Holiday Activities in Charleston

With Thanksgiving behind us, now’s the time to start decking the halls and planning which of the many holiday activities your family would like to take part in. Whether it involves watching snowfall from the sky, taking a dreamy holiday themed carriage ride around Town Centre, or walking through one of Charleston’s most beautiful historic grounds on a candlelight tour, the possibilities are seemingly endless.

One of Charleston’s classic holiday attractions can be found at the Charleston Place Hotel, where the lobby is annually transformed into a winter wonderland. The main attraction locals and visitors have flocked to for years is the winter themed train set that runs through the lobby. In recent years though, the hotel has added a new outdoor attraction that has become a favorite among those who have witnessed it. Each evening from Thanksgiving through the Christmas season in the midst of carolers singing holiday tunes, it snows in the Market Street Circle. Those who have reserved a time to be there can enjoy hot chocolate while they enjoy the holiday happenings. Click here to reserve!

There is something special about riding on a horse-drawn carriage around the holidays, and Charleston gives families the opportunity to do so at Mt. Pleasant’s Town Centre. From Friday, November 24 and then every Saturday and Sunday through December 17th from noon to 6PM, you can enjoy a complimentary carriage ride around the shopping center departing from Belk and Regal Palmetto Grande. This is the perfect opportunity to check holiday shopping, photos with Santa, and a little holiday magic off of the list all in one visit. No tickets necessary, just be sure to be there during the dates and times of carriage tour operation.

Another option for those looking to experience a little bit of Charleston’s history alongside some holiday joy is a candlelight tour of one of Charleston’s most beautiful historic homes, Drayton Hall. This eighteenth-century historic house is the oldest untouched home open to the public in the United States. Experience Drayton Hall at night by taking advantage of these lovely guided candlelight experiences. This is a beautiful way to understand the house and the lives that touched it from the perspective of a preserved colonial home. Click here to book a candlelight tour during the holiday season.

We can’t wait to experience some of Charleston’s holiday magic this season. Happy Holidays from the Palmetto Carriage team!