Charleston is the perfect place to celebrate Christmas, and there is no shortage of activities to choose from in these next 10 days leading up to Christmas Day! The kids are counting down the days until Christmas break, and the kids-at-heart are looking for ways to celebrate every day. We've put together a calendar of to-do's from December 15th through December 25th. Take a look at all of the fantastic events happening in Charleston and fill the next ten days with tons of holiday magic.

Monday, December 15th

Celtic Christmas 

What:  Join Na Fidleiri and the Taylor Festival Choir in a Celtic celebration of Christmas, featuring Irish Uilleann piper Cillian Vallely and Irish guitarist John Doyle.

Where:  Circular Congregational Church, 150 Meeting Street

When:  7:30-9pm

25th Annual Singing Christmas Tree

What:  An exciting evening of music and fun featuring a 35-foot tree, 28-piece orchestra, and 85-voice choir.

Where:  Summerville Baptist Church, 417 Central Avenue

When:  7:30pm

 

Tuesday, December 16th

ELF at the Johns Island Library

What:  Watch a holiday favorite film, starring Will Ferrell and Zooey Deschanel.

Where:  Johns Island Library, 3531 Maybank Highway

When:  4pm

 

Wednesday, December 17th

Holiday Centerpieces

What:  Renee Devane teaches you how to create beautiful floral arrangements for your holiday parties and gatherings. Each participant will take home a floral centerpiece. Snacks provided. ($50 per person includes materials)

Where:  Southern Season, 730 Coleman Boulevard

When:  5-8pm

Jinglebang!

What:  Local musicians perform beloved Christmas songs.

Where:  Tin Roof, 1117 Magnolia Road

When:  8pm

 

Thursday, December 18th

CSO: Holy City Messiah

What:  The Charleston Symphony Orchestra presents Handel's Messiah.

Where:  Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, 120 Broad Street

When:  7:30pm

 

Friday, December 19th

Holiday Magic: Visit with the Clauses

What:  Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus and enjoy other activities going on in Marion Square.

Where:  Marion Square, 329 Meeting Street

When:  12-5pm

The Nutcracker

What:  The Charleston Ballet Theatre presents its presentation of this beloved Christmas classic.

Where:  Sottile Theatre, 44 George Street

When:  10am and 7:30pm

CSO: Holy City Messiah

What:  The Charleston Symphony Orchestra presents Handel's Messiah.

Where:  St. Theresa the Little Flower Church, 1101 Dorchester Road

When:  7pm

 

Saturday, December 20th

Christmas Village at Magnolia Plantation

What:  Bring the whole family and enjoy a candy factory, Santa's workshop, gingerbread house, Santa's post office, chapel, general store, elf's bunk house, Santa's train, family and individual holiday portraits, Christmas choirs, and a school called the "elfementary."

Where:  Magnolia Plantation, 3550 Ashley River Road

When:  8:30am til 4:30pm (Performances end at 4pm)

Toys for Tots Drive

What:  Bring a new, unwrapped toy to the South Carolina Aquarium and receive $5 off general admission.

Where:  South Carolina Aquarium, 100 Aquarium Wharf

When:  9am to 4pm

White Christmas Sing-Along

What:  Sing along to the Bing Crosby classic without fear of annoying your fellow movie-goers!

Where:  Olde Village Community Center, 4820 Jenkins Avenue

When:  7pm

Frozen Winter Wonderland

What:  Dress the kids in their favorite Frozen costume, make crafts, share snacks, and watch Disney's Frozen.

Where:  St. Andrew's Regional Library, 1735 North Windermere Drive 

When:  11am

 

Sunday, December 21st

The Christmas Village at Magnolia Plantation

(see above)

A Christmas Carol

What:  Charleston Stage's production of the traditional favorite, Dicken's A Christmas Carol. This year's production is full of special effects, new stage sets, and beautiful costumes!

Where:  Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church Street

When:  3pm

Santa Claus in the Great Ocean Tank

What:  See Santa SCUBA diving in the Aquarium's Great Ocean Tank. While you're there, see if you can spot Finzy, the Aquarium's Shark on the Shelf. If you find him, you'll win a holiday prize!

Where:  South Carolina Aquarium, 100 Aquarium Wharf

When:  11am and 3pm

Old South Santa "Sleigh" Ride

What:  Take a ride in a specially decorated carriage driven by Santa Claus himself. Enjoy a 20-minute ride through downtown, complete with hot cocoa, cookies, and carols.

Where:  Old South Carriage Company, 14 Anson Street

When:  6-7:30pm

 

Monday, December 22nd

The Little Match Girl

What:  Uned!ted Artists in collaboration with Chamber Music Charleston and the Charleston Dance Institute present The Little Match Girl.

Where:  Sottile Theatre, 44 George Street

When:  7:30-9:30pm

Santa Claus is Coming to California Dreaming

What:  Visit with Santa and take a picture with a donation of $5 to Camp Happy Days

Where:  California Dreaming, 1 Ashley Point Drive

When:  5-8pm

 

Tuesday, December 23rd

The Little Match Girl

(see above)

25th Annual Holiday Festival of Lights

What:  Charleston's most popular holiday event! Drive through a three-mile loop featuring an estimated two million shimmering lights. Also featured:  an up-close look at the lights on the holiday train, treats from Santa's Sweet Shoppe, handmade gingerbreak houses, giant greeting cards creating by local students, Victorian carousel, 50-ton sand sculpture, and holiday shops.

Where:  James Island County Park, 871 Riverland Drive

When:  5:30-10pm Sun-Thurs, (runs through January 1st)

 

Wednesday, December 24th

Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker

What:  The Moscow Ballet presents a gorgeous production of this Christmas favorite with Clara, the Nutcracker, the SugarPlum Fairy, the Tin Soldier, et al.

Where:  North Charleston Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Drive

When:  4-6pm

 

We hope you have a wonderful holiday season. Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah, and Happy Kwanzaa from the staff and agents at Johnson & Wilson Real Estate Company!

 

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