Ain’t no party like a free party! And that’s essentially what life is when you live that freeloaders lifestyle. Read on for our suggestions for not spending a dime.


It’s still shorts and T-shirt weather, so lace up your tennis shoes and hit the pavement with Holy City Running‘s James Island Group Run gang at the Terrace Theater starting at 6:30 p.m.

The Ohm Holiday Party starts at 5 p.m. at Royal American; enjoy cookies, tunes, and enter a raffle for a chance to win a ticket to High Water Festival 2018.

Enough Pie hosts a film screening of Fully Awake at St. Julian Devine Center starting at 7 p.m.; Enough Pie’s Executive Director Cathryn Davis Zommer is the brains behind the documentary. 


Head to the Pour House for an evening of free jams starting on the deck at 6:30 p.m. with the Jeff Caldwell Trio and moving inside with Charlton Singleton for a contemporary jazz jam sesh starting at 9 p.m.

Harold’s Cabin hosts a free puppet show starting at 7 p.m.; the show will feature tales about the Charleston mermaid, Lavinia Fisher, and a warning about the Haint.

Dr. Rebekah Compton, Assistant Professor of Renaissance and Baroque Art History at College of Charleston, presents a talk at the Halsey starting at 6:30 p.m. entitled “The Birth of Venus: The Oceans and Fertility.”


Redux Contemporary Art Center opens up the doors of all of their working artists’ studios from 6 to 9 p.m. In addition to the art in individual artists’ studios, pieces by Redux artists will also be showcased and for sale in the main gallery, accompanied by refreshments and libations.

Lululemon and the Miller Gallery host a complimentary yoga class in the gallery from 6 to 7 p.m. led by Mission Yoga owner Kelly Jean Moore.

The Summerville Medical Center hosts a Winter Wonderland with Santa, cocoa, and cookies from 4 to 6 p.m.


Ink N Ivy hosts an Ugly Sweater Holiday Party from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. with holiday tunes, egg nog shots, and a $5 cocktail menu.

The Bend holds Marsh Jam featuring music from DOminO, Jump Castle Riot, Trae Pierce and the T-Stones, plus food trucks and local beer starting at 5 p.m.


It’s open mic poetry night at Eclectic Cafe & Vinyl featuring Bria the Poet starting at 7:30 p.m. 

Watch a free screening of The Polar Express at the Citadel Mall starting at 7 p.m.

Moultrie Middle School hosts a free Holiday Movie Under the Stars screening of Elf starting at 6 p.m.

Starting at 10 a.m. Friday through Sunday at 4 p.m., head to Ladson for the Vintage Market Days event featuring tons of treats and tons of shopping.


Head to the Pour House for the PoHoHo Holiday Night Market and shop beneath the stars from 5 to 9 p.m.

Take in the 36th annual Holiday Parade of Boats at the Charleston Maritime Center starting at 5 p.m.

From 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at PoHo, join the kids’ drum circle on the deck hosted by Heal with Hearts.

The Mt. Pleasant Holiday Market runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Take in the Folly Beach Xmas parade, then head to Jack of Cups for the Silver Bells’ post-parade rock & roll extravaganza starting at 5 p.m.


Stake out your spot along Coleman Blvd. for the Mt. Pleasant Christmas Light Parade starting at 5:30 p.m.

Listen to Danielle Howle under the oaks at Tattooed Moose Johns Island starting at 3 p.m.

PoHo is popular this week — visit them for the first (or maybe third, fourth time) and shop their market starting at 11 a.m.

Summerville’s annual Christmas Parade begins at 2 p.m. and features nearly 3,000 participants.

Indiana-based progressive rock and funk styled jam band Earphorik plays a free show at Poho starting at 8 p.m.

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