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December Blog 2014

Posted by charleston on December 1, 2014

One of the oldest and largest sightseeing companies in the world, Gray Line is an international association of operators with more than 100 years of experience in the tourism industry. A trusted name in travel, Gray Line of Charleston provides informative, entertaining bus tours of Charleston’s historic district daily to visitors from around the world.

Learn about historic Charleston, SC and see this Port City up close and personal, via Gray Line Charleston. Gray Line City Tours depart every 30 minutes from 9:30am until 3:30pm from the Charleston Visitors Center located at 375 Meeting Street. Parking directly adjacent.

Several types of COMBO Tour Tickets are available. Examples ~ Charleston City Tour + Charleston Museum. Charleston City Tour + Charleston Mansion. Charleston City Tour + Fort Sumter Boat Tour, to name just a few. Take advantage of COMBO Savings and enjoy 2 top-notch Tours by 2 expert area Tour Operators. Leaving your Charleston visit in the hands of the experts will make for great memories!
Booking online is easy via [email protected] For more information… Gray Line Bus Tours:  Phone: (843) 722-4444. Email [email protected]

Gray Line Charleston will happily arrange private bus tours of the city during daylight hours, with special pick-up and drop-off location. Just call ahead to friendly reservationists to customize your door-to-door service and tour. It’s easy! Take the stress out of the transportation to some of Charleston’s Athletic Events or Major Annual Festivals, such as the below. For more information… Gray Line Bus Tours:  Phone: (843) 722-4444. Email [email protected]

Gray Line Charleston Group & Private Tour Services ~

Gray Line mini-buses provide a comfortable, safe, fun and convenient mode of transportation to and from special events. Gray Line’s fleet of seven air-conditioned and heated vehicles is available for transportation to and from area hotels and attractions, the convention center, churches, reception halls, and even outlying locations, such as Charleston’s historic plantations and beaches.

DECEMBER, 2014 is chock-full of Fun & Festive Holiday Seasonal Events ~ Just a few Samplings Below. Gray Line Charleston can ‘get you there’ in & around Historic Charleston, SC, the Barrier Islands, and other key locations climate-controlled comfort ~ just give a Call Today to Learn More!

Historic Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston Stage's ‘A Christmas Carol’ ~ Charleston Music Hall ~ 12/05-12/21/2014

Adapted from Charles Dickens's Novella by Julian Wiles. All new production of Dickens's classic features dazzling special effects including ghosts that fly through the air, spectacular new scenery, new period costumes and new orchestrations. Julian Wiles's acclaimed adaptation has been expanded to include an alive and kicking Jacob Marley! Featuring a professional cast of 29 Singers, Dancers, Actors and Musicians.1:00pm. Doors Open. Show: 2:00pm. Adult: $38.50 - $57.50 Seniors (60+): $36.50 - $55.50. Student (25 & under) and Active Military: $22.50 - $45.50.

Heyward-Washington House Tour ~ 12/03 & 12/10/2014
See elaborate 18th century table settings and this historic house museum's cache of heirloom silver. The scene gives a glimpse into gleaming holiday experiences of the past. Tour the rest of the property, including the circa 1740 kitchen building and herb garden, to discover how the household prepared for the Christmas season. The Tour is a perfect complement to a Gray Line Mini-Bus City Tour of Charleston.

Christmas Crafts Workshop ~ Nathaniel Russell House Museum ~ 12/06/2014

A Joyous Noel is wished by the Nathaniel Russell House! Come experience what it was like for 19th century Charlestonians to celebrate Christmas by taking a Restored Historic Home Tour. Different crafts will be offered for children and parents, while learning about decorations and traditions of the past. Sip on some warm cider or hot chocolate while you make ornaments, cards, wreaths, and more! 9:30am-12pm. $20 for children, adults are FREE. The Tour is a perfect complement to a Gray Line Mini-Bus City Tour of Charleston.

34th Annual City of Charleston Holiday Parade ~ Colonial Lake to Marion Square ~ 12/07/2014

Come and visit downtown Historic Charleston for the 34th Annual City of Charleston Holiday Parade. The parade is from 2:00pm to 4:00pm. The Parade starts at Colonial Lake, proceeds up Broad Street, down King Street, concluding at Marion Square – the corner of King and Calhoun Streets.


Official Tree Lighting Ceremony & Holiday Market ~ Marion Square ~ 12/06/2014

Kick off the holiday season with the opening of the Holiday Market from 9:00am to 4:00pm in Marion Square at the corner of King and Calhoun Streets. Be dazzled by the Official Tree Lighting Ceremony from 4:30pm to 6:00pm, also located in the Marion Square.

Holiday Magic: Visit with the Clauses ~ Marion Square ~ 12/12 & 12/19/2014

Join in the holiday magic on display in historic Marion Square at the corner of King and Calhoun streets. Visit with Santa and Ms. Claus, enjoy live entertainment provided by community groups and enjoy the decorations and fun activities. Little ones will be delighted!

The Music Farm ~ 10th Annual Taylor Boys' Xmas Xtravaganza ~ 12/20/2014

Randell Bramblett, The Joe Taylor Group, Special Guest Artists. Doors: 9:00pm/Show: 9:00pm.This popular Holiday Event is 16 and over. $10 minimum donation to SisterCare.

Happy New Year Charleston ~ Marion Square ~ 12/31/2014
Marion Square ~ King & Calhoun Street. This community celebration offers a non-alcoholic and family-oriented alternative program to ring-in the New Year in Historic Charleston, SC. This city wide, FREE program has something wonderful for everyone: Comedy, African dancing, many forms of Music including Classical, Gospel and Jazz, Children’s Activities and so much more! 4:00pm to 10:30pm.

