Ten Unique Ways to Celebrate the Season in Charleston

December 17, 2013

Christmas is just around the corner, but if your shopping is done and you’re looking for holiday happenings that are uniquely Charleston, check out the following events taking place now through the beginning of January. For further event details – and more ideas on how you can enjoy Christmas in Charleston – click here.

Grand Illumination at Middleton Place
Dec 19
Step back to Christmas 1782, when Charleston celebrated the end of the Revolutionary War. This antebellum plantation home and its gardens will be illuminated and decorated for a grand holiday celebration.

Sunday on King Street
Dec 22
Do your last minute shopping on downtown Charleston’s most famous shopping destination. King Street will be closed to traffic south of Calhoun Street on Sunday, Dec. 22nd. Enjoy street performers, food trucks, outdoor dining and more!

Scuba Claus at the South Carolina Aquarium
Through Dec 23
Visit the South Carolina Aquarium to witness “Scuba Claus” diving into the Great Ocean Tank, and the debut appearance of the Shark on a Shelf.

Holiday Decorations at the Joseph Manigault House
Through Dec 29
This historic home in downtown Charleston is all dressed up for the holidays. Even if you’ve toured this gem before, it’s worth a visit to get into the holiday spirit.

Holiday Festival of Lights
Through Dec 31
Let the spirit of the season embrace you as James Island County Park comes alive with illumination at Charleston’s most beloved nighttime event!

The Charleston Christmas Special
Through Dec 22
A Christmas extravaganza at Charleston Music Hall, featuring live music, singing, dancing and comedy, plus all of your favorite Christmas carols.

The Sound of Charleston Holiday Special Edition
Through Dec 30
Experience Charleston’s rich musical heritage, from gospel to Gershwin, in live concerts which include songs of the Holiday Season. Hot wassail and cookies will be served with the cast after each performance.

Holiday Walking Tour
Through Dec 31
Join Charleston Strolls for a tour of downtown Charleston’s best holiday decorations.

The Yorktown Countdown
Dec 31
The USS Yorktown Aircraft Carrier in Mount Pleasant will be transformed for Charleston’s largest New Year’s Celebration.

Holiday Pub Crawl
Through Jan 10
This festive tour visits historic taverns and pubs in downtown Charleston, where you’ll feast on appetizers and holiday treats while tasting local craft beers, Christmas ales and other beverages.