Stand in the shadow of Drayton Hall, the meticulously preserved 270-year-old plantation house perched on the Ashley River, as candlelight winks at the weatherworn bricks and Gullah spirituals soar through the night air. The melodies are as old as the grove of stately oak trees, and the entire evening is rooted in living history. This is Christmas in Charleston.


Events from 11/24/2015 to 12/31/2016

11/13/2015 - 01/01/2016
Featuring over 750 displays and two million lights, the Holiday Festival of Lights is a cherished holiday tradition for many families throughout Charleston and beyond. From November 14 - January 1, James Island County Park comes alive with illumination,
11/13/2015 - 12/31/2015
Transportation and sightseeing have never been so easy! Come enjoy the Festival of Lights in style!
11/14/2015 - 12/24/2015
Citadel Mall will host a month of pictures with Santa!
11/21/2015 - 12/24/2015
There are so many holiday activities to choose from this year at the Mt. Pleasant Towne Centre!
11/25/2015 - 01/20/2016
Come enjoy a day with your toddler at The Charleston Museum with these fun activities.
11/27/2015 - 01/08/2016
This Holiday Pub Tour is the perfect event for your holiday vacation!
11/27/2015 - 01/01/2016
The Christmas season comes alive at Boone Hall Plantation with an exciting new special event that is designed to bring some holiday magic and joy to people of all ages!
Make holiday magic. Start your holiday shopping season the best way ever, on King Street, where Black Friday is more classy than crazy and specials are really special.
11/27/2015 - 01/01/2016
Shopping, parties, events, gifts, music. Holiday memories abound on King Street, at stores and restaurants, in the City Market, at Charleston Place Shops.
Enjoy Black Friday with a Christmas Preview at Christophe Artisan Chocolatier with local artisan Knotty Woodcraft.
11/27/2015 - 12/26/2015
Keep the light shinin' with a Holiday Dinner Cruise featuring live music and a gourmet buffet.
11/27/2015 - 11/28/2015
The Garden Market & Nursery and Museum Shop kick-off the shopping season with an open-air market.
11/27/2015 - 12/15/2015
Bring a toy for a tot and receive $10 off your challenge pass!
11/27/2015 - 11/29/2015
Visit Santa's Workshop all weekend for a photo with the 'Big Man' and take a turn running down your Christmas list.
11/27/2015 - 12/23/2015
A very welcome guest from the North Pole will make special appearances in the Great Ocean Tank.
11/27/2015 - 12/27/2015
The night Inspector NoClue almost saved Christmas! Come help solve this merry madcap mystery!
11/28/2015 - 12/31/2015
A Holiday Craft Fair, Children’s Village and a Christmas Train will make the season bright at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens starting the weekend after Thanksgiving.
Enjoy this FREE cruise by bringing an unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots!
Freshfields Village decks the halls on Saturday, November 28 as this annual celebration returns to the Village Green from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.
Visit Santa's Workshop with your pet on Sunday, November 29 for a photo opportunity with Santa!
12/01/2015 - 12/31/2015
Take a up-close look at Charleston-style Christmas decor with this special stroll.
12/02/2015 - 12/20/2015
All little Ralphie wants for Christmas is a genuine Red Ryder Carbine Action 200-shot Range Mode air rifle. He's determined that neither a neighborhood bully nor a freezing flagpole, nor Ralphie's own "you'll shoot your eye out" mom and dad will stand in
On December 2 from 3:30-5:00 p.m. create ornaments and decorations to take home and to adorn the exhibit.
12/02/2015 - 12/30/2015
Experience Charleston's rich musical heritage, from gospel to Gershwin, in live concerts which include songs of the Holiday Season as well as hot wassail and cookies with the cast after each performance.
12/03/2015 - 12/13/2015
CrabPot Players Theatre presents a drama set in the poorest winter ever as a family tries to take over running a hotel.
Make holiday magic and enjoy a night in wine country. Taste, shop & stroll King Street.
Celebrate the holiday season with special performances by candlelight at the Edmondston-Alston House.
12/04/2015 - 12/06/2015
December 4-6, 2015 visit the second annual MADE IN THE SOUTH WEEKEND celebrating the best of Garden & Gun in one place.
12/04/2015 - 12/20/2015
Watch Kris Kringle as he brings a wave of love through New York City and convinced a family that there is indeed a Santa Clause!
12/04/2015 - 12/05/2015
The South Carolina Ballet presents Charleston’s favorite family tradition, Nutcracker, at the PAC.
12/04/2015 - 12/06/2015
One of Charleston’s longest and most memorable holiday traditions is the Christmas Candlelight Services at The Citadel’s historic Summerall Chapel.
Hark the Herald Angels Sing! Come enjoy the 15th Annual Gospel Christmas this season!
12/05/2015 - 12/12/2015
Ann Caldwell and the a capella vocal ensemble The Magnolia Singers perform African-American spiritual music in three memorable performances.
Begin a new tradition aboard the Spirit of Carolina. Create warm holiday memories for you and your family on our Breakfast with Santa Cruise.
12/05/2015 - 12/20/2015
Former Broadway stars and now Charleston locals Brad and Jennifer Moranz are back with an all-new Charleston Christmas Special running Dec. 5-20 at the Charleston Music Hall.
12/05/2015 - 12/20/2015
Come experience the holiday magic in Marion Square this December.
This December The Garden Club of Charleston will, once again, bring holiday spirit into the Joseph Manigault House, adorning its rooms, hallways and stairways with greenery, feathers, ribbons and more.
