Holidays in High Style on Kiawah Island

festive holiday cookies

As the year winds down, Kiawah Island Golf Resort gears up for the holidays. No sooner does the resort clear the numerous Thanksgiving feasts than staff begins decorating, signaling a month-long celebration of the season.

Tree Lighting Ceremony at The Sanctuary

On Friday morning of each Thanksgiving weekend, the staff at the Sanctuary hotel deck the halls of The Sanctuary for the holiday season. Although the Grand Lobby Christmas tree serves as the focal point, mantels and grand staircases also receive special treatment with tasteful holiday décor. The official tree-lighting ceremony begins with great pomp and circumstance at 5pm, immediately followed by sing-along Christmas caroling. 

Cookie Decorating at The Sanctuary

The following day, kids of all ages pack the Morning Room to decorate holiday cookies. This complimentary event sponsored by The Town of Kiawah repeats each Saturday throughout the season through the weekend before Christmas. Since this is an understandably popular event, be sure to make reservations by calling (843) 786-6253.

Santa’s Lowcountry Arrival

Perhaps the most highly anticipated holiday event is the grand arrival of Mr. and Mrs. Klaus — via golf cart, naturally. After appearing on the Grand Lawn, the Klauses head indoors to the lobby where childen of all ages have the chance to visit with Santa as parents get a photo for their holiday cards. After visiting with Santa, Mrs. Claus reads Christmas stories in the Morning Room. Later, the Sanctuary Pastry Team unveils the astonishing annual gingerbread house creation. 

Christmas Feasts

Santa arrives

What are holidays without sharing a great meal around the table with loved ones? Kiawah Island Golf Resort has you covered with some outstanding culinary offerings. In the Sanctuary on Christmas Eve, both the Ocean Room, the resort’s signature steakhouse, and Jasmine Porch, which serves elevated Lowcountry classics, enhance their seasonal dinner menus with special holiday recipes.

Two resort clubhouses also get in on the act. At The Ocean Course, the Atlantic Room serves a special Christmas Eve dinner. At Turtle Point, Tomasso, Kiawah Island’s authentic Italian eatery, observes a Mediterranean Christmas Eve tradition with its rendition of the Feast of Seven Fishes.        

On Christmas Day, enjoy a hearty breakfast at Jasmine Porch to start of the morning. Later, you can return to enjoy the restaurant’s Grand Buffet for for lunch or dinner (or both!). The Ocean Room will beef up its seasonal steakhouse menu with a handful of holiday favorites, and will also serve a children’s menu. For more casual fare, let your nose follow aroma of hickory smoke and you’ll find yourself at Osprey Point clubhouse to savor the authentic Southern-style pit-smoked barbecue at Cherrywood BBQ & Ale House.    

To begin planning your magical holiday getaway to Kiawah Island Golf Resort, reach one of our friendly reservations specialists at 888-601-4904.