Where to See Santa in Charleston

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No holiday season is complete without a visit to the man in red! Below is a list of places you’ll be able to find Santa Claus this holiday season!

Looking for some other family-friendly holiday fun? Check out our other holiday guides!

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*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.


Northwoods Mall Visit With Santa 

Dates: November 23 – December 24.
Monday – Thursday: 11 am – 7 pm; Friday – Saturday: 11 am – 8 pm; Sunday: 12 pm – 6 pm. Closed on Thanksgiving and open from 10 am – 1 pm and 2 pm – 4 pm on Christmas Eve.

Santa takes a break to feed the reindeer from 2 pm to 3 pm on Monday thru Thursday, and 2:30 – 3:30 on Sunday.

Location: Northwoods Mall, 2150 Northwoods Blvd., North Charleston, 29406

Details: Reservations are encouraged, reserve your spot here.


Bee City Zoo’s Christmas Wonderland of Lights

Dates: November 25 – 27 & November 30,  December 4 – 11, December 14 – 24, December 14 – 24, December 26 -30. Monday – Thursday, 4 pm – 9 pm, Friday 4 – 10 pm, Saturday 2 pm – 10 pm, Sunday, 2 pm – 9 pm. See the dates for the festival here.

Location: Bee City Zoo, 1066 Holly Ridge Ln Cottageville, SC 29435

Details: The zoo will be open during the day and with normal admission rates. Come early, enjoy the zoo and stay to watch the zoo transform into a wonderland of lights. Enjoy all of our Christmas activities and don’t forget to see Santa and get your photos taken with one of our furry little babies!You can purchase a combo pass that allows you to come to the zoo before the lights start and stay for the lights for $20.


Photos With Santa Claus at Mt. Pleasant Towne Centre

Dates: November 25 – December 24

November 25 – December 8: Monday – Friday: 3-8 pm {break 5:30-6 pm}, Saturday: Noon-8 pm {break 3:30 – 4:30 pm}, Sunday: Noon-5 pm {break 2:30-3 pm}

December 9 – December 22: Monday – Friday: Noon-8 pm {break 3:30 – 4:30 pm}, Saturday: Noon-8pm {break 3:30 – 4:30 pm}, Sunday: Noon-6pm {break 2:30-3pm}

December 23: 11 am – 8 pm {break 3 – 4 pm}

Christmas Eve, December 24: 10 am – 5pm {break 1-1:45 pm

Location: Mt. Pleasant Towne Centre, visit The North Pole at 1128 Market Center Boulevard, next to Arhaus.

Details: Capture the magic of the holiday season with a professional photo of your loved ones and pets* with Santa Claus at The North Pole; 1748 Towne Centre Way, across from Belk Men’s. Every child will receive a free chocolate pop from Sweet Julep’s Candy & Gifts!  Guests can now make reservations for photos. JUST CLICK HERE!


The Bend at Carolina Park 1st Annual Holiday Party

Dates: November 26, 12 pm – 3 pm

Location: The Bend, 3510 Park Blvd., Mt. Pleasant (across from Costco)

Details: The Bend is having its 1st Annual Holiday Party! Come by for live music, pictures with Santa, a jump castle, specialty coffee drinks, beer, wine, holiday desserts, food, crafts, and of course holiday shopping at our fantastic boutiques!


Summerville Christmas Celebration

Dates: November 29, 5:30 pm – 8 pm

Location: Hutchinson Square, Summerville, SC 29483

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.


Santa is coming to East Bay Deli! (West Ashley Location)

Dates: December 1, 5 pm – 7 pm

Location: East Bay Deli (West Ashley), 858 Savannah Hwy, Charleston, SC 29407

Details: Ho Ho Ho! Santa’s coming to town! Kid’s Night is Thursday, December 1, 5-7 pm on Savannah Hwy in West Ashley. Kids get to hand-deliver their Christmas lists to Santa and eat FREE! *One free kid’s meal with the purchase of an adult meal. Dine in or take out only.


Daniel Island Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony

Dates: December 2, 5 pm – 10 pm

Location: 161 Seven Farms Drive, Charleston, SC,

Details: The Daniel Island Community Fund invites you to join us for the Annual Daniel Island Holiday Tree Lighting event to be held at Credit One Stadium (161 Seven Farms Drive) on Friday, December 2nd from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Beginning at 5:00 pm, there will be activities and music for the whole family. The Charleston Concert Band will be playing traditional holiday classics from 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm.


Winter Wonderland

Dates: December 2, 12 pm – 7 pm

Location: Wonder Works, 624 Long Point Rd, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464

Details: Join us for Winter Wonderland at our Mt. Pleasant location in the Belle Hall Shopping Center! Come meet Santa & Mrs. Claus, do fun Holiday activities, & check out the hottest toys. Help us spread cheer by raising money for local Children’s charities. Winter Wonderland is a FREE event! NO reservations are required


Visit With Santa & Mrs. Claus at Kids Teeth

Dates: December 2, Johnnie Dodds Location: 10 a.m. to noon and Park West location: 2-4 p.m

Location: Kids Teeth, Johnnie Dodds location, 1073 Johnnie Dodds Blvd., and Park West location, 1130 Professional Lane

Details: Santa and Mrs. Claus will visit both Kids Teeth locations in Mount Pleasant on Friday, Dec. 2. The event is open to the public in exchange for a donation for Lowcountry Orphan Relief.


