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 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.