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We’re in the home stretch heading up to Christmas in Charleston.  There’s still much merriment happening in and around the Holy City.

If you are here for the holidays, that in and of itself is a lovely gift.  It’s the perfect place for family and friends to gather in large, welcoming spaces and log in quality time.

You are just steps from a walk on the beach, a great holiday bonding time.  Here’s a thought – you can even take a beach photo for next year’s Christmas card!

Even though the holiday events calendar isn’t quite as packed as it has been on previous weekends, there are still some choice things to do.  Speaking of which…


Check out a 500-year old tradition that is part of Christmas in Charleston


One of the most famous choirs on the planet, not to mention the most historic, will be performing in Charleston tonight.

It’s the world-famous Vienna Boys Choir, who will be giving a concert entitled, “Christmas in Vienna” at the Gaillard Center.  So in other words, Christmas in Vienna meets Christmas in Charleston for a very special holiday event.

The choir consists of 100 boys ranging in age between 10 and 14 (before their voices change), and they sound like angels on earth.  This is sure to put you and everyone in your beach house Charleston in a Christmas mood.

The choir started out over 500 years ago  –  in 1498 to be exact.  That’s the year the Holy Roman Emperor Maximillian I, along with the royal court in Hapsburg, established the choir at the Imperial Chapel in Vienna.

They’ve been enchanting listeners ever since with their seamlessly blended voices.

The Gaillard, which is gorgeous after its recent renovation, is located at 95 Calhoun Street downtown.  There is a large parking garage located conveniently on site.

The concert starts at 7:00 p.m. tonight  –  Friday, December 21st.  Here’s more from the Gaillard Center site, where you can also buy tickets.


Then, tomorrow night is Holiday Pops at the Gaillard


Tomorrow night, same venue, is another chance to hear some superb holiday music.

It’s the beloved annual Holiday Pops Concert by the Charleston Symphony, directed by Yuriy Bekker, and the CSO Chorus.  On the playlist:  Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, Farandole by Bizet, along with favorite hits like Sleigh RideJingle Bell Rock, and a special version of The 12 Days of Christmas.

This is almost always a sellout, so grab any tickets that might still be left.

Here’s a link with details and tickets.


Don’t forget, one last chance to have brunch with Santa on the Isle of Palms


As I covered in a recent blog, Santa has been spotted having brunch on the IOP.  You have one more chance to join him.  Tomorrow morning  – Saturday, December 22nd between 9:00-11:00 a.m.  –  head to The Refuge on the Isle.

Santa will be there to pose for pictures.  There will also be ornament decorating, a hot chocolate station, all kinds of great brunch dishes… plus kids 6 and under eat free!  The Refuge is located at 1517 Palm Boulevard.  Although obviously geared toward kids, it sounds like family fun for all ages.


Wanna give the Twelve Days of Christmas gifts to someone?  It’ll cost you.


The Twelve Days of Christmas is a beloved Christmas carol from England.  They say it has its roots in a children’s book of rhymes first published in 1780.

Apparently, if you purchased all the gifts for all twelve days, a recent tally says it’ll cost you $34,558.65.

Seems like there are many other great things you could purchase instead of a lot of poultry and temperamental musicians.  Say, for instance… several weeks of vacations in our beach homes on the Isle of Palms?  Now THAT’s an impressive gift that says your love is, in fact, true.

So if you are around family this holiday weekend, enjoy the time together however you spend Christmas in Charleston.

And remember, when you are looking for rental homes South Carolina, to call EP.  We have the very best.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger




Another December weekend, another weekend filled with your pick of holiday market plus other holiday happenings near Charleston!

The weather these past couple weekends has wreaked a bit of havoc on events in the Lowcountry.  Although we didn’t get the snow that blanketed parts north, we did get a lot of rain.

Alas the Parade of Boats in Charleston Harbor, a local tradition and fun annual event for all ages, was cancelled by the Coast Guard due to rough chop.

The downtown Charleston Holiday Parade, which was supposed to take place the first Sunday in December, luckily just got postponed.  It’s due to take place this Sunday, December 16th.

The time is the same  –  it starts at 3:00 p.m.  –  but they’ve tweaked the parade route a bit.  The revised route will now head up Meeting Street.

Here’s the scoop from the official city website, and it includes info about related street closings.

The parade is always a lot of fun, with floats, lots of marching bands and holiday music, local celebrities and the big guy himself, Santa.  It’s an easy drive from the Isle of Palms.  Just head through Mount Pleasant, over the Ravenel Bridge and take the Meeting Street exit.

A holiday market or two in Charleston


Another casualty of the rainy weekends has been the downtown Holiday Market This weekend is the last chance to check it out.  Thankfully the rain should be gone by mid-morning tomorrow.

The Holiday Market is scheduled to take place this Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 15th and 16th from 9:00 a.m. till 3:00.  It’s the holiday version of the Charleston Farmers Market, which has been named one of the best in the country.   The market is centered around Marion Square and is an ideal place to grab a bite or pick up something to prepare dinner with in one of our beach rentals Charleston.  It’s also a perfect place to do some Christmas shopping or pick up a uniquely Lowcountry souvenir from your stay in one of our luxury beach house rentals SC.

Here’s the market’s official website.


Also going on tomorrow is a relatively new holiday market.  It’s the Cigar Bazaar Holiday Market happening at the Cigar Factory, also downtown.

Here are some deets:


Brunch with Santa right on the IOP


If you’re on the Isle of Palms this weekend or next, you’ll have a great chance to have brunch with Santa.

That’s right  –  On December 15th and 22nd, Santa himself will be right here on the IOP.  He’ll be at The Refuge, the popular island restaurant in the Harris-Teeter shopping center, between 9 -11:00 a.m.

This will be especially fun for any kids in your clan.  They can have their picture taken with Santa, check out the hot chocolate and ornament decorating stations.  Oh  –  and kids 6 and under eat free!  Can’t beat that.

So have a hopefully rain-free weekend enjoying holiday fun.  And when you are looking for the best beach house near Charleston, be sure to call EP.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger