Top Holiday Events You Can’t Miss

This year, Charleston Place Hotel is sharing some of our favorite holiday traditions. We polled our employees to find out their favorite holiday happenings in the Charleston area. With a variety of events taking place, the holidays are the perfect time to get back to Charleston.

Charleston Place Hotel
For the entire month of December, the lobby of the Charleston Place Hotel comes alive with lavish seasonal decorations. Enjoy the stunning tree and train display, evoking the beauty, lights and magic that surround the entire holiday season.

Marion Square
Marion Square is a buzz during the holidays with a variety of seasonal events. Visit the Holiday Farmers Market, open each Saturday from December 5th-20th, where one can find brightly colored tents with vendors that offer everything needed to deck the halls for the holidays and fill the pantry with baked delights. Marion Square is also home to the magnificent 60-foot Tree of Lights, the official City of Charleston Christmas Tree. Join Mayor Riley and Santa Claus at the City of Charleston Tree Lighting Ceremony, December 2nd, 4:30-6:00pm.

Festival of Wreaths
A great opportunity to view the magnificent Charleston Place decorations while enjoying savory hors d’oeuvres, bubbly champagne and live holiday music and bidding on wreaths made by local artists.  All proceeds will benefit the MUSC Children’s Hospital. Thursday, December 13th 6:00pm-9:00pm in The Palmetto Cafe.

Yuletide in Charleston
Experience the feasts, festivities and local traditions of Christmas’ past. At the Historic Charleston Foundation’s two museum houses, Yuletide in Charleston will take you on a journey through Christmas’ past, from the Federal to Antebellum era. Learn how the families and enslaved African Americans at the Nathaniel Russell (c. 1808) and Aiken-Rhett (c. 1820) Houses celebrated the holiday season. This exhibition will be on view from November 23rd through January 6th.

King Street Shop Walk
This is a great way to turn a potentially hectic task into a fun outing. Sip hot chocolate and sample complimentary appetizers while walking down beautifully decorated King Street and receiving savings from local retailers. Friday, December 7th. Check in begins at 5:00pm.

Charleston Boat Parade
The parade begins along Mt. Pleasant at 5:30pm on Saturday, December 1st. Viewing from the peninsula begins at 6:30pm; fireworks begin at approximately 6:45pm

Holiday Decorations at the Joseph Manigault House
Every year, the Garden Club of Charleston decorates the Joseph Manigault House for the holidays. Visit December 8th-31st and see their creative arrangements, using only live plant materials that would have been available in the Lowcountry during the 19th century.

Chanukah in the Square
A festive party for everyone featuring music, dancing, lighting of the nine-foot Menorah by Charleston’s Holocaust survivors, crafts and many treats including latkes and other traditional Chanukah foods. Sunday, December 9th, 4:00-6:00pm in Marion Square.

Annual Spirituals Concert at Drayton Hall
On Saturday and Sunday, December 8th and 9th, Drayton Hall presents African-American spiritual music with three concerts by Ann Caldwell and The Magnolia Singers. These concerts are a rare opportunity to gather in the atmospheric-raised English basement of Drayton Hall to hear music that could have been heard centuries ago in the surrounding fields and praise houses.


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Cyber Monday Special Offer at Charleston Place

This holiday season,  enjoy the best of Charleston and Charleston Place with our exclusive Celebrate with Savings rates. Stay three nights and receive 40% off the third night. And exclusively for Cyber Monday, an added bonus of a complimentary upgrade.

You’ll save on the holidays, while extending the festivities a little longer. Making your stay even more memorable.

Rate Includes:
• 40% off your third night of luxury accommodations
• Complimentary one category upgrade
• Complimentary wireless internet access
• Complimentary daily newspaper
Rates From: $208.00 per room, per night

This great offer is only available Monday, November 26, 2012. Book online >>

*Three night minimum stay required. Subject to availability and restrictions may apply. Black out dates December 28 – 31, 2012.

