Thanksgiving at Kiawah

Year-after-year, families have made Kiawah Island Golf Resort the host of their favorite holiday traditions—with lavish Thanksgiving Day feasts in our restaurants and activities for all ages around the resort.

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Delicious Dining
One of our most popular dining celebrations of the year, Thanksgiving at Kiawah is the ultimate family affair! From an elegant four-star meal, to a relaxed clubhouse atmosphere, there's a dining experience for every palate!

T H U R S D A Y
November 25

Grand Oaks Ballroom at The Sanctuary – Priority seating reserved for guests of The Sanctuary at this time.
Seatings starting at 11:00am
Adults: $115 | Children 4-10: $59

Join us for a culinary creation on Thanksgiving Day. A lavish buffet presentation will be at your fingertips. Browse the numerous culinary stations throughout the ballroom, featuring seafood displays, live chef stations, holiday meats, and other traditional favorites. Sample the wine menu and finish your experience with decadent chocolates and pastries. Call 843.768.6251 for reservations.

Thanksgiving To-Go
Enjoy the leisure of a hot, home-cooked meal without any of the effort! Our Villa Banquet team has created a delectable menu of holiday favorites, available for carry out. Choose a full meal that serves 8-10 people, or order just the turkey or just the sides – either way, the cooking is on us! Click here for menu.

Orders must be placed by Friday, November 19th. Order pick-up will take place on Thursday, November 25th from 11am-4pm at the West Beach Conference Center. Order online or call 843.768.2997 to place your order.

Thanksgiving Pies
$24 per pie – Order online
Let our Villa Resort Pastry Chef Shannon Lee and her team take care of your pie needs this Thanksgiving! Our chefs have crafted these beautiful, flaky pastry creations to compliment any holiday table. Pies are specially boxed and ready to pick up. Traditional flavors include: Pumpkin, Pecan and Apple-Crumble.

Orders must be placed by Friday, November 19th. Order pick-up will take place at the West Beach Conference Center on Wednesday, November 24th from 9am-12pm and Thursday, November 25th from 10am-4pm.

Jasmine Porch – Priority seating reserved for guests of The Sanctuary at this time.
12:00-8:00pm
Adults: $125 | Children 4-10: $69

Celebrate the holiday with a magnificent buffet featuring traditional favorites. This will be a dinner to remember in a warm yet elegant atmosphere, as you toast loved ones. Jasmine Porch is sure to be an annual tradition for you and your family. Call 843.768.6252 for dining reservations.

The Ocean Room – Priority seating reserved for guests of The Sanctuary at this time.
5:30-9:30pm
The Sanctuary’s signature restaurant is proud to present a Thanksgiving experience made for the true epicurean. The Ocean Room will be featuring their seasonal steakhouse menu in addition to holiday favorites. Children’s menu available. Call for reservations at 843.768.6260 or ext. 86260.

Thanksgiving Buffet at The Atlantic Room** – Fully Committed.
11:00am-5:00pm | $85++/adult, $40++/child (4-12 years)
Chef John Ondo has created dishes that capture the spirit of the season with his Thanksgiving buffet menu. Savor the flavors of the holidays while taking in the dramatic views of the Atlantic Ocean. Call 843.266.4085 for reservations.

The Players’ Pub at Cougar Point -Fully Committed.
Open 11:00am-5:00pm
Give thanks and celebrate at The Players’ Pub at Cougar Point. Chef Tripp McDaniel will be offering holiday specials along with his seasonal a la carte menu, both for dine-in and to-go. Walk-ins are welcome, but reservations encouraged. 843.768.2771

Town Center Market
Open 7:00am-3:00pm
Stop by for those last minute grocery items, plus beer and wine. Also serving breakfast and lunch.

The Lobby Bar at The Sanctuary
Join The Lobby Bar for spirits as you gather with friends and family this holiday season. The Lobby Bar will be open from 12:00-11:00pm on Thanksgiving Day.

The following dining outlets will be closed on Thanksgiving day: Ryder Cup Bar, Cherrywood BBQ & Ale House, Tomasso at Turtle Point


F R I D A Y
November 26

Mingo Point Oyster Roast & BBQ -Fully Committed.
4:30-6:30pm and 7:00-9:00pm
Purchase your tickets online.

Celebrate the holidays at Mingo Point and join us for the last oyster roast and BBQ of 2021! Enjoy an authentic Lowcountry experience at Kiawah’s most popular family outing. Indulge in a riverside oyster roast and an all-you-can-eat buffet of Southern BBQ specialties highlighting holiday favorites. Enjoy live entertainment from The Island Trio. Be sure to be on your best behavior because good ol’ Saint Nick is coming to the Lowcountry for holiday photos!

