Perhaps you have reserved one of countless cozy Charleston vacation rentals for Christmas, but you still don't feel like cooking up a big Christmas dinner. You aren't alone. Many locals and visitors to Charleston don't care to prepare a home-cooked meal on Christmas Day either, and thankfully, Charleston is replete with wonderful restaurants. Check out some of our favorite Christmas dinner ideas for dining out:
You can go traditional at Blossom with holiday standards such as ham, turkey, and stuffing, but you can also spring for seafood specialties like Oysters Rockefeller and jumbo lump crab cakes.
With delectable choices like pan fried quail with country ham and iron skillet duck with heirloom cauliflower and "dirty" rice, The Drawing Room at the Vendue serves up upscale Southern cuisine like no other in the region.
Indulge yourself at this signature steak house just under an hour's drive from downtown Charleston. Their specialties are fresh American caviar, aged steaks, and creative classic sides.
One would be remiss not to have visited this classic, well-executed Southern establishment. Offerings like biscuits and gravy, mac and cheese with country ham, and cornmeal fried catfish make your mouth water!
Charleston's mild climate throughout the year means spending the day walking around the city or venturing out into the lush natural landscape of the surrounding countryside are even possible during Christmastime. No need to worry about the extremely rare occurrence of ice or snow here, as the average temperature in December is 61°F.
A city over 300 years old definitely harbors some hidden nooks and thoroughfares. Book in advance and take a tour that reveals Charleston's secrets.
Take a load off, discover Charleston in a horse-drawn carriage, and learn about its extensive history in just one hour. Children under 3 ride for free!
Whether you're a believer or not does not matter with this awe-inspiring church built in 1854. Its beauty and detail inspire your spirit regardless of your religious background.
Because navigating Charleston is so easy by foot, many travelers love to walk around the historic district and browse the innumerable, locally-owned clothing boutiques and eclectic art galleries.
Sure, Charleston comes across as a party town with its plethora of watering holes up and down King Street and in the vicinity, but that doesn't exclude family fun. On the contrary, there are plenty of things to do with the whole family while you're there. When booking Charleston hotels for Christmas keep in mind that prices vary greatly depending on whether you stay downtown, on the mainland, or on the nearby islands.
Your entire family has a blast observing the array of aquatic and terrestrial creatures on display here, including moray eels, sharks, crabs, and river otters. Situated on the east side of the historic district, this magnificent aquarium delivers good times.
Full of energy after a few days of eating holiday treats, the kiddos love blowing off some steam at Sky Zone. They dive into and thrash in the foam, jump on trampolines, and even battle their siblings or cousins in SkyJoust.
A wonderland for children, at this museum they revel in hiding in tents and giant beds, painting, exploring secret passageways in medieval castles, and more. Babies find their joy in the safety of a specially designated play space.