Ringing in the New Year: Here Are the Best Ways to Celebrate New Year’s in Charleston, SC

If you are planning to celebrate in Charleston, SC, you’re in for a very special treat! With 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 great ways to spend New YearEve in Charleston 

No matter how you decide to celebrate, you'll be glad that you chose to do it in Charleston! For more incredible ways to spend your time in the Lowcountry, make sure to download our free Sea Island Vacation Guide. They are full of recommendations about the best local dining, historic sites, entertainment, and more.  

New Years Eve in Charleston, SC

  • 9th Annual Charleston Wonderland NYE

8:30 pm to 1:00 am December 31, 2022

Festival Hall - 56 Beaufain Street, Charleston, SC 29403

The 9th Annual Charleston Wonderland New Years Eve Celebration will include live bands & DJ's, cirque performances, variety acts, and so much more! Offering a red carpet experience with the best countdown around and a massive balloon drop, the Wonderland NYE includes a champagne bar, light hors 'doeuvres and specialty photo booths.

  • Marion Square New Years Celebration

Enjoy a super family-oriented celebration. The fun starts early with alcohol-free activities, food trucks, and festivities!  This event typically runs from 4 pm to 10 pm.

  • NYE Yorktown Countdown Charleston, SC

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.   

New Years in Charleston Yorktown Countdown

On December 31st, however, it transforms into a spectacular New Year’s Eve 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 enjoy live music, DJs, a top-shelf full-service bar, light hors d’oeuvres, and so much more. 

More Info on the 2022/2023 Event TBA.

  • Circa 1886 New Year’s Eve Dinner 

Circa 1886 celebrates 2023 with a New Year’s Eve dinner on Saturday, December 31. Enjoy celebrating with a festive six-course prix fixe dinner prepared by Chef Collins and staff.  The Wentworth Mansion is the site for this memorable evening

Cost: $175.00 per person including a glass of champagne. Tax, gratuity, and beverages are additional.

For more information, please call 843-853-7828.


Where to Ring in the New Year on Kiawah Island

  • New Year’s Eve Family Celebration at Night Heron Park 

Watch the sky light up as you ring in the new year at Night Heron Park! You can enjoy a full a la carte menu along with fantastic live entertainment. This family-friendly event has something for everyone including jump castles and lawn games for the kids. Some menu items you can expect are roasted oysters, barbecued chicken, collard greens, and Hoppin’ John (a Southern tradition!).

The event runs from 5:30 to 9:15 p.m. this year.  

  • Polar Bear Plunge 

The Polar Bear Plunge is an event for the brave. Although this is South Carolina and the water may not be as frigid as some of the Polar Bear Plunge events up north, it’s still a challenge! So, put on a crazy outfit and head to the water for this fun New Year’s Day event. It’s a refreshing start the New Year.

Stay tuned for more information on this local tradition.

Book Your New Year’s Eve Getaway Today! 

Welcome the New Year alongside the great Atlantic Ocean and relax beneath a starry winter sky. 

Another fabulous way to celebrate the new year is with an intimate beach getaway among family and friends. 

If you’d rather stay in for New Year’s Eve, get cozy in an upscale vacation rental and spend quality time with the ones closest to you. 

New Years Rental Home near Charleston SC

When you choose a luxurious Kiawah Island or Seabrook Island rental, you can always look forward to uncrowded beaches, upscale amenities, and a Charleston getaway you won’t ever forget. 

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