Charleston as a Winter Destination? It Ranks 8th!

Happy parents lifting up daughter on the beach in winter

Happy parents lifting up daughter on the beach in winter

Nothing beats the Lowcountry in the summer, but we often forget how amazing Charleston can be during the colder months. If you're looking for snow on your winter vacation, Charleston may not be your place. But for all warm-weather lovers, it is the perfect place. In fact, Wallethub ranked the greater Charleston area as the 8th Best Winter Vacation Destination for Warm-Weather Lovers.These rankings were based off of travel costs, attractions, safety, and of course, weather.

We know days at the beach attract visitors to Charleston during the summer but the question is, what makes it just as great during the winter? Here are just a few reasons and events to look forward to when the temperature drops:

Holiday Festival of Lights

People travel from all over the Southeast for the Holiday Festival of Lights on James Island. It was even named a 2018 Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism Society. It is much more than just a driving light tour. There are train rides, walking trails, visits with Santa, a carousel, and so many other activities that the entire family will enjoy. This event brings excitement and joy to all who visit, and it makes Charleston even more special during the holiday season.

Decorations, decorations, and more decorations!

Enjoy the beautifully decorated streets, shops, homes, and businesses around downtown Charleston during the holiday season. The colder months sometimes provide the best weather for exploring the city, and it's just a plus that the Christmas decorations add even more beauty and magic. You'll also avoid the summer crowd, intense heat, and those pestering mosquitoes.

Lowcountry Oyster Festival

Winter calls for oyster roasts, and we are professionals at them in the Lowcountry. Every January, Boone Hall Plantation hosts the Lowcountry Oyster Festival. It is the largest oyster festival in the world, and has been named one of the Top 20 Events by the Southeastern Tourism Society. Take part in the Oyster-Shucking or Oyster-Eating contests, enjoy local craft beer, and a day filled with music, friends, family, and fun.

Second Sunday on King Street

Every second Sunday of the month, blocks of King Street are closed off to traffic for visitors to shop, eat, and socialize in the street. Even though Second Sunday on King happens every month, we look forward to the winter months. The weather is cooler for you to stroll through the local vendors and booths, and you can even enjoy a cup of hot chocolate or coffee while doing it.

Southeastern Wildlife Expo - SEWE

The Southeastern Wildlife Expo, or SEWE, is a three-day celebration of wildlife and nature that takes place every winter in Charleston. It is the largest event of its kind, and over 40,000 people attend. You can expect sporting demonstrations, food, drink, and wildlife education.

Charleston Wine + Food Festival

This highly anticipated Charleston Wine + Food Festival takes place every March, and features tons of enriching cultural events. These include an extraordinary Culinary Village located in the heart of Downtown Charleston at Marion Square, Beverage Workshops, Brunches and Luncheons, Various Excursions, Hands-on Classes, and Signature Events and Dinners.

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