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Staying in one of our SC vacation rentals, be it one of our Isle of Palms luxury rentals or a Folly Beach house Charleston, is a grand way to usher in the new year.

If you are in one of our luxury beach house rentals SC this week, you may just want to hunker down in your Charleston beach house and avoid the crowds.  Nothing like snuggling down in a luxury house on Isle of Palms after a walk on the beach, sipping on something warm and watching the ball drop in Times Square.

If you have a hankering to venture out, there are several options that are a rather easy distance from all our rental homes South Carolina, both our Isle of Palms vacation rentals and Folly Beach rentals Charleston.

Not surprisingly, there’s a large number of evening New Year’s Eve parties being hosted around town, at various venues and restaurants.  They range from casual to the fully decked out, like the Snyder Grand Ball at the Aquarium.  This year’s black tie ball (the 14th annual installment) will feature music by Elise Testone, DJ Natty Heavy and DJ R Dot, open bar, heavy hors d’oeuvres and desserts by Hamby Catering & Events.  Tickets are $140, and the party happens from 8:00 pm – 1:00 am.

Then there’s the 4th annual Rose Ball at Johnson Hagood Stadium at the Citadel; click here for more on that:

Or you could check out the Southern Skyline Grand Ball at Omar Shrine Temple and Convention Center in Mount Pleasant, just before the Ravenel Bridge.  It’s black tie and will feature some great music including Stop Light Observation and The Secrets, as well as Flair Bartenders and cool LED performers.  Here’s more:

You could opt for “Charleston’s largest New Year’s Eve Celebration.”   The Yorktown Countdown takes place aboard the aircraft carrier with great views of the harbor.  It starts at 9:00 p.m. and tickets range from $100 to $150 –

If classical music and the elegance of Old Europe are more your style, you may want to consider the inaugural New Year’s event at the newly gorgeous Gaillard Center.  It’s the Viennese New Year’s Ball, with special performances of Strauss by the Charleston Symphony Orchestra and MaryAnn McCormick, who performs with the Metropolitan Opera in New York.  After the concert, there’s a Viennese ball in the Grand Ballroom, with open bar and an Austrian dinner by Duvall Catering, dancing to music by the CSO.  You can purchase tickets to either or both events.  Here’s how to purchase tickets:’s-eve.html

Honestly, there’s a slew of options.  Here’s a link to more of the New Year’s Eve events going on around the Lowcountry:

And here’s the Post and Courier’s take on it :

Tickets for these events are pricey, but all are described as upscale.

There are also a couple fun free options.  If you’re in one of the Folly Beach rentals Charleston, they’re having their own unique version of the Times Square Ball Drop  —  except they’ll be dropping a pair of giant flip flops from the top of the Tides Hotel.  It’s the Folly Flip Flop Drop, and it’ll be going on from 10:00 p.m. till 12:30 a.m.  They’ll be closing off Center Street and the city has issued a special permit to allow alcohol consumption in the street.

Also, the City of Charleston is hosting its annual New Year’s Eve in Marion Square downtown.  It’s a free, family-friendly, non-alcoholic way to celebrate a little earlier in the day.  It’ll take place from 4:00 p.m. till 10:00 p.m. and is perfect for the younger ones in your group.  There will be lots of live music by Diverse Groove, Ranky Tanky, Midnight City), the Deninufay African Dancers and Drummers, the Missing Links break dance crew, face painting, arts and crafts, jump castles, a screening of “Minions” at 6:00 p.m. and other festive activities to keep folks entertained.  Marion Square is at the corner of King and Calhoun Streets on the downtown peninsula and is a convenient drive from all our SC vacation rentals.   Here’s more:


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Then, on New Year’s Day, it’s time to jump into the surf.

Most of our luxury beach house rentals SC are on the Isle of Palms, so this blog often covers events that are close to our Isle of Palms vacation rentals.  This coming New Year’s Day will be the annual Polar Bear Plunge on Sullivan’s Island, just over the Breach Inlet bridge from your luxury house on Isle of Palms.  It draws quite a costumed crowd to Dunleavy’s, where folks get fortified before heading into the surf at 2:00 p.m.  –  plus it’s all for a good cause (“Freezin’ for a Reason”), benefitting the Special Olympics

But if you’re in a Folly Beach house Charleston, you’re in for a quirky treat.

FAB, or the Folly Association of Business, created what has now become the 3rd annual Bill Murray Look-a-Like Polar Bear Plunge  –  in honor of Bill Murray, the SNL alum, film actor, local resident and  co-owner of the Charleston Riverdogs baseball team.  You’re invited to leave your Folly Beach house Charleston, head down to the Blu/Tides Hotel dressed as your favorite Bill Murray character and “Come Freeze Your Bills Off.”  Actually, this year it looks like it will be a fairly pleasant dip.

There will be prizes for best costume in four categories  –  Best Guy, Best Girl, Best Team and Best Overall Bill Murray.  Registration starts at noon, the contest happens at 1:00 p.m., and the plunge itself happens at 2:00.

Several local establishments will be offering food and drink specials (including:   Woody’s Pizza,Rita’s Seaside GrilleSt. James Gate Irish PubThe Grill and Island Bar,Chico FeoFolly Beach Crab ShackJack of Cups SaloonLoggerhead’s Beach GrillThe Drop In Bar & DeliPlanet FollywoodBLU Restaurant & BarLocklear’s Beach City Grill and Snapper Jacks on Folly Beach (Official)); there will be Bill Murray-themed attire for sale, and part of the proceeds go to local charities like Surfer’s Healing.

Folly’s website has the scoop   or the event’s Facebook page:


So enjoy NYE/NYD however you choose to spend it, stay safe, and remember to call EP for the very best in beach house rentals Charleston SC.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger