5 things to do in the Lowcountry before the holidays are over 

The end of the year is a busy time for everyone. It is a time for vacationing and taking breaks from work or school to reduce stress. The holidays are for reuniting with family, friends, or both.

Whether you are willing to spend no money or go all out, here are five things to do before the holidays are over.

Christmas plays at Dock Street Theatre 

Dock Street Theatre was the first building in America built exclusively for theatrical performances. It is located on the corner of Church and Queen Street.

This winter the theatre will present “Elf the Musical” and “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.” It is a great place to go for all ages. There will be performances from Dec. 4 -22. Check out Dock Street Theatre for more information on showtimes and tickets.


Holiday magic at Marion Square 

Marion Square is one of Charleston’s most-used city parks. This winter is a perfect time to visit the festive holiday farmer’s market.

There will be a tree lighting ceremony and visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Church and children’s choirs plus other storytellers will be performing periodically as well.


Mount Pleasant tree lighting and Christmas light parade 

The town of Mount Pleasant will be hosting its 24th annual Christmas light parade. Community groups and brightly lit floats will march up Coleman Boulevard and stop at Patriots Point Road.

Festivities are from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Dec. 8. This event is worth it because there will be a spectacular Pyrotecnico firework show.


Yorktown Countdown 

Charleston’s largest New Year’s Eve celebration is on a giant boat, the USS Yorktown.

This event will feature an all-inclusive top-shelf bar, Charleston cuisine, and multiple stages with live entertainment. Voted Best Party in 2018, guests will not regret this opportunity. Visit Yorktown Countdown for more information.


Holiday Festival of Lights

The festival is open from Nov. 15 to Dec. 31 at the James Island County Park. Admission is $20 to $150, depending on the number of guests.

This drive-thru exhibit offers three miles of Christmas lights and displays that include snowmen, reindeer and Santa Claus. Ideal for all ages. Other things to do include visiting the gift shops, hopping on the festival train, viewing amazing sand sculpture, viewing the lights from the enchanted walking trail, riding the carousel and roasting marshmallows.

by Selena Gonzalez Patino

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