THROUGH DEC. 21
SANTA VISITS SHELTER COVE: Santa and Mrs. Claus will greet children and take photos. Free. 5-7 p.m., Shelter Cove Towne Centre, 40 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. 843-686-3090 or www.sheltercovetownecentre.com.
THROUGH DEC. 31
HOLIDAY LIGHTS AT SHELTER COVE: Enjoy holiday lights all season long at this spectacular display. Free. Shelter Cove Towne Centre, 40 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. www.sheltercovetownecentre.com.
THROUGH JAN. 1
HARBOUR TOWN LIGHTS: Stroll along the harbor and enjoy illuminated seasonal figures and a towering Christmas tree. Featuring live entertainment and activities throughout the month. Free. Harbour Town, 149 Lighthouse Road, Hilton Head Island. 843-842- 1979 or www.seapines.org.
BROAD CREEK CLEAN UP: Join The Outside Foundation for a day of collecting litter by foot, kayak, boat or bike. Limited number of free kayaks available with reservation. Free. 11 a.m.- 3 p.m., Shelter Cove Marina, 1 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. 843-686-6996 or www.outsidefoundation.org.
A VISIT FROM ST. NICHOLAS: A fun performance featuring holiday favorites with Conductor John Morris Russell. Reception to follow. Tickets are $10-$60. 5 p.m., Sunday; 8 p.m., Monday. First Presbyterian Church, 540 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island. 843-842-2055 or www.hhso.org.
THE MANY BENEFITS OF SHARKS: Dr. Kim Ritchie will share her experiences with sharks and their benefits to humans, our ecosystems and our planet. Reservations required. Cost is $7. 2 p.m., Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-689-6767, ext. 223, or www.coastaldiscovery.org.
WOMEN’S ASSOCIATION OF HILTON HEAD LUNCHEON: John Morris Russell, Maestro of the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, will be the keynote speaker of the December WAHHI luncheon. Cost is $34 for members, $39 for guests. 10:30 a.m., Omni Oceanfront Resort, 23 Ocean Lane, Hilton Head Island. Email reservations@wahhi. org or visit www.wahhi.org.
HIGH WIRE WHISKEY DINNER: Experience a four-course meal paired with High Wire whiskey. Cost is $100. 6:30 p.m., Whiskey Room at Charbar, 33 Office Park Road, Suite 215, Hilton Head Island. 843- 785-2427 or www.whiskeyroomhhi.com.
A CHRISTMAS TRADITION AT SAVANNAH THEATRE: The theatre is decorated to the hilt as a backdrop to favorite Christmas songs, a little comedy and audience participation. Tickets are $39 for adults, $19.50 for children. Times vary. Historic Savannah Theatre, 222 Bull Street, Savannah. 912- 233-7764 or www.savannahtheatre.com.
FORSYTHE JEWELERS HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE: Browse from a large selection of top brand jewelry designers, MacKenzie-Childs and more. Enjoy complimentary gift wrapping with any purchase. 4-7 p.m., Forsythe Jewelers, 71 Lighthouse Road, Suite 311, Hilton Head Island. 843-671-7070 or www.forsythejewelers.biz.
OSPREY WATCH: Kristen Mattson will host a presentation about ospreys and their importance to the environment. Reservations required. Cost is $7. 2 p.m., Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-689-6767, ext. 223, or www.coastaldiscovery.org.
KISS ME KATE: A romantic-comedy and holiday musical performance where a former husband and wife ignite a fiery chemistry onstage and off. Cost is $61 for adults, $47 for children. Times vary. Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. 843-842-2787 or www.artshhi.com.
CREATING WARTIME FAMILY REUNIONS WITH DNA: In honor of Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, Genealogist Bonnie Wade-Mucia speaks about the work she does to find family members of KIA/MIA soldiers from WWII. Free. 4 p.m., Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage, 10782 South Jacob Smart Boulevard, Ridgeland. 843-284-9227 or www.morrisheritagecenter.org.
THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION ROUND TABLE: A luncheon to explore historic events and people of the Revolutionary era, emphasizing the importance and influence of the South. 11:30 a.m., TidePointe, 700 TidePointe Way, Hilton Head Island. 843-422-0091 or 843-707-7562.
BLUFFTON TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY: Mayor Lisa Sulka will announce the grand marshal of the Bluffton Christmas Parade and town leaders will light the Bluffton Christmas tree. Refreshments will be served at the pavilion, where Santa will greet children. Free. 5:30-7:30 p.m., DuBois Park, 67 Lawrence Street, Bluffton. www.townofbluffton.sc.gov.
