4 Charming Holiday Attractions in Charleston, SC

Explore the fun and the festive this holiday season at these unforgettable Charleston destinations.

Rich in history and home to an iconic array of artistic and cultural opportunities, Charleston, South Carolina is a captivating destination no matter the time of year. But when the calendar flips to the holiday season, the city comes to life with a spirit all its own. If you find yourself in the area this month, the following recommendations are great ways to experience the local festivities.

Charleston Holiday Market

A hub of community, commerce and culture, the Charleston Farmers Market brings together small businesses, artists, food vendors and more, providing guests the opportunity to share in and support the city’s local scene. For December weekends, the Charleston Holiday Market extends its hours to offer a festive spin on their traditional offerings, including additional holiday-themed vendors, live music and activities for the whole family. Book a stay at our Church Street Inn, Ascend Hotel Collection and be within walking distance of the market, enhancing the experience with a room that’s designed to make every minute of downtime feel like a luxury.

Aquarium Aglow

With a reputation as one of the state’s best coastal towns, it’s fitting that Charleston is home to the South Carolina Aquarium and its conservation efforts. And starting at dusk on select nights in December, the aquarium opens its doors for a wildlife-themed holiday light spectacular. Book a room with locally inspired decor, spa-like bathrooms and more at the Cambria Hotel Charleston Riverview before embarking on an adventure of the senses that all ages can enjoy. Partake in festive refreshments, fun photo ops, seasonal surprises and so much more.

Charleston Strolls Holiday Walking Tour

Take a two-hour guided stroll through the historic district of downtown Charleston while taking in the holiday decorations and learning about the city’s rich heritage. From festive displays of holiday splendor to an abbreviated tour of the iconic Edmondston-Alston House, highly knowledgeable and experienced tour guides will be on hand to take you through the sights while revealing the city’s unique and compelling history. Book a room at our Church Street Inn, Ascend Hotel Collection property and stay minutes from the festivities in a room designed for your relaxation.

Miracle Pop-Up at Handcraft Kitchen & Cocktails

Located in nearby Mount Pleasant, Handcraft Kitchen & Cocktails is a popular destination for dining and nightlife. However, it’s during December that this local favorite transforms into a winter wonderland. The annual Miracle Pop-Up serves a special holiday-themed menu with festive cocktails, delightful dishes, limited-time merchandise, can’t-miss events (did someone say brunch with Santa?) and more. Check out our nearby Choice Hotels locations for a place to unwind afterwards, including properties with guest rooms crafted for relaxation with spa-style bathrooms.

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