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4 of the Best Things to Do on Kiawah Island for Christmas

For many, the Christmas season goes hand in hand with frigid, snow-covered landscapes. However, if cold weather isn’t on your Christmas list this year, then perhaps it’s time for a new family tradition. Trade the evergreens for palm trees and the winter wind for a summer breeze, a Kiawah Island Christmas is home to plenty of holiday celebrations and festivities that are sure to illuminate the Christmas spirit in all of us. While you’re on the island, don’t forget to take advantage of our free Destination Guide. Our guide is full of the area’s best restaurants, attractions, and seasonal events, making it your ticket to the Christmas getaway of your dreams. Start planning your trip now!

How to Plan the Perfect Kiawah Island Christmas

Holiday Celebrations

Between Kiawah Island and Charleston, there are plenty of things to discover this Christmas. For example, head over to James Island and join in on the fun at the 29th annual Holiday Festival of Lights or embrace the holiday spirit with Chamber Music Charleston at “The Night Before Christmas.” For a more traditional experience, Charleston Strolls offers some incredible holiday walking tours throughout December. However you choose to celebrate Christmas on Kiawah Island, it’s sure to be unforgettable!


If a family dinner is part of your Christmas tradition, Kiawah Island is home to an incredible list of restaurants that can accommodate the entire family. For example, Kiawah’s Jasmine Porch and The Ocean Room both offer spectacular dining options on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. There are also plenty of amazing restaurants in Charleston to explore during the holidays if you’re in the mood to venture off the Island!


Kiawah Island quiets down during the holidays, leaving the courses wide open for you to play as many rounds of golf as you want. Skip the summer crowd and visit Kiawah when it’s at its most peaceful and serene. The weather still hovers in the 60’s and 70’s around Christmas, making it the perfect time to tee it up. Read all about the island’s best golf courses and start packing your clubs for your next trip to Kiawah!

Last-Minute Shopping

Simply put, shopping and the holiday season go hand in hand. If you’ve got some last-minute gift buying on your schedule, there’s no better place to be than Kiawah Island. There are plenty of boutiques and specialty shops in Freshfields Village, so no matter how close to Christmas you leave it, finding the perfect present is never an issue!


It’s never too early to start planning the perfect holiday getaway. If you’ve decided that you want to make Kiawah Island your home this Christmas, the Andell Inn is the ideal place to stay. Our boutique hotel features beautiful decor, luxurious amenities, and an incredibly welcoming atmosphere. For example, our King Studio Suites come equipped with waterfront views, king-size beds, a fully equipped kitchen, and a living area with a sleeper sofa. Don’t miss out on the Christmas celebration of a lifetime. Explore our guest rooms now!

King Studio apartment interior view of bed and fridge