2023
Winter Events Guide

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

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Aquarium Aglow

When: November-December

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.

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Festival of Lights

When: TBD

Where: JAMES ISLAND COUNTY PARK

Embrace the magic of the holiday season at the Charleston Holiday Festival of Lights, a cherished annual event held at James Island County Park in Charleston, South Carolina. This enchanting festival transforms the park into a winter wonderland, bedecked with millions of dazzling lights. Visitors can stroll or drive through a three-mile tour featuring the city’s finest light displays. They also feature a sculpture made from 50 tons of sand, a holiday train, an enchanted walking trail, a Victorian carousel, Santa Claus, Santa’s sweet shop, gift shops, marshmallow roasting, and more! Get your tickets today for this heartwarming, family-friendly experience that captures the true spirit of the season!

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Skate the Stadium

When: TDB

Where: Credit One Stadium

Credit One Stadium transforms into a winter wonderland this season with the arrival of Skate The Stadium, a custom-built synthetic ice rink! Lace up your skates and join the festive atmosphere as you glide across the ice amidst the twinkling lights and holiday cheer.

Warm up by cozy fire pits, indulge in delicious concessions, and create lasting memories with loved ones. Skate The Stadium offers a unique and affordable way to celebrate the season, with tickets priced at only $10 per person, including skate rental and a 45-minute skating session.

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Home for the Holidays

When: TBD

Where: Magnolia Plantation

Immerse yourself in the holiday spirit with this exclusive experience at Magnolia Plantations. Magnolia Plantation will offer tours highlighting Norwood and Sara Hastie, who were the owners of the plantation for 30 years. During their ownership, they entertained lavishly and hosted many prominent figures, including presidents, first ladies, innovators, and A-list celebrities of the time. Visitors can expect to hear fascinating stories about the Hasties and their impressive guest list, making for an unforgettable experience. Don’t miss out on this one-of-a-kind experience this holiday season!

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Christmas Strolls

When: December 1-30

Where: Begins at 117 Broad Street

Take a stroll where history meets hospitality in its finest array of Dickens past! Learn the stories behind the displays and take an intimate look at what makes Christmas in Charleston special!

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A Christmas Carol

When: TBD

Where: Dock Street Theatre

As the holiday season approaches, Charleston’s Historic Dock Street Theatre prepares to once again immerse audiences in the timeless tale of A Christmas Carol. This beloved production, adapted by Julian Wiles and directed by Sam Henderson, is renowned for its captivating performances, stunning visuals, and heartwarming message. This show is a must-see event. Purchase your tickets today!

Charleston Farmers Market

Charleston Holiday Market

When: Saturdays TBD

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!

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Holiday Swing-Charleston Jazz Orchestra

When: TBD

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.

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Illumination Charleston

When: 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!

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Wine Under the Oaks

When: 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!

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Holiday Boat Parade

When: TBD

Where: Charleston Harbor

This holiday spectacle transforms the Charleston Harbor in an array of dazzling lights and decorated boats. Participants, ranging from private boat owners to local businesses, transform their vessels into floating masterpieces, adorning them with thousands of twinkling lights, festive ornaments, and creative holiday scenes. The parade route winds its way through the Ashley River, past the iconic Battery Park, and into the Cooper River, offering spectators a mesmerizing view of the illuminated vessels. Whether you’re a local resident or a visitor to Charleston, this enchanting spectacle is sure to leave you feeling dazzled and filled with holiday cheer.

Chanukah in the Square

Chanukah in the Square

When: TBD

Where: Marion Square

Join us at this family-friendly event with Chanukah in the Square! This vibrant festival brings together the Jewish community and the wider community to commemorate the holiday season. This year’s event will feature live entertainment, a variety of food stations, and various children’s activities for families. The event also includes the lighting of the menorah candles at sundown. Don’t forget to stop by this event on your visit to Charleston.

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2nd Sunday on King Street

When: December 8, 2024

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.

Holiday Parade

Charleston Holiday Parade

When: 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!

charleston christmas special

The Charleston Christmas Special 2023

When: TBD

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!

