It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! There’s plenty to do around Charleston to get into the holiday spirit in the coming weeks. From shopping on King Street and watching parades to taking in holiday shows and visiting Santa with the kids, we’re sure your season will be merry and bright (and busy!).
Here are five of our favorite events. Let us know which Charleston holiday events top your list!
SCUBA Claus – that jolly fellow in a red suit and SCUBA diving gear – will make be at the South Carolina Aquarium at 11 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays Nov. 29 through Dec. 21. Look for him in the Great Ocean Tank. Also, “The Polar Express” is playing in 4-D now through Dec. 31 – complete with real snow and the warming smell of hot chocolate.
Join us for our Keep the Light Shinin’ Holiday Dinner Cruise on Nov. 29 and Dec. 12, 19, 26 and 27. Board The Carolina Queen for a gourmet buffet holiday dinner, two-hour harbor cruise plus entertainment from The Plantation Singers. Tickets are $49.95 per person.
Boone Hall Plantation hosts Wine Under the Oaks from 1-5 p.m. on Dec. 7 with fine wine, gourmet food, a champagne and desserts tent, ice sculptures, wine and cooking demonstrations. Plus enjoy a concert by the band Spyro Gyra, artwork and a silent auction. Tickets are $48.50 and must be purchased in advance.
A Charleston area favorite is the annual Holiday Parade of Boats on Dec. 13. Dozens of boats decked out in their holiday best will make their way along the Charleston Harbor beginning at 5:30 p.m. Watch the parade from the best seats in the house – aboard the Schooner Pride. Sip hot chocolate and cider while watching the festive boats light up the harbor. Board at 5 p.m. Cost is $36 each and space is limited.
Circa 1886 travels back in time to retell a classic Christmas story. At the 13th annual Dickens Dinner, storyteller Tim Lowry will take guests to Victorian England for a lively retelling of English novelist Charles Dickens’ novella, “A Christmas Carol.” The performance is accompanied by a four-course dinner inspired by the novel and prepared by Chef Marc Collins. The dinner is at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 10 and 11. Cost is $85 per person plus gratuity, tax and beverages.