Why December is a Great Month to Visit Charleston, SC

With the holiday season now upon us, you may find yourself looking for new traditions, or new ways to celebrate that are different from your current rituals. It’s the perfect time of year to enjoy new experiences with family and friends, or to embark on an exciting solo adventure. 

This December, why not try something new and uncover what the lovely city of Charleston has to offer? We know you’ll love the cobblestone streets, horse-drawn carriages, and the quaint pre-Civil War-era houses. And while the city still has comfortable temperatures and agreeable weather, December is the perfect time to visit.

Get in the holiday spirit in Charleston with…

The incredible Holiday Festival of Lights.

Year after year, the Holiday Festival of Lights proves to be an unforgettable event where thousands of families gather to kick-off the holiday season. From mid November until the beginning of January, millions of multicolored lights illuminate the sky as visitors make their way through over 3 miles of hundreds of magical light displays of all varieties.

The Festival offers plenty of fun for the whole family, including:

  • A driving tour full of breathtaking and exciting holiday light displays
  • A holiday train that provides an up-close look at all the magnificent lights
  • Displays of handmade gingerbread houses
  • Giant greeting cards made by local students
  • A beautiful, Victorian-style carousel
  • Plenty of treats, activities, shopping, and more

Well-known throughout the country and around the world, the Holiday Festival of Lights has been recognized as “One of the Top 10 Holiday Celebrations” – and with an accolade like that, you know it’s a worth a visit!

The Unforgettable Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker.

A true Christmas classic, if the Nutcracker has never been part of your holiday tradition, you should give this beloved ritual a try. But make sure you pick a top notch performance, like the Moscow Ballet’s version, boasting 40 world-class Russian dancers, playful 10ft tall puppets, and over 200 breathtaking costumes.

Set to take the stage at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center on December 24th, this is just one more reason to visit Charleston in December.

The Perfect Way to Ring in a New Year at the Annual Yorktown Countdown.

At the 4th annual countdown, ring in the new year with Charleston’s largest New Year’s Eve celebration at the USS Yorktown Aircraft Carrier in Mount Pleasant, SC.

A fantastic venue, you’ll watch the ball drop as you enjoy great music, special appearances, and premium spirits – all with breathtaking views from the Yorktown. And if you’re looking for transportation, enjoy affordable shuttles taking you from downtown Charleston to Mt Pleasant. 

Hitting the road this holiday season? Find InTown Suites’ extended stay properties on the road; your home away from home during your next great adventure. 

Choose from four extended stay accommodations in Charleston and North Charleston. And if you’re looking for more things to do nearby, peruse the Guide tabs on each property page.

7 Holiday Travel Tips

It’s no secret that holiday travel can be many things – mostly, exciting, of course, but usually holiday travel is also a little hectic and a little stressful. With so many travelers going to and fro, airports, bus depots, train stations and highways quickly become pretty crowded.

But fear not, because your friends at InTown Suites have rounded up a few important tips to help you survive travel during the holiday season.

Bring snacks.

We’re all familiar with the term ‘hangry’ – and while it may seem silly, most of us know its effects all too well! Avoid the crankiness that comes from hunger and instead head on your travels prepared with enough food and water for yourself and the family to stay fueled and content. If you’re taking a roadtrip, brush up on these 9 healthy snack ideas and where to find them on the road.

Have a backup plan.

If you’re driving, the days immediately before or after the holiday are typically very busy for traffic. If possible, have a backup route planned so that no matter where you’re going, you’ll have alternative route options should traffic become too heavy for any reason.

Deal with gifts beforehand.

No matter your mode of transportation, lugging gifts around is never pleasant. Instead of trying to pack them in your luggage for the plane, train, or car, you’ll thank yourself later if you simply ship gifts to their destination ahead of time. If you must bring gifts with you, try to only travel with small, light gifts that won’t be easily damaged in transit. (Check out our gift ideas for the frequent traveler for a few ideas).

Tune out.

We get it – sometimes, you just need a break. Regardless of how you’re traveling this holiday season, make sure you’re equipped with a few essentials to help you tune out for a few moments and embrace your inner zen. From noise cancelling headphones, to playlists chock full of your favorite lighthearted tunes, take a few minutes’ break to reset.

Make sure the car is up to snuff.

Holidays can be stressful enough without having to worry about something like a car breakdown, a flat tire, and so on. Before you’re ready to hit the road this holiday season, be sure to run through this helpful pre-road trip checklist to help ensure smooth sailing when you depart. And don’t forget to ensure the car is fully stocked with these 15 essential things to keep in your car.

Be flexible.

When you’re traveling at such a busy time of the year, you have to more or less expect the unexpected. Whether that be delays, adverse weather, or any other number of things that could impact your travel schedule, you have to expect and be okay with changes in plans. It’s all part of the experience!

Use the many tools at your disposal.

There’s just something about a road trip that says “quality time.” But just because you’re kicking it “old school” by hitting the road, doesn’t mean you can’t incorporate a little bit of modern technology to enhance the experience (in fact, we think you should!). To help along the way – with everything from getting directions to finding the best places to fill up the gas tank – we’ve rounded up the 10 best travel apps for your next road trip.

Hitting the road this holiday season? Find InTown Suites’ extended stay properties on the road; your home away from home during your next great adventure.