This November, visitors from near and far will spend Thanksgiving in Charleston, SC and enjoy a fun-filled and relaxing weekend exploring historic sites, dining on world-class cuisine, and officially kicking off the holiday season. We’ve created the perfect weekend itinerary for spending Thanksgiving in Charleston.
Kick off the Thanksgiving morning with a leisurely breakfast in bed. After breakfast, head over to the annual Turkey Day Run where you can burn off some calories in preparation for the day of feasting ahead. This event, locally known as the Turkey Trot, includes live music, free beer, a fun run for kids, and family activities.
If you’re looking to start your day at a slower pace, we recommend a exploring Charleston’s rich history and colorful past with Bulldogs Tours. Their Charleston Strolls walking tour begins at 10 am and will take you through hidden gardens and courtyards and past antebellum mansions, including stops at some of the city’s most notable landmarks.
Once you’ve worked up your Thanksgiving Day appetite, sip mimosas and enjoy a big bowl of Shrimp and Grits on the sunny patio of Kitchen 208. This King Street restaurant, which offers some of Charleston’s best people watching, will be serving a mouthwatering brunch from 7am-3pm on Thanksgiving Day.
In the evening, expect a culinary adventure with a dinner downtown. Head over to OpenTable to make your Thanksgiving Dinner Reservation at one of the many wonderful Charleston Restaurants.
Friday and Saturday – Kick off the Holiday Season!
Spend the rest of your holiday weekend partaking in one of the many festive holiday events throughout the city. If you’re up for more sightseeing, many of Charleston’s historic plantations are open on Thanksgiving day and throughout the weekend. Step back in time and learn about the Lowcountry’s rich history with your family. Visit one of the following to get an incredible look into Charleston’s history: Magnolia Plantation, Middleton Place, and Boone Hall Plantation. Middleton Place will be offering a Holiday Market on Friday and Saturday that will showcase local artisans and vendors, live musicians performing festive carols, accompanied with complimentary hot cider and treats.
On Friday, hit the boutique shops along King Street for some of the South’s best Black Friday shopping. On Saturday, head to the farmer’s market in Marion Square to grab a tasty breakfast and some regional holiday decor. From magnolia wreaths to cotton bouquets, there are plenty of options for your Christmas decorating.
On Saturday night, take part in one of Charleston’s most-beloved traditions with a horse-drawn holiday Progressive Dinner. You will start the evening with hors d’oeuvres at the Kings Courtyard Inn, travel by carriage to Circa 1886 restaurant for a three-course dinner, and travel by carriage to the John Rutledge House Inn for coffee and dessert.
Spend this special Thanksgiving weekend at one of the centrally-located Charming Inns. These historic downtown inns are just steps away from all of the weekend events, shopping, and dining. Each property offers complimentary breakfast, a complimentary evening wine and cheese reception, and 24-hour concierge service included in your stay.