Calendar of Events and Happenings

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November 14, 2014 – January 1, 2015

Festival of Lights
Featuring over 700 displays and two million lights, the Holiday Festival of Lights is a cherished holiday tradition for many families throughout Charleston and beyond. James Island County Park comes alive with illumination, and is a great place to capture the magic of the holiday season.

November 18, 2014

All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914
Choral group Cantus partners with Theatre Latte Da to present All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914, the story of an astounding moment in history when Allied and German soldiers laid down their arms to celebrate the holiday together. This dramatic and moving choral and spoken word performance is a classic holiday program of peace and goodwill.
7:30 pm

November 20, 2014

Sharing the Harvest
The event, hosted by The Art of Creating’s event planning company Ooh! Events, will feature live music, food from local vendors and family activities. Local businesses along Pitt Street will open their doors to guests in true block-party fashion. Donations from the event will benefit Basket Brigade, a Charleston, SC nonprofit dedicated to brining the community together to feed families in need at Thanksgiving.
Where: Pitt Street, Old Village — between Venning Street & Hardware Alley
*The event is open to the public. Donations to Basket Brigade can be made at select locations.

November 20, 2014

Rene Russell and Tia McGraff
Artists scheduled to appear on 11/20/2014 at Morgan Creek Grill:
•Rene Russell
•Tia McGraff

November 21-22, 2014

Stuffed Apple Stitching
Looking for something to express your creative side? Join Edgar Allan Poe and Sullivan’s Island Branch Library and create beautiful, handmade apple ornaments. From 3-5pm on the 21 and 10:30am on the 22.

November 21-23, 2014

Charleston Holiday Market

Charleston Holiday Market is Your Complete Holiday Experience! Offering foods and fashions, gifts and glitter, music and magic – everything to make the holidays bright. This exciting Christmas extravaganza kicks off the season with specialty gift stores, fashion jewelry, clothing, gourmet foods, decorations and ideas, home accessories and décor, food and wine sampling, arts and crafts, and of course, Santa!
Charleston Holiday Market offers participating vendors the opportunity to sell to tens of thousands of customers – all eager to shop! The customers come early and return often – leaving with bags and bags of goodies!
21st and 22nd: Open at 10am
23rd: Open at 11am
Charleston Area Convention Center

November 22, 2014

Lights Up
Join in on the family fun in front of Belk for a spectacular laser light show, live musical performance, train rides, giveaways and a vist from jolly old St. Nicholas himself. Enjoy a magical evening with friends and loved ones.
Belk Circle
Mount Pleasant Towne Center
Free event

November 25, 2014- January 4, 2015

A Swinging Christmas
Will Johnny be home for Christmas? Jazzy tunes and one crazed crooner heat up a cold wintry night at the snowbound Mountaintop Lodge. Perfect for groups!
Tuesday at 7pm
Thursday-Saturday 8pm
Sunday at 3pm.
Tickets: $25
Group discount — $22.50 for 8 or more — enter code “Group” at checkout.
For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit the website provided.

November 27, 2014

Turkey Day Run and Gobble Wobble
The Turkey Day Run & Gobble Wobble has become a Thanksgiving Day tradition for Charleston natives and visitors alike. The fun begins at 9 A.M. in Marion Square in historic downtown Charleston and weaves a scenic course down Meeting Street, around the Historic Battery, up King Street returning to Marion Square.

November 28- December 23, 2014

29th Annual Progressive Dinner
A much-beloved holiday tradition is back this December. For the 29th year in a row, Circa 1886 restaurant and Charming Inns will play host to the “Charleston Holiday Progressive Dinner,” a festive evening where diners journey by carriage to three different locations.
Guests are invited to start the evening with hors d’oeuvres at Historic Kings Courtyard Inn at 198 King Street, travel to Circa 1886 restaurant at 149 Wentworth Street for a three-course dinner, and wind down at Historic John Rutledge House Inn at 116 Broad Street for coffee and dessert.
Hors d’oeuvres start at 5:30 p.m. and the evening wraps up at 8:30 p.m. A carriage will transport guests from one location to the next. The cost is $100.00 per person, excluding beverages.

