Join us for the most wonderful time of the year! The holiday spirit is shining bright all around Folly Beach and Charleston.  Get out and enjoy the magic of the season with this list of socially distanced, COVID friendly events.


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Holiday Festival of Lights



Let your heart be light at the Holiday Festival of Lights, a beloved Lowcountry tradition. This is a unique year, and we are creating a special experience from the comfort of your own vehicle. During your driving tour through millions of twinkling lights, we will have magical surprises along the way!

James Island County Park
871 Riverland Drive


2020 Festival Of Trees

Dates: 11/15/2020 – 01/05/2021

Get ready to feel the joy of the holiday season at the Inaugural Festival of Trees! Hosted by Explore Charleston, the event benefits the cancer patients, survivors and supporters of Dragon Boat Charleston. Held at the beautiful and newly renovated Charleston Visitor’s Center on Meeting Street in downtown Charleston, the free event will feature 20 themed and decorated trees. Each tree is lovingly decorated in honor or memory of someone who has battled cancer. Local Charlestonians and visitors alike will stroll through the event and have the opportunity to bid and vote on trees online to support Dragon Boat Charleston — and reading the stories at each tree is a treat in itself! The event also includes a beautiful menorah display in honor of Hanukkah.

Charleston Visitors Center
375 Meeting Street

The Charleston Christmas Special

FRI . DEC 11 , 2020- Dec 13,2020

The Christmas show is still on this year!  And you have two ways to see it-live and streamed online!  For those who want to see it live, there will be 4 performances at the Charleston Music Hall Dec. 11-13.  Because of social distancing and government mandate, only 250 people will be allowed to attend each performance.


Charleston Music Hall

37 John Street

Charleston SC 29403 


Charleston Holiday Market

Dates: 12/05/2020 – 12/20/2020

Join us as the Charleston Farmers Market extends hours for the Holiday Season on Saturdays & Sunday, 9am-3pm in the Heart of the Historic District, Marion Square!

COVID protocols will be in place at the markets including additional spacing between vendors, hand washing/sanitizing stations and the requirement that all vendors and patrons wear masks and maintain social distancing throughout the events. The markets will feature 36 vendors on Saturdays and 24 vendors on Sundays including farm products, packaged food vendors, artisans and crafters.

Marion Square
329 Meeting Street

Holiday Laser Lights

Dates: 12/05/2020 – 01/02/2021

Theodora Park is the only small City park with holiday lights. And the lights themselves are unique in Charleston: a combination of magical little laser lights that look like jewels spread across the ‘floor’ of the park, combined with strings of equally magical globe-like lights that exist nowhere else. This year, the laser lights will be even more spectacular and we are doing something VERY special for just this one year. On the walls of the park and the palmetto tree trunks – we will be projecting words: inspirational, aspirational messages of hope.

Theodora Park
94 Anson Street

Santa “Sleigh” Ride

12/11/2020 – 12/12/2020
12/18/2020 – 12/20/2020

Harness some holiday fun and climb aboard our specially decorated carriage driven by none other than Santa Claus! This festive 20-minute ride through downtown Charleston – complete with hot cocoa, cookies, and Christmas carols – is sure to make you merry. Bring your camera for a photo with Santa, Mrs. Claus, and the elves. Feel free to nestle in by bringing your own blanket and holiday themed masks for a socially-distanced warm bundle!

Current time slots are between 5:00pm – 7:30pm with departures every 30 minutes. Please visit the website provided to sign up and reserve your spot!

Downtown Charleston
14 Anson St


Holiday Parade At Magnolia

Dates: 12/05/2020

Magnolia Plantation & Gardens is hosting our FIRST EVER Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 5th 2020 at 11am. The Parade will start at our Children’s Garden and will march down our iconic Oak Alley. Bring your chairs and blankets, grab a hot chocolate from the Peacock Café and enjoy some Christmas magic. Santa will be having a socially distanced meet and greet immediately following the parade in the Children’s Garden, so make sure to stick around!

We would love to have you participate in the parade! Businesses, dance groups, bands, floats and more are ALL welcome! We want to bring the community together and help spread the Christmas cheer. Please email Shirah at [email protected] for an application and for further details about participating.

The concert is free with paid garden admission and you can take part in our BOGO food drive! Everyone can receive a buy one get one admission with the donation of a canned food donation to the Lowcountry Food Bank! As always, Magnolia is committed to making this a safe and fun event for everyone to enjoy!

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens
3550 Ashley River Rd.

Magnolia Holiday Market And Craft Fair

Dates: 12/12/2020 – 12/13/2020

Enjoy the Holiday season at our “Yuletide on the Ashley” Holiday Market and Art Fair on December 12 & 13. With unique items and artisan crafts in abundance, this Holiday Market is the perfect place to round out your holiday shopping. Browse through dozens of local vendors who will have everything from wreaths and ornaments, to jewelry, photography and woodwork.

The free art fair will be open from 8:30am to 4:30pm each day. Enjoy live carolers, hot beverages, and you might even find Santa wandering around!

Attendance to Magnolia Gardens requires basic garden admission. Take part in our BOGO food drive! Everyone can receive a buy one get one admission with the donation of a canned food donation to the Lowcountry Food bank!

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens
3550 Ashley River Rd.


Christmas Candlelight Tour 

Dates: 12/03/2020 – 12/06/2020

The tour includes:
-Candlelight tour of the main house beautifully decorated for the Christmas holidays.
-Musical Piano Performance by Owner Elizabeth McRae Petersen
-Christmas Edition Gullah Performance
-Wine & Beer Available for Purchase

These tours will take place from 5:30pm-8:30pm
Ticket prices for these exclusive tours are:
Individual Adult – $45 each

Buy Two and Save $10 – $80 a pair
Makes a great Christmas Date Night!!

Boone Hall Plantation
1235 Long Point Road


Holiday Market & Craft Show

Date: Saturday December 12, 2020 11am-4pm

The annual Holiday Market & Craft Show combines all the goodies from our traditional food market such as locally grown fresh produce, baked goods, hot food and homemade preserves with handcrafted gifts created by local artisans. Come see this year’s wonderful assortment of Christmas ornaments, glass work, whimsical crafts, and a wide variety of original art by locally recognized potters, artists, craftsmen and photographers


Mount Pleasant Farmers Market

645 Coleman Blvd, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464 
(843) 884-2528