Holiday Festivals, Parades, & Tree Lightings in Charleston

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There are so many wonderful holiday festivals and celebrations taking place around the Lowcountry this year! Parades, tree lightings, and festivals…we’ve got you covered!

*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.


Holiday Festival of Lights

Dates: November 11 – December 31

Location: James Island County Park, 871 Riverland Drive, Charleston

Details: 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.


Mt Pleasant Towne Centre Lights Up

Dates: November 19, 6 pm – 8 pm

Location: Mt Pleasant Towne Centre, 1218 Belk Dr, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464

Details: Don’t miss the spectacular laser light show and the lighting of our 40′ Christmas tree. Live performances by the East Cooper Baptist Church Choir & Orchestra and Jared Petteys & The Headliners. Also a visit from jolly old St. Nicholas himself.


Let It Snow

Dates: November 25 – December 30, Tree Lighting on November 25 at 6 pm.

Location: The Charleston Place, 205 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29401

Details: Every evening at 6 pm and 8 pm through New Year’s Eve, “snow” will magically fall on Market Street Circle, blanketing the holiday trees and our grand decor in a lovely sheet of winter white. Come witness the rare occurrence of snow in the Holy City! Enjoy caroling by the CHARLESTON CAROLING COMPANY on November 25, and 29, as well as December 2, 6, 8, 13, 15, 17, 20, 22, & 23 from 5-8 pm. Savor sweet treats available for purchase on Fridays and Saturdays from 5-8 pm. Reservations required for 2022.


Old Time Summerville Christmas Celebration

Dates: November 29, 5:30 pm – 8 pm

Location: Hutchinson Square, Summerville

Details: Annual Town of Summerville Tree Lighting Ceremony in Downtown Summerville. This celebration includes pictures with Santa, the countdown and lighting ceremony, letters to Santa, live window displays, and more Holiday fun!


Christmas in the Creek Holiday Tree Lighting

Dates: December 2, 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Location: 519 N Goose Creek Blvd., Goose Creek, SC 29445

Details: Kickoff the holiday season in Goose Creek as the City’s Christmas tree is lit for everyone to see! Christmas in the Creek will feature holiday hayrides, holiday crafts, marshmallow roasting, photos with Santa, and LOTS more!


Santa’s Christmas Party

Dates: December 2, 10 am

Location: Columbia Marionette Theatre, G.M. Darby Building, 302 Pitt St., Mt. Pleasant, 29464

Details: Come enjoy this fun show, including Santa, Jack Frost, an ice skater, and Frosty the Snowman. Please call 843-849-2061 for reservations. Groups are welcome!


Light the Lake

Dates: December 2, 5 pm – 7 pm

Location: Colonial Lake

Details: Join the Charleston Parks Conservancy for a family-friendly holiday celebration at Colonial Lake. The annual Light the Lake will be 5-7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2. Enjoy crafts and activities, including letters to veterans, jingle bell jewelry making, holiday photos by the carriage, ornament making, leaf rubbings and an activity table hosted by the South Carolina Aquarium. Food vendors include Independent Grounds Coffee, Blackout Burger, and more. Plus, a countdown to the lighting of the holiday tree in the center of Colonial Lake. This event is free and open to the public


IOP Holiday Street Festival

Dates: December 3, 2 pm – 7 pm

Location: Front Beach on the Isle of Palms

Details: Arts, crafts, food vendors, children’s activities, and live entertainment.


Annual Hanahan Christmas Parade

Dates: December 3, 10 am

Location: Hanahan High School

Details: Come out and support the Annual Hanahan Christmas Parade. The parade will start and end at Hanahan High School.


Charleston Parade & Tree Lighting

Dates: December 4

Location: Marion Square

Details: Come join the City of Charleston for this fun, high-energy parade which will commence on Broad Street at Rutledge, travel North on Meeting Street, and conclude on Calhoun Street at Meeting Street. Participants include musical ensembles, clubs and organizations. Tree Lighting to Follow in Marion Square.


Christmas Festival At The Knightsville General Store

Dates: December 4, 11 am – 5 pm

Location: Knightsville General Store, 1700 Central Ave, Summerville, SC 29483

Details: Fun Christmas-themed festival with local vendors, photos with Santa, specialty coffee, and ice cream!


KOTA Christmas  (2nd Annual)

Dates: December 4, 10 am – 12 pm OR 1 pm – 3 pm

Location: Growing Minds Farm, 5050 Grape Land, Mt. Pleasant

Details: Our second annual KOTA Christmas Family Day event is one you do not want to miss! Join us as we sing Christmas carols, warm up or cool off (weather pending) with cold/hot chocolate, participate in fun Christmas activities in the learning lab, explore our senses with our sensory stations, roast marshmallows by the fire, take a stroll through the candy cane forest, pictures with Santa and more! There is something for everyone all ages! Register here.


Lights & Love

Dates: December 4, 6 pm – 8 pm

Location: Mt. Pleasant Towne Centre, 1218 Belk Drive, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

Details: Please join us for Lights & Love, a very special holiday event for families with children on the spectrum. The evening will include live entertainment, a family magic show, arts & crafts, nibbles from Sweetgrass Foodz and Delights Desserts, and more!

Enjoy performances by Team Swagger, Charleston School of Arts Jazz Band, and Irene Rose, a nationally touring singer/songwriter that inspires children to love their neighbors, be kind, and to overcome darkness with light. Plus, a scavenger hunt of the beautiful holiday lights around Towne Centre as well as a visit from Santa Claus himself. Brought to you in partnership with Just Bee. Please register HERE!


Folly Beach Parade

Dates: December 10

Location: Folly Beach

Details: Join us on December 10th in Santa’s favorite beach town for The Annual City of Folly Beach Christmas Parade! Line up along Center Street as floats, marching bands and community associations show their holiday spirit. Visitors and locals are all welcome! Join Santa at Folly River Park to receive goodies after the parade!


Charleston Holiday Parade of Boats

Dates: December 10, 6 pm

Location: Charleston Harbor

Details: Join us for the 2022 parade on December 10 at dark, about 6 PM!


28th Annual Christmas Light Parade

Dates: December 11, 5:30 pm

Location: West Coleman Blvd.

Details: Brilliantly lit floats and community groups march down West Coleman Boulevard as the Mount Pleasant Christmas Light Parade sets sail to the delights of thousands of residents and visitors.


Chanukah in the Square 2022

Dates: December 18, 4 pm – 6 pm

Location: Marion Square

Details: We are thrilled to return to Marion Square for the 15th annual Chanukah in the Square celebration. Please plan on being there with your neighbors, friends, and family. Bring an appetite and your Chanukah spirit. We will supply the hot food, the live music, and the festive atmosphere! There will be no shortage of treats for everyone.


Deck the Halls: Golf cart Parade and Tree Lighting

Dates: December 19, 6 pm – 8 pm

Location: Nexton Square, 801 Nexton Square Drive, Summerville, SC

Details: Nexton residents will kick off the event with a parade of lighted golf carts which you can cheer on from the Midtown Lawn as they file in to be judged. Afterward, enjoy live music, food trucks kids activities and ooh and ahh over the tree lighting ceremony. Please bring a new, unwrapped toy that will benefit  Children in Crisis.


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