Charleston’s Holidays Traditions

Charleston’s holiday traditions are vast and sure to get you in a festive spirit. With so many rich holiday traditions, you don’t have to look hard to find a way to make one of them your own.

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Our Favorite Traditions

Joseph Manigault House – Every year, the Joseph Manigault House is decorated in high style by the Garden Club of Charleston. All of the decor used is created with live plant material that would be available in the early 1800s. While the Joseph Manigault House is always beautiful, this spectacular display is something all visitors should see.

The Charleston Farmers Market – The Charleston Farmers Market offers the opportunity to speak with local farmers and artisans. If you are looking for a handmade gift, there are plenty of options here. Whether you need to take a pie to dinner or want to grab a handmade wreath to remember your trip, the Charleston Farmers Market is a great place to explore.

King Street Shopping – Charleston welcomes shopaholics and gift-givers alike every Sunday in December by opening King Street to foot-traffic only. Grab a pre-shopping brunch at Kitchen 208 before exploring some of the hundreds of shops along King Street.

Holiday Parade of Boats – Take part in one of Charleston’s most celebratory traditions on December 9th. Starting at 5 pm, boats will cross the Charleston harbor traveling from Mt. Pleasant to downtown Charleston. The Holiday Parade of Boats a coastal holiday tradition that is best viewed from the Charleston Maritime Center.

Each of our downtown inns has special rates for your holiday enjoyment this December. Take a look at our special weekday and weekend rates at King Street’s Fulton Lane Inn and Kings Courtyard Inn, where rates start at just $159/night. You can also get a dose of history and hospitality at the John Rutledge House Inn or stay in the lap of luxury at the beautifully-decorated Wentworth Mansion.

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