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Christmas Parade & Festival

To celebrate the upcoming holiday season, the City of North Charleston will feature the following public Christmas events.

Christmas Parade and Festival

Saturday, December 5, from 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm around Park Circle with the Christmas Parade beginning at 5:00 pm. The Christmas Festival includes a Holiday Market with children’s activities, craft and food vendors, and live musical performances on two stages. The Christmas Parade begins at the corner of Montague and Mixson Avenues, proceeds down Montague, around Park Circle, turning right onto Buist to conclude. 

Just prior to the start of the Christmas Parade, Mayor R. Keith Summey and Santa Claus will light the City’s Christmas tree located outside the front entrance of the Felix C. Davis Community Center.

Christmas Parade Participation Form

New parade route

Christmas Festival Schedule

3:00 pm - Police will close the Park Circle traffic circle, Montague Avenue from Mixson to the traffic circle, and Mixson and Lackawanna to West Enterprise to vehicular traffic
3:00 - 4:45 pm - Children’s activities (jump castles, petting zoo, hay rides)
4:00 - 5:00pm - Performances (indoor Auditorium stage and outdoor Amphitheater stage)
5:00 - 6:30 pm - Parade
6:30 pm - Christmas tree lighting with Santa and Mayor Summey
6:30 - 9:00 pm - Performances on all stages, children’s activities continue, food and craft vendors
9:00 pm - Roads opens to traffic

Performances and Entertainment at Christmas Festival

3:00 - 5:00 pm – Tent near marshmallow pit - Backporch Storytellers
3:00-3:30pm - Auditorium Stage - North Charleston POPS!Kidz
3:15 - 3:35 pm - Amphitheater Stage – RBM African Drum & Dance Co.
3:45 - 4:00 pm – Amphitheater Stage – Dance Moves Youth Co.
4:10 - 4:30pm – Amphitheater Stage – North Charleston Step Teams
5:00 - 6:30 pm - Parade, no performances
6:30 pm - Front Lawn - Mayor Tree lighting
6:30 - 7:30 pm - Auditorium Stage - Leonard School of Music
7:00 - 8:00 pm - Amphitheater Stage – Jump Castle Riot
6:30 - 8:30 pm - Tent near marshmallow pit - Backporch Storytellers
7:30 - 8:30 pm - Auditorium Stage – Mike Brown & F.O.C.U.S.

Winter Wonderland

Tuesday, December 1, from noon to 1:30 pm, Wednesday, December 2 - Friday, December 4, from 9:00 am to 1:30 pm at Armory Park. This free pre-school event provides young children an opportunity to visit Santa, participate in hands-on activities, including holiday arts & crafts, and take part in live performances and music.

For required pre-registration, contact the North Charleston Parks & Recreation Department at (843) 740-5805.

Breakfast with Santa

Saturday, December 5, from 8:00 am to 10:00 am at Felix C. Davis Community Center. Breakfast with Santa gives area children the opportunity to visit with Mr. and Mrs. Claus. A hearty meal is provided.

To purchase tickets, call (843) 745-1028 or visit the Felix C. Davis Community Center for $4 per person.

Christmas Concert

Sunday, December 13, at 7:00pm at St. Thomas Episcopal Church. The Charleston Symphony Orchestra's brass ensemble will perform familiar holiday classics to kick off the holiday season.  Bring family and friends to share in the good cheer of the holiday!  Free admission.

Children’s Theatre

Wednesday, December 9, at 10:00 am at North Charleston Performing Arts Center Atlantic Coast Theatre for Youth presents The Brave Tin Soldier. The toy room comes to life in Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale.  A toy soldier with a damaged leg falls in love with a music box ballerina.  He must overcome his limitations to save her from the Evil Renegade Rat, who wants her as his bride.  This original “TOY STORY” is perfect for the holidays.  Don Gruel & Noel Holland of Atlantic Coast Theatre for Youth have been touring throughout the U.S. since 1995, giving hundreds of performances for more than 70,000 audience members annually. Performance best for grades K-5. Study guide on website: www.atlantic-coast-theatre.com.

To purchase tickets, call (843) 740-5854. Children $2, accompanying adults free. Group reservations (10+) requested.

Village Antiques & Collectibles Holiday Market

Saturday, December 12, and Sunday, December 13, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm each day at Felix C. Davis Community Center. The Show will feature home decor, fine antiques, furniture, collectibles, antique guns, art, jewelry, rugs, crafts, vintage toys & games, silver, pottery, china, silver, salvage items, outdoor decor, vintage instruments, and more.

Admission is $2.00, all of which will be benefits The Spay Not Slay Endowment.


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