It’s never too early for Christmas lights, gingerbread men, and Mariah Carey’s angelic voice. Get into the holiday spirit this weekend with activities perfectly suited for the crisp weather: oyster roasts, chili cook-offs, and the Festival of Lights. Plan your weekend accordingly:


Starting at 6 p.m. head to Ms. Rose’s for Here Comes Santa Paws, a pet-focused holiday celebration that raises money for the Hallie Hill Animal Sanctuary.

The aquarium’s Oysterfest kicks off at 7:30 p.m. and features local seafood and bevs.

Hear from New Orleans native PJ Morton, Grammy award winning artist Grace Webber, and Charleston native Mike Brown at Exquis Event Center at 9 p.m.

Carrie — The Musical hits Woolfe Street Playhouse this weekend Fri.-Sun.

Love college basketball? Head to the Charleston Classic this weekend, held at TD Arena.

Tonight from 5-9 p.m. and tomorrow from 1-5 p.m. head to Smoke on the Harbor BBQ Throwdown at the Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina.

The students of Charis Academy, in partnership with Art Pot and AccessAbility, presents Charlie at Charis, a live performance and rendition of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at Art Pot from 7-9 p.m.

Ain’t no oyster roast like a roast at the Bus Shed. The Palmetto Society’s 14th annual roast kicks off at 7 p.m.

Jam out to live music from Gaslight Street at Dockery’s from 8-11 p.m.

5th Wall Productions presents Doubt, A Parable, this weekend on stage at 34 1/2 Society St.


Head to the Holiday Festival of Lights at James Island County Park, now through Jan. 1.

Listen to the Charleston Symphony Orchestra with Jihye Chang and Rodrick Dixon at the Gaillard at 7:30 p.m.

Laurel Hill County Park’s Chili 5K Trail Run kicks off at 9 a.m. Run through pretty trails and celebrate with a post-race party.

Make the drive to Walterboro for the first iteration of the Abundance Music & Arts Fest.

Park Circle Creative hosts an Artket, arts market of course, starting at 11 a.m.

The Charleston Animal Society’s chili cook off and oyster roast is held at Riverfront Park from 12-4 p.m.

Redux’s 16th annual silent and live auction is the organization’s biggest fundraiser of the year, held at Redux from 8-11 p.m.

The Alley’s sixth anniversary party, held from noon-11 p.m., features an AYCE oyster roast, free arcade games, and a $6 food menu.

Speaking of anniversaries, Moe’s celebrates 20 years at 5 p.m., with a New Belgium takeover, raffle, and food specials.

Lights Up at Mt. Pleasant Towne Centre features a laser light show and the lighting of a 40 foot Christmas tree from 6-8 p.m.


The Powder Magazine Museum presents Eliza Lucas Pinckney Exhibition: In Her Own Hand, from 12-4 p.m.

The Divas on Tap Drag Show takes place at 2 p.m. on the third Sunday of every month at Edmund’s Oast Brewing Co.

Get your taste of a new pop-up at the Matzo Y Masa deli brunch at Semilla from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

The James Island Yacht Club hosts its 12th annual oyster roast fundraiser at 3 p.m.

Check out the holiday market at the North Charleston Coliseum from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Jam to local music and grab some tacos at Mex 1 Sessions with Stop Light Observations starting at 7 p.m.

Get your vintage and rum punch on at Holy City’s Vintage Market at Royal American starting at 11 a.m. 

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