5 of the Best Ways to Ring in the New Year in Charleston

If you are ringing in the new year in the Holy City, then you’re in for a treat! Whether you are looking for a family-friendly outing or an intimate date night idea, the Charleston New Year’s Eve celebrations have something for everyone. Below, you will find five fabulous holiday events. For more incredible ways to spend your time in the Lowcountry, download our free Kiawah Island and Seabrook Island Vacation Guides. They are full of recommendations for restaurants, historic sites, entertainment, and more.

The Best Ways to Ring in the New Year in Charleston


Yorktown Countdown

The Yorktown Countdown is a fantastic celebration that you won’t soon forget. Hop aboard this decommissioned war vessel at Patriot’s Point, only minutes from downtown Charleston over the Ravenel Bridge. Historic airplanes are repositioned on the top deck to make way for 10,000-square-feet of heated tent space. Party guests enjoy live music, DJs, a full-service top-shelf bar, and local Charleston cuisine. The 2018/2019 event takes place on Monday, December 31, from 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. For ticket information, visit the Yorktown Countdown website.

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.

Snyder Grand Ball

The Snyder Grand Ball at the SC Aquarium is one of the most popular Charleston New Year’s Eve events. It features fantastic live entertainment as well as heavy hors d’oeuvres, and full bar service. Fine cocktail and formal dresses are recommended for ladies, and black tie is optional for men. Tickets for the 2018/2019 celebration go on sale on Thursday, November 15. For more information, visit the Snyder Grand Ball website.

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 2018/2019 are available now and always sell out. Avoid disappointment by ordering yours well in advance!

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 to 10:00 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, visitors can enjoy live entertainment, kids’ activities, and a full dinner menu of Lowcountry favorites. Don’t miss 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!

Plan Your Charleston Getaway Today

Another fabulous way to celebrate the New Year is with an intimate beach getaway with family and friends. Welcome in 2019 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!