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January 04, 2016

Pluff-a-Pallooza at the Lowcountry Oyster Fest

Children will have a blast at the #LowcountryOysterFest Pluff-a-Pallooza area complete with Pluff Mud Craft Tent, the Sweet Grass Palace, Pluff Muddy Buddies balloon animals, Pluff Mud Cookie Decorating, an air-dancer & much more!

January 04, 2016

33rd Annual Lowcountry Oyster Festival

Grab Your Oyster Shuckers and head to Boone Hall Plantation

On January 31, 2016, the Greater Charleston Restaurant Association (GCRA) invites guests to grab their oyster shuckers and head to Boone Hall Plantation for the 33rd Annual Lowcountry Oyster Festival.

Event highlights include:
-Legendary "Oyster Shucking" & "Oyster Eating" contests
-Live music
-Chef demos from Amen Street Fish and Raw Bar + Bay Street Biergarten
- St. Jude Farms's local 'Otter Roasters' available for purchase
-$12 buckets of Oysters (3 dozen)
-Delicious cuisine options from local restaurants/food trucks
-Domestic/imported beers & wines
-Pluff-a-Palooza Children's area
-Quick & easy parking with shuttle service

General admission is $17.50 in advance/ $25 day of the event.

VIP admission is $100 and includes VIP lane at entry gate and VIP tent access with food, beverages and oysters. Children ten and under are free with paying adult.

Tickets are available for purchase HERE
The Lowcountry Oyster Festival is a charity fundraiser benefiting The Ronald McDonald House, Hollings Cancer Center, Shriners Hospitals for Children and Charleston County Schools Science Materials Resource Center.

December 22, 2015

Things to Do Christmas Week in Charleston!

Family Friendly Fun!

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Monday December 21

Tuesday December 22

Wednesday December 23

Saturday December 26

Enjoy these fun online options

Take a Charleston Sleigh Ride

  • In December, Pegasus Charters offers the “Original” Charleston Sleigh Ride. Started in 2008, we depart from the Ripley Light Marina in Charleston upon the Charleston Explorer. We cruise for 1.5 – 2 hours listening to Christmas music and stories about Charleston's Christmas traditions. We provide hot chocolate to enjoy during the trip.Sign up

Snow Days in December

South Carolina Aquarium. December 21, 22, 23 experience the magic of the holiday sea-son through interactive “snow day” activities the entire family will enjoy.

  • Find Finzy, our shark on the shelf, daily to win a prize
  • Decorate a FREE snowman sugar cookie
  • View our resident terrapins painting holiday ornaments
  • Try your hand at snowman bowling
  • Throw snowballs at a giant snowman

Visit Santa

  • Holiday Festival of Lights
    • November 26-December 23
  • Citadel Mall
    • November 14-December 24/ Monday-Saturday 10am-8pm and 12pm-6pm Sunday
  • Northwoods Mall
    • November 14- December 24/Monday – Saturday from 10am – 9pm and Sundays from 12pm – 6pm
  • Towne Centre
    • Thursday, Dec 24: 10 am – 6 pm
  • Scuba Claus in the Great Ocean Tank at the South Carolina Aquarium
    • November 27-December 23
    • Select dive shows
  • Tuesday, December 22 from 5:30 to 8:00 PM Santa will be at the Kickin' Chicken in Summerville.

Musicals and Shows

Go see the Lights

  • Old Santee Cooper Celebrate the Season
    • November 27-December 30 6:00pm-9:30pm
    • $5 per car
    • Weekends starting November 27 through December 20 enjoy visits with Santa, live entertainment, marshmallow roasting, and more!
  • James Island County Park
    • November 13-January 3
    • Sunday-Thursday 5:30pm-10:00pm
    • Friday and Saturday 5:30pm-11:00pm
    • Admission: 1-15 guests $15[one vehicle] 16-30 guests $40[per vehicle], 31+ guests $100[per vehicle]
    • Pictures with Santa, Carousel, Climbing Wall, Giant Holiday Greeting Cards, Train rides, Sand Sculptures and more!
    • You can take a shuttle from Downtown, find out how here!

Children's Village at Magnolia Plantation

  • A Children's Village, holiday train rides and an assortment of child-friendly and pet-lover activities will make the Christmas season bright at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens.
  • Through December 31st (Not open Christmas Day)

Check out the Trains at the Charleston Place

  • In the lobby of the Charleston Place Hotel, in Downtown Charleston, there is an amazing train set!

