Top 7 Things to do in Charleston during Thanksgiving



King Street Shopping – Proven Fact: You can do all your holiday shopping in one day on Charleston’s renowned King Street. This shopping district has a wide variety of stores selling everything from clothes, jewelry, household goods, cookware, and shoes. Be sure you don’t miss Croghan’s Jewel Box, 308 King, a Charleston institution for over 100 years and M. Dumas & Sons, 294 King, an iconic men’s clothing store.

Eating – Downtown Charleston is known for its decadent Southern cuisine. For an Uptown take on Down South ingredients, give Magnolia’s on East Bay St. a try. Another option, Virginia’s on King, is located in the heart of the upper King St. area. Guests will enjoy old family recipes and regional favorites. Reservations are always a good idea, especially for Thanksgiving Day.

Charleston Food Tour – Thanksgiving weekend is a great time for family and friends to enjoy just being together. A Charleston Food Tour bonds people over something that everyone can relate to – food! Four different food tour options and all are a great way to walk, talk, and taste Charleston! Reservations Required

Charleston Strolls – Get the family out of the house by joining some of Charleston’s best and most experienced guides on a lively overview of the city’s history. Tours depart daily from the Mills House Hotel at 10am and 2pm. Reservations Required.

Holiday Festival of Lights – Adults and children alike, come to take in the award winning light show at James Island County Park. A Victorian Carousel, Santa’s Sweet Shoppe, marshmallow roasting and Holiday Train Ride are also on hand to delight visitors. November 10 – January 1st.

Turkey Day Run & Gobble Wobble 5K – If you are looking for a way to burn some holiday calories and help local charities, this is it! The race course winds through the historic district, before ending with post-race festivities at Marion Square. Sign up in advance to claim your spot.

Ghost Tours – Bulldog Tours’ ghost tours are another great way to bring families together for fun and a little spooky story telling. Voted “Best Ghost Tour in the US” by USA Today, Bulldog Tours offers a variety of entertaining tour options. You can visit a Pre-Revolutionary Dungeon, the oldest graveyard in Charleston, or the Old City Jail which many believe is the most haunted building in town. Reservations are required.