Winter Events Guide

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

Holiday Swing-Charleston Jazz Orchestra

When: December 2, 2023

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.

2nd Sunday on King Street

When: December 10, 2023

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.

Charleston Holiday Market

When: Saturdays December 2-16

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!

The Charleston Christmas Special 2023

When: December 14-23, 2023

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!

Aquarium Aglow

When: November-December TBD

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.

Charleston Holiday Festival of Lights

When: November-December TBD

Where: James Island County Park

The Holiday Festival of Lights is an annual holiday tradition in James Island County Park. The park displays an estimated two million dazzling lights and is known for its three-mile driving tour. They also feature a sculpture made from 50 tons of sand, a holiday train, an enchanted walking trail, a Victorian carousel, Santa Clause, Santa’s sweet shop, gift shops, marshmallow roasting, and more!

Charleston Holiday Parade

When: December 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!

Wine Under the Oaks

When: December 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!

Illumination Charleston

When: December 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!

Museum Mile Month

When: January 1-31, 2024

During the month of January, you can enjoy access to participating Museum Mile sites with the purchase of one low ticket price! Museum mile is a one-mile section of Meeting Street where you will find six museums, four parks, a Revolutionary War powder magazine, and an array of historic churches and public buildings. This is an affordable way to learn about Charleston’s rich history and culture!

Lowcountry Oyster Festival

When: January TBD

Where: Boon Hall Plantation u0026 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!

Southeastern Wildlife Exposition (SEWE)

When: February 16-18, 2024

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!

Cocktails and Camellias

When: February 2024 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. More information coming soon!

2nd Sunday on King Street

When: February 11, 2024

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!

Don’t take our word for it. See what our past guests have had to say about the John Rutledge House Inn.
Book your stay now and make some memories of your own!

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Did you know that John Rutledge House Inn offers you and your four-legged loved one luxury accommodations? We invite you—and your pup—to pamper yourselves in an elegantly appointed Carriage House room. We also have a `Dog`s World Package` featuring a gift card to a local pet-friendly dining establishment and a Pawty Poop Bag and leash. Book your stay today and let the adventures begin! 🐶❤️ #JohnRutledgeHouseInn #PetFriendlyCharleston #ExploreCharleston #CharlestonGetaway #dogfriendly ...

We are halfway through September and there is still so much to do in the #1 city! Check out our top picks using the link in our bio and enjoy the beginning of fall!

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John Rutledge built this beautiful home as a wedding gift for his wife. What could be more romantic than spending time with your loved ones here?

On your next visit to the John Rutledge House Inn, take a closer look at the stunning craftsmanship and intricate details that went into creating one of the most beautiful homes in all of the city! Book your stay today!

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We are soaking in the sun and ready to welcome you back to the Holy City! From cobblestone streets to the vibrant waterfront, let’s make this holiday weekend an unforgettable one!☀️

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🎉We are excited to announce that we have been nominated for a @HistoricHotels 2023 Award of Excellence for Best Small Hotel!

This prestigious awards program recognizes historic hotels in the United States by Historic Hotels of America®, a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Each year, the Historic Hotels Awards of Excellence are presented to historic hotels and hoteliers demonstrating innovative leadership, stewardship, and contribution to furthering the recognition, preservation, and celebration of these preeminent historic hotels and their histories. John Rutledge House Inn is one of more than 300 hotels and resorts throughout the country that is
recognized for preserving and maintaining its historic integrity, architecture, and ambiance. We will find out who receives the award on October 12th!🎉 #historichotelsofamerica #historichotels

Embrace September in the Holy City! Join us as we dive into a month filled with historic splendor and unforgettable experiences, like Autumn on the Ashley hosted at Magnolia Plantation.
Check out our top picks for September using the link in our bio!

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We are gushing over @pastry_chef_ashley new faux display cake for our inn! This faux cake features a historic piece of Charleston with Rainbow Row. Guests of the hotel can view the display during our afternoon tea time
We are so thankful for Ashley and everything she does!

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Timeless elegance in the #1 city. Immerse yourself in history and luxury when staying at the John Rutledge House Inn.

Book your stay now using the link in our bio.

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Say “I do” in the most charming way! The John Rutledge House Inn is a fairy-tale setting for your dream wedding. Embrace timeless allure in our historic inn as you celebrate a magical day surrounded by loved ones.

Let us be a part of your happily ever after. Contact us today if you’re interested in hosting your special day with us.

📸: @walkerweddings843 & @philipcaseyphoto

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It’s our favorite month in our favorite city. Immerse yourself with everything our city has to offer, such as sandy beaches and hidden alleys.

Book your stay now and enjoy the perfect retreat to the #1 city!

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We love seeing your kind words! Nothing makes us happier than pleasing our guests!
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When you stay at the John Rutledge House Inn, you can experience our charming tradition of serving evening sherry.

In the South, evening sherry has been a time-honored tradition for ages. It dates back to the early 1800s and was a frequent occurrence after dinner to entertain guests. Sherry evenings were a time to gather with loved ones, enjoy good company, and savor the taste of fine wine.

Book your stay now and get a taste of Southern hospitality!

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Join us for an unforgettable experience at Wine on the Piazza on July 20th at @edmondstonalstonhouse

You will have the opportunity to savor some of the most exquisite wines while admiring the stunning views of Charleston Harbor. This is an experience that you definitely should not miss out on!

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We are thrilled to share that @travelandleisure released its 2023 World’s Best Awards, and we were ranked No. 4 Best Hotel in Charleston!

Congratulations to our sister hotel @wentworthmansion for ranking No. 1 in Charleston, No. 5 in the U.S., and No. 8 worldwide! In addition, the City of Charleston has once again been named The Best City in the U.S.! 🥂 #historichotelsofamerica #worldsbestawards #explorecharleston #discoversouthcarolina

Wishing you a happy and fun-filled holiday from your friends at John Rutledge House Inn! 🇺🇸🎆 #independenceday ...

Numerous exciting events are taking place this summer, including the celebration of Independence Day at Patriots Point. To discover our favorite upcoming events this season, check out the link in our bio.

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