Make homemade ornaments!

  • There are a ton of crafts including several ornaments here!

December 17, 2015

New Year's Eve Events in Charleston 2016

The age old question...What are you doing New Years Eve? Well... have we got some great suggestions for you.

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Holiday Magic In Charleston

New Year's Eve at The Alley

Charleston's Most Affordable New Year's Eve Party is back again!

Ring In The New Year with beats from DJ A-Minor, resident Charlotte DJ from clubs Suite and Butter.

• Drink Tickets for Beer, Wine & Spirits
• Champagne Toast
• Light hors d'oeuvres
• Photo Booth
• Free Bowling

New Year's Eve at Red's and the Tavern

Everyone's favorite night of the year is almost here. Grab the sparkliest outfits you own, and come ring in the New Year on the Creek.

Red's General Admission - $75
Tavern & Table VIP - $125

We're going to be jamming out to 4 different bands all night long, plus enjoy fireworks at midnight.

This is the New Year's Eve party to attend. 2 locations, 1 awesome time.

Ring in the New Year with PINZ!

December 31

Bowling at regular game rates available 10am - 7pm
Choose your bowling time for one of our special packages *Reservation and pre-payment required (call or email Susan Martinolich)

Package 1:
Prices: $30 for adults/ $20 for children
2 hours of bowling (4 - 6 people per lane)
One large pizza per lane & unlimited fountain drinks
Party Favors
$2.50 Loot card

Countdown at 9pm with champagne and sparkling cider

Package 2:
Prices: $30 for adults (18 and over only)
2 hours of bowling (4 - 6 people per lane)
Dessert and appetizer buffet & unlimited fountain drinks
Party Favors


Ken Lam, Conductor

MaryAnn McCormick, Mezzo-Soprano

Amanda Hall, Soprano


7:30PM -8:30PM

Box - $100

Tier A - $92

Tier B - $81

Tier C - $67

Tier D - $53

Tier E - $35




$115/person (includes open bar, food stations, and dancing with orchestra)



Purchase concert and dinner - 20% discount applied to concert ticket portion Box/Dinner - $195 ($80 concert ticket)

Tier A/Dinner - $189 ($74 concert ticket)

Tier B/Dinner - $180 ($65 concert ticket)

Tier C/Dinner - $169 ($54 concert ticket)

New Year's Eve Couples Package at Wild Dunes Resort

Start off the New Year with an adventure! Pack an overnight bag and ring in 2016 with a spectacular celebration by the sea at Charleston's Island Resort!

Escape the crowds for an intimate New Year's Eve vacation. Book our New Year's Eve Couples Package starting at $275/night for stays December 30-31, 2015, and enjoy:

• Nightly Resort accommodations in the AAA Four-Diamond rated Boardwalk Inn
• Special New Year's Eve 4-Course Dinner for Two at the Sea Island Grill
• Tickets for two adults to New Year's Eve Celebration on the Village Plaza with DJ, dancing & champagne toast at midnight

Mini Masters Ringing in the New Years Camp

Models & Bottles New Years Eve 2016 Party

Performances all night by the World Famous Market Street Saloon Dancers

Special Guest DJ, DJ Dynamik
Balloon Drop at Midnight with complementary champagne toast

$20 Cover

Doors open at 7pm, Show starts at 8pm
VIP Packages available with special seating!
$100 4 people ALL NIGHT with free bottle of champagne

$3 Bud Lights
$3 Champagne

Folly Beach's Bill Murray Look-a-Like Polar Plunge

Dress as your favorite Bill Murray character and celebrate New Year's Day by taking a plunge into the frigid ocean water on Folly Beach with lots of other Bill Murray wannabes! The 3rd Annual Bill Murray Look-a-Like Polar Bear Plunge is set to take place on Friday, January 1, 2016. The plunge will take place beachside in front of the Tides Hotel with festivities starting at . This is the third year the plunge will pay homage to one of Charleston's favorite residents, Bill Murray. All attendees are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite Murray movie character and "freeze their bills off."

Registration for the plunge begins at 12pm at the information booth on the beach and judging of the contests will begin at 1pm. Prizes will be awarded for Best Guy, Best Girl, Best Team and Best Overall Bill Murray, and then attendees will take the cold plunge at 2pm.

