Holiday music, magical lights and exquisite decorations are all a part of the unforgettable experience of celebrating the holidays in Charleston. You’ll find revelry and merriment throughout our beautiful city. Here are a few highlights of the holiday festivities.
11/30 & 12/7 The Edmondston-Alston house, on 21 East Battery, will be open two Friday evenings, November 30 and December 7th, from 6:30-8:30 pm, for continuous candlelight tours. Christmas 1860, A Candlelight Tour is an experience not to be missed. Call 843-722-7171 for information or visit www.edmondstonalston.com.
12/1-2 Celebrate the magical sights and sounds of the holidays at Charlotte Ballet’s Nutcracker at the Gaillard Center. Show are at 2 and 7 pm on Saturday and 2 pm on Sunday. For tickets and more information, call 843-242-3099 or visit gaillardcenter.org.
12/1-31 Take an up-close look at Charleston-style Christmas decor with Charleston Strolls Holiday Walking Tour. This unique holiday tour winds through historic neighborhoods, past landmarks and finishes at the beautiful Mills House Hotel where everyone will enjoy hospitality and holiday refreshments. For more information, call 843-722-8687 or visit www.charlestonstrolls.com.
12/2 The City of Charleston is proud to announce the Annual City of Charleston Holiday Parade on Sunday, December 3, 2017. Beginning at 2 pm at Broad and Barre Streets, the parade proceeds down Broad Street, making a left onto King Street, and ending with Santa’s arrival at Marion Square on the corner of Calhoun and King Streets. For more info, please call 843-724-7305 or visit www.charlestonarts.org.
12/6, 8, 9 Celebrate the season with the Holy City Messiah featuring the Charleston Symphony Orchestra and guest vocalists. On the 6th, the concert will be held at Cathedral St. John the Baptist; on the 8th, the performance will be at East Cooper Baptist Church; on the 9th the concert will be at St. Theresa the Little Flower Catholic Church. For tickets or more info, call 843-723-7528.
12/7, 14, 21, 26 & 30 Experience beautiful holiday music at the Circular Congregational Church on Meeting Street as The Sound of Charleston presents their Special Holiday Edition concerts. All performances are at 7 pm on the dates listed. Call 843-270-4903 or visit www.soundofcharleston.com for tickets and more information.
12/8 Thousands of spectators line the route from Mt. Pleasant to Charleston to witness the Annual Charleston Parade of Boats from 5pm to 7:30pm each year. For more info on the parade, and details about how you can enter your own boat, call 843-724-7305 or visit www.charlestonarts.org.
12/8-23 Come witness Charleston’s longest running holiday show, The Charleston Christmas Special. Enjoy a live heart-warming two-hour musical suited for whole family presented downtown at the Charleston Music Hall. For times and ticket info, call 843-416-8453 or visit www.bradandjennifermoranz.com.
12/9 More than 100 floats will march down Coleman Boulevard as the Mount Pleasant Christmas Light Parade sets sail to the delight of thousands of residents and visitors. The tree lighting and fireworks display begins at approximately 5:30 pm at Moultrie Middle School, immediately followed by the parade beginning at around 5:45 pm. For more info, visit www.comeonovermp.com or call 800-774-0006.
12/9 The magic of Historic Summerville’s Annual Christmas Parade starts at 2 pm, when hundreds line the parade route running from 4th North to West Richardson streets. For more info, call 843-821-7260 or visit www.summervilledream.org.
12/9 A festive party for everyone, Chanukah in the Square features music, dancing, lighting of the nine-foot Menorah by Charleston’s Holocaust survivors, crafts and many treats including latkes and other traditional Chanukah foods. Held in Marion Square from 4-6 pm, admission is free. For more info, call 843-724-7305 or visit www.charlestonarts.org.
12/13, 14 & 15 See historic Middleton Place by candlelight, torchlight and moonlight at the Middleton Place Grand Illumination. This special Christmas celebration introduces holiday traditions of the 18th and 19th century. End the evening on the Greensward enjoying seasonal refreshments around a warm fire. Tours run from 6pm-8pm pm. For reservations and additional info, call 843-556-6020 or visit www.middletonplace.org.
12/31 Celebrate a Happy New Year Charleston in Marion Square and surrounding locations. The program offers a free, family-oriented alternative program to celebrate the New Year in Charleston which includes comedy, dance, many forms of music, street entertainment, children’s activities and so much more. Hours are 4pm-10:30pm. For more info, call 843-724-7305 or visit www.charlestonarts.org.