NOV. 13-24TH

Main Street Youth Theatre: “Godspell”: Jesus takes the stage during this successful pop musical that features dramatized versions of several well-known parables. Cost is $19 for adults, $12 for students. 7 p.m., evenings; 2 p.m., matinee showing Saturdays and Sundays. Hilton Head Preparatory School Main Street Theatre, 3000 Main Street, Hilton Head Island. 843-689-6246 or


An Evening in the Village: A holiday open-house throughout Wexford Village, complete with food, drink and promotions. Free. 6-8 p.m., The Village at Wexford, 1000 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island. 843-441-5216 or

Lowcountry Lobster Fest: This surf and turf event will feature lobster and beer tenderloin carving stations, plus live entertainment by The Headliners. Proceeds will benefit the Women’s Association of Hilton Head Island. Cost is $125. 5-9 p.m., Coastal Discovery Museum Pavilion, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island.


Kids Night Out: Enjoy a date night out and bring your kids to the Island Rec Center. Their night will be filled with exciting activities like swimming, games, crafts and a movie. Pizza and snacks provided. Grades K-8. Cost is $25 per child. 6-10 p.m., Island Rec Center, 20 Wilborn Road, Hilton Head Island. 843-681-7273 or

NOV. 15TH, 22ND

Free Outdoor Movie Series: “Cinema Under the Stars”: Classic holiday films will be played on a large inflatable movie screen outside on the lawn at Tanger 2. Films include The Polar Express on Nov. 15, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas on Nov. 22. Free. Dusk, Tanger Outlets 2, 1414 Fording Island Road, Bluffton.

NOV. 15-17TH

Pedal Hilton Head Island: A premier cycling event in celebration of our Island music, culture and two-wheeled lifestyle with funds benefitting the Boys and Girls Club of Hilton Head Island. Featuring concerts with “Music of the Grateful Dead” on Friday and Saturday nights, a Saturday culture and history 20-mile warm-up ride and the main ride on Sunday. All ages and levels welcome. Cost is $65 before Nov. 15, then $75. Times and routes vary.

NOV. 15-24TH

Nutcracker“The Nutcracker”: Celebrate the beginning of the holiday season with Hilton Head Dance Theatre's production of “The Nutcracker” for a performance the whole family will enjoy. Ticket prices vary. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15, 16, 22 and 23; 2:30 p.m. Nov. 17 and 24. Seahawk Cultural Center, 70 Wilborn Road, Hilton Head Island. 843-842-3262 or

NOV. 15-DEC. 31ST

Charleston Holiday Festival of Lights: A stunning display of holiday lights featuring train rides, visits with Santa, a Victorian carousel and more. Tickets are $20 per vehicle Fridays through Sundays or $15 per vehicle Monday through Thursdays with the donation of canned food or dog or cat food. 5:30-10 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays; 5:30-11 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, James Island County Park, 871 Riverland Drive, Charleston. 843-795-4386 or


Charleston Oyster Festival: A fun day featuring oysters served raw, grilled, roasted and fried, including a variety of local, Gulf and East Coast oysters prepared in nearly every way imaginable. Highlights will include live music, wine, a selection of domestic and imported beers, a kids’ area, and food court showcasing a variety of local favorite restaurants. Tickets are $12 for general admission and $90 for VIP access. 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Charleston.

Create Your Own Greeting Card: Carolyn Christy introduces you to Iris Folding, an art form that originated in Holland. All materials will be provided. Cost is $10. 3 p.m., Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage, 10782 South Jacob Smart Boulevard, Ridgeland. 843-284-9227 or

Fourth Annual Touch-A-Truck: This unique event offers opportunities to climb, touch, learn and play on some of the coolest vehicles around that build, serve and protect our community. There will be plenty of food, live music and beverage options available. Tickets are $5 per person, free for children under 3. 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Paris Avenue, Port Royal.  

American Legion Oyster Roast: Veterans helping veterans in need. Enjoy all-you-can-eat oysters and live music. Cost is $30. 12-4 p.m., Jarvis Creek Park, 100 Jarvis Creek Road, Hilton Head Island. 916-716-3689 or 843-384-1889. 