Before the plunge, guests can start to recover from New Year's Eve with cocktail specials at participating Folly Beach businesses: Woody's, Rita's Seaside Grille, St. James Gate, The Grill & Island Bar, Chico Feo, Folly Beach Crab Shack, Jack of Cups, Loggerheads, Drop In Deli, Planet Follywood, Blu, Locklear's and Snapper Jack's. A portion of the proceeds from this event will benefit Folly Beach local charities.

New Year's Day 5K Run

Whether you're kicking-off the New Year's resolution or working off those New Year's Eve over-indulgences, come out on New Year's Day and break a sweat at the Hair of the Dog 5K fun run. If the fresh air and exercise doesn't clear your head or cure last nights lingering effects, hit the bar afterwards for a little “hair of the dog" or sample a tasty, non-alcoholic remedy. Join us for a 5K fun run, walk or stroll. Prizes will be awarded for the top male and female finisher. 8 a.m. at The Grand Pavilion $25/person, includes T-shirt Pre-register in advance: 843.886.7008

NYE at Bay Street Biergarten

Ticket includes:

• Beats by DJ Precise
• Drink Tickets for Premium Liquors and Draft Biers
• Passed Hors D'oeuvres and Buffet with Carving Station
• Photographer
• Midnight Champagne Toast
• and Masquerade Mask Contest

Reserve a table with your very own server:
Small table (seats 4 to 5) - $50
Large table (seats 8-10) - $100

Tickets are $125 & are on sale now!

  • Ring in the New Year with an all inclusive Masquerade party at the Garten.

Sail into 2016 Yacht Rock NYE

Grab your captain's hat and put on your navy blazer, because this New Year's Eve is all about yacht-rocking into 2016. If you like piña coladas and getting caught in the rain, then this night was made for you. Although we really hope it doesn't rain.

On Thursday, December 31, Mixson Bath & Racquet Club will swing open the gates for an epic night of fancy rum drinks, ice-cold daiquiris, a dinner buffet worthy of a cruise ship, and lots of great mellow tunes being spun by DJ RaeTone, a yacht rock specialist from Atlanta. We won't be crashing a bottle of champagne against a boat at midnight… or, wait… that sounds like fun, maybe we will do that.

Tickets for the event are $75 for MB&RC members and $100 for nonmembers. Food and drink are included along with plenty of fun surprises (bubbles! silent disco!). Guests are encouraged to dress up in their finest sailor threads. Or at least their favorite Sperry Topsiders.

Early bird special: reserve a VIP cabana by Dec. 20 and save $200, good for 10 people to get VIP treatment, including a private cocktail server and a cooler stocked with champagne for the midnight toast.

#NYE2016 at Mynt Charleston

For VIP Bottles Service Specials & More email:

December 16, 2015

Wanna Win A Pair of Tickets to Star Wars Midnight Release?

The Force is STRONG at the Garten!

Before you join Bay Street Biergarten Thursday for their Star Wars: The Force Awakens pre-party, make sure you enter to win tickets to the midnight premier at Cinebarre Mt Pleasant 11.


*Winner will be notified by 12/17/15 at 7pm by Baystreet Biergarten

Come out for drink specials, food specials, a costume contest and more. May the force be with you. Fun starts at 4pm.

December 15, 2015

The Manly Mingle

Stella Nova Spa Salon, Man About Town and the Charleston Cocktail Bandits are hosting an evening of holiday shopping designed specifically for men on Tuesday, December 15, 2015 with a portion of all sales being donated to Windwood Farm Home & Family Services.

While Stella Nova gift experts assist with shopping and provide free gift wrapping, attendees can enjoy:

* Complimentary craft spirits from Red Harbor Rum

* Manly eats from Smoke BBQ

* Southern Smoke Cigars 34-foot mobile cigar lounge, with built in humidor and custom seating

* Cars and motorcycles from Midway Motorsports Park

* ESPN Radio 910 The Team Wtmz live remote

* Experts from V76 by Vaughn - American made products for the well-groomed man

* Prizes including 2 U.S. Open Golf 2015 tickets, gift cards, local products and more

December 15, 2015

Glowspa Holiday Giveback

Share the season! During the month of December bring in 10 non-perishable goods and receive a FREE 60 minute float! Bring in 5 goods, receive 50% off!

