Christmas in Charleston

Christmas In Charleston


There is nothing more magnificent than celebrating the holidays in Charleston. While it would take a Christmas miracle for you to have a White Christmas here, there is no shortage of holiday magic.

Despite the holidays around corner, you can still book a fabulous last-minute getaway and experience a Lowcounty Christmas and ring in the New Year.

Here are a few of our favorite Lowcountry holiday traditions. The best part is all of them — except The Holiday Festival of Lights — are within walking distance to The Charleston Chestnut Mansion!


Charleston Holiday Pub Crawl

Let a local guide escort you and your friends to several pubs and taverns. Sip on your favorite beverages, enjoy complimentary appetizers and holiday treats, and experience the stories and legends of Charleston’s unique culture and history. Going on now through January 7, tickets are $30 per person and reservations are required. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit


Holiday Market

Head to Marion Square (Calhoun Street between King Street and Meeting Street) to find everything you need to deck the halls and fill the pantry, all from local farmers and artisans. Discover baked goods, wreaths, fresh greenery, fresh vegetables, and the best assortment of art, crafts, and holiday gift items. Throughout December, the park is beautifully lit and decorated, including a 60-foot holiday tree, a Chanukah Menorah, and a Kwanzaa Kinara.


Charleston Strolls Holiday Walking Tour

Do you know Charleston’s tie to the flame-colored Christmas poinsettia? Want to enjoy our mild Christmas climate while strolling through the historic district? Take this seasonal guided tour and visit special landmarks and end with a photo opportunity in front of the Mills House Hotel’s grand Christmas Tree. For more information, visit


Joseph Manigault House

The Garden Club of Charleston decorates this magnificent house with creative arrangements made exclusively with live, historically accurate plant materials that would have cultivated in Charleston during the early 1800s. Learn about the holiday traditions enjoyed by the Manigault Family during special tours of this stunning historic home.


Charleston Harbor Tours

Hop aboard the Carolina Queen for the Keep the Light Shinin’ Holiday Dinner Cruise featuring The Plantation Singers. Enjoy a delicious buffet, 2-hour cruise, Gullah spirituals, and holiday tunes. To reserve your seat, visit


Holiday Festival of Lights

This requires a drive, but is a must do! The James Island County Park transforms into a winter wonderland now through January 1. After driving through the three-mile tour of lights, park your car and experience family-friendly attractions, shopping, and food.

A few of our favorites:

  • Marshmallow Roasting
  • Train Rides
  • Enchanted Walking Trail
  • Old-Fashioned Carousel
  • Santa’s Sweet Shoppe
  • Concessions
  • Gift Shops, featuring the children’s toy emporium Prancer’s Presents

For more information, visit

New Year’s Eve at The South Carolina Aquarium

Don your finest evening attire and ring in 2018 with the creatures of our local waterways! A premium open bar, champagne, and heavy hors d’oeuvres await. Reservations are required and can be made at


Happy New Year, Charleston!

A family-friendly, high-energy, non-alcoholic New Year’s celebration at Marion Square and surrounding areas.


Book Your Next Charleston Vacation at The Charleston Chestnut Mansion

If you’re ready to take in the sights and sounds of a Charleston Christmas, we invite you to stay in one of our luxury vacation rentals at THE BEST location in downtown Charleston by contacting us today.

We look forward to showing you why The Charleston Chestnut Mansion is THE BEST place to stay in Charleston!