Fly South for the Winter: Holidays Attractions in Charleston

Make Charleston your home (or home away from home) for the holidays–a warm and welcoming destination for lively seasonal events, winter festivals, and gift shopping. Charleston is beautiful at any season and in any weather (we may be biased), but there's just something about the year-end festivities that brings our community together with both neighbors and visitors.

Maybe it's the way Charleston's historic homes are grandly decorated for Christmas, or the unique view of Palmetto trees adorned in twinkling holiday lights. Seize the photo opportunity with tour that embraces both: a relaxing Charleston Strolls Holiday Walking Tour, a Charleston Harbor Tours Holiday Dinner Cruise. Or, simply choose to guide yourself through the lights and decorations set up in Marion Square–any day of the week or at the Holiday Magic Market on weekends before Christmas.

Bring the kids (and dogs) to the Children's Village at Magnolia Plantation, or the James Island County Park Festival of Lights for larger-than-life size light displays, Christmas train rides, and unforgettable family memories. Don your fancy holiday attire for another plantation event, the Grand Illumination Dinner at Middleton Place Plantation, or a showing of A Christmas Story at the lovely Dock Street Theatre.

In town for New Year's Eve? Lucky you! Ring in the start of a happy new year at the Yorktown Countdown, Charleston's biggest NYE celebration.

Mount Pleasant

Charleston's largest New Year's Eve celebration is on a (you guessed it) giant boat in the Charleston harbor. It's not just any boat--the site of this grand late night bash is none other than the USS Yorktown, a now-retired aircraft carrier that...  Read More

In town for the holidays? Skip the other regular Charleston harbor boat tours; take the Charleston Harbor Tours Keep the Light Shinin' Holiday Dinner Cruise instead! Step aboard the stunning Carolina Queen vessel for a gourmet buffet-style...  Read More

On Sunday, December 11th, 2016, 100-plus lavishly decorated floats will take over Coleman Boulevard in Mount Pleasant, just across the Ravenel Bridge from downtown Charleston. The floats will be 'sailing' past thousands of locals and visitors...  Read More

From November 26th to New Year's Eve, Magnolia Plantation becomes a wonderful Christmas escape for kids and their families, with a life-size Christmas village. Visit Magnolia Plantation with the little ones on a free weekend to enjoy 9 kid-size...  Read More

It may be "warm" in Charleston during the holidays, but you can still have a snowy Christmas experience at the Holy City's most historic�and adorable�local theatre. Relax in the historic Dock Street Theatre in Charleston's French...  Read More

This holiday edition of the Charleston Strolls by Bulldog Tours, the Holiday Walking Tours give visitors to the Holy City a chance to take in Charleston's beauty at Christmastime. The local Charleston Strolls tour guides walk guests past the 4...  Read More

From Thursday through Sunday, December 15th, 16th, and 17th, from 6pm - 8pm, Middleton Place as we know it is transported back in time. One of Charleston's most beautiful plantations, Middleton Place celebrates the holiday seasons with a grand...  Read More

This yearly event is one of Charleston's finest dinner gatherings, held at one of they city's grandest venues, Circa 1886 at Wentworth Mansion. A night at Circa 1886 is always an indulgence, but on the night of the Dickens Dinner�Thursday...  Read More

Load the little ones in the car for this crowd-pleasing drive-thru exhibit in James Island County Park, just a short drive from downtown Charleston. Three miles of spectacular Christmas lights make an for awesome holiday display that includes...  Read More

From the tree lighting ceremony and the festive holiday farmer's market to visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, this month will be a great time to stroll around in a gorgeously decorated Marion Square. Many Charleston visitors plan their seasonal...  Read More


Meet Clare Sweeney

A South Carolina native and avid locavore, Clare also ventured abroad to Spain and north to Boston before returning to Charleston and her beloved Lowcountry. 

Clare works and plays in downtown...  More About Clare

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