This weekend is probably the busiest of the whole year, as far as the sheer number of holiday events happening near your beach house Charleston.  The Christmas season is in full swing, indeed.

Don’t forget, tomorrow (Saturday, December 2nd) is the Holiday Street Festival and Tree Lighting on the IOP, super convenient to your luxury house on Isle of Palms.  The party lasts from 2:00 till 7:00 p.m., with the actually tree lighting happening about 5:30.  Read more about it in the last blog.

There’s a myriad of tree lightings, festivals and parades taking place all across the Lowcountry.  Just pick the one most convenient to wherever you’re staying, whether it’s one of our Isle of Palms vacation rentals or Folly Beach rentals Charleston.

Here’s a list of all the tree lightings/festivals this weekend in various locales near your beach house Charleston…

Christmas Tree Lightings & Festivals:

  • Sullivan’s Island(Middle Street Fire Station) – Friday, Dec. 1, 5 p.m.
  • Goose Creek– (Municipal Center) – Friday, Dec. 1, 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Hanahan(Hanahan Amphitheater) – Friday, Dec. 1, 6 p.m.
  • North Charleston(Park Circle) – Friday, Dec. 1, 6 p.m. (tree lighting), Saturday, Dec. 2, 3 to 8 p.m. (festival)
  • Georgetown(Francis Marion Park) – Saturday, Dec. 2, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Isle of Palms(Front Beach) – Saturday, Dec. 2, 2 to 7 p.m.
  • Moncks Corner(Market Pavilion) – Saturday, Dec. 2, 6 p.m.
  • Charleston(Marion Square) – Sunday, Dec. 3, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.  (More about this below)
  • Walterboro(Walterboro City Hall) – Sunday, Dec. 3, 5 p.m.
  • Summerville(Hutchison Square) – Tuesday, Dec. 5, 6:15 p.m.
  • Mount Pleasant(Moultrie Middle School) – Sunday, Dec. 10, 5:30 p.m.

And here is a list of the parades near your beach house Charleston…

Christmas Parades:

  • Hanahan(Hanahan High School) – Saturday, Dec. 2, 10 a.m.
  • Georgetown(Front Street) – Saturday, Dec. 2, 11 am
  • North Charleston(Park Circle) – Saturday, Dec. 2, 5 p.m.
  • Moncks Corner(Main St.) – Saturday, Dec. 2, 6 p.m.
  • Charleston(Colonial Lake to Marion Square) – Sunday, Dec. 3, 3 p.m.  (More about this below)
  • Walterboro(Colleton Center) – Sunday, Dec. 3, 6 p.m.
  • Folly Beach(West Ashley Ave/Center St.) – Saturday, Dec. 9, 1 p.m.
  • Summerville(Main Street) – Sunday, Dec. 10, 2 p.m.
  • Hollywood– (Baptist Hill Middle High School) Sunday, Dec. 10, 2 p.m.
  • Mount Pleasant(Coleman Blvd. at Mill St.) – Sunday, Dec. 10, 5:45 p.m.

Read more about it at Live 5 News.

Whew, that’s a lot of celebrating going on this weekend.  If you’re coming into town to stay in one of our SC vacation rentals, either Isle of Palms luxury rentals or Folly Beach house rentals Charleston SC, you sure picked a good time.

Santa Claus himself will be making several appearances around the area, so keep an eye peeled.  Apparently, he read some of the many polls naming Charleston the best place to visit!

It's time for the Reindeer Run near your beach house Charleston!

It’s time for the Reindeer Run near your beach house Charleston!

Another Fun Run near your beach house Charleston

Tomorrow morning is the 27th annual Reindeer Run (and Walk), another beloved local holiday event that comes on the heels of last month’s Turkey Day Run and Gobble Wobble 5K.

The race promises a great combo of creative costumes, prize money, children and dogs.  Unlike the Gobble Wobble, strollers and dogs are allowed and encouraged, plus there’s free beer and a major after party for those of age.