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Holiday Round Up

Mild temperatures and classic Southern charm make Charleston a great destination during the holiday season. This year, we invite you to share some of our favorite holiday traditions. Guests can feel right at home with the hotel’s holiday décor while enjoying festive Teddy Bear Tea or admiring the famous Christmas train (modeled after the Venice-Simplon Orient-Express).

Read about all of our holiday happenings and plan your getaway to Charleston. Visit the Charleston Place website to book your holiday getaway >>

Christmas Train

The Christmas Train has been an ongoing tradition at Charleston Place since 2001. The fully operational replica of the storied Venice-Simplon Orient-Express features more than 300-feet of model track, intricate hand-painted trees and a working ski lift, all nestled around a handcrafted eight-foot mountain – turning this continental sleeper train into a moving and whistling work of art for kids of all ages to enjoy.

Model train designer and enthusiast Lou Nappi’s commitment to the ongoing expansion of the train means more surprises are planned. Available for viewing beginning Wednesday, November 21st, the train operates daily from 9am to 10pm in the Charleston Place lobby. The Venice-Simplon Orient-Express has often been called the “king of trains and the train for kings,” how fitting for this king of miniatures.

Teddy Bear Tea

Teddy Bear Tea will be held in the Thoroughbred Club at 1pm on Sunday, December 2nd, 9th and 16th. The afternoon will feature fantastic entertainment that includes magic and a live musician to perform holiday carols that fill the room with holiday spirit. Children will receive teddy bears upon entrance and are also encouraged to bring their favorite stuffed animals from home to partake in the fun! For an additional keepsake, a professional photographer will be on hand to capture your family during the festive event.

Parents may enjoy traditional tea service, while the teddy bear-toting set are welcome to their choice of hot chocolate, apple cider, apple juice, or milk. Beverages will be accompanied by an assortment of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, teddy-bear shaped scones and holiday cookies. The cost is $35 per person (plus tax and gratuity). Reservations required.

Please call 843.722.4900 ext.7689 or email for assistance in booking your reservation.

The Shops at Charleston Place

The Shops at Charleston Place have special holiday hours:
November 23: Some stores will open at 8am
December 12-22: 10am – 8pm
December 16, 23: Noon – 5pm
Christmas Eve: 10am – 5pm
Christmas Day: Closed (some stores will be open)
New Years Eve: 10am – 6pm
New Years Day: Closed (some stores will be open)

The Shops at Charleston Place include: Anne Fontaine, Bloom, Brighton, Brookstone, Calypso St. Barth, Chico’s, Colonial Candle, Everything But Water, Fresh Produce, Godiva Chocolatier, Gucci, Harleston Shoes, Isabella’s Collection, kate spade new york, Lacoste, Louis Vuitton, Mori Classics, Orient-Express Signature Boutique, Papyrus, Pandora, Sperry Top Sider, St. John, Sunglass Hut, Talbots, Tommy Bahama, White House/Black Market and Yves Delorme .

Festival of Wreaths

The Seventh Annual Festival of Wreaths event will take place on Thursday, December 13th from 6pm to 9pm at the Palmetto Cafe. Embrace the season of giving and join us for a holiday celebration of charitable yuletide fun! Enjoy savory hors d’oeuvres and bubbly champagne while mingling with friends and listening to live holiday music during an auction of uniquely designed, locally made wreaths. All proceeds will benefit the MUSC Children’s Hospital.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. To purchase tickets you may click here, visit the Orient-Express Boutique in Charleston Place Hotel or call 843.937.9142.

Charleston Grill
Charleston Grill is a perfect place to celebrate the season of Christmas with good cheer, good company and gourmet meals. Join the Grill on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day for Chef Michelle Weaver’s special prix fixe menu featuring several choices for each course.

Price is $85 per person (plus tax and gratuity). Reservations are required. Call 843.577.4522.

Christmas Day Buffet
Celebrate this wonderful time of the year in the informal elegance of the Palmetto Cafe. Seating available 11am – 2:30pm.

Price is $75 per person (plus tax and gratuity). Reservations are required. Call 843.577.4522.



With so much to do this holiday season, it is the perfect time to visit Charleston and Charleston Place. Read about all our Holiday Offers and make your holiday getaway reservations >>



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