Winter Events Guide

Winter in Charleston is the perfect time to enjoy cooler weather and various events, festivals, and celebrations.

Holiday Swing-Charleston Jazz Orchestra

When: December 2, 2023

Where: Charleston Music Hall

Get in the holiday spirit with the highly acclaimed Charleston Jazz Orchestra. Enjoy the sounds of holidays past and present. There are two times available to enjoy the big band—5-6:30 pm or 8-9:30 pm.

2nd Sunday on King Street

When: December 10, 2023

Where: King Street from Queen to Calhoun

Every second Sunday of the month from noon until 5 pm, the City of Charleston shuts down King Street from Queen to Calhoun to through traffic. In addition, no cars are allowed to park, giving pedestrians the ability to stroll through the street and visit businesses they might not have known about. There are also artists displaying their work on the street and unique food vendors tempting guests with their fare.

Charleston Holiday Market

When: Saturdays December 2-16

Where: 329 Meeting Street

During the holiday season, the Charleston Farmers Market features many additional Holiday Vendors! You will find holiday produce, food, and art as well as live music, caroling, and activities for kids including free photos with Santa u0026amp; Mrs. Claus! More information coming soon!

The Charleston Christmas Special 2023

When: December 14-23, 2023

Where: Charleston Music Hall

Enjoy this Charleston staple—a musical show featuring some of the country’s most talented singers, dancers, and musicians— now in it’s 29th year!

Aquarium Aglow

When: November-December TBD

Where: South Carolina Aquarium

Experience the South Carolina Aquarium from a whole new perspective! This unique event features an intricate light show that stretches throughout the aquarium. Using thousands of lights, the aquarium transforms its space into something magical. This memorable event is ticketed, with prices varying depending on the day you attend.

Charleston Holiday Festival of Lights

When: November-December TBD

Where: James Island County Park

The Holiday Festival of Lights is an annual holiday tradition in James Island County Park. The park displays an estimated two million dazzling lights and is known for its three-mile driving tour. They also feature a sculpture made from 50 tons of sand, a holiday train, an enchanted walking trail, a Victorian carousel, Santa Clause, Santa’s sweet shop, gift shops, marshmallow roasting, and more!

Charleston Holiday Parade

When: December TBD

Where: Downtown Charleston

Get in the holiday spirit at this high-energy parade which begins on Broad Street at Rutledge, travels North on Meeting Street, and concludes on Calhoun Street at Meeting Street. After the parade, head to Marion Square for the annual tree lighting. More information coming soon!

Wine Under the Oaks

When: December TBD

Where: Boone Hall Plantation Back Lawn

Wine Under the Oaks is for adults over 21 and perfect for wine lovers and those looking to get out and socialize. This ticketed event will have live music, a variety of wine samples, desserts, and oysters! More information coming soon!

Illumination Charleston

When: December TBD

Where: Various locations

Illumination Charleston is a series of unique holiday-themed events put together by Explore Charleston, Southern Living, and the Historic Charleston Foundation. Events range in price depending on the activity. Enjoy holiday workshops, live interviews, walking tours, and more! More information coming soon!

Museum Mile Month

When: January 1-31, 2024

During the month of January, you can enjoy access to participating Museum Mile sites with the purchase of one low ticket price! Museum mile is a one-mile section of Meeting Street where you will find six museums, four parks, a Revolutionary War powder magazine, and an array of historic churches and public buildings. This is an affordable way to learn about Charleston’s rich history and culture!

Lowcountry Oyster Festival

When: January TBD

Where: Boon Hall Plantation u0026 Gardens

Love oysters? If so, grab your oyster knives and look no further than this year’s Lowcountry Oyster Festival. Claiming to be the world’s largest oyster festival, this family-friendly event features live music, shucking and eating contests, imported beers, a children’s area, a food court, and—best of all—45,000 pounds of oysters! More information coming soon!

Southeastern Wildlife Exposition (SEWE)

When: February 16-18, 2024

Where: Various locations

SEWE is the largest event of its kind in the United States that celebrates wildlife and nature through fine art, live entertainment, and special events. Be sure to visit the SEWE Marketplace located inside the Gaillard Center. There, you’ll find dozens of artisans, craftsmen, and tastemakers from across the country! More information coming soon!

Cocktails and Camellias

When: February 2024 TBD

Where: The Mirror Garden at Middleton Place Plantation

Don’t miss the most beautiful cocktail party that celebrates the 10,000 camellias that bloom each year at Middleton Place. Enjoy specialty cocktails, wine, small plates, and live music surrounded by breathtaking camellias in America’s Oldest Landscaped Gardens. This a 21 and up event. More information coming soon!

