December 2017 Calendar

Through Dec. 20
‘A Christmas Carol’
Get in the Christmas spirit with Charleston Stage’s original production of “A Christmas Carol.” Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St. Showtimes and ticket prices vary. For more information, visit

Dec. 1-Dec. 17

Enjoy the spunk and positivity of little orphan Annie as the Footlight Players deliver a performance of this family-favorite musical in time for the holidays. Footlight Theatre, 20 Queen St. Showtimes and ticket prices vary. For more information, visit

Dec. 2

Reindeer Run
Walk or run this family-friendly 5K through the lower peninsula of Charleston. Proceeds benefit MUSC’s Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital and the Charitable Society of Charleston. 9 a.m. at East Bay and Queen streets. Registration is $40 for adults. To register, visit

Virgil Kaine Ginger Harvest Party
The Lowcountry whiskey distiller throws a Ginger Harvest Party to celebrate the year’s last ginger harvest. Enjoy food cooked over a fire, ginger cocktails, a bonfire with s’mores and live music from The Travelin’ Kine and Red Cedar Review. 4:30 to 9 p.m., The Barn at Walnut Hill on Johns Island. Tickets are $48 and shuttles will be provided. For more information, visit

Dec. 3
Wine Under the Oaks
Sample a variety of wines, enjoy food pairings and desserts, and watch cooking demonstrations by some of Charleston’s finest chefs. Other gourmet food selections will be available for purchase. Jazz musician Charlton Singleton performs. Shop for unique gifts from speciality vendors. Also, don’t miss seeing Boone Hall Plantation decorated for the holidays. 1 to 5 p.m., Boone Hall Plantation. Tickets are $52. Visit for more information.

Dec. 6
King Street Antiques Stroll with Gibbes Museum
Explore Charleston’s finest antique dealers with local experts and enjoy wine and cheese along the tour. 6 to 8 p.m., starting at the Gibbes Museum. $30 for non-members. For tickets, visit

Dec. 9
Holiday Parade of Boats
You’ll be able to see the Holiday Parade of Boats light up the Charleston Harbor from anywhere along the waterfront, but if you want a party with your view, there’s a Light up the Night Holiday Preview Party at 5 p.m. at the Charleston Maritime Center. $30 at the door for the party. For tickets and more information, visit

Shuckin’ on the Cooper
View the Holiday Parade of Boats while dancing to live music and shucking oysters at this new event from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Mount Pleasant Pier. $8 for advance tickets, which are recommended. Oysters are $10 a bucket. To purchase tickets, visit

Sea Life by Starlight
Buy VIP tickets to Sea Life by Starlight at the South Carolina Aquarium for early admittance and a great view of the Holiday Boat Parade. Later, enjoy small plates from Good Catch partners, live music and a silent auction. 8 to 11 p.m. $60 for general admission ticket and $100 for VIP. Proceeds benefit the Sea Turtle Care Center. For more information, visit

Dec. 14-15
Grand Illumination at Middleton Place
Stroll through gardens illuminated by torchlight and hear costumed interpreters tell stories of the holiday season when the British evacuated Charleston at the end of the Revolutionary War. See the house glowing in candlelight and enjoy a warm fire, live music and refreshments. The event concludes with a Southern buffet dinner. 6 to 8 p.m. at 4300 Ashley River Road. Tickets are $55. Visit SOLD OUT

Dec. 17
Chanukah in the Square
A festive party for everyone featuring music, dancing and the lighting of the 9-foot menorah by Charleston’s Holocaust survivors. Visitors can enjoy crafts and treats, including latkes and other traditional Chanukah foods. 4 to 6 p.m. at Marion Square. Free. Visit for more information.

Dec. 31
Mansion Ball
Billed as Charleston’s most exclusive New Year’s Eve Party, this new event offers an open bar, hors d’oeuvres and multiple levels of live entertainment at The Restoration Hotel, 75 Wentworth. 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tickets are $175. For more information, visit SOLD OUT