Sparkling Charleston | Top 5 Hidden Gems That Will Give You That Christmas Glow

#1 – Private Tour with a Charleston Native and hear all the Charleston Christmas Stories

If you’re looking to book a walking tour of Charleston, SC, contact licensed and certified tour guide and artist, Amelia ("Mimi") Whaley, whose family arrived in Charles Town in the 1690's and later settled on Edisto Island as planters.

Walking tours are offered at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday and last approximately 2 hours. Reservations are required. Private walking tours are available by appointment; these can be tailored to various interests such as, "The Charleston Renaissance", "Exploring the Walled City of Charleston" and "The Historic Churches and Graveyards of the Walled City".

"Although Charleston has weathered Indians, pirates, 5 great fires between 1740 and 1861, various wars, hurricanes and a devastating earthquake, a wealth of architecture remains. Charleston truly is a 'living city'. While we have several excellent museum houses, most of the historic houses you’ll see on our tour are homes. Charleston was, is and continues to be known for its gracious hospitality."

#2 - 2021 Holiday Wine and Chocolate Pairing – SATURDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2021 AT 11 AM – 4 PM


Charleston’s only vineyard and winery is taking a festive turn with its most creative wine and chocolate pairing to date, featuring all of those favorite holiday flavors:

-Gingerbread with 2019 Magnolia (sweet white wine)

-Eggnog with Driftwood (oaked white blend)

-Sugar Plum with Cabernet (dry red wine)

-Figgy Pudding with Mulled Wine (hot spiced wine!)


Come for the wine and chocolate and stay to explore the grounds, listen to the reggae vibes from Jah Creation, and grab lunch from La'Son Anchor Grill. Visit the animals, stroll around the garden, and reflect on nature and life as you dive deep at the vineyard. Pairings will be in groups of 25 people every hour and tickets are only $20/pp (which includes 4 wines, 4 chocolates and a commemorative wine glass). Tickets are available right here while supplies last, and will sell out quickly.


#3 - A CHRISTMAS CAROL  - A professional stage reading at one of Charleston’s oldest churches.


Saturday December 18, 2021 at 3pm and 7pm at the 

Circular Congregational Church of Charleston – 150 Meeting St.


Dickens edited his little Christmas ghost story and traveled Europe and America filling theaters with his one man reading of the tale. A ham at heart, he put his soul into the character Ebenezer Scrooge, transforming him from “a squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous old sinner!” to, well, the most lovable man in town. Traveling Literary Theater brings you the same Dickens’ edited version read by three professional actors who have been touring with this reading since 2005. Authentically Dickensian: includes Victorian attire, Dickens’ own words, and James Dyne, British Stage Actor as the lead character. On Saturday, December 18, 2021 at 3pm and 7pm. This 70 minute reading will be presented in the sanctuary of the Circular Congregational Church. 


#4 – Walk, Shop and Dream in Summerville, SC

The decorations in Summerville are glorious and the walking tour is about as charming as they come especially at Christmas. Download walking tour map


Plan your day in Charleston’s little sister town, Summerville. Begin by having breakfast or lunch if you’re starting out later in the day, at Sunrise Bistro. located at 110 Miles Jamison Summerville, SC 29485. Then head the short distance to down and begin your 60-90 minute walking tour. Afterwards head over to 132 S. Main St Summerville, SC 29483 and enjoy a glass of wine and maybe some homemade pastas with meat & Cheese boards.

A little shopping afterwards…

Everything Chic - 126 S Main St. Summerville, SC 29483

East Winds - 134 South Main Street, Summerville, SC 29483

Four Green Fields Gifts - 117 Central Ave unit a, Summerville, SC 29483


Don’t forget to download the SHOP SUMMERVILLE app where you’ll find loads to do after you finish shopping.

#5 - The Candlelight Orchestra Concerts 


Sunday December 19, 2021 - 5pm, 6:30pm, 8:00pm – one night only.

South Carolina Society Hall 72 Meeting Street Charleston, SC 29401



Prepare to soar into the clouds as this orchestra presents a collection of classical Christmas music over the course of 60 mesmerizing minutes with over a thousand flickering candles illuminating the performers. After traveling around the world—in cities like Edinburgh, London, Kotor, Montenegro and Vancouver, BC—the experience of Candlelight Orchestra has finally made its way to Charleston, SC. Candlelight Orchestra audiences have called the experience “mesmerizing, transcendent and stimulating to the senses” and that “the performers were angelic!” Candlelight Orchestra is a unique intimate occasion unlike any other that you will not want to miss as one of your things to do in Charleston for the Christmas holidays.