picture with Santa Claus! Shelter Cove Towne Center is hosting visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus on the following dates so bring your camera for a sweet keepsake:

  • Friday, December 15th 5-7p
  • Friday, December 22nd 5p-7p
  • Saturday, December 23rd 12p-2p

On Saturday, December 16th, take the whole family (don’t forget your furbabies!) to the Art League of Hilton Head for holiday pet portraits! For just a $25 donation to the Art League, you’ll receive a fully edited digital image perfect for printing up to an 11×14 portrait just in time for Christmas. 

Everyone’s gotta eat, so why not make it a special holiday treat for the whole family and have Brunch with Santa at Alexanders Restaurant and Wine Bar? Sunday, December 17th at noon, you can enjoy a delicious meal and complimentary photos with Santa! Better hurry because the morning brunch session already sold out! 

For those who like to inject a little adrenaline into their Christmas festivities, join us for the 32nd Annual Hilton Head Jingle Jingle Bridge Run 5K Run/Walk & 10K on December 23rd at 8am in Crossings Park. The 10K is a RUN ONLY event with a strictly enforced 90-minute time limit, and while walkers are encouraged to participate in both, anyone who hasn’t finished the 10K by the end of the time limit has to leave the course. Participants are encouraged to dress up in their holiday best to get in the festive spirit!

Hilton Head in December is filled with Christmassy events and festive activities for the whole family. Avoid the crowds and high lodging prices, and reserve your December Hilton Head vacation today!