Christmas in Charleston-{festive things to do during the holidays in Charleston sc}


Go See a Holiday Show!

-We saw the ELF musical at Dock Street Theater last year. This year they have the Christmas Carol!

-Farmers Market every Saturday morning at Marion Square!

The boiled peanuts are amazing and the lemonade stand has the best mint green tea!

You might also get lucky and have a chance to view the break dancers who love to entertain right by the fountain

While you’re downtown, you can grab a drink/Appetizers at Sippin’ Santa on King Street.

The food is mediocre but sitting under the Christmas glow was so fun!

If they offered kids drinks in Christmas mugs, the daytime crowd would soar!

Ice Skating

-at Daniel Islands Credit one stadium! NEW event for 2022

Reindeer Bell Hunt at Hampton Park

FREE and do at your own pace! Details Here


-The Holiday Lights at College Of Charleston!-FREE

Every night beginning at 5:30pm(and on the 1/2 hour) you can view the lights in motion at the Cistern Yard. This goes through 12/31.

-See it SNOW at Charleston Place hotel

-every night at 6pm! Make sure you go inside as well and see the epic and classic train display.-Also FREE, but for 2022, you may need to make a reservation online. If it’s not super crowded, I think they let you in anyway, but no matter what you can view from the street.

Life Size Gingerbread house at Hotel Bennett-downtown Charleston

Right next to the downtown market!

Made from real sweet treats like:

2 lbs of candy canes, 10 lbs of marshmallows, Gummy bears, rock suckers, Rice Krispies, Skittles and Jolly Ranchers, etc!

-The James Island Holiday lights.

This is just a must if you’re in Charleston during December! Cost is $15 per car I think. You can ride through as many times as you want. There’s also a chance to park and get out of the car. You can visit santa(up until Christmas eve eve), take a train ride, see the custom artistic life size Christmas Card Displays done by local elementary schools(always one of my favorite parts.) I love to see what they come up with each year. There’s a carousel, a marshmallow roasting station, a toy shop, interactive lights, a sand sculpture, hot chocolate, and more!

Walk Through Town

The free option is always the best! A simple walk or ride through downtown to see the Christmas decor. Begin at the battery where the gazebo is subtly decorated and just walk down East Bay to see some beautiful bold wreaths, left on Broad then right on Church ending at the city market(or keep going to King street and shop your heart out!

Christmas Trees!

You can view some oversized trees at Tanger Outlets in N. Charleston, Marion Square(go inside and see the lights at night), Mount Pleasant Town Center(in front of Belk), and a smaller tree in the middle of Colonial Lake off Broad St. Downtown.

There’s a cool lego tree in the window display of Louis Vuitton on your way to see it snow!

You can view a smaller display of trees at North Charleston’s Park Circle. Ride or get out and walk to see the trees around the circle.


-Mentioned above, but Sippin’ Santa on King street offers a fun little Christmas dining experience.

-Visit the newish Crazy Mason in Mount Pleasant Town Center for a holiday themed shake!

Merry Christmas 2022

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