Before you know it, Santa will be squeezing himself down your chimney. But before he loads the sleigh, he’s got to know what to put in it — here’s where you can find the man in red this December.

One of his first stops in Charleston is at the Marion Square Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Sat. Dec. 1 from 4:30-6 p.m. The 60-foot tree will be lit by Mayor Joe Riley and Santa Claus himself. The ceremony will include gospel music and performances by the Charleston Community Band and the Ashley River Creative Arts School Uni-chorus.

That same night, with the help of his special I-can-be-in-two-places-at-once magic, Santa will also be at the annual North Charleston Christmas Festival and Parade.

All December long, every Friday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m,. there will be Holiday Magic Entertainment and visits with Santa in Marion Square. The festivities will include children’s choirs, church choirs, gospel, classical, folk, jazz, storytelling, and other forms of entertainment. You can also bring your Christmas wish lists to the North Pole Mailbox and visit with Santa, Mrs. Claus, and their Elf assistants in the park.

You’ll be able to find Santa working his day job at both the Citadel Mall and the Northwoods Mall all season long until Christmas Eve. The hours for both are Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. (with breaks from 1-2 p.m. and 5-6 p.m.)
, and Sunday from 12-3 p.m. and 4-6 p.m. You can even put in some last minute requests on Christmas Eve from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., and 2-6 p.m.

And don’t forget your pets! Take them to the Holiday Festival of Lights at James Island County Park for Santa Paws each Wednesday through Dec. 19, or to the Mt. Pleasant Towne Center on Sunday, Dec. 2 or Sunday, Dec. 9 from 6-7:30 p.m.