‘Tis the season to be jolly, and all the local municipalities have traditional events to help us get in the spirit:
Tuesday, November 27, 2012:
Summerville will kick off the festivities with its Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. Music by the Summerville High School band and choral groups will begin at 6:00 PM, and the mayor will flip the switch to light the tree at the Town Square. After the tree lighting, the Summerville Fire Department, Summerville DREAM, and the local businesses will sponsor the second Annual Summerville Snowball Drop. As many as 1000 ping pong balls, representing snowballs and marked with special deals offered by downtown retailers, will be dropped from a fire truck ladder. Call (843) 871-6000 or visit www.summervilledream.org if you need more information.
Friday, November 30, 2012:
Sullivan’s Island will flip the switch on the Annual Fire Station and Rescue Department Lighting at 5:30 PM. The celebration will include food and live music by the Thistlin’ Dixie bagpipes and the Sullivan’s Island Elementary School Chorus. Of course, Santa Claus will also make an appearance, so make sure you are on your best behavior.
Saturday, December 1, 2012:
North Charleston will host its Christmas Festival from 4:00 to 9:00 PM. Children’s activities begin at 4:00 PM, and musical performances on three different stages will begin at 5:00 PM. At 6:00 PM the Christmas Parade will commence at the intersection of Montague and Mixson Avenues, proceed down Montague and around Park Circle to its conclusion at Armory Park. After the parade, Mayor Keith Summey will flip the switch to light the city’s Christmas tree, located outside the front entrance of the Felix C. Davis Community Center. For pre-registration and general inquiries, contact the North Charleston Parks & Recreation Department at (843) 745-1028.
Charleston’s Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr. and Santa Claus will flip the switch to illuminate the magnificent 60-foot Tree of Lights in Marion Square in a ceremony beginning at 4:30 PM.
The Charleston Parade of Boats will begin on the Mount Pleasant side of the Cooper River at approximately 5:30 PM, cross the river and proceed down the Charleston side of the river around The Battery into the Ashley River. A spectacular fireworks show will begin at approximately 6:45, Times are approximate to take the effects of wind, tides, currents, etc., into account. For those attending the Christmas tree lighting ceremony, there should be ample time to get to the waterfront so you can enjoy both events. Be sure to dress warm against the chilling coastal breezes.
Sunday, December 2, 2012:
Charleston’s Christmas Parade will feature bands, floats, marchers, and performers beginning at 2:00 PM. The route will start at the intersection of Calhoun and Meeting Streets, proceed down King Street to Broad Street, and ends on Lockwood Boulevard.
Saturday, December 8, 2012:
The City of Folly Beach 2012 Christmas Parade begins at 1:00 PM. After the parade, the mayor will dispense monetary awards and trophies for categories such as Funky Folly, Most Original, Beach Theme, Golf Cart, and Alternative Transportation at the Folly River Park. The ceremonies will conclude with the mayor flipping the switch to light the city’s Christmas tree.
The Isle of Palms Holiday Street Festival will be held on Ocean Boulevard from 3:00 to 7:00 PM. Local bands Sol Driven Train, Fowlers Mustache, and Scotty Frier Band will perform throughout the afternoon, and carnival attractions such as a Ferris Wheel, Super Slide, climbing wall, photo booth, face painter, and balloon artist will keep both young and old entertained. The festivities will conclude with Mayor Dick Cronin flipping the switch to light the city’s 20-foot Christmas tree.
Sunday, December 9, 2012:
Historic Downtown Summerville will present its Annual Christmas Parade beginning at 2:00 PM. Holiday-themed floats, marching bands, dancers, local celebrities, Santa Claus, and his merry elves will spread holiday cheer all along the city’s streets.
The Mount Pleasant Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, including a fabulous fireworks display, will begin at 5:30 PM at Moultrie Middle School. Then, the Holiday Parade will proceed from the intersection of Coleman Boulevard and Pelzer Drive past Shem Creek to end at the Sea Island Shopping Center.
November 9 through December 31, 2012:
Of course, the James Island County Park Holiday Festival of Lights is the most spectacular attraction of them all, featuring a three-mile drive through hundreds of dazzling light displays along with a ton of other fascinating features. Winter Wonderland, Carousel rides, the Enchanted Walking Trail, marshmallow roasting, the Festival Express train ride, and Santa’s Village, where the kiddies can get their picture taken on Santa’s knee, are only a few of the favorites waiting to enchant you and your family. The Holiday Festival of Lights is open seven days a week from November 9 through December 31, 2012. Sunday through Thursday from 5:30 to 10:00 PM the cost is $12.00 per vehicle up to 15 guests; Friday and Saturday from 5:30 to 11:00 PM the cost is $15.00 per vehicle up to 15 guests. Costs increase for larger vehicles. For more information, call (843) 795-4386 or visit their website: http://ccprc.com/index.aspx?NID=1546
Whether you are an Elf or a Grinch, the lights, the seasonal music, the displays, the ho-ho-hoing, the jingle-belling, the traffic congestion, and the crush of the crowds in stores are all here for the duration, so go with the flow and soak up the glow of the holiday spirit.