12 amazing Christmas displays you must see around Hilton Head this season

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and Hilton Head Island is aglow with some rocking Christmas displays.

From the shining neighborhoods of the north end to the beaming boats of Shelter Cove and the dazzling displays of Harbour Town, Hilton Head is sparkling with Christmas cheer this holiday season.

Here are 12 spots on Hilton Head that you must see this December.

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Salty Dog/ South Beach Marina

South Beach Marina is a Lowcountry winter wonderland this time of the year, complete with a giant glowing tree and hundreds of colorful lights igniting the pier and reflecting in the water. Definitely worth a trip to the southern part of Sea Pines to see this display.

DETAILS: Salty Dog is located in Sea Pines, a private community, but the public can pay $8 for a carload of folks to get in.

Harbour Town



From the big, bright Christmas tree to the beach-themed, light-up decorations, Harbour Town is twinkling with holiday cheer. This is definitely a display worth getting out of your car for. Take a walk around the lighthouse.

DETAILS: Harbour Town is located in Sea Pines, a private community, but the public can pay $8 for a carload to get in.

The Triangle


Next, you have to check out the twinkling Triangle (a.k.a. Reilley’s plaza). You can’t miss it if you’re anywhere near Sea Pines Circle.

Roller’s Wine & Cheese



Wine, cheese and Christmas lights — what more could you want? This display at the new Roller’s on Palmetto Bay Road is definitely the most creative on the island. Bravo.

Coligny Plaza


Glowing gumdrop trees reflecting in Coligny’s pond make this display magical. It’s located just next to the Coligny Circle.

The original Dove Street

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Just down the street from Coligny, this little neighborhood puts on an impressive, vibrant display of lights stretching down both sides of the street.

Shelter Cove Marina

Palmetto Dunes Photo

Palmetto Dunes Photo

The lit-up boats at Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina are worth getting out of the car for, trust me. Start your tour at the center of the harbor to take a traditional Christmas photo with Neptune in a Santa hat, then take a stroll around the marina where you’ll find beautiful, bright boats shining with holiday delight.

Shelter Cove Towne Centre

Hundreds of Christmas lights covering palm trees and shops make this display one of the biggest and brightest on the island.

Mandy Matney is an award-winning journalist and self-proclaimed shark enthusiast from Kansas. She worked for newspapers in Missouri and Illinois before she realized Midwestern winters are horrible, then moved to Hilton Head in 2016. She is the breaking news editor at the Island Packet.