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Fun Things To Do In Charleston SC | This Weekend | Weekend Buzz

Find fun things to do in Charleston SC this weekend, If It Happens In the Lowcountry

By Jeff Walker, Entertainment Writer

Here's some of what's taking place the weekend of Dec 9th.  Second full weekend in December. Fall is here.  Christmas is almost here. Don't let the reason for the season escape you! Stroll along the Battery or thru the market.  Be a tourist in your own home town. Check out our many fine golf courses around the lowcountry. Get out and be social and help boost the economy. 

The Charleston Music Hall is alive this weekend with holiday music. The annual Charleston Christmas Special runs Dec 8th thru the 23rd.All new for 2016! Producers Brad and Jennifer Moranz are bringing back audience favorites while creating entirely new musical performances and comedy sketches — all with a holiday theme. Running Dec. 8-23 at the Charleston Music Hall, The Charleston Christmas Special is the perfect way to get into the holiday spirit. Tickets range from $16-$38. Purchase a Dinner & Show Ticket for a night out on the town. This ticket is $68 per person and includes one adult/senior ticket to the Charleston Christmas Special and a pre-fixe dinner menu at Vincent Chicco’s located next door to the Charleston Music Hall. Purchase Dinner & Show tickets at Dinner reservations required. Call Vincent Chicco’s at 843-203-3002 (Package available for evening shows and Sunday matinee only; quantities are limited.) Charleston Music Hall is located at 37 John Street. Call locally at (843-853-2252) or Etix @ 800-514-3849. 

Come out for another Community Drum Circle at RM Hendricks Park on Virginia Ave. in North Charleston. The community event open to everyone at all skill levels, and takes place Friday night beginning at 6:30pm. For more info call 843-670-1392.

The Edmondston Alston House 21 Battery Street downtown hosts 'Christmas 1860' Friday night. Theatrical performers shed light on a turbulent time in Charleston just before the beginning of the Civil War. Adorned in period costumes, they reflect on the events of the day and how their lives would soon be forever changed. 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. (tours given continuously) Cost: $20/advance, $25/at event. Call 843-556-6020 info.

Mitchell Hill 438 King Street is hosting their 7th annual Popcorn Garland Holiday small works show Friday, December 9th, from 6-9 pm. Call 843-564-0034 for details.

The annual 2016 Jingle Bell Run takes place Saturday at Riverfront Park, 1001 Everglades Ave, North Charleston. Start time is 8:30pm. Registration 7:30pm. The Arthritis Foundation’s long-running Jingle Bell Run is a festive race that helps champion arthritis research and brings people from all walks of life together to say Yes to furthering a great cause. Put on your reindeer antlers and running shoes – and bring your friends and family to a fun-filled day of holiday cheer. If you’d rather just walk, no problem! Call 304-573-8472 for more.

Friends of North Charleston United Methodist Church, 1125 E Montague Ave host Sounds of Christmas Concert from 6-7pm on Sunday. An elegant night filled with the beautiful music, accompanied by a chamber orchestra, that will sing and play the sounds of the Christmas Season.

The 21st Annual Christmas Light Parade & Tree Lighting kicks off in Mt. Pleasant this Sunday. More than 100 brilliantly lit floats will march down Coleman Boulevard as the Mount Pleasant Christmas Light Parade sets sail to the delight of thousands of residents and visitors. The festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. with the lighting of the Town of Mount Pleasant Christmas Tree and fireworks display at Moultrie Middle School, immediately followed by the parade.

Big things happening at the North Charleston Coliseum complex this weekend. Your SC Stingrays play host to the Greenville Swamp Rabbits on Friday & Saturday night at the coliseum. The puck drops at 7pm both nights. In a rare game away from TD Arena on Sunday watch your College of Charleston Cougars take on the Anderson University Trojans! Game time is 2pm. Call 800-745-3000 or visit the coliseum box office.

Charleston will celebrate the holiday season this December with the lights and sounds of Holiday Magic in Historic Charleston. Marion Square will remain in full holiday spirit with a musical extravaganza that culminates in the lighting of the 64-foot tree of lights at Marion Square. For full schedule of Charleston city events click

2nd Sunday on King Street takes place this Sunday from noon til 5pm. The famed thoroughfare is shut off to traffic from Calhoun to Queen Street to allow vendors and eateries to open their businesses to the street. Come shop and dine, while enjoying yuletide entertainment and some extra vendors along the way. 

