Things to Do in Charleston (December 2022)

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Welcome to December! Here’s a look at all of the fun, family-friendly events taking place around Charleston this month!

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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. 

December Events

Dec
1
North Pole on the Plaza
This December, our Gabrielle Plaza overlooking Marion Square is transforming into your downtown destination for holiday magic. Discover nightly movies, cozied up by a fire with decadent smores kits and
Dec
1
Santa is coming to East Bay Deli!
Ho Ho Ho! Santa’s coming to town! Kid’s Night is Thursday, December 1, 5-7pm on Savannah Hwy in West Ashley. Kids get to hand-deliver their Christmas lists to Santa and
Dec
1
Aquarium Aglow
The wonder of the season comes alive at Aquarium Aglow, elegant evenings of holiday celebration in the heart of downtown Charleston. Gather friends and loved ones to journey through the
Dec
1
Holiday Festival of Lights
There’s so much to discover at the Holiday Festival of Lights! Marvel at the magical twinkling lights as you explore the grounds at Santa’s Village and Winter Wonderland. Enjoy mouth-watering
Dec
1
Celebrate the Season
Hop in the car with your family and friends and follow a picturesque path through thousands of brilliant, twinkling lights. Admission is $5 per vehicle and proceeds benefit local charities.
Dec
1
Dunes West Holiday Market
We can’t wait to see everyone at our 3rd annual Holiday Market! We have so many vendors returning and lots of new vendors as well. Food trucks, music, and lots
Dec
2
A Christmas Carol
Charles Dickens’ immortal classic returns in an all new theatrical production! A brand new production of Dickens’s classic featuring colorful new sets and costumes and an inventive new holiday score.
Dec
2
Nutcracker
The classic tale of the Holiday favorite, The Nutcracker. Performed by Mount Pleasant Performing Arts Co.
Dec
2
Mommy & Me Milestones Class
Mommy and Me Milestones Class every Friday at 9:30 starting Sept 16!
Dec
2
Christmas Made in the South
We will be in the pavillion with a ton of items for dogs, cats, and humans. Face painting for $5 minimum donation. 29th Annual Christmas Made in the South Friday
Dec
2
Garden Club of Charleston Holiday Decorations at the Joseph Manigault House
Annually, the Garden Club of Charleston uses this impressive house as a backdrop for their creative holiday arrangements, using plant material that would have been available in the Lowcountry during
Dec
2
Winter Wonderland
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
Dec
2
Light the Lake
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
Dec
2
North Pole on the Plaza
This December, our Gabrielle Plaza overlooking Marion Square is transforming into your downtown destination for holiday magic. Discover nightly movies, cozied up by a fire with decadent smores kits and
Dec
2
Hanahan Christmas Tree Lighting and Holiday Vendor Market
Join us for our annual Christmas Tree Lighting and Holiday Vendor Market at the BEAUTIFUL Hanahan Amphitheater. Meet Santa Claus, shop our local vendor market, and enjoy performances by our
Dec
2
Daniel Island Tree Lighting
The Daniel Island Community Fund invites you to join us for the Annual Holiday Tree Lighting event to be held at Credit One Stadium (161 Seven Farms Drive) on Friday,
Dec
2
Aquarium Aglow
The wonder of the season comes alive at Aquarium Aglow, elegant evenings of holiday celebration in the heart of downtown Charleston. Gather friends and loved ones to journey through the
Dec
2
Holiday Festival of Lights
There’s so much to discover at the Holiday Festival of Lights! Marvel at the magical twinkling lights as you explore the grounds at Santa’s Village and Winter Wonderland. Enjoy mouth-watering
Dec
2
Christmas in the Creek Tree Lighting
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,
Dec
2
Celebrate the Season
Hop in the car with your family and friends and follow a picturesque path through thousands of brilliant, twinkling lights. Admission is $5 per vehicle and proceeds benefit local charities.
Dec
2
Magic Tree House
A magical tree house transports Jack and Annie back in time to help the legendary author, Charles Dickens, in this 60 min adaptation of the best-selling book series. Join FAME’s
Dec
2
First Friday Christmas Market at the Town Market on James Island
The grand finale of the 2022 Town Market on James Island! Join us and @townofjamesisland in the lighting of the James Island tree, a performance by the JICHS Jazz Band,
Dec
3
A Christmas Carol
Charles Dickens’ immortal classic returns in an all new theatrical production! A brand new production of Dickens’s classic featuring colorful new sets and costumes and an inventive new holiday score.
Dec
3
Nutcracker
The classic tale of the Holiday favorite, The Nutcracker. Performed by Mount Pleasant Performing Arts Co.
Dec
3
Summerville Holiday Farmers Market
Holidays are a magical time of year as we celebrate the past and look forward to the next adventure. Summerville welcomes community members and guest to enjoy the season in
Dec
3
Breakfast with Santa at Burtons Grill & Bar
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
Dec
3
Goose Creek Farmers & Artisan Market
We are a year-round Market in Goose Creek, SC, presented by the Goose Creek Small Business Alliance. Our Market showcases local artisans, crafters, farmers, growers, makers & businesses and provides
Dec
3
4th Annual Goose Creek Holiday Festival
The 4th Annual Goose Creek Holiday Festival is coming up on 12/3/22! This specialty event features our normal GCFAM Market Vendors joined by many other local artisans, crafters and small
Dec
3
Hidden Ponds Nursery Christmas Festival
Mark your calendar for our annual Christmas Festival! Food, games, music, and of course, all the wonderful seasonal plants and gift items you can imagine. The Festival is free and
Dec
3
Christmas Made in the South
We will be in the pavillion with a ton of items for dogs, cats, and humans. Face painting for $5 minimum donation. 29th Annual Christmas Made in the South Friday
Dec
3
Holiday Gift Market
Sponsored by Gift Much, LLC, in partnership with Tanger Outlet – Charleston, get ready for a Ho-Ho-Holly Jolly good time at this year’s Holiday Gift Market happening on Saturday, December
Dec
3
Jingle Bell Junction
Come shop local with us, ride on the Christmas horse buggies, eat some amazing foods and fantastic sweets, cuddle some sweet animals, grab your Christmas tree, greenery and special plants.
Dec
3
Hanahan Christmas Parade
Come out and support the Annual Hanahan Christmas Parade. The parade will start and end at the Hanahan High School. Please see the sign up sheets if you would like
Dec
3
Holiday Pickers Hullabaloo Flea Market
Join us for the winter Holiday Pickers Hullabaloo Flea Market for a day of Treasure Hunting + Good Eats + Libations + Live Music. Shop from over 100 leading vintage
Dec
3
Garden Club of Charleston Holiday Decorations at the Joseph Manigault House
Annually, the Garden Club of Charleston uses this impressive house as a backdrop for their creative holiday arrangements, using plant material that would have been available in the Lowcountry during
Dec
3
Magic Tree House
A magical tree house transports Jack and Annie back in time to help the legendary author, Charles Dickens, in this 60 min adaptation of the best-selling book series. Join FAME’s
Dec
3
Sip & Shop Holiday Market at Wood’s Ace Hardware & Mercantile
Ever wanted to drink wine and stroll the greenhouse? Walk the aisles of a hardware store with a brewsky? Now is your chance! We will have beer and wine available
Dec
3
Holiday Street Festival
Arts & Crafters, Food vendors, children activities and live entertainment
Dec
3
Santa at the Veranda
Join us to write letters to Santa and photo opportunities with St. Nick himself from 2pm-5pm! This event is complimentary with general admission tickets and includes a hot chocolate bar
Dec
3
Christmas at Lane Tiny Farm
Join us for Lane Tiny Farm’s 1st Annual Christmas at the Farm! On Saturday December 3rd from 2-5pm, bring your friends, family, & kiddos out to visit with our sweet
Dec
3
North Charleston Christmas Parade and Festival
This annual city event is a holiday gift to the community.  Families, friends, and neighbors share the joys of the season through music, children’s activities, festive food and decorations, thousands
Dec
3
North Pole on the Plaza
This December, our Gabrielle Plaza overlooking Marion Square is transforming into your downtown destination for holiday magic. Discover nightly movies, cozied up by a fire with decadent smores kits and
Dec
3
Aquarium Aglow
The wonder of the season comes alive at Aquarium Aglow, elegant evenings of holiday celebration in the heart of downtown Charleston. Gather friends and loved ones to journey through the
Dec
3
Holiday Festival of Lights
There’s so much to discover at the Holiday Festival of Lights! Marvel at the magical twinkling lights as you explore the grounds at Santa’s Village and Winter Wonderland. Enjoy mouth-watering
Dec
3
Stingrays Hockey: Teddy Bear Toss + Cowbell Giveaway
Toss those teddies! The annual Teddy Bear Toss, presented by Crews Chevrolet, encourages fans to throw new teddy bears and stuffed animals on the ice after the Rays score their first
Dec
3
Celebrate the Season
Hop in the car with your family and friends and follow a picturesque path through thousands of brilliant, twinkling lights. Admission is $5 per vehicle and proceeds benefit local charities.
