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Parades and Light Displays in Charleston

christmas parades charlestonMake the season bright by taking in a twinkling display of lights or magical holiday parade! Starting early in November and up until Christmas, there’s sure to be a tree lighting event or parade for the entire family to enjoy! 

Please note – While we make every effort to crosscheck current links and event details on our guides, we always encourage you to do the same before making final plans. If details are missing or incorrect, please let us know so that we can correct them.

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Lights Up

Mount Pleasant Towne Center, 1218 Belk Drive, Mount Pleasant, SC

Don’t miss the spectacular laser light show, live musical performance by the East Cooper Baptist Church & Orchestra, train rides, giveaways and a visit from Santa himself. You’ll also see a spectacular laser light show and the lighting of the 40′ Christmas Tree

November 18, 6 pm


Hanahan Tree Lighting/Movie in the Park

Hanahan Amphitheater

Head to the Hanahan Amphitheater to see a tree lighting, the movie Elf, and to see Santa!

December 1, 6 pm


Lakeside Light Display Opening Night

Goose Creek Municipal Center, 519 N. Goose Creek Blvd., Goose Creek, 29455

Kickoff the holiday season in Goose Creek while we light the light displays around the lake at 6 pm. Enjoy holiday musical entertainment from local groups, visits with Santa, crafts, cookie decorating, marshmallow roasting, & a hayride to see the light displays. Admission and parking is free.

December 1, 6 pm – 8 pm


Celebrate the Season at Colonial Lake

Colonial Lake, 46 Ashley Avenue, Charleston, 29403

Start your holiday season with the lighting of the Christmas tree in the center of Colonial Lake. Join the Charleston Parks Conservancy for a tree lighting celebration at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1. Food trucks will be on site serving snacks and hot beverages along with a DJ playing everyone’s favorite holiday music. 

December 1, 5:30 pm


Moncks Corner Annual Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting

This year’s event will be held in the evening, allowing for participants to light up Moncks Corner with their creativity and holiday cheer! Not to mention, featuring the SC State Marching Band! After the parade ends, make your way to the Market Pavilion to see the lighting of the new Town Christmas Tree..and a visit from a very special guest, Santa! 

December 2, 6 pm – 9:30 pm


Tree Lighting in Marion Square

Join the cast of holiday characters, including of course, Santa Claus himself in lighting the magnificent 60-foot Holiday Tree of Lights, the official City of Charleston Christmas tree in Marion Square. 

December 3, 4 – 6 pm


Holiday Parade- Marion Square 

This holiday tradition is better than ever as bands, floats, marchers and performers parade through downtown Charleston. Parade goes on Broad Street, King Street, Calhoun Street, and disperses on Calhoun between King and Meeting Street.

December 3, 2 pm


Summerville Tree Lighting

The Annual Christmas Tree Lighting sponsored by the Flowertown Garden Club and Summerville DREAM will be held on Tuesday December 5th, with festivities beginning at 6:15 pm in front of Summerville Town Hall! Dignitaries and special guest performers will be on hand to delight and entertain with traditional Christmas music.

December 5, 6:15 pm – 9 pm


Parade of Boats

Charleston Harbor

Join in on this holiday tradition as a display of lighted and festive boats proceeds through the Charleston Harbor. View the parade along Charleston’s waterfront or decorate your own boat to join the parade. 

December 9, 5 pm


Folly Beach Christmas Parade

Begins at Second Street and West Ashley Avenue

Little ones will love having candy and other prizes handed to them from floats as they pass by, and everyone will enjoy watching the colorful displays celebrating this most wonderful time of the year. Immediately following the parade, head over the Folly River Park to do a little holiday shopping at the Arts & Crafts Show.

December 9, 5 pm


Kwanzaa Kinara Lighting in Marion Square

Downtown Charleston

*Event Date TBD


Summerville Christmas Parade

The mission of the Summerville Christmas Parade is to promote positivity throughout the Town of Summerville while capturing the spirit of the Christmas holiday for all to enjoy.

December 10, 2 pm


Mount Pleasant Christmas Light Parade & Tree Lighting

More than 100 floats will march down Coleman Boulevard as the Mount Pleasant Christmas Light Parade sets sail to the delight of thousands of residents and visitors. The tree lighting and fireworks display begins at 5:30 pm.

December 10, 5:30 – 8 pm


Chanukah in the Square

Marion Square, Downtown Charleston 

Join the party featuring music, dancing, and lighting of the nine-foot Menorah.

December 19, 4 pm – 6 pm


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One Response to Parades and Light Displays in Charleston

  1. Suzanne November 13, 2016 at 8:37 am #

    When is the Folly Beach Christmas Parade?