A Southern 12 Days of Christmas

Sometimes the best way to get into the holiday spirit is to stroll the streets searching for the perfect treasures to wrap up and tuck under the tree—it is the season of giving, after all. Follow Charleston’s “12 Days of Christmas” downtown tour, with a Southern twist.

There may not be very many pear trees in the Lowcountry, but at the corner of Broad and King Street—where the tour begins—there are plenty of Palmetto trees for catching glimpses of partridges. If you don’t spot the holiday bird, stop into Berlin’s for Women, which has been a Charleston tradition since 1883. The 12 Days continue with 3 Singers Singing Gullah Spirituals, 5 Golden Sweetgrass Wreaths and 9 Ladies Dancing the Charleston. Pick up gifts like the 12 Days of Christmas tie from Ben Silver, 18th and 19th-century treasures at Geo. C. Birlant & Co., and upscale apparel from M. Dumas & Sons, now in its 100th year. When you’re ready to refuel, stop into Kitchen 208, perfectly placed in the heart of the tour!

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