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Although the calendar year is winding down, the excitement continues to rise all around the greater Charleston, SC area.  The Christmas and New Year’s festivities bring out the best of the Holy City, its businesses and its residents.  Just check out this event listing to see for yourself!  And, of course, the team at Wild Dunes Real Estate wishes you and your family a wonderful holiday season.


5 & 12   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   –   WEBSITE

5   Hark, Hear the Bells –  Palmetto Bronze, an auditioned community handbell group, performs a free concert that blends a variety of musical styles and composers.  The program selections will appeal to the entire family, featuring such favorites as ‘Sleigh Ride’ and ‘White Christmas’ to popular tunes including ‘Believe’ from the Polar Express and a medley from Disney’s Frozen   –   WEBSITE

6   Christmas Crafts Workshop  –  Experience what it was like for 19th-century Charlestonians to celebrate Christmas.  Different crafts will be offered for children to make, while learning about what decorations and traditions were like in the past.  Sip on warm cider or hot chocolate while you make ornaments, cards, wreaths and more   –   WEBSITE

 Holiday Street Festival  –  Christmas on the beach?  Why not!  Family fun at Front Beach on Isle of Palms will include a visit from Santa, carnival rides, photo booth, jump castles, a climbing wall, all-day restaurant and food specials, and the lighting of the 22-ft. Isle of Palms Holiday Tree   –   WEBSITE

7   34th Annual City of Charleston Holiday Parade  –  Whether you’re a local or a visitor, you’re sure to get in the holiday spirit enjoying this parade.  It begins at Colonial Lake, proceeds up Broad Street, then down King Street and concludes at majestic Marion Square   –   WEBSITE

 Pearl Harbor Day  –  Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum will honor the victims of the attack on Pearl harbor, particularly the 25 South Carolinians who died, with a memorial service onboard the USS Yorktown.  Medal of Honor recipient Major General James Livingston will be a guest speaker at this free admission event   –   WEBSITE

12   The Elves & the Shoemaker  –  The classic Brothers Grimm story takes the stage at Sterett Hall Auditorium as an original musical with new lyrics set to traditional holiday melodies.  An Elf must help a poor shoemaker with assistance from some of the elves in the audience. For grades K-5.  To purchase tickets, call (843) 740-5854.  Children $2, accompanying adults free.  Group reservations required.

13   33rd Annual Holiday Parade of Boats  –  Held in Charleston Harbor, you can participate by simply registering your vessel, decorating your boat from stem to stern with lights, and joining us on the water.  Don’t have a boat?  No problem!  Thousands of spectators view the water parade from Mt. Pleasant to Charleston each year   –   WEBSITE

13 & 20   The Best Christmas Pageant Ever –  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. From the hilarious and moving children’s book by Barbara Robinson, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever has become the contemporary children’s classic of every holiday season   –   WEBSITE

14   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, immediately followed by the parade of floats   –   WEBSITE

18, 19, 20   Grand Illumination & Buffet Dinner  –  Join costumed interpreters and trained actors on a walking tour of Middleton Place as they take you back to the Christmas of 1782. This lively event celebrates the end of the Revolutionary War in the South and the departure from Charleston of the occupying British troops. Warm fires, dramatic tableaux and presentations, historic beverages, plus a traditional buffet dinner will help make this event a memorable part of your holiday season   –   WEBSITE

24    MOSCOW BALLET’S GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER  –  A must-see event this holiday season! Celebrate the beloved Christmas tradition with the whole family as 40 world-class Russian artists bring this charming classic to life.  Experience Tchaikovsky’s master score this Christmas with the magic of larger than-life-puppets, growing Christmas tree and life-sized Matrushka Dolls   –   WEBSITE

31   Happy New Year Charleston  –  This community celebration offers a non-alcoholic and family-oriented alternative to celebrate the New Year in Charleston.  The city-wide, admission-free program at downtown’s Marion Square has something wonderful for everyone:  comedy, African dancing, many forms of music including classical, gospel and jazz, children’s activities and so much more.  For more info, contact the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs (843.724.7305)