Christmas in Charleston

With the recent cold front in Charleston, it’s clear that Winter is on its way to the Lowcountry! Spend this holiday season with your friends and family at some of these popular Charleston Christmas activities!

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Colonial Lake Tree Lighting – November 30th

Head over to Colonial Lake tonight at 5:30 pm for food, fun, a live DJ; and watch the Charleston Parks Conservancy light up the lake!

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Charleston Holiday Parade – December 2nd

The City of Charleston and the Charleston Fire Department will be hosting the parade at 3:00 pm on Sunday, December 2nd, 2018. Beginning on Broad Street at Rutledge Avenue, the parade will continue to King Street and end at Calhoun and Meeting Streets. If you’re in Downtown Charleston, don’t miss your opportunity to see Santa!

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28th Annual Reindeer Run – December 8th

The 2018 Reindeer Run starts at 9:00 am at East Bay and Queen Streets.  Take a lap around the Battery and back to the starting line, then head over to the Beer Garden afterward for a little post-run fun. Registration is open on the Reindeer Run website, as well as further details and route map.

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Summerville Christmas Parade – December 9th

This year’s Summerville Christmas Parade will begin at 2:00 pm, so get ready to make your spirits bright! Summerville Dream says that the “mission of the [Parade] is to promote positivity throughout the Town of Summerville while capturing the spirit of the Christmas holiday for all to enjoy.” Find a full route map and other post-parade activities in Summerville here.

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James Island Holiday Festival of Lights – ONGOING
The annual Holiday Festival of Lights is back! You can visit until January 1st and participate in classic activities like making s’mores, meeting with Santa Claus, and finding the perfect gifts in many little shops around the park. The Festival is open 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm Sunday through Thursday and 5:30 pm – 11:00 pm Friday and Saturday. For more details, check out the Festival’s website here.

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Holiday Market in Marion Square – ONGOING

The classic Saturday Market in Marion Square will be taking on a more festive theme throughout December! Visit December 1st & 2nd, 8th & 9th, 15th & 16th to support local Charleston Farmers Market vendors, enjoy live music, and keep an eye out–you may spot Santa!

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