Jonas Brothers: The Jonas Brothers are coming to the Lowcountry for their “Happiness Begins” tour. Featuring opening acts by Bebe Rexha and Jordan McGraw. Tickets start at $49.95. 7:30 p.m., VyStar Veterans Arena, 300 A Philip Randolph Blvd., Jacksonville.


Bluffton Sunset Party: A celebration featuring local seafood restaurants, craft beer garden, wine bar and more. A percentage of proceeds will benefit local Bluffton charities. Tickets are $5 and free for children 12 and younger. 4-8 p.m., Oyster Factory Park, Bluffton.

NOV. 21-23RD

BLUFFTON BOOK FESTIVALBluffton Book Festival: A weekend-long festival to raise funds for The Literacy Center of Bluffton and The Binc Foundation, to celebrate local and national literary talent, and to promote literary awareness in the Lowcountry. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Calhoun Street, Bluffton. 843-815-2364 or


Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner: Celebrate the meaning of Thanksgiving with a free community Thanksgiving Dinner, including turkey, dressing and all the trimmings, served family style. Come alone and meet new friends or bring the whole family. Free. 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks, 1 Hudson Road, Hilton Head Island. 843-505-1370 or

NOV. 21-DEC. 8TH

Hilton Head Prep Festival of Trees: One of Hilton Head Island’s largest holiday-themed festivals, this event includes a spectacular display of beautifully and creatively-themed Christmas trees in all sizes and colors. The trees are sponsored and decorated by local organizations, businesses, and individuals. Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island, 130 Shipyard Drive, Hilton Head. 843-715-8536 or


Historic Bluffton Oyster Roast: The Bluffton Historical Preservation Society invites you to join them for a night of family-oriented fun, including all-you-can-eat May River Oysters, BBQ, live music and more. Cost is $40 for adults, $20 for children 12 and under. 5-9 p.m., Hayward House, 70 Boundary Street, Bluffton. 843-757-6293. 


Holiday Market at Coastal Discovery Museum: A holiday market featuring Lowcountry food samplings, demonstrations, local artist exhibits, book signings and more. 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-689-6767 or

NOV. 26-30TH

Thanksgiving Wagon Ride: Enjoy a festive wagon ride while enjoying the fall colors, as well as the abundant plant and wildlife in the Sea Pines Forest Preserve. Cookies and refreshments will be provided before the tour. Times vary. Heritage Farm, 185 Greenwood Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-842-1979 or


Turkey Trot: A family-oriented event that invites people of all ages to participate in a fun walk, 5K or 10K race. A party and awards ceremony will immediately follow the race in the parking lot. Registration is $35 per entry. 8 a.m., Dockside on Skull Creek, 397 Squire Pope Road, Hilton Head Island.

Thanksgiving Scavenger Hunt: Kick off your holiday festivities with this fun family-friendly activity. Reservations are required by Nov. 27. Cost is $25 per family. 9-11:30 a.m., Harbour Town, 149 Lighthouse Road, Hilton Head Island. 843-842-1979 or

Thanksgiving Buffet at Palmetto Dunes: The Annual Thanksgiving Day Buffet will feature an assortment of entrees, side items, desserts and non-alcoholic beverages. Reservations and payment must be made in advance as seating and times are limited. Cost is $44 for adults, $22 for kids ages 12-6 and free for kids 5 and under. 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Centre Court at Palmetto Dunes, 20 Carnoustie Road, Hilton Head Island. 877-497-2068 or

Thanksgiving Dinner at Alexander’s: Enjoy a Thanksgiving feast at Alexander’s Restaurant and Wine Bar. Cost is $55 for adults, $25 for children under 12. 12-8 p.m., Alexander’s Restaurant, 76 Queens Folly Road, Hilton Head Island. 855-706-4319 or


Gregg Russell Thanksgiving Concert: A very special Gregg Russell Thanksgiving concert for the entire family, as well as the official lighting of the Harbour Town Christmas Tree. Before the concert, enjoy a special visit from Santa Claus from 5:30-7 p.m. Free. 5:30-9 p.m., Harbour Town, 149 Lighthouse Road, Hilton Head Island. 843-842-1979 or

Palmetto Bluff Thanksgiving Social: A day of snacks, drinks, shopping and a reading and book signing by renowned Daufuskie author, Roger Pinckney. Free. 4-6 p.m., Outside Palmetto Bluff Store in Wilson Landing, 37 Boat House Street, Bluffton.  

santaSanta at the Harbour: A day-after-Thanksgiving Santa and Shopping Day with specials and sales throughout the harbour shops and restaurants. Featuring cookie decorating, music and additional kid’s activities. Free. 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina, 1 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island.