November 28- December 27, 2014

A Sweet T. Christmas
This Christmas believe that your greatest wishes can come true; even those you didn’t know to wish for. Returning for a third holiday season is the laughingly lovely story of a heavenly stranger, a hapless handyman, a hopeless hostess, a hopping-mad Santa, and their hysterical hunt for the holy grail of wish granting, a winning lottery ticket! The show that has sold out the last two Decembers returns to the Black Fedora Comedy Mystery Theatre
Recommended for: Friends, family, and co-workers looking to share some laughs this season, and those who like their holiday entertainment a little bit silly, a little bit sweet. Rated: PG (Contains humor and content perhaps over the heads of children under age 9)

November 28-29, 2014

Holiday Market at Middleton Place
The Garden Market & Nursery and Museum Shop kick-off the shopping season with an open-air market including local artisans and vendors, live musicians performing festive carols, complimentary hot cider and treats, and featured items in both shops.
Time: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Cost: no admission required to shop

November 28- December 21, 2014

Photos with Santa
To capture the magic of the holidays with a professional photo of your loved ones and pets*, visit Santa’s workshop next to Banana Republic. Photo package prices vary.
*Pet photos only on December 6th, 6:30-8pm & December 16th, 6:30-8pm. Pets must be on leash or crated.
Friday, November 28th: Noon-8pm
November 29th-December 21st:
Mon-Fri: 3-8pm
Sat: Noon-8pm
Sun: Noon-5pm
Monday, December 22nd: Noon-8pm
Tuesday, December 23rd: Noon-8pm
Wednesday, December 24th: 10am-6pm

November 28, 2014

Tree Lighting Ceremony at The Sanctuary
“Deck the Halls” with The Sanctuary for the holiday season. Our holiday staff will be busy assembling our Grand Lobby Christmas tree, as well as decorating our mantels and grand staircases. Be there as The Sanctuary is transformed into a magical, holiday mansion. Our tree lighting festivities will begin at 5pm and come ready to sing some favorite Christmas carols! We look forward to celebrating this special time of the year with you and your loved ones.
5pm – 6pm

November 29, 2014

BEHS Triple B Booster Club’s Annual Oyster Roast & Silent Auction
Oyster Roast and Silent Auction held Saturday, November 29 at BEHS Courtyard, 295 Seven Farms Drive, Daniel Island SC. $30 Donation per person-Age 21 and over. Oysters, Sides, Hotdogs, Chili, Beer and Wine Included. All You Can Eat. 6:30pm Tickets on Sale now at school office, concession stand, Triple B Booster Club Members or at the door.

November 29, 2014

Cookie Decorating at The Sanctuary
Kids of all ages are welcome to come and decorate their favorite holiday creations! Event is complimentary and sponsored by the Town of Kiawah Island. Advance reservations required.
The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island

November 29, 2014

Holiday Dinner Cruise
Keep the light shinin’ with a Holiday Dinner Cruise featuring live music and a gourmet buffet.
The Carolina Queen
Charleston Harbor Tours, 17 Lockwood Drive
Cruise includes:
-Gourmet buffet Holiday dinner
-2 hr scenic Harbor Cruise on the Carolina Queen
-Mix of holiday favorites and Gullah spirituals through live entertainment by The Plantation Singers
Board at 6:30pm
Cruise from 7-9pm
Tickets are $49.95 per person

November 29, 2014

Santa’s Lowcountry Arrival
Come witness as Santa and Mrs. Claus make their grand arrival on Kiawah Island. Kids of all ages are welcome to visit with Santa as parents get the opportunity for a picturesque holiday card.
After visiting with Santa, join Mrs. Claus Christmas stories. S’more kits will be available on the Grand Lawn for purchase during the activities. Be there as our Pastry Team unveils this season’s Sanctuary Gingerbread creation!

