November 28, 2023

6 Ways to Celebrate the Holidays in the Lowcountry

This holiday season, whether you are a local or visitor to the Charleston area, immerse in the magic that unfolds across Freshfields Village and the Lowcountry. Exciting events are lined up throughout the holiday season from the annual Holiday Festival of Lights, to Letters to Santa, all infusing cheer into the ambiance of the coastal Lowcountry.

Let’s start with the sparkling gem of the region, Freshfields Village. A vibrant, walkable outdoor shopping center that offers an assortment of local boutiques, unique dining options, and year-round activities that echo Southern charm and hospitality.

Holiday Starlight Cinema Series
Saturday, December 9 and Saturday, December 16, 2023
Freshfields Village will be hosting its popular outdoor movie series in December for visitors to watch seasonal classics under the stars! The Holiday Starlight Cinema Series will be held on Saturday, December 9 featuring The Polar Express, and Saturday, December 16 featuring The Santa Clause. For more information click here.

Letters to Santa
November 24 – December 19, 2023
Get into the festive spirit by writing a letter to Santa and sending it off at Freshfields Village! Now through December 19, guests are invited to post their letters to Santa in a special red mailbox located near the Christmas trees on the Village Green. All letters are personally delivered to Santa by his elves. To add to the holiday magic, include a return address for a special surprise from Santa himself! Don’t miss out on this joyful tradition. Find more details here.

Beyond Freshfields Village, there’s plenty more holiday fun to be found across the Lowcountry. Let’s take a glimpse at some other fantastic local happenings this holiday season.

Holiday Lights Experience
November 10 – December 31, 2023 from 5:30-10:00 p.m.
Holiday Festival of Lights at James Island County Park is a family favorite that attracts residents and visitors alike from across the Lowcountry. Here you’ll enjoy a magical driving tour through millions of twinkling lights. For details of the light experience, visit here.

Snow at The Charleston Place
November 24 – December 31, 2023
Experience the magic of winter at Charleston Place with an enchanting Let it Snow event, where visitors get to experience the rare site of snowfall on Market Street Circle. Transforming the Holy City into a winter wonderland, visitors can marvel at snow blanketing the holiday trees while indulging in delicious treats. Find more information here.

Downtown Charleston Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting
December 3, 2023
The Annual Christmas Parade in downtown Charleston is an eagerly awaited spectacle, featuring decorative floats, marching bands, and a festive atmosphere that captures the holiday spirit. And of course, we can’t forget the much-anticipated tree lighting in Marion Square which officially kicks off the holiday season. Visit the website for more information.

The Nutcracker Performance
December 15-17, 2023
For lovers of the arts, don’t miss The Nutcracker performed by Palmetto City Ballet at the Sottile Theatre, which adds a delightful splash of magic and dance to the holidays. On December 15, 16, and 17, get into the holiday spirit by immersing yourself in the arts this season. For show performance details, click here.

The holiday season in the Lowcountry and Freshfields Village brings with it a charm that binds the local community together, celebrating the festive season with joy. With so much going on, you won’t want to miss out on the magical events and traditions that this special season brings! For all Freshfields event happenings, be sure to check out the events calendar.