City of Charleston announces lineup of holiday festivities

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While we're all still fairly focused the impending stuffing of our bellies with pie, turkey, and all sorts of other goodies, the City of Charleston is keeping us posted on events for the holiday/Christmas/Hanukkah season.

More details on the City of Charleston events will follow soon and we'll be sure to keep you posted on events in the surrounding town — follow along on our Christmas topic page.

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HOLIDAY FARMERS MARKET: December 1-16-Marion Square, Saturdays 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sundays: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  You’ll find everything needed to deck the halls for the holidays and fill the pantry with baked goodies, all from local farmers and artisans, including natural wreaths, fresh greenery, special breads, cookies and fresh vegetables, as well as the best assortment of art, crafts and holiday gift items.

OYSTERS AT THE POINT: December 1, Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina, Mt. Pleasant, 2 to 6 p.m. Perfect afternoon of music & activities leading up to the Holiday Parade of Boats. Outdoor Sports Café; local artists & crafts; fire pits; food available for purchase; Admission: $5 adults; kids free.

26th ANNUAL TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY: December 1, Marion Square, 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Join Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr. and Santa Claus in lighting the magnificent 60-foot Tree of Lights, the official City of Charleston Holiday centerpiece in Marion Square.

32st ANNUAL HOLIDAY PARADE OF BOATS: December 1, Parade begins along Mt. Pleasant waterfront at 5:30 p.m.; viewing from  downtown. Get on board with a Lowcountry holiday tradition as  this display of lighted and festive boats proceeds  through the Charleston Harbor. View the procession along Charleston’s waterfront or decorate your own boat and join the parade.

HOLIDAY ENTERTAINMENT AND VISITS WITH SANTA: December 2, 7-9, 14-16 in Marion Square. Fridays: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays to 4 p.m. Children’s choirs, bands and other entertainment will delight audiences at Marion Square. Bring your wish lists to the North Pole mailbox and cameras for a picture withSanta, Mrs. Claus and their Elf assistants in their workshop in the magically decorated park.

32st ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARADE: December 2 Downtown Charleston from 2 to 4 p.m. This holiday tradition is better than ever as  bands, floats, marchers and performers parade through downtown Charleston. 

CHANUKAH IN THE SQUARE: December 9 in Marion Square from 4 to 6 p.m. A festive party for everyone, featuring music, dancing, lighting of the nine-foot Menorah by Charleston’s Holocaust survivors, crafts and many treats, including latkes and other traditional Chanukah foods.

HAPPY NEW YEAR, CHARLESTON: December 31 in Marion Square and surrounding locations from 4 to 10:30 p.m. This high energy New Year’s Eve arts celebration is a non-alcoholic event featuring family-oriented concerts and presentations to mark the New Year in Charleston.