South Carolina

A Cultural Christmas Feast in Historic Charleston

You’ll catch the holiday spirit in Charleston as you attend a Christmas show, see the James Island Festival of Lights and learn about historic homes decked out in their holiday finest.
Rating (4.67)
Program No. 14327RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Experience time-honored holiday traditions and a unique cultural legacy in "America's Most Historic City." Get caught up in Charleston’s particular brand of holiday spirit on a visit to historic homes decked out in their holiday finest, at the Festival of Lights on James Island and at a theatrical Christmas production in historic downtown. Enjoy Christmas music through the centuries with live performances, observe traditional sweetgrass basket sewing and admire the architectural heritage of Charleston with a historian.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Minimal walking and standing on this program.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Experience the Holiday Festival of Lights on James Island, featuring millions of lights, carols, gingerbread houses, a life-size greeting card display and more.
  • Walk with an architectural expert through Charleston’s Battery to analyze the exterior features of elegant Colonial and antebellum homes.
  • Visit the Manigault and Aiken-Rhett homes decorated for the holidays and reflecting Charleston's celebrations of early Christmases.

General Notes

The Retreat Difference: This unique, often basic and no-frills experience at a Road Scholar Retreat includes opportunities for early morning exercise, interaction with the local community for insight into local life, an authentic farm-to-table or locally sourced meal, a live performance or event, and a value-priced single room.
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Al Miller
Al Miller received a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Speech-Dramatic Arts from Baptist College — now Charleston Southern University. He is a recognized historian specializing in Charleston’s Black History with an emphasis on the Gullah-Geechee Culture and Porgy & Bess. He brings his musical talent to his lectures from a unique perspective. Al enjoys leading educational excursions which is evident in his tours of the Charleston area and Lectures. He is a licensed real estate agent, and also a member of numerous local organizations.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Al Miller
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Ann Caldwell
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