Holiday Break Ideas for the Kids

School's out! Next to Santa, it's probably every kid's favorite thing about the holidays. But once the presents are unwrapped, you'll probably be looking for some things to keep them busy during the holiday break. Here are some ideas when the family is ready to get out and about!

Holiday Festival of Lights

James Island County Park
871 Riverland Drive
Charleston, SC 29412
Open every evening through January 1, 2019

Making memories in the Lowcountry for 29 years, the Holiday Festival of Lights will bring joy to visitors of all ages. And don’t forget, there are more than just millions of colorful bulbs to enjoy! So make sure you park for a while and check out the Carousel, Climbing Wall and more.

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Cougar Night Lights Holiday Light Show

Cistern Yard at the College of Charleston
66 George Street
Open to the general public nightly through January 1, 2019.

Beautiful lights coordinated with favorite holiday tunes are back to delight crowds in the historic Cistern Yard. The 20 minute show starts every hour, on the hour,  from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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Celebrate the Season Holiday Driving Tour

1 Riverwood Drive
Moncks Corner
Open 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. through Dec. 30 (Closed Dec. 24 & 25)

Thousands of lights and dozens of displays are sure to dazzle at this can’t miss holiday tradition. Admission is just $5 per carload and proceeds will help support Berkeley County charities.


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Children's Holiday Village

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens
3550 Ashley River Road
Charleston, SC 29414
Open daily 8:30pm – 4:30pm

This newly designed attraction is built just for kids, complete with Santa’s Workshop, “Elf”ementary School and a magical fairy garden. The Holiday Village is free with paid Garden admission.


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Ice, Ice Baby

Carolina Ice Palace
7665 Northwoods Boulevard
North Charleston, SC 29406
Hours vary – Check schedule for details.

Even though we’re in the south, you can still get out on the ice! Check out the public skate schedule and get a taste of the North Pole at Carolina Ice Palace. Family Night specials are offered on Friday and Saturday evenings, including skate rentals, pizza and drinks.

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Cheer on the Home Team

Get the family together for a game and for a little hockey or basketball! The Stingrays, Bulldogs and Buccaneers all have home games over winter break.

SC Stingrays vs. Norfolk Admirals December 28th at 7:05 p.m.

Citadel vs. Longwood December 29th at 1:00 p.m.

CSU sv Piedmont International December 30th at 5:30 p.m.



Fairy Houses & Gnome Homes

Caw Caw Interpretive Center County Park
5200 Savannah Highway
Ravenel, SC 29470
December 28, 2018, 10AM – 2PM

Build a tiny palace for a pixie or a mini-home for a gnome! Kids of all sizes will love building homes for some magical friends out of items they find in nature.

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Book It To The Library!

We know, we know…books are probably the last thing the kids want to look at right now. But your local branch is great resource for fun and free activities . Check the calendar links below for options and hours.

Charleston County Library:

Dorchester County Library: