The holidays seem to come and go so quickly! To ensure that you don’t miss a moment of the fun, planning ahead is a must. Whether you live in the Summerville area, are visiting, or even considering joining the community, there are so many things to do; it might be difficult to choose! These are five must-dos not only to get yourself in the holiday spirit but also to begin holiday family traditions for years to come.
The Annual Christmas Tree Lighting
Get into the Christmas spirit and hang out with your fellow Summerville neighbors. The festivities will begin at 6:15 meeting in front of the Summerville Town Hall. Special guest performers will be there to kick off the holiday season singing traditional Christmas music. Once the lights are sparkling, stick around for the food trucks and live entertainment on Little Main. And to make the event that much more spectacular, many of the downtown shops and restaurants will remain open to start shopping for those on your Christmas list. It is an event for the whole family!
The Summerville Christmas Parade
A Christmas Parade will be making its way down downtown Summerville at 2:00 on December 8th. The parade will feature local churches, businesses, sports, and scouting with floats to get everyone in the holiday mood. The mission of this year’s parade is to promote positivity throughout the community, while also celebrating the long and historical traditions of the Summerville area. Once the parade has passed through, hang out and enjoy catching up with friends and neighbors by getting a bite to eat at the Food Truck Rodeo on Little Main Street.
Charleston Symphony Orchestra
One of the oldest holiday traditions in Charleston is the Symphony Orchestra. The “Holy City Messiah,” performed with the CSO Chamber Chorus, along with four outstanding vocalists, will be playing at three of the most beautiful churches in Charleston. You can catch the sensational show on December 6th at Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, December 8th at East Cooper Baptist Church in Mount Pleasant, and on December 9th at St. Theresa the Little Flower Catholic Church in Summerville. Join in one or have nearly an entire week of holiday spirit led by the most fantastic music around.
Third Thursday might be a treat all year round, but during the holidays, it is a perfect time to get those last-minute gifts! More than twenty drinking and dining establishments around Hutchinson Square will be open for your delight. Peruse shops, restaurants, art galleries, and so much more as they stay open late to accommodate the Christmas rush. Shoppers can find those hard to find gifts at the many antique, crafting, quilting, or sewing shops. Or, find hidden one-of-a-kind art pieces in one of the many galleries that carry local artistry, sculptures, photography, and painting. And to make the holidays more bright, there will be performers and live vendors on Little Main to make the season bright and to encourage everyone to wish others some holiday cheer. If you miss a Third Thursday, the ones held on November 21st and December 19th are not the not ones to miss! And don’t forget your #feedtheville donation of canned goods. Be very generous…tis the season!
So you’ve never been ice-skating before? Now is your chance. Or, even if you have, make the Summerville Skates, which is a temporary ice rink, your new holiday tradition! The rink is comprised of real ice, and over 300 skates are ready to rent. So what you are you waiting for? Strap on a pair and hit the ice anytime November 23rd thru January 11th. Located in Downtown Summerville, it is a holiday must-do for children of all ages!
Although Summerville remains one of the most favorite tourist’s haven, it also has a close-knit community feel that is always welcoming. Don’t miss out on the holiday fun or skip a thing! Just make sure to plan ahead and reserve tickets! The best of the holidays are yet to come! Let these wonderful Summerville holiday events delight the entire family and build traditions for years to come.