There's enough holiday events happening in town that I want to puke red and green, but at least there are some highlights that could melt the heart of even the grinchiest grinch. Like the Holiday Magic Parade of Boats, which is fun to watch but even more fun if you're on one of the boats. Other highlights are the Christkindlmarkt, Christmas Made in the South, City of Charleston Tree Lighting Ceremony, City of North Charleston's 2011 Christmas Festival and Parade, the Holiday Festival on Daniel Island, Charleston Christmas Parade, and the V-Tones Holiday Extravaganza, but you can see a full list here.
And that's not all. Mt. Pleasant Performing Arts Company presents the first The Nutcracker production of the season, and most of the theater companies are doing Christmas-y plays like A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas, Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and then some!), It's A Wonderful Life, The Winter Wonderettes, and What Child Is This? And the classical music world is pretty holiday-centric too, with A Yuletide Madrigal Feast and Over the River and Through the Woods.
Kick off your shopping season with Shopping with Friends, a benefit for Lowcountry AIDS Services. There will be a pre-party Friday at Gwynn's of Mt. Pleasant, the brunch on Saturday, and then the shopping follows.
You can also shop at the $5 to $50 Gift Market, the Outdoor Gear Sale, the Vintage Event, That Holiday Book Sale, or the Holiday Bazaar.
It'll be a crisp art walk on Friday night, with shows like The Art and Science of Memory, Capture, The First Federal Exhibit of the Yo Art Kids, From A to Z, Leo Osborne and Sydney Soriano, Majestic Muses, Postcards From Charleston, and the SCOOP Group Show.
Now that it's finally chilly, it's finally time to enjoy some chili at the Celebrity Chili Cook-Off and Oyster Roast.
There's magic in the air, literally at magician Martin Lubcke tour stop at the Sottile.
The aircrafts at Patriots Point will be open on Sunday
Benefits this weekend include a Bike Show at Moonshine Saloon, My Sister's House Benefit, Pancake Breakfast, Sea Life by Starlight, Wando High JROTC Silent Auction, Share the Table, and Corey Webb's performance at CofC.
Seems like facial hair is under the spotlight this weekend. For one, the Beards of Comedy will perform at Theatre 99, and then there's the Movember Finale Party, where all the creepy mustaches of the last month will be shaved off.
If you're looking for a spot to watch the boat parade, consider the Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina, where they're hosting Oysters on the Point.
Rudolph is destined to win the Charleston Reindeer Run 5K.
The South Carolina Stingrays have games.
Mark my words, Curiosity is going to be a very popular shopping destination soon enough, and they're having a grand opening celebration and sale on Saturday.
Other comedy shows include The Funny Bucket, Improv Riot, and the Charleston Comedy Festival Stand Up Competition Finals, finally.
Take a look at Studio P.S. when they present You, the Jury, an interactive play.
The soon-to-be-closed Eye Level Art will be selling cheap John Pundt works at Relics and Remnants.
The CofC Women's Tennis Dog Show has categories for even the goofiest of dogs, so bring yours by and enter it.
SPROUT continues to entertain kids with The Princess and the Pea.
Anytime a liquor store like Bottles opens, it's a celebration.
Jasmine Beck will teach a class about champagne at the Cocktail Club.
And a guy will eat glass at Carnivalesque's Carnival Revival. There's plenty of other reasons to head to this show at the Tin Roof, but glass-eating has to be my top one.