Thursday, November 29, 2012

2012 Charleston SC Holiday Challenge

Take the 2012 Charleston SC Holiday Challenge to get in the holiday spirit!

Photo of 2012 Charleston SC Holiday ChallengeExperience the sights, tastes, and smells of Christmas at Charleston's favorite holiday events. We challenge you to get in the holiday spirit by attending as many Charleston holiday events as possible this holiday season! Print the 2012 Charleston SC Holiday Challenge check list and hang it on your fridge today. Check off each holiday event as you go and post holiday pictures on our Facebook page. Share this Holiday Challenge with family and friends so that you can celebrate the holidays together.

Visiting Charleston from out of town this holiday season? Take advantage of excellent discount hotel rates from our local hotel partners. How many holiday events can you fit in during your Charleston visit?

Read more about the events featured in our 2012 Charleston SC Holiday Challenge and get in the Christmas Spirit today with some exciting holiday fun.

23rd Annual Holiday Festival of Lights
Open until December 31, 2012
James Island County Park comes alive with illumination at Charleston's most beloved nighttime event. The Holiday Festival of Lights is a great place to gather family and friends to capture the magic of the holiday season. The journey begins with a three mile drive through hundreds of breathtaking light displays featuring millions of twinkling lights. At the end, visitors can park the car and experience exciting attractions custom-designed for holiday cheer at Santa's Village and Winter Wonderland. Learn more about the Holiday Festival of Lights and start making plans today!

A Christmas Story
November 30, 2012 - December 16, 2012
The only thing little Ralphie Parker wants for Christmas is a Daisy Brand Red Ryder BB rifle. The only things standing in his way are his no-nonense 'You'll shoot your eye out" parents, a freezing flagpole, and the mis-haps and misadventures that plague poor ten year old Ralphie. Call 843-577-7183 for tickets.

Sound of Charleston Holiday Show
November 30, December 7, 14, 21 & 28, 2012
Experience the unique sounds that define Charleston's rich musical heritage including gospel, Gershwin, music of the Civil War, light classics and jazz. Professional artists will amaze the audience in this unforgettable 75 minute concert. Holiday music of the period is included. Join the cast for wassail and cookies after each performance. Call 843-270-4903 for tickets.

22nd Annual Reindeer Run
December 1, 2012 at 9:00AM
Get in the holiday spirit at the 22nd Annual Reindeer Run in Charleston, South Carolina. The race route starts and finishes in front of Southend Brewery. Once you cross the finish line, join the party for music food, and drinks! Contact the Race Director with any questions at

Holiday Cocktail Cruises in Charleston SC
December 1, 8, & 15, 2012
Sail the harbor on the Carolina Queen while you enjoy live cabaret-style entertainment with Christmas classics and a few fun medleys. Each Holiday Cocktail Cruise includes professional entertainment, holiday treats and desserts, coffee and cocoa and a fully stocked cash bar with special holiday drinks available for purchase. Call 800-979-3370 to reserve your tickets.

Marion Square Tree Lighting
December 1, 2012 from 4:30PM - 6PM
Join the Mayor and Santa Claus at the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. This official City of Charleston Christmas Tree is 60 feet tall! Join us between King and Meeting Street at Marion Square for this exciting holiday event. Call 843-724-7305 for more information.

Charleston Boat Parade
December 1, 2012 at 5:00PM
Kick off the holiday season with the Charleston Boat Parade. The parade will begin at 5PM along Mt. Pleasant. Viewing from the peninsula will begin at 6:30PM. Call 843-724-7305 for more information.

Kids Christmas Cruises
December 1, 8, & 15, 2012
Join Twinkle the elf and her friends, Jingle and Jangle, in this holiday spectacular for kids. Sing, laugh, and enjoy cookies and cocoa on this Charleston cruise. Mr. and Mrs. Claus will be making a special appearance! Call 800-979-3370 for tickets.

North Charleston Christmas Festival
December 1, 2012 from 4:00PM - 9:00PM
The North Charleston Christmas Festival features a Holiday Market with children activities, craft vendors, food vendors, and live musical performances on three stages. The Christmas Parade begins at the corner of Montague and Mixson Avenues. Immediately following the parade, the Mayor will light the City's Christmas tree. Call 843-554-5700 for more information.

