Best time to go to Charleston, SC

New Year's Eve & New Year's Day 2024-2025

Celebration in the Holy City is a party like no other

Dates: December 31–January 1

New Year's Eve & New Year's Day

Whether you are looking for a family getaway, an elegant dinner, a crazy bash, or a black-tie party, Charleston has a handful of options to cover all types of New Year's Eve.

NYE at Marion Square

For families with children, there's no better place for NYE than Marion Square. The annual party takes place in the city's very heart and features street performances, dancing, and kid-friendly activities, usually running through 10:30 pm.

Charleston Wonderland

Party-goers have several stylish options to close out the year with a bang. Loosen up at Charleston Wonderland, rocking the Festival Hall from 8:30 pm through 1:00 am. This top-level bash features renowned live DJs, cirque performances, a fire and ice show, and the city's largest balloon drop.

Yorktown Countdown

If you want to welcome the New Year overlooking the scenic nightscapes of Charleston Harbor, head to Patriot's Point, which is a few minutes away from downtown. Yorktown Countdown takes place aboard the USS Yorktown, a huge retired war vessel. The unique NYE experience features three stages, live music, a full-service bar, and other entertainment from 9 pm to 1 am.

More parties

Charleston offers dozens of other places to dance the night away. Check out such hot places as DECO Charleston nightclub, The Ryder Hotel, or South Carolina Aquarium. For a more casual rooftop party, climb Revelry Brewing Co.

Folly Beach Flip-Flop Drop

Folly Beach Flip-Flop Drop will take place on New Year’s Eve, Friday, December 31st. Center Street will close to traffic as revelers enjoy local restaurants and family-friendly festivities.

Dining on NYE

An intimate dining experience is another ideal way to celebrate. Reserve a table at the elegant restaurant Circa 1886, but note that it books up fast. Husk Restaurant, The Darling Oyster Bar, and Oak Steakhouse also offer select NYE options.

Folly Beach Flip-Flop Drop

A great place to meet the New Year by the ocean is Folly Beach. This town has a cherished tradition: one minute before midnight, a pair of sparkly flip-flops descend over the crowds to mark the beginning of the New Year. The countdown ends with a beautiful fireworks show over the ocean!

New Year’s Day on Kiawah Island

And don't hasten to drive home. Consider staying over, as the city has something special for New Year's Day as well. How about starting the year with a jolt of energy on Kiawah Island? Complement your New Year's resolutions with a 5K Run or Polar Bear Plunge. You'll be proud of yourself for beginning the New Year in such a cool way!

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