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Holiday Magic

Holiday Magic

Holiday Magic in Historic Charleston

The City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs celebrates the holiday season each December with Holiday Magic in Historic Charleston, offering free, family-friendly activities, live performances and decorations all around town for everyone in the community to enjoy together. 

Holiday Parade: Sunday, December 4, 2022 steps off at 3:00pm

Come join the City of Charleston for this fun, high energy parade which will commence on Broad Street at Rutledge, travel North on Meeting Street, and conclude on Calhoun Street at Meeting Street. Participants include musical ensembles, clubs and organizations. Tree Lighting to Follow in Marion Square.

Applications to participate closed on November 4, 2022.

Holiday Parade of Boats: December 10, 2022, Charleston Harbor sets sail at 6:00pm

Join our lowcountry tradition at the Holiday Parade of boats. This display of lighted and festive boats proceeds from the Cooper River, through the Charleston Harbor and into the Ashley River. This is a family-friendly event is sure to become a holiday tradition for everyone. View the procession along Charleston’s waterfront or decorate your own boat and join the parade (application information below).

Applications to participated closed on December 7, 2022.

Holiday Magic on Ann Street: December 11 from 3:00-6:00pm, Ann Street at King Street

Holiday Magic on Ann Street, from 3 – 6 p.m. This new event is presented in partnership with the Music Farm, extending the fun of Second Sunday on King Street with a family-friendly block party featuring live music and holiday vendors, with festive refreshments available for purchase.

Chanukah in the Square: Sunday, December 18 at 4:00pm, Marion Square

Holiday Magic in Historic Charleston is also a partner in promoting and producing Chanukah in the Square, an initiative of the Yaschik/Arnold Jewish Studies Program at the College of Charleston and Chabad of Charleston and the Lowcountry. This festive celebration, which features live music, arts and crafts and traditional seasonal food, starts at 4 p.m. and culminates with the lighting of a menorah at dusk.

Holiday Market in Marion Square will be held Saturdays & Sundays, 9am-3pm on 12/3, 4, 10, 11 & 17

You’ll find everything you need to deck the halls for the holidays and fill the pantry with local goodies, all from local farmers, growers, artisans and crafters. Browse a wide assortment of art, crafts and holiday gift items and get your holiday shopping done early.

For the 2022 Holiday Magic Parking Barcode CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD

**The City of Charleston is pleased to once again offer two hour parking vouchers valid at select garages during the Holiday Season. Print off the Parking Barcode and scan upon exit for 2 hours of free parking in participating garages only. Limited to 1 voucher per vehicle. *Not valid during special event rates. Other exclusions may apply.*Valid at the following garages: Visitor Center Garage34 St. PhilipConcord-CumberlandE. Bay-Prioleau, AquariumMidtownMajestic Square, and Queen Street (93 Queen Street).

AEP5 Briefings on Capitol Hill

Americans for the Arts recently did a series of AEP5 briefings on Capitol Hill. These included an arts advocacy “fly-in” day—six AEP5 study partners from key Congressional Districts and states traveled to Washington, made a presentation about the importance of the arts in their communities, and met with their legislators. Here are just a few of those important presentations:

Robert Lynch, President and CEO, Americans for the Arts

Randy Cohen, Vice President of Research and Policy, Americans for the Arts

Ben Folds, Recording Artist

Piccolo Spoleto

Piccolo Spoleto

The Piccolo Spoleto Festival annually presents a varied program that includes visual arts exhibitions, performances of classical music, jazz, dance, theater, and choral music, as well as cultural events and community celebrations, poetry readings, children’s activities, craft shows and film screenings.

Piccolo Spoleto prioritizes accessibility for both artists and performers, presenting professional work of the highest standard, while ensuring that nearly half of Piccolo’s events are admission-free, with the balance offered at affordable ticket prices.

MOJA Arts Festival

MOJA Arts Festival

The MOJA Arts Festival is a multi-disciplinary festival produced and directed by the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the MOJA Planning Committee, a community arts and cultural group, and the MOJA Advisory Board, a group of civic leaders who assist with fundraising and advocacy.

City Gallery

City Gallery

The City Gallery at Joe Riley Waterfront Park, owned by the City of Charleston and operated by the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs, is a tangible resource and reliable venue for displaying the finest contemporary art from local, regional, national and international artists, stimulating discussion and dialogue among audiences. In the process, in this dynamic visual arts venue, those who visit the City Gallery will be educated, enlightened and inspired by their experiences in this cultural space.

The City Gallery provides access to the visual arts for everyone in Charleston, S.C., visitors and residents alike, by offering exhibits that are all admission-free.

Cannon Street Arts Center

Cannon Street Arts Center

Cannon Street Arts Center is a new cultural facility focused on community-engaged work. Managed by the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs, the venue houses a 110-seat theatre, a 1,500-square-foot flexible exhibition and gathering space, and a meeting room, which are available for rentals with priority given to non-profit arts organizations and local artists. For more information on availability and rates, contact the Office of Cultural Affairs at (843) 724-7305 or email to

Charleston Farmers Market

Charleston Farmers Market

Founded in 1989 with the Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service, the Charleston Farmers Market is produced by the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs, in cooperation with the City of Charleston Parks Department and Special Events Committee.

The Charleston Farmers Market is dedicated to the support and advocacy of Lowcountry farmers, growers, prepared/packaged food, artisans, crafters, live performers and community groups and activities. We offer a variety of local produce, plants, herbs and cut flowers as well as breakfast and lunch vendors, live entertainment and an assortment of juried arts and crafts from local artisans. Attracting locals and tourists alike, the CFM is the community connection, bringing together people from all parts of the Lowcountry and beyond. Whether you are a local that frequents the CFM or a tourist visiting for the weekend, we have something for you to enjoy.

Charleston Farmers Market

Charleston Farmers Market

April 9- November 26, 2016
Marion Square, Downtown Charleston

The Charleston Farmers Market is available each Saturday from 8am-2pm in the beautiful Marion Square, between King and Meeting Streets at the edge of Calhoun Street in the Upper King Street Design District. The park at Marion Square has long been the center of festive activities and is the perfect tranquil setting for the Farmers Market. Nestled beneath beautiful trees with plenty of room for families to gather and children to play, the Farmers Market comes to life each Saturday morning and offers an abundance of the freshest local produce, shrimp, plants, herbs and cut flowers. While strolling the Charleston Farmers Market, a delicious breakfast, brunch or lunches are available while listening to a variety of live entertainment. The Farmers Market also offers an amazing assortment of juried arts and crafts, providing the best selection and most talented local artisans.  Visit

2015 Vendor Manual

Ongoing Applications:

2016 Performer Application

2016 Not-for-Profit Application


City Gallery at Waterfront Park

City Gallery at Waterfront Park: Call for Exhibition Proposals

City Gallery at Waterfront Park
34 Prioleau Street ● (843) 958-6484 ●
Admission: Free
Hours of Operation: Tues. – Fri. 10am-6pm; Sat. & Sun. 12pm-5pm

Features work by the finest contemporary artists from the Lowcountry and the Southeastern United States in 6-8 exhibitions each year.  Visit for more information.