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 average highs in the low 60s but can also fluctuate between the 50s and the 70s.

Expect some gorgeous sunny winter days as well as some seasonal, winter days.

Things to do in Charleston in December

Visit a Museum

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.

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?  The Charleston Visitors Bureau is the #1 resource for visitor information. Plan your museum day. 


Stroll King Street

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. 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

Holiday Festival of Lights

  • November 12th - December 31st, 2021

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 million dazzling lights.


2021 Festival of Trees

  • November 11th - January 4th, 2022

Get into the holiday spirit by visiting the Charleston Visitor Center to see the gorgeous decorated trees. Admire the 25 trees and 16 wreaths, each decorated with a unique theme in memory of someone who has battled cancer. Visitors to the event can bid on the trees with proceeds benefitting Dragon Boat Charleston. You can also take part in holiday workshops during this festival. Stop in to get into the holiday spirit!


Aquarium Aglow Charleston

  • November 18th - January 2nd, 2022

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 of historic Charleston, Aquarium Aglow offers a one-of-a-kind sensory experience for the whole family with thousands of magical holiday lights.


Deck the Halls Oyster roast at Drayton Hall

  • December 5, 2021

Deck the Hall Oyster Roast at Drayton Hall is a time-honored traditional Lowcountry holiday celebration.  This year's long-time locals favorite will be held Sunday, December 5th at 2:30 pm  The oyster roast includes oysters with all the fixings, chili, beer, wine, and live music.  Visit Drayton Hall here for tickets.


The Night Before Christmas Classical Kids Holiday Concert

  • December 20, 2021

Join the talented musicians of Chamber Music Charleston bring to life classic holiday stories through song and music.  College of Charleston Sottile Theatre 44 George Street
Always a sell-out, get your tickets early.

Kiawah Island in December - Events

The 43rd Annual Kiawah Island Marathon

  • December 11th, 2021

Now entering its 43rd year, the Kiawah Island Golf Resort Marathon starts and finishes in the 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!

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 24th, 2021

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

  • December 25th, 2021

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