While Christmastime may stir up visions of cold, snowy nights, this holiday season is a bit different in Charleston, South Carolina. Of course, a white Christmas always feels like a treat, but when you spend Christmas in Charleston, you’ll discover dozens of great holiday events while still enjoying the mild winter climate. The entire is decked out in festive decorations and every business from local theaters to tour companies roll out exciting holiday experiences that allow you to experience the beauty and history of Charleston while celebrating one of the best times of the year.
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The Best Things to Do During Christmas in Charleston
Spend Time at the Holiday Festival of Lights
Located in the James Island County Park about 15 minutes away from downtown Charleston, the Holiday Festival of Lights is one of the biggest attractions. From Thanksgiving through December, you can witness one of the best light displays in the country. If you’re planning to spend Christmas in Charleston, a night spent at the Holiday Festival of Lights should be at the top of your list of things to do. More than two million brilliantly colored lights are used to create a multitude of dazzling light displays throughout the park. But, the lights aren’t the only attraction. Halfway through the show, you can park and walk around the Christmas Village. Roast marshmallows over an open fire, explore the gift shop, or pop in for a visit with Santa and a warm cup of hot chocolate.
Catch A Christmas Carol at the Dock Street Theatre
Few things can put you in the Christmas spirit like a great performance of Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol. When spending Christmas in Charleston, be sure to snag some tickets to a performance of this timeless holiday play at the Dock Street Theatre. This charming venue is actually the oldest theater in the U.S. and is known for hosting the very first opera performance in the country. The space is intimate and unique, making it an excellent spot for a date night or family outing.
Sign Up for a Holiday Tour
Tours take place in Charleston throughout the year because of the city’s distinct and rich history. But, during Christmas time, you can be a part of a more unique experience. Sign up for holiday walking tour and admire historic homes decked out in holiday decor. You can also enjoy a carriage sleigh ride through the streets of downtown and hear stories of Charleston’s history.
Stay in the Heart of Downtown Charleston at the Hotel Bella Grace
Christmas in Charleston is truly a magical time. If you want to experience all that the Holy City has to offer at this time of year, book a stay at Hotel Bella Grace. Our luxurious boutique hotel is located in the heart of downtown Charleston. You’ll have easy access to all the best holiday events and attractions. Many of our rooms and suites are equipped with full-sized kitchens and offer amenities like complimentary breakfast and 24-hour gym access.