Dec
4
A Christmas Carol
Charles Dickens’ immortal classic returns in an all new theatrical production! A brand new production of Dickens’s classic featuring colorful new sets and costumes and an inventive new holiday score.
Dec
4
KOTA Christmas (2nd Annual)
KOTA Christmas (2nd Annual) Sunday, December 4th 10am – 12pm OR 1:00 pm -3:00 pm Admission fee: $15 per participating persons – Under 1 and Adults are FREE  Our second
Dec
4
Nutcracker
The classic tale of the Holiday favorite, The Nutcracker. Performed by Mount Pleasant Performing Arts Co.
Dec
4
Santa Sundays at the South Carolina Aquarium
‘Tis the season to make lifelong memories, and the Aquarium is your destination for festive fun! Visit us with family and friends to experience the magic of the holidays with
Dec
4
Christmas Made in the South
We will be in the pavillion with a ton of items for dogs, cats, and humans. Face painting for $5 minimum donation. 29th Annual Christmas Made in the South Friday
Dec
4
Inclusive Visit with Santa
People with disabilities and their families are invited to a photo session with Santa at James Island County Park. Join us to experience the time-honored tradition of a visit with
Dec
4
Garden Club of Charleston Holiday Decorations at the Joseph Manigault House
Annually, the Garden Club of Charleston uses this impressive house as a backdrop for their creative holiday arrangements, using plant material that would have been available in the Lowcountry during
Dec
4
Tuffy Tiger: Live & In Orange
He’s cute, clever and almost five. He’s Tuffy Tiger and he’s coming to Flowertown! FREE Tuffytastic Saturdays! Live-action puppet-based performances featuring the little orange tiger, Tuffy. The series of 6
Dec
4
Photos With The Grinch
Get silly and strike a pose with The Grinch at Tanger Outlets Charleston! The Grinch will be on site near Carter’s Babies & Kids starting Friday, November 26th and here
Dec
4
Photos With Santa
Come share your wishes with Santa this holiday season at the Big Christmas Tree by Coach & Zales. Santa will be on site starting Friday, November 11th and here until
Dec
4
Christmas Festival
Fun Christmas-themed festival with local vendors, photos with Santa, specialty coffee, and ice cream!
Dec
4
The Sunday Brunch Farmers Market Funtastic Holiday Market
Come join us Sunday, December 4th between 11am and 3 pm for our annual holiday market! We’ll have 50+ local vendors, food trucks, live music, face painting, chair massage and
Dec
4
Brunch with Santa
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
Dec
4
Oyster Roast
Join us for our Annual Deck the Hall Oyster Roast and delight in the historical significance of these local delicacies! All-you-can-eat oysters, a chili bar, and local beverages will ensure
Dec
4
Holiday Parade
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
Dec
4
North Pole on the Plaza
This December, our Gabrielle Plaza overlooking Marion Square is transforming into your downtown destination for holiday magic. Discover nightly movies, cozied up by a fire with decadent smores kits and
Dec
4
Aquarium Aglow
The wonder of the season comes alive at Aquarium Aglow, elegant evenings of holiday celebration in the heart of downtown Charleston. Gather friends and loved ones to journey through the
Dec
4
Holiday Festival of Lights
There’s so much to discover at the Holiday Festival of Lights! Marvel at the magical twinkling lights as you explore the grounds at Santa’s Village and Winter Wonderland. Enjoy mouth-watering
Dec
4
Celebrate the Season
Hop in the car with your family and friends and follow a picturesque path through thousands of brilliant, twinkling lights. Admission is $5 per vehicle and proceeds benefit local charities.
