North Charleston Christmas events

North Charleston Christmas events

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC – To celebrate the upcoming holiday season, the City of North Charleston will feature the following public Christmas events.

Christmas Festival and Parade
Saturday, December 7, from 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm around Park Circle with the Christmas Parade beginning at 5:00 pm. The Christmas Festival includes a Holiday Market with children’s activities, craft and food vendors, and live musical performances on two stages. The Christmas Parade begins at the corner of Montague and Mixson Avenues, proceeds down Montague, around Park Circle, and concludes at Armory Park.

Immediately following the Christmas Parade, Mayor R. Keith Summey and Santa Claus will light the City’s Christmas tree located outside the front entrance of the Felix C. Davis Community Center.

Christmas Festival Schedule
3:00 pm
Police will close the Park Circle traffic circle, Montague Avenue from Mixson to the traffic circle, and Mixson and Lackawanna to West Enterprise to vehicular traffic
3:00 – 4:45 pm
Children’s activities (jump castles, petting zoo, carriage rides)
5:00 – 6:30pm
Parade, immediately followed by the Christmas tree lighting
6:30 – 9:00 pm
Musical performances on all stages, children’s activities continue, food and craft vendors
9:00 pm
Roads opens for traffic

A map displaying each Christmas event and the parade route.

Winter Wonderland
Tuesday, December 3, from noon to 1:30 pm, Wednesday, December 4 – Friday, December 6, from 9:00 am to 1:30 pm at Armory Park. This free pre-school event provides young children an opportunity to visit Santa, participate in hands-on activities, including holiday arts & crafts, and take part in live performances and music.

For required pre-registration, contact the North Charleston Parks & Recreation Department at (843) 740-5807.

Children’s Theatre
Friday, December 6, at 10:00 am at Sterett Hall Auditorium. Atlantic Coast Theatre presents Yes, Virginia, There Is A Santa Claus. Francis P. Church’s famous newspaper reply to an inquisitive little girl is imaginatively brought to the stage in this fast paced show that pays homage to the classic holiday films of the 1940s. A reporter must follow leads to find proof about the existence of Santa Claus, realizing in the end that believing is proof enough. For grades K-8.

To purchase tickets, call (843) 740-5854. Children $2, accompanying adults free.

Breakfast with Santa
Saturday, December 7, from 8:00 am to 10:00 am at Felix C. Davis Community Center. Breakfast with Santa gives area children the opportunity to visit with Mr. and Mrs. Claus. A hearty meal is provided.

To purchase tickets, call (843) 745-1028 or visit the Felix C. Davis Community Center for $4 per person.

Film Screening – It’s A Wonderful Life
Saturday, December 7, at 7:00pm at the Olde Village Community Building. The Park Circle Film Society will feature the classic holiday film It’s A Wonderful Life, as part of the quarterly Silver Screen Series. Frank Capra’s inverted take on A Christmas Carol stars Jimmy Stewart as George Bailey, a good man who’s spent a lifetime giving up on his dreams in order to keep life in his small town humming. When a guardian angel named Clarence finds a despondent George poised to jump off a bridge, he shows George what life would’ve been like had he never been born.

All tickets sold at the door. General Admission – $5, Film Society Members – $2.

North Charleston POPS!
Saturday, December 7, at 7:30pm at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center. The POPS! presents A Rockin’ Christmas, a rockin’ good time featuring the greatest pops music of the season. Classics like Santa Baby, White Christmas, Jingle Bell Rock, Merry Christmas Darling, It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year and The Christmas Song are just a few of the treats awaiting you in this high-energy holiday concert.

Ticket information

Christmas Concert
Sunday, December 8, at 7:00 pm at St. Thomas Episcopal Church. The Charleston Symphony Orchestra’s wind and strings ensembles will perform familiar holiday classics to kick off the holiday season. Bring family and friends to share in the good cheer of the holiday.

Admission is free.

