Charleston In December


Holiday decorations on a Charleston home.

December is a great month to visit Charleston. Although the weather can be cool, the city more than makes up for it with its holiday events and festivities.

You can visit holiday markets and lights shows; take advantage of special programming at local attractions exploring the sights, foods and history of Christmases past; or attend Christmas parades and tree-lightings, among other seasonal events.

The year is finally rounded off by several fireworks displays and celebrations to mark the New Year, with events in downtown Charleston and at its nearby beach communities.

→ See more Charleston events in January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November

See also:
December weather in Charleston
Free things to do in Charleston
Attractions and other things to do in Charleston
Charleston’s biggest festivals
Things to do near Charleston

!Event dates, venue and other details can change at short notice. Please check all information at the official website before making plans to attend an event.

Events From December 1 To The Weekend of December 4-5 2021

See November events

– Holiday Festival of Lights, November 12 - December 31 2021
One of the most popular holiday lights shows in the southeast, at James Island County Park. Per-vehicle admission fee applies. More details

– An Evening With Chevy Chase, December 1 2021
Holiday film screening and actor talk at the North Charleston Coliseum and Performing Arts Center. More details

– The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Musical, December 2 2021
Musical at the Gaillard Center. More details

– Nelly & Jimmie Allen, December 2 2021
Concert at the North Charleston Coliseum and Performing Arts Center. More details

– The Fab Four, December 2 2021
Tribute concert at the Charleston Music Hall. More details

– Holy City Messiah: Downtown, December 2 2021
Holiday concert at Cathedral of St John the Baptist. More details

– Christmas on the Battery, December 2-3 2021
Holiday-themed evening performance, Gullah Christmas stories and tour at the Edmondston-Alston House. More details

– ArtWalk, December 3 2021
Monthly first Friday art walks in downtown Charleston galleries. More details

– Uncorked, December 3 2021
Holiday food and wine event at Boone Hall Plantation, with cocktails, wine, oysters and other food and live music. More details

– Dave Koz & Friends: Christmas Tour 2021, December 3 2021
Holiday concert at the North Charleston Coliseum & Performing Arts Center. More details

– Candlelight Tour of Drayton Hall, December 3-4, 10-11, 17-18 2021
Evening candlelight audio tour of the 18th-century plantation house at Drayton Hall. Registration required, $45 per person. More details

– Christmas Made in the South, December 3-5 2021
Holiday arts and crafts show at Exchange Park, Ladson. More details

– Holiday Swing: A Charleston Jazz Tradition, December 4 2021
Holiday concert at the Charleston Music Hall. More details

– Heather McMahan: The Farewell Tour, December 4 2021
Comedy show at the Gaillard Center. More details

– Cirque Dreams Holidaze, December 4 2021
Holiday performance at the North Charleston Coliseum and Performing Arts Center. More details

– Holy City Messiah: Mount Pleasant, December 4 2021
Holiday concert at St Andrews Church. More details

– Untapped Art Fest, December 4 2021
Art festival at Tradesman Brewing Co, with local artists, food trucks and live music. More details

– Marion Square Holiday Market, December 4-5, 11-12, 18-19 2021
Holiday market in historic Marion Square, 9am-3pm on selected December weekends. More details

– Charleston Holiday Parade, December 5 2021
Annual holiday parade through downtown Charleston. More details

– Wine Under the Oaks, December 5 2021
Holiday wine festival at Boone Hall Plantation, with food and wine, cooking and wine demonstrations, holiday decorations, live entertainment, art displays and more. 21+ only event. More details

– Under the Streetlamp: Hip to the Holidays, December 5 2021
Holiday concert at the Gaillard Center. More details

– George Thorogood and The Destroyers: Good to Be Bad Tour, December 5 2021
Concert at the Charleston Music Hall. More details

Events From December 6 To The Weekend of December 11-12 2021

– Holiday Festival of Lights, November 12 - December 31 2021
One of the most popular holiday lights shows in the southeast, at James Island County Park. Per-vehicle admission fee applies. More details

– The Hip Hop Nutcracker, December 7 2021
Holiday dance performance at the Gaillard Center. More details

– Breaking Benjamin: Unplugged, with Keith Wallen, December 8 2021
Concert at the Charleston Music Hall. More details

– Will Downing, December 9 2021
Concert at the Charleston Music Hall. More details

– Charleston School of the Arts Symphony and Singers Present Holiday Spectacular, December 9 2021
Holiday concert at the Gaillard Center. More details