GULLAH KINFOLK CHRISTMAS PERFORMANCE: Experience the spirit of the holiday season with a celebration of Gullah-Geechee culture, live music, original art, drama and storytelling. Cost is $35 in advance, $40 at the door. 7 p.m., USCB Performing Arts Center, 805 Carteret Street, Beaufort. www.beaufortchamber.org.
LOWCOUNTRY FOOD AND TRADITIONS: Enjoy Lowcountry boil, an oyster roast and live entertainment. Cost is $50 for adults, $40 for children. 7 p.m., Hudson’s Seafood on the Docks, 1 Hudson Road, Hilton Head Island. 843-686-6560 or www.heritagelib.org.
WINTER WONDERLAND FESTIVAL: A community holiday festival featuring carnival games, a children’s parade, a visit from Santa, golden candy cane hunt and more. Concessions, trampoline bungee and rock wall sold separately. Free. 4-8 p.m., Shelter Cove Community Park, 39 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. www.islandreccenter.org.
30TH ANNUAL TASTE OF THE SEASON: Join the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce with over 40 local restaurants serving up their best dishes and trying out new recipes. The event will also feature a silent auction. Cost is $65 for general admission, $125 for VIP tickets. 6-9 p.m., Marriott Hilton Head Resort & Spa, 1 Hotel Circle, Hilton Head Island. www.hiltonheadisland.org/taste.
BEAUFORT HOLIDAY WEEKEND: A weekend of fun, family-friendly events, including a lighted boat parade and Christmas parade. Free. Times and locations vary. For more information “like” the event on Facebook.
CHRISTMAS ON THE RIVER: Celebrate the holiday season on River Street. Featuring fun events including visits from Santa, a Waterfront Kidz Zone, live bands and dance groups. Free. Savannah Waterfront, Savannah. For schedule call 912-234-0295 or go to www.riverstreetsavannah.com.
GULLAH KINFOLK CHRISTMAS PERFORMANCE: Experience the spirit of the holiday season with a celebration of Gullah-Geechee feasts, live music, original art, drama and storytelling. Cost is $35 in advance, $40 at the door. 7 p.m., USCB Performing Arts Center, 805 Carteret Street, Beaufort. www.beaufortchamber.org.
RACQUETS FOR RESEARCH: A tennis benefit for breast cancer research. Participants will enjoy tennis instruction with local professionals, followed by a wine and cheese happy hour. 2-4 p.m., Palmetto Dunes, 6 Trent Jones Lane, Hilton Head Island. 803-781-2574, ext. 101, or www.sctennis.com.
HERITAGE LIBRARY HISTORIC HOLIDAYS: A weekend of Sea Island traditions, featuring Lowcountry foods, historic church experiences, holiday market, trolley and bike tours, historic regiment encampment, ancestry research and a community tree lighting. Reservations required. Tickets are $5-$50. Times and locations vary. 843-686-6560 or www.heritagelib.org.
A CHRISTMAS STORY: Watch this classic Christmas movie under the Liberty Oak. Benches and a roaring fire in the fire pit will be provided. Please bring a canned food item for donation. 7-9 p.m., Harbour Town, 149 Lighthouse Road, Hilton Head Island. 843-842-1979 or www.seapines.com.
ARTISAN MARKET: Stop by the museum grounds to enjoy local artisans, storytellers, authors and more, including the South Carolina 2nd Regiment. Cost is $10 for adults, $2 for children ages 10-16, free for children under 10. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-686-6560 or www.heritagelib.org.
BLUFFTON CHRISTMAS PARADE: Watch holiday floats roll through Old Town during the annual Bluffton Christmas Parade. Rain or shine. Free. 10 a.m.. Check website for parade route through historic Bluffton. www.townofbluffton.sc.gov.
COOKIES AND COCOA WITH SANTA: Stop by the Bluffton Chamber of Commerce after the Bluffton Christmas Parade for a visit with Santa, plus complimentary cookies and hot cocoa. Please bring a toy for donation. 12-2 p.m., Greater Bluffton Chamber of Commerce, 217 Goethe Road, Bluffton. 843-757-1010 or www.blufftonchamberofcommerce.org.
CHRISTMAS TASTE OF GULLAH AND RICE COOK-OFF: The event will feature live entertainment and vendors selling a variety of Gullah foods. “Just fo’ da’ Chillun” school shows will give children a chance to enjoy live theater while learning about the Gullah-Geechee heritage and history. Free. 12-5 p.m., Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park, Bay Street, Beaufort. www.beaufortchamber.org.