Breakfast With Santa at Citadel Mall

Dates: December 3, 9 am – 10:30 am

Location: Citadel Mall, 2070 Sam Rittenberg Blvd, Charleston, SC 29407

Details: Kids can enjoy our annual Breakfast with Santa event on December 3 at 9 AM, which includes treats for the children, giveaways, and visits with Santa. Children who bring toys to donate to Toys for Tots will receive a free Chick-fil-A breakfast. Call (843) 766-8321 to RSVP


Breakfast With Santa at Burton’s Grill

Dates: December 3 & December 10, 8:30 am

Location: Burton’s Grill, 1875 US-17, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464

Details: Enjoy a delicious breakfast with a visit from the one and only Santa Claus at Breakfast with Santa at Burtons Grill + Bar. Bring the whole family for a special breakfast with Santa! Saturday, December 3 or Saturday, December 10 at 8:30M. Tickets are $20 per person; children under the age of 2 are free. Reservations are REQUIRED. Please call Burtons Grill at 843-606-2590.


City of North Charleston Christmas Festival & Parade

Dates: December 3, 4 pm – 8 pm

Location: Felix C. Davis Community Center, 4800 Park Cir, North Charleston, SC 29405

Details: Families, friends, and neighbors share the joys of the season through live music, children’s activities, hayrides, festive food and decorations, an artist market, thousands of twinkling lights, visits with Santa, and a parade.


Santa Sleigh Ride Tour

Dates: Starting December 3, see full calendar and book here.

Location: Old South Carriage Co., 14 Anson St., Charleston, SC 20401

Details: Harness some holiday fun and climb aboard our specially decorated carriage driven by none other than Santa Claus! This festive 20-minute ride through downtown Charleston – complete with hot cocoa, cookies, and Christmas carols – is sure to make you merry. Bring your own blanket for extra warmth, and don’t forget your camera for a photo with Santa, Mrs. Claus, and the elves.


Lights & Love 

Dates: December 4, 6 pm – 8 pm

Location: Mt. Pleasant Towne Centre

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 & Coffee, and more! Plus, a scavenger hunt of the beautiful holiday lights around Towne Centre as well as a visit from Santa Claus himself.


Brunch with Santa at New Realm Brewing

Dates: December 4, 11:30 am – 3 pm

Location: New Realm Brewing, 880 Island Park Dr., Charleston, SC 29492

Details: Join New Realm Brewing for a magical morning to celebrate the Christmas season with our Brunch with Santa event. Families will enjoy Chef Andy’s delicious brunch fare and some face time with Santa Claus himself! We offer timed seatings between 11:00 am and 1:30 pm on Sunday, December 4th and 11th. Tickets are $35 per adult and $15 per child under 10 and include a 90-minute reservation to enjoy brunch served family-style, holiday card-worthy digital photos with Santa, and some time with the big guy himself!


Christmas Festival At The Knightsville General Store

Dates: December 4, 5 pm – 9 pm & December 18, 10 am – 5 pm

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

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


Santa Sundays at the South Carolina Aquarium

Dates: December 4, 11, & 18, 10 am – 1:30 pm

Location: South Carolina Aquarium

Details: Santa Claus is coming to Charleston! Stop by the Aquarium on Santa Sundays to meet jolly old St. Nick himself and pose for a keepsake photo. Please note, either a general admission ticket or member reservation for the Aquarium is required to participate in Santa Sundays.


Santa is coming to East Bay Deli! (Oakland Market)

Dates: December 7, 5 pm – 7 pm

Location: East Bay Deli (Oakland Market), 1120 Oakland Market Rd., Mount Pleasant, SC

Details: Ho Ho Ho! Santa’s coming to town! Kid’s Night is Wednesday, December 7, 5-7 pm at Oakland Market in Mt. Pleasant. Kids get to hand-deliver their Christmas lists to Santa and eat FREE! *One free kids meal with the purchase of an adult meal. Dine in or take out only.


Santa in the Swamp

Dates: December 10, 10 am – 2 pm

Location: Cypress Gardens, 3030 Cypress Gardens Rd, Moncks Corner, SC 29461

Details: Santa will be arriving by flat-bottom boat in the park’s swamp and also greeting visitors on the front stage. The event will also feature craft vendors, dance performances by Moncks Corner Dance Studio and Palmetto Xtreme Dance Studio, food trucks, and children’s crafts.


Cookies With Santa DIY Workshop

Dates: December 10, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Location: Board & Brush Charleston, 1300 Savannah Hwy Suite 2, Charleston, SC 29407

Details: Santa Claus is coming to town Saturday, Dec 10th at 10:30 am! Kiddos will get crafty with Santa and then have the opportunity to get photos during and after the workshop! Don’t miss this popular children’s workshop! Limited seating. Pre-registration required.


