Charleston Hotels & Vacation Rentals for Christmas

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Charleston: A Hub of History, Cuisine, Entertainment, and Architecture

Founded in 1670 on a peninsula at the confluence of the Ashley and Cooper rivers on South Carolina's coast, Charleston is a major destination. It draws travelers attracted to its year-round mild weather, world-class restaurants, beaches, and elegant beauty. If you and your family usually spend Christmas in frigid, snowy climates, spring for a change of pace and head for the balmier weather in Charleston. Don't wait too long to start searching Charleston hotels for Christmas as they get booked up well before the holidays.

Christmas in Charleston: Top Accommodations

House ∙ 8 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms
Wraggborough, Charleston, South Carolina, United States
from $191
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4.7
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Apartment ∙ 2 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
Harleston Village, Charleston, South Carolina, United States
from $211
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4.4
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Apartment ∙ 3 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
Anson Borough Homes, Charleston, South Carolina, United States
from $90
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4.9
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House ∙ 2 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
James Island, Charleston, South Carolina, United States
from $152
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5.0
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House ∙ 2 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
West Ashley, Charleston, South Carolina, United States
from $88
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4.9
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House ∙ 4 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms
Charleston, Berkeley County, South Carolina, United States
from $163
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4.7
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House ∙ 4 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
West Ashley, Charleston, South Carolina, United States
from $133
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4.8
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House ∙ 4 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms
James Island, Charleston, South Carolina, United States
from $256
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4.9
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Apartment ∙ 2 guests
French Quarter, Charleston, South Carolina, United States
from $256
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4.8
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Where to Dine in Charleston for Christmas

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:

  • 1. Blossom

    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.

  • 2. The Drawing Room at the Vendue

    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.

  • 3. The Ocean Room at Kiawah Golf Resort

    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.

  • 4. Poogan's Porch

    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!

Best Places to Stay for Christmas in Charleston

Apartment ∙ 4 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
Charleston, Berkeley County, South Carolina, United States
from $73
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4.3
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House ∙ 4 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
James Island, Charleston, South Carolina, United States
from $283
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5.0
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Apartment ∙ 4 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms
Charleston, Berkeley County, South Carolina, United States
from $107
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4.6
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Best Winter Activities During the Holidays in Charleston

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.

  • 1. Charleston's Alley Way and Hidden Passages

    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.

  • 2. Old South Carriage Historic Tour

    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!

  • 3. Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

    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.

  • 4. Boutiques and Art Galleries

    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.

Recommended Accommodations for Christmas in Charleston

Apartment ∙ 3 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
Cannonborough Elliotborough, Charleston, South Carolina, United States
from $223
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4.9
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House ∙ 4 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
Charleston, Berkeley County, South Carolina, United States
from $296
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5.0
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House ∙ 4 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
West Ashley, Charleston, South Carolina, United States
from $137
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4.7
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Things to Do With Your Family During Christmas Vacation in Charleston

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.

  • 1. South Carolina Aquarium

    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.

  • 2. Sky Zone

    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.

  • 3. Children's Museum of the Lowcountry

    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.

Top Offers for Christmas in Charleston

House ∙ 2 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
Westside, Charleston, South Carolina, United States
from $275
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4.8
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House ∙ 2 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
Anson Borough Homes, Charleston, South Carolina, United States
from $234
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4.9
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Apartment ∙ 4 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms
Anson Borough Homes, Charleston, South Carolina, United States
from $263
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4.3
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