CITY MARKET CHRISTMAS FOR KIDS: Make ornaments, decorate cookies, get “Grinched” and more during this fun event for the whole family. Free. 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Savannah City Market, 219 West Bryan Street, Savannah. 912-234-2344 or www.savannahcitymarket.com.
COLLINS GROUP REALTY TOY DRIVE: Bring a new, unwrapped toy to the parade. Collins Group Realty’s elves will pick up toy donations as they come down the parade route. All donations will go to Bluffton Self Help’s Holiday Toy Shop to help local families in need this holiday season. Free. 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Bluffton Christmas Parade, Old Town Bluffton. 843-837-6700 or www.collinsgrouprealty.com.
HISTORIC HILTON HEAD BY TROLLEY: Tour Hilton Head Island historic sites by trolley. Cost is $15 for adults, $5 for children. 9:30 a.m., 10:15 a.m., 11 a.m., 1:15 p.m., 2 p.m., Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-686-6560 or www.heritagelib.org.
SAVANNAH SANTA TRAIN: Enjoy visits from Santa, caroling, a holiday winter wonderland, Gullah-Geechee cultural celebrations and more during this fun and festive day. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Georgia State Railroad Museum, 655 Louisville Road, Savannah. 912-651-6823 or www.chsgeorgia.org.
DEC. 7, 14, 21
PHOTOS AND STORY TIME WITH SANTA: Join Santa at the Village at Wexford for a complimentary holiday photo and story time. Free. 2:45-5 p.m., Village at Wexford, 1000 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island. www.villageatwexford.com.
SOBA HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE: The artists of the Society of Bluffton Artists are creating original, one-of-a-kind handmade gifts available for purchase. Prices range $15-$350. 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Sundays; 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Mondays-Saturdays. Center for Creative Arts, 6 Church Street, Bluffton. 843-757-6586 or www.sobagallery.com.
COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS PARTY: A fun holiday party hosted by the Hilton Head Humane Association. Free. 12-2 p.m., Hilton Head Humane Association, 10 Humane Way, Hilton Head Island. 843-681-8686 or www.hhhumane.org.
FALL FESTIVITIES AT PROVIDENCE CHURCH: An oyster roast, advent walk and tree lighting will follow the regular Sunday worship services. Also includes crafts for children, a bonfire and caroling. Cost is $15 for adults, $4 for children under 12. 3-6 p.m., Providence Church, 171 Cordillo Parkway, Hilton Head Island. 832-842-5673.
FOUR CORNERS EXPANSION PARTY: Celebrate Four Corners Gallery’s recent expansion with a fun open house event. Free. 2-6 p.m., Four Corners Gallery, 1263 B May River Road, Bluffton. 843-757-8185 or www.fourcornersgallerybluffton.com.
TOUR OF THE CIVIL WAR BY BIKE: Bike through Hilton Head’s dramatic Civil War history with tours at Zion Cemetery, Fort Walker, Fort Sherman, The Steam Gun Cannon, and the Headlands. Cost is $25, or $35 with bike rental. 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m, Port Royal Clubhouse, 10 Clubhouse Drive, Hilton Head Island.
WORSHIP WITH OUR COMMUNITY: Historic Queen Chapel AME Church: A reading of a Christmas Story in the Gullah language followed by the choir singing Christmas carols and history of the church. Gumbo for sale. Free. 1 p.m., Historic Queen Chapel AME Church, 114 Beach City Road, Hilton Head Island. 843-686-6560 or www.heritagelib.org.
WORSHIP WITH OUR COMMUNITY: Central Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church: Established by the Gullah Community in 1887, join for their weekly service with a traditional gospel choir. Free. 10 a.m., 5 p.m., Central Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church, 161 Mathews Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-686-6560 or www.heritagelib.org.
LIGHTING OF THE BIG OAK TREE: This annual tradition brings together the entire community to reflect on and honor the people who first experienced freedom at Historic Mitchelville. Free. 5:30 p.m., Mitchelville Freedom Park, 226 Beach City Road, Hilton Head Island. 843-686-6560 or www.heritagelib.org.
OUR LIFELONG FRIENDSHIP WITH BERNIE SCHEIN: Bernie Schein, Pat Conroy’s best friend, will share stories of their friendship. Reservations required. Cost is $7. 2 p.m., Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-689-6767, ext. 223, or www.coastaldiscovery.org.
RESEARCH YOUR ROOTS: Learn about people who lived and died on Hilton Head Island during the Civil War and use their documents and government dispositions to trace your family tree. Cost is $5, or free with any Historic Holiday event ticket. 11 a.m.-2 p.m., The Heritage Library, 2 Corpus Christi, Suite 100, Hilton Head Island. 843-686-6560 or www.heritagelib.org.
