Holiday events calendar on overload this weekend

File/Wade Spees/staff The Charleston Firefighter’s Association Local 61 fire truck moves into position in a past Mount Pleasant’s Holiday Parade of Lights. This year’s parade will be held Sunday.

While Thanksgiving weekend kicked off the holiday season, this weekend is when the schedule really gets busy.

And while we provided Charleston Scene readers with a holiday event roundup last week, we figured it certainly wouldn’t hurt to offer a refresher of what’s happening around town.

Between the Reindeer Run, the Cabooty Party and ‘A Rockin’ Christmas’ concert by the North Charleston Pops! and numerous other events, we don’t envy you the choices that will have to be made.

What: For the second year, the city of Goose Creek will host this light display. Adding several new light displays this year, including Mrs. Claus and a gingerbread boy and girl, the event will include hayrides, Christmas cookie decorating, marshmallow roasting and more. The display will be kicked off today with a fireworks show, a visit from Santa, and cookies and hot chocolate. Attendees are asked to bring canned goods to donate to Helping Hands of Goose Creek.

When: 6 p.m. Thursday; 6-10 p.m. nightly through Jan. 1

Where: Goose Creek Municipal Center, 519 N. Goose Creek Blvd.

Price: Free

More Info: 569-4242 or

What: Holly Hill is celebrating the “Holly-Day” season with two-days of events. Friday will include a nativity scene with live animals, a bonfire, the tree-lighting ceremony and sing-a-long Christmas carols. Saturday will see Santa participating in a parade, then available for visits and photos with kids. In addition, craft and commercial vendors and food vendors will be set up on-site, and inflatables, pony rides, a trackless train, an interactive petting zoo, live music and more will be entertaining the crowd.

When: 3-8 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday

Where: Downtown Holly Hill, 8603 Old State Road

Price: Free

More info: 803-496-3330

What: Billed as an award-winning, nationally acclaimed event, Christmas Made in the South celebrates its 21st year. Offering dozens of exhibitors selling their ways, this will be a good way to ease into holiday shopping and maybe find that gift for the “hard to shop for” folks. Offering everything from art to gourmet food, clothing, crafts and more, you’re sure to find something for everyone on your list.

When: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday

Where: Exchange Park Fairgrounds, 9850 U.S. Highway 78, Ladson

Price: $6 for adults, kids 12 and under get in free

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What: Sip while you shop at this Irvin-House Vineyards event. Running for two consecutive Saturdays, the open house will offer attendees the chance to enjoy live music from the De Gullah Singers, a complimentary glass of homemade hot, spiced wine, dig into dishes from the Stono Cafe and peruse the shopping options provided by local vendors. Tastings will be available at the Firefly Vodka distillery and Irvin-House Vineyard winery for a fee. Bring lawn chairs or a blanket. Pets are allowed but must be leashed.

When: Noon-5 p.m. Saturday and Dec. 14

Where: Irvin-House Vineyards, 6775 Bears Bluff Road, Wadmalaw Island

Price: Free admission

More info: 559-6867

What: This street festival will include carnival rides, kids’ activities, live music from Connor Christian & Southern Gothic, a visit by Santa and more.

When: 2-7 p.m. Saturday

Where: Isle of Palms Recreation Center, 24 28th Ave.

Price: Free

More info: 886-8294 or

What: The city of North Charleston is celebrating the upcoming holiday season in a big way. An all-day Holiday Market will include children’s activities, craft and food vendors and live musical performances on two stages. The Christmas Parade begins at Montague and Mixson avenues and proceeds down Montague, around Park Circle, and concludes at Armory Park. After the parade, North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey and Santa Claus will light the city’s Christmas tree in front of the Felix C. Davis Community Center. Additional activities include jump castles, a petting zoo, carriage rides and more.

When: 3-9 p.m. Saturday

Where: Felix Davis Community Center, 4800 Park Circle, North Charleston

Price: Free

More info: 740-5854 or

What: One of the more unusual light shows in the Lowcountry is the Parade of Boats, this year celebrating its 32nd year. Thousands of spectators line the route from Mount Pleasant to Charleston to watch as decorated boats glide by. If you’d rather get in on the action, decorate your boat “from stem to stern with lights” and join the line. Those participating in the parade will have the chance to win awards at an after-party at Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina.

When: 5 p.m. Saturday

Where: Cooper River, Charleston Harbor and Ashley River

Price: Free

More info: 724-7414 or

What: Celebrating its 10th year, this family-friendly festival will feature a night of “old fashioned, feel good community holiday” fun. Explore the vendor booths at the “Holiday Shopping Village,” let the kids enjoy themed activities, partake in refreshments from local restaurants and more. Live music by the 14-piece Andrew Thielen Big Band Orchestra will set the tone. And be sure to bring chairs and blankets.

When: 5-9 p.m. Saturday

Where: Family Circle Cup Stadium, 161 Seven Farms Drive, Daniel Island

Price: Free; all-inclusive kids’ activities are $10

More Info: 971-9200 or

What: A favorite monthly event of locals and visitors alike, Second Sunday on King Street is getting into the holiday spirit. With a portion of King Street closed to vehicular traffic, folks are invited to spend an afternoon strolling, shopping, dining and enjoying Charleston at its finest. The Charleston Caroling Company will be strolling around in Dickens-era costumes singing classic Christmas carols and up-beat popular holiday tunes to set the mood. The Preservation Society of Charleston will also hold a book signing from 1-4 p.m. at the PSC Book & Gift Shop featuring authors Karen White, Cassandra King, Nathalie Dupree, Holly Herrick and more.

When: 1-5 p.m. Sunday

Where: King Street

Price: Free

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What: Traditionally known as one of the largest parades in South Carolina, the Summerville parade has featured as many as 3,000 participants and well over 25,000 spectators in the past. Sponsored by Summerville D.R.E.A.M., the annual parade will feature various floats and community organization, as well as local band programs. This year’s parade theme is Sweet Southern Christmas.

When: 2-4 p.m. Sunday

Where: Downtown Summerville

Price: Free

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What: The Taste of Hollywood Festival and Christmas Parade will feature food, kids’ activities, live music and more. The parade starts on Baptist Hill Road and will continue down Highway 162, turning right onto Highway 165.

When: 2-5 p.m. Sunday

Where: Hollywood Town Center, 6316 Highway 162

Price: Free

More info: 889-3222

What: The town of Moncks Corner will host a parade and tree lighting ceremony as part of its seasonal celebration. The parade will begin at Berkeley High School and end at the Main Street extension. The annual tree lighting ceremony will take place at Unity Park and will include various local performers and a visit from Santa.

When: 3:30 p.m. Sunday

Where: Unity Park, 317 E. Main St., Moncks Corner

Price: Free

More info: 899-4708 or

What: The 18th annual Mount Pleasant Christmas Light Parade will feature more than 100 floats going from the intersection of Coleman Boulevard and Pelzer Drive down Coleman Boulevard and concluding at the Sea Island Shopping Center. The parade will be preceded by the tree lighting and a fireworks display at Moultrie Middle School.

When: 5:30 p.m. Sunday

Where: Coleman Boulevard, Mount Pleasant

Price: Free

More info: 884-8517 or

What: Celebrate the Christmas season with the annual lighting of the tree.

When: 7 p.m. Sunday

Where: Folly River Park, Center Street, Folly Beach

Price: Free

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