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What's not to adore about Charleston at Christmastime? Take in the sights, sounds, and scenes of a bustling southern town during the holidays with a shopping trip to the Holy City. You're in for a treat: the weather is (typically) warmer here, tempting you to stroll our historic streets and make the most out of your Christmas shopping mission. There's something for everyone in Charleston's varied shopping scene, with an emphasis on locally-made products.
Christmas shopping in Charleston is a dream: warm(er) weather, walkable streets, and friendly city markets make it easy to find a gift for anyone on your list. Second Sundays on King, a newer Charleston tradition, marks a monthly occasion where vendors provide special deals and King Street–the city's main shopping thoroughfare–transforms into a pedestrian-only area for much of its length.
When it comes to Charleston-made souvenirs that honor lowcountry traditions, you'll want to visit the Charleston City Market, while the Charleston Holiday Market, held in Marion Square, offers jewelry, artwork, and other handmade treasures. Any foodies on your list? Shop Charleston treats at Caviar & Bananas and Southern Season gourmet groceries, or pick up a stunning cheese plate–and all the accoutrements–from Goat. Sheep. Cow. Kids books and toys are in close company on Upper King at Blue Bicycle Books and Magnifilous Toy Emporium, while home goods and adult beverages go hand in hand at The Commons and The Charleston Beer Exchange–both located just off of Broad Street.