NOV. 29-DEC. 22ND

South Beach Christmas Village: South Beach Marina Village transforms into a magical Christmas wonderland. Santa will be visiting the South Beach Inn for hot cocoa and photos. Free. 11 a.m., South Beach, Hilton Head Island. 843-671-2233 or

NOV. 29-DEC. 31ST

Holiday Lights at Shelter Cove: Enjoy holiday lights all season long at this spectacular display in Shelter Cove. Free. Shelter Cove Towne Centre, 40 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island.

NOV. 29-JAN. 1ST

Harbour Town Lights: Stroll along the harbor 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. Free. Harbour Town, 149 Lighthouse Road, Hilton Head Island. 843-842-1979 or


caramelCaramel Apple Festival: Bring the family to Heritage Farm for a fun afternoon of fall activities, including caramel apples, games, crafts and more. Rates vary based on activity. 1-3 p.m., Heritage Farm, 185 Greenwood Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-842-1979 or

Jacksonville Light Boat Parade: Vessels of all shapes and sizes adorn their hulls with festive decorations as they float along the north and south banks of the St. John River. Residents and visitors alike gather along the riverbank in downtown Jacksonville to witness this magical event, followed by fireworks. Free. 6:30-9:30 p.m., downtown Jacksonville.

Santa at The Village at Wexford: Join Santa in his home at the Village at Wexford for complimentary photos and a Gingerbread Trail Map of treats for the kids. Free. 3-5 p.m., The Village at Wexford, 1000 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island. 843-441-5216 or

DEC. 3-24TH

“A Christmas Tradition” at Savannah Theatre: The theater is transformed into a perfect holiday picture, sharing memories of the Christmas standards that you know and love. Sprinkle in a little comedy and audience participation for the greatest event of the season. Tickets are $39 for adults and $19.50 for children. Times vary. Historic Savannah Theatre, 222 Bull St., Savannah. 912-233-7764 or

DEC. 4-22ND

“Elf the Musical” at Dock Street Theatre: The hilarious tale of Buddy the elf, who is raised in the North Pole and travels to New York City to meet his family. Tickets are $34-$71 for adults, $32-$71 for seniors, and $29-$71 for students ages 3-25 and active-duty military. Times vary. Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St., Charleston. 843-577-7183.


Winter Wonderland Festival: Begin your holiday celebrations early at this festival featuring carnival games, a children’s parade, a visit from Santa, a golden candy cane hunt and more. Admission is free, but concessions, trampoline bungee, and rock wall are available for a fee. 4-8 p.m., Shelter Cove Community Park, 39 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island.

Bluffton Tree Lighting Ceremony: Don’t miss this festive tree lighting in DuBois Park. Mayor Lisa Sulka will announce the grand marshal of the Bluffton Christmas Parade and town leaders will light the Bluffton Christmas tree. Refreshments will be served at the pavilion, where Santa will greet children. Free. DuBois Park, 67 Lawrence St., Bluffton.


Bluffton Christmas Parade: The annual Bluffton Christmas Parade is back for another exciting year. Watch the holiday floats pass through Old Town Bluffton, rain or shine. Free. 10 a.m., Old Town Bluffton.


Coffee and Chocolate Fest: Sample and savor some of the best of the Lowcountry’s mouth-watering chocolates and distinctive coffee roasts, featuring local chocolatiers and coffee roasters. Noon-4 p.m., Calhoun Street, Bluffton. 843-757-0508 or

Savannah Holiday Market: A unique festival featuring local vendors of specialty foods and handcrafted items that would make wonderful holiday gifts. Noon-7 p.m., The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa, 1 Resort Drive, Savannah. 912-201-2048.