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.