Christmas Parades in South Carolina

by Tonya Whitaker
South Carolina vacation spots host Christmas parades.

South Carolina vacation spots host Christmas parades.

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If Christmas is your favorite holiday, why not parade about it? The holiday season holds something special for most adults and children. If you are located in South Carolina, let not the warm weather spoil your Christmas spirit. The Palmetto State boasts several hot spots for South Carolinians to watch a fun Christmas parade.

Surfside Beach Annual Parade

South Carolina may be a great beach destination, but the town of Surfside Beach ( knows how to usher in the holiday season. The town's annual Christmas parade usually takes place around Dec.10 of each year and showcases floats and displays contributed by the community, local businesses and organizations. The starting point for the parade is Ocean Boulevard at 10th Avenue South, and the parade concludes at 16th Avenue North. Also, upon the very last float is none other than Santa Claus.

North Charleston Christmas Festival

North Charleston ( is known to put on a good day of holiday festivities as well. Each year in early December, the city puts on its Christmas Festival. Preceding the parade, a holiday market, live music, an assortment of vendors, and fun activities for children are available. When the final float completes the parade route, the fun is far from over. Following the parade, the city's mayor lights the town Christmas tree in front of a chosen community landmark. Musical performances also continue until the festival's closing at night.

Mount Pleasant Christmas Parade

The Mount Pleasant, South Carolina (, Christmas fare blends traditional floats with fireworks and a colossal tree lighting ceremony. The lineup usually consists of more than 100 floats. The tree lighting and firework extravaganza begins before the parade and the first floats start rolling down Coleman Boulevard at dusk. The procession rolls past Shem Creek and ends at the Sea Island Shopping Center. Families and visitors enjoy the show annually.

The Carolina Carillon Holiday Parade

For nearly 60 years, the Carolina Carillon Holiday Parade ( has been a source of fun and celebration for the city of Columbia. Often, the state capital's parade is based upon some holiday-related theme. Accordingly, the floats, band selection, and live performances bring the theme to life and illustrate it through decoration and showmanship. A multitude of community organizations are featured in the parade, which is filmed and televised. Many special guests participate yearly.

Prosperity Christmas Parade

Prosperity, South Carolina (, is home to approximately 1,050 people, but it really comes alive for the town's annual Christmas parade. Each year on the first Sunday of December, the processional treks north down Main Street filled with all the best Prosperity has to offer its festive residents. A word of caution: although caricatures of Santa are OK for floats, the only human Santa allowed in the parade is the one on the official parade committee float.

About the Author

Tonya Whitaker has worked as a professional journalist and copy editor since 1998. She has written columns and features for "The Huntsville Item" and "North Dallas Gazette." Whitaker earned a Bachelor of Science in sociology from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, and is pursuing a Master of Arts in English from Texas Woman's University in Denton, Texas.

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