Dec
4
Lights & Love
Please join us for Lights & Love, a very special holiday event for families with children on the spectrum. For some children with Autism and Neurodiversity, holidays can be challenging.
Dec
5
Garden Club of Charleston Holiday Decorations at the Joseph Manigault House
Annually, the Garden Club of Charleston uses this impressive house as a backdrop for their creative holiday arrangements, using plant material that would have been available in the Lowcountry during
Dec
5
Holy City Christmas at Holy City Brewery
Experience the JOY of the holidays this season at Holy City Christmas, located at Holy City Brewing. The whole family will enjoy an immersive journey through Santa’s house and toy
Dec
5
North Pole on the Plaza
This December, our Gabrielle Plaza overlooking Marion Square is transforming into your downtown destination for holiday magic. Discover nightly movies, cozied up by a fire with decadent smores kits and
Dec
5
Holiday Festival of Lights
There’s so much to discover at the Holiday Festival of Lights! Marvel at the magical twinkling lights as you explore the grounds at Santa’s Village and Winter Wonderland. Enjoy mouth-watering
Dec
5
Celebrate the Season
Hop in the car with your family and friends and follow a picturesque path through thousands of brilliant, twinkling lights. Admission is $5 per vehicle and proceeds benefit local charities.
Dec
6
Garden Club of Charleston Holiday Decorations at the Joseph Manigault House
Annually, the Garden Club of Charleston uses this impressive house as a backdrop for their creative holiday arrangements, using plant material that would have been available in the Lowcountry during
Dec
6
Dorchester Mini Winter Festival
Join us for a festive evening filled with treats, activities, and snow at the Dorchester Road Library. Activities include a STEM based make your own snow program. Recommended for ages
Dec
6
Holy City Christmas at Holy City Brewery
Experience the JOY of the holidays this season at Holy City Christmas, located at Holy City Brewing. The whole family will enjoy an immersive journey through Santa’s house and toy
Dec
6
North Pole on the Plaza
This December, our Gabrielle Plaza overlooking Marion Square is transforming into your downtown destination for holiday magic. Discover nightly movies, cozied up by a fire with decadent smores kits and
Dec
6
Holiday Festival of Lights
There’s so much to discover at the Holiday Festival of Lights! Marvel at the magical twinkling lights as you explore the grounds at Santa’s Village and Winter Wonderland. Enjoy mouth-watering
Dec
6
Celebrate the Season
Hop in the car with your family and friends and follow a picturesque path through thousands of brilliant, twinkling lights. Admission is $5 per vehicle and proceeds benefit local charities.
Dec
7
Winter Wonderland Storytime at Dorchester Road Library
Join us for a winter wonderland of stories, songs, crafts, and games! Grab a seat for a winter themed storytime and practice early literacy skills with our bubble wrap alphabet
Dec
7
Garden Club of Charleston Holiday Decorations at the Joseph Manigault House
Annually, the Garden Club of Charleston uses this impressive house as a backdrop for their creative holiday arrangements, using plant material that would have been available in the Lowcountry during
Dec
7
Holy City Christmas at Holy City Brewery
Experience the JOY of the holidays this season at Holy City Christmas, located at Holy City Brewing. The whole family will enjoy an immersive journey through Santa’s house and toy
Dec
7
North Pole on the Plaza
This December, our Gabrielle Plaza overlooking Marion Square is transforming into your downtown destination for holiday magic. Discover nightly movies, cozied up by a fire with decadent smores kits and
Dec
7
Santa is coming to East Bay Deli!
