Things to Do in Charleston (December 2020)

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Welcome to December! Can y’all believe that we’ve almost made it through 2020?! What a year! December is chock full of plenty of fun, family-friendly events happening around the Lowcountry.

Here are some other guides you may find handy!

*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. 

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Looking to add some adventure to your month? If your kids are ready for a break from homeschooling and virtual everything, then plan a family day or date night at Summit Adventure Park. The area’s all-new trampoline park packs 12 attractions and tons of fun into each visit. Test gravity on the Olympic-sized trampoline court, become the ultimate athlete, ninja or gladiator, take flight on the airbags…even toddlers can get in on the fun in their very own Kid’s Court.

Check site for hours and rates. Follow them for special events and promotions. Summit Adventure Park is passionate about fun and serious about safety. Click here to learn more about the added measures they’ve taken so you can have fun worry-free. 

1964 Ashley River Road, Charleston, SC 29407

December Events

Dec
1
Come SEA the Magic – Holidays at the Aquarium
Looking for the perfect place to make holiday memories? From visits with Santa and fun photo-ops to festive animal enrichment and more, the Aquarium is the perfect place to experience the magic of the season! Santa visits will take place Sunday ̵...
Dec
1
2020 Lowcountry Reindeer Run
Join us for the annual Lowcountry Reindeer Run benefiting the wonderful initiatives at the MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital! Due to all of the unknown with Covid-19, after much consideration, we have decided to make the 2020 Reindeer Run a vi...
Dec
1
2020 Old Time Summerville Christmas Celebration
We invite you to join us for the 2020 Old Time Summerville Christmas Celebration event on Tuesday, December 1 from 5:30 – 8 p.m. This event will be a modified version of the Town’s traditional tree lighting ceremony. The event will follow strict ...
Dec
1
Celebrate The Season 2020
Celebrate The Season is back for its 10th year! The Holiday Lights Driving Tour, with dozens of spectacular lights displays, takes place from Nov. 27-Dec. 30 (closed Dec. 24 & 25) from 6-9 p.m. and begins at Santee Cooper headquarters (One Riverw...
Dec
3
Throwing a Winter Solstice Party Charleston Moms
Christmas on the Battery
Cost: $25 – $30 Enjoy a special evening at the historic Edmondston-Alston House. Tour the festively decorated house by candlelight and hear the Charleston Caroling Company. Warm up in the courtyard with a glass of wine or hot cider where local ...
Dec
5
Polar Express Family Friendly Workshop
🚂 Join us for a Polar Express Family Friendly workshop!🚂 Enjoy hot cocoa and a cookie bar while you DIY in your PJs and watch The Polar Express!🎅🏻🍪☕️ What better way to get in the Christmas spirit?!🎄 Select an adult project from...
Dec
5
Annual Hanahan Christmas Parade
We invite the community to come kick off the Christmas Season with a parade. The parade will start and end at the Hanahan High School.
Dec
5
Holiday Parade at Magnolia
Magnolia Plantation & Gardens is hosting our FIRST EVER Holiday Parade on Saturday, December 5th 2020 at 11am. The Parade will start at our Children’s Garden and will march down our iconic Oak Alley. Bring your chairs and blankets, grab a hot c...
Dec
5
Ornament Workshop
Join us for a DIY holiday ornament workshop! We provide all the materials and instruct you step-by-step to create three fun, holiday ornaments for your tree! Choose from a variety of designs and paint colors in the workshop. Cost for the workshop is ...
Dec
5
I'll Have a Blue Christmas Without You Charleston Moms
Holiday Street Festival
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, food and craft vendors and even a visit from Santa Claus! At approximately 5:30 the city will officially light the 24&#...
Dec
5
A MERRY FOX-MAS AT FOX RIDGE FARM
Come enjoy some Holiday fun at Fox Ridge Farm. Multiple photo booths, ornament decorating, petting zoo, and so much more
Dec
5
Moncks Corner Night-time Parade
Join us on Main Street for the Moncks Corner Annual Christmas Parade! Our parade is held in the evening. Beautiful floats light up the night in Moncks Corner with their holiday cheer! Celebrate the Season Holiday Fairs will be taking place in the Reg...
Dec
6
Inclusive Visit with Santa
He’s making his list, and he’s checking it twice – Santa Claus is most definitely coming to town. Children with disabilities and their families are invited to a photo session with Santa at James Island County Park. Photos will be taken at P...
Dec
8
HOLLY JOLLY CHRISTMAS
Celebrate the holiday spirit with Santa and walk through our winter wonderland while enjoying Christmas music
Dec
11
NYICFF Special Event: Conversation with JINGLE JANGLE Director
Multifaceted writer, director, and producer David E. Talbert (First Sunday, Baggage Claim) will join us for a live discussion to chat about the making of this adventurous film, give us a peek behind the scenes, and answer your questions!
Dec
12
Yuletide On the Ashley – Holiday Market and Craft Fair
Enjoy the Holiday season at our “Yuletide on the Ashley” Holiday Market and Art Fair on December 12 & 13. With unique items and artisan crafts in abundance, this Holiday Market is the perfect place to round out your holiday shopping. Browse t...
Dec
12
Ugly Sweater 5K Dash | 2020
Grab your ugly sweaters and join the holiday fun! Registration opens Monday, October 19. The ARK Ugly Sweater 5K Dash is set for Saturday, December 12 in Downtown Summerville. The ARK provides comprehensive support services to families living with Al...
Dec
12
Christmas in the Creek Holiday Parade
The Christmas in the Creek Holiday Parade is coming to Goose Creek on Saturday, Dec. 12! The parade will take place on St. James Avenue, between the corners of Old Moncks Corner Rd. and Marilyn Street. The parade will begin promptly at 9:30 a.m. and ...
Dec
12
Santa Claus is Coming
Santa Claus is Coming! Bring in non-perishable food items to be donated to a local food pantry and get your picture with Santa. We’ll have lots of local Arts and Craft Vendors so you can get your shopping done too. And we’ll have a food t...
Dec
12
The Snow Queen Holiday Deliveries
The Snow Queen will be delivering Hot Chocolate on Saturday, December 12th from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm & again on Wednesday, December 23rd from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm. The visit will be a social distance visit & will take place in your front ...
Dec
12
39th annual Charleston Harbor Parade
39th annual Charleston Harbor Parade of decorated holiday boats will be held Saturday December 12 2020. (Hours listed here are approximate, depending upon where you watch the boats from!) More info at https://holidayparadeofboats.com/
Dec
13
Drive-in Chanukah in the Square 2020
Family-friendly, Fun, Free, and SAFE! Announcing the 13th annual Chanukah in the Square extravaganza, sponsored by the Norman and Gerry Sue Arnold Foundation and the City of Charleston. Join us for a drive-in event located at The Bend, with food and ...
Dec
13
25TH ANNUAL CHRISTMAS LIGHT PARADE
Brilliantly lit floats and community groups will march up West Coleman Boulevard as the Mount Pleasant Christmas Light Parade sets sail to the delight of thousands of residents and visitors. The festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. with a spectacular Pyrot...
Dec
16
HOLLY JOLLY CHRISTMAS
Celebrate the holiday spirit with Santa and walk through our winter wonderland while enjoying Christmas music.
Dec
18
Letters & Ornaments with Mrs. Claus and the Elves
Join Santa’s Elves and Mrs. Claus at Bizzy Bee Indoor Play Center to write letters to Santa and make an ornament for your tree. This is an add-on activity that will be available throughout the day, while the supplies last. Each child will get a...
Dec
18
Winter Wonderland Workshop
Drop the children off for an afternoon of Winter and holiday crafts and activities! For ages 2-12, enjoy 3 hours for $30 between the hours of 1-6PM.
Dec
18
NYICFF Special Event: Conversation with Directors of WOLFWALKERS
Join us for a virtual conversation with directors Tomm Moore (The Secret of Kells, Song of the Sea) and Ross Stewart (The Breadwinner, Paranorman). We’ll discuss the inspiration behind Wolfwalkers, the process of creating hand-drawn animation, ...
Dec
18
“DIVE-IN” MOVIE
Bring friends and family for a night of swimming with a viewing of Elf!
Dec
18
HOLIDAY HALFPIPE
Throw on your holiday gear and kick off Christmas break at Mount Pleasant’s favorite after dark skate party. There will be music, a food truck, and plenty of holiday cheer!
Dec
19
Free Saturday (for Berkeley residents)
All Berkeley County residents can explore our park for FREE on Saturday, December 19, 2020, with valid proof of ID, utility or tax bill. Berkeley County residents will also receive 1/2-half park admission on Sunday, December 20. Come see why Cypress ...
Dec
19
7th Annual McElveen Cocoa Cup 5K
Please join us at the 7th annual Cocoa Cup 5K on Saturday, December 19th!! Whether you’re tackling the 5k or the one-mile kid’s fun run, you’ll enjoy getting out on Nexton’s scenic course design with 2,000 other running fanatics. We w...
Dec
19
Cookies with Santa workshop
🎅🏻 Ho Ho Ho!🎅🏻 DIY with Santa at our Cookies with Santa children’s workshop! Create your own cookie tray, letter to Santa, or reindeer sign and get a photo with Santa! Cookies & milk will be provided! 🍪🥛 Ages 6+. Seating i...
Dec
19
6th Annual Holy City Holiday Market
The holidays are brewing in Park Circle! Sip and shop local on Saturday, December 19 at the 6th Annual Holy City Holiday Market. Held outdoors on the lawn at Holy City Brewing, there will be up to fifty vendors available to help you find those perfec...
Dec
19
Holiday Soirée
Celebrate the holiday in style with Bizzy Bee! December 19th, from 6:30 PM- 8:30 PM, join us at Bizzy Bee Indoor Play Center for our Holiday Soirée. Take photos with Santa with the Get’Em Twisted Photobooth, shop our family-friendly Holiday Market...
Dec
20
Stories & Sweets On The Stoop With Santa
Santa is enjoying a little R&R at the beach, ahead of his big night! Your family is invited to add a little magic to your holiday, with a special visit from the big man himself. Santa’s helper will deliver cookies and milk to your doorstep, and...
Dec
31
NOON Year’s Eve Party
A New Year Celebration for those that won’t make it until midnight! Celebrate at our exclusive NOON Year’s Eve Party! A special event for the those with an early bed time! We have crafted a special event for the littles to celebrate the N...

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