Charleston and Summerville Christmas Events

OOPS, this is last year’s Christmas post!  Go to Christmas Events in Summerville, SC 2014  or Christmas Events in Charleston, SC 2014 to learn what’s happening this year!

Enjoy the Christmas Season in Charleston and Summerville by attending one or more of these fun family events. Here are a few of my top picks for the upcoming month. Hope to see you at some of them.

Summerville Christmas Tree Lighting

Location: Summerville Town Hall
Date: Tuesday, December 1,2009
Time: Mon-Sat – 9-6pm, Sunday- 12-6pm

Come out and enjoy your neighbors at Summerville’s annual Christmas Tree Lighting.  You will usually find Hot Cocoa, Christmas goodies and lots of fellowship at this event.

Summerville Christmas Parade

Location: Downtown Summerville
Date: Sunday, December 13,2009
Time: 2-4pm

The parade route runs from W. 4th Street to South Main Street, turning right on Richardson Ave., right on Cedar Street to W. Luke Ave. and finishing on N. Laurel Street Contact Summerville D.R.E.A.M. at (843) 821-7260 or for information about parade registration.

Festival of Lights

Location: James Island County Park
Date: November 13, 2009 -January 3, 2010
Time: Mon-Sat – 9-6pm, Sunday- 12-6pm
Contact#:(843) 795-7275

GREAT event for the family.  You can ride through the Festival of Lights in your car and watch the tremendous three mile light display for $10/car or ride in the train for $2/person. (2 and under are free)  Also avalaible…Marshmallow Roasts, Lakeside Lights Interactive Activity, Enchanted Forest Walking Trail, Carousel Rides, Climbing Wall, Gingerbread Houses, Holiday Sand Sculpture, Life-size Greeting Card Display, Musical Concerts , Custom-made Photo Props, Fabulous Group Packages, Photos with Santa, Santa’s Sweet Shoppe.

Holiday with Santa at Marion Square

Location: Marion Square, Charleston (Between King, Meeting & Calhoun)
Date: December 5-23, 2009
Time: Mon-Fri- 10-6pm, Saturdays & Sunday- 10-4pm
Contact#:(843) 724-7300

Children’s choirs, church choirs, gospel, classical, folk, jazz, storytelling and other forms of entertainment dazzle audiences at Marion Square. Bring your Christmas wish lists to the North Pole Mailbox and visit with Santa, Mrs. Claus and their Elf assistants in the magically decorated park.

Charleston Sleigh Ride

Location: Charleston Harbor
Date: Thursday-Sunday Evenings through December 2009 (Excluding Christmas, includes New Years Eve)
Time: Mon-Fri- 10-6pm, Saturdays & Sunday- 10-4pm
Cost: $40/adult, $30/children
Contact#:(843) 276-4203

In the month of December, people can enjoy a  leisurely tour of the Charleston Harbor at night to view the holiday lights. Enjoy the sights under waterproof blankets and hot chocolate in travel mugs provided. Christmas music and stories about Charleston and holiday traditions are shared. 1 hour tour.

North Charleston Christmas Festival

Location: North Charleston
Date: Dec. 5,2009
Time: 4:30-9pm
Contact#:(843) 740-585403

Annual North Charleston Christmas Lighting, Festival and Parade – Experience dozens of beautiful Christmas trees decorated by local churches, schools, businesses, and civic groups. Enjoy rides, dancing troupes, hayrides, pony rides, visits with Mr. and Mrs. Clause and the annual Christmas parade. Admission is free..

Charleston Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

Location: Marion Square
Date: Dec. 5,2009
Time: 4:30-6pm
Contact#:(843) 724-7305

Join Charleston officials as they light the magnificent 60 foot Tree of Lights at Marion Square.

Parade of Boats

Location: Viewings sites are located at Waterfront Park, The USS Yorktown and the Battery Area
Date: Dec. 5,2009
Time: 5-9pm
Contact#:(843) 724-7305

Great family tradition for the holidays! Come out and enjoy Charleston with others as beautiful, lighted boats proceed through the Cooper River through the Harbor and Ashley river. At the conclusion, enjoy the beautiful firework display over the harbor.

The Lowcountry Singing Christmas Tree

Location: Summerville Baptist Church
Date: Dec. 11-14,2009

Contact#:(843) 873-2440

Enjoy Christmas music, drama, lights, orchestra and majestic singing through this wonderful presentation.  Enjoy hearing the Christmas message in a special way.  Wonderful for children and adults.


7 thoughts on “Charleston and Summerville Christmas Events

  1. What about Living Bethlehem at one of the Summerville churches … I can’t remember the name of the church or the name of the program but just know it is very moving and would like info about place, date and times …. thanks!

  2. I am trying to find a performance of Handle’s Messiah in the Summerville or Charleston area during Christmas 2010. Any information would be appreciated.

    • Hi Barbara,

      Well, it’s not all of Handel’s Messiah, but the LowCountry Singing Christmas Tree always includes, at least, one song from Messiah. They always end with the Hallelujah Chorus. Last year, there were a couple of pieces included in their performance. Dates are:

      Friday, Dec. 10 at 7:30 PM
      Saturday, Dec. 11 at 3 PM and 5:30 PM
      Sunday, Dec. 12 at 3 PM and 5:30 PM
      Monday, Dec. 13 at 7:30 PM

      Updated Description:
      Three thousand twinkling lights, a live orchestra, 120 singers of all ages, and a Tree of 30 feet–Dec. 10 marks the first performance of the 21st annual Lowcountry Singing Christmas Tree. Join us this year as we learn that “A Baby Changes Everything.” Tickets are available at or by calling (843) 873-2440. Seating is available one hour before performance times.

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