Celebrate Christmas in Charleston with These Holly Jolly Holiday Events

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

Christmas lights out of focus. 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

People clinking wine glasses.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

A nutcracker marching band. Bundle up and hit the streets for the annual Charleston Holiday Parade! Festive floats, lively marching bands, and vehicles decked out for the holidays will grace the parade route at this favorite local holiday event.
For many residents, the annual parade marks the true beginning of the holiday season. The streets are sure to be full of holly jolly celebrators. Make sure you arrive a little early to get a good spot!
Date: December 2nd, 3pm
Location: Broad Street at Rutledge Avenue


37th Annual Holiday Parade Of Boats

Fireworks over a waterfront. Although boats may not be the first thing you think of when celebrating the holidays, the Annual Holiday Parade of Boats is a Charleston staple! Each boat will be decorated in twinkling lights and holiday decorations. Onlookers can watch the procession from anywhere along the waterfront.
For an even better view of the event, you can purchase tickets to the Holiday Parade of Boats Viewing Party. In addition to a front-row seat, tickets also cover a barbecue meal, live entertainment, and access to a cash bar.
Date: December 8th, 5pm
Location: Charleston Harbor


Cigar Factory’s Cigar Bazaar Holiday Market

Various holiday gift items.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!

If you have any questions about the area, would like more information, or want to set up a showing, don’t hesitate to contact the team at RARE Charleston.

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