At the Joye Law Firm, we are proud of what we do and we are honored to be a part of our community. We established Joye in the Community to give back to our neighbors, support local education, help local charities, and improve the health and well-being of those around us. Joye Law Firm is proud to share this event information with you; however, our firm is not directly affiliated with these events or organizations. Please contact them directly for more information. Check out the local events going on in Charleston, SC in December 2016.

Holiday Festival of Lights

Each year, families create lasting memories at the Holiday Festival of Lights, where millions of multicolored lights illuminate the sky. This 3-mile journey is over 700 magical light displays of all shapes and sizes. The Holiday Festival of Lights has been recognized around the country and the world. Enjoy family activities, shopping, food, entertainment, and so much more! Enjoy family activities, shopping, food, entertainment, and so much more!

Event at a Glance:

Event: Holiday Festival of Lights

Date: November 11- 2016 – January 1, 2017

Time: Festival hours and admission vary.

Location: James Island County Park, 871 Riverland Drive, Charleston, SC

Cost: costs vary; $20 per vehicle

Learn more: visit the website

Groovy Kinda’ Christmas

Don’t miss this all-new holiday show from the innovative 34 West Theater. Enjoy Christmas classics and 1960’s tunes from the Beach Boys to Motown. A menu of champagne cocktails, wine, craft beers, coke floats and savory snacks are available.

Event at a Glance:

Event: Groovy Kinda’ Christmas

Date: varies days through December 1-31

Time: varies upon date, check schedule here

Location: 34 West Theater, 200 Meeting Street

Cost: $25

Learn more: All tickets are held at theater under last name. No children under 6. Sales are final.

Progressive Dinner

Join in on a much loved holiday tradition for the 31st year in a row. Circa 1886 restaurant and Charming Inn hosts the “Charleston Holiday Progressive Dinner” where diners journey by carriage to three different locations. Guests start the evening with hor ‘doeuvres at Historic Kings Courtyard Inn, travel to Circa 1886 restaurant for a three-course dinner, and end the evening with coffee and dessert at Historic John Rutledge House Inn.

Event at a Glance:

Event: Progressive Dinner

Date: December 1-3, 5-7, 9-17, 19-23

Time: 5:30pm

Location: starting location is Historic Kings Courtyard Inn, 198 King Street

Cost: $100

Learn more: call 843-853-7828 to reserve seats

Breakfast With Santa

Start your holiday season off with creating memories with your family aboard the Breakfast with Santa Cruise. The Cruise includes a delicious breakfast buffet, a personal visit with Santa Claus, a keepsake photo and a holiday gift from Santa’s elf.

Event at a Glance:

Event: Breakfast with Santa

Date: December 3rd

Time: 1st Cruise 8:45am – 10am; 2nd Cruise 11:15am – 12:30pm

Location: SpiritLine Cruises at Patriots Point, 40 Patriots Point Road

Cost: $36 adults, $18 children 6 and under

Learn more: book here

Reindeer Run

The Reindeer Run is a family-oriented, pet friendly 5k run/walk through the lower peninsula of downtown Charleston. This event is presented by Half-Moon Outfitters and the funds help MUSC develop and maintain a variety of programs in the Children’s Hospital and the Darby Children’s Research Institute, including research in the prevention and treatment of childhood diseases. This event includes a 5k run/walk, The Party and The After Party, which include live music, food, drinks, and race awards.

Event at a Glance:

Event: Reindeer Run

Date: December 3rd

Time: runners begin at 9:00 pm

Location: Southend Brewery

Learn more: You can register in person at packet pickup on December 2nd from 11 am to 6:30pm. You may also register on race day in front of Southend Brewery from 7am-8am. All race registration includes a timing chip. For more information visit

Charleston Jazz Orchestra: Holiday Swing

The most talented musicians in South Carolina perform in the Charleston Jazz Orchestra, led by music director and conductor, Charlton Singleton. This show is set to awe and inspire with a lively and diverse 2016 season of programming.

Event at a Glance:

Event: Charleston Jazz Orchestra: Holiday Swing

Date: December 3rd

Time: 5pm & 8pm

Location: Charleston Music Hall

Cost: $40- $55 Adults; $35 – $50 Seniors; $10 Students

Learn more: visit the website

North Charleston Christmas Parade and Festival

This Christmas Festival includes a Holiday Market with children’s activities, craft and food vendors, and live musical performances on two stages. The parade begins at the corner of Montague and Mixson Avenues and concludes on Buist. Santa Claus will light the City’s Christmas tree, located outside the front entrance of the Felix C. Davis Community Center, during the Festival.

Event at a Glance:

Event: North Charleston Christmas Parade and Festival

Date: December 3rd

Time: 3pm – 8pm

Location: Park Circle

Special Needs Dance Party: Holiday Hoedown

People with special needs and their family and friends are invited to dust off their dancing shoes and dance the night away to their favorite music. Enjoy this western themed dance and break out your favorite country style. Mrs. Claus will offer light refreshments for guests!

Event at a Glance:

Event: Special Needs Dance Party: Holiday Hoedown

Date: December 8th

Time: 6pm – 8pm

Location: North Charleston Wannamaker County Park, 8888 University Boulevard

Cost: A registered and paid chaperone is required for participants ages 15 and under; $5/$4 CCR discount

Learn more: 843-795-4386

Holiday Farmers Market & Craft Show

The annual Holiday Farmers Market & Craft Show presents all the goodies from tradition food markets such as locally grown fresh produce, baked goods, hot food and homemade preserves with handcrafted gifts created by local artisans. This holiday event will have live entertainment, children’s activities, holiday shopping, and local artists.

Event at a Glance:

Event: Holiday Farmers Market & Craft Show

Date: December 10th

Time: 11am – 4pm

Location: Moultrie Middle School, 645 Coleman Blvd., Mt. Pleasant, SC

Learn more: for more details

Holiday Parade of Boats

Join the Rotary Club of Charleston by celebrating the holiday season with a viewing party of the Holiday Parade of Boats at the Maritime Center. Enjoy savory foods, holiday music and the best vantage point for viewing boats decorated in lights, trees, music and more as the boats make their way across the harbor.

Event at a Glance:

Event: Holiday Parade of Boats

Date: December 10th

Time: 5pm – 8pm

Location: Maritime Center

Cost: $25 adults; $5 children; $250 starting packages for VIP

Learn more: purchase one or more $100 raffle tickets to win the 186 Commander Sea Fox boat, contact a member of the Rotary Club of Charleston.

About the Author

Mark Joye is the Head of the Litigation Department at the Joye Law Firm. A Board-Certified Trial Advocate with nearly 30 years of litigation experience, he currently serves on the Board of Governors for the American Association for Justice and is a past president of the South Carolina Association for Justice. In a recent trial, Joye headed a trial team that secured $17 million for a family killed in a tractor-trailer accident.

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