Apologies to the rest of the world, but there’s no place like Charleston for making holiday magic and memories. With Thanksgiving behind us, it’s time to tinsel-up, make lists and kick off the season in our beautiful, world-class city. Decorations abound, store windows are beautiful, pretty much all the restaurants and hotels have great Christmas Trees and Marion Square is set to light up.
Make your shopping fun; relax, there’s plenty of time. Black Tie Optional Friday is November 27th, and there are specials, special events and great, expanded hours on King Street, in the City Market and all around. If you didn’t get the newsletter, rest assured it will be posted at www.christmasshoppingcharleston.com. Black Friday is also the day that the City of Charleston begins honoring those wonderful Free Parking Vouchers that you can download online at the same site.
On Thursday, December 3rd Charleston’s most notable locavore Jamee Haley, also known as Executive Director of Lowcountry Local First, takes the stage at Small Business Lunch at Halls. I’m betting her Holiday Gift Guide is worth a look, especially since it’s Buy Local Month through mid-December.
Here’s a gift for those who miss Mayor Riley already; that’s most of us. Brian Hicks will present and read from his new book, The Mayor: Joe Riley and the Rise of Charleston, at the Blue Bicycle Books Charleston Author Series December 10. Get your tickets at www.charlestonauthorseries.com. I can’t wait to read the book and hear Brian’s comments about writing it.
Next up, the Downtown Holiday Shop & Stroll December 11th, 5-8:00 PM. Refreshments, holiday cheer and specials you can only get with your VIP Passport. An $18 ticket gets you the Passport, a ticket to the after-party at the Grand Bohemian Hotel’s most excellent rooftop restaurant, Elevé and a ticket for the most wonderful raffle ever. Scores of prizes will be awarded at the party beginning at 8:00 p.m. Check in and pick up your VIP Passport and tickets at Leaf Restaurant or Seeking Indigo on Upper King. Both have a really fun check-in planned. Shopped ‘till you dropped? Head over to the Grand Bohemian early and enjoy a cocktail with your view while you wait for the rest of us. Oh, and there’s transportation. Free rides will be provided by Scoop, who will make their entire fleet available to Shoppers & Strollers all evening. Tickets are available at www.christmasshoppingcharleston.com.
December’s 2nd Sunday on King Street on the 13th is a much-loved event every holiday season. In addition to all the tempting selections and promotions from stores, there’s holiday music from our 2nd Sunday musicians and a few special guests. The Pauline Sisters have their annual bake sale in front of the bookstore/media center at Beaufain Street. The Charleston Catholic School on King Street brings their Middle School Band. Holiday Magic goes on in Marion Square with all the Farmer’s Market regulars ramped up to holiday decibels. Don’t worry, our exclusive stores and multi-star restaurants will provide the highest-level experience to be had at the same time you enjoy classic holiday fun.
There’s more. Visit www.christmasonkingstreet.com or call 843-303-1113 to chat. I have some great shopping suggestions.