New Years Eve on Hilton Head Island

New Year’s Eve on Hilton Head Island

Ring in 2018 in style on the coast. It’s about time to make your New Year’s Eve plans, if you haven’t already.

And if you haven’t, you’re in luck because we have an awesome itinerary planned for you. We recommend you ring in the new year by getting out of town and heading up to Hilton Head Island where champagne and bloody mary's are always on the menu.

In 2017 and 2018, there’s plenty to do, see and enjoy here on the island. Starting with:


Counting Down to Midnight (a few hours early)

Watching a ball drop is one of the more head-scratching New Year’s Eve traditions, if you think about it, but for one reason or another the Time Square tradition has made plummeting spheres the de facto symbol of the holiday.

This being Hilton Head Island, we naturally drop a golf ball. This is, after all, and island that rose to prominence on the strength of its world-class courses.

When the ball drops on Hilton Head Island, it drops from the world-famous Harbour Town Lighthouse, on the very course that brought the island its golf acclaim. Swing by Harbour Town and you can enjoy food, music and dining amid thousands of lights as you wait for the countdown.

And the best part? When the ball drops it’ll only be 7 p.m., leaving plenty of time to get in some bonus partying before the actual new year. The early drop is for families, and they do another one at midnight, but check out the early show so you can head to:

Ring in 2018 with Cranford Hollow

There are New Year’s Eve parties all over the island, of course, but this is Hilton Head. When you want to celebrate here, you do it on the beach.

The annual New Year’s Eve party at The Beach House will once again feature home-grown rock band Cranford Hollow (who tore it up at this year’s DineSouth) along with C2 & The Brothers Reed. Passed Hors d’oeuvres, an open bar and a massive party right on the beach make this one well worth getting tickets for.

And yes, we said open bar. But take it easy, not just because it’s the responsible thing to do, but because you’ll want to be bright-eyed and bushy-tailed the next morning for:


New Year’s Day Pajama Brunch

Located at the foot of the Cross Island Bridge, Palmetto Bay Sunrise Café hosts one of the most beloved local New Year’s Day traditions, the annual Pajama Brunch.

On any day of the year, the crab cakes benedict at Palmetto Bay Sunrise Café are to die for. But pair them with some mimosas and a few dozen locals nursing a hangover in their jammies and you have a recipe for an unforgettable brunch experience.


The Best Place to Enjoy it All

Of course, if you’re spending New Year’s Eve on Hilton Head Island, you’re going to want to do it in style. Don’t just make a night of it, make a week of it in a resort-style vacation rental paradise.

You can get the whole gang together and make it a trip they’ll never forget with a stay at 3 Galleon, available from Vacation Company. Sleeping 15, this second-row stunner offers a slew of gorgeous amenities as well as private access to a white, sandy beach.

And while the temps might get a little low around New Year’s Eve, the heated pool will have you and a dozen of your closest friends reaching for your swim trunks to make a splash in 2018.

Looking for more places to stay? Check out more homes from the Vacation Company here.