December 1-5, 2014

Winter Wonderland
This free pre-school event provides young children an opportunity to visit Santa, participate in hands-on activities, including holiday arts & crafts, and take part in live performances and music.
Tuesday, December 2, from noon to 1:30 pm, Wednesday, December 3 – Friday, December 5, from 9:00 am to 1:30 pm at Armory Park.
For required pre-registration, contact the North Charleston Parks & Recreation Department at 843.740.5807

December 4, 2014

A Yuletide Madrigal Feast
The Department of Music in the College of Charleston School of the Arts will present its annual “A Yuletide Madrigal Feast,” on Dec. 4, Dec. 5 and Dec. 6, 2014 at 7 p.m., in the Alumni Memorial Hall of Randolph Hall on the College of Charleston campus, 66 George St.
The award-winning College of Charleston Madrigal Singers, conducted by Dr. Robert Taylor, will perform sacred and secular traditional holiday season carols, such as “Coventry Carol,” “Once in Royal David’s City” and “Carol of the Bells.” Each of the three evenings will be filled with Renaissance entertainment and a feast fit for royalty. The Renaissance menu will include Cornish hen, haricot vert, wild rice, apple caramel tart, coffee and wine. Wassail will also be served.
Tickets are $70 for preferred seating, $60 for general admission and $40 for College of Charleston faculty and staff, sold in advance until two days prior to each performance. Seating is limited, and tickets will not be sold at the door. Reservations: (828) 432-7271.

December 5, 2014

A Night in Wine Country
Taste, Shop, Stroll King Street Friday, December 5
An exclusive, ticketed event where select stores will offer premier wine tastings, gourmet hors d’oeuvres and holiday shopping from 4:00 – 7:00 PM. Tickets will go on sale at November 1.

December 5, 2014

French Quarter Art Walk
Stroll the cobbled streets and gas lit alley ways to discover the works of well over 500 artists representing a diverse variety of styles and mediums from traditional to contemporary. All galleries of the French Quarter will be open with artists on hand and refreshments.

December 5, 2014

Hark, Hear the Bells
Palmetto Bronze, an auditioned community handbell group, will perform a free concert, “Hark, Hear the Bells,” at 7:00 pm, December 5 at Christ St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 4981 Chapel Road in Hollywood.
Led by Director Marcia Brantley, this exciting concert will blend a variety of musical styles and composers, showcasing handbells, chimes, trusonic bells, and percussion. Featuring traditional holiday favorites such as “Sleigh Ride” and “White Christmas,” to popular tunes including “Believe” from The Polar Express and a medley from Disney’s Frozen, composed by our very own Marcia Brantley and Michael Lopez, the program selections will appeal to the entire family. There will also be unique variations on seasonal classics such as “Jingle Bell Samba.”

December 5, 2014

The Sound of Charleston
Experience the unique sounds that help define Charleston’s rich heritage….gospel. Gershwin, Civil War, St. Cecelia Society, and jazz….all coming to life in live 75 minute concerts at historic Circular Congregational Church. Five special Holiday Performances include festive music of the period as well as hot wassail and cookies with the cast after each show. The church will be decorated for the Christmas season.
Adults – $28; Seniors (over 62) & Military – $26; Students – $16; Children 12 & Under – FREE

December 5, 2014

Looking to get out of the house? Come out and listen to Harper perform at Fiery Ron’s Home Team BBQ

December 5-21, 2014

Charleston Stage presents A Christmas Carol, A Ghost Story of Christmas
Charleston Stage’s acclaimed original adaptation of A Christmas Carol, A Ghost Story of Christmas magically returns to the Dock Street Theatre this December.
Now audiences will be closer than ever to this wonderful story of Scrooge and his Christmas Eve encounter with three ghoulish specters. With colorful period costumes, stunning Christmas card sets, magical special effects and scores of actors, singers, dancers and musicians, A Christmas Carol, A Ghost Story of Christmas is a holiday spectacular not to be missed.
Adult: $38.50 – $57.50
Seniors (60+): $36.50 – $55.50
Student (25 & under) and Active Military: $22.50 – $45.50
To order tickets, please call 843.577.7183. Tickets go on sale September 22nd.

