Visiting Charleston at Christmas

Last weekend I went on a mini-weekend vacation to Charleston. I am originally from Atlanta, so I was a little bit shocked that I had not visited Charleston before. It wasn't that easy to get there from Austin (a layover in Nashville), but the flights are short and it was well worth it for a weekend trip.

Christmas in Charleston is a really charming time to visit because all of the old homes are decorated beautifully. Charleston is also very much a walking town and the weather is still very mild in December (we saw very sunny days, high of 60's, lows of 40's). There is so much to do in Charleston, but I will just highlight a few things I loved below. Don't worry, there will be a full post on eating and drinking as well.

Carriage Tour: 

I am usually not really a carriage tour type of person, but I loved the one we did in Charleston. There is so much history in the city and it is a great opportunity to learn about it. The tour guides are very knowledgable and take you all around (walking the entire way can be exhausting!).

Walk the Streets: 

There is A LOT to see in Charleston. I highly recommend walking the streets to explore. Walking around South of Broad will allow you to see all of the beautiful old houses, gas lamps and Christmas decorations. I especially loved the Magnolia leaf wreathes that we saw everywhere.

Here are a few streets I loved exploring:

The Battery- A beautiful walk along the water with a view of Fort Sumpter.

King Street- Lots of shops, boutiques and souvenirs.

Broad Street- Galleries and art shops galore.

You also have to walk down Rainbow Row to see beautifully painted and bright houses!

Eating and Drinking: 

Full post to come, but lets just say that there is A LOT of great food in Charleston. We ate our way around some seafood, grits and more!

What are some of your favorite things to do in Charleston around Christmas?