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Celebrate the Winter Solstice with These Top Charleston Events

‘Tis the season for bundling up with a warm beverage and exploring some of Charleston’s most exciting winter events. Known for our mild winter climate, there is always an opportunity to discover something new in Charleston without fighting through frosty weather. From the exotic wildlife exhibit to wholesome Christmas activities, there is an event for everyone this winter season.

Holiday Festival of Lights

Now – December 30

This event is a must-see if you are in Charleston for the holiday season. Located in James Island County Park, this dazzling light display is mesmerizing for people of all ages.  To make life easier, Adventure Sightseeing can pick you and your group up at the hotel and take you through the spectacle. If you plan to drive yourself, be sure to stop through Santa’s Land to partake in some holiday cheer.  From roasting marshmallows over a roaring fire pit to taking pictures with Santa, the Holiday Festival of Lights is a treasured tradition every year. 

Holiday Train Display at Belmond Charleston Place  

Now – January 2

Our hotel is known for its gorgeous holiday decorations, including the famous holiday train. Modeled after the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, this festive train takes an adventurous journey through 300 feet of tracks paved with sparkling snow and quaint villages. Don’t just take our word for it, however, because the train leaves the station every few minutes to wind through the snowy landscape for you to observe.

New Year’s Festivities in the Lowcountry

December 31

Finding the perfect New Year’s party can be a challenge, so look no further than downtown Charleston for the most memorable night. Multiple bars and restaurants are holding events such as The Alley, Cedar Room, The Rice Mill, and many more. And don’t forget, the exclusive Yorktown Countdown at Patriots Point will feature Charleston fare and live entertainment from all imaginable genres.  From casual gatherings to upscale galas, Charleston is filled with a variety of New Year’s Eve celebrations.

Charleston Marathon

January 12

The New Year brings new resolutions, so why not check off participating in one of the most exciting races that Charleston has to offer? The Charleston Marathon is a multi-layered race that has events for the most advanced runners to the casual fitness enthusiasts. From the Shrimp and Grits 5K to the half and full marathons, there is a race for every level of runner (or walker). After the event, there is a post-race celebration for everyone to enjoy.

Lowcountry Oyster Festival

January 27

Named one of the “top 20 events in the southeast” by Southeastern Tourism Society, the Lowcountry Oyster Festival is the world’s largest oyster festival.  Located at  historic Boone Hall Plantation and Gardens, the festival includes legendary “Oyster Shucking” and “Oyster Eating” contests, live music on the main stage, wine, a selection of domestic and imported beers, a children’s area and a “food court” showcasing a variety of local favorite restaurants to satisfy everyone’s taste.  Buy your tickets now to celebrate with friends and family.

Bacon and Bourbon

February 16

Bacon and Bourbon has become a tradition for locals every year. From 18 top Charleston chefs and more than 30 various distilleries, this event is a haven for bourbon and food aficionados. With live music, laser skeet shooting, bull riding competition, and of course, unlimited bourbon and food, this event is truly a unique experience that everyone will love.  

Southeastern Wildlife Exposition (SEWE)

February 14 – 17

SEWE is without a doubt one of the most recognizable events that Charleston has to offer. This unique occasion connects nature and wildlife to our bustling city. From art displays, to pop-up shops, wildlife exhibitions, and competitions, this is a weekend you have to experience for yourself.  To make this event truly an experience, book our SEWE Offer to have easy access to special events and art galleries held within our hotel.

Charleston Wine and Food

March 6-10

When springtime approaches, it’s the perfect time to sit back and explore all of the decadent food and beverage options Charleston has to offer. With a variety of different wines and exotic food, there is something for everyone to try in the Culinary Village located in Marion Square.  Or for a more unique experience, explore exclusive events like the Truffle Shuffle or Le Club 843. If you decide to indulge in the festival, make sure to check out our package, Wine, Dine, and Unwind. With two tickets to the Culinary Village, transportation to the festival, and complimentary valet parking, this offer is one you won’t want to miss out on.