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The New Year is one of our favorite holidays, so you want to celebrate in a big way. Some people choose the glitz and glamour of a big-city event. But if a quieter New Year’s Eve is more your style, the South Carolina sea islands offer a refreshing alternative. 

With pristine coastlines, luxurious accommodations, and award-winning restaurants, these communities provide a welcoming place to ring in the New Year.

In addition, several events will say goodbye to 2023, and hello to 2024. 

The New Year’s Eve Family Celebration on Kiawah Island takes place at Night Heron Park on Dec. 31. Start the evening with an a la carte dinner service available until 9 p.m. when the firework show begins. The free event is full of entertainment for all ages.

The Duney Drop Family NYE at Wild Dunes Resort takes place at 8 p.m. on Dec. 31 in the Sweetgrass Pavilion Ballroom. Join the party to enjoy appetizers, desserts, and complimentary champagne (or sparkling cider for youngsters). The tickets start at $18 for children, $25 for teens, and $70 for 21 and over (3 and under are free). 

After a night of reveling, take part in the Kiawah Island New Year’s Day 5K starting at 11 a.m. to noon at the Sanctuary Beach access. Participants can choose a half-mile or mile-and-a-half walk/run during this free event. 

When you have worked up a sweat, splash into the New Year with the annual Polar Bear Plunge on Kiawah Island starting at 11:45. Bring a towel and gather at The Sanctuary Beach for this free event. It’s a chilling and refreshing way to kick off 2024.

Seabrook Island also hosts a Polar Bear Plunge, usually about 10:30 a.m. on Jan. 1 at North Beach near Boardwalk 1. The event is open to all ages.  

Dine on delicious holiday fare, including New Year’s Eve special menus at The Atlantic RoomTomasso at Turtle Point, and other Kiawah restaurants, along with a New Year’s Day breakfast and brunch at Jasmine Porch. 

The Windjammer on Isle of Palms and The Salty Dog at Bohicket Marina throw New Year’s Eve parties and New Year’s Day specials like a Bloody Mary Bar and the first oysters of the year. Be sure to make a reservation. 

Don't forget after the new year's eve, you'll want to start the day with some caffiene... If you're in Seabrook or Kiawah, check out Java Java, if you're on IOP or Wild Dunes, The Vintage or SightSee are great spots.

Book your vacation rental to enjoy a laid-back New Year’s celebration on the coast.