Thanksgiving Day Events on Hilton Head Island

Some would say “If you’re lucky enough to be at the beach, you’re lucky enough.”  

And we would add… If you’re spending your Thanksgiving on Hilton Head Island, well, you really are SUPER-LUCKY!  There’s such an abundance of fun activities going on, you really can do so much more than just eat a delicious turkey dinner.  (Not that there’s anything wrong with that! Click here for our recommendations.)

#1.  First of all, if you are wanting to be all athletic and active and fit, and maybe offset the effect of gobbling so many darn carbs, then these activities are for you:

27th Annual Turkey Trot  8AM – 2PM:


This family-oriented event invites people of all ages to participate in their “Fun Walk,” 5K and 10K races that begin and end at the Chart House parking lot, near the back entrance of Hilton Head Plantation. The fun kicks off early and ends with a parking lot party, all of which is hosted by Island Recreation Association with help from Go Tri Sports to benefits the Island Recreation Association’s scholarship fund. For more information, call the Island Rec Center at (843) 681-7273 or visit their website.

Stan Smith Thanksgiving Tennis Academy  9AM – 3PM:


Enjoy this Thanksgiving with Stan Smith, former U.S. Open and Wimbledon Champion and U.S. Olympic men’s tennis coach. This is a unique opportunity for participants to not only learn from Stan,  but to  also get to know him. To reserve your space for this special event, please call The Sea Pines Racquet Club at (843) 363-4495. $264/adults only.

#2.  If however, you are looking for something to do with the kiddies, check these activities out:

Thanksgiving Wagon Ride  10AM & 11:15AM:

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Enjoy a festive wagon ride as we marvel at the fall colors, as well as abundant plant and wildlife in the Sea Pines Forest Preserve. Cookies and refreshments will be provided before the tour.  Reservations required by contacting The Sea Pines Resort Recreation Department at (843) 842-1979. $15/adults and $10/children 12 and under. First Wagon Ride: 10-11am Second Wagon Ride: 11:15am-12:15pm

Thanksgiving Scavenger Hunt  9AM:


Kick off your holiday festivities with this fun family-friendly activity! Reservations are required and may be made by contacting The Sea Pines Resort Recreation Department, (843) 842-1979, or stopping by The Sea Pines Resort Fitness Center by 5pm on Wednesday, November 26. $20 per family.

#3.  And finally… Nobody really likes to admit it, but plenty of folks now enjoy our “New National Thanksgiving Night Tradition”:  the Pre-Black Friday sales.  If that is your cup of tea, here is one not to be missed:

Moonlight Madness @ Tanger Outlets!  6PM & Open ALLLL Night:

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And let the season begin!