There’s plenty of history in South Carolina. Big events passed this region and left plenty of remnants in their wake. Whether you’re a history buff or you just love carnivals, special events, and small-town festivals, there’s a lot you can enjoy here. Learn more about Isle of Palms SC events by reading below!
Day 1: Hunley Tours
Hunley was a submarine that in 1864 managed to bring down a warship, a feat that is celebrated in the history books. However, Hunley didn’t make it back and it sank off Sulivan’s Island. Currently, the sub is displayed at Warren Lasch Conservation Center in North Charleston, S.C. You can see it on Saturdays between 10 am – 5 pm. and Sundays 12 pm – 5 pm.
Day 2: Plantation Days at Middleton Place
If you want to see for yourself what life in a plantation in the 18th and 19th century was like here, you can get a first-hand glimpse of craftworkers at work at one of the top IOP events. The place is open daily from 9 am to 5 pm.
Day 3: Annual Holiday Festival of Lights
Held every November, this is a must-see for everyone, tourist and locals alike. With over one million lights and 16 light displays, this magical event will make you glow in more ways than one. Enjoy the train ride, the carousel, and the sand sculptures.
Day 4: Middleton Place – Family Yuletide
Christmas is family time—a time for gathering around a warm fire and telling stories. That’s what families get to enjoy here, along with carols, ornaments, and candle dipping. The live nativity scene will take your breath away with its depiction of craftsmen working by candlelight.
Day 5: Parade of Boats – Charleston Harbor
Whether you have a boat or dream of having one, watching the parade of boats down at Charleston Harbor is something to relish in December of every year. It starts near Mt. Pleasant at 5.30 in the evening and makes its two-hour journey to Ashley River. If you have a boat and want to take part, you’ll need to register it then cover it with lights.
Day 6: IOP Events at Charleston New Year’s Eve
On December 31, this non-alcoholic celebration takes place. One of our favorite Isle of Palms SC events is family-oriented, which explains the lack of alcohol. It’s a free event where the whole family gets to enjoy dancing, live music, and comedy. Catch it at Marion Square in downtown Charleston.
Day 7: Lowcountry Oyster Festival
Having survived the New Year’s Eve, it’s time to reward yourself with some great oysters at Boone Hall Plantation. Two trucks loaded with the precious stuff will be available for hungry foodies from 10.30 in the morning. Come with an empty stomach and a healthy appetite.
Festivals are times to get together and enjoy a good time with your family, friends, and even total strangers. Call us to book your vacation home right around the festival of your choice and to learn more about IOP events.