New Year’s Eve in Charleston brings festive celebrations across the city. From family friendly get-togethers to black tie affairs, the Holy City knows how to throw a party! Put your vacation days to good use and spend one last long holiday weekend in Charleston before 2017. With mild coastal weather and celebrations across the city, we’ve made a list of the best ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Charleston.
Snyder Grand Ball at the Aquarium – Join in the swankiest celebration of New Year’s Eve in Charleston with this black tie optional event at the South Carolina Aquarium. This event features live music from the David Higgins Band and DJ NattyHeavy, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and an open bar. The event runs from 8pm to 1am. Tickets are $149 and have been known to sell out early.
Holiday Festival of Lights – The James Island Holiday Festival of Lights is a holiday tradition for many families. With over 700 light displays and 200 million lights this is one of Charleston’s most festive traditions. This festival includes a holiday train, handmade gingerbread houses, and a magnificent sand sculpture with over 50 tons of sand. On New Year’s Eve, the park will be open from 5:30 – 11:00pm. Admission is $20 per vehicle.
Yorktown Countdown – On Saturday, December 31st, 2016, the USS Yorktown Aircraft Carrier will kick-off a giant party with the annual Yorktown Countdown, Charleston’s largest New Year’s Celebration. The Yorktown Countdown includes light hors d’oeuvres, music on three different stages, an all-inclusive full-service bar, and the best views of the Charleston harbor and downtown.
The Alley New Year’s Eve – Enjoy a more casual celebration with playoff college football games, free bowling, free arcade games, light snacks, drink tickets, a DJ, a photo booth, and more. Ring in the new year with a champagne toast at midnight. Admission is $75 per person.
New Year’s Eve Bluegrass Cruise – Take your celebration to the water with a festive harbor cruise. This celebration includes live, local bluegrass from the Bluestone Ramblers, a cornhole game set up, and drink specials onboard. Party favors will be provided. The cruise boards at 10pm and returns at 1am. Tickets are $36 per person.
Happy New Year Charleston – The New Years celebration in Marion Square is a high-energy arts celebration that is fun for all ages. This family-oriented, non-alcoholic program is an alternative way to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Charleston. Enjoy this community event with the whole family beginning at 4pm on December 31.
New Year’s Brunch at Kitchen 208 – It’s no mistake that National Bloody Mary Day falls on New Years Day. After filling up on fun, toast to the New Year with brunch at Kitchen 208. Start the year right with a Quinoa Salad, or sink your teeth into a Fried Chicken and Waffle “Belle-Gem” Sandwich, either way, don’t miss the signature Sake Bloody Marys.
Celebrate the new year’s eve in Charleston with last-minute deals at the John Rutledge House Inn on Broad Street with rates from $340 per night. At our King Street inns, the Fulton Lane Inn and Kings Courtyard Inn, New Years rates are available from $295 per night. Click here or call 800-845-6119 to make your reservation.