December 5- December 12, 2014

Christmas 1860
Celebrate a Victorian holiday season by candlelight at the Edmondston-Alston House – decorated for the holidays as it would have been in 1860. Costumed interpreters will present dramatic scenes exploring Charleston’s last opulent Christmas before the start of the Civil War.
Times: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., tours given continuously
Cost: $20/advance, $25/door

December 5-7, 2014

Summerall Chapel Christmas Candlelight Services
One of Charleston’s longest and most memorable holiday traditions is the Christmas Candlelight Services at The Citadel’s historic Summerall Chapel. The 2014 services will take place Dec. 5 – 7.
Members of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets, who are part of the Protestant, Catholic and Gospel Choirs, join their talents with The Citadel Chorale and members of The Citadel Regimental Band, to create an unforgettable Christmas celebration.
Part of the grandeur of the celebration includes poinsettias that cover the front the Chapel, provided by Citadel families, faculty and staff, as well as neighbors from throughout the Charleston community who purchase them in memory or in honor of a loved one. The poinsettia can then be picked up by the purchasers on Tues., Dec. 10 to use in their homes. Anyone desiring to purchase poinsettias should contact the chapel by calling (843) 953-5049 to provide details, or by mailing information including the number of poinsettias, the name(s) of the loved one(s) and the name of the donor, with a check made payable to the Summerall Chapel Association. The requests should be mailed to Clarice Starks, Summerall Chapel, MSC #2, 171 Moultrie Street, Charleston, SC 29409 or delivered to the chapel office.

December 5-7, 2014

Garden & Gun Jubilee 2014
December 5-7, 2014 visit the second annual MADE IN THE SOUTH WEEKEND celebrating the best of Garden & Gun in one place.
Jubilee 2014 will be a lively mix of sporting, shopping, food, music, and art, as well as special dinners and live entertainment on the grounds of the historic state park Charles Towne Landing in Charleston, South Carolina.
Attracting G&G readers from all over the country, the three-day festival is a continuation of a commitment to celebrating the best of Southern culture and promises to delight and inspire.
This MADE IN THE SOUTH WEEKEND is the largest signature event the magazine hosts.
Friday: 9AM-4PM
Saturday: 10AM-4PM
Sunday: 10AM-3PM

December 6 – 21, 2014

Charleston Christmas Special
This annual tradition at the Charleston Music Hall in downtown Charleston features favorite holiday songs, dancing, musical skits and more that will get the entire family into the holiday spirit. Make a night of it and enjoy dinner downtown and a visit to see the Marion Square Christmas tree before or after the show. Visit for ticket information.

December 6, 2014

Columbia City Ballet’s The Nutcracker
Come experience The Nutcracker this holiday season, produced by the Columbia City Ballet.
North Charleston Performing Arts Center
Performance begins at 5:30pm.

December 6, 2014

Official Tree Lighting Ceremony & Holiday Market
Kickoff the holiday season with the opening of the Holiday Market from 9:00am to 4:00pm in Marion Square followed by the Official Tree Lighting Ceremony from 4:30pm to 6:00pm, also located in the Marion Square.

December 7, 2014

3rd Annual Island of Lights
Join your neighbors to illuminate Daniel Island with thousands of luminary bags! A new holiday tradition that brings friends and neighbors together to enjoy our beautiful Island home. Purchase luminary bags from the Daniel Island School PTA fundraiser and stroll through illuminated sidewalks and paths of Daniel Island neighborhoods and parks.

December 7, 2014

34th Annual City of Charleston Holiday Parade
Come downtown for the 34th Annual City of Charleston Holiday Parade.
The parade is from 2:00pm to 4:00pm and begins at Colonial Lake, proceeds up Broad Street, down King Street, concluding at Marion Square.

