Holiday Events Around Cane Bay


Located 45 minutes Northwest of Charleston is the expansive community of Cane Bay. Cane Bay residents know, there is nothing worse than making the trek home, only to pick up kids and head back to town again. With a little planning, the holidays in Cane Bay don’t have to include a lot of driving and can even be your best yet! These are our favorite community holiday events near Cane Bay and are sure to please even the grouchiest Grinch on board. 

Don’t forget to check out our Ultimate Guide to Holiday Events Around Charleston for all of the tree lightings, parades, Santa sightings, shopping events, gift ideas, and SO MUCH more!

The Holidays in Cane Bay

Bethany United Methodist Church Living Christmas Story

Date: November 3- December 2 

Location: Bethany UMC, Summerville

Details: You do not want to miss this drive-through reenactment of Bethlehem on the night Jesus was born. So cool! 

Mepkin Abby Creche Festival

Date: November 13-18, November 24-December 2

Location: Mepkin Abbey


Details: Mark your calendar to reserve tickets early next year. A wonderful display of nativities from around the world. 

Bee City Wonderland of Lights

Dates: November 17- January 30

Location: Bee City, Cottageville

Price: $13

Details: Less than 40 minutes from Cane Bay, this incredible light display awaits. A general admission ticket includes a chat with Santa Claus, Australian Walkabout, Giraffe Observation, visiting animals & the nature center! Don’t miss this!

Roasting Marshmallows with Goats in Sweaters

Date: November 18- December 23

Location: Flowertown Charm, Summerville

Price: Adults $30, Ages 3-17 $15

Details: Is there anything cozier than cuddling a goat and roasting jumbo marshmallows?! This one-of-a-kind experience at a mini-farm which also includes pigs, chickens, bunnies, and a giant tortoise is sure to make lasting memories! 

Santee Canal: Holiday Lights Driving Tour and Holiday in the Park 

Date: November 24- December 30

Location: Old Santee Canal Park, Moncks Corner

Price: $10/vehicle, CASH ONLY

Details: Hop in the car and enjoy this drive-thru display including thousands of lights. Your ticket also includes Holiday in the Park activities like free visits with Santa Claus, crafts, food, and other festive happenings. 

Old Time Summerville Christmas Celebration

Dates: November 28

Location: Hutchinson Square, Summerville

Price: FREE

Details: Join the Town of Summerville for their annual Tree Lighting Ceremony in Downtown Summerville. This celebration includes pictures with Santa, the countdown and lighting ceremony, letters to Santa, live window displays, and more Holiday fun!

Cane Bay Christmas Light Fight

Dates: December 1 -30

Location: All of Cane Bay

Price: FREE

Details: In years past, we’ve enjoyed scouring Cane Bay for the best Christmas light displays! We learned fast that hot chocolate and the car don’t mix so we dawn our Christmas jammies and grab some fun, flavored popcorn and hit the road! Check the Facebook page to handpick your route for *the* best lights or meander through the neighborhoods on your own for fun surprises along the way.

Moncks Corner Christmas Tree Lighting

Date: December 1 

Location: Moncks Corner Recreation Complex

Price: FREE

Details: Live performances, meet Santa, train rides, and more! The light display will stay on for all of December and is a fun, free way to enjoy the holiday spirit all month long. 

Christmas Made in the South

Dates: December 2-4

Location: The Exchange Park/Fairgrounds, Ladson

Price: Adults $9, Under 12 FREE

Details: Three days of magic!!! This is an event like no other! Amazing makers, outstanding art, unique gourmet food, and diverse entertainment! Not to mention, you do NOT want to miss Santa! Seriously, the best Santa!!!

Cane Bay Cobra Christmas Parade and Festival

Date: December 2 

Location: Cane Bay High School

Price: FREE

Details: Join the Bands of the Bay for a parade to remember! Party hard at the kid zone, enjoy the food trucks, and cheer on the parade. With so many evening events, I love that this one is during the day! Yay! 

Moncks Corner Nighttime Christmas Parade

Date: December 2 

Location: Main Street, Moncks Corner

Price: FREE

Details: Get into the holiday spirit with this fun-filled parade! Nearly 100 entries will pass with beautiful lights and delightful displays. 

Cane Bay Christmas Characters

Dates: December 3

Location: Meridian Amenities Center, Cane Bay

Price: $20 (ALL proceeds go to Adam’s family)

Details: Join the Cane Bay Christmas Characters for this one-of-a-kind event. Pictures and fun are sure to abound but the real hero is 3-year-old Adam who is fighting Stage 4 cancer. If you loved the Cane Bay Killers, this is the event for you!

Christmas Play

Location: Your Choice

Date: Your Choice

Price: Your Choice

Details: Throughout the area, you will find wonderful Christmas shows! Book early and mark your calendars for next year if you see something you’re too late for. Just google “Charleston Christmas Play” and all sorts of options will come up! 

Holiday Stroll with Summerville Bed and Breakfast Association

Date: December 7

Location: The trolley will depart from Katie’s Krops

Price: $60/person, $100/couple

Details: Each bed and breakfast host will offer unique delectables and memorable experiences as you enjoy the most charming town in the South. A trolley ride between homes is just part of the fun! 

Nexton Cocoa Cup 

Date: December 16, 9:30 am

Location: Brown Family Park at Nexton

Price: $40 SOLD OUT

Details: Whether you’re tackling the 5k or one-mile family run this event is just plain stinking fun. Come decked out in your best holiday gear, get those legs moving, enjoy delicious hot chocolate, and appearances from Santa and Mrs. Claus, and head home with a cozy fleece sweatshirt (5k participants only)! 

Cane Bay Golf Cart Parade

Date: December 16th

Location: Cane Bay (two routes this year to cover the front and back!)

Price: FREE

Details: Deck the wheels! Whether you are entering your golf cart in the parade or cheering from the sidelines it is time to show off your creative side and enjoy the sparkle of the holiday season! 


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