Holiday Festivals & Celebrations in Charleston


There are so many wonderful holiday festivals and celebrations taking place around the Lowcountry! Looking for some more family-friendly holiday fun? Check out all the holiday events going on around Charleston including holiday productions, fun runs and races, parades, and even ways to give back! 

*Please note – While we make every effort to crosscheck current links and event details on our guides, we always encourage you to do the same before making final plans. If details are missing or incorrect, please let us know so that we can correct them.


November 9, 9 am – 2 pm

Wonder Works, 624 Long Point Road, Mount Pleasant

Celebrate the start of the holiday season at Wonder Works’ Annual Holiday Elfstravaganza, Saturday, November 9th, from 9 am-2 pm, at Wonder Works in the Belle Hall Shopping Center.

Holiday Festival of Lights

November 15 – December 31

James Island County Park, 871 Riverland Drive, Charleston

Featuring over 700 displays and 2 million lights, the Holiday Festival of Lights is a cherished holiday tradition for many families throughout Charleston and beyond. From November 9 – January 1, James Island County Park comes alive with illumination and is a great place to capture the magic of the holiday season.

Wild Dunes Holiday Festival

November 29, 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Wild Dunes Resort Grand Pavillion

Get in the holiday spirit with a complimentary showing of a children’s holiday movie and don’t forget to visit with Santa!

Isle of Palms Holiday Street Festival

December 7, 2 pm – 7 pm

Ocean Blvd, Isle of Palms

Head down to Front Beach on Isle of Palms and help bring in the holiday season island style. This free event will have live music, carnival rides, food and craft vendors and even a visit from Santa Claus! At approximately 5:30 the city will officially light the 24′ tree on Front Beach.

Tanger Outlets Family Winter Festival

December 7, 12 pm – 3 pm

Tanger Charleston celebrates the jolly season with the 3rd annual Family Winter Festival on Saturday, December 7th from 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Enjoy family fun for the enter family, including Fido! Photos with Santa, Elsa, Anna & Kristoff, Ornament Making, Story Time, a PUP-up Shop for pet adoptions, pet photos, and gift wrapping, holiday karaoke in the SNOW (YES! SNOW!) tasty food trucks, face painting, games and more!

Family Yuletide at Middleton Place

December 7, 5:30 – 8 pm

Middleton Place, 4300 Ashley River Road

Fresh greenery, berries, and other natural items gathered from the plantation will be provided to make wreaths and other holiday decor. Stableyards artisan shops will be lit by candlelight as craftspeople ply their trades and interact with visitors. Seasonal refreshments provided.

North Charleston Christmas Festival

December 7, 4 pm – 8 pm

Felix C. Davis Community Center, 4800 Park Place E., North Charleston

Join us as we celebrate the season with live musical entertainment, kid’s activities, a marshmallow roasting pit, hay rides, artist market, petting zoo, visits with Santa Claus, a parade, festive food, and thousands of twinkling lights! Festivities kick off with the parade at 4pm (*NEW TIME*), starting at the intersection of Mixson Avenue and East Montague Avenue, going around Park Circle, then heading back down East Montague Avenue towards the start.

Charleston Moms Guide to Holiday Events!