It’s the final countdown to Christmas (just four more days!), and there’s lots going on in the Lowcountry this weekend to get you into the Christmas spirit. Finish that last-minute shopping, sing along to some beloved holiday tunes, see a Christmas lights spectacular, and more. Whatever you choose to do, the staff and agents at Johnson & Wilson Real Estate Company hope you have a safe and happy weekend, and a very merry Christmas!
Make your way to Marion Square downtown on Saturday and Sunday for the Holiday Market. Finish up your last-minute Christmas shopping with some of your favorite local vendors along with special holiday vendors to spread Christmas cheer. Enjoy brunch from some of the Lowcountry’s best food trucks and vendors, dance and sing along with some live music, and visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus!
If you haven’t made time to visit James Island County Park yet for the 29th annual Holiday Festival of Lights, now’s the perfect time to go. Drive through this beautiful holiday lights spectacular as many times as you’d like. Park the car when you’re halfway through and visit Santa’s Village and Winter Wonderland. See the magnificent sand sculpture made from 50 tons of sand; roast some marshmallows over the fire and make s’mores; ride the Victorian carousel; admire giant greeting cards created by local schools; visit with Santa Claus himself; and much, much more. The festival is open every evening, rain or shine, through New Year’s Day. Hours are 5:30pm-10pm Sunday through Thursday, and 5:30pm-11pm Friday and Saturday.
Come Sea the Magic at the South Carolina Aquarium this weekend! Celebrate the holidays with a list of festivities included in your regular aquarium admission. Watch favorite North Pole friends swim with the fishes in the Great Ocean Tank during daily Holiday Dive Shows. Santa (aka “Scuba Claus”) or one of his elves will make a special appearance in the tank at 11am and 3pm each day. The animals that call the SC Aquarium home will also be celebrating the season with festive enrichment activities daily. Watch Liberty the Eagle chip away at a snowflake-shaped fish pop, or see the octopus use its problem-solving skills to remove fish from an icy treat. Then join aquarium staff for Holiday BricksALIVE, a collection of more than a dozen animal sculptures all decked out in seasonal garb.
Chamber Music Charleston hosts The Night Before Christmas—a Classical Kids Concert this Saturday at the Sottile Theatre. Sing along to your favorite holiday songs and listen as beloved stories come to life through classical music. Musicians from Chamber Music Charleston will perform a variety of holiday music as actors from the Actors’ Theatre of South Carolina retell classic Christmas stories like “Snowman at Christmas” and “The Night Before Christmas.” The audience will become part of the performance as well as they join in singing such classics as “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Frosty the Snowman,” and “Jingle Bells.” Watch carefully, as there may even be a special visit from Elsa, who’ll perform a brand new arrangement of “Let It Go” from Disney’s Frozen. She might even bring a little bit of snow with her from Arendelle! Performances begin at 11am and 1pm.
Treat the whole family to a pre-Christmas Rockin’ Holiday Pajama Brunch at Triangle Char & Bar in West Ashley on Sunday. Wear your favorite Christmas pajamas and rock out to your favorite holiday music while enjoying food and drink specials. Brunch runs from 10am until 2pm and $1.50 mimosas or $7 carafes.