Guide to Holiday Shopping in Charleston

Guide to Holiday Shopping in Charleston

With Charleston having almost everything you could imagine, it makes holiday shopping that much easier. The Lowcountry is known for having a huge variation of stores throughout the city, from different kinds of food, to sweet smelling candles, to colorful pottery, and so much more! Charleston has you covered for the upcoming holiday season. Grab your wallet and take a stroll through our wonderful Holy City with this quick and simplistic guide for holiday shopping!

Charleston City Market

The Charleston City Market is home to more than 300 entrepreneurs that offer a wide variety different items, such as local food, a vibrant array of hats and clothing, unique paintings, loads of jewelry, and nifty home good products. Opened in 1840, The Charleston City Market is one of the most famous landmarks here in Charleston. The market is opened from 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM all week, so it is never a bad time to stop by and shop around one of Charleston’s most historic landmarks.


Candlefish is located here in downtown Charleston on 71 Wentworth Street. Candlefish has a fragrance library that contains 100 different smelling candles, a BYOB candle making workshop where you can create your own candle with a more personalized touch, and other fun accessories and gifts. Candlefish is the perfect destination to get a gift for a friend, coworker, teacher, or family member!

Charleston Farmers Market

The Charleston Farmers Market is located in the center of Marion Square on Saturdays thru April till the end of November. Founded by Mayor Joe Riley in 1989, the Charleston Farmers Market has been popular ever since. The market is devoted to helping and advocating for Lowcountry farmers, artisans, crafters, live performers and community groups of all sorts! The market sells local produce, plants, herbs, and flowers, which makes it hard for anyone not to go and pay a visit.

Blue Bicycle Books

Blue Bicycle Book was originally founded in 1995 as Boomer’s Books by Lee and Jim Breeden. That name was later changed to Blue Bicycle Books in 2007 when the store was bought by Johnathan Sanchez. Blue Bicycle Books is a New York Times-reporting shop and hosts over 200 authors annually for different events. The bookstore offers books on military history, fiction novels, a great classics section, cookbooks and tons of children’s books! Stop in Blue Bicycle Books to grab the perfect gift today! Located on 420 King St.

Second Sunday on King St

What better way to spend a Sunday then on King St! All of the shops located on lower King come out on to the street every second Sunday of the month and have their doors wide open for you to come in. The whole street is blocked off so pedestrians can roam freely and take their time browsing thru the stores. This is a perfect day for you to grab those holiday gifts. Start checking off your list!

We hope you have found this guide useful for your upcoming holiday shopping! If you would like to find out more about Charleston and great areas to shop, climb aboard one of our cruises or bus tours! Visit our website for more details on times and ticket sales. From all of us at Charleston Harbour Tours, we wish you happy holidays!

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