Holiday Fun Across the Palmetto State - The Lowcountry

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By K. Park

As the winter holidays are approaching, there are many exciting events happening throughout South Carolina for families to celebrate the season.

The Lowcountry

Annual Edisto Christmas Parade

The 26th Annual Christmas Parade will proceed down Palmetto Boulevard on Edisto Island. There will also be a Holiday Poker Walk with local merchants, the Bay Creek Park Holiday Arts and Crafts Market, A BBQ Fundraiser at Whaley’s Restaurant and visits with Santa at McConkey’s Restaurant.

Dec. 10 (Saturday) 2:00 P.M. – Palmetto Blvd., Edisto Island

Annual Holiday Festival of Lights

The 27th Annual James Island Holiday Festival of Lights, which has been recognized as one of the best around the country and even the world, will features millions of lights, a sand sculpture, holiday train, treats at Santa's Sweet Shoppe and a Victorian carousel. Other events at the festival will be happening throughout the month.

Dec. 8 - Jan. 1, 2017 (Sunday) - Hours and Admission will vary - James Island

Carolina Opry's Christmas Show of the South

Celebrating its 31st season, the Carolina Opry's Christmas Show of the South will feature Christmas classics, new seasonal favorites, comedy, dancing and beautiful costumes. It is the only show that has won every major South Carolina Tourism award including Most Outstanding Attraction.

Dec. 8 - Jan. 1, 2017 (Sunday) - Hours and Admission will vary

Chanukah in the Square

A celebration for everyone with music, dancing, crafts and many delicious foods like latkes and other traditional Chanukah foods. The nine-foot Menorah will be lit by Charleston’s Holocaust Survivors. Presented in partnership with the Yaschik/Arnold Jewish Studies program at the College of Charleston and Chabad of the Lowcountry.

Dec. 29 (Thursday) 4:00 P.M. – Marion Square, Charleston

Charleston Christmas Special

Former Broadway stars and Charleston producers Brad and Jennifer Moranz have created a holiday show with classic Christmas favorites and new holiday tunes. The show is welcoming an accomplished, new musical director James Davis, Jr. and several new performers.

Dec. 9 – Dec. 23 (Friday) 7:00 P.M. – Charleston Music Hall

Holiday Decoration Celebration, The Joseph Manigault House

The Garden Club of Charleston will again be bringing holiday cheer to the Joseph Manigault House, with decorations, greenery, carols and more. This year’s theme is “Tis the Season”. Decorations will be on display until the end of the month.

Dec. 9 9:00 A.M. – Dec. 23 (Friday) – Joseph Manigault House, Charleston

Holiday Fun in Harbour Town

Gather around the Sea Pines Resort’s Liberty Oak to watch classic holiday movies, roast marshmallows and enjoy train rides, games and activities. Movie and marshmallow roasting start at 6 P.M. Complimentary with the donation of a canned good food item for the Deep Well Project.

Dec. 26 4:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. – Harbor Town, Hilton Head

The Kris Kross

Described as a “Merry Madcap Mystery”! A socialite’s party is in shambles when her Maltese Fruitcake is stolen, and Inspector NoClue is on the case. The Black Fedora presents a clean, comic whodunit with audience participation, a la carte appetizers, desserts and drinks. Recommended for children over the age of 9.

Dec. 9 – Dec. 23 (Friday) 7:30 P.M. on weekdays, 4:00 and 7:00 P.M. on Sundays
The Black Fedora Theater, Charleston

Light Up the Night Parade Party

A public, ticketed parade party catered by Sticky Fingers with holiday music at the Charleston Maritime Center to watch the Parade of Boats.

Dec. 10 (Saturday) 5:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. – Charleston Maritime Center, Charleston

Night of a Thousand Candles

Brookgreen Gardens comes to life with the light of over 5,500 hand-lit candles and sparkling lights. Walk the paths to the sound of hand bells, carolers and celebration. An 80-foot-tall fir tree decorated with 70,000 lights will be lighted in a ceremonial fasion at 5:45 P.M. every night. Glass sculptures can be found in Anne's Garden.

Dec. 9 - 10, Dec. 15 - 18 (Sunday) 3:00 P.M. - 10:00 P.M. - Brookgreen Gardens, Murrells Inlet

Parade of Boats

The 35th annual Parade of Boats is presented by the Charleston Rotary Club. Lighted and festive boats will parade through Charleston’s waters. View the procession along Charleston’s waterfront or decorate your boat and join the parade. More than 30 boats are already registered!

Dec. 10 (Saturday) 5:00 P.M.  – Charleston Harbor

Ripley's Aquarium of Myrtle Beach's Festival of Trees

With 75 trees, the Festival of Trees features amazing trees decorated with themes from a white decorated Alaska tree to a magnificent Mardi Gars tree. There will also be a mailbox to Santa and Ripley's Ruckus Drumline will perform on the Aquarium's plaza every weekend.

Dec. 9 - Dec. 31 (Saturday) - Ripley's Aquarium of Myrtle Beach - Hours and admission will vary

Santa’s Calling

The South-Eastern United States Elf Representative is opening a North Pole Line for the Hilton Head Island Rec Center! For two days, Santa will take some time to call children on his Nice List.

Dec. 12 – 13 (Tuesday) – Island Rec Center, Hilton Head Island

Scuba Claus is Coming to Town

The South Carolina Aquarium will be welcoming a big guest from the North Pole in the Great Ocean Tank at select Aquarium dive shows. Santa will be swimming with the fish Dec. 10-11 and Dec. 17-23. While Santa Claus takes a break, his elves will be appearing Dec. 9 and Dec. 12-16. Free with admission or membership

Dec. 9 9:00 A.M. – Dec. 23 (Friday) 4:00 P.M. – South Carolina Aquarium, Charleston

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