Can't believe how fast 2018 flew by? Us either. It's time to ring in 2019 and what better way than in the lowcountry? If you're a last minute planner, there are still plenty of ways to celebrate the new year. From upscale dining or a casual rooftop beer, to fireworks on the beach or cocktails in the aquarium, spending New Year's Eve in Charleston SC is a party like no other. Here are top 6 New Year's Eve celebrations in Charleston:
"Happy New Year, Charleston!" (Marion Square)
If you're a parent with children, or just not up for the flashy New Year's Eve party, then this annual event in Marion Square is just the ticket. A free celebration in the heart of Charleston, featuring street performances, activities and dancing for a family-friendly and alcohol-free New Year's Eve party until 10:30 p.m.
An upscale meal at a top notch restaurant can be a relaxing and romantic way to ring in 2018. With Charleston being such a culinary city, there are more than enough fancy restaurants to choose from. In Isle of Palms, you can sit by the sea and watch the fireworks reflect off the water at Coda Del Pesce. Fresh, local Italian seafood cuisine by Chef Ken Vedrinksi is all you really need to welcome the new year.
Price: Whatever mouth-watering dish and bubbly cocktails you choose to enjoy!
For a New Year's Eve fairytale, Charleston Wonderland is exactly where you want to be when the clock strikes midnight. From a fire and ice show, to cirque performances, and Charleston's largest balloon drop, the whole night is full of Instagram-worthy moments. Dance to live sets from renowned DJ’s, Quiana Parler, and Fire and Ice Live for a New Year's Eve extravaganza you don't want to miss. At Memminger Auditorium from 8:30 p.m - 1: 30 a.m., be prepared for a 2018 welcome that you’ll always remember.
Price: $185.00 (21+)
Even on the last day of the year, Charleston is prime for rooftop party. For a low-key, yet happening New Year's Eve celebration, welcome the new year at a local spotlight brewery in Charleston, Revelry Brewing Co and their epic rooftop. All day and all night on December 31 you can enjoy live music, local brews, and great company overlooking the city.
Price: No tickets needed.
If you'd like to be outside of the city and send off 2017 from the beach, The Tides Hotel on Folly Beach is the place to be. Anyone aged 21+ is welcome for a lavish food buffet, live music and a DJ from 8 p.m. - 1 a.m. Toast to the new year at midnight with champagne under a magical firework display and your toes in the sand. A very Folly New Year's Eve!
Ring in 2019 while sipping on some bubbly in the company of aquatic friends! At the South Carolina Aquarium, you can dance 2018 away with Charleston’s renowned David Higgins Band while exploring the exhibits. Black tie optional at this oceanic party with hor d'oeuvres and an all inclusive bar. They even have a big screen so you can count down to midnight while watching the ball drop in Times Square!
Note: New Year's Eve can be just as fun spent at home in lowcountry - roast local oysters or steam crab legs and pop champagne with your favorite crowd. Whichever way you want to spend your last night of 2018, Charleston has the celebration. If you're looking to visit Charleston in the new year, book your stay at one of our luxury vacation homes through Luxury Simplified Retreats!