Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Charleston Currents feature - December 2013

Stunning night lights. Brookgreen Gardens in Georgetown County offers its annual Night of a Thousand Candles Thursday through Saturday

More winter play activities for the holidays
By LEIGH SABINE, contributing editor
Special to Charleston Currents
Here are some things for you to consider doing over the holiday season with your family:
Night of a thousand candles: There is still time to capture a walk by candle light at Brookgreen Gardens. This event is quickly becoming one of the Lowcountry's best kept secrets for a special family tradition. There are thousands and thousands of candles, carolers, and the trees and paths come to life. Your children will love this!
This Thursday evening through Saturday evening (Dec. 19-21) are the last remaining nights before Christmas to enjoy the spectacle of these sculpture gardens glowing by candle light. More.
Winter walk in Mount Pleasant. A rainy day in Charleston is still beautiful, especially to children who love umbrellas and wet walks. At just under a mile, this is a nice little walk with some points of interest along the way. Start your walk by parking in the Old Village at Edwards Park field, 400 Pitt St., in Mount Pleasant. There are plenty of public spaces to park here, benches to sit, and a big field to run in with children and dogs.
March up the hill past the Confederate Cemetery on Carr St. You will walk past the G. M. Darby building ( stop in for a catalog of activities and camps for children). Turn left onto King St. and walk to Pitt St. Turn right on Pitt St. and wander up to the warm and cozy Village Bakery. Head inside for a hot chocolate and then carry on to "ooh" and "ahh" at the lovely window displays in Out of Hand, a Pitt Street must see. Retrace your steps to the parking lot and you have completed almost a mile! More.
Polar Plunge: Don't forget to take the renewing Polar Bear Swim on New Year's Day on Sullivan's Island at Dunleavy's Pub. OK, there are no actual polar bears, but there are a bevy of creative characters and the kids absolutely love the thrill of the plunge.
Tips: On-street parking is free anywhere on Sullivan's Island. Park and walk to Dunleavy's Pub and follow the crowd from there to the plunge site on the beach. Take towels and dry clothes. Drinks, hotdogs and food, and restrooms available at the pub. Pets on leads welcome! More.

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