Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive at the Arts Center during the Town of Hilton Head Island’s annual Holiday Kick-Off Festival Nov. 19. COURTESY ARTS CENTER

The Town of Hilton Head Island’s official Holiday Kick-Off Festival will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Nov. 19 on the grounds of the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane.

This free, fun community festival is a perfect way to usher in the holidays for the whole family. 

Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive in style on an antique fire truck to visit with children throughout the festival, and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer will be taking time off from guiding the sleigh to get his photo taken – with children, adults, and even pups – as he frolics through the crowd.

The afternoon is filled with sensational seasonal performances from local groups including the Creative Arts Singers, the Singing Sea Otters, Hilton Head Prep Performing Arts, and Bluffton School of Dance, all ready to get us in the holiday spirit.  

All ages can stretch their creative muscles with hands-on holiday themed arts and crafts with instructors at each craft table. There will be a wide variety of food trucks onsite as well, including Cinnabon, Mother’s Smokin’ Good BBQ, Golden Sun, and Palmetto Kettle Corn. Also available are beer, wine, soda and water. 

Returning again this year – bigger and better than ever – is the HollyDay Art Market featuring creations from local vendors and artisans. These one-of-a-kind gifts will be a hit for gift-giving and supporting local makers at the same time. 

Market artists and groups include fabulous finds from Pockets Full of Sunshine, Sea Turtle Paintings, Gone Gullah, Island Bookshelf, Knott the Same, and Susan Rafetto.  

You’ll also enjoy a sneak-peek performance from cast members of the Arts Center’s latest holiday hit, “A Christmas Story: The Musical,” directed by Mark Martino. 

Sponsored by the Town of Hilton Head Island, this event is a Lowcountry holiday tradition that truly is fun for the whole family.

Admission is free for people (and pups) of all ages. For more information, visit