We hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! It’s Friday once again, which means it’s time for another edition of the Friday Five, our weekly roundup of five fun events taking place in the Charleston area this weekend. Kick off the Christmas season with lots of holiday fun! Shop a holiday market, attend a Christmas festival, meet some new and interesting people, and more. As always, no matter what you choose to do, the staff and agents at Johnson & Wilson Real Estate Company hope you have a very happy and safe weekend!

Small Business Saturday is tomorrow, and what better way to support small, local businesses and vendors than at  the Summerville Holiday Farmers Market? This special edition of the farmers market marks the last of the 2020 season, so don your most Christmas-y outfit and get out to shop local from 8am until 1pm. This will be the perfect place to buy holiday treats like cookies, canned goods, pork rinds, coffee, paintings, baby clothes, leather art, candles, one-of-a-kind sweetgrass art, and so much more! The market features artisan, specialty food and farmer/grower vendors. Please be sure to wear a mask and practice social distancing.

Join Awesome Events Charleston this Saturday morning for a Waterfront Walk + Swig & Swine BBQ. Meet under the gazebo at White Point Garden (aka The Battery) at 9am. Meet new people, breathe fresh air, and experience new things on a walk along the waterfront from the Battery to Market Street to check out the offerings there. Then walk back to your vehicle for the drive to Swig & Swine in West Ashley. Note that the walking portion of the day will equal about three miles, and plan accordingly. This event is open to literally anyone of any age, interest, and background. What a great way to meet interesting new people! There’s no cost to attend, but of course you’ll pay for anything you buy. Come alone or bring a friend or two. Just arrive on time and be ready for a fun day.

Find the most perfect Christmas tree for your home at the West Ashley Optimist Club’s Annual Tree Lot, which opens this weekend! This local tree lot, located at the St. Andrew’s Parks and Playground in West Ashley, is the Optimist Club’s only fundraiser, raising money for all the programs they host throughout the year. Some of their programs include the Essay and Oratorical Contest, Youth Appreciation, Childhood Cancer, Respect for Law, and scholarships. One hundred percent of the proceeds go right back into the club’s programs, which bring out the very best in Charleston’s youth. Please wear your mask while at the tree lot. You can pay with cash, check, or credit cards (cards have a 3% processing fee).

Hometown Roots Farm in Summerville hosts the Carolina Christmas Festival each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from now until December 20th. There will be a Polar Express Kiddie Barrel Train Ride, farm animals, toy penguin race, milk-a-cow, sand pit with ride-on digger, climb-on tractor, letters to Santa, Christmas crafts, decorations, lights, music, and more. Other events you can add on to your base ticket include Santa & Holiday Characters, cookie decorating, laser tag, marshmallows kit, S’mores kit, hot dog kit, and Breakfast with Santa on Sundays. There will also be food trucks and concessions onsite. Participate in the weekly Give Back to the Lowcountry by bringing a canned good, pet supply, or children’s toy, book, or DVD, and receive $1 off admission per person. Funds raised through the festivals at Hometown Roots Farm go directly back into crop production. Get tickets at the link above!

Head to Gallery 26, The Vendue Art Hotel in downtown Charleston this weekend for your last chance to see Inspirational Journey, a juried art exhibit featuring fifty works by thirty female artists. This exhibition is held in honor of Pat Conroy, his writing, and his community service, in partnership with the SC Chapter of the National Association of Women Artists and the Pat Conroy Literary Center. In this NAWA SC sponsored exhibition, participants reveal what inspires them to create, to paint, to photograph, and to sculpt. In some way, each work of art was influenced by Pat Conroy’s extraordinary life and his fictional characters.

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