2nd Sunday on King Street

When: February 11, 2024

Where: King Street from Queen to Calhoun Street

Enjoy exploring Kings Street without traffic! You will find carefully curated artists showing their work on the street, unique food vendors, and other surprises! Enjoy discovering shops you might not have noticed before!

Treat your loved one to a romantic evening at Circa 1886. Reserve your table using the link in our bio today!

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One of the secrets to our success is our team! Here at Circa 1886, we provide exclusive experiences such as our “Shaking with the Seasons” class and our “Secrets of the Sommelier” class. Both classes enrich your appreciation for a cocktail and picking out a perfectly paired wine with your dinner.

Sign up for a class using the link in our bio and add this delightful experience when visiting Charleston!

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The perfect spot for any occasion. Secure your reservations now using the link in our bio.
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A taste of history awaits you at Circa 1886
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We’re excited to introduce our NEW specialty cocktails at Circa 1886! Let your taste buds dance with joy as you experience the perfect fusion of tradition and innovation.
Our new specialty cocktails include:
~ "Scarlet Spritz"
~ "Just Peachy"
~ "Cool as a Cucumber"
~ "The Last Mockingbird"
~ "Midsummer`s Night"

Join us at Circa 1886 and raise your glass to the beginning of August!
A special shoutout to our bar manager, Denis, for creating these delicious cocktails!

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We couldn’t resist showing off our new Chocolate Pot De Crème dessert. This lovely new edition to the menu features a chocolate chiffon cake, coffee crème patisserie, and cocoa nibs. This sweet new delight is the perfect way to end your meal!

We are so grateful to @pastry_chef_ashley for her creativity and dedication in creating this masterpiece. Thank you Ashley!

Make your reservation today and experience this delight yourself!
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🎉 We are thrilled to be on the ballot for Best Date Night AND Fine Dining Restaurant in Charleston! 🎉 Please take a moment to show your love and cast your vote! Click the link in our bio and vote by July 23rd! ❤️ #charlestonschoice #finedining #datenight #explorecharleston ...

We are thrilled and honored to announce that we have received a 2023 Best of Award of Excellence from @wine_spectator! 🎉We are grateful to our Sommelier, @jriddick4, and our entire team who made this possible. Cheers to this great accomplishment! 🍷 #wine #winespectator #sommelier #explorecharleston ...

Isn’t the new Peach Melba dessert lovely?

This new summer dessert features peach mousse, raspberry chambord gelato, and almond brown butter sable
As always, we want to shout out our LOVELY pastry chef @pastry_chef_ashley

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We are thrilled to announce that @travelandleisure released its 2023 World’s Best Awards, and our sister hotels were recognized!

@wentworthmansionsc has regained the title of No. 1 Best Hotel in Charleston and also ranked No. 5 in the United States and No. 82 worldwide! In addition, @johnrutledgehouseinn ranked No. 4 Best Hotel in Charleston!

This prestigious recognition is a testament to our commitment to providing an exceptional guest experience and our dedication to preserving Charleston’s rich history and timeless charm, along with all our amazing guests who have supported us throughout the years. This achievement would not have been possible without their continued trust and patronage. Congratulations!🎉

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We want to give a big shoutout to our fantastic sommelier, John, for being featured in this year`s summer edition of The Sommelier Journal! We`re so proud of John for being recognized as one of Charleston`s key beverage tastemakers!

Check out the link in our bio to read the full story!

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We are grateful for everyone’s kinds words!

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Did you know Circa 1886 offers exclusive experiences such as “Shaking with the Seasons?”

In this private mixology class, you have the opportunity to learn about different spirits and seasonal ingredients and how they play into making the perfect cocktails!

Use the link in our bio to reserve a spot today!🍸

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🎉New Dessert Alert🎉

Introducing our new Mascarpone Cheesecake 🍰, a light and refreshing dessert that`s perfect for the summer season☀️. The creamy cheesecake is topped with a tart tomato cherry sorbet, a sweet tomato orange marmalade, fresh berries, and basil.

A special shoutout to @pastry_chef_ashley

Check out our full menu in our bio for more! Make your reservation today!
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🎉 Exciting News! 🎉 We`re honored to be named a 2023 Travelers` Choice Best Date Night award winner by @tripadvisor! This incredible recognition is a testament to the exceptional experiences our guests have had at Circa 1886. A heartfelt thank you to our guests who shared their stories and made this possible. Cheers to creating more unforgettable memories together! 🥂❤️ ...

We still have a few seats available for our annual #Bourbon and #Bacon Dinner on Tuesday, May 9th!

Join @chefmarccollins for an informal and fun evening consisting of a four-course dinner inspired by bourbon cocktail recipes. 🥃🥓

Call 843.853.7828 today to make your reservations or click the link in our bio. #circa1886