Charleston Holiday Events & Activities

January 3, 2022

Ready to get in the holiday spirit? There are a lot of fun holiday events and activities in Charleston to get you in the mood for hot chocolate, candy canes, and cozy fires. Here are some of the top holiday happenings this year in the Holy City.

Holiday Activities + Pop-Ups


Holiday Festival of Lights

Charleston County Parks

The Annual Holiday Festival of Lights at James Island County Park is nightly from November 12, 2021, through December 31, 2021. The driving attraction features over two million holiday lights. Drive through the display and then park to enjoy all the other offerings, including a sand sculpture, holiday train, treats at Santa’s Sweet Shoppe, a Victorian carousel, and more. This family-friendly event is suitable for all ages and takes place rain or shine. Pricing is based on the number of passengers per vehicle.

Hours:

  • 5:30pm to 10:00pm

Pricing starts at $15 per car. Be sure to check the pricing page before you go.

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Festival of Trees

Festival of Trees

The Festival of Trees is Monday, November 15, 2021, through Tuesday, January 4, 2022, at the Charleston Visitors Center. This festive event is hosted by Explore Charleston and benefits cancer patients and survivors of Dragon Boat Charleston. This event will feature 25 decorated trees and 16 decorated wreaths in honor of someone who has battled cancer. Guests can expect holiday-themed workshops and an opening gala on Friday, November 19, 2021. This event is free and open to all ages.

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Aquarium Aglow

South Carolina Aquarium

Aquarium Aglow will take place on select dates from Thursday, November 18, 2021, through Sunday, January 2, 2022, from 5:30pm to 9:30pm at the South Carolina Aquarium. Guests can expect an immersive holiday light experience featuring tens of thousands of lights and multiple installations. There will also be nightly live entertainment, a variety of food, and beverages. Ticket prices vary on the guest’s age and date of purchase.

Hours:

  • 5:30pm to 9:30pm

Pricing varies from free admission to $29.95.

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Illumination Charleston

Illumination Charleston

llumination Charleston is a three-day event taking place Thursday through Sunday, December 2-5, 2021, at various locations throughout Downtown Charleston. This event will bring together some of the South’s most exciting designers, artisans, and tastemakers for a celebration of Charleston’s creative spirit! The three-day celebration will feature demonstrations, tours of historic houses, a Southern Living Tastemakers market, engaging talks, and fun nighttime gatherings. Ticket prices vary based upon events.

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Holiday Walking Tour

Bulldog Tours

Bulldog Tours is offering a Charleston Stroll Holiday Walking Tour in Downtown Charleston every day in December expect Sundays and Christmas Day. The tours leave promptly at 9:00am each day from 115 Meeting Street. While they do accept walk-ups, reservations are recommended.

Hours:

  • Monday through Saturday: 9:00am

The tours cost $45 for adults and $35 for children 4-12 years old.

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Miracle Pop-up at Handcraft Kitchen & Cocktails

Handcraft Kitchen & Cocktails

Miracle Pop-up at Handcraft Kitchen & Cocktails (735 Coleman Boulevard) in Mount Pleasant is taking place through the end of December. Enjoy holiday decor galore, specialty holiday drinks, and holiday cheer. The bar is open daily from 11:00am until late. The kitchen closes at 10:00pm.

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Holiday Pub Crawl

Photo Credit: Original Pub & Brewery Tours of Charleston

The annual Holiday Pub Crawl hosted by The Original Pub & Brewery Tours of Charleston will take place from November 26, 2021, through January 10, 2022. The two-and-a-half hour holiday pub crawl visits several historic pubs in downtown Charleston. They will offer 1:00pm, 4:00pm, and 7:00pm tour times daily. The cost is $45 per person and includes holiday treats and appetizers. You can purchase drinks at each stop.

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Elf the Musical

Photo Credit: Historic Dock Street Theatre

Elf the Musical is being performed at the Historic Dock Street Theatre from December 1-19, 2021. If you love the movie Elf, this is a must-see musical. Tickets start at $32.

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