2017 Holiday Parades, Tree Lightings and Ceremonies Across the Lowcountry

November 30, 2017, 2:12 pm EST | Share:

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The tri-county area has plenty of family-friendly holiday magic to get you in the holiday spirit!
From parades to festivals and everything in between, here is a complete list of area events for the holiday season.


City of Charleston Holiday Parade
Sunday, December 3rd from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.

The parade will begin at Broad Street and Rutledge Avenue and travel east on Broad St., turning north onto King Street. The parade will then turn east on Calhoun Street and ends at Marion Square.

No vehicles will be allowed to park on the parade route with the exception of Broad Street.

The parade route will be CLOSED to all vehicular traffic about 2:00 p.m. on Sunday. Parking enforcement officers will bag parking meters Saturday evening. Vehicles parked along the route will be towed.

Annual Parade of Boats
Saturday, December 9th from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

Head to the water for a Lowcountry holiday tradition as this display of lighted and festive boats proceeds through the Charleston Harbor. View the procession along Charleston’s waterfront or decorate your own boat and join the parade!

The parade begins at approximately 5:00 p.m. near the Mt. Pleasant side and ends in the Ashley River, (after processing down the Charleston side of the Cooper River), at approximately 7:30 p.m. (Various factors like wind, current, and the ability of the boats to maintain headway may play a factor in the start time.)


North Charleston Christmas Parade and Festival
Saturday, December 2nd from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

Residents are invited to the Felix C. Davis Community Center (4800 Park Circle) for the North Charleston Christmas Parade, which begins at 5:00 p.m. at the corner of East Montague and Mixson Avenues. The parade will proceed down East Montague, around Park Circle and back down East Montague for the conclusion.

For a full list of Christmas Festival events, please click here.

North Charleston Christmas Tree Lighting
Friday, December 1st at 6:00 p.m.

The tree lighting will take place on the front lawn of the Felix C. Davis Community Center (4800 Park Circle). Residents are invited to join Mayor Summey for the lighting of the new 40′ Christmas tree and then take a stroll around Park Circle to enjoy all of the displays.


Christmas Tree Lighting and Movie in the Park
Friday, December 1st at 6:00 pm

The City of Hanahan invites you to the Hanahan Amphitheater at 6:00 p.m. for the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony. Movie in the Park will also be showing the holiday movie, Elf, starring Will Ferrell. Santa Claus is even expected to make a special appearance!

There will be performances by the Hanahan Elementary School choir, Hanahan Middle School band, and the Hanahan High School band.


22nd Annual Christmas Light Parade
Sunday, December 10th at 5:30 p.m.

Over 100 parade floats will travel down Coleman Boulevard. The festivities will begin at 5:30 p.m. with fireworks display at the Town of Mount Pleasant recreation field next to Town Hall. The parade will begin immediately after, which begins at Mill Street and ends at Patriots Point Boulevard around 8:00 p.m.

Note: This years parade route has changed, click here to learn why.


The Annual Summerville Christmas Tree Lighting
Tuesday, December 5th at 6:15 p.m.

The Town of Summerville will hold the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony with festivities beginning at 6:15 p.m. in front of Summerville Town Hall. Dignitaries and special guest performers will be on hand to entertain with traditional Christmas music. Many of the downtown shops will remain open if you would like to grab a bit to eat or enjoy a drink.

The following road closures will take place for the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting event:
– Little Main Street will be closed to traffic beginning at 4:00 p.m.
– West Richardson Avenue between Short Central and 17-A (S. Main Street) will be closed to traffic beginning at 5:00 p.m.
– Traffic going to the Parking Garage on Short Central will be permitted to turn onto W. Richardson Avenue from S. Cedar Street or access it through the First Citizen’s Bank parking lot from West 2nd Street.

All other traffic will be rerouted.

– 17-A (S. Main Street) will be closed to traffic beginning at 6:00 p.m. between Doty Avenue and West Richardson Avenue.
All roads will be reopened to traffic by 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 5, 2017. Parking on Doty Avenue between Cedar Street and 17-A (S. Main Street) will be reserved for Special Event Handicap Parking.

The Summerville Christmas Parade
Sunday, December 10th at 2:00 p.m.

The theme of this year’s Christmas parade is Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree! Residents are invited to capture the spirit of the season beginning at 2:00 p.m. through downtown Summerville.


Lakeside Light Display Opening Night
Friday, December 1st from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

Kick off the holiday season with musical entertainment, visits with Santa, holiday treats and hayrides around the lake! The event will take place between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. at 519 N Goose Creek Blvd.


Governor’s Mansion Christmas Open House
Monday, December 4th from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.

Gov. Henry McMaster and the First Lady will host a Christmas open house at the South Carolina State House on Monday, December 4.
The halls of the mansion will be decked out with Christmas trees, fancy gingerbread houses and more. Anyone can take part in the free holiday tour.

The first family asks for guests to bring canned food items to be donated to a local food bank.

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