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Holiday Magic in Historic Charleston

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The City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs celebrates the holiday season this December with Holiday Magic in Historic Charleston, offering FREE, family-friendly activities, live performances and decorations all around town for everyone in the community to enjoy together. We hope you will join us in helping make Holiday Magic!!!


  • Holiday Market
    • 12/3 &4, 10 & 11, 17 & 18
    • Saturdays & Sundays, (9am-3pm)
    • Marion Square
    • Visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus begin 12/3
  • Tree Lighting Ceremony
    • 12/4
    • Sunday, 4-6pm
    • Variety of musical performances leading up to the lighting of the tree at 6pm
  • Student Performance Day
    • 12/9
    • Friday, (10am-4pm)
    • Student performances and visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus throughout the day
    • Marion Square
  • Holiday Parade
    • 12/4
    • Sunday, (2pm)
    • Broad Street, King Street, Calhoun Street, disperses on Calhoun between King and Meeting Streets
    • NOTE: We are no longer accepting participants for this years parade. Please consider applying next year.
  • Kwanzaa Kinara Lighting
    • 12/26
    • Monday, (5-6pm)
    • Marion Square
  • Happy New Year, Charleston!
    • 12/31
    • Marion Square

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Call the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs at (843) 724-7305.

The City of Charleston and County of Charleston offer free two hour parking vouchers for participating garages. Click the voucher below to download and print. The voucher is valid beginning Friday, November 25, 2016 through Sunday, January 1, 2017.

Holiday Magic Free Parking Voucher