Everything You Need to Know About the Lowcountry Oyster Festival

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If there’s one thing we love here in the Lowcountry, it’s oysters! September through April are “oyster months,” and they’re full of events that celebrate this delicious treat. One of our favorites is the Lowcountry Oyster Festival! Every year, Boone Hall Plantation & Gardens puts on the oyster event of the season. You won’t want to miss it! Start planning your Charleston getaway today when you access our complimentary Destination Guide

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About the Lowcountry Oyster Festival

The Lowcountry Oyster Festival consists of seven hours of oyster-filled fun. As the biggest oyster festival in the world, you can expect plenty of activities. Watch live music, participate in contests, and, of course, eat some oysters. See for yourself why it was named one of the “top 20 events in the southeast” by Southeastern Tourism Society!

The Activities

There are plenty of activities to keep you busy throughout the day! Grab a drink and relax as you watch live music– there are always a few great local bands that play. Then, make sure you’re around for the oyster shucking and eating contest! You’ll be amazed by how many oysters the participants can eat. You can even sign up to participate. It’s always a highlight of the festival! 

Food

There’s more than just oysters at the festival! Yes, you can eat your fair share of this delicious seafood, but there are plenty of other options. The “food court” is made up of local restaurants cooking up some of their best dishes. Not only do you get to eat delicious cuisine, but you also get to learn about our restaurant scene, too!

Drinks 

For some, drinking and oysters go together like peanut butter and jelly. Enjoy wine and a selection of domestic and imported beers. 

Where Is the Lowcountry Oyster Festival?

The festival takes place at the beautiful Boone Hall Plantation & Gardens. This particular plantation is known for the crazy events they hold throughout the year! Here are directions to the festival. 

When Is the Lowcountry Oyster Festival?

The Lowcountry Oyster Festival is always at the end of January and usually takes place on the last weekend of the month. Check their website for the most accurate date.

Getting Tickets

We recommend purchasing tickets for this event in advance since it is very popular– plus, you get a better deal. You can easily get tickets online! If you love oysters, you can get a VIP ticket. VIPs have their own tent with unlimited oysters, food, and beverages. 

It’s for a Good Cause!

Did you know that the Lowcountry Oyster Festival is also a charity fundraiser? The festival benefits The Ronald McDonald House, Hollings Cancer Center, Shriners Hospitals for Children, and Charleston County Schools Science Materials Resource Center.

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Everything You Need to Know About the Folly Beach Christmas Parade

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… Well, as much as it can in South Carolina! Just because we have pleasant weather year round doesn’t mean that we don’t have plenty of holiday spirit. The Folly Beach Christmas Parade is known for bringing holiday cheer to the island! Start planning your holiday getaway when you access our complimentary Destination Guide

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About the Folly Beach Christmas Parade

Santa Claus is coming to town! Every year, locals and visitors gather along the sides of Center Street for the Folly Beach Christmas Parade. Attendees get to see floats and colorful holiday displays pass by. This parade is family-friendly– children love getting candy and treats handed to them from the floats! 

When Is the Folly Beach Christmas Parade?

The Folly Beach Christmas Parade takes place every year on the second Saturday in December. 

Where Is the Folly Beach Christmas Parade?

The parade begins on Second Street and West Ashley Avenue before continuing onto Center Street. 

After the Parade

After the parade is over, make sure you head to Folly River Park to continue the festivities! Finish your holiday shopping at the Arts & Crafts Show. Local artisans and crafters offer a variety of handcrafted items for you to browse. It’s the perfect place to get a unique gift you won’t be able to find anywhere else! 

After you’ve done your shopping, warm up by the fire and roast a marshmallow or two. Then, go meet Santa Claus and the mayor of Folly Beach! Mrs. Claus might even be there, too. 

Consider Heading to the James Island County Park Festival of Lights

The festivities don’t stop at the Folly Beach Christmas Parade! There are plenty of other ways to celebrate the holidays, and one of the best is located on the island neighboring Folly Beach. The James Island County Park Festival of Lights is a must-see during the holiday season. Colorful, themed displays are created from millions of tiny lights. There’s a driving portion and walking portion, and both are magical! Then, you can walk through Santa’s Village and Winter Wonderland to shop, eat, roast marshmallows, and meet Santa Claus. We recommend grabbing a hot chocolate and exploring!

