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03 December . 2019

Celebrate the holidays in Charleston

Is there a better place to celebrate the season than the Lowcountry? Below, some not-to-miss events if you're in town visiting or lucky enough to call this beautiful place home.


Deck the Hall Weekend – Chrismastide for Kids
December 7, 10 am – 3 pm
Drayton Hall Kids

The kids will learn how Christmas was celebrated at the historic plantation home. Hint: they didn’t receive iPads! Topics include the Twelve Days of Christmas, how kids participated in early American celebrations, and decorations – and includes a fun craft to take home! See more.

Kids Holiday Cookie Decorating Workshop
December 14 & 21, 3:30- 4:30 pm
Butcher and Bee

Each child will have the opportunity to color their own frosting and decorate their own cookies. Everyone will leave with a half dozen cookies, a gingerbread ornament, and a recipe card to recreate the fun at home. Adorbs!

The Charleston Christmas Special 2019 – Kids Free!
December 19, 7 pm
Charleston Music Hall

The perfect way to get in the holiday spirit! Enjoy musical performances and comedy sketches. The show runs on multiple dates throughout the month, but the December 19th show is free for kids under 12!                                  


Christmas on King
December 7, 3 – 10 pm
Starts at The Brick

Do you celebrate Chanukah, Kwanzaa, Festivus, Christmas, or something else entirely? Whatever the case, you’re invited to Charleston's only local Holiday Bar Crawl! Don an ugly sweater and kick off the holidays with a cocktail (or four…but who’s counting). Stops include The Brick, Beer Works, Silver Dollar, Republic, Trio, and Mynt. Snag a ticket.

Holiday Candlelight & Sara Rutledge Dinner
December 20, 5:30- 8 pm
Middleton Place

Enjoy a candlelight visit to the Middleton Place House Museum and then stroll over to the Middleton Place Restaurant for dinner. Guests will take a self-guided tour of the House Museum decorated for the holidays with guides stationed in each room. The menu at the Restaurant will include dishes inspired by Sarah Rutledge’s The Carolina Housewife, a cookbook published in 1847 that includes many recipes popular in the early 19th century.



Dickens' Christmas Carol Walking Tour
December 19, 5:30—6:30 pm
Timrod Library

Join Storyteller Tim Lowry for this annual Summerville tradition! Beginning at the historic Timrod Library, Tim leads his listeners on a stroll around the historic town as he tells Charles Dickens' famous ghost story of Christmas. Stops along the tour include local businesses, historic homes, gift shops, and restaurants.


Holiday Festival of Lights
Every evening of the season
James Island County Park

No Lowcountry holiday event list is complete without mention of the Holiday Festival of Lights. Starts with a driving tour of dazzling light displays, then park the car and explore some of this year's special treats. Marvel at a sculpture made from 50 tons of sand, ride the holiday train, enjoy yummy treats from Santa's Sweet Shoppe, and even visit with the big man in red himself. See what’s in store this year.

Deck the Halls
December 6, 7-9 pm
Nexton Square

The most anticipated event of the season…and right here at Nexton! We'll kick things off with a golf cart parade from Brighton Park Village to Nexton Square where you and the kids can snap a family keepsake with the big man in red and enjoy a crafty ornament-making station. You can also knock out some holiday shopping while you’re there…and enjoy FREE gift wrapping, compliments of Nexton. We’ll be lighting the tree around 8 pm…don’t miss it!