Charleston at Christmas Is Special

Charleston at Christmas Is Special

Whatever your personal religious beliefs, Christmas season is special in the Holy City. There is so much going on, so much good cheer, a Christmas visit to the Lowcountry is a whole other experience.

Take a look at some of the unique Lowcountry offerings in December.

  1. Holiday Festival of Lights – From mid-November to New holiday display from festival of lightsYear’s, the world-class festival of lights illuminates James Island County Park with more than 700 magical light displays and various other activities. It’s like your crazy neighbor’s over-the-top home decorations…times a million. A must-do Christmas visit. And if you want to skip the long car lines, Adventure Sightseeing offers a full-service bus trip at 5pm every day to see the lights and visit Santa’s Village.
  2. Take a special Charleston Harbor cruise – Enjoy a Blues & BBQ Harbor Cruise or choose a Holiday Dinner Cruise with the renowned Plantation Singers on various dates in December, including the day after Christmas. A harbor tour is a great way to entertain the family during Christmas and New Year’s weeks.
  3. view from the graveyard in front of circular congregational churchChristmas services at an historic church — Many of the oldest churches of their kind reside in Charleston, magnificent buildings with dynamic congregations. Join the worship at such historic churches as First (Scots) Presbyterian Church, Morris Brown AME Church, Unitarian Church in Charleston, Michael’s Church, Circular Congregational Church (pictured here), Grace Episcopal Church, Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, “Mother” Emmanuel AME Church, and so many more. Find the house of worship that’s right for you and enjoy Christianity’s holiest day in the Holy City.
  1. Chanukah falls on December 25th, so Jewish visitors can join congregations at Synagogue Emau-El, a conservative temple dating to 1695; Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim, a reform temple founded in 1749; the orthodox Brith Shalom Beth Israel, a relative newbie with roots to just 1854; or a host of others that anchor a dynamic Jewish community.
  1. Brookgreen Gardens Night of a Thousand Candles – Take a brookgreen-gardenscar ride 70 miles up to Murrel’s Inlet for a magical night in the spectacular sculpture gardens designed by Anna Hyatt Huntington. Words can’t do justice to the beauty of the gardens, the sculpture and the 5,500 lights setting vista ablaze during cold December nights.
  1. Shopping! – Stroll through the famed City Market for unique Christmas gifts that shout “historic Charleston.” Peruse the Holiday Farmers Market on Marion Square every Saturday and Sunday of December before Christmas week for some local grub and artisan fare.
  2. Eat! – Many restaurants have special Christmas week meals unavailable any other time of year. Most notably, Circa 1886 holds an annual Charles Dickens dinner ()pictured at top) featuring a guest story teller and a four-course meal.
  3. Walk down King Street – There’s nothing like it during Christmas season.

Happy holidays to all!

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