Winter Events Guide

Winter in Charleston is the perfect time to enjoy cooler weather and various events, festivals, and celebrations.


Aquarium Aglow

When: November-December


Experience the South Carolina Aquarium from a whole new perspective! This unique event features an intricate light show that stretches throughout the aquarium. Using thousands of lights, the aquarium transforms its space into something magical. This memorable event is ticketed, with prices varying depending on the day you attend.

festival of lights

Festival of Lights

When: TBD


Embrace the magic of the holiday season at the Charleston Holiday Festival of Lights, a cherished annual event held at James Island County Park in Charleston, South Carolina. This enchanting festival transforms the park into a winter wonderland, bedecked with millions of dazzling lights. Visitors can stroll or drive through a three-mile tour featuring the city’s finest light displays. They also feature a sculpture made from 50 tons of sand, a holiday train, an enchanted walking trail, a Victorian carousel, Santa Claus, Santa’s sweet shop, gift shops, marshmallow roasting, and more! Get your tickets today for this heartwarming, family-friendly experience that captures the true spirit of the season!


Skate the Stadium

When: TDB

Where: Credit One Stadium

Credit One Stadium transforms into a winter wonderland this season with the arrival of Skate The Stadium, a custom-built synthetic ice rink! Lace up your skates and join the festive atmosphere as you glide across the ice amidst the twinkling lights and holiday cheer.

Warm up by cozy fire pits, indulge in delicious concessions, and create lasting memories with loved ones. Skate The Stadium offers a unique and affordable way to celebrate the season, with tickets priced at only $10 per person, including skate rental and a 45-minute skating session.

home for the holidays

Home for the Holidays

When: TBD

Where: Magnolia Plantation

Immerse yourself in the holiday spirit with this exclusive experience at Magnolia Plantations. Magnolia Plantation will offer tours highlighting Norwood and Sara Hastie, who were the owners of the plantation for 30 years. During their ownership, they entertained lavishly and hosted many prominent figures, including presidents, first ladies, innovators, and A-list celebrities of the time. Visitors can expect to hear fascinating stories about the Hasties and their impressive guest list, making for an unforgettable experience. Don’t miss out on this one-of-a-kind experience this holiday season!

christmas stroll

Christmas Strolls

When: December 1-30

Where: Begins at 117 Broad Street

Take a stroll where history meets hospitality in its finest array of Dickens past! Learn the stories behind the displays and take an intimate look at what makes Christmas in Charleston special!

christmas carol

A Christmas Carol

When: TBD

Where: Dock Street Theatre

As the holiday season approaches, Charleston’s Historic Dock Street Theatre prepares to once again immerse audiences in the timeless tale of A Christmas Carol. This beloved production, adapted by Julian Wiles and directed by Sam Henderson, is renowned for its captivating performances, stunning visuals, and heartwarming message. This show is a must-see event. Purchase your tickets today!

Charleston Farmers Market

Charleston Holiday Market

When: Saturdays TBD

Where: 329 Meeting Street

During the holiday season, the Charleston Farmers Market features many additional Holiday Vendors! You will find holiday produce, food, and art as well as live music, caroling, and activities for kids including free photos with Santa u0026amp; Mrs. Claus! More information coming soon!


Holiday Swing-Charleston Jazz Orchestra

When: TBD

Where: Charleston Music Hall

Get in the holiday spirit with the highly acclaimed Charleston Jazz Orchestra. Enjoy the sounds of holidays past and present. There are two times available to enjoy the big band—5-6:30 pm or 8-9:30 pm.

illumination charleston

Illumination Charleston

When: TBD

Where: Various locations

Illumination Charleston is a series of unique holiday-themed events put together by Explore Charleston, Southern Living, and the Historic Charleston Foundation. Events range in price depending on the activity. Enjoy holiday workshops, live interviews, walking tours, and more! More information coming soon!

wine under the oaks

Wine Under the Oaks

When: TBD

Where: Boone Hall Plantation Back Lawn

Wine Under the Oaks is for adults over 21 and perfect for wine lovers and those looking to get out and socialize. This ticketed event will have live music, a variety of wine samples, desserts, and oysters! More information coming soon!

holiday boat parade

Holiday Boat Parade

When: TBD

Where: Charleston Harbor

This holiday spectacle transforms the Charleston Harbor in an array of dazzling lights and decorated boats. Participants, ranging from private boat owners to local businesses, transform their vessels into floating masterpieces, adorning them with thousands of twinkling lights, festive ornaments, and creative holiday scenes. The parade route winds its way through the Ashley River, past the iconic Battery Park, and into the Cooper River, offering spectators a mesmerizing view of the illuminated vessels. Whether you’re a local resident or a visitor to Charleston, this enchanting spectacle is sure to leave you feeling dazzled and filled with holiday cheer.