MUSC host Films on the Field, the Holiday Series at MUSC Health Stadium. Showing holiday shorts and Christmas classics on the 3,000 square foot video board on four Saturdays during the holiday season! Santa Claus will be at every movie ready to take pictures with the youngsters. Also hot chocolate, jump castles, a full bar, and food by Crave Kitchen and Cocktails. Enjoy 'The Polar Express' this Saturday at 4pm. Gate at 3pm. $5 w/ under 6 admitted free. Call 843-971-4635 for more.

The beloved Holiday Festival of Lights continues for its 27th year! Featuring an estimated two million shimmering lights, Charleston’s most popular holiday event is open nightly at James Island County Park Nov. 11 - Jan 1st. Grab dinner at concessions stands, or spoil your sweet tooth at Santa’s Sweet Shoppe. In Winter Wonderland, see a meticulously crafted sculpture constructed with 50 tons of sand. Shop at festival shops for unique gifts, official 14-kt gold on brass collector series ornaments, toys, personalized items, decorations and stocking stuffers. Hop aboard the festival train for an intimate look at the festival, only seen on this enchanted ride. For more information on the Holiday Festival of Lights, including event hours and fees, call 843-795-4386 or visit

Enjoy Unplugged at Palmetto on Saturday. Palmetto Brewery Opens at noon Food Truck: TBA Music from: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Palmetto Brewing, 289 Huger St, Charleston.

The West Ashley Farmers Market Holiday Fair will take place 1-5 p.m. Sunday in Ackerman Park. The special Holiday Market will include artisans and crafters in addition to farmers, growers and food concessionaires. Citizens are invited to come out, do some holiday shopping, and support local businesses. Entertainment, including a selection of holiday music, will be provided by The V-Tones. There will be a kids’ holiday arts & crafts tent by Artist & Craftsman and the SC Aquarium.

Keep in mind the City Market alongside Market Street between East Bay and Meeting Streets now stays open late on Friday and Saturday nights. Enjoy a stroll thru the historic venue while you're downtown enjoying dinner or a show in the area.


A great way to kick off the weekend is by enjoying a TGIF Friday night Wine Tasting at Crushed Fine Wine in Shelmore Village in Mount Pleasant. Owner and wine master Des is your host from 5-7pm each and every Friday.  French wines with Mikaela from Grassroots. Plus weekly wine tastings. 



Carolina Opry a Calvin Gilmore Theatre in Myrtle Beach has a full array of shows for the entire family running throughout the holiday season. Visit the website for more. Every November and December, The Calvin Gilmore theater is transformed into a winter wonderland where the magic of the season comes alive in The Carolina Opry Christmas Special, a dazzling, jolly, and sentimental musical celebration of America’s best loved holiday. Dubbed “Father Christmas” by McClatchy papers, Calvin Gilmore produces and directs the show with his usual award-winning flair for production. 

What If Productions? present 'Amadeus'. Weekends December 2-18th What If? Productions takes on the world of classical music with our take on one of our favorite modern classics, Amadeus. In the court of the Austrian Emperor Joseph, established court composer Antonio Salieri lives a modestly celebrate existence based upon standards of tradition. When outrageous, foul-mouthed young genius Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart appears upon the scene tolerance turns into envy and rage as Salieiri's own legacy begins to be eclipsed by his new, energetic rival. Tickets: $25 Adults, $22 Senior, $15 Student/Mil. All performances at 84 1/2 Society Street. Call 843.737.6059 for more.

Charleston Stage begin their run of the classic holiday musical 'White Christmas'. This heartwarming musical adaptation, based on the classic film featuring seventeen Irving Berlin hit songs, follows the romantic and hilarious adventures of Veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis who have a successful song-and-dance act after World War II. Weekend performances Nov 30 - Dec 18th. Nightly at 7:30pm with Sunday matinees at 3 & 5pm, with one 7:30pm on Sunday. Tickets range from $26-$68. All shows at Dock Street Theatre. For more call  843.577.7183

Flowertown Players in Summerville present 'A 1940’s Radio Christmas Carol'. It’s Christmas Eve, 1943, and the Feddington Players are broadcasting from a hole-in-the-wall studio in Newark, NJ, and set to present their contemporary “take” on Dickens’s A Christmas Carol. Weekend performances thru Dec 11th. Nightly at 8pm w/ Sunday matinees at 3pm. Tickets $15-$25. Call (843) 875-9251 for details.

