It’s finally December, and that means holiday festivals and ugly Christmas sweaters galore. Speaking of ugly, we hope you have your tackiest, flashiest holiday sweater picked out for the ugly sweater competitions going on at Warehouse, Biergarten, and Pour House this weekend. We’ve also got holiday festivals lined up from Daniel Island to Marion Square, and oyster fests throughout the area. Throw on a Santa hat and get in the holiday spirit this weekend.


Check out the Christkindlmarkt at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church from 3-7 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, and 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday to find some original Christmas gifts and decorations.

You can also get some shopping done at the Static in the Snow holiday gift and art show from 6-9 p.m. at J. Stark’s studio on upper King St.

This month’s Charleston Gallery Association Art Walk will take place from 5-8 p.m. so get out there and peruse some art. Over 40 galleries participate in this quarterly artwalk – check out our event calendar for descriptions of new exhibits.

The Unitarian Church will host a jazz concert series performance Hello, Saxophone at 7 p.m. with Country Sax, City Sax featuring Jonathan Krammer.

The South Carolina Ballet will be at The North Charleston Performing Arts Center from 7:30-10 p.m. on Friday and 1:30-3:30 p.m. on Saturday for their rendition of the classic Christmas story The Nutcracker.

Bay Street Biergarten is kicking off the holiday season with a Merry Beary Christmas Party from 8 p.m.-2 a.m. with specials on holiday drinks like egg nog and cider, an ugly Christmas sweater competition, and a toy drive for Toys for Tots. If you bring a toy donation, you will receive a $5 bier card.

Head to Palmetto’s Loading Dock Series for the music at 6 p.m. — you can look forward to tunes from the C Town Revelators, Southern Flavor Bluegrass, and Stolen Hearts. Stay for the ramen prepared by 2Nixons.

George Younts puts on a one-man show tonight at 7:30 p.m. at 5th Wall Productions where he’ll perform A Christmas Carol. This is one of Younts’ few public appearances (and donations are accepted) — most of his performances are for people in schools, shelters, and prisons.

It’s Garden and Gun’s Jubilee: Made in the South weekend. Head to the Gaillard Center tonight for a bash on the lawn where you can enjoy tacos, craft beer, specialty cocktails, and live music from 7-10 p.m.


Stop Light Observations will be putting on a show with Rainbow Kitten Surprise starting at 9 p.m. at Music Farm.

Bring out your inner comic book nerd at the Taking Flight Comic Book Show Dozen from 12-5 p.m. at The Sparrow.

BYOB to the Awendaw Green Fire Roasted Oyster Festival from 2-6 p.m. where you can enjoy all the oysters you can scarf down and live music from a local bluegrass band.

Dig out that itchy, gaudy sweater grandma gave you six years ago, and join the Pour House at 9 p.m. for their 3rd Annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Party. Tackiest sweater will receive a $50 bar tab and free BYOG band merchandise.

Dine with Mr. and Mrs. Claus at the Felix Davis Community Center from 8-10 a.m. for Breakfast with Santa.

Get your fill of vendors, food and drinks, and activities for the kids at the Daniel Island Holiday Festival from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Family Circle Tennis Center.

Johns Island Oyster Festival will be from 12-5 p.m. at Trophy Lakes with all-you-can-eat oysters, an oyster eating contest, a BBQ show, inflatables, live music, a water ski show with Santa, and so much more.

Join Santa Claus for the IOP Holiday Street Festival from 2-7 p.m. with activities, food, and live music. The tree lighting will take place at 5:30 p.m.

Joe Riley and Santa Claus will team up to light the tree in Marion Square at 6 p.m.

Theatre 99 will host the final round of Charleston’s Comedy Festival’s stand-up competition at 10 p.m. The audience and a panel of judges will vote on the winner of a $500 cash prize.

Wanna see some sea life by starlight? Head to the event of the same name at 7 p.m. at the aquarium.

Shop and shuck and give back to the Charleston Animal Society at Consign Charleston‘s fashion, oyster, and benefit event from 10 a.m.-7 p.m.


Celebrate the first night of Chanukah at Chanukah in the Square from 4-6 p.m. Guests of every faith are encouraged to come out to Marion Square for some authentic Jewish dishes, a speech by Mayor Riley, and the lighting of the menorah by local Holocaust survivors.

Head to Bowen’s Island Restaurant for Audubon’s Annual Holiday Party at 2 p.m. The fundraiser will include endless oysters and chili, beer, live music, and a silent auction.

At 2 p.m. the Downtown Holiday Parade will begin at Barre and Broad Streets making its way to Marion Square with Santa in tow. Mr. Claus will be available for pictures following the parade in Marion Square.

What If? Productions will provide complimentary wine and h’orderves for Cabaret Cabernet Sunday. Guests will have the opportunity to mingle with the actors and other guests before the performance of Cabernet. Tickets also include admittance to the post-show party.

Wear your ugly christmas sweater to the Deck the Halls party at Warehouse from 6-9 p.m. There will be holiday drinks and small plates available and an award for the best (or worst) ugly Christmas sweater.

Check out the Bad Bitches Chrismakkuh Costume Festivus at 8 p.m. at the Pour House. Dressing up is encouraging, and there will be live performance by Lily Slay, Rachel Kate, Hunter Park, and Regina Ferguson. Money will go to the Bad Bitches fund to raise money for the education of women in the food and bev industry.

We prefer our wine served under the oaks of Boone Hall and if you do too head out there from 1-5 p.m.