Celebrate the magic of the holiday season in Charleston as it transforms into a festive wonderland filled with historic charm and cheer. With its southern hospitality, Charleston invites you to experience a holiday like no other. From historic mansions decorated to local holiday markets, this enchanting city promises a warm and welcoming backdrop for creating cherished and cozy winter memories. This blog will share the top holiday destinations in Charleston, where tradition, elegance, and Southern warmth make them a must-see.
Marion Square Holiday Market
From 9 am to 3 pm on December 17 in downtown Charleston’s Marion Square, enjoy fresh local produce, prepared and packaged food vendors, artisans and crafters, and holiday vendors and products. There will also be live music and activities for the kids. Parking is available in nearby parking garages, residential areas, or metered spots. To learn more about Charleston’s Holiday Market, visit the Explore Charleston website.
Ice Skating on Folly Beach
Experience the magic of a winter wonderland here on Folly Beach with our synthetic ice skating rink! From December 15 through December 17, a faux ice skating rink will pop up on Folly Beach at “Follyday” Park, 202 E Arctic Ave. Tickets are $10 for 30 minutes and include skate rentals. Available time slots: 4–8 pm on Friday, December 15, 12 pm-8 pm on Saturday, December 16, and 11 am-7 pm on Sunday, December 17 (times may be subject to change). Please visit the Visit Folly website for more info and to purchase tickets.
South Carolina Aquarium at Aquarium Glow
Experience the enchantment of the season at the South Carolina Aquarium’s Aquarium Aglow, where tens of thousands of lights illuminate the festivities. From 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm until the end of December, immerse yourself in the magic. Enjoy live entertainment, delicious food, and refreshing drinks amidst the dazzling light displays. Choose your preferred time and conveniently purchase tickets online for a festive experience.
Holiday Festival of Lights
The Holiday Festival of Lights on James Island is happening until December 31, or New Year’s Eve, from 5:30 pm to 10:00 pm. The annual drive-through light show features an estimated 2 million lights, which are displayed all around James Island County Park. From admiring the twinkling lights to a climbing wall or even a visit with Santa, it is a Charleston staple during the holiday season. Go to the Holiday Festival of Lights’ website to find more information and get your tickets.
Whether traveling to Charleston for the holidays or having a staycation, this time brings charm, lights, and warm hospitality. The Lowcountry’s timeless allure and festive spirit make it a holiday destination like no other. Happy Holidays from Sandlapper Water Tours!