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December in Charleston: Events & Updates

December’s Holiday Season is upon us! There will be several Tree Lightings around the Lowcountry on December 1st (Today!) The Charleston Holiday Market runs from December 2nd-16th in Marion Square. Drayton Hall is having Candlelight Tours December 1st-2nd, 8th-9th, & 15th-16th. The Charleston Christmas Special will be at the Charleston Music Hall December 14th-17th, & 19th-23rd. The Stingrays are on the ice on December 1st, 3rd, 15th, 23rd, 27th, & 30th. Dock Street Theatre will be performing A Christmas Carol through December 22nd. Queen Street Playhouse will bring back their Holiday Variety Show on December 8th-10th, 15th-17th, & 22nd. And, they are doing Who’s Holiday on December 9th-10th, 14th, 17th, & 21st-22nd. There will be lots of New Years Eve celebrations on December 31st so be careful out there!

Here is your December calendar of events:
1st: Charlton Singleton’s Holiday Spectacular, 
CHS Music Hall
1st: Light the Lake, Colonial Lake
1st: Rocabillaque, Gaillard
2nd: Holiday Market, Carnes Crossroads
2nd: Holiday Swing with Charleston Jazz Orchestra, CHS Music Hall
2nd: Sarah Brightman Christmas Symphony Tour, Gaillard
2nd: Winter Pickers Hullabaloo Flea Market, Firefly Distillery
3rd: Charleston’s Oh Happy Day Christmas Performance, Circular Church
3rd: Oyster Roast, Drayton Hall
5th: Crowder Milk and Cookies Tour, CHS Music Hall
6th: Susto String Band w/ Holler Choir, CHS Pour House
6th: Nurse Blake Comedy Tour, N CHS Performing Arts Center
6th: Rudolph the Musical, Gaillard
7th: Holiday Market, Grand Pavilion Wild Dunes
7th: Kameron Marlowe, CHS Music Hall
7th: Matt Rife Comedy Tour, N CHS Performing Arts Center
8th: Allman Betts Family Revival, Gaillard
8th-9th: Wood Brothers, CHS Music Hall
9th: Charlie Brown Christmas, Gaillard
9th: Holiday Pops, N CHS Performing Arts Center
9th: Holiday Parade of Boats, Charleston Harbor
9th: Supernova Sea Light by Starlight, SC Aquarium
10th: Sunsquabi w/ Jason Leech, CHS Pour House
10th: 28th Annual Christmas Light Parade, Mt. Pleasant
10th: 2nd Sunday on King Street
10th: Big Band Holidays with Wynton Marsalis, Gaillard
10th: Chanukah in the Square, Marion Square
12th-13th: Holiday Spectacular, Gaillard
13th: Gullah Christmas Concert, Boone Hall Plantation
14th: Toubab Krewe w/ Shira Elias, CHS Pour House
14th: Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder Christmas, Riviera Theater
15th: The Wilson Springs Hotel, CHS Pour House
15th: Eggy, CHS Pour House
16th: Marshgrass Mamas Yuletide Special, CHS Pour House
17th: Dorrance Dance Nutcracker Suite, Gaillard
17th: Oyster Roast, Firefly Distillery
18th: Chamber Music Charleston the Night Before Christmas, Sottile Theatre
22nd: Charleston Symphony Holiday Pops, Gaillard
26th: Nutcracker Magical Christmas Ballet, N CHS Performing Arts Center
28th-29th: Perpetual Groove, CHS Pour House
29th: Blue Dogs Homecoming Concert, CHS Music Hall
31st: Flip Flop Drop, Folly Beach
31st: NYE at the SC Aquarium

Charleston News & Updates

Real estate sales continue to be slightly tepid mostly due to the rise in mortgage rates. Mortgage rates are now over 7.5% for a
national average. The Fed is trying to navigate a soft landing in its goal to lower inflation to 2%. There was economic news in November that the economy might be slowing. This is what the Fed wants to hear in regards to lowering inflation. There is hope that this will maybe bring an end to their interest rate increases. Year to date, Charleston is down 17.3% in transactions versus the same 2022 time period. November though January are typically slow months for sales. But median sales prices continue to be strong. Median sales price is over $410k.

Meanwhile, the Charleston area economy has been doing great!

  1. The first day of the Dubai Airshow brought a stream of sales for Boeing, including a $52 billion deal with the host country’s Emirates Airline. The second day brought more when Ethiopian Airlines agreed to order 11 Dreamliners.
  2. Breeze Airways is offering new service from Charleston to Newburgh starting February 16th.
  3. Carpenters Woodworks and Restoration, a family-owned business specializing in custom woodworking and restoration, is expanding of its operation in Charleston County. The $1.54 million investment will create 20 new jobs.
  4. Charleston Southern University has adopted a program called Buc Promise that makes it the first private school in the state with a tuition guarantee that covers the cost of tuition for qualifying students.
  5. An affiliate of Northbrook-based Pine Tree, in partnership with London-based Blue Coast Capital, acquired Azalea Square, a market-dominant shopping center in Summerville, for $59.7 million.
  6. QuicksortRx, a software-enabled service company that provides pharmacy supply chain management solutions for health systems, will grow its corporate headquarters with an expansion in Charleston County. The $220,000 investment will create 41 new jobs over the next three years.

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