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!

What is the Weather Like in Charleston SC in December?

In December, Charleston enjoys highs in the low 60s but can also fluctuate between 50 and 70 degrees. Expect some gorgeous sunny winter days as well as some seasonal, cooler days.

Things to do in Charleston in December

December is a great time to head into the city and visit a museum. Charleston is home to a variety of museums including the Charleston Museum, The Gibbes Museum, and the Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum. Read More

The Charleston Museum is America's first museum. Charleston's storied history is interpreted through the many exhibits highlighting the lives of its residents. The Gibbes Museum celebrates Charleston's vibrant history, offering over 10,000 pieces. Check for touring exhibits too.

The Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum allows visitors to explore the USS YORKTOWN.  It is one of only 24 Essex-class aircraft carriers built for the United States Navy to serve during World War II.

Looking for more museums? Find them here!


Historic King Street is home to unique boutiques, restaurants, rooftop bars, and more. Shop for new wardrobe staples in the fashion district or admire the pieces in the art galleries.

On Saturdays, King Street is home to the Charleston Farmers Market where you can purchase goods from local vendors and dig into delicious street food. Read More

The Antique District can be found on lower King Street and is the perfect place to find unique antique jewelry pieces, oil paintings, and more. There is something for everyone to be found on King Street!

Can't Miss Charleston Events in December

James Island Holiday Festival of Lights

The Holiday Festival of Lights returns to make merry magical memories at James Island County Park! This vibrant light show is one of Charleston’s most cherished holiday events, featuring an estimated two

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$15 – $30

Aquarium Aglow Charleston

Aquarium Aglow is a unique holiday light experience at the South Carolina Aquarium in nearby Charleston. Whether you’re looking for a rainy activity or spending the day exploring the streets

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Illumination Charleston – Annual Holiday Event

Illlumination Charleston comes back for a second year! This is a highly anticipated 3-day celebration of artisans and designers in true Charleston fashion. The holiday season kicks off with an

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$20 – $250

Ice Skating in Charleston – Skate the Stadium on Daniel Island

Ice skating is coming to Charleston, SC! The Daniel Island Community Fund and Credit One Stadium are hosting a new event for the season, Skate The Stadium. Tickets to Skate

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Charleston Holiday Boat Parade

The Charleston Holiday Boat Parade is a holiday tradition. Boats launch from the shores of Mt. Pleasant at 5 pm and line up by the Ravenel Bridge. Downtown Charleston offers

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Christmas Special at Charleston Music Hall

The Christmas Special at the Charleston Music Hall celebrates its 27th year. This festive holiday tradition offers afternoon and evening performances. Holiday music, entertaining skits, and dance pieces delight audiences

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$21 – $45

The Night Before Christmas Classical Kids Holiday Concert

Join the talented musicians of Chamber Music Charleston who bring to life classic holiday stories through song and music. Hosted at the College of Charleston Sottile Theatre 44 George Street

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$7 – $12


Kiawah Island in December - Events

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 @

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The 44th Annual Kiawah Island Marathon

Now entering its 44th year, the Kiawah Island Golf Resort Marathon starts and finishes in the beautiful West Beach Village. Along the way, you’ll enjoy spectacular views of maritime forests,

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$35 – $45

Madrigal Dinner with the Taylor Festival Choir

The Kiawah Island Arts Council hosts a Madrigal Dinner with the Taylor Festival Choir. Your evening includes a 3-course dinner, wine, and entertainment. This special event will be at the

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Christmas Dining on Kiawah Island

December 24th, 2022 Christmas Eve Dining is available on Island at The Ocean Room, Jasmine Porch, The Atlantic Room & Tomasso. December 25th, 2022 Christmas Dining is available on Island

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