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Great Charleston Holiday Events!

Posted by charleston on December 1, 2017

Gray Line Charleston – December Events

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 Charleston provides informative, entertaining mini- bus tours of Charleston’s historic district daily to visitors from around the globe.

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!

Booking online is easy via [email protected] For more information… Gray Line Bus Tours:  Phone: (843) 722-4444. Email [email protected] Let Gray Line help you enhance your Holiday 2017 experience visiting Historic Charleston, South Carolina!

Historic Charleston, South Carolina
The Kriss Kross ~ Black Fedora Comedy & Mystery Theater ~ 12/01 – 12/28/2017
Inspector NoClue Almost Saved Christmas! A Merry Madcap Mystery! A Socialite’s Holiday Party hits the skids when her cherished Maltese Fruitcake is stolen, and all clues point to a certain Jolly Old Soul who is sure to take the rap until his old friend Inspector NoClue discovers that invited guests include members of the local chapter of the N.L.A, Naughty List Anonymous! With roles for volunteer audience actors and laughs for everyone, it’s the night Inspector NoClue almost saved Christmas! The Black Fedora offers clean comic whodunit shows most evening, featuring volunteer audience participation and a la carte appetizers, desserts and drinks. One-half block off the historic District’s City Market. $24 per person. See website for Dates & Times.

The Sound of Charleston Holiday Special Edition ~ Circular Congregational Church ~
12/01, 12/08, 12/14, 12/22, 12/26 & 12/30/2015
Experience the unique sounds that help define Charleston’s rich heritage….gospel. Gershwin, Civil War, St. Cecelia Society, and jazz….all coming to life in live 75 minute concerts at historic Circular Congregational Church. Five special Holiday Performances include festive music of the period as well as hot wassail and cookies with the cast after each show. The church will be decorated for the Christmas season. Adults - $28; Seniors (over 62) & Military - $26; Students - $16; Children 12 & Under – FREE.

Celebrate the start of the Holiday Season at Charleston’s Colonial Lake ~ 12/02/2017
Kickoff the Holidays with the lighting of the Christmas Tree in the center of Colonial Lake, downtown Charleston. Join the Charleston Parks Conservancy for a Tree Lighting Celebration at 5:30pm, Friday, December 1st. Food Trucks will be onsite serving snacks and hot beverages along with a DJ playing everyone’s favorite Holiday music.

8th Annual SpiritLine of Charleston ~ Breakfast with Santa Cruise ~ 12/02/2017
Depart from famous Patriots Point and board the Spirit of Carolina. Santa Claus will appear aboard, too and a Photo of your Child is included in the Breakfast Cruise experience. Breakfast with Santa in delicious, Charleston Harbor views spectacular and it is great Holiday fun! $38 per Adult ~ 1 FREE child with each paying Adult. $20 ~ all Children 6 and under (Children 7 & up pay the Adult rate).

Children's Holiday Workshop at the Charleston Museum ~ 12/02/2017
The Garden Club of Charleston will once again bring Holiday joy in to the Joseph Manigault House. Adorn the rooms, hallways and staircases with greenery, ribbons and more. These spectacular arrangement will coincide with this year’s them, “Bells and Blooms”. The inspiration for this year’s theme came from the 1863 poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, “Christmas Bells”. The bells are a symbol of hope for peace. These decorations will be displayed December 2nd to 29th.

Children's Holiday Decoration Celebration at the Charleston Museum ~ 12/02/2017
On December 2nd, from 3:00 to 5:00pm, The Charleston Museum will host a Holiday Decoration Celebration, allowing attendees to explore the Joseph Manigault House and view the decorations at their own pace. Enjoy hot chocolate and apple cider on the porch as Christmas music provided by The Charleston Caroling Company sound within the house. Children can create ornaments to take home, plus, sip on hot chocolate and taste yummy cookies as they decorate the little Heyward-Washington house in the Kidstory exhibit. The decorations done by the children will be on view the month of December for all to enjoy. $5 for non-members.