USCB LUNCH WITH AUTHOR SERIES: Cassandra King Conroy, author of Tell Me a Story: My Life with Pat Conroy, will be the featured author at this monthly luncheon. Cost is $45. 12-1:30 p.m., Country Club of Hilton Head, 70 Skull Creek Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-521-4145.
ARTFUL ADORNMENT: JEWELRY AND BEYOND: Four local jewelry designers will showcase their beaded works that are on display through December. Artist reception includes a meet and greet. Free. 5-7 p.m., Art League Gallery, 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. 843-681-5060 or www.artleaguehhi.org.
OVERWINTERING HUMMINGBIRDS: Doreen Cubie will speak about her research on hummingbirds wintering in South Carolina. Reservations required. Cost is $7. 2 p.m., Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-689-6767, ext. 223, or www.coastaldiscovery.org.
WINE DOWN WEDNESDAY: Join in this progressive wine tasting walk for a good cause. Cost is $15. 5-8 p.m., Village at Wexford, 1000 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island. www.villageatwexford.com.
PLANTATION PROFILES: Colleton County: Director of Exhibitions and Programs Kayleigh Vaughn will give insight on some the plantations from the Colleton County region. Free. 5 p.m., Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage, 10782 South Jacob Smart Boulevard, Ridgeland. 843-284-9227 or www.morrisheritagecenter.org.
SHOP FOR GOOD: Outside is hosting a benefit for Volunteers in Medicine at their store in The Plaza at Shelter Cove, including a Barbour trunk show, small bites, wine, champagne and Sailin’ Shoes Lager brewed by Hilton Head Brewing Co. 20% of sales during the event will benefit VIM Hilton Head. 4:30-6:30 p.m. 50 Shelter Cove Ln, Hilton Head Island.
HILTON HEAD CHORAL SOCIETY CHRISTMAS CONCERT: Celebrate the Christmas season at the Hilton Head Choral Society’s annual holiday concert The Sounds of Christmas, featuring the 85-voice chorus with orchestra. Cost is $25-$40 for adults, $10-$15 for children. 7 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 540 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island. 843-341-3818 or www.hiltonheadchoralsociety.org.
THIRTEEN STRIPES BEER DINNER: Enjoy an evening of delicious food and craft beer, featuring Greenville-based 13 Stripes Brewery. Guests will experience a five-course dinner, paired with five different 13 Stripes beers. Cost is $35. 6 p.m., Old Oyster Factory, 101 Marshland Road, Hilton Head Island. 843-681-6040 or www.oldoysterfactory.com.
WHALES OF THE NORTH ATLANTIC OCEAN: Professor Michael Williamson will discuss different types of whales that inhabit the North Atlantic, their biology and more. Reservations required. Cost is $7. 2 p.m., Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-689-6767, ext. 223, or www.coastaldiscovery.org.
HOLIDAY BOAT PARADE: Guests young and old can watch an array of lights during Palmetto Bluff’s inland waterway Holiday Board Parade. Festively decorated kayaks and canoes will pass right by the Octagon Dock for all to admire. Free. 5-7 p.m., Octagon Dock, Palmetto Bluff, Bluffton. www.palmettobluff.com.
HOLIDAY CONCERT: A holiday concert with the Sun City Chimers, Jubilate Ringers from the Lowcountry Presbyterian Church, and Wesley Ringers from Bluffton United Methodist Church. Donations appreciated. Free. 7 p.m., Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 351 Buckwalter Parkway, Bluffton. 843-757-4774.
MOSCOW BALLET’S GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER: Step into a simpler time filled with sweet dreams and Christmas magic. With world-class artists, over 200 dazzling costumes, stunning sets and towering puppets. Ticket prices range $33.50-$179.50. 3-5:20 p.m., Lucas Theatre for the Arts, 32 Abercorn Street, Savannah. www.tickets.savannahboxoffice.com or www.nutcracker.com.
POLAR PINES EXPRESS HOLIDAY WAGON RIDE: Hop aboard the festive wagon and arrive at the North Pole. Children will be invited to hear classic story ‘The Polar Express,’ create a paper conductor’s hat, and enjoy cookies and hot chocolate. Reservations required. $16 for adults, $13 for children under 12. 1-2:30 p.m., Heritage Farm, Hilton Head Island. 843-842-1979 or www.seapines.com.
GREGG RUSSEL CHRISTMAS CONCERT: The holidays on Hilton Head Island wouldn’t be complete without Gregg Russell playing his guitar and singing songs of the season for children and adults. Before and after the concert, enjoy a special visit from Santa Claus. Free. 5:30-9 p.m., Harbour Town, 149 Lighthouse Road, Hilton Head Island. 843-842-1979 www.orseapines.com.