Thanksgiving Beach Bicycles
Family Activities
Thanksgiving is a time for family, and Kiawah Island Golf Resort offers a wide range of activities to keep kids (and grownups!) of all ages entertained!

Visit our full calendar of events to see what’s happening every day and to make advance reservations for activities. And don’t forget to make your bike reservations – one of the best ways to explore all that our island has to offer!

W E E K L Y

Turkey Scavenger Hunt
November 22 – November 27
Night Heron Park

Oh, no! We’ve lost all of our turkey friends and need your help locating them! Grab your clue sheet from the Night Heron Pool Shop or Nature Center to start your search. Follow the clues and bring back your completed sheet back to us for a special Thanksgiving prize!

This event is complimentary and no reservations are required.

Kamp Kiawah
November 22, 23, 24, 26, 27 | 8:30am-12:30pm
Night Heron Park Pavilion

Kamp Kiawah is our themed day camp dedicated to making every day memorable for your child! Each session is themed with games, crafts, and snacks – guaranteed to be tons of fun! For information on pricing and our daily themes, visit our Calendar of Events.

For ages 3-7. Reservations required, please call 843.768.6001. A 24-hour cancellation policy applies. Subject to availability.

Camp Xtreme
November 22, 23, 24, 26, 27 | 8:30am-12:30pm
Night Heron Park Basketball Court

Camp Xtreme is designed with 8-15 year olds in mind! Competitive sports, team building, and more guarantee a day of XTREME FUN! For information on pricing and our daily themes, visit our Calendar of Events.

For ages 8-15. Reservations required, please call 843.768.6001. A 24-hour cancellation policy applies. Subject to availability.


M O N D A Y
November 22

Glass Fusing 101
9:00-10:00am
Turtles’ Nest Art Studio

Learn to cut, layer, and design glass pieces to create your artwork. Choose from a wide variety of color options to make a design that is uniquely yours. Class includes a 3×3 tile with upgrade choices available. Precut pieces are available for children.

$35/person. For ages 7+. Reservations required, please call 843.768.6001. A 24-hour cancellation policy applies. Subject to availability.

Archery Lesson
11:30am-12:30pm
Night Heron Park

Whether you want to be like Robin Hood, Katniss, or Legolas, you will learn your skills here. Join our staff as you try your luck with various stationary targets as well as moving targets! Our target launcher will be sure to challenge all of Kiawah’s new archers.

$45/person. For ages 8+. Reservations required, please call 843.768.6001. A 24-hour cancellation policy applies. Subject to availability.

Family Craft: Tie-Dye
4:30-5:30pm
Night Heron Park

Join us under the pavilion in Night Heron Park for a craft the whole family will enjoy! Each day features a different craft, including tie-dye, stuffed animal factory, and shark tooth necklaces. For a schedule of family crafts, please visit our Calendar of Events.

$20/shirt. No reservation required. Subject to availability.

Movie in the Park: How to Train Your Dragon
6:00-8:30pm
Night Heron Park Soccer Field

Bring your lawn chairs and blankets for an outdoor movie experience, featuring the film How to Train your Dragon! Doors open at 5 PM, and the movie will start at 6 PM. Concessions will be available for purchase.

This event is complimentary and no reservations are required.


T U E S D A Y
November 23

Polymer Clay Play
9:00-10:00am
Turtles’ Nest Art Studio

Choose from a rainbow of colored clay-or mix your own color! Projects will be oven baked and ready to bring home the next day. Create items such as jewelry dishes, magnets, hair clips, pins, small sculptures—the options are endless!

$35/person. For ages 5+. Reservations required, please call 843.768.6001. A 24-hour cancellation policy applies. Subject to availability.

Holiday Bazaar
10:30am-2:30pm
Turtles’ Nest Art Studio

Drop into our art studio to make holiday gifts for all the special people in your life this season! Projects include scented candles, jewelry dishes, necklaces, ornaments, home decor and more!

$15-30 per project. All ages are welcome. Reservations are not required.

Family Craft: Shark Tooth & Shell Necklaces
4:30-5:30pm
Night Heron Park

Join us under the pavilion in Night Heron Park for a craft the whole family will enjoy! Each day features a different craft, including tie-dye, stuffed animal factory, and shark tooth necklaces. For a schedule of family crafts, please visit our Calendar of Events.

