Arts and Culture

Shani Gilchrist



5 reasons to fit Charleston into your holiday road trip

Posted 12/18/2013 10:07:00 PM

There’s rarely a time when Charleston isn’t a wonderful place to visit, but I find it particularly wonderful during the holidays. There is a magic that flows through the peninsula that makes everyone giddy and extra-friendly. On top of the plethora of shopping opportunities on King Street, there are a myriad of events to choose from to keep your spirits running high.

Many people will be traveling through South Carolina on their way to visit family over the next few weeks. Why not make a little detour on your holiday road trip to pick up some gifts, sip some tea, and attend one of these special events?

* Charleston Strolls Holiday Walking Tour: This walking tour will take visitors to places that can’t be accessed by car or carriage. You’ll visit the Charleston Battery, see private neighborhoods decked in fine decorations, and enjoy historic highlights and famous landmarks. The special holiday tours are available through Dec. 31.

* The Sound of Charleston’s Holiday Special Edition: This musical performance group celebrates what makes Charleston unique, tying its storied past together with its abundantly diverse present. Audiences experience Charleston's rich musical heritage through gospel, Gershwin, music of the Civil War, light classics and jazz as it’s presented by professional artists in a live concert at the historic Circular Congregational Church on Meeting Street. The Dec. 20, 26 and 30 performances will add extra holiday cheer and include hot chocolate and cookies with the cast.

* Gingerbread House Workshop at The Inn at Middleton Place: Among the beautiful furnishings and award-winning architectural design of this inn at historic Middleton Place, you can create your edible masterpiece. Materials will be provided for participants to build delectable, delicious beauties to take home for their own. The workshop will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sun., Dec. 22. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for ages 3-14, and free for younger children. For more information, please click here.

* Palmetto Bronze Handbell Ensemble: There’s nothing quite like the charming peal of handbells during the holidays. Stop by John Wesley United Methodist Church at 3 p.m. Dec. 22 to hear the Palmetto Bronze Handbell Ensemble fill the sanctuary with musical holiday favorites. Admission is free and guaranteed to brighten your holiday spirit. The church is at 626 Savannah Highway. Call (843) 766-5596 for more information.

* A Christmas Carol: A New Musical Adaptation by the Footlight Players: The Footlight Players are presenting a song-infused version of Charles Dickens’s classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge’s look over his miserable life of lost opportunities and acts of cruelty as he decides between death and redemption. Performances are ongoing through Dec. 22 at Footlight Players Theatre, 20 Queen St. Call (843) 722-4487 for more information.