It’s easy to find fun in Hilton Head, but the holidays are a unique time when you might want to try something a little out of the ordinary. As the new year approaches, what are the best ways to say good bye to 2019 on the island and ring in the new year? See what piques your interest.

Traditional Fun:

The New Year’s Eve Celebration at Harbour Town is a can’t-miss event for anyone who wants to ring in the New Year the traditional way—watching the ball drop in a crowd of excited friends. The Sea Pines Resort hosts this annual event, centered around the ball drop from the iconic Harbour Town Lighthouse. However, you are offered a choice. Those who would like to get to bed before the madness begins (including the little ones who may not have a choice) can watch a ball drop at 7 pm, and those who live for the magical moment at midnight will have their chance to see it as the clock strikes twelve. Either event is sure to please.

Adult Fun:

Those looking to party well after the ball drops at midnight have their choice of venues at which to dine, dance, and celebrate. Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort will be offering a swinging New Year’s Eve, and Poseidon’s Rooftop Bar will also host a hopping New Year’s event. More fun can be had around the island at the local eateries as well.

Quiet Fun:

New Year’s Eve doesn’t have to be about loud parties and lots of people. If you desire to settle in for the night in the coziness of an inn and watch the festivities of the town or of the nature surrounding you, consider a stay at the Old Bluffton Inn or one of many other resorts or rentals on the island.


Choosing a way to ring in the New Year might seem like a tough decision, but it doesn’t have to be. Every year brings a new opportunity to try something new. Or pick your favorite and make it a tradition. There’s no wrong way to enjoy your time in Hilton Head!