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

Christmas Train at Charleston PlaceThe 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

Afternoon 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 tea@charlestonplace.com for assistance in booking your reservation.


The Shops at Charleston Place

Shops at Charleston PlaceThe 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

Festival of WreathsThe 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 CrabcakeCharleston 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 BuffetChristmas 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 >>