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 19 through December 24. Monday – Thursday: 11am – 7pm; Friday – Saturday: 10am – 8pm; Sunday: 12pm – 6pm. Closed on Thanksgiving and open from 10 am – 1 pm and 2 pm – 5 pm on Christmas Eve.

Santa takes a break to feed the reindeer from 3 pm to 4 pm on Monday thru Thursday, 1 pm to 2 pm and 5 pm to 5:45 pm on Friday & Saturday, and 2:30 pm to 3 pm 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 20 – December 30; Sunday – Thursday, 6 pm – 9 pm, Friday & Saturday, 6 pm – 10 pm. Closed on November 22, 25, 29, 30 and December 5-7, 13 – 14, 25.

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!


Photos With Santa Claus at Mt. Pleasant Towne Centre

Dates: November 26 – December 24

Friday, November 26: Noon-8pm;

November 27 – December 12: Monday – Thursday: 3-8pm {break 5:30-6pm}
Friday & Saturday: Noon-8pm {break 2:30-3pm; 5:15 – 5:45pm}
Sunday: Noon-5pm {break 2:30-3pm}

December 13 – December 23: Monday – Friday: Noon-8pm {break 2:30-3pm; 5:15 – 5:45pm} Saturday: Noon-8pm {break 2:30-3pm; 5:15 – 5:45pm} Sunday: Noon-6pm {break 2:30-3pm}

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

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

Details: Every child will receive a free chocolate pop from Sweet Julep’s Candy & Gifts!  Guests can now make reservations for photos: Click Here


Breakfast With Santa at Citadel Mall

Dates: November 27, 9 am – 10:30 am

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

Details: After breakfast, enjoy a very merry craft activity and photos with Santa. Call (843) 766-8321 to register.


2021 Old Time Summerville Christmas Celebration

Dates: November 30, 6 pm – 8:30 pm

Location: Hutchinson Square, Summerville, SC 29483

Details: Bring your cameras and smiles for socially distant pictures with Santa. The line will close at 8:00 p.m.


Winter Wonderland

Dates: December 3, 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.


Breakfast With Santa at Burton’s Grill

Dates: December 4 & December 11, 8:30 am

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

Details: Tickets are $15 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 4, 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 in the Swamp

Dates: December 4, 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.


Meet Santa at Bowman Place

Dates: December 4, 10 am – 1 pm

Location: Kudzu Bakery, 1100 Bowman Rd., Ste. 100, Mt. Pleasant, 29464

Details: Santa will be on the Kudzu Bakery patio from 10 A.M.-1 P.M. on Saturday, December 4th. Come say “hello”, snap a photo or two, and tell Santa what is on your Christmas wish list. This meet and greet is FREE!


Santa Sleigh Ride Tour

Dates: Starting December 4, 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.


Crosswind Country Christmas with Santa

Dates: December 5. 2 pm – 5 pm & December 18, 11 am – 2 pm

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

Details: We have so many activities planned. It’s $10 per child if you buy their tickets in advance. We have a limited number available. Or you can buy their tickets for $15 at the gate. Adults are FREE. We have photos with Santa and other holiday characters, photos on the handcrafted wooden sleigh, decorations, dressed up animals in holiday outfits, $2 horse rides, petting zoo, train rides, zip line, inflatables, vendors, Christmas music, hot cocoa, food, decorate – a- cookie kits, marshmallow roasting, and SO much more.


Holly Jolly Christmas

Dates: December 8, 11 am – 12 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.


Holly Jolly Christmas

Dates: December 15, 11 am – 12 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.


1st Annual CHRISTmas Festival At The Knightsville General Store

Dates: December 17, 5 pm – 9 pm & December 18, 10 am – 5 pm

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

Details: A ticket covers all activities for one day. The cost is $12 the day of the event or $10 in advance. If (Advance tickets will be available starting December 1st and can be purchased in-store.)

** Day 1 Schedule**
Dec 17 from 5-9 pm Local Craft Vendors, Food Truck +
* Pictures with Santa
* Petting Zoo and carriage rides for the kids pulled by beautiful mini horses *(courtesy of Howell Homestead who also carries farm fresh eggs in the store)
* Hot Cocoa Bar with crushed candies
* Ornament craft table
* Cookie Decorating table
* Music
* Jump Castle
* Live nativity and reading the Polar Express at 8 pm
**Day 2 Schedule**
Saturday – Dec 18 from 10 am- 5 pm Local Craft Vendors, Food Truck from 10 am – 5 pm.
From 2-5 pm will have:
* Pictures with Santa
* Petting Zoo and carriage rides for the kids pulled by beautiful mini horses *(courtesy of Howell Homestead who also carries farm fresh eggs in the store)
* Hot Cocoa Bar with crushed candies
* Ornament craft table
* Cookie Decorating table
* Music
* Jump Castle
* Reading the Polar Express at 4 pm

Breakfast With Santa at Wild Dunes

Dates: December 18, 8:30 am – 10:30 am

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!


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  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.

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