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How to Have the Best Charleston New Year’s Eve

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10… 9… 8… 7… 6… 5… 4… 3… 2… 1! Happy New Year! A Charleston New Year’s Eve is always magical, and there are plenty of ways to celebrate. Waking up in Charleston on January first is always a great way to start off the new year! Here’s our list of all the things you can do to say goodbye to the old and hello to the new. Start planning your holiday stay when you get a copy of our complimentary Destination Guide

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Where to Spend Your Charleston New Year’s Eve

Folly Beach Flip Flop Drop

If you’re staying on Folly Beach for New Year’s Eve, consider a night out on the town ending with the Folly Beach Flip Flop Drop. This annual event is fun for all ages, and the mature crowd takes advantage of the bars on the main street of Folly Beach. At 11:59, make sure you’re at the drop site! Just like the famous Times Square Ball Drop, a pair of massive flip flops slowly drop as attendees countdown to midnight. 

Yorktown Countdown

Ring in the new year on a boat! The Yorktown Countdown is one of the highest-rated ways to spend your Charleston New Year’s Eve, and when you go, you’ll see why. Indulge in delicious Southern cuisine, a top-shelf bar, and incredible live entertainment. A large, heated tent is stationed on the deck so you’ll keep warm, but you’re welcome to go out and revel at the Charleston skyline, harbor, and Ravenel Bridge. 

Snyder Grand Ball

If you’re looking for an excuse to get dressed up, head to the Snyder Grand Ball. Attire is black-tie optional, and this swanky event is held at the SC Aquarium. Attendees can expect a full open bar, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and fantastic live entertainment.

Charleston Wonderland

For an over-the-top New Year’s Eve, make sure you get tickets to Charleston Wonderland. Here, everyone is a VIP! Not only does this event offer the biggest New Year’s countdown and balloon drop in the Southeast, the entertainment is also award-winning. See performances by acrobats trained by Cirque Du Soleil, enjoy live bands, dance to DJs, and more! 

Have a Relaxing New Year’s Eve at Your Beach House

Sometimes, the best way to ring in the new year is to enjoy some quality time with your friends and family. Spend the night in playing board games and watching the ball drop on TV– it’s so much more relaxing! Take a walk on the beach before the sun goes down, then settle in for a night of fun. 

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Everything You Need to Know About the Charleston Reindeer Run

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Located along the coast of South Carolina, Charleston is one of the hottest travel destinations right now. With world-class cuisine, an exciting nightlife scene, gorgeous beaches and marshland, and many historic sites, this charming city has tons to offer. Thanks to the area’s mild climate, it’s the perfect place to visit all year long. The summer can be hot, but the winter offers respite while still staying relatively warm. Escape the cold this holiday season and visit Charleston! There are dozens of great holiday festivities for you to participate in including the annual Charleston Reindeer Run.

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Participate in the Charleston Reindeer Run

The Race

The Charleston Reindeer Run always takes place at the beginning of December, right at the start of the holiday season. Intended for the entire family, this event includes a 5K run through the downtown area of Charleston. The run begins at 9 a.m. on the corner of Queen Street and East Bay. Runners follow a route through downtown passing iconic areas and gorgeous, traditional Charleston houses along the way. After the race, treat yourself to a refreshing drink in the Beer Garden or grab a bite to eat at one of the many downtown restaurants. While the race itself is a thrilling way to spend the day, the most exciting part of the event is the costume contest. Throw on your best holiday getup and enter in one of the four categories: adult individual, child individual, group, and dog.

The Charities

This exciting and festive event is also a part of a greater cause. The Charleston Reindeer Run was started in 1998 and has since made a major impact on the community. The event has helped to raise tens of thousands of dollars for MUSC’s Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital. The proceeds for the run are split between MUSC and the Charitable Society of Charleston, which donates large sums of money towards the hospital.

Other Great Holiday Events

When visiting Charleston for the holiday season, you’ll discover dozens of great things to do with the entire family. Don’t miss the Holiday Festival of Lights at James Island County Park. This dazzling display of festive lights amazes visitors every year. At the event, you can also make a stop in Santa’s Village to roast marshmallows, snack on a sweet treat, and, of course, visit Santa Claus himself. Throughout the holiday season, you can also embark on a festive holiday carriage ride or visit the beautifully lit Christmas tree in the middle of Marion Square. If you’re bringing the entire family with you, be sure to plan on attending the Mount Pleasant Christmas Parade.

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During the holidays, there’s no better way to spend some quality time with the family than with a winter getaway. If you’re planning to attend the Charleston Reindeer Run this year, you’ll need a comfortable place to stay. Charleston Coast Vacations rentals are available from Folly Beach to Dewees Island. If you don’t want to leave your furry friend at home, you can even rent one of our pet-friendly properties! Make the smart decision and book your stay with us. 

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