The holiday events just keep rolling — or sailing — along. All aboard the Polar Express in the Lowcountry!
If you happen to be here in one of our SC vacation rentals this coming weekend, be it a luxury house on Isle of Palms or a Folly Beach house Charleston, you won’t have a lack of festive holiday happenings from which to choose. They’re all quite family-friendly and appropriate for all ages in your Charleston beach house. Some will provide great local shopping opportunities for those left on your list, while others will help get you fully in the holiday mood.
Friday, December 11th – Mount Pleasant
Kick off the weekend with a free outdoor holiday movie on a giant Cinebarre screen. The showing will take place at the R. L. Jones Center at 391 Egypt Road in Mt. P, from 6:30 till 9:00 p.m. You’re encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets if you like, and there will be food and non-alcoholic beverages available for purchase.
Saturday, December 12th – Mount Pleasant
MP Holiday Market
It’s the annual Holiday Market and Craft Show. It takes place on the site of the Mount Pleasant Farmers Market Pavilion by Moultrie Middle School on Coleman Boulevard, and will go from 11:00 till 4:00. Local craftspeople will sell their wares, and there’ll be plenty of edible goodies available for purchase. This is especially convenient to all our Isle of Palms vacation rentals – just head over to Sullivan’s Island, then take the Ben Sawyer Drawbridge to Coleman Boulevard in Mount Pleasant. It will be on your left. https://www.facebook.com/events/849598101770885/
Saturday – Downtown
Charleston Holiday Market
Speaking of downtown, there will be a lot going on there as well. The famous Charleston Farmers Market has technically finished for its regular season… but fret not, for the next couple of weekends they’re having their special Holiday Market in Marion Square, the site of the normal downtown market. It’ll go on from 9:00 until 3:00 (Dec. 12th, 13th, 19th, 20th) and will feature more great gift options and gourmet food. http://www.charlestonfarmersmarket.com/about/
Holiday Fun at the Joe
Come out to “The Joe,” Charleston’s cool baseball park, and get in the holiday spirit of giving and fun in a party sponsored by the Riverdogs, Charleston’s team. There will be all sorts of exciting things for kids, like visits and photos with Santa Claus and Charlie Claus (who will be collecting Christmas lists, which is some serious business), games and crafts. They’ll also be showing the movie “Polar Express” on the big video board.
It’ll happen from 11:00 a.m. till 2:00 p.m. with the movie starting at noon. The price of admission? An unused toy, which will be donated to the Salvation Army Angel Tree. Joseph P. Riley Park is located at 360 Fishburne Street. Here’s more: https://www.facebook.com/chasriverdogs
Parade of Boats
Then Saturday night is the ever-popular (and quintessentially Lowcountry) Holiday Parade of Boats in Charleston Harbor. Ahoy and Ho Ho Ho! Watch as folks sail or motor by in their brightly decorated and well-lit vessels. It starts about 5:30 p.m., and boats will go from Mount Pleasant through the harbor to the Ashley River. Good viewing spots include the Battery or Waterfront Park downtown. There will be a special catered (Swig & Swine) and ticketed viewing party at the Charleston Maritime Center starting at 5:00 p.m; here’s a link with more info: http://www.charlestonparadeofboats.com/about-our-light-up-the-night-viewing-party/
Sunday, December 13th
Downtown Holiday Market AND Second Sunday on King
Then on Sunday, the fun continues on both sides of the Cooper River. Downtown, the Marion Square Holiday Market will be rolling again from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00. This Sunday is also the second Sunday of the month, so that means a special holiday edition of the wildly popular event, Second Sundays on King. Expect lots of carolers, holiday shopping, decorations and promotions, and of course the presence of the big guy himself, Santa.
It takes place on King Street from Marion Square to Queen Street and is an easy drive from all our luxury beach house rentals SC, be they Folly Beach rentals Charleston or our IOP rental homes South Carolina.
Here’s more on some of the special highlights: https://www.facebook.com/2ndSundayonKingSt/?fref=ts
And don’t forget to get the voucher for two hours of parking on a city garage: CLICK HERE.
Mount Pleasant Christmas Parade
On Sunday night, it’s the 20th annual Mount Pleasant Christmas Light Parade and Tree Lighting. It’ll kick off at Moultrie Middle School (645 Coleman Boulevard) at 5:30 p.m. with the lighting of the big tree and fireworks, then the parade will follow at approx. 5:45. It’ll contain more than 100 floats that will travel down Coleman Boulevard past Pelzer Drive, over Shem Creek, then in front of the school before ending at the Sea Island Shopping Center around 7:15. Again, this is especially convenient to our Isle of Palms luxury rentals. https://www.facebook.com/MountPleasantChristmasParade
You can vote for your favorite float —- #VoteTheFloatMP
Yowza! That’s a lot to choose from, and it’s all very wholesome holiday fare. So get out and get in the holiday spirit… and be sure to call EP for the very best options in beach house rentals Charleston SC.
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