Brunch with Santa at New Realm Brewing

Dates: December 11, 11 am – 3 pm

Location: New Realm Brewing, 880 Island Park Dr., Charleston, SC 29492

Details: Join New Realm Brewing for a magical morning to celebrate the Christmas season with our Brunch with Santa event. Families will enjoy Chef Andy’s delicious brunch fare and some face time with Santa Claus himself! We offer timed seatings between 11:00 am and 1:30 pm on Sunday, December 4th and 11th. Tickets are $35 per adult and $15 per child under 10 and include a 90-minute reservation to enjoy brunch served family-style, holiday card-worthy digital photos with Santa, and some time with the big guy himself!


Holly Jolly Christmas (Park West)

Dates: December 13, 11 am – 2 pm

Location: Park West Program Building, 1251 Park W Blvd, Mt Pleasant, SC 29466

Details: Celebrate the holiday spirit with Santa and walk through our winter wonderland while enjoying Christmas music.


Santa is coming to East Bay Deli!

Dates: December 13, 5 pm – 7 pm

Location: East Bay Deli (Carnes Crossroads), 2519 North Main Street, Suite B
Summerville, SC

Details: Ho Ho Ho! Santa’s coming to town! Kid’s Night is Tuesday, December 13, 5-7 pm at Carnes Crossroads in Summerville. Kids get to hand-deliver their Christmas lists to Santa and eat FREE! *One free kid’s meal with the purchase of an adult meal. Dine in or take out only.


Holly Jolly Christmas (G.M. Darby)

Dates: December 15, 11 am – 2 pm

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

Details: Celebrate the holiday spirit with Santa and walk through our winter wonderland while enjoying Christmas music.


Cookie Exchange & Visit With Santa and the Grinch at Crosswinds Farm

Dates: December 16, 11 am – 2 pm

Location: Crosswinds Farm, 799 Target Rd, Holly Hill, SC 29059

Details: Christmas is such a magical time of the year! Why not spend it on the farm. We also have cute animals in festive outfits, we’ll have time to play in fluffy snow, visit with Santa and the Grinch, letters to Santa, a cookie exchange, Christmas music, and MORE!


Breakfast With Santa at Wild Dunes

Dates: December 17, 8:30 am – 10:30 am (SOLD OUT), Second seating has been added for 11 am – 12 pm.

Location: Wild Dunes Resort, 127 N. Tryon St., Ste #D5757 Palm Blvd., Isle of Palms, SC 29451

Details: Santa is coming to the Sweetgrass Inn to enjoy a delicious breakfast with your little ones! Featuring Rudolph’s pancake buffet with loads of sweet-tooth toppings and hot chocolate, it’ll leave the whole family full of food and the holiday spirit!


Crosswind Country Christmas with Santa

Dates: December 18. 2:30 pm – 5 pm

Location: Crosswinds Farm, 799 Target Rd, Holly Hill, SC 29059

Details: We have photos with Santa and the Grinch (you take your own child’s photo) photos on the handcrafted wooden sleigh, decorations, dressed up animals in holiday outfits, $2 horse rides, petting zoo, train rides, Christmas music, hot cocoa, food, decorate – a- cookie kits, marshmallow roasting, snow flake machines, and SO much more.


Trolley Express to Santa!

Dates: December 18, 12 pm – 4 pm

Location: Charleston Tea Garden, 6617 Maybank Highway, Wadmalaw Island

Details: Ride the trolley express to see Santa! There will be Christmas crafts and cookies, and hot tea and cookies. The trolley express will run every 30 minutes.


2 COMMENTS

  1. Knightsville General Store
    1700 Central Avenue
    Summerville, SC 29483
    December 1, 11-4
    Bring the family for a festive afternoon of local shopping, lunch specials, seasonal goodies, family games, face painter and more!
    Bring a donation to Stockings for Troops and take a picture by the fireplace with the 🎅Jolly Old Elf🎅 himself!(12-4pm)Mrs. Clause will be here too!
    The Elves in the Vendor Village are hard at work getting everything ready for an amazing shopping experience
    🎄Enjoy strolling through the glitter & bows, Garland & lights from over 25+ Local Crafters & Vendors for their Decorating Competition🎄
    You can find something for everyone on your list with an AMAZING variety of quality items available both in store and outside!!
    Suggested item donations to Stockings for Troops include hard candy, hot chocolate mix, coffee, creamer, large and small ziplock bags. These items will be collected and placed into hand sewn stockings made by Sew Fabulous and friends then shipped to military members who can’t be home.

  2. We will be having a Cookies with Santa DIY children’s workshop at our West Ashley DIY studio, Board & Brush Charleston, on Sat Dec 11th from 10:30am to noon! Each child will get to create a personalized DIY project while enjoying free milk & cookies and then get to visit and take pictures with Santa!

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