Happy Holidays in Charleston!
If you’re visiting us in December and looking for something festive to do, you’re in luck!
Marion Square is always a beautiful photo op place over the holiday season. The middle of the square has a tree made all of lights that you can walk in and around. Your kiddos can meet Santa and the Holiday Market is fun, too. The Holiday Market Hours are on Saturdays and Sundays from 9am – 4pm through December 21st.
Another tradition is the Charleston Parade of Boats. Starting in Mount Pleasant and cruising across the harbor through the Cooper River and into the Ashley River the boat parade is an annual tradition put on by the Rotary Club. Locals decorate their boats with lights and the parade sails the harbor. No boat? No worries! You can catch the show by heading to Waterfront Park or the Battery (if you’re downtown) or get a ticket for the official Viewing Party at the Maritime Center. If you find yourself in Mount Pleasant, check it out from Patriots Point or see if a local will invite you onto their boat at the marina. The parade is December 12th from 5pm – 7pm.
Got a car? Head to the James Island County Park and enjoy the Festival of Lights. Every night from November through January 1st you can see over 700 light displays from the comfort of your car. You can always get out and walk around the park and enjoy some other gifts of the season, too. It is a local holiday tradition and has received several awards and honors from all over the world.
If you are in town for Hanukkah head to Marion Square! Charleston has a rich Jewish history and Chanukah in the Square takes place on December 21st from 4pm-6pm. Mayor Joe Riley offers a welcome speech and local Holocaust survivors light the menorah.
As you can see, Charleston gets into the spirit of the season. We hope you enjoy your time here over the holidays! We will be open and running tours every day through the month – even on Christmas day. Let us take you on a stroll through the city where you can learn about our history while admiring the beautiful decorations adorning our world famous architecture.
Written by Diana Dupuis