JANUARY-FEBRUARY EVENTS

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Museum Mile Month

When: January

Where: Meeting Street

Experience the Museum Mile sites throughout January 2024 with a single ticket purchase! The Museum Mile Month pass grants a month-long opportunity to immerse yourself in Charleston’s vibrant history and culture by visiting various sites along the route.

For only $35 per adult and $10 per child, access 13 different sites. Don’t miss out on exploring, discovering, and savoring all the wonders Charleston presents during Museum Mile Month!

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Taste of Gullah Geechee

When: TBD

Where: IBA Event Venue

Celebrate the beginning of Black History Month at an exclusive culinary event. Delight in culturally inspired cuisine crafted by Charleston’s finest community chefs! You’ll have the opportunity to savor an array of flavors curated by over a dozen talented chefs, showcasing the diverse influences of the African diaspora on Gullah Geechee culinary heritage. Enjoy live music, camaraderie, and craft cocktails. The event is rain or shine, and your receipt serves as your ticket—don’t forget to bring your ID for check-in.” Tickets are $85 and must be purchased in advance.

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Lowcountry Oyster Festival

When: TBD

Where: Boone Hall Plantation & 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!

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2nd Sunday on King Street

When: February 9, 2025

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!

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Southeastern Wildlife Exposition (SEWE)

When: TBD

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!

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Cocktails and Camellias

When: 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.

MARCH EVENTS

Wine and Food

Charleston Wine + Food

When: TBD

Where: Various locations

Since 2005, this iconic week-long festival has been one of the area’s premier events. Originally started to promote and elevate Charleston’s culinary brand, the Charleston Wine and Food Festival brings out the best of the best to truly showcase the Charleston culinary scene. Those looking to participate can buy tickets to different unique events throughout the week. Ticket prices vary based on the event.

*Please note that all information included in this blog, such as times, ticket prices, and ticket availability, is subject to change.

Charleston is jam-packed this weekend with events! Check out our top choices on what to do this weekend! There’s so much to explore and enjoy! And the best part? They are all just a short distance from the Fulton Lane Inn!

Have a great weekend! ☀️
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Need plans this weekend? Drayton Hall at Night awaits!

Explore the historic grounds after dark, relax with live music, and learn about new discoveries from archaeologists. Scavenger hunts and colonial games make it fun for all ages! Bring a picnic or grab a cheese and charcuterie board (for purchase). Wine and beer are also available. RSVP today!

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After a day of exploring Charleston, join us in the lobby for complimentary evening sherry. It`s the perfect way to unwind and savor the charm of our historic inn.

Cheers to a relaxing stay and the little moments that make it unforgettable! 🥂✨
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The Charleston art scene comes alive tonight with First Friday Artwalk!

Embark on a self-guided adventure through the heart of Charleston`s vibrant Historic District. Dozens of galleries open their doors, showcasing the incredible talents of local artists.
Immerse yourself in a world of creativity – paintings, sculptures, and more – all within the charming cobblestone streets that make Charleston so special.

See you there!

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We are thrilled to celebrate a truly remarkable milestone for our President, Michelle Woodhull, who has dedicated 25 years of leading Charming Inns to new heights! Her journey is a testament to her unwavering commitment, innovative vision, and extraordinary leadership.

One of Michelle`s proudest achievements was creating the Director of Operations position, a strategic move that elevated our company to new heights. She also tackled the toughest challenge of her career, navigating through the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the difficulties, it was also the time she felt most proud of our team`s resilience and unity.

Humility and teamwork define Michelle`s leadership style. She often says, "I`ve surrounded myself with great people who make me shine." A heartfelt compliment from an employee perfectly captures her spirit: "She`s the kind of leader who doesn`t expect her team to do anything she wouldn`t do herself, sometimes that means doing laundry or serving breakfast."

Her passion for hospitality runs deep. Joining Charming Inns a few years post-college, she began her career as the Innkeeper of Kings Courtyard Inn and has excelled in various roles until she took the helm as president in 2019.

Cheers to Michelle, for your incredible dedication and leadership! Here`s to many more years of success! 🥂
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Summer is just around the corner, and it`s the perfect time to explore Charleston. June brings a vibrant calendar of events, from the world-renowned Spoleto Festival USA, to local events such as the Charleston Farmers` Market.

