The Lowcountry is home to more than just beautiful marshland scenery, delicious food, and friendly people. It also harbors a unique holiday spirit and charm that you will be hard-pressed to find anywhere else. If you’re planning a visit to the area this season, don’t miss out on all of the best holiday celebrations in the Lowcountry! Before you leave, take our complimentary Vacation Guide with you as an early Christmas present. Full of more of the area’s holiday events, fantastic restaurants, and historic attractions, our guide is all you need to plan the perfect getaway!
The Best Holiday Celebrations in the Lowcountry
Holiday Festival of Lights
The Holiday Festival of Lights is one of the most exciting annual events in Charleston. Head over to James Island and take the three-mile driving tour through some of the best-decorated homes in the country! While you’re here, you can also enjoy marshmallow roasting, train rides, a carousel, hot chocolate, kettle corn, and much more!
Annual Holiday Pub Crawl
Every holiday season, the Holiday Pub Crawl comes back to Charleston. For just $30, you can join the fun and enjoy a unique, guided tour of the city that stops at all of your favorite pubs! Don’t miss out on one of Charleston’s best traditions.
If you’re worried about packing on a few pounds during the holiday season, the Reindeer Run might be for you. Burn a few calories while supporting the MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital! This 5k run/ walk is the perfect way to embrace the spirit of the holidays and enjoy the fresh, Lowcountry air!
Chanukah in the square
Celebrate religious freedom and diversity this year at Charleston’s annual Chanukah in the Square! There will be live music, concessions, children’s entertainment, and even a giant Menorah lighting!
Parade of Boats
The holidays in Charleston are full of many cheerful activities, but the Holiday Parade of Boats is one of the best! Join the Charleston Rotary Club at the Maritime Center and enjoy the spectacular light show as the boats cruise past! This is a family-friendly event that you don’t want to miss!
Charleston Christmas Tree Lighting
If you can find something to do in Charleston during the holidays, look no further. The Charleston Christmas tree lighting is an incredible celebration of the season! The spectacle features live music and performances in Marion Square and ends with the lighting of a stunning, 64-foot tree of lights!
Holiday Walking Tours
The best way to get a feel for the holidays in Charleston is to walk around the city in December. There are plenty of fantastic holiday walking tours that will give you a great chance to learn about the city’s unique history and take in the spirit of the holidays!
Wine Under the Oaks
Boone Hall Plantation and Gardens is hosting Wine Under the Oaks again this year! Admission includes a variety of wine samples, complimentary desserts, oysters, food and wine pairings, live music, and dazzling light displays!
Annual Progressive Dinner
The Annual Progressive Dinner is a tradition that dates back over 30 years! Enjoy an evening of holiday dining at some of Charleston’s most historic locations and get the chance to travel around the city in a horse-drawn carriage. The cost is $110 per person and includes the carriage ride, tax, gratuity, and the three-course dinner!
Charleston Sleigh Ride
A fantastic alternative to the walking tours, the Charleston Sleigh Ride allows you to see the best of Charleston in a short amount of time. Enjoy the Christmas Cruise as you marvel at The Holy City from the water of Charleston Harbor. The cruise includes Christmas caroling, sight-seeing, and a narrated guide! All you need to bring are your friends, family, favorite snacks, and some Christmas cheer!
Where to Stay in the Lowcountry?
Put yourself within walking distance of all of Charleston’s best holiday events when you book a stay at Hotel Bella Grace. Our boutique hotel offers the perfect balance between convenience and luxury. We offer artful decor, spacious guest suites, and a welcoming atmosphere, making us the perfect place to call home for the holidays.
For example, our presidential suite features a king-size bed, all of our finest amenities, and a 300 square foot patio that overlooks Marion Square. This suite books up well in advance, so start planning your stay now!