Charleston Music Hall ~ The Charleston Christmas Special

Holiday Classics, Spiritual Favorites and everything in between, are showcased in this year’s Charleston Christmas Special. A little holiday magic for everyone! This annual show has become a true holiday tradition for individuals and families all over the Lowcountry and for visitors from far beyond the Port of Charleston’s shores.

Former Broadway performers and Producers Brad and Jennifer Moranz are bringing back audience favorites while simultaneously creating entirely new musical performances and comedy sketches. Highlights include a men’s quartet singing II Divo’s version of “O Holy Night,” Julie Bell performing Christian artist Sandi Patty’s version of “Angels We Have Heard on High,” and Eddie Wilson playing Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus” on piano.

Even the tiniest tots will enjoy a medley of children’s holiday favorites, including “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas.” Running Dec. 5-21 at the Charleston Music Hall, The Charleston Christmas Special is the perfect way to get into the holiday spirit.

3pm Dec. 2, 2pm Dec. 6, 3pm Dec. 7, 7 pm, Dec. 11, 7pm, Dec. 12, 2 and 7pm Dec. 13, 3pm Dec. 14, 7pm Dec. 18 (Kids FREE Night), 7pm Dec. 19, 2 and 7pm Dec. 20.Tickets are $36 for adults; $33 for seniors (age 62 & up) and Military; $19 for students 21 & under; $16 for children 12 & under.


New for 2014 is a Dinner & Show ticket option. For $60 per person, guests receive one show ticket (evening performances only) plus a pre-fix three-course dinner at Vincent Chicco’s, an Italian-American restaurant located next door to the Charleston Music Hall. A perfect way to wrap up an evening following a GrayLine Mini-Bus Tour of Historic Charleston, SC.

Lowcountry Children’s Museum Winter Wonderland Camp ~ 12/22, 12/23, 12/26, 12/29, 12/30, 12/31 (morning only) 2014

9:00am - 4:00pm, Half Day and Extended Care Options Available. Children ages 3-10 are invited to PLAY at Winter Wonderland Camp at the Children's Museum of the Lowcountry!  Some of the many activities designed to stimulate all the senses include constructing Gingerbread Houses, making Candy Cane Goop and Snow Dough! Campers will also enjoy PLAY and special Camp activities in the Museum exhibits. Children attending on December 31 will participate in our NOON Year's Eve celebration! Winter Wonderland Camp will be held from 9am - 4pm. Half-day and extended care options (8am - 9am and 4pm - 5pm) available. To register for Winter Wonderland Camp, call Kendra at 843.853.8962 x227.C

North Charleston, South Carolina

Stingrays Hockey – North Charleston Coliseum ~ 12/09, 12/13, 12/19 & 12/20/2014

Get your Winter Hockey-on! The Stingrays really know how to entertain an Audience. Holiday Fun for the entire Family. Advance Tickets $24, $22, $18, $16, $13, & $8 (plus applicable fees). Day of Game Tickets $25, $23, $19, $17, $14, & $8 (plus applicable fees). Doors Open 6pm; Games7:05pm.

Columbia City Ballet's The Nutcracker ~ North Charleston Performing Arts Center ~ 12/06/2014

The Holiday Classic that never grows old. Delights Audiences. Adults love the reminder of childhood’s past and children are mesmerized. Doors Open 4:30pm; Performance begins 5:30pm.Ticket Prices Starting at $26.00. $5 Parking Cash Only.

Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker ~ North Charleston Performing Arts Center ~ 12/24/2014

Moscow Ballet’s spectacular Great Russian Nutcracker is the must-see event this holiday season! Celebrate the beloved Christmas tradition with the whole family as forty world-class Russian artists bring this charming classic to life. New York Times raves “Knock Out!” Experience Tchaikovsky’s master score this Christmas with the magic of larger than-life-puppets, growing Christmas tree and life-sized Matrushka Dolls! 12:00pm and 4:00pm. Doors Open 1 hour before. Ticket Prices $176.00, $123.00, $89.00, $69.00, $49.00, & 29.00 (plus applicable fees). $5 Parking Cash Only.


Both Gray Line Bus Tours and SpiritLine Cruises ~ Charleston’s Premier Cruise Fleet employ licensed, dedicated professionals who complete rigorous, comprehensive training. Most are Charleston natives who have grown up surrounded by the area’s vibrant history and many have been with the company over 10 years. Proudly owned and operated for over 50 years by a local Charleston family with generations of maritime heritage…Gray Line of Charleston partners with SpiritLine Cruises ~ Charleston’s Premier Cruise Fleet giving visitors true value on combination tours! 

By purchasing the COMBO Package….you can do it all in one day…or break it up…whatever your schedule allows. SpiritLine Cruises’ entertaining and knowledgeable Tour Guides, licensed by the City of Charleston, will fascinate as you take in 100+ of the majestic sights and sounds of Historic Charleston, SC from the waterside perspective. You will cruise past notable American landmarks such as Fort Sumter where the first shot of the Civil War was fired and the USS Yorktown Aircraft Carrier.

COMBO package Advance Reservations suggested. Gray Line Bus Tours:  Phone: (843) 722-4444. Email [email protected] This tour departs every 30 minutes, Monday through Saturday starting at 9:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. March-November and until 2 p.m. December-February from the Charleston Area Visitors Center Bus Shed located at 375 Meeting Street.

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