The Best Christmas Lights on Hilton Head Island

Children of all ages (and lots of adults we know) get a thrill from elaborate Christmas light displays.

Whether it be a commercial shopping center or a local neighborhood, it can be lots of fun to drive around and “check out the lights”.

Here is our carefully selected, very opinionated list:

#1.  “Light Up the Harbour” – Shelter Cove Marina

This is one with a distinctly “Coastal Twist”…Decorated Boats!  On the water!

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Ahoy there!  Santa overboard?
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Captain Snoopy
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Angels on Board


#2.  Town of Hilton Head Firehouse – 534 Wm Hilton Pkwy

One of THE BEST light displays on the Island, this elaborate drive-through extravaganza is put up every year by the professional firefighters, EMTs, and paramedics on Hilton Head Island…And every year it gets more fabulous!  With music, multiple holiday tableaus, and moving characters.

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#3.  Dove Street Festival of Lights – Shelter Cove Towne Centre

This is the grandaddy of them all!  Originally started on a small, private, residential street near the beach, it exploded in popularity and became a much-loved local favorite.  It really had a magical only-on-Hilton-Head feeling:

dove street old.jpgThe Original Dove Street Experience

But the local secret got out, and when it became just TOO MUCH for that little one-way street to handle, we thought we had lost a unique holiday tradition.

And then the new Shelter Cove Towne Center came to the rescue!  They have successfully renewed the spirit and fun of the original jaw-dropping display, and have even added a few fun new things:

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Visit Santa at the Dove Street Festival of Lights

And while you are at the Dove Street lights, be sure and take a stroll through the new Shelter Cove Community Park, right on the water:

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A Foggy Night at Shelter Cove Community Park

Happy Holidays ~ Hilton Head Style!:

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Mini-golf Santa at Pirate’s island
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Merry Christmas to all…


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…From Hilton Head Island!