UPDATE: Bring in the Christmas Spirit with These Lowcountry Lights, Parades, and Festivals

*this story has been updated with new times for holiday parades around the Lowcountry*

The holiday feast is dwindling, and the Christmas music is on full blast. And now, parts of the Lowcountry are beginning to bring in the Christmas season with light shows and festivals. Here’s your guide to celebrating the Christmas season the right way.

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Christmas Tree Lightings

A big part of getting into the Christmas spirit involves the Christmas tree itself! Many places around the Lowcountry are getting ready to flip the switch for their annual tree lighting ceremonies. This weekend, several Lowcountry areas will light up. You can enjoy several ceremonies in Park Circle, Downtown Charleston, and in Georgetown.

Holiday Festivals and Parades

The rainy weather pushed back a lot of holiday parades set to happen last weekend. If you and your family were planning to attend, here are the dates you should know about:

North Charleston Parade – Saturday, December 8 at 5 p.m.

Summerville Parade – Sunday December 9 at 2 p.m.

Mt. Pleasant Parade – Sunday December 9 at 5:30 p.m.

Charleston Parade – Sunday December 16 at 3 p.m. 

Lowcountry Landmarks and Holiday Favorites

The holiday season is a great time to plan fun activities with friends and family. There are plenty of options around to entertain a wide array of interests. For starters, the drive in light show, Festival of Lights, on James Island is an annual tradition that happens on James Island County Park. It features an estimated two million shimmering lights and opens nightly through New Year’s Day. Holiday markets are a great way to pick up unique presents for your loved ones. Several will take place for the next few weeks, so be sure to prepare ahead. A popular Holiday Market is the one happening in Downtown Charleston at Marion Square.