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With the holidays right around the corner, there are plenty of entertaining things to do here in the Lowcountry.

First, and most popular, is the 3 mile long Holiday Festival of Lights that is held on James Island at the county park. The famous light show has 700 light fixtures, 2 billion total lights, and was named one of the “10 best holiday light shows in America.” This fun experience allows families and friends to see extravagant holiday-inspired light shows while driving in your car. The park also has walk-through light shows, concessions, and gift shops to explore.┬áThe admission price is $20 per vehicle and the event starts at 5:30 each night from November 10th until January 1.

Next, stop by The Sound Of Charleston Holiday Concerts on December 1, 8, 14, 22, 26, and 30th at the Circular Congregational Church in Downtown Charleston. For just $16-$28 you can see these amazing concerts that celebrate and embrace Charleston’s holiday heritage, history, and music.

If you are looking for a holiday show to attend, the 22nd annual Charleston Christmas Special is the returning performance that many Charlestonians look forward to. Led by former Broadway stars and popular Charleston producers Brad and Jennifer Moranz, this show is extravagant and old holiday traditions with a more modern twist.

Another well-known tradition in the Charleston area are the holiday and Christmas parades. Find the closest parade to you!…

The City of Charleston: the parade travels on Broad, King, and Calhoun street at 2 p.m. on December 3, 2017.

Summerville Christmas parade: goes through downtown Charleston on December 10 at 2 p.m.

North Charleston Christmas parade and festival: the festival has activities, crafts, food, and live music to listen to while the parade travels around Park Circle from 3-8 p.m.

The Town of Mount Pleasant: this parade includes over 100 floats, a tree lighting, and fireworks at 5:30 p.m. on December 10 on Coleman Blvd.

The “Happy New Year, Charleston” is a fun way that many families around Charleston spend their New Years Eve in Marion Square. The event is free of charge and full of dancing and singing.

And lastly, the Polar Bear Plunge in the Charleston area is many kids’ highlight of the holiday season as they race into the freezing cold Atlantic Ocean. People participate in this event on most beaches in the area including IOP, Sullivan’s Island, and Folly beach. If you are planning on participating in the Polar Bear Plunge make sure you dress in your craziest costume and get to the beach before everyone runs into the water at 12 p.m.!

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