Holiday Whodunit With Spirit - A Sweet T Christmas Show
December 1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29, & 30, 2012
On the eve of Christmas in Charleston, there's more than a freak snowstorm falling at Sweet T.'s B&B. There's the happy but hapless handyman dropping the ball on wiring up a downright deadly light display. There's the beauty school drop out who falls fast for any man with nice hair and a full set of teeth, and a whole lot more! If all you want for Christmas is to share a few smiles with those you love or can otherwise endure, drop in for a comic mystery that will suit your holiday to A Sweet. T. Christmas. Call 843-937-6453 for more information.

Charleston Christmas Parade
December 2, 2012 from 2PM - 5PM
Visit historic downtown Charleston for this annual holiday tradition. Watch bands, floats, and performers parade through the streets of Charleston. The parade will begin at the intersection of Calhoun and Meeting Streets, and continue down King Street towards Broad Street. Call 843-720-1981 for more information.

A Merry Medieval Christmas
December 2, 2012 at 4PM
Boeing presents South of Broadway Theatre Company's A Merry Medieval Christmas. Enjoy a rousing and funny musical Christmas celebration featuring seasoned South of Broadway actors as well as young performers from the ShowBiz School. Call 800-745-3000 for tickets.

Holiday Workshop at Charleston Museum
December 6, 2012 from 3:30PM - 5PM
Celebrate the holiday season by decorating the little Heyward-Washington house in Kidstory. Enjoy hot chocolate, cookies, and craft making. Kids will create ornaments to take home. Call 843-722-2996 for more information.

Holiday Harbor Boat Cruise
December 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, & 22, 2012
Enjoy Charleston Harbor at sunset while listening to the fascinating history of the city during the holidays. Participate in this family friendly holiday event and share in the nostalgia of the most popular time of year in the Holy City. There will be complimentary hot chocolate and cookies. Beer and wine are available for purchase at the cash bar.

23rd Annual Cabooty Holiday Party
December 7, 2012 at 7:00PM
Join us at Memminger Auditorium in Charleston, South Carolina for the 23rd Annual Cabooty Holiday Party benefiting Camp Happy Days. Tickets are $5.00 per person and guests will enjoy Music by Plane Jane as well as silent and live auctions. Call 843-571-4336 for more information.

Charleston Sleigh Ride
December 7, 8, 14, 15, 16 - 31, 2012
Charleston Thriller presents a leisurely holiday excursion that is perfect for couples and families looking to spend some time together. The Sleigh Ride is one hour and will travel around the harbor viewing the sites along Mt. Pleasant and Charleston. Cuddle under a blanket for warmth and sip hot chocolate from a keep sake travel mug while listening to Christmas Carols on the stereo system. Call 843-276-4203 for tickets.

Holiday Breakfast with Santa Claus
December 8, 2012 - Boarding at 9:00AM
Begin a new tradition aboard the Spirit of Carolina. Create warm holiday memories for you and your family on our Breakfast with Santa Cruise. The cost of the cruise includes delicious breakfast items, a personal visit with Santa Claus himself, a keepsake photo and a special holiday gift for each child. Call 843-722-2628 for more information.

Isle of Palms Holiday Street Festival
December 8, 2012 from 3PM - 7PM
Enjoy a holiday street celebration featuring a visit with Santa, carnival rides, a photo booth, delicious food, jump castles, a climbing wall, and the lighting of a 22 foot Isle of Palms Holiday Tree. And guess what? Admission is free! Call 843-886-8294 for more information.

Madeline's Christmas
December 8 - 16, 2012 
It's off to Paris for this delightful musical adaptation of the children's classic Madeline. Madeline and her friends are off on adventures beyond their wildest dreams. Celebrate Christmas with a French accent this year! Call 843-577-7183 for more information.

Jim Brickman On A Winter's Night
December 9, 2012 at 3:00PM
In one spectacular concert, Jim Brickman weaves together classic and contemporary holiday favorites, plus all his hits. Enjoy incredible solo piano, vibrant vocals, warmth and humor. Call 843-529-5000 for ticket information.

