Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah - it is finally time to celebrate! We love December here in the Lowcountry. It’s a time for seasonal celebrations so we rounded up the best Lowcountry holiday events we’re looking forward to this month. In this article, you will find the best places to see Christmas lights, discover some socially distanced family outing options, and find places to spread holiday cheer. 

Let’s get the festivities going and start celebrating as soon as possible. Pack some snacks, bundle up in festive gear and check out where you can celebrate the holidays this year! 


Drive-through Light Display

This weekend, one of the best Lowcountry holiday events begins, the Historic Mitchelville Park’s Season’s Greetings from Around the World Light Display! Get ready to ooo and ahhh over twinkling lights and seasonal cooler weather. Gosh, it’s cold out there isn’t it? Bundle up and bring the festive cheer with you in your travel mug - how about hot chocolate, cinnamon-spice tea, or apple cider? Meander along the drive-through light show with the holiday tunes turned up. The international lighting decoration celebration is sure to spread so much holiday cheer in the Lowcountry.

  • Where: Mitchelville Freedom Park, Hilton Head, SC

    • Free admission and family-friendly 

    • Drive-through style

    • Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020, 6 - 8pm

    • Sunday, Dec. 6, 2020, 6 - 8pm

    • Monday, Dec. 7, 2020, 6 - 8pm 


Hanukkah “Parade” and Menorah Lighting

The Chabad of Greater Hilton Head has planned a covid-friendly public menorah lighting and will even be live-streaming it to ensure safety measures are in place. Don’t miss out on the fun of years past - the parade is still happening - just in a new way! 

Join the “Car Menorah Parade” and travel together from Bluffton’s Tanger Outlets 2 to Shelter Cove Towne Center on Hilton Head Island. The 9-foot menorah will be lit ceremoniously at 5PM.

  • Where: Car line up located at Tanger Outlets 2 at 4:30 PM

  • When: December 13th

  • Free admission and family-friendly 

  • Drive-through style

  • Bring your gelt and Hanukkah gear - it’s time to get lit!


Reverse Christmas Parade

The annual Bluffton Christmas Parade is going in reverse this year! Rather than gathering along the roads, spectators will be the ones who do the driving while the parade itself sits stationary. Get ready to ride by the parade entrants as your family enjoys holiday music, decorated Christmas floats, and festive fun from a safe distance. There will not be any tossed beads or candy from your favorite locals this year, so bring your own for added fun. 

  • Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020, May River Road, 10am - 12pm

  • Pack snacks, wear fun holiday gear, even decorate your car or golf cart! 

Socially Distanced Santa Visit

Starting on Saturday, Dec. 5, visit the Shelter Cove Towne Centre for holiday cheer and a socially distanced Santa visit! Elves will help keep everyone socially distanced and visitors can use their own phones and cameras for photos with Santa. Make the visit a family affair and bring your pets too! 

  • Where: Shelter Cove Towne Centre 40 Shelter Cove Ln, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

    • Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020 5 - 7pm

    • Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020 5 - 7pm

    • Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020 5 - 7pm


Celebrate with a 5K

Working on your fitness this year? Put your endurance to the test on Thursday, Dec. 24 for the 29th Annual Hilton Head Hospital Jingle Jingle 5K Run. A percentage of proceeds from the holiday race benefits The Sunset Hilton Head Rotary Club. Be sure to wear fun holiday costumes and garb to spread cheer during the race. 

  • Where: Crossings Park 

  • Thursday, Dec. 24, 2020, 8am 

  • Limited to 250 runners. Participants must wear a mask before and after the event.

  • $40 registration fee



The most magical time of year is here and Lowcountry is celebrating safely with drive-throughs and socially-distanced activities. Get in the spirit with these activities:  

  1. International Light Display drive-through is a must-do Lowcountry holiday event. With three nights to check out the event, you can easily fit this into your schedule. 

  2. The Reverse Christmas Parade is at the top of our list to check out. We like the idea of packing the family in the car with snacks and holiday music.

  3. Consider visiting a socially distanced Santa setup for your annual Christmas photo.

  4. Sign up for the Hilton Head Hospital Jingle Jingle 5K Race and go for a run with your favorite holiday costume!

Which of these Lowcountry holiday events are you looking forward to doing this month? What are you doing to celebrate the holidays this year?

Share with us in the comments below!



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