Holiday shopping in well underway. Let’s face it, it started around the same time kids went back to school in August. But some of us are just starting to get serious about our shopping list, which seems to grow longer every time “Jingle Bells” plays on the radio. We aim to help so here are some shopping areas and special holiday markets around Charleston you might want to check out:
Charleston Farmers Market Holiday Market – The farmers market expands to both Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 21. Shop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and bring the kiddos to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. On Saturday, Dec. 6, the market is followed by the tree lighting ceremony in Marion Square. On Sunday, Dec. 7, enjoy the City of Charleston Holiday Parade from 2-3:30 p.m. (starts at Colonial Lake and ends at Marion Square). The market is filled with local arts and crafts vendors so you can pick up some truly unique gifts.
Mount Pleasant Farmers Market & Craft Show – Shop the market 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13 for an assortment of Christmas ornaments, glasswork and crafts plus a variety of original art by locally recognized potters, artists, craftsmen and photographers. Children’s activities include face painting, a jump castle and a visit with Santa Claus. The market is on the grounds of Moultrie Middle School at Coleman Boulevard and Simmons Street.
Christmas Made in the South – Hundreds of artists and craftsmen will be at this event, showcasing sculpted pottery, blown glass oil lamps, personalized ornaments, floral centerpieces, jewelry, seasonal decorations and much more. The event is 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5 and Saturday, Dec. 6 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7 at the Exchange Park in Ladson. Admission is $7; children 12 and under are free.
Tanger Outlets – This outlet mall in North Charleston has dozen of top-name retailers offering everything from shoes and handbags to cookware and perfume at discounted prices. Shop until you drop with extended December hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. And from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Dec. 6, have Breakfast With Santa. Tickets are $5 per adult in advance; $3 per child in advance. Activities include photos with Santa, breakfast, arts and crafts and activities. Purchase tickets online.
Summerville Third Thursdays – Shop the delightfully quaint town square in Summerville from 5-8 p.m. on Dec. 18. Restaurants offer specials and stores are ready for holiday shopping. Plus, check out the Art Walk, handcrafted items and antique stores for even more gift-giving inspiration.
King Street – For everything from high-end retailers to local boutiques, King Street is a shopper’s dream. Don’t miss 2nd Sunday on King (Dec. 14) when the street is closed to vehicular traffic. Stores offer specials and there’s plenty of entertainment to enjoy.
Mount Pleasant Towne Centre – This outdoor shopping center has Belk, Old Navy, Barnes & Noble plus boutiques like Teal, Hairy Winston Pet Boutique and Copper Penny Shooz. Special holiday events include complimentary horse-drawn carriage rides, departing from Palmetto Grande Cinema and Belk (Saturdays and Sundays only) along with train rides daily through Dec. 24 ($4/person). Visit with Santa Claus in his workshop next to Banana Republic (daily through Dec. 24).
OK, we’ve given you tips on where to shop. Now, what you buy is totally up to you!