The Reindeer Run is jolly jog or jaunt (5K, or in American terms 3.1 miles) through the streets of downtown Charleston to get you in the mood for Christmas and is perfect for all fitness levels. There will be awards for kids 6 & under and adults to 99. If your Reindeer isn’t as fit as Rudolph, walk the course and enjoy all the festivities along the way. Either way, come dressed in your holiday costumes to win fabulous prizes.  Runners start at 9:00 a.m., walkers at 9:05 a.m.  The race begins and ends at the corner of East Bay and Queen Streets.  It’s convenient to all our luxury beach house rentals SC.

It has a rather renown after party, with live music by Blind Tiger.  It’s also pet friendly, is a terrific fundraiser for MUSC’s Children’s Hospital, and is sponsored by Half-Moon Outfitters.  Last year alone they raised $48,000 for the hospital.

Here’s the official website.

Online registration is over, but you can register in person today until 6:30 p.m. at the Half moon Outfitters South Windermere at 94 Folly Road.  It’s $40 adults, $30 for kids, $10 for dogs.  Race day registration will be available tomorrow morning for from 7:00 a.m. till 8:00 a.m. at the registration tent near the starting line on East Bay.

If you only choose one parade and tree lighting near your beach house Charleston, pick this one…

It’s hard to beat the downtown Charleston Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting.  Normally in years past, the tree lighting was held on a Saturday night and the parade on a Sunday.  This year, like last, they’ve combined the two.  They’ll both take place this Sunday, December 3rd.

It’s the 37th annual Charleston Christmas Parade, sponsored by the City of Charleston and the Charleston Fire Department.  Santa will make a grand appearance.  The parade will start at Colonial Lake (where Broad and Barre Streets meet), travel over Broad Street, up King Street (against the traditional flow of traffic) and finish at Marion Square.  And as per tradition, Santa will be there at the culmination of all the floats, marching bands, dogs, horses and other merrymakers, and he will be available for photos.

The parade begins at 3:00 and finishes at approximately 5:00.  It’s a very family-friendly event, so load up everyone from your Charleston beach house and head downtown.  It’s a great parade but not so crazy-crowded like in some cities that you can’t find a good spot along the parade route.  Here’s the official website:

After the parade, get set for Christmas tree lighting in Marion Square, conveniently located at the end of the parade route.  There the big guy in the red suit will arrive to help the mayor illuminate the 64-foot Tree of Lights.

Live music will begin at 4:30pm with the Charleston Jazz Orchestra offering a lineup of big band holiday selections.  The tree lighting will follow.  It should wrap up by about 6:00 p.m.  Here’s more.

Light the tree in Marion Square, not far from your beach house Charleston

Light the tree in Marion Square, not far from your beach house Charleston

Or check out this holiday craft show near your beach house Charleston

The 25th annual Christmas Made in the South show is also going on this weekend in Ladson at the Exchange Park Fairgrounds in Ladson.  It’s a great place to pick up ornaments, crafts, holiday decorations and gifts from artisan making handmade, one-of-a-kind designs.

It’s open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.   Admission is $7.  Good news is, a hand stamp is good for all three days.   For more information, click here.


Special services at the Citadel

For a meaningful experience, you might want to head over to the Citadel for the 80th annual celebration of their Christmas Candlelight Services.  Here’s more from Live 5 News:

The Citadel Christmas Candlelight Services

The Citadel will host one of Charleston’s most popular and traditional Christmas events this weekend.

The Christmas Candlelight Services will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings at Summerall Chapel. The service begins at 7:30 p.m. each night and seating will be on a first come, first served basis. The 80th year of the Christmas Candlelight Services will include Cadets from the Protestant and Gospel Choirs, the Cadet Chorale and members of The Citadel Regimental Band. The services feature traditional music, scriptures and the Procession of Lights. 

The services are an hour long and free to everyone. The Citadel’s Brass Ensemble will perform prelude music for 30 minutes before the service. For more information on the services, click here.

There’s hardly a better place to spend the holidays than the Lowcountry.  And when you’re searching for rental homes South Carolina, call Exclusive Properties.  We’ll hook you up with the perfect beach house Charleston.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger