Posted By Alan Donald @ Dec 1st 2021 6:20am In: Events

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December 2021 Events

’Tis the season of celebrations! This month, Chanukah ends on the 6th, Christmas is on the 25th, Kwanzaa begins on the 26th and New Year’s Eve rings out the year on the 31st. To help us partake, many Charleston-area municipalities and others are hosting holiday events such as concerts and performances, holiday markets, parades and tree lightings. Plus, we’re in the midst of oyster roast season! We’ve listed many weekly and individual events below and provided links so you can find out more. Take a look at what’s listed, have fun, and stay safe!  And be sure to make use of the downtown parking voucher when you’re doing your holiday shopping in town. 

Weekly events throughout December:
Mondays - Saturdays: Blackbird Market, Blackbird Farms & Market, Johns Island
Tuesdays & Saturdays: Colleton Farmers Market, Market Pavilion, Walterboro
Tuesdays - Saturdays: Passenger in Transit - Next Stop: Cuba Photography Exhibit, Public Works Art Center, Summerville
Tuesdays - Saturdays: Fields Farm Produce Market, Johns Island
Wednesdays: Holy City Farmers Market, Holy City Brewing, North Charleston
Wednesdays: Awendaw Green Barn Jams, Sewee Outpost, Awendaw
Wednesdays - Saturdays: Live Jazz, Forte Jazz Lounge, downtown Charleston
Thursdays: Paws on the Patio, Dashi, North Charleston
Fridays: Food Truck Fridays, The Green Barn, Carnes Crossroads, Summerville
Saturdays: Goose Creek Farmers & Artisans Market, Goose Creek City Hall
Saturdays: Sea Islands Farmers Market, Charleston Collegiate Campus, Johns Island
Saturdays (not 25th): Firefly Yoga, Food Trucks, Live Music, Firefly Distillery, North Charleston
Saturdays & Sundays (through 12/19): Annual Charleston Holiday Market, Marion Square, downtown Charleston
Sundays: Sunday Brunch Farmers Market, The Pour House, James Island

Many area venues have too many one-off events and activities on their December calendars for us to list in full below, so please follow their links to see more: Black Fedora Comedy Mystery Theatre, Charleston County Parks, Forte Jazz Lounge, and Redux Contemporary Art Center.

Individual events in December:
12/1: An Evening with Chevy Chase, North Charleston Performing Arts Center
12/1-6: Chanukah in the Square, Marion Square, downtown Charleston
12/1-6: Let’s ROAM Together Exhibition, Wild Dunes Resort, Isle of Palms
12/1-11: Namsa Leuba: Crossed Looks, Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, downtown Charleston
12/1-19: Elf The Musical, The Historic Dock Street Theatre, downtown Charleston
12/1-20: Dear Santa Letter Drop Off, Freshfields Village Shopping Center, Kiawah Island
12/1-24: Photos with Santa Claus, Mount Pleasant Towne Centre
12/1-30: Dreaming of Home Art Exhibition by Andrea Lopez Chen, Park Circle Gallery, North Charleston
12/1-30: Holiday Lights Driving Tour, Santee Cooper Headquarters, Moncks Corner
12/1-31: 32nd Annual Holiday Festival of Lights, James Island County Park
12/1-1/2/22: Aquarium Aglow, SC Aquarium, downtown Charleston
12/1-1/9/22: Summerville Skates, Outdoor Skating Rink
12/1-2/20/22: Light Effects: The French Impressionists, The Gibbes Museum of Art, downtown Charleston
12/1-3/27/22: A Winter Wonderland in Color, The Charleston Museum, downtown Charleston
12/2: The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Musical, Charleston Gaillard Center, downtown Charleston
12/2: Nelly & Jimmie Allen Concert, North Charleston Performing Arts Center
12/2: Charles Drayton & the Scottish Enlightenment (webinar), Drayton Hall, West Ashley
12/2: Holiday Market Under the Stars, Park & Grove, downtown Charleston
12/2: The Fab Four: Ultimate Beatles Tribute, Charleston Music Hall, downtown Charleston
12/2: Holy City Messiah Holiday Concert, Cathedral of St. John The Baptist, downtown Charleston
12/2: Marion Square Tree Lighting, downtown Charleston
12/2-5: Illumination Charleston Weekend, multiple venues, downtown Charleston
12/2-5, 12/9-11: ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ A Live Radio Play, Summerville’s Community Theatre
12/2-30*: Holiday Redneck Reunion Show, Black Fedora Comedy Mystery Theatre, downtown Charleston
12/2-31*: Groovy Kinda Love, 34 West Theater, downtown Charleston
12/2-1/2/22*: Nights of a Thousand Candles, Brookgreen Gardens, Murrells Inlet
12/3: Symposium on the Intermodal and Logistics Market, Frances Marion Hotel, downtown Charleston
12/3: Art for Good: Auction & Music Fundraiser, SC Society Hall, downtown Charleston
12/3: Tree Lighting Ceremony, Park Circle, North Charleston
12/3: Uncorked Holiday Kickoff Event, Boone Hall Plantation & Gardens, Mount Pleasant
12/3: Tree Lighting Ceremony, Municipal Center, Goose Creek
12/3: Dave Koz & Friends Christmas Tour 2021, North Charleston Performing Arts Center
12/3: Daniel Island Night & Holiday Market, Guggenheim Terrace
12/3: Holiday Kindlmarkt, Presbyterian Church of Mount Pleasant
12/3: 28th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony, Regional Recreation Complex Center, Moncks Corner
12/3-5: The Nutcracker, Sottile Theatre, downtown Charleston
12/3-12/19*: Holiday Fairs, Regional Recreation Complex, Moncks Corner
12/3-4, 12/17-19, 12/26: SC Stingrays home hockey games, North Charleston Coliseum
12/3, 12/10, 12/17, 12/23, 12/26, 12/30: The Sound of Charleston, Circular Congregational Church, downtown Charleston
12/3-5: 28th Annual Christmas Made in the South, The Exchange Park/Fairgrounds, Ladson
12/4: CeeLo Green Live Performance, The Commodore, downtown Charleston
12/4: Oyster Roast & Seafood Food Truck Festival, Firefly Distillery, North Charleston
12/4: Tourism Day, for One80 Place, downtown Charleston
12/4: The Old Village Street Fest, Pitt Street, Mount Pleasant
12/4: Christmas Festival and Parade, Felix C. Davis Community Center, North Charleston
12/4: Holiday Swing: A Charleston Jazz Tradition, Charleston Music Hall
12/4: Holiday Street Festival, Front Beach, Isle of Palms
12/4: Cirque Dreams Holidaze, North Charleston Performing Arts Center
12/4: German Christmas Markt, RiverOaks Charleston, Awendaw
12/4: 8th Annual Homegrown Holiday Bazaar, Legare Farms, Johns Island
12/4: Untapped Art Fest, Tradesman Brewing Co., downtown Charleston
12/4: BIG Lowcountry Boil, Holy City Brewing, North Charleston
12/4, 12/18: 2nd Annual Holiday Night Market, Charleston Collegiate School, Johns Island
12/5: Wine Under the Oaks, Boone Hall Plantation & Gardens
12/5: Charleston Holiday Parade, downtown Charleston
12/5: George Thorogood and the Destroyers, Charleston Music Hall
12/5: Under The Streetlamp Holiday Performance, Charleston Gaillard Center
12/5: Thrifters & Drifters Holiday Market, The Royal American, downtown Charleston
12/5: Nighttime Christmas Parade, Main Street, Moncks Corner
12/5: Women’s Entrepreneurs Brunch Gala, Harbor Club at WestEdge, downtown Charleston
12/6-7, 12/13-14: Dragon Boat at the Holiday Festival of Lights, James Island County Park
12/6-1/3/22: A Traditional Christmas, Boone Hall Plantation & Gardens
12/7: The Hip Hop Nutcracker, Charleston Gaillard Center
12/8: Breaking Benjamin: Unplugged, Charleston Music Hall
12/9: Will Downing, Charleston Music Hall
12/9: A Very Merry Footlight Holiday Special: Variety Show, Queen Street Playhouse, downtown Charleston
12/10: Appointment with Santa, Folly River Park, Folly Beach
12/10: Pop & Soul with Emily Curtis, Forte Jazz Lounge
12/10: A Very Dave Barnes Christmas, Charleston Music Hall
12/11: Charleston Holiday Boat Parade, Charleston Harbor
12/11: Oysters on the Point, Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina, Mount Pleasant
12/11: Folly Beach Christmas Parade, downtown Folly Beach
12/11: Christmas in the Creek Holiday Parade, St. James Ave., Goose Creek
12/11: 30th Annual Reindeer Run/Walk, RiverDogs Stadium, downtown Charleston
12/11: 4th Annual Ugly Sweater 5K Dash, St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, Summerville
12/11: Charlton Singleton’s Holiday Spectacular, Charleston Music Hall
12/11: 22nd Annual Holiday Market & Craft Show, Mount Pleasant Farmers Market Pavilion
12/11-12: Hairspray, The Musical, North Charleston Performing Arts Center
12/11-12: The Nutcracker, Sottile Theatre
12/12: Second Sunday, King Street, downtown Charleston
12/12: 26th Annual Christmas Light Parade, West Coleman Blvd., Mount Pleasant
12/12: 38th Annual African American Spirituals Concert, Drayton Hall, West Ashley
12/12: Christmas in the Pines Parade, downtown Summerville
12/12: Mount Pleasant Symphony and Christ Church Choir, Christ Church, Mount Pleasant
12/14: An Officer and a Gentleman, The Musical, Charleston, Gaillard Center
12/14: Mayor’s Music & Art Reception, Mount Pleasant Town Hall
12/14: Women, Wealth, and Wine, Harbour Club, downtown Charleston
12/16: Gullah Spirituals Virtual Book Club, via Drayton Hall, West Ashley
12/16-22: Charleston Christmas Special, Charleston Music Hall
12/17: Holiday Spirits, Firefly Distillery, North Charleston
12/18: The 2021 Spot Light Awards, Charleston Gaillard Center
12/18: Adopt and Shop Market, Firefly Distillery
12/18-19: The Snow Queen, Sottile Theatre, College of Charleston
12/18-19: Shen Yun, North Charleston Performing Arts Center
12/19: Candlelight Orchestra Christmas Concert, SC Society Hall, downtown Charleston
12/20: Christmas Classical Kids Concert, Sottile Theatre, downtown Charleston
12/22: A Drag Queen Christmas, North Charleston Performing Arts Center
12/22-23: CSO Pops 2: Holiday Pops!, Charleston Gaillard Center
12/29: Blue Dogs Happy Howlidays Homecoming Show, Charleston Music Hall
12/31: New Years Eve Gala, Forte Jazz Lounge
12/31: New Year’s Eve Flip-Flop Drop & Fireworks, Center Street, Folly Beach
12/31: Crawl ‘Til The Ball Falls: Charleston NYE 2022, Charleston’s favorite bars

* Event occurs on most, but not all, dates during this period.

Do you have or know of a public event planned for next month? Please share the details with us by writing to Thanks!

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