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 Parade
Location: Downtown Summerville, Main St.
Date: Sunday, December 12-14,2010
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for information about parade registration.
Summerville Saturdays with Santa
Location: Downtown Summerville, Century 21 Office, 118 W. Richardson.
Date: Sunday, December 11 &18,2010
Come and visit Santa and take your picture! Other Places to Find Santa in the Charleston Area…
Festival of Lights
Location: James Island County Park
Date: November 12, 2010 -January 23, 2011
Time: Mon-Sat – 9-6pm, Sunday- 12-6pm
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. Visit the Festival of Lights site to learn more.
Holiday with Santa at Marion Square
Location: Marion Square, Charleston (Between King, Meeting & Calhoun)
Date: December 5,10-12,17-19, 2010
Time: Fri- 10-6pm, Saturdays & Sunday- 10-4pm
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. Professional Photographer is present.
Charleston Sleigh Ride
Location: Charleston Harbor
Date: Thursday-Sunday Evenings through December 2010 (Excluding Christmas, includes New Years Eve)
Time: Mon-Fri- 10-6pm, Saturdays & Sunday- 10-4pm
Cost: $40/adult, $30/children
Contact#:(843) 276-4203 http://www.thrillercharleston.com/SleighRide.aspx
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. http://www.thrillercharleston.com/SleighRide.aspx
North Charleston Christmas Festival
Location: North Charleston
Date: Dec. 4,2010
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
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. 4,2010
Time: 2-5 pm
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 Charleston Christmas Special
Location: Downtown Charleston
Date: Dec. 10-19,2010
The Charleston Christmas Special, Charleston’s longest running holiday show, is a heart-warming two hour musical variety show for the whole family presented live at the Charleston Music Hall downtown. Starring former Broadway performers Brad and Jennifer Moranz (former Radio City Rockette), plus “Serenade Show” star Bobby Alvarez, along with Tiffany Parker, Marie Talley, Latoya Smith, a chorus line of beautiful dancers, and the Tommy Gill Orchestra.
The Nutcracker Ballet
Location: North Charleston Performing Arts Center
Date: Dec. 11,12,17,18,2010
Tickets: $30, $35, $40 & $45. Children’s tickets are $10 off each price level.
It’s Charleston circa 1865 and families are filling the streets and the market of downtown in a last minute rush for gifts and decorations. Young Maria is presented with the gift of a cherished authentic Nutcracker. With a little help from Uncle Drosselmeyer she is transported on a world tour through lands of fantasy beyond her imagination. This Charleston holiday tradition celebrates the magic of the holiday spirit and the kid that remains inside us all.
8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. The Footlight Players presents the new musical, adapted from the classic movie, about two men who put on a holiday show at a Vermont inn. Tickets are $20-$30 and are available online. Performances will be at 20 Queen St.
A Christmas Carol:
5 p.m. Sunday. South of Broadway Theatre Co. brings a different version of the popular show, with one man playing all the roles. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online or by calling 843-814-4451. South of Broadway Theatre is at 1080 E. Montague Ave.
A Christmas Story:
7 p.m. today through Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. The Village Playhouse spotlights the hilarious holiday comedy about Ralphie, a young boy who only wants one thing for Christmas — a Red Ryder 200-Shot Carbine Action Range Model Air Rifle. Tickets are available online and are $27, $12 for those younger than 12. Performances will be at 730 Coleman Blvd.