Ringing in 2020: Here Are the Best Ways to Celebrate New Years in Charleston

December 31st, 2020 marks the start of a new year and a brand new decade. If you are planning to celebrate in Charleston, you’re in for a very special treat! With extravagant parties, elegant black-tie dinners, and dazzling fireworks displays, no place does New Year’s Eve better than the Holy City. Whether you are looking for a family-friendly outing or an intimate date night idea, here are some of the best ways to ring in New Years in Charleston

No matter how you decide to celebrate, you’ll be glad that you chose to celebrate New Years in Charleston. For more incredible ways to spend your time in the Lowcountry, be sure to download our free Kiawah Island and Seabrook Island Vacation Guides.They are full of recommendations about the best local dining, historic sites, entertainment, and more. 


Top 5 Ways to Celebrate New Years Eve in Charleston, SC in 2019

1. Yorktown Countdown

Voted “Best Party in Charleston” by Charleston City Paper, The Yorktown Countdown is a fantastic celebration that you won’t soon forget. Located just minutes from downtown at Patriot’s Point, the USS Yorktown is a decommissioned war vessel 364 days of the year. On December 31st, however, it transforms into a spectacular New Year’s Eve event venue like no other! Historic airplanes are repositioned on the top deck to make way for 15,000-square-feet of heated tent space. Inside, party-goers will enjoy live music, DJ’s, a top-shelf full-service bar, light hors d’oeuvres, and so much more. 

Climb aboard and enjoy an exciting night filled with dancing, music, and breathtaking views of the Charleston Harbor and downtown. The 2019/2020 event takes place on Monday, December 31st, from 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. For ticket information, visit the Yorktown Countdown website.

2. Circa 1886 New Year’s Dinner

For a more intimate New Year’s celebration, head over to Circa 1886. Each year, this elegant restaurant offers a special holiday menu for guests on New Year’s Eve. Patrons may enjoy a meal that includes six courses and champagne. The holiday events at Circa 1886 always book up quickly, so call (843) 853-7828 to make your reservations.

3. Snyder Grand Ball

Is there anything more magical than a New Year’s Eve party under the sea? The Snyder Grand Ball at the SC Aquarium is by far one of the most popular Charleston New Year’s Eve events. This year’s black-tie extravaganza features live entertainment from The Midnight City Band and DJ NattyHeavy, an open bar, heavy hor d’oeuvres, and decadent desserts. 

The 2019/2020 celebration will kick off at 8:30 p.m. on December 31st and runs until 1:00 a.m. To purchase for an unforgettable New Years at Charleston Aquarium, visit the Snyder Grand Ball website.

4. Charleston Wonderland

Charleston Wonderland is an award-winning celebration. Each year, this extravagant, all-inclusive event welcomes the new year with the biggest New Year’s countdown and balloon drop in the Southeast. Participants can look forward to performances by Cirque Du Soleil trained performers, live bands and DJs, and plenty of great food. 

Tickets for 2019/2020 Charleston New Years Eve celebration are available now and always sell out. Avoid disappointment by ordering yours well in advance!

5. New Year’s on Kiawah Island

For a more family-friendly affair, make your way to Night Heron Park on beautiful Kiawah Island. From 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, visitors can enjoy live entertainment, kids’ activities, and a full dinner menu of Lowcountry favorites. From train rides and jump castles to magic tricks and party favors, this is one event that the kids will love. Make sure to stay for the spectacular fireworks finale at the Night Heron Park soccer field!

Follow up New Year’s Day with a delicious brunch at Jasmine Porch, or sign up for the Annual New Year’s Day 5K on the beach. You can even participate in the Kiawah Island Polar Bear Plunge into the Atlantic Ocean! No matter what you decide to do, you’ll have an amazing time celebrating New Year’s on Kiawah Island. 

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Another fabulous way to celebrate the New Year is with an intimate beach getaway with family and friends. Welcome in 2020 alongside the great Atlantic Ocean, and relax on your private patio beneath a starry winter sky. When you choose any of our luxurious Kiawah Island or Seabrook Island rentals, you can always look forward to unbeatable service and a Charleston getaway that you won’t soon forget. If you are ready to welcome the new year in style, then browse our handpicked collection of Kiawah Island and Seabrook Island properties today! We can’t wait to welcome you to Charleston’s most beloved sea islands.

Looking for more ways to enjoy during your winter vacation in Charleston? Read our blog on the Lowcountry’s best winter activities!