Get into the spirit of the season with holiday markets, lights, Santa sightings, boat parades, favorite holiday movies and more. Oh, what fun!
Saturdays and Sundays
Holiday Market in Marion Square
Support your favorite vendors from the Charleston Farmers Market as well as special holiday vendors. Take a stroll, enjoy some brunch and live music, and visit Santa and Mrs. Claus. Free Admission. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Marion Square, 329 Meeting St. Visit charlestonfarmersmarket.com.
Through Jan. 1
Holiday Festival of Lights
Prepare to be in awe at this year’s Festival of Lights. One of Charleston’s most beloved holiday traditions, this event includes a three-mile driving tour of the light display, family attractions, shopping, dining, and special events in Santa’s Village. Tickets are $20 per vehicle. 5:30-10 p.m. nightly, James Island County Park, 871 Riverland Drive. Visit holidayfestivaloflights.com.
Dec. 9 and 16
Holiday Teddy Bear Tea for Kids
With delicious snacks and drinks available for the kids and full tea service and alcoholic beverages for the adults, this festive afternoon is sure to be a treat. The event will include live music, a magician, a new teddy bear for each child, and a professional photoshoot. Kids are encouraged to bring their favorite stuffed animal and a book to be signed by a surprise Disney character. Tickets are $55. 1 p.m., Belmond Charleston Place, 205 Meeting St. Call Chris Baggett at 630-453-9241 to reserve a ticket.
Sit a Spell: Conversation Series
Encouraging thoughtful conversation about issues facing today’s New South, this event presented by the Halsey Institute is an extension of the Southbound exhibition. Artists will be available to discuss their work. Free admission. 12 to 2 p.m., City Gallery at Waterfront Park, 34 Prioleau St. Visit southboundproject.org.
Un-Wined with Watercolor
Let loose and get creative with a new kind of happy hour. Watercolor artist and illustrator Mia Loia will guide you through watercolor tutorials to relieve tension and make for a fun night out. Bring your friends and your favorite happy hour drink. Tickets are $25. 6 to 8 p.m., Redux Contemporary Art Center, 1056 King St. Visit reduxstudios.org.
Tres Carmen’s Anniversary Party
Enjoy light bites, speciality cocktails and DJ beats while you get some holiday shopping done or find an outfit to wear to your holiday parties. 5 to 8 p.m. Tres Carmen, 1175 Folly Rd. Visit Tres Carmen’s Facebook page.
Have a foot stompin’ good time at this western-themed holiday celebration. People with special needs and their families and friends are invited to bring in the season with style. Light refreshments will be provided, in addition to appearances by Mrs. Claus and the Holiday Festival of Lights mascot, Wattson. Tickets are $5. A registered chaperone is required for participants under 15. 6 to 8 p.m., Wannamaker County Park, 8888 University Blvd, North Charleston. Call 843-795-4386 to register.
Films on the Field: The Polar Express
All aboard the Polar Express! Wear your pajamas and bring your blankets and lawn chairs to this movie night featuring food trucks, hot cocoa and s’mores. Tickets are $5 and free for kids 6 and under. Gates open at 5 p.m. and the film starts at 6 p.m. MUSC Health Stadium, 1990 Daniel Island Dr. Visit muscstadium.com.
Dec. 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22
Candlelight Tour at the Nathaniel Russell House
Travel back in time with this tour of the 19th century Nathaniel Russell House Museum. Stick around after the tour for a complimentary glass of wine. Tickets are $25. First tour from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m., second tour from 7 to 7:35 p.m., Nathaniel Russell House, 51 Meeting St. Visit historiccharleston.org.
Holiday Parade of Boats Viewing Party
Be a part of the tradition with this annual viewing party of the spectacular Holiday Parade of Boats on Charleston Harbor. A family friendly event, the evening includes food, drinks, live entertainment, a visit from Santa and the Rotary Holiday raffle. All proceeds benefit Rotary service projects and local community programs. $35 in advance, $40 at the door, $5 for kids 17 and under. 5 to 8 p.m., Charleston Maritime Center, 10 Wharfside St. Visit charlestonparadeofboats.com.
Shuckin’ on the Cooper
Take in a scenic view at the Charleston Harbor and enjoy the City of Charleston’s Holiday Parade of Boats to the tune of live music and a bucket of oysters. Admission is $8 in advance and $10 onsite. Buckets of oysters are $10 each. 5 to 8 p.m., Mount Pleasant Pier, 71 Harry M. Hallman Jr. Blvd. Visit charlestoncountyparks.com.
The Charleston Christmas Special
Join some of the most talented singers, dancers, and musicians from across the country for a magical night of holiday hits. Brought to you by producers Brad and Jennifer Moranz, this spectacular show has been a year in the making. Ticket prices and showtimes vary. Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Visit charlestonmusichall.com.
Soul of the Lowcountry Oyster Roast
Support environmental conservation with this evening of food, spirits and live music. Proceeds for this event benefit Soul of the Lowcountry, the education and outreach program of Lowcountry Land Trust. Tickets include an oyster roast, oyster cup tastings with Lowcountry Oyster Co., local spirits and brews, as well as live music. Tickets are $40 and children 12 and under are free. 1 to 4 p.m., Sunlean, 3211 Eenjy Lane, Johns Island. Visit lowcountrylandtrust.org.
Holiday Film Series: It’s a Wonderful Life
Feel the holiday cheer with classic holiday films brought to you by the Charleston Music Hall. The event will feature pre-movie caroling. Tickets are $10. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the film starts at 7. Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Visit charlestonmusichall.com.
Cigar Bazaar Holiday Market
Join the Cigar Factory in a day of holiday shopping, live music and drink specials. Vendors will include Theodosia Jewelry, Third Eye Vintage, King of Pops and more. Free admission. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Cigar Factory, 701 E Bay St. Visit The Cigar Factory’s Facebook page for more information.
Charleston School of the Arts Symphony and Singers Concert
This county-wide public school symphony and chorus made up of ninth-12th graders is sure to bring holiday cheer to the entire family. Featuring holiday favorites, the concert was made possible by the students themselves with a “snap-raise campaign.” Tickets are $18. 7 p.m., Gaillard Center, 95 Calhoun St. Visit gaillardcenter.org.
The Snow Queen
Brought to you by Ballet Evolution, this whimsical production has been described as the “Alt-Nutcracker.” Follow the journey of beautiful young Gerda as she rescues her true love from the Snow Queen’s ice palace. Ticket prices range from $20 to $50. 7:30 p.m., Sottile Theatre, 44 George St. Visit balletevolution.org.
Flicks on the Field Presents Home Alone
Enjoy a holiday classic on the big screen. Bring your own blankets and chairs. The evening will also feature local food vendors. Admission is free. 5:30 p.m., The Town Market on James Island, 871 Fort Johnson Road. Visit the Town Market on James Island’s Facebook page for more information.
New Year’s Eve Dinner Cruise
Bring in the New Year with style aboard the Spirit Line Dinner Cruise. The evening will feature a four course meal, dancing and live music by Vincent Rivers Duo and Dave Landeo Duo. Tickets are $99. Boarding begins at 9 p.m. Party flavors are included and there will be a champagne toast at midnight. 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., Patriots Point, 40 Patriots Point Road. Visit spiritlinecruises.com.