December is magical in the Lowcountry! From a Christmas light show to lights on the water, Charleston sparkles this time of year. It may not be a white Christmas in the Lowcountry but we definitely know how to celebrate the Holiday season! There is quite a lot going on, but these are some of my favorites: 

Kick-off your December at the City of Charleston Holiday Parade. On December 1st beginning at 3 pm. The parade will begin near Colonial Lake and continue up Broad Street to Meeting Street and disperses on Calhoun Street near Marion Square. The annual Tree Lighting Ceremony will follow the parade in Marion Square, beginning at 4:30 PM. Click here for more information. 

Start off the holiday season with Elf the Musical at the historic dock street theatre! This show runs through December 22nd. Pick up your tickets here

Wednesday through Sunday from November 15 to March 15, Lights of Magnolia will illuminate 9 acres of the grounds of Magnolia Plantation and Gardens from 5:30 to 9:30 PM. Check out their Facebook invite for more details.

It’s not a proper Lowcountry Christmas until you’ve been to the Holiday Festival of Lights. Located on James Island, this impressive drive-thru lights display makes for a fun family outing. You can choose to drive through the whole show or park and walk. There is a train ride for the kids and they can visit with Santa. While driving through, tune your care to 1630 AM for holiday music. For directions and information, visit their website

Make sure to check out the holiday train display at the Belmond Charleston Place Hotel in Downtown Charleston. Located in the center of the Hotel, this tiny town replica is a wonder for kids and adults alike. It’s a must-see while visiting downtown. The train is set up through the holiday season.

Get some exercise before the holiday at the 29th Annual Reindeer Run. This run is a family and pet -friendly 5k on the peninsula that even includes a costume contest. This December 7th event starts at 9 am with proceeds benefiting the MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital and the Charitable Society of Charleston. For more information to join in on the reindeer games, visit theirwebsite

Don’t miss the 24th Annual Mount Pleasant Christmas Light Parade on December 8th! After a fireworks show, floats will head down Coleman Blvd starting at 5:30 pm. For more information, check out the Town of Mount Pleasant Website.

Spend your holiday seaside and head over to Folly for the Folly Beach Christmas Parade! See Santa parade through the streets of Folly and knock out some holiday shopping! Santa will also be handing out goodies – what a fun way to visit Santa at the Beach! This event is December 14th and starts at 12pm. For more information, visit their website

Charleston Parade of Boats is a must-see event in the Lowcountry. Happening December 14th from 5:30-8 pm at the Charleston Maritime Center. View the beautiful boats, grab some bbq, and meet Santa! It’s fun for the whole family. For the parade route, visit their website at https://holidayparadeofboats.com/.

Head to Isle of Palms for a Pancake Breakfast by the Sea with Santa! Catch him on December 21st from 8:30 – 10:30 am for breakfast, pictures, and fun crafts for the kids. Check their event website for more information. 

Ring in the New Year on the Yorktown! It’s something everyone should experience once. From 9 pm – 1 am guests will be treated to live bands and DJ’s playing all genres. There are no better views in the Lowcountry to ring in 2020! Visit their website for ticket information. 


For a full list of holiday events in Charleston, head over to charlestoncvb.com.

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