Holiday Time in the Lowcountry

It’s holiday time in the Lowcountry. The stores are bursting with decorations and they’re hoping you’ll stop in and part with some of that hard earned cash!

I don’t know about you, but the holiday season snuck up on me this year. Small Business Saturday on 11/26 is a good place to start your shopping. The event continues on the 3rd with a book/author/beer event at the Holy City Brewery from 2-6 sponsored by our local publishing house, Arcadia. Since it follows Small Business Saturday and takes place at a micro-brewery, it’s been dubbed Micro-business Saturday. I’ll be there hawking my book, Surfing in South Carolina. Stop by and visit!

     Our local Farmer’s Markets are a great place to shop for more locally-sourced items. The area markets will be going strong weekends til Christmas.  Markets are popping up all over the Lowcountry so finding one nearby should be easy.

Having a hard time getting into the holiday spirit? Swing by the Holiday Festival of Lights one evening at the James Island County Park. Three miles of over 700 light displays and at the end there’s a holiday sweet shop!

We all know how important programs like Meals on Wheels are to Lowcountry Seniors and now you can show your support. The Holiday Harvest Gala, a new event for the Lowcountry Senior Network, will be on the 1st from 6-9 at the Cooper Room, Mt P Memorial Park.

World AIDS Day Community Awareness: Connecting Communities is marked with a Candlelight Vigil at the Unitarian Church on the 1st.

CSO presents the Holy City Messiah 12/1,2 and 3 at various Lowcountry churches.

Hunters, both men and women, will enjoy a unique exhibition of high-end shotguns from Italy at the Sportsman’s Gallery from 12-6 on the 1st.

Head over to Charles Towne Landing for Garden and Gun Jubilee 2016, the 4th Annual Made in the South Weekend. It’s a full three day mix of sporting, food, music and art the 2nd-4th.

Costumed performers at the Edmondston-Alston House give us an idea of what Christmas was like in the turbulent Civil War era on the 2nd & 9th. Runs continuously from 6:30-8:30pm.

Work off those holiday indulgences at the 26th Annual Reindeer Run beginning at 9am on the 3rd at the Southend Brewery. There’s the after party too, don’t forget! If you catch a second wind, get into the Holiday Swing on the 3rd  The Chas. Jazz Orchestra has 2 shows on the 3rd at the Chas Music Hall.

The Sound of Charleston..from Gospel to Gershwin is at the Circular Congregational Church weekly through December.

The 33rd Annual Spirituals Concert at Drayton Hall at 4pm will begin with a catered reception at 3pm on the 3,4 and 10th.

Visit Christmas in other cultures at the Holiday Extravaganza at the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry on the 3rd.

The Pint of Hope event will be paired with the Hoppy Holiday Market at Freehouse Brewery on the 3rd.

Have a roaring good time at the 1920s-themed 6th Annual SC Aquarium Sea Life by Star Life party on the 3rd.

Five Finger Deathpunch & Shinedown will be in concert at the Coliseum on the 6th.

A fan of beach music instead? Carolina Ale House offers Shag lessons each Tuesday.

Take a break from the hustle and bustle with a Holiday Tea & Tour of the Governor Thomas Bennett House 8,9,11,& 17th.

The Holiday Hoedown, a Special Needs Dance Party, will be on the 8th at Wannamaker County Park.

The 21st Annual Charleston Christmas Festival opens at the Chas. Music Hall on the 8th. The show runs thru the 21st.

The Charlotte Ballet presents the holiday favorite, The Nutcracker, at the Gaillard Center the 9th-11th.

Enjoy the best of British Theatre with an intimate screening of War Horse at 34 West Theater on the 11th and 12th.

Time to take a break? A Skylark Vocal Ensemble Christmas is a free concert starting at 7:30 on the 15th at Grace Cathedral. Selected excerpts from the Christmas story are woven through timeless carols.

Or you could let the CSO String Quartet put you in the holiday spirit with their international carols and sing-along favorites at the Historic Library Society at 7:30 on the 15th.

If that wasn’t a hard enough choice, The Tenors, fresh from their third PBS special, are at the Gaillard at 7:30, the 15th.

The CSO Holiday Pops brings the symphony and chorus together to usher in the season at the Gaillard on the 17th.

Chamber Music Charleston continues their Classical Kids Concert Series with “The Night Before Christmas.” The audience can sing along on the 17th at the Sottile, 1pm.

The Third Annual Nexton CocoaCup 5K participants will find their way through the Nexton community starting at 9:30 am on the 17th. All will be given a mug to fill at the Carolina Ale House after party.

Broadway film and stage star Clarence Felder and Chamber Music Charleston bring us the delightful Christmas memoir, Dylan Thomas’ Christmas in Wales, on the 20th and 21st at 7:30 at the Circular Congregational Church.

The Charleston Symphony Orchestra Brass joins with the world famous Canadian Brass for a Special Holiday Extravaganza on the 21st at the Gaillard.

The Blue Dogs come home again. On the 27th, there’s a preview at the Music Farm and on the 28th the official 4th Annual Homecoming Show and Benefit for MUSC Children’s Hospital and Pediatric Cancer (Plus their 28th Anniversary) at the Chas. Music Hall. Doors open at 7, concert at 8pm.


 Holiday Schedule for the Lowcountry

11/29-12/1 Winter Wonderland, preschoolers at Armory Park, N.Chas.

3rd North Charleston’s Christmas Parade and Festival 3-8pm

Montague from Mixon to Park Circle & Mixon to Lackawanna and W. Enterprise will be closed to cars for the parade and festival events.

IOP’s Holiday Street Festival will be 2-7pm at Front Beach

4th   City of Chas. Christmas Parade begins at 2pm at Broad & Barre to King St ending at Marion Square

City of Chas. Tree Lighting at Marion Square at 4:30

10th  Folly Beach Christmas Parade starts at 1pm, on/off road closed

Holiday Parade of Boats, Chas. Harbor, 5pm

11th 21st Annual Christmas Light Parade and Tree Lighting in Mt P.

          The festivities begin at 5:30 at Moultrie Middle. The parade is up Coleman. The route has been declared a No Drone Zone.

Summerville Christmas Parade will start at 2pm

25th Christmas Day, a state and federal holiday will be observed on Monday 12/26. Day after Christmas, a state holiday, will be observed on the 27th this year.

26th Kwanza Kinara Lighting in Marion Square 5pm

29th Chanukah in the Square  9’ Menorah is lit Festival at 4pm.

New Years Celebrations include:

Happy New Year Charleston, the City of Chas.-sponsored free family event centered in Marion Square from 4-10:30.

The 4th Annual Charleston Rose Ball at Johnson Hagood Sta. The 5th Annual Yorktown Countdown from 9pm-1am.

The Folly Beach Flip Flop Drop on the 31st at 10pm & the Bill Murray Look-a-Like Polar Bear Plunge at 1pm on the 1st.



I hope you enjoy your holiday season in the Lowcountry. Don’t forget your Hoppin’ John (for luck) and Collard Greens (for folding green) on New Year’s Day. Make a resolution to do something kind whenever you can and appreciate the people around you. I surely appreciate you.




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