CHRISTMAS EVE AT MORELAND VILLAGE: Enjoy fresh oysters, Lowcountry boil, plus other sides and fixins prepared by the chefs at Palmetto Bluff. Reservations required. Cost is $85 for adults, $39 for children ages 5-12, free for children under 4. 6-9 p.m., Moreland Village, 19 Village Park Square, Bluffton. 833-232-0854 or www.palmettobluff.com.
CHRISTMAS EVE AT PROVIDENCE CHURCH: Children are invited to arrive 15 minutes early to become a part of the annual “live manger” during the service. 4 p.m., Providence Church, 171 Cordillo Parkway, Hilton Head Island. 832-842-5673.
CHRISTMAS EVE UNDER THE STARS: A family-oriented service with carols, the lighting of candles and refreshments. Free. 6:30 p.m., Oyster Factory Park, 63 Wharf Street, Bluffton. 843-785-4711 or www.hhiumc.com.
HILTON HEAD HOSPITAL JINGLE JINGLE RUN: A family 5K run and health walk featuring an awards ceremony, visits from Santa, refreshments, music and door prizes. Holiday costumes encouraged. Cost is $45 for adults, free for children. 8-11 a.m., Hilton Head Hospital, 25 Hospital Center Boulevard, Hilton Head Island. 843-757-8520 or www.bearfootsports.com.
CHRISTMAS BRUNCH: Gather the whole family to celebrate Christmas in true Lowcountry style, including a lavish and festive brunch with traditional favorites. Reservations required. Cost is $125 for adults, $45 for children ages 5-12, free for children under 4. 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Montage Palmetto Bluff, 477 Mount Pelia Road, Bluffton. 833-232-0854 or www.palmettobluff.com.
HOLIDAY FUN IN HARBOUR TOWN: Gather around the Liberty Oak to watch classic holiday movies, roast marshmallows and enjoy train rides, games and activities. Please bring canned food item for donation. $5 per passenger for train ride. 6 p.m., Harbour Town, 149 Lighthouse Road, Hilton Head Island. 843-842-1979 or www.seapines.com.
LATIN CHRISTMAS WHITE-OUT PARTY: Celebrate the holidays in all white clothing. Featuring a DJ and VIP booths available for purchase. Cover charge is $5. 9 p.m.-2 a.m., Rooftop Bar at Poseidon, 38 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. 843-341-3838 or www.therooftophhi.com.
MORELAND HOLIDAY GATHERING: Celebrate the impending new year as chefs cook up oysters fresh from the river, plus other sides and fixins. Reservations required. Cost is $85 for adults, $39 for children ages 5-12, free for children under 4. 6-9 p.m., Moreland Landing, 19 Village Park Square, Bluffton. 833-232-0854 or www.palmettobluff.com.
BUBBLES AND BLISS: An exclusive event featuring a decadent six-course dinner with Moet Champagne pairings. Participation in this dinner includes access to the Rockin’ on the River party. Must be 21 or over. Cost is $225 for guests, $180 for members. 7-9 p.m., River House, Palmetto Bluff, Bluffton. www.palmettobluff.com.
SEA PINES BALL DROP: A festive New Year’s Eve ball drop from the top of the Harbour Town Lighthouse with two times. Featuring food, fun, entertainment and live music. 7 p.m., or 12 a.m., Harbour Town, 149 Lighthouse Road, Hilton Head Island. 843-842-1979 or www.seapines.com.
POLAR BEAR SWIM: Show your adventurous side with the other “polar bears” by taking an invigorating dip in the Harbour Town Pool on a chilly winter day. Warm up after your plunge with hot chocolate and refreshments. Free. 10 a.m., Harbour Town Pool, 1 Lighthouse Lane, Hilton Head Island. 843-842-1979 or www.seapines.com.
ROCKIN’ ON THE RIVER: Ring in the new year at Palmetto Bluff, featuring a host of entertainers, a decadent dessert display and cash bar. Cost is $50. 9:30-12:30 p.m., Montage Palmetto Bluff, 477 Mount Pelia Road, Bluffton. 833-232-0854 or www.palmettobluff.com.
ROOFTOP NEW YEARS EVE BASH: Live music and champagne all night long, plus watch the ball drop on Hilton Head Island’s largest video wall. Cost is $25 for general admission. 7 p.m.-2:30 a.m., Rooftop Bar at Poseidon, 38 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. 843-341-3838 or www.therooftophhi.com.