You may already know that your Charleston apartment is in a special city, a place that combines urban sensibilities and options with rustic small town charm. And the holidays are the best time of the year to enjoy its many delights! Charleston comes sparklingly alive this time of year, coating public parks in festive lights and spreading the spirit of the season with fun activities and unique gift opportunities.
Kick off the season with Charleston’s renowned Christmas Parade. This old fashioned parade brings Santa and his elves to Charleston along with floats and music. Find out if you’ve made the “nice” list and then stop at Taylor’s Books afterward to get some hot chocolate and maybe pick up a gift or two for you favorite bookworm.
Nights come early this time of year, but the season is bright in Charleston thanks to miles and miles of holiday lights in the local parks! Pick up some yummy BBQ sandwiches and fries from Dem 2 Brothers Grill and munch while you drive through the Coonskin Park Holiday Light Display. This local park features a dazzling drive through a display that sparkles and shines when the sun goes down.
Charleston’s rich arts community keeps spirits bright throughout the season with beautiful music and performances that will remind you of the wonder of the holidays. Start with a romantic dinner at Bricks and Barrels, and then allow yourself to be thrilled by a stirring performance by the Trans Siberian Orchestra. Or take your favorite niece to the Nutcracker performed by the Charleston Ballet and the West Virginia Symphony and remember the magic your of first live performance of this holiday classic.
When it’s time to do some holiday shopping, take the whole family out for pizza at Pies & Pints and head over to the Capitol Market for photos of the kids with Santa. Get the family to work together and create memories at the Gingerbread House Family Workshop. And don’t forget to make a plan to shop this month’s Art Walk to find a unique gift for that very special person on your list.
This is a season of giving, so take a moment to remember those who have not been as fortunate and donate clothing, food, or your time to Charleston’s Covenant House. Cleaning out your closet can save a life and give comfort to those in need. There are also several food pantries throughout the Kanawha County and Charleston area that will accept donations – for the full list, click here.
When you are ready to celebrate the incoming year, visit the Clay Center for Noon Year’s Eve, a chance for kids to ring in the new year without having to stay up late. Create your own New Year’s hat and countdown to noon, when confetti poppers and an apple juice toast allow every member of the family to celebrate. Once the little kids are worn out and snug at home with the sitter, head out for, a family-friendly celebration that includes performances by choral groups, bands, the WVSO and WV Youth Symphony, ballet dancers and even more artists. The celebration is absolutely free.
So make the most of the season in style – it’s easy to find joy and festive spirits right outside your Charleston apartment. Happy Holidays!