lovely mix of modern and old-fashioned traditions, the holidays
in South Carolina include everything from Charleston's "big
city - bright lights" extravaganza to a look back at 19th
century Southern Christmas customs.
Take a look
at major events kicking off the holiday season throughout the
DID YOU KNOW? South Carolina Christmas fun facts
A snap! crackle! pop! Christmas in Rock Hill.
• Illustrator Vernon Grant was the creator of the famous Snap! Crackle! Pop! characters for Rice Krispies cereal, and later became a mover and shaker for all things fun and festive in Rock Hill, SC. Today, he is still honored at is adopted home with festive holiday decorations, santas, and gnomes at the annual Christmasville celebration.
• Cheery Christmas poinsettia plants are an American holiday tradition that can trace its roots back to Mexico. The plant was first brought to the US by Dr. Joel Roberts Poinsett, a 19th century US Ambassador to Mexico and botanist who first cultivated the plants in his native South Carolina. The popularity of the bright red, star-shaped leaves spread across South Carolina and later coast to coast. Today, it just isn't Christmas without a poinsettia.
• A White Christmas? In South Carolina? Folks still talk about the legendary snow storm of '89 that hit in the days before Christmas that blanketed the entire Southeast in snow. Myrtle Beach got 14" of the white flaky stuff while Charleston received 8".
More information about Christmas in SC around the Web:
Holiday Festival of Lights
- Millions of lights are ablaze in a three-mile driving tour of almost
600 holiday displays, plus attractions along the way including
Santa's Village, train rides, carousel rides and lots more.
Carolina Opry Christmas Special- Check out the annual holiday spectacular
in Myrtle Beach with information on this year's schedule, ticket
purchase, preview photos and video.
Christmas at Middleton Place - Charleston's Middleton Place is all decked out for
the holidays including exhibitions of 19th century Christmas traditions,
carriage rides and tours of the museum.
Saluda Shoals Park Holiday
Lights - Columbia comes
alive in a blaze of sparkling light displays plus family-friendly
fun including hayrides, craft activities and visits with Santa.
Swan Lake Iris Gardens
Fantasy of Lights - A million lights illuminating Swan
Lake-Iris Gardens in Sumter includes visits to Santa, holiday entertainment,
plus more information on the Sumter Poinsettia Festival.