Charleston During the Holidays
By Jeff Cook | December 15th, 2017
With Charleston being known as “The Holy City,” and with out-of-towners flooding in to donate their cash to its booming tourism market, it’s no surprise that the city is full of enchanting wonders to see and activities to do during the holiday season. Here is a list of the… Top 5 Things to do in Charleston for the Holidays!
The Holiday Festival of Lights at James Island County Park
Back in 2017 for its 28th year, this exciting event surely tops the list of holiday happenings here in Charleston. An estimated two million glowing bulbs of all colors are arranged into numerous scenes, from icicles hanging overhead as you drive beneath to a shimmering rendition of Charleston’s own Cooper River Bridge over a lake in the park. This is more than just a light show, however. Santa himself is here for all to visit, and pictures with Santa are available at a reasonable cost. There are various shops open to complete your Christmas shopping and concessions are also available, complete with marshmallow sticks to roast over open fire pits.
Location: James Island County Park- 871 Riverland Drive on James Island
Open November 10th- January 1st every evening rain or shine.
Sunday- Thursday: 5:30- 10pm
Friday & Saturday: 5:30- 11pm
Admission is $20 per vehicle (for up to 15 guests) and you can save $5 Monday- Thursday with the donation of a canned good or dog/cat food to benefit the Lowcountry Food Bank!
New Year’s Eve on the Yorktown
“Charleston’s premier New Year’s Eve event!” Ring in the New Year on the USS Yorktown, an 890-foot aircraft carrier built during WWII, now decommissioned and serving as a museum at Patriot’s Point. First Aboard (General Admission) and Captain’s (VIP) tickets are available for purchase- both including live music, light hors d’oeuvres, and an all-inclusive full service bar. Get the best views of the Charleston Harbor and Downtown, including all the midnight fireworks launched around town!
Location: The infamous Yorktown Battleship at Patriot’s Point- 40 Patriots Point Road in Mt. Pleasant.
December 31st from 9pm- 1am
Visit Marion Square and King Street in Downtown Charleston
The park at Marion Square is decorated for the entire month of December and is a must see! Charleston’s own lighted Christmas tree, the Holiday Tree of Lights, is also located in the Square. Every Saturday and Sunday the Holiday Market takes place in Marion Square, where you can shop local for various goodies. Enjoy the decorated storefronts on King Street and get all of your holiday shopping done in one central location
Location: Marion Square and King Street in Downtown Charleston
December 1st- 31st
The Charleston Christmas Special
This is the Lowcountry’s largest holiday musical production and it includes not only holiday music, but glittering costumes and comedy skits. The cast has performed on Broadway as well as on many international cruise ships, and joining them for this production include some of Charleston’s very gifted childre.
Location: The Charleston Music Hall- 37 John Street in Downtown Charleston
Various dates and times, running from December 8th through the 23rd
Tickets range in cost from $16 for kids 12 and under to $38 for adults (Senior, Military and Student discounts are offered) and are available at the Charleston Music Hall Box Office (843-853-2252) or at www.charlestonmusichall.com.
The Polar Bear Plunge
Come out with hundreds of others to Folly Beach and take a dip in the cold ocean waters at the 5th Annual Bill Murray Look-A-Like Polar Bear Plunge. Participants are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite Bill Murray character, with this year’s theme being Zombieland. Build up some liquid courage for the chilly dive and enjoy pre-plunge drink specials at many of Folly Beach’s restaurants.
Location: 1 Center Street- Folly Beach (on the beach in front of The Tides)
January 1- registration begins at 11am with the plunge occurring at 1:30pm
Free to take the plunge; however, there is a $5 entry fee for the Bill Murray costume contest (prizes will be awarded).
While these are some of the most popular holiday events around Charleston, there are many, many more holiday happenings for all ages to enjoy. Whichever event you choose to experience, any of them are sure to bring out the most festive holiday spirits.
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