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Christmas In Charleston Tours Discover the special displays
of heirloom decorations

See how Charleston's most storied residences deck the halls, discover holiday traditions passed down from our city's earliest families and hum along with Gullah spirituals and holiday tunes. Immerse yourself in Charleston's history and holiday spirit with a holiday tour.

Charleston Strolls Holiday Walking Tour

Do you know Charleston’s unique tie to the flame-colored Christmas poinsettia? Want to enjoy Charleston’s mild Christmastime climate with a stroll through the historic district? Take this seasonal guided tour that visits special landmarks and culminates with a photo opportunity in front of the Mills House Hotel’s grand Christmas Tree.

Festival of Lights With Adventure Sightseeing

November 9 - December 31

Join Adventure Sightseeing on a comfortable climate controlled bus as we whisk you away to the James Island County Park Holiday Festival of Lights. Offering round trip transportation, this tour is a great way to celebrate the holidays and we make it easy without you having to drive.

Charleston Tea Party’s Christmas Tour

Join an expert guide and native Charlestonian Laura Wichmann Hipp on a festive behind-the-scenes Christmas tour of private homes and gardens. The tour ends with High Tea. Monday - Friday, 9 - 1:30, reservations required.

We Fish You a Merry Christmas!

November 29, 2019 - January 5, 2020

The best prices for year-round saltwater fishing (& gift certificates). Licenses, bait & tackle included; multiple boats available for your “Reel” fishing experience!

Holiday Pub Crawl

November 24 - January 7

Bring your friends and family on a holiday adventure to celebrate local food, flavor and fun. On this tour, the group will be escorted by a local guide to several pubs and taverns, to hear the stories and legends of Charleston’s unique culture and history. Sip on your favorite beverages and enjoy complimentary appetizers and holiday treats, while taking in the backdrop of the beautifully decorated city.

Charleston Harbor Tours

Come aboard the Charleston Princess to celebrate the holiday season with a delicious buffet dinner while taking in the sights of the Charleston Harbor and enjoying some jazzy holiday classics from a Charleston favorite!

Sandlapper Water Tours

’Tis the season for friends and family, so gather your merry bunch for a nautical holiday adventure with Sandlapper Water Tours. Relax in the glow of a golden sunset with a warm cup of hot chocolate in your hands. History and beauty abound on this spectacular ride, be sure to bring your camera.

Joseph Manigault House

December 6 - 31

The Garden Club of Charleston decks the halls of this magnificent house with creative arrangements made exclusively with live, historically accurate plant materials that would have cultivated in Charleston during the early 1800s. Learn about the holiday traditions enjoyed by the Joseph Manigault Family during special tours of the Adam-style dwelling.

Christmas on the Battery

December 5 & 6, 2019, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Theatrical performances complement a candlelight tour of the Edmondston-Alston House. Adorned in period costumes, performers reflect on past Christmas events that not only touched the lives of the Edmondston and Alston families, but also the city of Charleston. Tours depart continuously throughout the evening from 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Tickets are $25 in advance. Middleton Place Foundation Members receive $5 off. (Tickets can be purchased at the event for $30.)

Aiken-Rhett House

By the mid 1800s, the Aiken-Rhett House was one of Charleston’s most fashionable residences, and its owners embraced the budding popularity of decorated trees, a trend born of the Victorian Age, which is artfully recreated today.

Nathaniel Russell House

At the Nathaniel Russell House, the dining room table is laden with sugared fruits, syllabubs, cakes and sweetmeats — popular fare of the early 1800s, when religious services and family meals were the crux of holiday celebrations.