Arts and Culture 2011

Amy Holtcamp



Travel and Leisure lists Charleston as top holiday spot

Posted 11/22/2010 10:39:00 AM

In the November’s “Where to Go for the Holidays” issue, Travel and Leisure Magazine lists Charleston as one of the top spots for Christmas time travel.

Travel and Leisure tapped Matt and Ted Lee (also known as the culinary duo the Lee Brothers) who grew up in Charleston to lay out a great plan for celebrating the holidays in the Holy City.

The Lee Brothers start in Marion Square on Dec. 4 with the official City of Charleston Christmas Tree Lighting at 4:30 p.m. Dec. 4 also marks the beginning of the extended Holiday Farmer’s Market in Marion Square, so if you get to Marion Square early you can do some Christmas shopping before the lighting. (The Holiday Market runs Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. December 4-20.)

Then Matt and Ted suggest heading to the waterfront to see the 30th Annual Parade of Boats, where boats bedecked in twinkling lights glide through the harbor to the delight of thousands of spectators. If you are going to the tree lighting never fear – there is plenty of time to get from Marion Square to the parade route. The Parade of Boats begins at 5 p.m. and continues until about 7:30 p.m.

Finally, the Lee Brothers suggest wrapping up your Charleston holiday weekend with the traditional Charleston Christmas Parade on Dec. 5 at 2 p.m. The parade begins at Calhoun and Meeting streets, continues down King Street to Broad Street and on to Lockwood Boulevard. Filled with performers, floats, and marching bands, Matt and Ted describe the parade as “charmingly motley.”

If you are thinking of traveling to Charleston for the holidays, click here to find the Charleston Convention and Visitors’ Bureau’s, “Christmas in Charleston” page.