27th Annual Reindeer Run ~ 161 E. Bay Street ~ 12/02/2017
The Reindeer Run, presented by Half-Moon Outfitters, is a family-oriented, pet-friendly 5K run/walk through the lower peninsula of downtown Charleston, SC. This Event has grown significantly over the years with now over 3,500 Runners. The Charitable Society of Charleston has donated over $715,000 to MUSC Children’s Hospital during the 26 years of this run. The 27th Reindeer Run will help build the new MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital.

Holiday Swing: A Charleston Jazz Tradition ~ Charleston Music Hall ~ 12/02/2017
Featuring guest vocalist Quiana Parlers, the Charleston Jazz Orchestra presents Holiday Swing: A Charleston Jazz Tradition. Maestro Charlton Singleton and an 18-piece big band will swing you into holiday spirit with popular hits from Season Nine, plus big band arrangements of holiday favorites like Santa Baby, Joy to the world, and O Come, All Ye Faithful. Add Jazz to your Holiday Cheer, this year!

34th Annual Spirituals Concert ~ Drayton Hall ~ 12/02 & 12/03/2017
Experience African-American Spiritual Music with three Memorable Concerts by Ann Caldwell and the Magnolia Singers. Taking place in the atmospheric raised English basement, these Concerts are an opportunity to hear Music from centuries ago that took place in the rice and cotton fields and prairie houses. 3:00 – 5:00pm. $45 per person.

City of Charleston Holiday Parade ~ Broad to Calhoun, Downtown Charleston ~ 12/03/2017
The City of Charleston and the Charleston Fire Department will host the 2017 Holiday Parade…enjoy the Festive Floats and Santa Claus waving at the Crowds Cheering!

Candlelight Tours ~ Nathaniel Russell House Museum ~ 12/02 & 12/09/2017
Step back in time to witness the romance of the day’s end and the flicker of flame in this stately early 19th-century townhouse, restored to its 1808 appearance. Admire the house and its furnishing, splendidly decorated with natural greenery for the Holidays, as you gain insight into the role of mirrors and décor in providing opportunities for illumination. You will appreciate the challenges of life before modern lighting even while experiencing the radiance of the house at night! Nathaniel Russell House is a National Historic Landmark. The 45-minute candlelight visits use LED candles for safety.

36th Annual Holiday Parade of Boats ~ Charleston Harbor ~ 12/09/2017
Get on board with a Lowcountry Holiday tradition with a beautiful display of lighted and festive boats brightly proceed through Charleston Harbor. View the procession along Charleston’s waterfront or decorate your own boat and join the Parade.

Annie ~ Footlight Players Theater ~ 12/01 – 12/17/2017
The perfect family friendly Musical for the Holiday Season. The Footlight Players brings everyone’s favorite redhead to life in a production of “Annie”. With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. Annie is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan. With the help of other girls in the orphanage, Annie escapes to the wondrous world of NYC. Tickets are $35 for adults, $32 for military/seniors and $25 for students and $15 for children. See website for Performance Dates & Times.

A Christmas Carol ~ Dock Street Theatre ~ 12/01 – 12/20/2017
Celebrate the warmth of the Holidays with Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim and the spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Future in Charleston Stage’s original and imaginative take on Dicken’s immortal classic. It’s the show that always puts you in the Christmas spirit, this year with four spectacular new musical production numbers. With Christmas card sets, hundreds of colorful costumes, a live orchestra and a professional cast, ring in this Holiday Season with this spectacular production filled with visual marvels and special effects – including flying spirits and a ravishing Holiday musical score. Adults - $31 - $68, Seniors - $29 - $68, Students (Ages 3-25) and Active Duty Military ~ $26 - $68. See website for Dates & Times ~

Gershwin Holiday Specials ~ Circular Congregational Church ~ 12/01, 12/08, 12/14, 12/22, 12/26, 12/30/2017
Come hear the Music that helps define Charleston’s rich Heritage. Gospels, Spirituals, Music of George Gershwin, Civil War Ballads, Jazz and light Classics presented in liv 75 minute Concerts at Historic Charleston’s Circular Congregational Church. Frommers Travel Guide says it is “the best night in the City, a must-see Performance”. Adults, $28, Seniors $26, Students $16, Children 12 and Under are FREE.

