In a time of COVID-19 concerns and restrictions, Charleston, SC is a vibrant place to visit and celebrate during the holidays.
Simply put, Charleston is a wonderful city. It is loaded with history, art, and delightful architecture. It is also loaded with southern charm, great food, and lots of things to see and do, including the beautiful waterfront area. And wonderful winter activities are plentiful.
Winter in Charleston, SC
One of Charleston’s many attractive features is its mild subtropical climate which makes the climate conditions quite favorable through most of the year. During the winter season, the highs are typically in the mid-50s and temperatures rarely dip below freezing.
Charleston’s two peak seasons are in spring, from March to May when the azaleas are in full bloom, and second, in September through November when the weather is ideal for walking and exploring.
In the winter season, there are smaller crowds than during the peak seasons, so the venues for winter activities will be more available to be fully enjoyed.
We Can Still Celebrate in Charleston, SC
Delightful winter activities and ways to celebrate the holidays are plentiful. They include:
- The Charleston Festival of Lights drive-thru holiday light show at the James Island County Park. This spectacular light display features millions of twinkling lights and magical surprises plus concessions available to purchase from your vehicle.
- The 2020 Festival of Trees. This inaugural free event takes place at the Charleston Visitors Center featuring 20 beautifully themed and decorated trees.
- “It’s Christmas, Babe!” a comedic musical performance featuring 1960’s music from the Kinks to the Monkees, set in a 1960’s department store.
- The Charleston Holiday Farmers Market opens on Saturdays and Sundays in the heart of the historic district at Marion Square. It features many vendors offering farm products, packaged foods, artisans, and crafters.
- Holiday Lights at Theodora Park offers unique laser lights projecting inspirational and aspirational messages of hope on trees and park walls.
- Santa “Sleigh” Ride. Individuals and families can ride a specially decorated carriage to take a festive 20-minute ride throughout downtown Charleston.
- Enjoy historical holiday activities for the family in the Middleton Place Stableyards.
- Holiday Spirits is a cheery winter event featuring traditional holiday and operatic music performed by professional musicians on the socially distant lawn at Firefly Distillery.
- Gather your friends or family members for a night of cheerful entertainment at the Holiday Pops at Galliard Center, performed by the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, along with special guests.
- Enjoy the Magnolia Plantation and Gardens for their Reindeer Walk and Children’s Holiday Event.
- Participate in the Ugly Sweater and Xmas Theme Trivia nights at Mex 1 Coastal Cantina on Sullivan’s Island.
- Enjoy a holiday walking tour, strolling along streets and alleyways to enjoy the highlights of this charming city often called the “Holy City.”
- Treat your tastebuds to the best of southern cuisine at Charleston’s many great restaurants. This includes five-star dining at Kiawah Island Golf Course.
- On New Year’s Eve join the festivities at the Snyder Grand Ball at the South Carolina Aquarium featuring live entertainment, set against the backdrop of an incredible museum overlooking the Charleston Harbor.
These winter activities and more welcome you!
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