If you’re coming to a luxury house on Isle of Palms during the holiday season, there’s no shortage of great events to get you in the Christmas spirit, as I’ve covered in several recent blogs.

First up, as a follow-up to that last blog about air travel to and from the gloriously renovated Charleston International Airport, the Post & Courier has a helpful article in today’s paper about what you can or cannot bring on board the flight.

You may bring a live chicken, but NOT a snow globe that’s bigger than a tennis ball.  Read all about it here:  http://www.postandcourier.com/business/holiday-travelers-urged-to-avoid-prohibited-items-at-charleston-airport/article_8c9de84a-c22a-11e6-9780-e79d6e471a23.html  (In the interest of full disclosure, the chicken was a certified service animal.)

Although several holiday events are one-time happenings that have already passed  –  like the Charleston Boat Parade, tree lightings and several other holiday parades  –  others are ongoing throughout much of the holiday season.

One great example is the awesome Holiday Festival of Lights at James Island County Park.  It is a truly fun family event perfect for all ages in your Charleston beach house.  The festival is going on every evening through January 1st, 2017.  For your GPS, head to 871 Riverland Drive in Charleston  –  a pleasant drive from all our SC vacation rentals, whether you’re in a Folly Beach house Charleston or one of our many lovely Isle of Palms vacation rentals.

Here’s the scoop:  https://ccprc.com/1546/Holiday-Festival-of-Lights

Cool holiday trains near your luxury house on Isle of Palms

Cool holiday trains near your luxury house on Isle of Palms

Another fun ongoing holiday treat near your luxury house on Isle of Palms…

Vintage looking train sets and Christmas just seem to go together, and you can see some gorgeous ones downtown.

It’s the Belmond Charleston Place Holiday Train Display, going on now through the holidays.

Get set for:

  • –A fully operational G-scale replica of the very famous Venice-Simplon Orient Express (VSOE) luxury train, along with two other trains on display throughout the hotel lobby areas;
  • –Trains have fun realistic details like functioning smokestacks and whistles;
  • –Snow-covered displays include an eight-foot hand-carved mountain, hundreds of handmade trees, an Alpine village with shops, inns and a five-story mini hotel, automobiles, a European rose garden complete with statue, new locomotives and lots of surprises.

Sounds like the perfect thing to help get into the Christmas spirit.  Charleston Place is located at 206 Meeting Street downtown, also convenient to all our beach house rentals Charleston SC.  There is no charge to see the trains.  Here’s more:  http://hiddencharleston.com/

Annual Christmas Special not far from your luxury house on Isle of Palms

Annual Christmas Special not far from your luxury house on Isle of Palms

A special Christmas Special near your luxury house on Isle of Palms…

There’s another annual holiday spectacular which can only be seen in Charleston and still has several performances left to catch before it disappears until next December.

It’s the Charleston Christmas Special, now in its 21st  season.

It’s a razzle-dazzle holiday extravaganza put on by former Broadway stars Brad and Jennifer Moranz, and includes musical numbers and comedy sketches that are both fun and family-friendly.  The production is new and fresh each year, although some favorites do make repeat appearances.

More than 10,000 people see the show each year.

I went last year with a large group of friends, and we all had a blast.

The remaining shows take place now through December 23rd at the Charleston Music Hall, located at 37 John Street downtown, an easy drive from all luxury beach house rentals SC.  You can find all the details and ticket info here:  http://charlestonmusichall.com/event/the-charleston-christmas-special-18/      Or at their website:  http://bradandjennifermoranz.com/

Special note: they’re offering a Kids’ Free Night December 20th only  —-  One free child’s ticket with the purchase of an adult ticket.  Call etix for more info: 1(800) 514-3849.


One last thing this weekend only near your luxury house on Isle of Palms… 


Also, don’t forget  –  this weekend is your last chance to visit the holiday version of the Charleston Farmers Market, which I covered in this BLOG.  It’s going on this Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 17-18th, from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Shop for all kinds of great gifts which are very local and uniquely Lowcountry.  It’s located in Marion Square downtown, pretty much equidistant between our Isle of Palms luxury rentals and Folly Beach rentals Charleston.

So take in some of the holiday fun going on near your luxury house on Isle of Palms.  And remember to call EP when you are looking for the best in rental homes South Carolina.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger

photo credits: Hidden Charleston, Charleston Music Hall