Georgetown offers packed holiday-themed events during December as city celebrates Christmas
With Christmas parades on both land and water, a tree-lighting ceremony, guided home and museum tours, music concerts, and more, historic downtown Georgetown will be the festive place to be this Christmas season.
In fact, the first two weekends in December are packed with holiday-themed events throughout the city.
Starting the first weekend in December, residents and visitors will come together in the city, decorated with sparkling lights and greenery, to share in the holiday spirit. Between events, residents and visitors can shop at dozens of unique shops and dine at award-winning restaurants along Front Street, or take one of the tram tours, walking tours or boat tours offered throughout the year.
“We are so excited about the many Christmas-themed events happening in Georgetown the first two weekends in December,” said Beth Stedman, president and CEO of the Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce. “With so many events scheduled, we are determined to get everyone in the holiday mood.
“Georgetown will definitely be the place to be for the whole family.”
Andy Friedman, president of the Georgetown Business Association, echoed Stedman’s excitement.
“The line-up of events that we have really showcases the city of Georgetown community and provides a friendly and warm welcome to citizens and visitors alike,” he said. “There will be lots of activities that are family friendly and relaxing, so people can get away from the stress and get back to a small-town Christmas.”
Here is a look at the upcoming Christmas events:
Kaminski House Museum Designer Showcase Candlelight Tours
Thursdays, Dec. 5 and 12, from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
The Kaminski House Museum will present a candlelight tour as part of its “Designer Holiday Showcase, A 250th Celebration!” Come out and tour the rooms decorated in holiday splendor and drenched in warm candlelight on Thursdays, Dec. 5 and 12, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tours of the showcase run daily through Dec. 31. Tickets are $10 for members, $15 for non-members.
“We are thrilled to be able to offer the Designer Holiday Showcase and the Candlelight Tours of the Kaminski House to our local community,” said Robin Gabriel, Kaminski’s executive director. “The museum looks magical, with all the decorations and the exterior lighting. Visiting the museum is a wonderful way to kick off the holiday season and to spend a fun time with your family.”
There will be a Family Night held on Saturday, Dec. 21, from 4-6 p.m. This event will feature the Candy Cane Express (decorated tour tram), hot cocoa, cookies and holiday scavenger hunt. For this event, tickets are $5 for adults with children and children under 12 are free. For adults without children, tickets will be $10 for members and $15 for non-members.
The Kaminski House Museum is located at 1003 Front St. in Georgetown. For more information, call 843-546-7706 or visit www.kaminskimuseum.org, or www.facebook.com/KaminskiMuseum.org.
Christmas concert at Winyah Auditorium
Friday, Dec. 6, at 7:30 p.m.
The historic Winyah Auditorium will present “Christmas With the Charlestones” on Friday, Dec. 6, at 7:30 p.m.
The concert is one of only four holiday concerts planned by the popular Holy City a cappella quartet.
The Charlestones were formed in 2014 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Charleston. The quartet consists of Todd Monsell (bass), Brink Norton (tenor), William Purcell (lead), and Stephen Spaulding (baritone). The men quickly made a name for themselves with their trademark flawless intonation, rocksteady camaraderie, and wide variety of vocal styles.
Michelle Lusardi, chair of the board for the Winyah Auditorium, said it’s exciting to bring the celebrated men’s a cappella group again to Georgetown.
“They have incredible harmonies and the acoustics in the auditorium are so great, we don’t even need to amplify their voices,” Lusardi said. “They will be singing Christmas favorites, and I think it will be a wonderful way to get into the Christmas spirit.”
Tickets are $20 online and $25 at the door. The Winyah Auditorium is located at 1200 Highmarket St. in Georgetown. For more information, call 843-461-1342, or visit www.winyahauditorium.org.
Breakfast with Santa
Saturday, Dec. 7, from 9 and 10 a.m.
Children and parents will have the opportunity to have breakfast with Santa at Graham’s Landing On Front, located at 925 Front St. in downtown Georgetown. The event will be held Saturday, Dec. 7, with seatings at 9 and 10 a.m. Tickets are $10 per person and include breakfast, crafts, and photos with Santa. (There is no admission charge for children under 3.)
Proceeds from this event benefit Miss Ruby’s Kids, a reading and mentoring program for children. For more information, call 843-436-7197, or visit https://www.missrubyskids.net/ or https://www.facebook.com/MissRubysKids.
Pancakes and PJs with Santa
Saturday, Dec. 7, from 8-10 a.m.
Children and parents are invited to enjoy breakfast and ornament making with Santa from 8-10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7, at Rollin Local during an event called “Pancakes and PJs with Santa.” Tickets are $14.95 per child and include pancakes, bacon, sausage, fruit cup, and milk or juice, as well as photos with Santa and a Christmas ornament craft workshop.
Rollin Local owner Jamie Finley said this is the second year for the event at Rollin Local and children are encouraged to come dressed in their favorite pajamas.
“It is a great new family tradition,” she said. “It’s a fun event. I love it.”
She added that Christmas in Georgetown is very special because people come together to celebrate for the children.
“It is all for the kids,” she said. “It’s a wonderful family time and it is not about the gifts.”
Saturday, Dec. 7, at 11 a.m.
The Georgetown Christmas Parade held along Front Street, downtown, on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 11 a.m., features floats and entries from local nonprofit groups, school bands and sports teams, community businesses and more.
This holiday parade, which is a joint effort between the Georgetown Business Association and the City of Georgetown, is a fantastic event to spread holiday cheer and get everyone in the spirit of giving.