Check out our full list of June events using the link in our bio and book your next trip to experience the charm of the city firsthand!
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Immerse yourself in the charm of Charleston at Fulton Lane Inn, located directly on King Street. Our cozy rooms provide a perfect sanctuary, while our prime location puts you steps away from the city’s best attractions. Reserve your stay today and experience the magic of Charleston!

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Meet one of our amazing concierges: Lillian!

Originally from Matthews, NC, she`s been part of the Charleston community since childhood. Outside work, Lillian`s a beachcomber, turning seashells into windchimes and crafting candles from thrifted Charleston glassware. Since joining the Charming Inns team, has delighted guests with her insider tips and local knowledge of the city.

We`re thrilled to have Lillian a part of the team!
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Immerse yourself in the charm of Charleston with our Discover Charleston Package at Fulton Lane Inn!

Enjoy accommodations for two and embark on a public carriage ride through the Historic District. Explore the city`s rich history with your choice of a tour of Fort Sumter or Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum, followed by a visit to one of Charleston`s famous historic homes.

Let your Charleston adventure begin! Call the hotel today and book your next stay!
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Cheers to the weekend! 🥂

Enjoy our complimentary evening wine and cheese reception, conveniently located just steps from Fulton Lane Inn. Mingle with fellow guests and share stories of your day`s adventures over a glass of wine.

Relax and unwind when you book your stay. Use the link in our bio to get started today!

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☕️ Calling all coffee lovers!

Craving a cozy spot to catch up with friends, fuel your workday, or discover your new favorite latte? Our guide dives into the best cafes in Charleston, SC, offering a taste of the city`s vibrant coffee scene! From old favorites like Caviar & Bananas to new cafes like City Lights Eastside, our guide has you covered!

Head to the link in our bio to explore and start planning your Charleston coffee adventure!

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Exciting news! King Street was recently named the #1 Most Charming Main Street in America, and we couldn`t be more thrilled to be right in the heart of it all!

Located right in the heart of the action, we offer the perfect launching point to explore all this vibrant street has to offer. Boutique shops, delectable eats, and historic sites are all just a stroll away.

Join us at Fulton Lane Inn, where you can experience the magic of America`s #1 Most Charming Main Street right outside our doors! Book your stay now and immerse yourself in the charm of King Street.
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Step into history this weekend at Drayton Hall!

Join us for Sip and Stroll, where you can wander the historic property, savor local bites and brews, and take home a complimentary wine glass or koozie.

Then, celebrate Mother`s Day in style with Spring Tea on Sunday. Tour with curator Amber Satterthwaite, indulge in tea traditions and enjoy treats amidst the picturesque surroundings. It`s the perfect blend of history and elegance.

For more details, check out the link in our bio!
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Capturing the essence of Charleston`s timeless beauty with one of its most iconic landmarks: Pineapple Fountain. Nestled within Waterfront Park, this symbol of hospitality welcomes visitors to our historic city with open arms.

Experience the warm hospitality that defines our historic city firsthand. Plan your visit to the Holy City and see this symbol of Southern charm for yourself!

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Sunshine`s out, Charleston`s calling! ☀️
It`s the perfect time to explore all the wonders of our beloved Holy City. Charleston adventures are endless, and there`s no shortage of activities to dive into this weekend.

Check out our latest blog post for your ultimate weekend itinerary and make the most of every moment!
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Indulge in luxury with our Romance Package featuring luxurious accommodations, a dinner for two at one of the most romantic restaurants, and a special in-room treat.

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Dreaming of a weekend getaway steeped in Southern hospitality? Look no further than Fulton Lane Inn! Tucked away on King Street, our historic inn offers a charming escape just steps away from the heart of downtown Charleston.

Tag a friend who needs a relaxing escape!

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Experience the charm of Charleston this May with an array of exciting events, just steps away from our hotel!
Discover one of the city`s favorites at Wine on the Piazza at Edmondston Alston House, where you can enjoy a self-guided tour followed by a glass of wine at one of Charleston`s best historical homes.

Not sure what to add to your May itinerary? Check out our latest blog post for a full list of May events and start planning your unforgettable stay with us! Book now through the link in our bio.

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