It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Hopefully you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving because now Christmas is in full swing here in the Holy City. From parades to Christmas lights to holiday art performances, Charleston has no shortage of holiday festivities for the entire family to enjoy.
Holiday Parade of Boats – December 9th 5-8pm
Another beloved Lowcountry tradition, the Holiday Parade of Boats offers a dazzling display of lights as boats decorated for the season sail past the viewing docks.
Part of the fun is attending the parade’s official viewing party! Located at the Charleston Maritime Center, guests can snack on festive foods and listen as their favorite holiday carols fill the air.
28th Annual Holiday Festival of Lights – November 10th – January 1st
Annual Holiday Festival of Lights is held at James Island County Park, the event is known for its three miles of stunning, multicolored light displays, and it has been named one of the “10 Best Holiday Light Shows in America” by USA Today.
The festival is more than just a driving tour; the Holiday Festival of Lights organizers welcome visitors to park their cars and explore the large, decorated walking path, visiting shops and partaking in holiday activities along the way.
The event runs from November 10th to January 1st, giving you ample opportunities to experience a magical evening that will create cherished memories for years to come.
A Christmas Carol – Nov. 29 – Dec. 20
Presented at the historic Dock Street Theatre, the Charleston Stage brings the critically acclaimed musical adaption of Charles Dickens’ classic holiday tale to life this year. Prepare to be dazzled by colorful costumes, a live orchestra, and a professional cast that will help you ring in the holidays.
A Christmas Story, The Musical – Dec. 22 – 24
Laugh along with the entire family with the hilarious tale of Ralphie Parker’s desperate quest to get an official Red Ryder Carbine-Action 200-shot Range Model Air Rifle. Directed by Tony Award winner John Rando, this new Broadway musical will be coming to the North Charleston Performing Arts Center just in time for Christmas.
Holiday Strings – Dec. 13
The Charleston Symphony Orchestra (SCO) string quartet is sure to get you into the holiday spirit with Holiday Strings, a performance featuring your favorite holiday tunes. Held at the historic Charleston Library Society on King Street, don’t miss your chance to mingle with the musicians at the reception following the concert.
New Years Eve:
New Years Eve at the Wentworth Mansion, Dec 29-Jan 3:
Enjoy 4 days/3 nights in one of Charleston’s most luxurious hotels. On New Years Eve, guests will enjoy a festive and romantic six-course, prix fixe dinner at our Circa 1886 Restaurant, rounded out with two complimentary glasses of champagne. Return to your room and ring in the New Year with a bottle of champagne.
Snyder Grand Ball:
This black tie optional event features an open bar, heavy hors d’oeuvres and a champagne toast at midnight. It’s a great way to enjoy live music and ring in the new year.
New Year’s Eve Dinner Cruise:
Celebrate the New Year with style aboard the SpiritLine Dinner Cruise. Executive Chef, Shawn Eustace, will prepare an exquisite four course dinner that is sure to delight, served by an attentive wait staff, eager to make your experience exceptional.
A Decadent New Year’s Eve Party:
Join Zero Restaurant + Bar at their annual New Year’s Eve party. Champagne, caviar, and heavy hors d’oevours will be provided, courtesy of Executive Chef Vinson Petrillo. The evening will feature live entertainment by the Gatsby Gang Jazz Band.
I hope you and your family have a wonderful season and cheers to 2018!