When: Sat., Dec. 1, 4:30 p.m. 2012
We love Marion Square’s Tree of Lights as much as any other Charlestonian, but there’s no getting around the fact that it looks like something Clark Griswold of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation dreamed up. Regardless, it’s always exciting to watch Santa Claus and Mayor Joseph P. Riley light up the 60-foot tree for the very first time each December. This Saturday, head to the square for the charming holiday ceremony, which starts out with carols and Christmas skits. One year, there was even a real live camel. After the lights go on, hear live music by the Gullah Roots and drop off a new, unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots. Following the festivities, King Street will be blocked off for a Christmas party with some special holiday guests that are under wraps for now. “It’s all a part of the holiday magic,” the city’s Alicia Evans says. Personally, we’re hoping for Rudolph. Or at least that camel.