Christmas in Charleston 


Christmas in Charleston

Spending Christmas in Charleston is like taking a trip back in time. Antebellum mansions adorn with garland, holiday traditions passed down from the earliest settlers, and Gullah spirituals and holiday tunes.

December is jam-packed with Christmas activities to get you in the holiday spirit and the mild temps makes this an ideal time of year to visit and soak up some of Charleston’s fascinating history.  Winter festivals, holiday walking tours, parades, plays, concerts and light displays are just a few of the reasons why Travel + Leisure named Charleston one of the best places to visit during the holiday season. 

Holiday shopping is another activity that draws visitors to Charleston this time of year. Whether you are gift shopping or shopping for yourself, Charleston has lots of options including the iconic King Street shopping district, the Historic City Market, the Holiday Market in Marion Square and several outlet and open air malls in the area.

After a day of sightseeing and shopping, relax and enjoy some mouth watering Southern food and holiday favorites at one of the many award-winning restaurants in Charleston.

Christmas draws in a large number of visitors and numerous hotels in Charleston offer special holiday packages so remember to book well in advance to ensure you can find a place to stay.



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Historic Homes


Aiken-Rhett House
48 Elizabeth St
Charleston SC 29403

Aiken-Rhett House at Christmas

The Aiken-Rhett House, built in 1820, was one of the most stylish homes in Charleston. The owners adopted the increasing popularity of Victorian-style Christmas trees which are recreated today. 


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Nathaniel Russell House
51 Meeting St
Charleston SC 29401
Dec. 6 - Dec. 21 (Thursday - Saturday)

Nathaniel Russell House at Christmas

Visit the Nathaniel Russell House and learn about the Charleston festivities, decorations and traditions in the early 1800’s. The house, built in 1808, is decorated inside and outside with Christmas decor. 


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Joseph Manigault House
350 Meeting St
Charleston SC 29403
Dec. 6 - Dec. 31

Joseph Manigault House at Christmas

Tour the impressive Joseph Manigault house and learn about the holiday traditions of the time. The house is decorated by the Garden Club of Charleston using arrangements made exclusively with historically accurate plant materials that would have been cultivated in Charleston during the early 1800's.


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Edmonston-Alston House
21 East Battery St
Charleston SC 29401
Dec. 5 - Dec. 31

Edmonston-Alston House at Christmas

Experience Christmas in Charleston as it was in the antebellum period. Explore the Edmonston-Alston House beautifully decorated for the holidays as historians in period clothing give candlelight tours


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Holiday Light Displays and Parades


Charleston Holiday Festival of Lights
James Island County Park
871 Riverland Dr
Charleston, SC 
Nov. 15 - Dec 31

Charleston Festival of Lights

The  Holiday Festival of Lights at James Island County Park is known for its three-mile driving tour decorated with thousands of lights. Visitors can also wander through festival shops, ride the festival train, make s’mores at the marshmallow roasting pits, and explore Santa's village. 


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Charleston Christmas Parade
Dec. 1, 2019

Charleston Christmas Parade

The holiday tradition is better than ever as miles of bands, floats, marchers, and performers parade through downtown Charleston. 


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Charleston Tree Lighting
Dec. 1, 2019

Charleston Tree Lighting

Join the holiday jubilee with a musical extravaganza featuring performances from musicians and arts organizations throughout Charleston. The celebration culminates in the lighting of the magnificent 64-foot Holiday Tree of Lights, the official City of Charleston Christmas tree in Marion Square. 


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Holiday Parade of Boats
Dec. 14, 2019

Holiday Parade of Boats

The Charleston Holiday Parade of Boats, organized by the city of Charleston, is held yearly in Charleston Harbor.  Participants in the parade must register and decorate their boat from stem to stern while spectators view the parade from either Mt. Pleasant or Charleston along the harbor.


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Holiday Tours


Charleston Harbor Holiday Dinner Cruise

Charleston Harbor Holiday Dinner Cruise

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. 


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Charleston Strolls Holiday Walking Tour 

Charleston Strolls Holiday Walking Tour

Enjoy Charleston’s mild climate with a narrated stroll through the historic district. Visit special landmarks and learn about what Christmas was like in Charleston in antebellum times. The tour ends in front of the Mills House Hotel’s grand Christmas Tree


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Charleston Tea Party’s Christmas Tour

Charleston Tea Party’s Christmas Tour

Join expert guide and native Charlestonian Laura Wichmann Hipp on a festive behind-the-scenes Christmas tour of three private homes. The tour begins with a full breakfast and ends with high tea. Reservations are required.


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Charleston Holiday Pub Crawl
Nov. 29 - Jan. 10

Charleston Holiday Pub Crawl

Embark on a holiday adventure to celebrate local food, flavor and fun. This tour will visit several pubs and taverns while the guide shares stories of Charleston’s unique culture and history. Sip on your favorite beverage and enjoy complimentary appetizers and holiday treats while learning about the Holy City. 


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Holiday Shopping


Holiday Market at Middleton Place
Nov. 29 - Nov. 30

Charleston Holiday Pub Crawl

The Garden Market & Nursery and Museum Shop kick-off the shopping season with an open-air market including local artisans and vendors, live musicians performing festive carols, complimentary hot cider and treats, and featured items in both shops.


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Charleston Holiday Market in Marion Square
Nov. 29 - Nov. 30

Charleston Holiday Pub Crawl

Visit the Annual Holiday Market in Marion Square and enjoy shopping, sweet treats, live bands and caroling, kids activities, and Free visits and photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus. 


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Live Performances


Sound of Charleston - Holiday Edition
Nov. 29 - Dec. 30

Charleston Holiday Pub Crawl

The concerts are at historic Circular Congregational Church, festively decorated for Christmas, and feature some of Charleston's finest musical artists. Frommers Travel Guide says, "Sound of Charleston is the best night out in the City.”


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Holiday Spectacular
Dec. 5 - Dec. 22

Charleston Holiday Pub Crawl

This year's dazzling holiday spectacular brings an incredible combination of Broadway talent, lavish costuming and theatricality to produce an unforgettable musical experience sure to put you and the entire family in the holiday spirit. 


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