The Winter Wonderland Festival Is The Best For Families

If your kids have been on the "Nice List” this year, treat them to holiday-themed fun at this year’s Winter Wonderland Festival. This annual winter celebration provides endless holiday-themed excitement for families with children ages 2-15 years old. Start a new family tradition and start the Christmas season at this magically fun event!

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How the Winter Wonderland Festival Got Started

When the Island Recreation Center realized they had an abundance of Christmas lights but no event to kick start the holiday season, they immediately went to work! They wanted to create a child-focused event that was fueled by Christmas spirit. Thus, the Winter Wonderland Festival was born! For years, families have gathered together to enjoy outdoor fun and also donate to the Hilton Head Island Recreation Association Children’s Scholarship Fund.

What to Expect at the Winter Wonderland Festival

Everyone is welcome to partake in the festivities at this holly jolly Christmas celebration! The event begins at 4 p.m. on December 2nd at the Shelter Cove Community Park. Here are just a few of the activities you and your family will want to try:

  • Hayrides
  • Carnival Games
  • Petting Zoo
  • Face Painting
  • Tree Decorating
  • Moon Bounces
  • Live Performances
  • Children’s Elf Parade
  • Golden Candy Cane Hunt
  • Meetings with Santa and Mrs. Claus

While the kids are being entertained by all the fun, adults are welcome to help themselves to hot chocolate and smores. A wide variety of other snacks will also be available including pizza, hot dogs, and Christmas treats.

More Hilton Head Christmas Events

There’s more to love this holiday season on Hilton Head Island! Mark your calendars for these local yuletide celebrations!

Dove Street Festival of Lights (November 19th-December 31st)

This Hilton Head tradition lights up the night with a spectacle of Christmas lights! The wacky tacky displays, holiday entertainment, and live music performances are the perfect ode to the holiday season.

Audubon Christmas Bird Count

The Audubon Society hosts this century-old event that is sure to thrill nature lovers. It is also the nation’s longest-running citizen science bird project! It’s a great way to explore the island and learn more about the beautiful birds that inhabit the region.

Harbour Town Lights (November 25th-January 1st)

Stroll through our tropical paradise illuminated by dazzling Christmas lights decorations. A towering Christmas tree acts as the centerpiece to this extravaganza filled with live entertainment and activities for the whole family. Visitors are encouraged to donate canned good and unwrapped children’s toys.

A Memorable Christmas Family Vacation Awaits

If you’re looking for a fun and unique way to celebrate the holidays, look no further than Hilton Head Island! Our version of a White Christmas includes our white sandy beaches drenched in year-round sunshine. The fun will all begin as soon as you check into one of our Beachside Getaway vacation homes. Our rentals include all the comforts and amenities you enjoy at home, making us the perfect alternative to generic Hilton Head inns. The wide variety of options also allows you to find the perfect home-away-from-home for you and your family. Contact us today and let’s get started on making your holiday season extra special this year!