Ho Ho Ho! Santa’s coming to town! Kid’s Night is Wednesday, December 7, 5-7pm at Oakland Market in Mt. Pleasant. Kids get to hand-deliver their Christmas lists to Santa and
Dec
7
Holiday Festival of Lights
There’s so much to discover at the Holiday Festival of Lights! Marvel at the magical twinkling lights as you explore the grounds at Santa’s Village and Winter Wonderland. Enjoy mouth-watering
Dec
7
Celebrate the Season
Hop in the car with your family and friends and follow a picturesque path through thousands of brilliant, twinkling lights. Admission is $5 per vehicle and proceeds benefit local charities.
Dec
7
Photos With Santa
Come share your wishes with Santa this holiday season at the Big Christmas Tree by Coach & Zales. Santa will be on site starting Friday, November 11th and here until
Dec
8
A Christmas Carol
Charles Dickens’ immortal classic returns in an all new theatrical production! A brand new production of Dickens’s classic featuring colorful new sets and costumes and an inventive new holiday score.
Dec
8
Garden Club of Charleston Holiday Decorations at the Joseph Manigault House
Annually, the Garden Club of Charleston uses this impressive house as a backdrop for their creative holiday arrangements, using plant material that would have been available in the Lowcountry during
Dec
8
Holy City Christmas at Holy City Brewery
Experience the JOY of the holidays this season at Holy City Christmas, located at Holy City Brewing. The whole family will enjoy an immersive journey through Santa’s house and toy
Dec
8
North Pole on the Plaza
This December, our Gabrielle Plaza overlooking Marion Square is transforming into your downtown destination for holiday magic. Discover nightly movies, cozied up by a fire with decadent smores kits and
Dec
8
Polar Express Night
We’re back- and bigger than ever! Bring your family out for this free event to enjoy hot chocolate and s’mores while watching “The Polar Express” drive-in style in the parking
Dec
8
Aquarium Aglow
The wonder of the season comes alive at Aquarium Aglow, elegant evenings of holiday celebration in the heart of downtown Charleston. Gather friends and loved ones to journey through the
Dec
8
Holiday Festival of Lights
There’s so much to discover at the Holiday Festival of Lights! Marvel at the magical twinkling lights as you explore the grounds at Santa’s Village and Winter Wonderland. Enjoy mouth-watering
Dec
8
Holiday Hoedown
Mrs. Claus cordially invites people with special needs and their families and friends to her annual Holiday Hoedown! Come dressed in your favorite western gear to welcome the holiday, country
Dec
8
Celebrate the Season
Hop in the car with your family and friends and follow a picturesque path through thousands of brilliant, twinkling lights. Admission is $5 per vehicle and proceeds benefit local charities.
Dec
9
A Christmas Carol
Charles Dickens’ immortal classic returns in an all new theatrical production! A brand new production of Dickens’s classic featuring colorful new sets and costumes and an inventive new holiday score.
Dec
9
Mommy & Me Milestones Class
Mommy and Me Milestones Class every Friday at 9:30 starting Sept 16!
Dec
9
Holiday MRKT // 2022
We’re excited to host our very first Holiday MRKT in December 9th – 11th, 10AM – 6PM in the heart of historic Charleston, SC, at the newly renovated Explore Charleston
Dec
9
Garden Club of Charleston Holiday Decorations at the Joseph Manigault House
Annually, the Garden Club of Charleston uses this impressive house as a backdrop for their creative holiday arrangements, using plant material that would have been available in the Lowcountry during
Dec
9
Conversations with a Curator: Baubles and Bulbs
Join Curator of History, Chad Stewart, as we explore the evolution of American Christmas décor since the nineteenth century by examining the Museum’s collection of vintage Christmas decorations, including lights,
Dec
9
Free Family Fridays at The Children’s Museum
Join us at the Museum for families to play and explore at no charge on the second Friday of each month from 4pm-7pm! Families get free play in the Museum

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