– A Very Dave Barnes Christmas, December 10 2021
Holiday concert at the Charleston Music Hall. More details

– Candlelight Tour of Drayton Hall, December 3-4, 10-11, 17-18 2021
Evening candlelight audio tour of the 18th-century plantation house at Drayton Hall. Registration required, $45 per person. More details

– Holiday Parade of Boats, December 11 2021
Annual lighted boat parade in the Charleston Harbor. More details

– Folly Beach Christmas Parade, December 11 2021
Holiday parade and arts and crafts show at the town of Folly Beach. More details

– Kiawah Island Golf Resort Marathon, December 11 2021
Annual marathon and half-marathon on Kiawah Island. Registration required. More details

– Charlton Singleton’s Holiday Spectacular, December 11 2021
Holiday concert at the Charleston Music Hall. More details

– Family Yuletide in the Stableyards, December 11 2021
Holiday special event at Middleton Place, with crafts, nativity, storytelling and carols. More details

– December Holidays Bar Crawl, December 11 2021
Holiday bar crawl in downtown Charleston. More details

– Oysters on the Point, December 11 2021
Monthly winter oyster and music event at the Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina. More details

– Marion Square Holiday Market, December 4-5, 11-12, 18-19 2021
Holiday market in historic Marion Square, 9am-3pm on selected December weekends. More details

– Hairspray, December 11-12 2021
Musical at the North Charleston Coliseum and Performing Arts Center. More details

– Mount Pleasant Christmas Light Parade, December 12 2021
Annual holiday float parade and fireworks at Mount Pleasant. More details

– African American Spirituals Concert, December 12 2021
Holiday concert at Drayton Hall. More details

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Events From December 13 To The Weekend of December 18-19 2021

– Holiday Festival of Lights, November 12 - December 31 2021
One of the most popular holiday lights shows in the southeast, at James Island County Park. Per-vehicle admission fee applies. More details

– Candlelight Tour of Drayton Hall, December 3-4, 10-11, 17-18 2021
Evening candlelight audio tour of the 18th-century plantation house at Drayton Hall. Registration required, $45 per person. More details

– An Officer and a Gentleman, December 14 2021
Performance at the Charleston Gaillard Center. More details

– Grand Illumination and Dinner, December 16-18 2021
Evening holiday programming and dinner at Middleton Place, with costumed interpreters depicting a post-Revolutionary War Christmas. More details

– The Charleston Christmas Special, December 16-22 2021
Holiday musical show at the Charleston Music Hall. More details

– Holiday Strings, December 17-18 2021
Holiday concert at the Charleston Library Society. More details

– Charleston Night Bazaar, December 18 2021
Evening arts and crafts market at Edmund’s Oast Brewing Co. More details

– Marion Square Holiday Market, December 4-5, 11-12, 18-19 2021
Holiday market in historic Marion Square, 9am-3pm on selected December weekends. More details

– Shen Yun, December 18-19 2021
Dance performance at the North Charleston Coliseum & Performing Arts Center. More details

Events From December 20 To Christmas Weekend, December 25-26 2021

– Holiday Festival of Lights, November 12 - December 31 2021
One of the most popular holiday lights shows in the southeast, at James Island County Park. Per-vehicle admission fee applies. More details

– The Charleston Christmas Special, December 16-22 2021
Holiday musical show at the Charleston Music Hall. More details

– A Drag Queen Christmas, December 22 2021
Holiday drag performance at the North Charleston Coliseum & Performing Arts Center. More details

– Holiday Pops!, December 22-23 2021
Performance by the Charleston Symphony Orchestra at the Gaillard Center. More details

– Patti O’Furniture’s Drag Spectacular Featuring Ginger Minj’s “Winter Wonderland Variety Show,” December 23 2021
Drag show at the Charleston Music Hall. More details

Events From December 27 To The Weekend Of January 1-2 2022

– Holiday Festival of Lights, November 12 - December 31 2021
One of the most popular holiday lights shows in the southeast, at James Island County Park. Per-vehicle admission fee applies. More details

– Blue Dogs: Happy Howlidays Homecoming Show, December 29 2021
Concert at the Charleston Music Hall. More details

– New Year’s Eve Flip-Flop Drop and Fireworks, December 31 2021
New Year’s Eve celebration and fireworks at Folly Beach. More details

– Folly Beach Polar Bear Plunge, January 1 2022
New Year’s ocean swim and festivities at Folly Beach. More details

See January events


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