Put on your favorite Christmas record, trim the tree, and deck the halls: the holiday season is finally here. Make your list, check it twice, and don’t forget to include a few of these events in your December schedule.
The Charleston area residents are professionals when it comes to ringing in the holidays, and there are tons of fun festivities happening throughout the next few weeks. Explore a few of the local highlights, and embrace the Christmas spirit in Charleston this month!
29th Annual Holiday Festival Of Lights In James Island
With around two million twinkling lights on display, it’s no wonder that the Annual Holiday Festival of Lights is the most popular holiday celebration in Charleston. Bringing in more than four million people since it’s inception, the three-mile long driving tour has won multiple awards and media mentions over the past 29 years.
In addition to the dazzling light displays, enjoy a variety of activities like marshmallow roasting, an enchanted walking trail, Santa’s Sweet Shoppe, and four gift shops. Major attractions include an 18-animal carousel, a life-size greeting card, and visits with Santa.
Date: November 9th-January 1st, 5:30pm-10:00pm
Location: James Island County Park
Drayton Hall Holiday Sip & Shop
If you’ve ever wanted to explore the iconic, 18th century Drayton Hall estate, the Holiday Sip & Shop is the perfect opportunity! With a curated collection of their vendors onsite, snag an authentic Lowcountry gift for that special someone at the Sip & Shop.
The vendors in attendance will include Grey Ghost Bakery, Oliver Pluff Teas, author Amey Lewis, and more. Enjoy live holiday music from local musician Chris Dodson as you browse through the local wares!
Date: December 2nd, 12pm-4pm
Location: Drayton Hall
City Of Charleston Holiday Parade
37th Annual Holiday Parade Of Boats
Cigar Factory’s Cigar Bazaar Holiday Market
Do you still have some last-minute shopping left to do? Don’t miss out on the Cigar Bazaar Holiday Market, a holiday celebration filled with local vendors, regional artists, live music, and drink specials.
Vendors scheduled for attendance include Morgan Cole Fine Art, King of Pops, Theodosia Jewelry, and Charleston Mix. Enjoy one of the last big community events celebrating the holidays, and support local business!
Date: December 15th, 11am-4pm
Location: Cigar Factory
Find Your Home in Charleston
From holiday markets to festive celebrations, the community in Charleston is always buzzing with things to do. Don’t miss out on your chance to get involved with these great local events — find your new home in Charleston today!