Holiday Pops
December 14, 2012 at 7:30PM
The Charleston Symphony Orchestra and conductor James Stephenson present all of your holiday favorites at this spectacular Charleston event. Arrangements by James Stephenson have been performed by the Boston Pops, Cincinnati Pops, New York Pops, and more. Do not miss out on this exciting holiday event. Call 843-723-7528 for more information.

The Nutcracker
December 15 - 16, 2012
Invite your entire family to discover the spectacle and wonder of this timeless story seen through a child's eyes. Charleston Ballet Theatre presents The Nutcracker this December 2012 at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center. Enjoy incredible costumes, spectacular sets, a giant tree, and falling snow that blankets a winter wonderland. Call 843-723-7334 for tickets.

The Night Before Christmas Kids Concert
December 22, 2012
This Classical Kids Concert opens with an introduction to the musicians and their instruments followed by a selection of sing along songs. The highlight of the concert is the dramatic reading of a well-loved children's story set to classical music. A post-concert cookie and punch reception provides the audience with an opportunity to meet the musicians. Purchase your Night Before Christmas tickets today.

Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker
December 23, 2012
Visit the North Charleston Performing Arts Center on December 23, 2012 to see an incredible holiday performance. The Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker features 40 top Russian dancers, a Christmas tree that grows 7 stories tall, falling snow, charming silk puppets, and more. Call 843-529-5000 for more information.

Happy Holidays Everyone!

Danielle Snyder
Charleston SC Events

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Thanksgiving Dinners and Events in Charleston SC

Celebrate Thanksgiving in Charleston South Carolina at exciting holiday events and delicious Thanksgiving feasts! 

Build up your Thanksgiving appetite with a Turkey Day Run and Gobble Wobble 5K Thanksgiving morning in Charleston, SC. Celebrate with family and friends over a delicious Thanksgiving feast and then spend the evening relaxing so that you can be first in line for Charleston Black Friday sales. Hop on a holiday cruise Thanksgiving weekend to keep the holiday excitement going all weekend long! Share these Thanksgiving hotel specials with family and friends so that loved ones can join you right here in Charleston, SC for Thanksgiving 2012!

Thanksgiving Events in Charleston SC

Kick off your holiday season with family and friends at these exciting local events: 

35th Annual Turkey Day Run & Gobble Wobble 5K
November 22, 2012 at 9AM
The annual Turkey Day Run & Gobble Wobble is a holiday tradition for Charleston natives and travelers alike. The largest 5K in South Carolina kicks off at 9AM at Marion Square in Charleston. Race through historic downtown Charleston and Battery before returning to Marion Square for a post-race party that includes free food and beverages. There will also be live music and an awards ceremony!

Holiday Cocktail Cruises
November 24, 2012
Sail the harbor on the Carolina Queen while you enjoy live cabaret-style entertainment with Christmas classics and a few fun medleys - all with a special holiday flair. Holiday Cocktail Cruises include professional entertainment, holiday treats and desserts, coffee, cocoa, and a fully stocked cash bar with holiday drinks available for purchase. Recommended for adults. Call 800-979-3370 to reserve your tickets!

Kids Christmas Cruises
November 24, 2012
Christmas is just around the corner and the elves are hard at work. Join Twinkle the elf and her friends, Jingle and Jangle, in this holiday spectacular for kids from 1 to 92. There will be singing and laughing, cookies and cocoa, and a very special visit from Mr. and Mrs. Claus! Call 800-979-3370 to reserve your tickets today.

Thanksgiving Dinner in Charleston South Carolina

Celebrate this special Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends at one of Charleston's favorite restaurants. Enjoy a delicious Thanksgiving dinner without the hassle of dishes and cleanup at the end! Call these Charleston restaurants today to make your Thanksgiving dinner reservations:

171 East Bay Street, Charleston, SC 29401 | 843-722-9200
Thanksgiving Menu
11AM - 9PM

Charleston Grill
224 King Street, Charleston, SC | 843-577-4522
Thanksgiving Menu

167 East Bay Street, Charleston, SC 29401 | 843-727-0111
Thanksgiving Menu
4PM - 9PM

Halls Chophouse
434 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403 | 843-727-0090
Thanksgiving Menu
2PM - 8PM

