December 2017 Events

Fall in love with the Lowcountry with these events scheduled over the Holiday Season. From seasonal concerts to festivals of lights, the possibilities for fun are endless in Hilton Head and Bluffton. Take a look at some of the exciting events planned for our area.  


All Month Long

The Coastal Discovery Museum provides tours, walks, programs, and exhibits about the Lowcountry. Events are scheduled daily. To learn more about the Coastal Discovery monthly events, contact 843-689-6767 or visit


Farmers Market of Bluffton

Fresh, local produce, plants, nuts, herbs, flowers, honey, cheese, milk, eggs, meats, and seafood. You’ll also find specialty items like kettle corn, spices, coffee, tea, sweet treats, pastries, fresh pasta and sauces. 

Every Thursday

Calhoun Street in Bluffton

For more information, call 855-287-7287.


Shops at Sea Pines Center Farmers’ Market

The Shops at Sea Pines Center offers a farmers’ market featuring Lowcountry Produce, crafts, artwork, food, plants, jewelry, and fashions every week. The Farmers’ Market will be held every Tuesday from 10 am - 2pm.

Every Tuesday

The Shops at Sea Pines Center

For more information, call 843-686-3003.


SOBA Presents 12x12 Show

The Society of Bluffton Artists presents its annual fall 12 x 12 Show. It’s a unique, interesting and challenging member exhibition in which each member may submit two 12 x 12-inch canvases. Each 12 x 12 is priced the same, $120 — in time for holiday art shopping. The art is the perfect size for groupings. It will fit in small spaces and is very easily shipped. The 12 x 12 artwork will be on display from November 6th to Dec 3rd at the gallery on Church Street in Old Town Bluffton. This show also serves as an important fundraiser for SoBA. The artists traditionally share a large portion of their commission with the gallery from this exhibition.

November 6th – December 3rd, 2017

Society of Bluffton Artists

For more information, call 843.757.6586.



Society of Bluffton Artists Holiday Boutique

Artists of the Society of Bluffton Artists (SoBA) are preparing their creative wares for the Fifth Annual Holiday Boutique, scheduled for November 14th-December 22nd at the gallery’s Center for Creative Arts building next door.

The boutique offers the community a unique place to shop for the holidays from local artists with a variety of creative items to choose from — including jewelry, cards, holiday decorations, small paintings, floral arrangements and fiber art. Prices range from $15 to $350.

November 14th – December 22nd, 2017

Society of Bluffton Artists


Tis the Season at Shelter Cove Towne Centre

Join us this holiday season for a lighting and entertainment spectacular! Nightly entertainment includes visits from Santa & Mrs. Claus, Horse & Carriage Rides, Train Rides, Rock Wall, Skating Rink, Movies in the Park and more! Park your car, stroll through the lights, enjoy nightly events all while shopping and dining! Proceeds to benefit the Island Rec Center.

Presented by Kroger, Belk and the merchants of Shelter Cove Towne Centre, ‘Tis the Season will run from November 20 – December 30 and will be open to the public nightly from 6-9pm.

November 20th – December 30th, 2017

Shelter Cove Towne Centre


Harbour Town Lights

Enjoy the lights! Stroll along the Harbour and enjoy the illuminated seasonal figures, with the centerpiece of the display being a towering Christmas tree. Harbour Town is the perfect place to be this holiday season with live entertainment and activities. The official tree lighting will take place just prior to the Gregg Russell Concert on Friday, November 24 at 7:30 pm. Make a difference. While you’re enjoying the holiday season, you can help Deep Well make a difference in someone else’s life. Bring a canned good or two, or a new unwrapped child’s toy, and drop them in the “well” by the Liberty Oak stage. Since 1973, the non-profit, volunteer-based Deep Well has been serving the basic needs of the less fortunate on Hilton Head Island.

November 23rd – January 1, 2018

Harbour Town


Outdoor Movie – “The Santa Clause”

Have your picture taken with Santa and watch a showing of the movie “The Santa Clause” under the Liberty Oak in Harbour Town. Benches and a fire pit for roasting marshmallows will be provided. Admission is complimentary with the donation of a canned food item for the Deep Well Project.

December 2, 2017 from 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Harbour Town


Town of Bluffton Christmas Parade

Please join us on Saturday, December 2nd for the Annual Town of Bluffton Christmas Parade.  You can register for the parade by clicking the link on the right.  In order to keep the parade safe and enjoyable for all, we ask that the parade participants follow the rules listed below.

The parade begins at 10:00 a.m.  Streets will begin closing at 8:00 a.m. All parade entries should arrive in their staging areas by 8:00 a.m. The parade ends at Red Cedar Elementary school. 

December 2, 2017 from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Downtown Bluffton

For more information, call 843-706-4500


Volunteers in Medicine Hilton Head Island Circle of Caring Gala

Join us for a night of music and dancing with Deas Guyz as we “Light the Fire.”  Cocktail hour (6-7pm) sponsored by Fidelity Investments. Presenting sponsor Charter One Realty.  Seated Dinner at 7 pm.

December 2, 2017 from 6:30 PM – 10:30 PM

Westin Hilton Head Island Resort and Spa

For more information, call 843-689-6612


Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra


December 3, 2017     5:00 PM

December 4, 2017     8:00 PM

John Morris Russell, Conductor

Phoebe Liu, Violin, 2017 First Prize Winner, HHSO Youth Concerto Competition

Hilton Head Island High School Chorus

Hilton Head Dance Theatre

Savannah Children’s Choir

A Holiday Spectacular!  Ring in the Season with John Morris Russell’s festive holiday music, featuring all our favorite guest soloists. This beloved event is a must!

