The holidays are about spending time and making memories with family and friends, taking on fun adventures and of course filling up on delicious food! Not only is Charleston and its surrounding islands a wonderful place to visit during the warmer days of the year, but it is a magical place to be during the holidays as well.
If walking down King Street viewing the bright lights and décor while learning about the city's history doesn't suit your interest, then indulge in the best local cuisine – your appetite will be happy you did! Holiday shows and festivities throughout the Christmas season will leave your hearts and bellies full and it will be an experience that you will always remember.
Ring in the holiday season at the Holiday Festival of Lights, also recognized as the "10 Best Holiday Light Shows in America" by USA Today. Bright lights, Santa's Sweet Shoppe, a 50-ton sand sculpture and a festive train will sparkle through three miles of park at James Island Park.
Attend the 21st annual Charleston Christmas Special, a program featuring holiday musicals and comedy parodies at the beautiful Charleston Music Hall. No dinner plans or reservations? Not a problem! Tickets are available for a delightful meal at Vincent Chicco's before the performance.
Curious to learn more about the history of Charleston? Cozy up in your warm winter clothes and learn about the Holy City under the lights though the Charleston Strolls' walking tours. On this holiday tour, you will explore the different parts of the city that can only be observed by walking. You will gain understanding of the history behind various streets, landmarks and houses that you pass. Top off the evening with refreshments at the Mills House Hotel.
Be a part of a local, magical experience and view the Belmond Charleston Place Holiday Train Display. Nothing will put you more in the holiday spirit than the traditional, childhood holiday train! The elaborate display showcases everything from mini hotels, various automobiles and locomotives, to a model of the famous Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train.
If you are a night owl and are looking for an awesome evening experience, gear up for the Holiday Pub Crawl! Indulge in holiday delights, local craft beer and seasonal beverages while visiting historical taverns throughout downtown Charleston. Your local guide will take you back in history as you journey through remarkable scenery. A share of the proceeds will go towards MUSC Children's Hospital!
Since you have booked your stay with Island Realty and you want to create the best experience for your whole family while you are here, check out even more several events and festivities going on around you, here.