High Cotton Charleston
199 East Bay Street, Charleston, SC 29401 | 843-724-3815
Thanksgiving Menu

185 East Bay Street, Charleston, SC 29401 | 843-724-3815
Thanksgiving Menu
11:30AM - 9PM

Oak Steakhouse
17 Broad Street, Charleston, SC 29401 | 843-722-4220
Thanksgiving Menu
11AM - 4PM

10 Linguard Street, Charleston, SC | 843-534-2155
Thanksgiving Menu
1PM - 6PM

Where will you have Thanksgiving dinner this year? If you have plans to enjoy a Thanksgiving feast at a local Charleston restaurant that is not on the list, please comment on this post so that we can share details with our readers!

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Danielle Snyder
Charleston SC Events

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Thanksgiving in Charleston South Carolina

2012 Thanksgiving hotel deals are here! Celebrate the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday in Charleston, South Carolina with family and friends.

Photo of Happy Thanksgiving Charleston South Carolina
Enjoy exciting Thanksgiving activities and Black Friday Sales in Charleston, SC. Prepare a Thanksgiving feast at home or make Thanksgiving dinner reservations at one of Charleston's favorite restaurants. Visitors can rest comfortably at a luxurious Charleston hotel so that they are first in line for Black Friday deals at Best Buy, Target, Home Depot, and more. For a sneak peak at 2012 Black Friday sales, visit

Let the holiday fun continue all weekend long by visiting favorite Charleston attractions with your family and friends. Check out the Thanksgiving Special listed below and call this hotel today to make your hotel reservations. This holiday special is available Thursday, November 22 through Sunday, November 25, 2012. Availability is limited, so book your reservations today to guarantee these low rates.

Hyatt Place Charleston SC Airport / Convention Center - Only $99 per night!

843-302-8600 | 3234 West Montague Avenue |
Stay at the Hyatt Place Charleston Airport hotel for a holiday trip that will exceed all expectations! Spacious guest rooms, excellent customer service and top of the line amenities ensure a memorable stay in Charleston, South Carolina. This hotel is conveniently located near the airport, historic downtown, the North Charleston Performing Arts Center, Black Friday Sales, Charleston beaches and more!
  • Spacious guest rooms feature a refrigerator, 42" flat screen TV, and oversized cozy corner sleeper sofa
  • Free breakfast, free Wi-Fi, and free parking
  • Indoor Pool, Fitness Center, and Business Center on site
  • Charleston Airport, North Charleston Convention Center, Black Friday sales, and Charleston beaches nearby
Just call 843-302-8600 and ask for the Thanksgiving Special to make your reservations.

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Danielle Snyder
Charleston SC Events

Friday, November 2, 2012

November 2012 Charleston SC Events

Charleston South Carolina November 2012 events including concerts, festivals, outdoor adventures, musicals and more will keep you busy all month long. Check out the list of upcoming Charleston events below and start making plans today. Visiting from out of town? Call our local hotel partners today and make your reservation today! We look forward to seeing you at Charleston's greatest upcoming events.

Charleston South Carolina Concerts
November 2012
Charleston SC welcomes incredible musicians to the North Charleston Coliseum and Performing Arts Center this November 2012. Watch Darius Rucker, Rodney Atkins, Josh Turner, Brian Regan and more perform live in Charleston, South Carolina. Read our Charleston SC Concerts blog entry for more information.

Harvest Festival
November 3, 2012 from 11AM - 5PM
Long ago, agricultural families in the Colonial Southeast and across America gathered every fall to give thanks and celebrate a bountiful Harvest season with a day of feasting, games, music, and fun. To keep this spirited tradition alive, enjoy some foot-stompin' live bluegrass music from five local bluegrass bands at the 11th Annual Harvest Fest. Kids will enjoy hay rides, pumpkin decorating, crafts, and more.

3rd Annual Golden Nugget
November 4, 2012 at 2PM
Come out and compete in the 5K or 10K Golden Nugget SUP Race with over $5,000 in cash and prizes. This will be an Official WPA Sanctioned Event. Boards and paddles are available to rent for the race. Call in advance to reserve at the Half Moon Mt. Pleasant Location. Bring your family and friends to watch the race and enjoy the party!

