Around Town

This year, spirited decor will highlight some of downtown Charleston's delicious restaurants and shopping hotspots. Let us be your virtual tour guide as you explore historic King Street, all decked out for the holidays to the tune of "The Twelve Days of Christmas," with a Lowcountry twist.

Hum along as you discover 12 locations sure to become part of your new Christmas tradition.

1 Partridge in a Palmetto +

You're not likely to find many pear trees here in Charleston, but Palmetto trees are always in view. This, the official state tree of South Carolina, inspired our first Christmas carol adaptation: a partridge in a Palmetto tree.

Keep tally of the many Palmetto trees visible from this location before paying Berlin's For Women a visit. This boutique has called Charleston home since 1883.

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2 Cooing Doves +

Rather than skyscrapers tracing the skyline, Charleston's horizon is dotted with church steeples. A gentle symbol of peace, we like to imagine these beautiful cooing doves gliding overhead as we make our second stop.

Fellas, add a little holiday spirit to your wardrobe by paying a visit to Ben Silver. Their new 12 Days of Christmas tie is sure to be a conversation starter at cocktail parties.

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3 Singers Singing +

Some of our most beloved sounds of the seasons are beautiful Gullah spirituals, often heard in concert halls and houses of worship. This treasured oral tradition inspired our next stop.

While at this location, we recommend popping into Geo. C. Birlant & Co., a King Street mainstay that houses 18th and 19th century treasures.

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4 Calling Birds +

A winged creature that calls Charleston home also happens to be the most gregarious of birds – the seagull. While gulls tend to fly closer to the shore, you might spy a flock trailing down King Street to find this bustling shopping hotspot.

The shops inside Belmond Charleston Place are not to be missed. After filling your arms with bags, wind your way through the first floor to lay eyes on the grand staircase for a glimpse at one of the city's most memorable holiday displays.

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5 Golden Wreaths +

When sweetgrass baskets become visible on the front doors of homes throughout Charleston, the spirit of Christmas spreads. A symbol of eternal hope, these ornamental works of art and Gullah tradition provided the inspiration for our fifth stop featuring five golden wreaths. More than 50 resident Gullah artisans regularly weave these wreaths and other crafts just blocks away at the Historic City Market.

Here we recommend that shoppers pay M. Dumas & Sons a visit, a staple on King Street offering upscale apparel for both men and women. Still in its original location, Dumas is celebrating its 100th birthday.

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6 Egrets A-Laying +

Egrets, an elegant member of the heron family, are plentiful in the coastal waterways surrounding Charleston. These beautiful creatures have long inspired Lowcountry art, including the holiday decor at this location featuring six egrets a-laying.

Here, Croghan's Jewel Box beckons you into a sparkling nook filled with treasures like heirloom silver, estate jewelry and classic Charleston gifts.

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7 Swans A-Swimming +

Catch a glimpse of seven swans-a-swimming with a scenic trip to one of Charleston's storied plantations along Ashley River Road. Here you'll find some of America's most scenic gardens, ponds and waterways with an amazing history to accompany the view.

Shoppers and culinary enthusiasts can stock up on rare and speciality oils, spices, liquors and more at this new addition to King Street, Vom Fass.

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8 Candles Flickering +

Delight in eight candles, flickering in recognition of the Jewish faith and the eight nights of Hanukkah. Set inside Marion Square, our city's glimmering menorah serves as the centerpiece for Chanukah in the Square, a lively community event that kicks off the holiday.

Just across the street inside the historic Francis Marion Hotel, cozy up at the bar inside the Swamp Fox Restaurant & Bar for a speciality festive cocktail.

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9 Ladies Dancing +

We've reached nine ladies dancing! Here we pay homage to the dance steps which originated in the Gullah culture and later became the popular 1920s dance craze, The Charleston.

A traditional Lowcountry meal awaits on the menu of Virginia's On King. We recommend fried chicken with a side of Hoppin John for a savory Southern dining experience.

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10 Lords A-Leaping +

Our tenth stop features ten lords a-leaping paying homage to the original Lords Proprietors, the men charged with overseeing our city in its earliest days.

For those looking to sink their teeth into a delectable steak, look no further than Hall's Chophouse, Charleston's premier steakhouse.

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11 Pipers Piping +

It's a little known fact that Charleston is home to an award-winning bagpipe and drum band, the Charleston Pipe Band, better known as our eleven pipers piping.

For a delicious farm-to-table dining experience and an ever-changing menu, head to The Macintosh. Be sure to order the bone marrow bread pudding, a local favorite this time of year.

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12 Drummers Drumming +

On this, your last stop on the Twelve Days of Christmas tour, we bring you twelve drummers drumming — in the uniform of a Citadel cadet. This year marks the 175th anniversary of the state's distinguished military college.

Cap off your Christmas tour at The Ordinary, an upscale oyster bar housed in a former 1920s bank that is anything but what its name suggests.

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