Happy Holidays, Hilton Head Islanders
This festive holiday season is a wonderful opportunity to create lasting memories with loved ones, share joy, and spread love. We eagerly anticipate the holiday events featured on our town calendar and look forward to celebrating this special time with you.
The holidays remind us of the significance of family, community, and shared values. Our island’s uniqueness shines as we showcase diverse celebrations that highlight our appreciation of cultures coming together. The holidays are also a chance for us to collectively embrace the spirit of giving back and positively impact our community.
On December 1, we will illuminate the Christmas tree at Lowcountry Celebration Park, accompanied by local performers, carols, a family-friendly holiday movie, and hot cocoa. Santa, escorted by Hilton Head Island Fire Rescue, will grace the event. In addition, residents can connect with representatives from local non-profits and discover ways to give back to the community during this season. Beyond the event, you can return to the park, bask in the aura of holiday lights, and capture your photos by the Christmas tree.
Our celebration continues December 7 when we gather again at Lowcountry Celebration Park to recognize the Jewish holiday, Hanukkah. The festivities include the Menorah lighting, indulging in latkes and sufganiyot (traditional Hanukkah food), playing dreidel games, enjoying live music, and more. We invite the public to contribute to a holiday collection supporting those in need.
I take pride in our Fire Rescue Department’s initiative to spread holiday magic. Every November, Fire Rescue staff members deck out Fire Station Three. What a fantastic display! They invite the public to see this display and donate new, unwrapped toys for children ages one to 12 and non-perishable food for families in need. Visit Fire Station Three, next to First Presbyterian Church off William Hilton Parkway, to explore this dazzling light display and drop off your donations, benefiting the Deep Well Project.
The holidays are also the perfect time to express appreciation to our residents for their contributions to the town. We owe a great deal of thanks to our citizens who have served alongside us on various boards and committees. We have a host of residents who contribute their time to help multiple island organizations and events. Together, we make an incredible difference in the lives of people who live and work here, and we showcase the beauty of this island we call home.
2023 will be remembered as a successful year—my first as mayor. We made several positive moves, including announcing a workforce housing community, constructing long-awaited pickleball courts, launching our short-term rental initiative, and more.
As we bid farewell to 2023, let’s reflect on our blessings and embrace the promises and opportunities the upcoming year holds. On behalf of my fellow town council members and my family, I extend warm wishes for a safe and wonderful holiday season. Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah!
Find a complete list of town holiday events at www.hiltonheadislandsc.gov.