South Carolina’s Lowcountry Takes the Holidays to New Heights

In South Carolina, the holiday season comes earlier and lingers longer. If you agree that it’s the most wonderful time of the year, then the Lowcountry is truly the most wonderful place for you to celebrate it with this joyous roster of family festivities.

santa-arrives-kiawahTree-Mendous Times abound throughout the Lowcountry, beginning on November 28 with the chance to gather for the annual tree lighting ceremony in The Sanctuary’s grand lobby at Kiawah Island Golf Resort — just in time for Santa’s Lowcountry arrival on November 29. The magic continues on December 6 with Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr. and Santa Claus lighting the official 60-foot City of Charleston Christmas Tree at Marion Square. Not to be missed is the Singing Christmas Tree at nearby Summerville Baptist Church, an event showcasing live musical performances from December 12 to 15.

Even More Music to Bring Joy to the World. Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday throughout the month of December, you can catch choir concerts and other holiday entertainment at Marion Square in Charleston. On December 6 and 7, the city’s Drayton Hall presents live African-American spiritual music at the oldest unrestored plantation house in America, while the Charleston Men’s Choir performs Christmas songs in the Sottile Theatre on December 7.

Let Your Heart Be Light! James Island County Park — just 15 minutes from downtown Charleston — is a great place to start with its Holiday Festival of Lights. The three-mile drive-through tour features over two million lights to brighten up your holiday season from November 14 to January 1. Then Charleston Harbor becomes illuminated on December 13 when the city’s annual Parade of Boats sets sail on the Mt. Pleasant side, proceeding down the Cooper River and ending in the Ashley River.

Holiday Parades Aplenty march their way through the Lowcountry this season. December 6 marks the annual Charleston Christmas Parade. The holiday tradition will be better than ever in 2014 with bands, floats, marchers and performers parading through downtown Charleston. The following day kicks off the North Charleston Festival featuring decorated trees, activities, entertainment and a traditional parade led by Santa and Mrs. Claus.

cookie-decorating-lawnFablous Food-Focused Festivities warm your heart and soul this holiday season…and nothing says “Merry Christmas” better than fresh-baked cookies. At Kiawah Island Golf Resort, kids of all ages can get hands-on at the free Holiday Cookie Decorating sessions every Saturday morning — from November 29 to December 20. On December 6, 13 and 20, families can end their Saturdays with Fireside S’mores on the lawn. Mrs. Claus even joins in the fun as she shares her favorite Christmas stories. Ready to feast? The resort offers an elaborate array of holiday meals on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

New Year’s Celebrations on Kiawah Island run the gamut from family friendly festivities that feature dinner, live entertainment, fireworks and party favors to kids-only parties and teen bashes to elegant resort dining and dancing the night away for the grown-ups. Guests can recuperate from the previous night’s festivities at New Year’s Day events including a traditional Southern Brunch, a 5K and beach fun run or a brisk dip in the Atlantic Ocean during Kiawah’s 2nd Annual Polar Bear Plunge.

Once you’ve planned your holiday itinerary, reserve your accommodations on Kiawah Island with a room in the Five-Star Sanctuary or Resort Villa. By booking directly with the resort — either online or at 800.654.2924 — you’re ensured exclusive benefits and savings, complimentary island transportation and the best selection of accommodations for your sensational seasonal getaway.

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