December 7, 2014

Wine Under the Oaks
WINE UNDER THE OAKS AT BOONE HALL PLANTATION has grown to become one of the premier holiday special events in the South Carolina Lowcountry.
What started on the front lawn as a “casual but elegant” affair has now moved to the next level and is presented on Boone Hall’s beautiful back lawn in order to make room for a growing line up for this popular Lowcountry holiday kickoff event.
Admission to this year’s event will include but is not limited to the following:
-Wine samples from over 20 distributors and wineries
-Complimentary “bubbles” provided by Biltmore Estate
-Complimentary desserts from Andrea Upchurch who is the featured pastry chef for Cypress, Magnolia’s, and Blossoms restaurants
-South Of France Food and Wine Pairing with complimentary samples provided by Boone Hall Farms and The Wine Shoppe
-Breads and Spreads with complimentary samples provided by Harris Teeter
-Oyster sampling provided by St. Jude Farms
-Wine and cooking demonstrations presented by some of Charleston’s finest chefs in a portable kitchen provided courtesy of the Charleston Restaurant Association and The Culinary Institute
-Complimentary table seating on a first come first serve basis
-Live concert performance by the band Spyro Gyra – whose music achieved legendary status and broke new ground by combining jazz with elements of R&B, funk, and pop music.
Gates Open 12:30PM
Event Will Be From 1PM-5PM
On The Back Lawn
Dress: Casual

December 10-11, 2014

13th Annual Dickens Dinner
Circa 1886 travels back in time this holiday season to retell a classic Christmas story. Storyteller Tim Lowry will take guests to Victorian England for a lively retelling of English novelist Charles Dickens’ beloved novella, “A Christmas Carol.” The performance is accompanied by a four-course dinner inspired by the novel.
Cost: $85.00 per person plus gratuity, tax, and beverages.

December 12-31, 2014

Charleston Sleigh Ride
In December, Pegasus Charters offers the “Original” Charleston Sleigh Ride. Started in 2008, we depart from the Charleston Harbor Resort in Mt. Pleasant upon the Charleston Explorer. The tour travels along the Charleston Peninsula for 1.5 hours looking at Christmas decorations while listening to Christmas music and stories about Charleston’s Christmas traditions. The tour provides a travel mug filled with hot chocolate which is yours to keep. Perfect for couples and families looking for a festive holiday outing.
The Charleston Explorer is a covered vessel with restrooms available on board. Coolers are allowed on board if you wish to bring along additional festive beverages to help keep you warm. No glass bottles are allowed on the boat, aluminum and plastic only.
The Charleston Sleigh Ride starts December 12, 2014 and runs through December 31, 2014. All tours leave at 5:30pm from The Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina in Mount Pleasant, 24 Patriots Point Road. For additional information and to purchase tickets, go to or call 843.276.4203.

December 12, 2014

Holiday Magic: Visit with the Clauses
Join in the holiday magic in Marion Square. Visit with Santa and Ms. Claus, enjoy live entertainment provided by community groups and enjoy the decorations and fun activities.

December 12, 2014

King Street Holiday Shop & Stroll
A ticketed event where more than 80 retailers will offer a night of shopping, holiday celebration and fun with complimentary refreshments, makeovers, trunk shows, specials and gifts. 5:00 – 8:00 PM, after-party at 8:00.

December 13, 2014

33rd Annual Holiday Parade of Boats
The 33rd Annual Holiday Parade of Boats will be held in Charleston Harbor on Saturday, December 13, 2014. You can participate in the parade by simply registering, decorating your boat from stem to stern with lights, and joining us on the water. Thousands of spectators view the parade along the route from Mt. Pleasant to Charleston each year.
The parade begins at approximately 5:00PM near the Mt. Pleasant side and ends in the Ashley River, (after processing down the Charleston side of the Cooper River), at approximately 7:30PM. We say approximately, because of various factors, including wind, current, and the ability of the boats to maintain headway.
Captains and crews will be invited to the Captain’s Party and Awards Ceremony at Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina. Prizes will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place boats in both the power and sail categories, with the best-in-show award going to the highest scoring boat overall.
2014 Holiday Parade of Boats Registration Form – DEADLINE: Thursday, December 10, 2014 by 4pm

December 13 and 20, 2014

Charleston Stage presents The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
From the acclaimed children’s book by Barbara Robinson, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever has become the contemporary children’s classic of the season. When the Herdmans, the worst kids in town, somehow wrangle the leading roles in the holiday Christmas Pageant—nothing is safe, not even the communion wine.
Adult: $22.50
Seniors (60+): $22.50
Student (25 & under) and Active Military: $22.50

December 13, 2014

Family Yuletide in the Stableyards
Fresh greenery, berries and other natural items gathered from the plantation will be provided to make wreaths and other holiday decor. Stableyards artisan shops will be lit by candlelight as craftspeople ply their trades and interact with visitors. Seasonal refreshments provided.
Time: 5:30 – 8 p.m.
Cost: : $15/adults, $5/children (4-13), 3 and under are free

December 13-14, 2014

Village Antiques and Collectibles Holiday Market
The Show will feature home decor, fine antiques, furniture, collectibles, antique guns, art, jewelry, rugs, crafts, vintage toys & games, silver, pottery, china, silver, salvage items, outdoor decor, vintage instruments, and more.
Saturday, December 13, and Sunday, December 14, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm each day at Felix C. Davis Community Center
Admission is $2.00, all of which will be benefits The Spay Not Slay Endowment.

December 12,19,26,27, 2014

Holiday Dinner Cruise
Keep the light shinin’ with a Holiday Dinner Cruise featuring live music and a gourmet buffet.
The Carolina Queen
Charleston Harbor Tours, 17 Lockwood Drive
Cruise includes:
-Gourmet buffet Holiday dinner
-2 hr scenic Harbor Cruise on the Carolina Queen
-Mix of holiday favorites and Gullah spirituals through live entertainment by The Plantation Singers
Board at 6:30pm
Cruise from 7-9pm
Tickets are $49.95 per person

December 14, 2014

19th Annual Christmas Light Parade & Tree Lighting
More than 100 floats will march down Coleman Boulevard as the Mount Pleasant Christmas Light Parade sets sail to the delight of thousands of residents and visitors. The tree lighting and fireworks display begins at approximately 5:30 pm at Moultrie Middle School, immediately followed by the parade beginning at around 5:45 pm.
The parade starts at the intersection of Coleman Boulevard and Pelzer Drive, then continues past Shem Creek to conclude at the Sea Island Shopping Center around 7:15 pm.

December 18, 2014

Grand Illumination + Buffet Dinner
Celebrate the return of Arthur Middleton from Philadelphia, the end of the Revolutionary War in the South and the departure from Charleston of the occupying British troops. Warm fires, dramatic presentations, and buffet will help make Grand Illumination a memorable part of the season.
Times: 6 – 8 p.m., tours given continuously
Cost: $55/Adults, $20/Children (6-13), 5 and under are free

December 18, 2014

Men’s Shopping Night
Refreshments and shopping for Christmas tailored for men. Gift counseling, personal shopping and ideas for the women in their lives.
Come score some points with the special women in your lives, while shopping for yourself as well.
5:00 – 8:00 PM.

December 24, 2014

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker
Moscow Ballet’s spectacular Great Russian Nutcracker is the must-see event this holiday season! Celebrate the beloved Christmas tradition with the whole family as forty world-class Russian artists bring this charming classic to life. The New York Times raves “Knock Out!” Experience Tchaikovsky’s master score this Christmas with the magic of larger than-life-puppets, growing Christmas tree and life-sized Matrushka Dolls!
Performances on the 24th are at 12:00pm and 4:00pm

December 31, 2014

New Years Eve Dinner at Circa 1886
Circa 1886 restaurant celebrates the arrival of 2015 with a festive six-course prix fixe New Year’s Eve dinner on Wednesday, December 31. Enjoy a festive evening at Circa 1886 Restaurant on the grounds of the Wentworth Mansion.
Cost: $125.00 per person excluding gratuity and tax, and cost includes a complimentary glass of champagne. Other beverages are not included in the cost.