Woolfe Street Playhouse 34 Woolfe Street present the classic 'My Fair Lady'. An English professor of phonetics makes a bet that he can transform a Cockney flower girl into a lady, in Lerner and Loewe’s musical adaptation of George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion. This intimate, two-piano version, promises to illuminate the story in ways you haven’t heard before. Weekend shows Nov 18-Dec 11. Nightly at 7:30pm with 3pm Sunday matinees. Tickets $15-$30. Call 843-856-1579 or visit their site for more.

Charleston Performing Arts Center 873 Folly Road present 'Holiday Cabaret'.  This warm, cheery cabaret is stuffed with holiday songs you love – from classics to modern standards. Tickets begin at $20-$55. Call (843) 991-5582 for complete details.

34 West Theater present tor the holidays enjoy 'GROOVY KINDA' CHRISTMAS'. We're having a heat wave but Mona's got cold feet! With Christmas classics and 1960's tunes from the Beach Boys to Motown, you're sure to feel groovy all through the holidays. Perfect for groups! Tickets $30. Call 843-901-9343 for more. Snacks available as well as wine, beer & soft drinks. Doors open 30 minutes prior to show time. $25, discount given to groups. For tickets, visit their website or call 843-901-9343.

Black Fedora 164 Church Street, Charleston's only mystery theatre present a variety of murder and whodunit type audience participation theatre shows. Among their regular performances are 'Sherlock Holmes and the Charleston History Mystery', 'Inspector NoClue's Murder Mystery', 'Yo Ho Ho and a Bottle of Yoo-Hoo: A Pirate Show', Church Street Daughters of the Late Unpleasantness Garden, Gun, and Gin Club Mystery and 'Heist, Heist Baby'. Shows change thru out the seasons. Family friendly with something for everyone in your party. Visit their site for up to date info or call 937-6453

Wine down the week at 3 Lockwood Drive home of The Wine Shop’s Friday Tastings.  Sip some of the best and most affordable wines while enjoying views of the Ashley River. Wine Education is Fun!  4:30 - 6:30  For more details call 577-3881.

Isle of Palms coolest hangout is, Morgan Creek Grill. Friday night it's Rene Russell. Join MCG for Saturday oyster roasts during the season!  The roasts start at 4pm and go until supplies last so get here early! $20 all you can eat oysters,  chili, and more. Call Mama Band  play 4-8pm Saturday.  Drop in for food or weekday happy hour 4-7pm. Make your reservations now. For details call Morgan Creek Grill at 886-8980


Come out to Theatre 99 for comedy this weekend.  Friday night it's Improv Smackdown. 50% game show! 50% sporting event! 100% good times! That's Improv Smackdown in a nutshell. It's the hit improv show at Theatre 99 where you, the audience, are the judge! It's hilarious, exciting and based entirely on your audience suggestions. Guaranteed to make you laugh! $12 for 8pm show. Saturday night it's another round of Improv Riot. $12 for 8pm start. Late night Saturday it's Ruckus Room Stand Up. Local comedians and longtime Theatre 99 company members Tim Hoeckel and Jessica Mickey like f*cking with their friends, so they decided to create a local stand-up comedy series where they can do just that. $8 for 10pm show. And enjoy Laugh For A Lincoln ($5) every Wed night 8pm. Located at 280 Meeting Street. Call 853-6687 for details. 

At the world famous Windjammer Friday and Saturday night it's TBA. Now showing every NFL on Sunday at the Jammer.  Come on out. Front beach Isle of Palms. Check their website for updates. For complete info visit   or call the Jammer @ 886-8948



At the Music Farm on Friday night Music Farm Productions present MIMR -- In the Music Farm Den. This is a free show for all ages beginning at 9pm. Saturday night it's Styles & Complete featuring Kevin Flum, RA b2b Sparkbox, and Kilgo. Show time is 9pm. Tickets $12 & $15 DOS for 16 and older show. Music Farm is located at 32 Ann Street downtown Charleston. Contact the Farm at

Over at the Charleston Pour House Friday night it's the music of New Orleans Suspects. Tickets are $13 & $15 DOS with 9:30pm start.  Poho Family Funk Revue play the deck for free at 4pm.    Saturday night at the House BYOG presents the 4th annual UGLY X-MAS SWEATER PARTY W / BYOG, TRAVERS BROTHERSHIP & MARADEEN. Tickets $10 & $12 DOS. 8:30pm start. Nocturnal Kernalz play the deck Sunday for free beginning at 6pm. Sunday during the day enjoy Downward on the Deck Poho Yoga. Also on Sunday come out for the11-3pm Sunday Brunch Farmer's Market as Mike Quinn presents Kanika Moore and the Motown Throwdown 1pm-4pm. FREE LIVE Gospel-Soul-Funk w / Pour House.   The House is located at 1977 Maybank Hwy James Island. Call 571-4343 for more.

