Holiday Magic in Historic Charleston – December

Presented by the City of Charleston, Holiday Magic in Historic Charleston offers family-oriented activities and performances that capture the spirit of the season for everyone in the community.

Marion Square, located at King, Calhoun and Meeting Streets, is the site of Charleston’s official Holiday Tree and holiday entertainment stage. For the month of December, the park will be beautifully lighted and decorated for the holidays, including the 60-foot Holiday Tree of Lights, a Chanukah Menorah and a Kwanzaa Kinara. Each of these cultural symbols will be lighted at the appropriate times during the holiday season. Highlights of the Holiday Magic program include:

Holiday Market
Marion Square – Saturdays & Sundays

You’ll find everything you need 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.

  • Holiday Market
    • Saturdays & Sundays in December
    • December 2 & 3, 9 & 10, 16 & 17
    • 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
    • Marion Square
  • Tree Lighting Ceremony
    • An annual Charleston holiday jubilee featuring performances from musicians and arts organizations throughout Charleston that will culminate in the lighting of the magnificent 64-foot Holiday Tree of Lights, the official City of Charleston Christmas tree in Marion Square.
    • Sunday, December 3
  • Student Performance Day
    • Student performances and visits with Santa throughout the day
    • Friday, December 15
    • Marion Square
  • Holiday Parade
    • This holiday tradition is better than ever as bands, floats, marchers and performers parade through downtown Charleston.
    • Broad Street at Rutledge Avenue, King Street, Calhoun Street, disperses on Calhoun between East Bay and Meeting Streets
    • Sunday, December 3
  • Chanukah in the Square
    • A free, festive party for everyone; featuring music, dancing, and the lighting of the nine foot Menorah by Charleston’s Holocaust survivors. Visitors can enjoy crafts and treats, including latkes and other traditional Chanukah foods.
    • Presented in partnership with the Yaschik/Arnold Jewish Studies program at the College of Charleston and Chabad of the Lowcountry
    • Sunday, December 17
  • Parade of Boats
    • Head to the water for 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.
    • Presented in partnership with Charleston Sail and Power Squadron.
    • Parade of Boats Applications now available!  CLICK HERE for more information and to download the application.
    • Saturday, December 9

Happy New Year, Charleston!

This free to the public celebration offers a family friendly, non-alcoholic event featuring kid friendly activities, live music and food trucks.

  • Sunday, December 31

For full details, click here or call (843) 724-7305. Free parking vouchers, valid in many downtown garages, are provided as a gift to citizens from the City of Charleston. The parking voucher is available online at

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