Holiday Progressive Dinner Sneak Preview

Progressive Dinner dates are disappearing! Many nights have already sold out. Check our open availability here.

We invite you to take a festive journey through the city of Charleston this Christmas season. It’s not the Polar Express, but it’s close. It’s Charming Inns’ 28th Annual Progressive Holiday Dinner. An evening when diners travel to three different downtown locations by horse drawn carriage for traditional holiday fixings and merrymaking. Here’s a sneak peek inside a night of progressive dining- menu, photos and all.

Stop 1: Hors d’ oeuvres at the Kings Courtyard Inn

Your night starts at 5:30 on King Street at the historic B&B Kings Courtyard Inn. Mingle in the open air courtyard, or take a seat inside to nosh on appetizers like Sweet Potato, Pecan and Maple Dip with Cinnamon Dusted Pitas and Pulled Pork Puffs. Sip on Pumpkin Infused Eggnog or Spiced Bourbon Apple Cider before dinner time begins at your next stop…

Stop 2: Dinner at Circa 1886 Restaurant

The illuminated streets of downtown Charleston are your guide to Circa 1886 Restaurant, set in the gardens of the luxurious Wentworth Mansion. Executive Chef Marc Collins has created a three-course prix fixe menu for you. Start with Cauliflower Soup with Toasted Almonds and segue to a salad of Romaine Heart, Carrots, Chick Peas, Garlic Crunch and a Buttermilk Dill dressing before delighting in the main course. Choose from a Grilled Berkshire Pork Chop with a Local Honey Mustard Demi, Cranberry Beans and Collards or Roasted Bass with a Goat Cheese Mornay, Fig Grits and Brussels Sprouts.

Stop 3: Dessert & Coffee at the John Rutledge House Inn

Saving room for dessert shouldn’t even be a question. After dinner, you’ll descend on historic Broad Street, lined with glimmering Palmetto trees and home to our John Rutledge House Inn. In the historic bed and breakfast’s grand ballroom, a spread of Petite Fours and cookies await. Our Pastry Chef Scott Lovorn’s signature holiday treats are back again as well: Peppermint Pluff Mud Bites and Bourbon & Maple Pecan Pie. A sweet finale to a wonderful evening.

Stop 4: Head on home, visions of sugar plums dancing in your head – or stay with us!

Experience the John Rutledge House Inn Progressive Dinner Package. You’ll be treated to two seats at Progressive Dinner, a rickshaw ride to your first stop at Kings Courtyard Inn, a Junior League of Charleston Party Receipts Cookbook and cozy overnight accommodations for two at a grand downtown inn. Get more details and book your stay here. You can also reserve a room overnight at any of our other three inns. Take a look here.

Start a new holiday tradition! Reserve a seat at the table.

Progressive Dinner makes for a wonderfully memorable holiday evening in downtown Charleston. The celebration happens Monday-Saturday from November 29-December 23rd. Some dates have already sold out! Check our current schedule here.

Tickets are $95 a person. Call us at 843-853-7828 to reserve a seat or visit the Circa 1886 website for a full menu and details.

  • Trudy Stanton

    We are new here in Charleston. Heard about the Progressive Holiday Dinner. When can you get tickets for this?

    • Ellen Schmedinghoff

      Hi Trudy! Welcome to Charleston. Our Progressive Holiday Dinner is a great way to experience the holiday season in Charleston for the first time. Seats are already available for purchase. You can call Circa 1886 Restaurant to reserve seats at 843-853-7828.

  • Amanda

    We are staying at Wentworth mansion over Christmas and New Year’s ( Dec 25th – Jan 2nd) are the holiday menus out for these events as of yet?

    • Ellen Schmedinghoff

      Hi Amanda – you picked a great time to visit Charleston. We look forward to hosting you at the Wentworth Mansion. Chef Marc Collins and his team are putting the final touches on our New Year’s Eve Menu. Stay tuned here or on Twitter and Facebook for details.

  • Erin Kennedy -Sewell

    Being a charlestonian and living away now I really miss how beautiful the city is especially during the holidays. Circa is one of the most delicious places on earth . If you are in charleston for the holidays do not miss this!

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