For more information or to enter the parade, call 843-527-8413.
Christmas Lighted Boat Parade and Tree Lighting
Saturday, Dec. 7, at 6 p.m.
The Christmas Lighted Boat Parade held later that Saturday at 6 p.m. provides a spectacular display of holiday lights on boats in the Georgetown Harbor, along the Harborwalk in downtown Georgetown. All boats in the parade are lit up and many are playing festive holiday music as they cruise by spectators. Prizes are awarded for Best Crew and Best in Show.
Following the Lighted Boat Parade, attendees can witness the lighting of the city’s Christmas tree at Francis Marion Park. Each of these events is a joint effort between the Georgetown Business Association and the City of Georgetown. For more information or to enter the parade, call 843-546-8212.
Jazz at the Winyah: Terence Young
Saturday, Dec. 14, at 7:30 p.m.
The Winyah Auditorium will host a jazz concert by Terence Young, touted as one of the most talented and electrifying lead guitarists in the world. This event is sponsored by the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. Tickets are $20 online, or $25 at the door. The Winyah Auditorium is located at 1200 Highmarket St., Georgetown.
“I think this will be quite a lively show,” Lusardi said. “We’ll be in the spirit, that’s for sure.”
Young has shared the stage with renowned recording artists, including The Temptations, Frankie Beverly and Maze, Patti Labelle, Gladys Knight, BabyFace, Charlie Wilson, Envogue, Morris Day and the Time, Al Jarreau, Roberta Flack, George Duke, Rachelle Ferrell, Gerald Albright, Clarence Carter and Joe Sample. In addition to performing with those top talents, Young has also performed with and was music director for the legendary Ashford and Simpson, Lenny Williams, Aaron Hall and Angie Stone, to name a few.
For more information, call 843-461-1342, or visit www.winyahauditorium.org.
Singing Christmas Tree at First Baptist Church of Georgetown
Friday-Monday, Dec. 13-16
This year marks the 30th anniversary of The Singing Christmas Tree at First Baptist Church. The Christmas concert will be held for four days: from Friday, Dec. 13, through Monday, Dec. 16, and will feature a 75-voice choir singing in a 23-foot Christmas tree and accompanied by a live instrumental ensemble.
There will also be a live drama of the Christmas story.
The 2019 Singing Christmas Tree opens on Friday, Dec. 13, at 7 p.m. On Saturday, Dec. 14, performances are at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.; and on Sunday, Dec. 15, and Monday, Dec. 16, shows are at 7 p.m. For evening performances, prelude concerts featuring local artists will be presented at 6:15 p.m., followed by the tree performance at 7 p.m.
First Baptist Church is located at 219 Cleland St., Georgetown. For more information and to reserve seats, call 843-546-5187, or visit www.facebook.com/pg/Singing-Christmas-Tree-of-First-Baptist-Church-Georgetown-SC.
Nightmare Before Christmas Kringle Krawl
Friday, Dec. 13, 5:30-10 p.m.
The Nightmare Before Christmas Kringle Krawl, organized by the Georgetown Business Association, provides participants with an opportunity to visit Krawl-participating restaurants and businesses that offer prizes and fun.
Participants buy a $10 entry lanyard at Baxter’s Brewhouse Inn from 4:30–6 p.m. and hit each location, make a purchase, and at the end of the night meet for a party at Castaway’s Bar and Grill, where there will be a costume contest, a Best Drink contest and cash drawings.
Along the way, there will be drink specials, giveaways and more! Other locations include the Big Tuna, Rollin Local, Graham’s Landing on Front, River Room, Alfresco Bistro, Root and Buzz’s Roost.
Baxter’s Brewhouse Inn is located at 824 Prince St. in Georgetown. For more information, call 843-997-4812.
Yuletide Tour of Homes
Saturday, Dec. 14, from 1-5 p.m.
The Yuletide Tour of Homes, an annual fundraising event organized by the Friends of the Georgetown Library, will be held on Saturday, Dec. 14, from 1-5 p.m. in downtown Georgetown.
Participants on this self-guided tour will see beautiful historic homes and houses of worship, all decked out in holiday finery – everything from festive mantels, garland-draped staircases, impeccably decorated trees, colorful lights and candles, and much more.
A Santa Shop at the library at 405 Cleland St. will offer local, original crafts including shell art, jewelry and ceramics. Proceeds from the tour support children and youth programs at Georgetown County libraries. Tickets are $20 for Friends of the Library members and $25 for non-members. Proceeds benefit the Friends of the Georgetown Library programs.
For more information, call 843-545-3303, or visit georgetowncountylibrary.sc.gov.
The Strand Theater on Front Street in historic Georgetown will present a “sensory-friendly” event geared to children with autism.
The event will feature a visit from Santa and a showing of the movie, “Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch.” “Sensory-Friendly” means lights up, sounds down and everyone is welcome to move around. Threater doors open at 9 a.m. and the movie starts at 10 a.m. Please note the Strand Theater does not allow any food or drinks. The event is free for Champion Autism Network cardholders.
The Strand Theater is located at 710 Front St.
For more information about visiting Georgetown, call the Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce at 843-546-8436 or email email@example.com. Or check out these websites: www.DiscoverGeorgetownSC.com or www.VisitGeorge.com. The Chamber’s Georgetown Visitors Center is open Monday-Saturday.
— By Clayton Stairs, tourism manager, Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce