Calendar of Events and Happenings

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December 7, 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.

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 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 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 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 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.