South Carolina
Christmas in Charleston
There’s no place like Charleston for Christmas. Come see why as you enjoy Lowcountry traditions, witness the Festival of Lights on James Island and attend two holiday shows!
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Program No. 21206RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Embark on a holiday learning adventure to experience the distinctive history and delectable flavors of Charleston and the Lowcountry amid customs and traditions of the season. Festive decorations, culinary wonders and delightful holiday rituals abound as you enjoy a cup of cocoa in historic homes decked in holiday finery and hear performances of music from every era of the city’s history. See as well how sweetgrass baskets are made from beginning to end and learn about the holiday traditions on a visit to the Nathaniel Russell Home.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Walking up to two miles, some uneven terrain. Periods of standing for on-site lectures.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Marvel at historic sites on expert-led walks and interior visits that take you to picturesque downtown and to the City Market Place.
  • Explore the gardens and stable yards as you learn about the people who lived at Middleton Plantation more than three centuries ago.
  • Experience the unique sounds that define Charleston's rich musical heritage: gospel, Gershwin, music of the Civil War, light classics and jazz.

General Notes

Program limited to 80 participants, divided into smaller groups for most activities.
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Ruth Miller
Ruth Miller, a graduate of Duke University, has lived all over America and journeyed throughout the world. As a Charleston historian and excursion leader, she enjoys tying local history into the American story and worldwide events. Ruth is the author and co-author of numerous books, including “Charleston Charlie — A Family Activity Book for Kids of All Ages,” “Touring the Tombstones,” and “The Angel Oak Story.” She is a member of the South Carolina Historical Society and the National Trust.
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