Come out to Red's Ice House on scenic Shem Creek for live music on Friday & Saturday night.  Relax and watch the sun go down at Red's, Mount Pleasant's, a nice place to chill. Great food & drink at 98 Church St. Call 388-0003 for complete details.


North Charleston's late night location for cold beer, alcohol, and live music is The Sparrow, located at 1078D East Montague Avenue in the Olde Village just down from Park Circle. A good mix of local musicians, singer songwriters,  and electrifying bands to liven up your weekend. For more call 744-7753 or visit their Facebook page.

Enjoy great roasted coffee, desserts, and finger foods while listening to great singer songwriters from 7-9pm every Friday at Coastal Coffee Roasters (CCR) in Summerville. Singer songwriters every Friday night. Bring your own guitar and your music, and your crowd for an evening of music, coffee & camaraderie.  CCR is located at 108 E.3rd North Street Summerville. For more call 376-4559.


Every Saturday from 12-4pm Deep Water Vineyard 6775 Bears Bludd Road Charleston are proud to offer food and music to entertain all of our visitors. It's hard to find food on Wadmalaw Island and we understand! We want to make sure you enjoy your tastings with some food in your stomach, while you eat you can listen to musicians and enjoy the tranquil surroundings of the vineyard.  Bring your family, bring your friends, bring your smile - you're bound to have a great time. For more call (843) 559-6867.

HomeGrown, John's Islands farmer's market is open every Saturday 10 am thru 2 pm at 3546 Maybank Hwy. Proud to be Charleston's only year round market!  We have everything on your shopping list, sourced locally. For info call 336-601-0605.

The Blues & BBQ Harbor Cruises are back by popular demand. Enjoy this two hour harbor cruise with a delicious buffet from Home Team BBQ. 7:00-9:00 pm Event features live blues from well-known Blues Bands. Cruises leave from the Charleston Maritime Center 10 Wharfside St. For info or tickets call 888.224.5037.  

Remember how much fun bowling is than come out this weekend to Royal Lanes 106 Central Ave Goose Creek. Every Friday & Saturday night bowl for just $18 per lane per hour 9-11pm. Late niters might enjoy Cosmic Bowling 11-2am for just $14 per person. Every Friday enjoy Karaoke at 8pm. With 36 lanes Royal is the biggest center in Charleston. Food, drink, arcade, music, 20 TVs throughout.

New at the box office this weekend include 'Nocturnal Animals'. A successful Los Angeles art-gallery owner's idyllic life is marred by the constant traveling of her handsome second husband. While he is away, she is shaken by the arrival of a manuscript written by her first husband, who she has not seen in years. Stars Amy Adams & Jake Gyllenhaal. Rated R. And in 'Office Christmas Party',CEO (Jennifer Aniston) tries to close her hard-partying brother's (T.J. Miller) branch, he and his chief technical officer (Jason Bateman) must rally their co-workers and host an epic office Christmas party in an effort to impress a potential client and close a sale that will save their jobs. Rated R. In 'Miss Sloane' the high-stakes world of political power-brokers, Elizabeth Sloane (Jessica Chastain) is the most sought after and formidable lobbyist in D.C. What must she do to survive her biggest rival. Rated R.

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- Posted By: Sherry 9/26/2012 8:45:43 AM
Black Fedora Comedy Mystery Thea... – Hi, Jeff! I wanted to mention that The Black Fedora Comedy Mystery Theatre is now running shows several days a week -- Thursdays through Sundays and some Tuesdays and Wednesdays. All are fun whodunits, with lots of laughs and audience interaction! My...
- Posted By: amradich 2/4/2012 2:51:41 PM
Theatre 99 is also a great thing... – Theatre 99 can best be described as Charleston's home for improv comedy! Nothing is scripted! it's all pure improv! If you've never been I recommend going on a Wednesday night (it's only $5) and/or trying to catch a The Have Nots! Show. Each show is ...
- Posted By: Robinini 10/22/2011 10:04:31 AM
Folly Palooza – Didn't,t see mention of the Folly Palooza festival. From 11 to 5 there will be several stages and 10 bands playing. Crafts for sale, great people watching. Gorgeous day to be out!
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