Chanukah in the Square

Chanukah in the Square

When: TBD

Where: Marion Square

Join us at this family-friendly event with Chanukah in the Square! This vibrant festival brings together the Jewish community and the wider community to commemorate the holiday season. This year’s event will feature live entertainment, a variety of food stations, and various children’s activities for families. The event also includes the lighting of the menorah candles at sundown. Don’t forget to stop by this event on your visit to Charleston.

2nd sunday on king

2nd Sunday on King Street

When: December 8, 2024

Where: King Street from Queen to Calhoun

Every second Sunday of the month from noon until 5 pm, the City of Charleston shuts down King Street from Queen to Calhoun to through traffic. In addition, no cars are allowed to park, giving pedestrians the ability to stroll through the street and visit businesses they might not have known about. There are also artists displaying their work on the street and unique food vendors tempting guests with their fare.

Holiday Parade

Charleston Holiday Parade

When: TBD

Where: Downtown Charleston

Get in the holiday spirit at this high-energy parade which begins on Broad Street at Rutledge, travels North on Meeting Street, and concludes on Calhoun Street at Meeting Street. After the parade, head to Marion Square for the annual tree lighting. More information coming soon!

charleston christmas special

The Charleston Christmas Special 2023

When: TBD

Where: Charleston Music Hall

Enjoy this Charleston staple—a musical show featuring some of the country’s most talented singers, dancers, and musicians— now in it’s 29th year!



Museum Mile Month

When: January

Where: Meeting Street

Experience the Museum Mile sites throughout January 2024 with a single ticket purchase! The Museum Mile Month pass grants a month-long opportunity to immerse yourself in Charleston’s vibrant history and culture by visiting various sites along the route.

For only $35 per adult and $10 per child, access 13 different sites. Don’t miss out on exploring, discovering, and savoring all the wonders Charleston presents during Museum Mile Month!

taste of gullah geechee

Taste of Gullah Geechee

When: TBD

Where: IBA Event Venue

Celebrate the beginning of Black History Month at an exclusive culinary event. Delight in culturally inspired cuisine crafted by Charleston’s finest community chefs! You’ll have the opportunity to savor an array of flavors curated by over a dozen talented chefs, showcasing the diverse influences of the African diaspora on Gullah Geechee culinary heritage. Enjoy live music, camaraderie, and craft cocktails. The event is rain or shine, and your receipt serves as your ticket—don’t forget to bring your ID for check-in.” Tickets are $85 and must be purchased in advance.

oyster fest

Lowcountry Oyster Festival

When: TBD

Where: Boone Hall Plantation & Gardens

Love oysters? If so, grab your oyster knives and look no further than this year’s Lowcountry Oyster Festival. Claiming to be the world’s largest oyster festival, this family-friendly event features live music, shucking and eating contests, imported beers, a children’s area, a food court, and—best of all—45,000 pounds of oysters! More information coming soon!

2nd sunday on king

2nd Sunday on King Street

When: February 9, 2025

Where: King Street from Queen to Calhoun Street

Enjoy exploring Kings Street without traffic! You will find carefully curated artists showing their work on the street, unique food vendors, and other surprises! Enjoy discovering shops you might not have noticed before!


Southeastern Wildlife Exposition (SEWE)

When: TBD

Where: Various locations

SEWE is the largest event of its kind in the United States that celebrates wildlife and nature through fine art, live entertainment, and special events. Be sure to visit the SEWE Marketplace located inside the Gaillard Center. There, you’ll find dozens of artisans, craftsmen, and tastemakers from across the country! More information coming soon!

cocktails and camellias

Cocktails and Camellias

When: TBD

Where: The Mirror Garden at Middleton Place Plantation

Don’t miss the most beautiful cocktail party that celebrates the 10,000 camellias that bloom each year at Middleton Place. Enjoy specialty cocktails, wine, small plates, and live music surrounded by breathtaking camellias in America’s Oldest Landscaped Gardens. This a 21 and up event.


Wine and Food

Charleston Wine + Food

When: TBD

Where: Various locations

Since 2005, this iconic week-long festival has been one of the area’s premier events. Originally started to promote and elevate Charleston’s culinary brand, the Charleston Wine and Food Festival brings out the best of the best to truly showcase the Charleston culinary scene. Those looking to participate can buy tickets to different unique events throughout the week. Ticket prices vary based on the event.

*Please note that all information included in this blog, such as times, ticket prices, and ticket availability, is subject to change.

🎉Happy 35th anniversary @johnrutledgehouseinn!🎉

For 35 years, John Rutledge House Inn® has been offering guests unforgettable experiences and true Southern Hospitality within its historic wall. Since 1989, the Inn has hosted travelers from far and wide and continues to do so today.

This milestone is possible only because of our loyal guests, dedicated staff, and support from the Charleston community!