$15/each. No reservation required. Subject to availability.

Mick Ayers’ Magic & Ghost Stories
5:30-6:30pm
Night Heron Park

We are pleased to introduce our newest performer, Mick Ayers! Voted South Carolina’s best magician in 2001, Mick is known for his wide variety of talents that he is excited to share with us here at Kiawah Island! His family-friendly show includes aspects of mind-reading, magic, music, and tall tales. Perfect for audiences of all ages!
This event is complimentary, and no reservations are required.


W E D N E S D A Y
November 24

Turkey Shootout
2:00-3:30pm
Night Heron Park Soccer Field

Join us at the Night Heron Park Soccer field for this friendly archery showdown! The competitor with the highest overall score for each age category will take home the prize! Categories for age groups are 8-12, 13-15, and 16+. An adult must accompany participants under the age of 16.

$12/person. For ages 8+. Reservations required, please call 843.768.6001. A 24-hour cancellation policy applies. Subject to availability.

Family Craft: Stuffed Animal Factory
4:30-5:30pm
Night Heron Park

Join us under the pavilion in Night Heron Park for a craft the whole family will enjoy! Each day features a different craft, including tie-dye, stuffed animal factory, and shark tooth necklaces. For a schedule of family crafts, please visit our Calendar of Events.

$20/animal $10/outfit (optional). No reservation required. Subject to availability.

‘Mallows & Music
5:30-7:00pm
Night Heron Park Stage

Enjoy time with each other around a fire while listening to live music and indulging in a s’more or two. Music provided by Thomas Champagne. S’mores, hot chocolate, and apple cider available for purchase.

This event is complimentary and no reservations are required.

‘Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving
6:00-9:00pm
Night Heron Park Deck

Celebrate the fall season by designing your own hat, playing capture the flag, and decorating cookies!

For ages 5-12. Reservations required, please call 843.768.6001. A 24-hour cancellation policy applies. Subject to availability.


T H U R S D A Y
November 25

Turkey Trot
9:00am
Sanctuary Beach Access

Rise & shine for our annual fun run/walk on the beach! Registration begins at 8:30am on the Sanctuary Beach Access located west of the Sanctuary Hotel. This race offers a one-mile walk or a one to three mile run on the beach for families, beginners, or competitive runners. The race begins promptly at 9 am. All participants will receive a raffle ticket for a prize drawing held at 9:45 am at the start/finish line. Limited edition Turkey Trot t-shirts will be available for purchase.

This event is complimentary and no reservations are required.

Yoga on the Beach
10:00-11:00am
Sanctuary Beach Access

Join our instructor for a yoga session on the beach following the Turkey Trot. This session is a slow to medium paced vinyasa class focused on gratitude to start your Thanksgiving Day off in a mindful way. No previous yoga experience required.

$20/person. Reservations required, please call 843.768.6001. A 24-hour cancellation policy applies. Subject to availability.

Family Craft: Tie-Dye
1:00-3:00pm
Night Heron Park

Join us under the pavilion in Night Heron Park for a craft the whole family will enjoy! Each day features a different craft, including tie-dye, stuffed animal factory, and shark tooth necklaces. For a schedule of family crafts, please visit our Calendar of Events.

$25/shirt. No reservation required. Subject to availability.

Sand Sculpting
2:00-3:30pm
Sanctuary Beach Access

Grab your buckets and shovels, and meet us for a family-friendly competition on the beach! Each family will have one hour to build the coolest Thanksgiving themed sand sculpture. The top three teams will receive prizes. A limited number of sand tools will be available for use. Per Kiawah Town Ordinance, metal shovels are not permitted.

This event is complimentary and no reservations are required.

Fall Festival
5:00-7:30pm
Night Heron Park

After dinner, stop by the park for some fall fun! Enjoy live music, inflatables, and southern lawn games. Assorted crafts and concessions available for purchase.
This event is complimentary and no reservations are required.


F R I D A Y
November 26

Santa Claus is Coming to Town
9:00-10:00am
Night Heron Park

Santa Claus is coming to town! His big red sleigh may look a little different, but is sure to have all of the bells and whistles! The St Johns Fire Department will be escorting Santa through the island, while his reindeer are busy at the North Pole fueling up for the big night. Friends and family are welcome along the route to catch a candy cane and a Merry Christmas wish! Sleigh bells will ring, make sure you are listening!

This event is complimentary and no reservations are required.

