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Christmas Activities

Christmas Tree Lighting

Yuletide tunes by the Charleston Caroling Co. will fill the air as we gather to watch Mayor Summey light the City’s 40′ Christmas Tree. After the lighting, take a stroll around the Circle to enjoy the rest of the beautiful tree and light displays.
Friday, December 1, 2023, from 6:00-7:00pm
Park Circle Community Building grounds (4800 Park Circle)
Admission: FREE

Cookies and Cocoa with Santa TO GO!

Before the Christmas Tree Lighting event on Friday, December 1, North Charleston Rec will host Cookies and Cocoa with Santa TO GO inside the Park Circle Community Building! Bring your cameras to take pictures with Santa and receive a to go bag to enjoy your cookies and cocoa at home! This portion of the event is free, but you MUST pre-register in order to attend! Don’t forget to bring your cameras to take your pictures with Santa!
Spaces are limited so, reserve yours now at –
Friday, December 1, 2023, from  4:00-6:00pm
Robbins Construction Event Hall at the Park Circle Community Building (4800 Park Circle)
Admission: FREE (registration required)

Christmas Festival & Parade

This annual city event is a holiday gift to the community.  Families, friends, and neighbors share the joys of the season through music, children’s activities, festive food and decorations, thousands of twinkling lights, visits with Santa, and a parade.  The green space surrounding the Park Circle traffic circle, and major thoroughfares are lined with lighted snowflakes, Christmas trees, and magical holiday scenes. Christmas Parade begins at 5:00pm!  Walking, biking, and ridesharing are encouraged. Don’t forget to bring your chairs – no seating provided.
Saturday, December 2, 2023, from 4:00-8:00pm
Park Circle Community Building and grounds (4800 Park Circle)
Admission: FREE

Parade participant application period is now closed.

So You Think You Can Puzzle – Holiday Edition

Put together a team of four (4) players and register for the North Charleston Recreation Department’s puzzle competition. Teams will race to assemble a 500-piece puzzle. The first three (3) teams to finish will be crowned the Puzzle Masters and receive a prize.
Tuesday, December 5, 2023, from  6:00 -8:00pm
North Charleston Athletic Center (5794 Casper Padgett Way)
Registration: $20 per team.

Howlidays at the Park

Join us as we light up Mixson Dog Park for a special night of HOWLIDAY fun! Bring your cameras for pictures with Santa Paws, enjoy various pet vendors, spot by and meet the adoptable pets at Dutsy Tails and grab a bite to eat from the Two Chicks on Wheels Food Truck. North Charleston Parks and Recreation will be handing out doggy swag and hot “cocoa” for our furry friends and their owners. This community event is FREE but please consider spreading the Holiday Cheer by bringing an item to donate to Dusty Tails Rescue.
Thursday, December 7, 2023, from  5:00 -7:00pm
Mixson Avenue Dog Park (4854 Mixson Avenue)
Admission: FREE

Sponsored Christmas Trees at Park Circle


The Lights Around Park Circle

Bring your family for a walk or drive around the circle (4800 Park Circle) to enjoy the splendor of the holiday lights.  The lights will shine until New Years Day.