December 3rd and 4th, 2017

First Presbyterian Church

For more information, call 843-842-2055


Party in the Park

The 2018 Hilton Head Island – Bluffton Chamber Leadership Class is building an iconic piece a playground equipment, an Imagination Train, in Oscar Frazier Park. To kick off our project we are throwing a “Party in the Park” on Saturday, December 3rd, from 1:00pm-4:00 pm! 

Featuring, Yummy Food from Melly Mels, Gullah Fried Sweets, and Gma on Ice, Bouncy Houses, Snow Cones, Music by Shane Marstiller, Corn Hole, Face Painting by Morgan’s Mommy’s Seashell Creations & Face Painting, and so much more to come! 

FREE admission for the entire community to come out have fun and get On Board for the Excitement of the Imagination Train!

December 3, 2017 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Oscar Frazier Park


Disney’s Newsies

Fresh off its First National Tour, the Arts Center is thrilled to produce the Carolinas’ premiere of Disney’s Tony Award-winning Newsies, with jubilant music by Alan Menken and book by Harvey Fierstein. The show puts the spotlight on high-flying dance with everything from tumbling to tap.

Set in New York City at the turn of the century and inspired by the real-life Newsboys strike of 1899, Newsies is the rousing tale of a charismatic newsboy who dreams of a better life far from the streets.

December 6th – 31st, 2017

Arts Center of Coastal Carolina

For more information, call 843-842-2787


Outdoor Movie – “Home Alone”

Get into the holiday spirit by watching this classic movie under the Liberty Oak in Harbour Town. Benches and a fire pit for roasting marshmallows will be provided. Admission is complimentary with the donation of a canned food item for the Deep Well Project.

December 9, 2017 from 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Harbour Town


Holiday Hookup

A collaboration of local women in business offering gifts, glam and tastes of the season. Holiday Hookup is providing the ultimate shopping experience for locals and guests to check off their Christmas shopping list with all of the favorite local shops in one place! Complete with Mimosa Station and sounds of the season and VIP opportunities. Shop, enjoy and give will be the theme of the day – Holiday Hookup is also hosting a silent auction to benefit local charity, Hopeful Horizons.

December 10th, 2017 from 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Sonesta Resort

For more information, call 919-802-1184


“Small, Medium(s), and Large” Featured at Society of Bluffton Artists Gallery in December

“Small, Medium(s), and Large” Featured at Society of Bluffton Artists Gallery in December. Larry Hughes is the December featured artist at the Society of Bluffton Artists (SoBA) gallery.

His show “Small, Medium(s) and Large” will be an exhibit consisting of group works to include Ab-Originals, Southwest Suite, and Cave and Rock Art.  It will be on display from December 11-31. An opening reception is slated for 5-7p.m. Friday, December 15th at the Old Town Bluffton gallery.

Hughes is a self-taught artist who “learned by osmosis” from his mother, Virginia S. Hughes, a fine professional watercolorist who painted for over 80 years. He started painting 11 years ago and today is represented in two galleries and private collections in 8 states.  He has studied with several regional teachers as well.


December 11th- December 31st, 2017

SoBA Art Gallery

For more information, call 843-415-3490


Tea at 5 Presented by Lean Ensemble Theater

Lean Ensemble Theater presents Tea at 5 by Matthew Lombardo. Enjoy a fascinating one-woman show with one of the greatest actresses, Katherine Hepburn. Journey with Kate from the fall of 1938 through the winter of 1983 as she relives her greatest successes, failures and of course, Spencer Tracy. Featuring Peggy Trecker White.

December 14, 15, & 16 at 7:30pm

December 17 at 2:00pm 

Hilton Head Preparatory School Main Street Theatre

For more information, call 843-715-6676


Sounds of Christmas Concert

This joyful holiday treat features Carols Galore, Vivaldi’s Gloria and Christmas Movie Soundtracks and promises to be fun for all ages. Tickets are now on sale.

The Hilton Head Choral Society (HHCS) is the longest-running performing arts organization on Hilton Head Island and is an open membership organization to all who enjoy choral singing and fellowship. Now in its 42nd year, the HHCS’s extensive repertoire includes major classical and contemporary works as well as seasonal favorites, from opera to Broadway, classical masterworks to Pops, and commissioned works by world-class composers. In addition to the regular concert season, the HHCS frequently showcases internationally renowned vocal ensembles as part of the `HHCS Presents` series. The Hilton Head Choral Society is funded in part by the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

December 15, 2017 from 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM

First Presbyterian Church

For more information, call 843-341-3818


Outdoor Movie – “A Christmas Story”

Put some happy in your holiday watching this Christmas classic under the Liberty Oak. Benches and a fire pit for roasting marshmallows will be provided. Admission is complimentary with the donation of a canned food item for the Deep Well Project.

December 16, 2017 from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Harbour Town


17th Annual Polar Bear Swim

Show your adventurous side with the other “polar bears” by taking an invigorating dip into the Harbour Town Pool on a chilly winter day. Warm up after your plunge with hot chocolate and refreshments. 

December 31, 2017

Harbour Town Pool



New Year’s Eve Celebration


Join us for a festive New Year’s Eve ball drop from the top of the Harbour Town Lighthouse! Enjoy food, entertainment and live music throughout Harbour Town, then count down to the ball drop as we welcome the new year! There will be two ball drops: 7pm and midnight. For additional information, call (843) 842-1979.


December 31, 2017 from 6:00 PM – 12:00 PM

Harbour Town

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