Isle of Palms, South Carolina
Isle of Palms Holiday Street Festival ~ Front Beach ~ 12/05/2017
The 6th Annual Isle of Palms Holiday Street Festival will be held Ocean Boulevard at the Front Beach area of Isle of Palms. FREE event featuring local music, food, and fun. Local restaurants will be set-up on the street offering special menu items throughout the afternoon. Additional entertainment includes carnival rides, jump castles, karaoke, a balloon artist, a face painter, and a photo booth. Children will have the opportunity to meet with Santa Claus from 4:00-6:00pm and Mayor Cronin will officially light the 22’ Christmas Tree in the middle of Ocean Boulevard around 5:30pm.

James Island, South Carolina
28th Annual Holiday Festival of Lights ~ 12/01/2017 – 01/01/2018
James Island County Park
Take your Family & Friends on a walk through history and stunning experience on Charleston Harbor with a Fort Sumter Tour. Next, plan to head to James Island, that evening, after a great dinner in Historic Charleston and the whole family will enjoy a true Holiday Treat! Featuring over 750 displays and two million lights, the Holiday Festival of Lights is a cherished holiday tradition for many families throughout Charleston and for visitors. James Island County Park comes alive with illumination, and is a great place to capture the magic of the holiday season. Additional celebrated attractions to see & do, include: Marshmallow Roasting, Festival Train Rides, Lakeside Lights Interactive Activity, The Amazing Dancing Light Display, Enchanted Walking Trail, Old-Fashioned Carousel, Unique Gift Shops and the Reindeer Workshop, Santa’s Sweet Shoppe, Photos with Santa, Plus much more! Activities include: Live Music; Stilt Walking Performances; Fireworks (9pm); Giant Greeting Card, Gingerbread House and Light Display and loads of fun for the entire family! 

Kiawah Island, South Carolina
Glow in the Dark Color Run ~ Kiawah Island Golf Resort ~ 12/08/2017
Kiawah Island Golf Resort has taken the Glow Run and turned it into a party! Join this 5k or 1 mile run on the spectacular Kiawah beach for a glow in the dark color party not to be missed! Run into the sunset and pass blacklight bubble and color stations along the way. This is an out and back course. End the race with a glowing color party with a DJ and prizes. for more information and to register.

North Charleston, South Carolina
Gaither Christmas Homecoming Spectacular ~ North Charleston Coliseum ~ 12/01/2017 Multi-Grammy Award winning recording artist, Bill Gaither will present the Gaither Christmas Homecoming music spectacular at the North Charleston Coliseum in North Charleston, SC, on Friday, December 1, 2017. The legendary recording artist will present an exciting celebration, filled with the very best in Christian music, including Gaither’s own multi-award winning group, The Gaither Vocal. This special event will begin at 7 PM. The roster of talented “friends” taking the stage with Gaither and the Gaither Vocal Band, will include Mark Lowry, The Martins, Buddy Greene, Lynda Randle, Charlotte Ritchie, Gene McDonald and Kevin Williams. This festive evening will feature many classic Christmas favorites, allowing all those attending to experience the true Reason for the Christmas season.

West Ashley, South Carolina
Garden & Gun’s 5th Annual Jubilee ~ Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site ~ 12/01 – 12/03/2017
Garden & Gun celebrates the best of Southern culture over the course of three days. Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site is a gorgeous 664-Acre Park that serves as the official site of JUBILEE. To offer a broader Charleston experience, additional JUBILEE Events take place at a variety of local venues throughout the weekend. From sporting clays’ competitions and guest lectures to intimate seated dinners and casting lessons, JUBILEE offers something for every avid Garden & Gun enthusiast.

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