Disney on Ice: Worlds of Fantasy in Charleston, South Carolina
November 8 - 11, 2012
Experience a magical Disney fantasy on ice. Rev up for non stop fun with four of your favorite Disney stories at Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Fantasy. Thrill to high-speed stunts as Lightning McQueen, Mater, and more race across the ice. Dive into the Little Mermaid's enchanting undersea kingdom and enter the mystical world of Pixie Hollow with Tinker Bell and the Disney Fairies. Call 843-529-5050 for more information.

Shuckin for a Cause! 3rd Annual Oyster Roast
November 9, 2012 from 6PM - 11PM
Enjoy a feast prepared by Lowcountry's own Jamie Westendorff, Owner of Charleston Outdoor Catering. Guests will enjoy oysters, BBQ, fixings, and more. Beer and wine are included! Your ticket also includes entry to the 2012 Holiday Festival of Lights! Call 843-747-0480 for more information.

Lowcountry Hoedown
November 10, 2012 from 7PM - 11PM
If it's from South of the Mason-Dixon Line and East of the Mississippi, it's fit for this Shindig! Your all-inclusive ticket includes unlimited sampling from the distilleries, breweries, restaurants, and tasty treats. Enjoy live music from 2 bluegrass bands and other fun & games. Call 843-619-0229 for more information.

Charleston Cup Steeplechase
November 11, 2012 from 9AM - 5PM
Join us for the 19th running of the Charleston Cup to enjoy live horse racing at its finest! The 19th running of the Charleston Cup will take place at The Plantation at Stono Ferry. Sanctioned by The National Steeplechase Association, the Cup has become one of the premier sporting events in the Carolina Lowcountry, offering spectators the opportunity to experience live horse racing at its finest. Call 843-766-6202 for reserved parking and general admission tickets.

Tees and Turtles South Carolina Aquarium Golf Tournament
November 13, 2012 from 11AM - 5PM
The Aquarium and the Family Circle Cup are pleased to announce the first Tees & Turtles golf tournament. The tournament will benefit the Aquarium's Sea Turtle Rescue Program, which aids threatened endangered sea turtles. For more information call 843-579-8540.

Miss South Carolina USA and Miss South Carolina Teen USA
November 16 & 17, 2012
Join us at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center this November 2012 as young women from across the state vie for the opportunity to compete in the Miss USA and Miss Teen USA Pageants. The new queens will be crowned during the finals competition on Saturday evening. Young women will compete in a Swimsuit competition, Evening Gown competition, and interview. Call 843-529-5000 for more information.

Orvis 201 Fly Fishing School
November 17, 2012 from 9AM - 3PM
Fly Fishing classes are typically offered once per month for $75. Classes include lunch as well as necessary tackle required for the session. Casting, knots, flies, and how-to basics are covered. Makes a great birthday present or group activity! Call 843-884-2095 to register today.

Charleston Jazz Orchestra Holiday Swing
November 21, 2012 at 7PM
Add jazz to your holiday cheer! Enjoy season highlights and Charleston Jazz Orchestra's annual performance of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn's The Nutcracker Suite, a band tradition. Call 843-641-0011 for more information.

Shrek The Musical
November 23 & 24, 2012
Shrek The Musical is based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks film that started it all. Watch as this hilarious story comes to life before your eyes. In a faraway kingdom turned upside down, things get ugly when an unseemly ogre shows up to rescue a feisty princess. Throw in a donkey who won't shut up, a villain with a short temper, and cookie with an attitude and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you've got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Call 843-529-5000 for more information.

The Sound of Charleston Holiday Edition
November 30, 2012
Experience the unique sounds that define Charleston's rich musical heritage ... gospel, Gershwin, music of the Civil War, light classics, and jazz. Professional artists will perform in an unforgettable 75-minute concert in historic Circular Congregational Church in the heart of the Historic District. This is a top ranked nightlife attraction in Charleston, SC. Call 843-270-4903 to order your tickets today.

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Danielle Snyder
Charleston SC Events