Beginning late Friday night through Sunday evening, it’ll be hard to miss the holiday festivities around town. If you’re a Grinch, we suggest you stay in this weekend. Here’s a wrap of just some of the festive activities.
Saturday morning begins with the Reindeer Run at 9 a.m. outside of Southend Brewery on East Bay Street. If you find yourself a bit more hungover than you thought at this event, never fear, as the drinking continues at a post-race party at Southend. Race Day Registration is available for $33 and will benefit MUSC Children’s Hospital.
From there, clean up and head to the Holiday Farmers Market. Don’t worry about showing up late, because the Market will have extended holiday hours from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. This would also be a great place to find that one-of-a-kind Christmas gift that you haven’t purchased. Or maybe you’ll have better luck at the Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair on Halsey Street from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. In addition to local art, they’ll be having holiday refreshments and drinks throughout the afternoon.
The Marion Square Tree Lighting Ceremony kicks off at 4:30 p.m. What better place to see Mayor Joe Riley dressed up as Santa Claus lighting a 60-foot Christmas tree?
If the family Christmas carols aren’t your thing, grab a blanket and head down to the water. From just about anywhere on East Bay and the Battery, you can watch the Holiday Parade of Boats from 5-8 p.m. All the boats will be decked (get it?) out in their holiday finest. Better yet, watch the Parade of Boats from the Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina and munch on seafood goodies and burgers at their Oyster Roast. They’ll also have s’mores kits for sale. Admission is only $10 and you’ll be delightfully swooned by Uncle Mingo.
Get up Sunday morning and catch the 30th annual Charleston Christmas Parade that starts at the corner of Meeting and Calhoun, traipses down King Street finishes on Lockwood Blvd. Following the parade, Santa, Mrs. Claus and the elves will be making a guest appearance in Marion Square taking Christmas photos and accepting little girls and boys wish lists from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.
If you’re not in the downtown area, there are still plenty of holiday offerings for you as well.
The City of North Charleston Holiday Festival and Parade is Saturday beginning at 4 p.m. Entertainment begins at 5 p.m. and the parade will start at 6 p.m.
Summerville will also have a holiday festival with the Summerville D.R.E.A.M. Holly Days. There will be school and church caroling, refreshments, and shopping deals all around historic downtown.
The Daniel Island Family Circle Tennis Center hosts an outdoor holiday festival with shopping bargains, singing, and dancing. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and finishes off with a tree lighting ceremony.
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