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.
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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.
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Ann Caldwell
Ann is a well-known jazz musician who has been entertaining Charleston for years, working with audiences small and large and of all ages. A native of South Carolina, she is a gifted storyteller who emphasizes the traditional tales of Charleston and of the Gullah people. For the past eight years, she has worked with the Magnolia Singers to preserve the unique characteristics of the Gullah spirituals.
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Ann Caldwell
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Pegi Roberts
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