To celebrate the upcoming holiday season, the City of North Charleston will host the following public Christmas events.
Christmas Festival and Parade
Saturday, December 3 from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm around Park Circle with the Christmas Parade beginning at 6:00 pm. The Christmas Festival includes a Holiday Market with children activities, craft vendors, food vendors, and live musical performances on three stages. The Christmas Parade begins at the corner of Montague and Mixson Avenues, proceeds down Montague, around Park Circle, and concludes at Armory Park.
Immediately following the Christmas Parade, Mayor R. Keith Summey and Santa Claus light the City’s Christmas tree located outside the front entrance of the Felix C. Davis Community Center.
Christmas Festival Schedule
|Police will close traffic circle to vehicular traffic|
4:00 – 5:30 pm
|Children activities (jump castles, petting zoo, carriage rides)|
4:00 – 6:00 pm
|Performances prior to parade|
6:00 – 7:00 pm
|Parade / Mayor’s Tree Lighting|
7:00 – 9:00 pm
|Performances on all stages|
|Road opens for traffic|
Thursday, December 1 and Friday, December 2 from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon at Armory Park. This free pre-school event provides young children an opportunity to visit Santa, participate in hands-on activities, including holiday arts & crafts, and take part in live performances and music.
Live Performances on Thursday & Friday by Becky Becker of Becky’s Box of Puppets, helping children discover the joy of reading and weaving magical tales that come to life before your eyes are two of Becky’s trademarks.
For required pre-registration, contact the North Charleston Parks & Recreation Department at (843) 745-1028.
Friday, December 2 at 10:00 am at Sterett Hall Auditorium, Atlantic Coast Theatre presents a Beatrix Potter Holiday. Famous children’s author, Beatrix Potter, arrives to entertain the guests at her annual holiday party. Stories such as “The Tailor of Gloucester” and “The Rabbit’s Christmas Party” come to life on stage with the help of the audience. Her most famous character, Peter Rabbit, may even surprise the guests.
This performance is full but a waiting list is available in case of cancellation. Call 740-5854 for more information.
Breakfast with Santa
Saturday, December 3 from 8:00 am to 10:00 am at Felix C. Davis Community Center. Breakfast with Santa gives area children the opportunity to visit with Mr. and Mrs. Claus. A hearty meal is provided. Tickets can be purchased Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm at the Felix C. Davis Community Center for $4.00 per person.
To purchase tickets, contact the North Charleston Parks & Recreation Department at (843) 745-1028 or visit the Felix C. Davis Community Center.
$5 to $50 Gift Market
Saturday, December 3 & Sunday, December 4; 11:00 am-3:00 pm at The Meeting Place. Presented by the North Charleston Artist Guild.
The $5 to $50 Gift Market is the perfect place to purchase original art, jewelry, and fine crafts by local artists as gifts for family and friends this holiday season. Admission is free and, as the name suggests, everything will be priced at or below $50. More information at northcharlestonartistguild.org
Christmas lights and displays will shine at Park Circle and on the eight exterior islands nightly from December 3 until New Year’s Day.
VIDEO: 2009 Christmas Tree Lighting
PHOTOS: Christmas Festival and Parade
For general inquiries, the public should visit www.northcharleston.org or contact Sheri Pearson at (843) 740-2538.