* Offer is valid for 1 per person this holiday season & cannot be combined with other services during your visit. (Please drop off during regular business hours only!)

We recommend making an appointment. You can bring your cans in when you come to float!

‪#‎glowspagivesback‬ ‪#‎charleston‬ ‪#‎mountpleasant‬‪ #‎sharetheseason‬ ‪#‎freefloatfooddrive‬

Floating in also known as sensory deprivation. You float in a tank that is 4 ft wide 8 ft tall and 8 ft long. It is filled with 10 inches of water and 1,100 pounds of medical grade Epsom salt, all heated to skin temperature neutral! For more info visit their website at

December 15, 2015

Things to Do in Charleston, SC This Weekend!

Are you looking for Things to Do ? Events? Free Stuff? Attactions? Tours? Things to Do with Kids? What to Do this Weekend? Have you come to the right place! Use our calendar to stay #intheknow. You can sort events by category or even send yourself a reminder.


Some of the highlights this weekend include the following! Be sure to go online or download our FREE APP on Iphone as new things as added daily!

Friday December 18th, 2016

South Carolina Aquarium Snow Days in December

  • Experience the magic of the holiday sea-son through interactive “snow day" activities the entire family will enjoy.

Benny Palmetto's Pizza Benny's Blues & Brews

  • Come on out to Benny's to try a one-time-only brew from Holy City and an unplugged performance by local female fronted blues/rock trio Jump Castle Riot! There will be awesome deals on Benny's pizza and Holy City brews as well as givaways! The First 50 people to order the special brew get a FREE Holy City Brewing pint glass.

Charleston County Park & Recreation Commission Holiday Festival of Lights

  • Featuring over 700 displays and two million lights, the Holiday Festival of Lights is a cherished holiday tradition for many families throughout Charleston and beyond. It has been recognized around the country and the world.

Teacups and Trucks Christmas in the Commons!

  • Join us at the Historic Common of Old Mount Pleasant for a *FREE* Holiday Celebration for the whole family! Retail shops and offices will be open for shopping, prizes, activities, and more!

Don't miss out on the fun with....

• Face Painting (by Faith Hawkins)
• Jump Castle
• Balloon Art (by Carol's Balloon Art)
• Food Trucks (The Immortal Lobster, Towin' the Dough, and Diggity Doughnut Truck)
• Free Professional Pictures with Santa Claus (by Christine Hamrick Photography)
• Marshmallow Roasting
• Live Music (by the Officials)
• Holiday Photo Booth
• Tree Lighting Ceremony (by Mayor Linda Page)
Southern Smoke Cigars
• Free Angel Card Readings
• Crafts for children
Participating Businesses Include: Teacups and Trucks, LLC
Odyssey Board Shop
Ragamuffin Shop, Stride Rite & Radical Rags
Hollipops Fine Toys & Gifts
Jazzy Jordan Gallery
Salon Mirage
Reece Law Firm
Family Wellness Chiropractic Dr. Antoinette Biegaj

Moranz Entertainment Charleston Christmas Special

  • Filled with holiday classics, hilarious comedy, and a chorus line of incredible dancers, the cast features professional singers, dancers and musicians from around the country as well as some of Charleston's most talented performers.

Ballet Evolution The Little Match Girl

The Litte Match Girl

Dec. 18 and 19 at 7:30pm
Sottile Theatre

The New Charleston Holiday Tradition! The gifted young artists of the Charleston Youth Ballet bring this holiday classic by Hans Christian Anderson to life with live accompaniment by the acclaimed musicians of Chamber Music Charleston. Featuring beautiful choreography by Jonathan Tabbert, lavish sets by Buchannan Arts and an emotional score composed by Laura Ball - this event promises to be a feast for the eyes and ears!

Charleston Stage Company A Christmas Story

  • All little Ralphie wants for Christmas is a genuine Red Ryder Carbine Action 200-shot Range Model air rifle.

Charleston Cabaret Theatre Christmas Cabaret

  • Celebrate the season with our unique holiday themed cabaret! This spectacular variety show features all your favorite holiday classics, highlighted by festive costumes and production numbers featuring our signature Holy City Harlettes.

Flowertown Players You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown

  • Charles Schulz's beloved comic comes to life! The whole gang is here: bossy Lucy, piano prodigy Schroeder, perfectionist Sally, blanket-toting Linus, Snoopy, and “blockhead," himself, Charlie Brown.