Things to do in Charleston for Thanksgiving

Make new family traditions with this ultimate itinerary for spending Thanksgiving in Charleston.

Whether you are traveling to visit family in the Lowcountry or indulging in a holiday vacation, Charleston offers a unique Thanksgiving experience. Charleston’s milder fall weather and a wide variety of stores and restaurants make this an ideal location for the whole family.  Make new family traditions this November with this ultimate itinerary featuring things to do in Charleston for Thanksgiving.

41st Annual Turkey Day Run and Gobble Wobble 5k

Start the day with incredible (and fun) exercise at the 41st Annual Turkey Day Run and Gobble Wobble. You’ll work up an appetite during this 5k run. Starting at Marion Square in the downtown Charleston, the course passes many famous historic Charleston landmarks such as the Famous Historic Market, Gibbes Museum of Art, St. Michael’s Episcopal, White Point Garden and finishes back on the west side of Marion Square. The course is a stroller free zone but there is Children’s fun run for all ages and every child receives a participation prize! Don’t race home when you cross the finish line– stay and enjoy the live music at the post-run party. All participants can cool down after the race with free refreshments and family-friendly activities. You’ll groove and dance as you listen to the Melodic Entertainment. Make the Gobble Wobble your new favorite family Thanksgiving tradition in Charleston!

Bulldog Food Tours

Impress the whole family with this fan favorite excursion with a Charleston Food Tours. Savor the flavors and experience the best of Charleston’s cuisine through a Bulldog walking food tour. They offer four different food tours that visit different Charleston culinary staples. From the Savor the Flavors of Charleston Tour to the Charleston Dessert Tour, you’ll fall in love as you are immersed in the culinary culture of the Lowcountry.  You’ll meet Chefs and learn about the rich history of the local restaurants and a number of southern staples such as stone-ground grits, southern pralines, fried green tomatoes and more. These tours are perfect for foodies and true fans of the culinary arts. You’ll feel the festive season as you are sampling authentic Charleston fare and travel through the historic Charleston.

29th Annual Holiday Festival of Lights on James Island

Pack up the car and treat the family to the beloved Holiday of Lights Festival. This is one of the most popular holiday events in Charleston with over two million glittering lights performs a dazzling display of holiday cheer. Blast your favorite holiday tunes as you drive through three miles of shimmering lights. The real fun starts when you park your car, visitors are encouraged to explore this holiday village of attractions and activities. Cozy up to the fire and roast some marshmallows as you wait for the Festival Train to return or take a romantic trip through the enchanted walking trail. Stop by before the sun goes down and get a photo with Santa himself. *Locals Tip*On Monday – Thursday bring a canned food item for a discounted admission to make the holiday extra special for families in need.

Kitchen 208

Take a break from the King Street holiday shopping and travel to Kitchen 208 in Downtown Charleston for a home-style meal. They will be serving Brunch during the Holiday weekend from 7 am – 3 pm. Warm up with some creamy hot chocolate or share a craft of mimosas as you relax in the best patio on King Street. Order the classic 2 eggs any style breakfast served with a homemade biscuit and Applewood smoked bacon or eat like a local and order Shrimp and Grits served with white cheddar grits and bell peppers and topped with crispy bacon. Bring the whole family to enjoy this true Charleston stable – don’t forget the pups at home! Everyone is welcomed at Kitchen 208 even the furrier family members.

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