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Four ways to discover new traditions at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, all season long

A magical place any time of the year, Kiawah Island Golf Resort becomes truly enchanting during the holiday season, when fabulous parties and ornate halls mingle with golden sunshine and salty air. Starting Thanksgiving week and continuing through New Years Day, resort guests are invited to enjoy the island in their own way, Lowcountry style.

Oh, what fun for families!
After a Thanksgiving turkey-and-pumpkin-fueled slumber, the kids (and kids at heart) wake up to a particularly joyful and bright day with the much-anticipated arrival on the island of a special couple of ” celebrities” dressed in red. Yes, Mr. and Mrs. Claus are settling in at the resort to share story time and hear the vacation hopes of all the good little guests. Children also have the opportunity to write their private wishes at a special letter writing station to be posted in the express mailbox in the Sanctuary lobby. Even more sparks of joy come from a grand tree lighting ceremony, the unveiling of a life-size sculpture made entirely of chocolate, delicious seasonal treats and holiday craft workshops for all ages , where families can create meaningful handcrafted gifts together. These are days of good humor and hot cocoa.

The best gifts for foodies
Sit down to a sumptuous Thanksgiving feast at your choice of restaurants, from fine dining to casual lodges. The next day, a beloved tradition continues at Mingo Point Oyster Roast & BBQ. Here, patrons can live like the locals as they savor fresh oysters roasted over an open fire, as well as barbecue specialties such as ribs, pulled pork, smoked chicken and more, all to be enjoyed under a lush vault of hundred-year-old oaks. Christmas Eve presents another collection of unique dining experiences, including the centuries-old Italian tradition of Festa dei Sette Pesci (Feast of the Seven Fishes) in Tomasso at Turtle Point. Of course, these are just a taste of the many special culinary events held at the resort leading up to New Years Day. The Kiawah Dining Collection offers a diverse range of gastronomic explorations, including sustainable seafood offerings and farm-to-fork flavors, across the island daily.

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An Adventurer’s Wonderland
Seasonal changes in the subtropics are milder and more subtle than at other latitudes, allowing Kiawah Island’s unspoilt setting to open its arms to outdoor adventure year-round. Between festive meals and events that embrace the spirit of the season, you are completely free to pursue your passions through limitless daily activities. On land, you can reconnect with nature on guided island excursions or cycle miles of sandy beaches and meandering trails through maritime forests. On the water, you can paddle or cruise through saltwater marshes, encounter fiery sunsets and friendly bottlenose dolphins, or embark on an inshore, coastal or reef fishing charter.

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A happier and healthier vacation for all
The holiday season at Kiawah Island Golf Resort can also be celebrated as fitness season. Balance hearty vacation indulgences with heart-healthy activities that make the most of the island’s natural beauty. Before enjoying your favorite Thanksgiving dinner, take part in a fun 5k or 1-mile run as part of the resort’s annual Turkey Trot. Runners who consider these distances “just a warm-up” can register for the Kiawah Island Golf Resort Marathon and Half Marathon, to be held on December 10, 2022. And for those who have never run a stage in their life but who want to dive boldly into the new year, the resort’s Polar Bear Plunge invites you to dive into the waves of the Atlantic Ocean on January 1, 2023.

Unpacking new traditions at Kiawah Island Golf Resort is a resolution that should be taken forever. The only question now is how you celebrating the holiday season, Lowcountry style? Visit to explore all the amazing possibilities. You can also speak to a reservations agent at 866.469.4399 to start planning your unique island getaway.