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20 Nov 2017
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Christmas on Kiawah Island

This year, we are challenging the festive song “There’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays” due to all the different jolly events occurring on Kiawah Island and in the Charleston area. Not to mention that these areas are famous for shopping. Buy your friends and family the best Christmas gifts this year all while relaxing on a luxurious, well-deserved vacation. If you’re on Santa’s nice list, go ahead and ask for a Kiawah Island getaway!

Kiawah Island and Charleston Holiday Events

Santa’s Workshop - Kiawah Island

Bring the kids and visit Santa’s Workshop in Freshfields Village on November 24th or November 25th for a photo with the big man in red! Each family will receive one free print compliments of the Village merchants. Mr. Claus will be there 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

Santa Paws - Kiawah Island

In Freshfield Village, visit Santa Paw's Workshop on Sunday from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM for a photo opportunity with your pet and Santa Claus. Each furry friend will receive one free print compliments of Freshfields Village. Donations will be accepted on behalf of the Charleston Animal Society.

Holiday Festival of Lights - James Island

From now until the end of December, thousands of families will create lasting memories at the Holiday Festival of Lights where millions of multicolored lights illuminate the sky putting everyone in the Christmas spirit. Journey through three miles of over 700 magical light displays of all shapes and sizes. Park your car and enjoy family activities like rock climbing, train rides, carousel rides and making smores around the fire.

City of Charleston Parade - Downtown Charleston

Celebrate the holidays with the annual City of Charleston Holiday Parade on December 3rd at 2:00 PM along Broad, King, and Calhoun Streets. The parade ends with Santa's arrival at Marion Square. Family fun will be had by all!

Holiday Shopping

King Street

Whether you are wanting to do some serious shopping or easy browsing, head over to King Street in downtown Charleston. You will find a plethora of shops ranging from high-end to casual, everyday stores. There is definitely something for everyone.

Holiday Markets

On November 24th and 25th, the Garden Market & Nursery and Museum Shop at Middleton Place kick-off the shopping season with an open-air market including local artisans and vendors, live musicians performing festive carols, complimentary hot cider and treats, and featured items in both shops.

Also, every Saturday and Sunday from December 2nd-17th, Marion Square will be having a holiday festival with booths of local arts and crafts, awesome gifts and delicious food. 

Freshfields Village Shopping

Freshfields Village is a town-center right outside the gate of Kiawah Island. It has great dining possibilities as well as crowd-pleasing shopping options like Vineyard Vines for Dad, Bluemercury for Mom, Wonder Works toy store for the kiddos, Dolittles for the animals, and so much more.

Come Stay with Akers Ellis

The holiday season is a magical time no matter where you are, but there is something super special about the holiday season here on Kiawah Island and in the Charleston area. Once you’ve planned your Lowcountry holiday itinerary, reserve your accommodations on Kiawah Island with Akers Ellis either online or by phone at 888.909.8110.