Here`s to many more years of enchanting stays and cherished experiences! 🥂 ❤️#JohnRutledgeHouseInn #historichotelsofamerica

We’re popping the champagne! 🍾 We are incredibly proud to announce that @wentworthmansionsc has been named the No. 2 Best Hotel in Charleston and No. 5 Best Hotel in South Carolina by @usnews & World Report! This recognition is a testament to the dedication and passion of the Mansion’s incredible team! We are grateful for all they do to create unforgettable guest experiences! 🥂 #wentworthmansion #besthotels #usnews #explorecharleston ...

🎉 Happy New Year from Downtown Charleston! Wishing everyone a happy and healthy year of travel and adventure! #Hospitality #Travel #ExploreCharleston ...

We wish to extend our heartfelt congratulations to Jim, who has been awarded the esteemed title of Employee of the Year! His unwavering dedication, exemplary work ethic, and positive impact on the team have not gone unnoticed.

Here`s to celebrating his well-deserved success! 🎉

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Check out September in the #1 city! Come be a part of a month brimming with events ranging from an indigo dyeing workshop to music concerts at Credit One Stadium. Explore our handpicked selection of September`s finest offerings through the link in our bio.

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Celebrate August in the #1 city! Join us as we try various events in town, such as the Charleston Farmers Market which takes place every Saturday!

For more events this August, check out the link in our bio!

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We are excited to announce the newest member of the Charming Inns team, Grace Miller!

Grace was an intern last summer, making her transition to the team a seamless one.

You might see her out and about taking photos and videos to share with our followers!

We are happy to have her on board as the Sales & Marketing Coordinator! Welcome Grace! ❤️🎉

Food drive for @eccocharleston at @chshoteliers meeting!
With the help of everyone, we were able to donate over 400 pounds worth of food!

We are honored that @wentworthmansionsc has been nominated for Best Hotel, @circa1886 for Best Date Night and Best Fine Dining Restaurant, and @kingscourtyardinn for Best Bed & Breakfast and Best Boutique Hotel! We are grateful to our amazing past guests for the nominations! Click the link in our bio if you would like to vote! 😍 #charlestonschoice #finedining #bedandbreakfast #boutiquehotel #besthotel ...

Happy #4thofjuly from your friends at Charming Inns! We hope your holiday is filled with fun and laughter! 🎆🇺🇸 ...

Good morning ☀️ and Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there! We hope you have a wonderful day of rest and relaxation! ❤️ #happyfathersday ...

With summer in full swing, we put together a short list of spectacular events the Holy City gets to play host to. Check out the link in our bio to get a glimpse of what this city has to offer in July. ⁠

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Cheers to 15 years of remarkable service! 🥂 Thank you, Rondell for being an integral part of our Kings Courtyard Inn family and for continuously going above and beyond to ensure our guests feel welcomed and cherished. 🤗 Your dedication and commitment are truly inspiring, and we congratulate you on this remarkable accomplishment!
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We are thrilled that every one of the properties in our collection received a Travelers` Choice award from @tripadvisor! Wentworth Mansion is in the top 1% of hotels with a Best of the Best Luxury award, Circa 1886 Restaurant is the Best Date Night Restaurant, and Fulton Lane Inn, Kings Courtyard Inn, and John Rutledge House Inn are in the top 10% of hotels! A heartfelt thank you to our guests who took the time to share their stories and leave us rave reviews! 🥰 #boutiquehotels #hospitality #travelerschoice #tripadvisor ...

Hagan Fine Art Gallery is moving to a new location at 125 Church Street! Stop by their Launch Party on May 5th during First Friday Artwalk 5-8 pm! Enjoy some nibbles and bubbles and view the inaugural exhibition featuring artist Amy Dixon’s (@amydixonfineart) wonderful work. #charleston #charlestonsc #explorecharleston ...

Event season is heating up in Charleston! May has many events to choose from, including festivals, concerts, and wine strolls! Take a look at a list of a few of our favorite May events in Charleston! 😊 Check out the blog link in our bio for the full list.
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We are thrilled that @wentworthmansionsc, @johnrutledgehouseinn, and @kingscourtyardinn are in the running for a @cntraveler 2023 Readers` Choice Award! 🎉We hope you will support them by casting your vote by June 30, 2023. Also, if you vote you could win a 2-night stay at one of the Inns and/or a dream trip from Condé Nast! Click the link in our bio to vote today! 🙏 #condenastraveller #readerschoiceawards #wentworthmansion #johnrutledgehouseinn #kingscourtyardinn ...

Looking to explore the local art scene? If so, immerse yourself at more than 30 local galleries during the Charleston Gallery Association’s Artwalk. Taking place on the first Friday of most months, the Artwalk is a fantastic way to meet new people, discover local artists, and find the perfect art piece for your home! 🎨 Make sure to check it out this upcoming Friday!
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