Holiday Ornament Making
10:30am-2:30pm
Turtles’ Nest Art Studio

Join us for a cup of hot cocoa, and learn to make an ornament that is uniquely yours! Each bag includes four ornaments. Additional ornaments are available for purchase.

$25/bag. For ages 5+. Reservations required, please call 843.768.6001. A 24-hour cancellation policy applies. Subject to availability.

Story Time with Santa
3:00-3:30pm
Night Heron Park

‘Twas just a month before Christmas, when all through the park, not a creature was chirping, not even a lark! For everyone had gathered around the center stage, to hear Santa himself read stories page by page. From sprinkles of holiday magic to a yuletide sing-a-long with care, Santa will answer questions about the North Pole and what it’s like to live there!
This event is complimentary and no reservations are required.

The Sanctuary Tree Lighting
Carolers 5:00pm | Ceremony 5:30pm
Usher in the festive season at The Sanctuary Tree Lighting! Listen to local carolers sing holiday favorites while sipping seasonal beverages in the lobby, then make your way onto the Grand Lawn for the tree lighting ceremony. Don’t forget to marvel at the unveiling of Executive Pastry Chef Jordan Snider’s chocolate display during this signature holiday event.

This event is complimentary and no reservations are required.

Kid’s Night Out: The Polar Express
6:15-9:00pm
The Sanctuary

ALL ABOARD! Punch your ticket to a magical holiday memory! Wear your pajamas and join us for a campfire, crafts, and a showing of The Polar Express. Dinner will be served, as well as a hot cocoa bar treat. Don’t forget your Christmas spirit, there might just be a special visitor if we all believe! For ages 3-11. Dinner is included.

Reservations are required, call 843.768.6001. A 24-hour cancellation policy applies. Subject to availability. For information on pricing, please visit our Calendar of Events.


S A T U R D A Y
November 27

Holiday Bazaar
10:30am-2:30pm
Turtles’ Nest Art Studio

Drop into our art studio to make holiday gifts for all the special people in your life this season! Projects include scented candles, jewelry dishes, necklaces, ornaments, home decor and more!

$15-30 per project. All ages are welcome. Reservations are not required.

Cookie Decorating with Santa
12:00 – 1:00pm
Night Heron Park Deck

Christmas cookies and happy hearts, this is how the holiday starts! Our elves have been hard at work baking spirits bright! Purchase a box of fresh cookies and we’ll include all you need to decorate your delicious confections. As an extra sweet treat, the world’s jolliest cookie sampler himself will be on-site for photos…Santa!

$15 per box. Each box contains 4 holiday shaped cookies, 3 colors of icing and sprinkles. Cookies can be decorated in the park with Santa or taken to-go. Supplies are limited, reservations are required, 843.768.6001.

Battle of the Brains
1:00-2:30pm
Night Heron Park

Survey Says! Assemble your team and test your luck at guessing answers to various survey questions. See if your family has what it takes to come out on top to win some Kiawah Island Golf Resort prizes!

5-person maximum per team. $15 per team. Advanced reservations are required, please call 843.678.6001. Schedule subject to availability.

Santa’s Arrival at The Sanctuary
2:00-3:00pm
Join us in welcoming Santa and Mrs. Claus to The Sanctuary! Families will delight in seeing Santa make his debut on the Grand Lawn and take his place in the lobby where children can take photos with him and Mrs. Claus. Finish the afternoon by compiling your wishlist and placing it in the lobby mailbox to send to the North Pole.

This event is complimentary and no reservations are required.

3v3 Basketball Tournament
3:30-5:00pm
Night Heron Basketball Court

Join us at the Night Heron Park Basketball Court for a 3v3 Basketball Tournament! Come alone or with a team to play the island’s best basketball. Referees will call the game and run the tournament. Youth games begin at 3:30pm. Adult games begin at 4pm.

Youth tournament is open to ages 12 and under. Those 13 and over will be required to play in the adult tournament. Reservations not required. Admission is complimentary. Please arrive ten minutes early to register your team as tournament play begins promptly.

Kid’s Night Out: The Grinch
6:15-9:00pm
The Sanctuary

Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before, what if all the kids gathered at Kiawah Resort! They’ll come dressed festive in their holiday attire, and have a night to themselves with no parents required! They’ll craft, and play games, not be bored in the least. They’ll watch a movie with popcorn, then have their own feast! And what happens next? Well at Kiawah we say, our hearts grow three sizes by the end of the day! For ages 3-11. Dinner is included.

Reservations are required, call 843.768.6001. A 24-hour cancellation policy applies. Subject to availability. For information on pricing, please visit our Calendar of Events.