12/05/2015 - 12/31/2015
This December The Garden Club of Charleston will, once again, bring holiday spirit into the Joseph Manigault House, adorning its rooms, hallways and stairways with greenery, feathers, ribbons and more.
12/05/2015 - 12/31/2015
The City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs celebrates the holiday season this December with Holiday Magic in Historic Charleston, offering FREE, family-friendly activities, live performances and decorations all around town for everyone in the commu
Enjoy a Holiday Street Celebration on the Isle of Palms!
12/05/2015 - 12/06/2015
This December, celebrate the magical sights and sounds of the holidays at Charlotte Ballet's Nutcracker.
Her most gracious royal majesty Queen Charlotte, wife to King George III, is coming to Charleston (although she calls it Charles Town)!
The City of Charleston is proud to announce the 35th Annual City of Charleston Holiday Parade on Sunday, December 6th, 2015.
Start off the holiday season on a festive note with this all-male chorus singing your favorite Christmas carols and sacred repertoire.
Wine Under the Oaks has grown to become one of the premier holiday special events in the SC Lowcountry.
12/09/2015 - 12/10/2015
People with special needs and their families and friends are invited to dust off their dancing shoes and boogie the night away while enjoying your favorite music.
12/10/2015 - 12/12/2015
The Charleston Symphony Orchestra presents Handel's Messiah at the new Charleston Gaillard Center.
The Town of Mount Pleasant and Cinebarre present a movie on the recreation fields at sunset.
12/11/2015 - 12/27/2015
Climb aboard the Charleston Explorer with Pegasus Charters to experience a holiday tour of historic downtown Charleston from the harbor.
Celebrate the holiday season with special performances by candlelight at the Edmondston-Alston House.
A ticketed event where more than 80 retailers will offer a night of shopping, holiday celebration and fun.
12/11/2015 - 12/13/2015
Blending the best in theatre with the artistry of ballet and the glorious music of Tchaikovsky, the Nutcracker encompasses the fantasy of dreams.
The 34th Annual Holiday Parade of Boats will be held in Charleston Harbor on Saturday, December 12, 2015.
Fresh greenery, berries and other natural items gathered from the plantation will be provided to make wreaths and other holiday decor.
Join Charleston Harbor Tours for a relaxing two-hour cruise on board the Carolina Queen while enjoying the festive Holiday Parade of Boats.
The Holiday Parade of Boats is a popular and beloved annual event by Spiritline Cruises, and we offer the best view in town.
Swing along this holiday with this Charleston Jazz Tradition!
Join The Cocktail Club on Saturday, December 12, 2015 for their Sugar & Spice Cocktail Class featuring the perfect winter cocktails.
12/12/2015 - 12/19/2015
When the Herdmans somehow wrangle the leading roles in the local Christmas Pageant it seems everything that is sacred will be lost and yet, through this motley crew of rough kids, the true meaning of Christmas is movingly rediscovered.
Lowcountry Artists Gallery is hosting a holiday open house on December 13th from 1 PM to 5 PM.
Join Mixson for their annual Mingle Jingle, including photo ops with Santa, s'mores, carolers, a market, and more!
Experience country’s top artists playing their number one hits. Fans will get the chance to hear Randy Owen from Alabama, Richie Mcdonald from Lonestar, Larry Stewart from Restless Heart.
12/17/2015 - 12/19/2015
Step back to Christmas, 1782. Stroll through gardens illuminated by torchlight, candlelight, and starlight and hear costumed interpreters along the way tell stories.
Many King Street and downtown stores are offering a night of shopping, guidance and painless fun for men on Thursday, December 18 from 5-8:00 pm.
Charleston's premier a cappella quartet is sure to put you in the Christmas spirit as they bring the harmony to St. Matthew's Lutheran Church!
Chamber Music Charleston continues the Classical Kids Concert Series with the holiday favorite “The Night Before Christmas.”
Enjoy family fun and holiday spirit with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra as they perform cozy holiday hits, plus the score from Star Wars!
12/22/2015 - 12/23/2015
ELF THE MUSICAL is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s big bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole.
Your Christmas Eve can include Moscow Ballet's Nutcracker!
Bring in the New Year with Charleston's largest annual New Year's Eve celebration!
Join the Charleston Symphony Orchestra and Gaillard Center for an elegant black-tie celebration, A Viennese New Year’s Eve. Experience a mesmerizing performance by the CSO featuring mezzo-soprano MaryAnn McCormick of the Metropolitan Opera, and more!
Bring in 2016 on the Charleston Harbor with SpiritLine Cruises & The Bluestone Ramblers this New Year’s Eve.
Circa 1886 restaurant celebrates the arrival of 2016 with a festive six-course prix fixe New Year’s Eve dinner on Thursday, December 31.
Celebrate the New Year with style aboard the SpiritLine Dinner Cruise. Our Executive Chef, Mason Mullock a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in New York will prepare an exquisite four course dinner that is sure to delight.
Kick start your New Year by kicking up your heels with SpiritLine Cruises!
01/08/2016 - 01/09/2016
Charleston Symphony Orchestra presents Heroic Revolutionaries at the new Charleston Gaillard Center.
The 4th Annual Rose Ball, an exclusive collaboration between Boris Van Dyck of IceBox Bar and Camille Key of Charleston After Dark, will be held on Thursday, December 31, 2015, at the Johnson Hagood Stadium, home of the Citadel Bulldogs.