From mid-November through the New Year, Charleston is abuzz with fun things to do.

If you are looking for Christmas and holiday festivities in the area, read on to learn more!

Can’t Miss Charleston Events in December

Holiday Festival of Lights

All Month Long – 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm (Sun – Thurs) 5:30 pm – 11:00 pm (Fri & Sat)

The Holiday Festival of Lights returns to make merry magical memories at James Island County Park for its 30th year! This vibrant light show is one of Charleston’s most cherished holiday events, featuring an estimated two million dazzling lights.

Charleston Boat Parade

Saturday – December 12, 2020

Charleston’s premiere on-the-water holiday event! Charleston Holiday Parade of Boats participants decorate their boats and sail the Charleston Harbor to delight thousands gathered along the shore. View the procession along Charleston’s waterfront – the festivities begin along the shores of Mount Pleasant at 5:00 p.m.and viewing from the downtown peninsula starts around 7:30 p.m.

Homegrown Holiday Bazaar

2020 Date TBA @ Mullet Hall on Johns Island

10:00 am – 4:00 pm – Free Admission – Parking On-site

The Homegrown Holiday Bazaar is the area’s one-stop shop for all things LOCAL & FESTIVE! There will be around 100 vendors and farmers, Holiday Hay Rides, an Antique Tractor Show, a Kiddie train ride, Horse Rides, live music, a DJ, a silent auction, and visits from Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Many local food trucks will also be on site along with warm drinks, local craft beer, and wine. There will also be tons of fun activities for all ages including several seasonal-themed games, crafts, cookie decorating, ornament making, and bounce houses.

Kiawah Island December Events

The 43rd Annual Kiawah Island Marathon

December 12, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Now entering its 43rd year, the Kiawah Island Golf Resort Marathon starts and finishes in beautiful East Beach Village. Along the way, you’ll enjoy spectacular views of maritime forests, marshes, and grand homes throughout the Island community. The only thing more wonderful than the scenery is the moment you cross the finish line after completing your full or half marathon!

Go to for more information and to register online. Featuring live phone tracking with RaceJoy! Go to or download the app for more information.

Glow in the Dark Run 5k

December 11 @ 5:30 pm

Join us the evening before the race for a glow-in-the-dark party! This out-and-back course on the beach features black-light bubble stations and glow in the dark color throw stations. End the race with a DJ hosted party on the beach with color throws and glow gear giveaways! Register online at

Pre – Race Yoga

December 11 @ 7:00 pm

Join us the evening before your run to celebrate with some yoga! This upbeat class will release your muscles to get you ready for the race.

No yoga experience necessary, open to everyone.  $20/person. Reservations required, call 843.768.6001

Cookie Decorating at The Sanctuary

Every Saturday in December @ 11 am in the Terrace Ballroom

Kids of all ages are welcome to come and decorate their favorite holiday cookies. Complementary, but reservations required @ 843.768.6251.

Christmas Dining

December 24, 2020

Christmas Eve Dining is available on Island at The Ocean Room, Jasmine Porch, The Atlantic Room & Tomasso

December 25, 2020

Christmas Dining is available on Island at Jasmine Porch, Cherrywood BBQ & Ale House, The Ocean Room, The Players’ Pub.

Seabrook Island December Events

Bohicket Boat Race

2020 Race TBA

Kick the holiday season off with our annual Holiday Parade of Boats! Bring the family out to Bohicket Marina & Market to enjoy a beautiful display of Christmas lights, free s’mores and hot chocolate!