Village Antiques & Collectibles Holiday Market
Saturday, December 14, and Sunday, December 15, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm each day at Felix C. Davis Community Center. The Show will feature home decor, fine antiques, furniture, collectibles, antique guns, art, jewelry, rugs, crafts, vintage toys & games, silver, pottery, china, silver, salvaged items, outdoor decor, vintage instruments, and more.

Admission is $2.00, all of which will be benefits The Spay Not Slay Endowment.


Christmas lights and displays will shine at Park Circle and on the eight exterior islands nightly from December 7 until New Year’s Day.

R.B. Stall Career Symposium Invitation (December 5, 2013)

Hey everybody- here’s a great opportunity to volunteer for a career day event at Stall High on December 5, from 830-12.  Please contact Vanessa Langer via email or at 860-1248 to sign up.  She is working with three schools on this project, if anyone is inclined feel free to share this with folks who might be able to help at Burke or St.  Johns.
Have a great week!
Kyle Lahm
City of North Charleston Executive Department
Coordinator | Mayor’s office on Education Youth and Family
PO Box 190016
North Charleston, SC 29419-9016
Office: 843-740-5822 Cell: 843-696-8795
Sent: Friday, November 01, 2013 12:43 PM
Subject: R.B. Stall Career Symposium Invitation (December 5, 2013)
Dear Friends,
While I understand that each of you has already received this invitation once. The R.B. Stall Career Symposium (December 5, 2013) is in desperate need of volunteer speakers.  Unfortunately, the current number of volunteer speakers falls significantly below our goal of 70 volunteers.
Each of you has been incredibly supportive of our efforts to expose the students from our SIG schools–Burke, St. John’s, and Stall High Schools–to various career options and opportunities across the Lowcountry.  Your time and efforts have been incredibly impactful in preparing our youth for their future careers.
As I am sure you are aware, The Opportunity Next: Strategic Plan Summary lists workforce development and education as one of five priority actions for the Charleston region. Additionally the report reminds us, “Every resident has an opportunity to participate in the region’s progress. Suggestions include: volunteer at local schools, get your company involved in and advocate for public education.”
As each of you has answered the call to be involved by volunteering in SIG schools, I am once again asking you to consider participating in one or more of the 2013-14 SIG Career Symposia:
R.B. Stall High School – December 5, 2013
Burke Middle High School – January 15, 2014
St. John’s High School – March 27, 2014
Your invitation to the R.B. Stall Career Symposium is attached.
Please feel free to forward this email and attached invitation to any Charleston Area resident whom you feel would be interested in participating in a SIG Career Symposia.
Thank you for considering participation in one or more of the SIG Career Symposia as a way to support Lowcountry progress and support our SIG schools. I look forward to your response as to which of the planned Symposia dates and locations best fits in your schedule.
Vanessa L. Langer, M.Ed.
SIG – CTE Graduation Coordinator
Secondary Learning Community
244 President Street
Charleston, SC 29403

Phone: (843) 860-124


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This site should help our neighbors quickly find information about city government issues.
I hope you will find this useful — and that  you’ll let me know how I can improve it.
District 4 is really one big neighborhood — the growth frontier of both North Charleston and Dorchester County.
I intend to represent this special neighborhood vigorously as a community that cares about the values that define quality of living throughout North Charleston. And I will always welcome the views and counsel of District 4 constituents.
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Councilman Dwight Stigler District 9 Newsletter

Repaving of State Rd., Dorchester Road

Work should begin this Sunday.  Now I’m not personally committing to this timeframe as this is managed by SCDOT and NOT the City of North Charleston.  Let’s hope for accuracy this time and I’m sharing what I’ve been told! Most of the work will be at night.

Dorchester Road Speed Study

I’ve received several genuine concerns from residents in Indigo, Whitehall, Taylor Plantation, and Cedar Grove about the excessive speeds on Dorchester Rd. while exiting from your neighborhoods.  Most of this road has a speed limit of 45 mph while the area we live in is 55 mph.  I requested the possibility of the limit being reduced.  Since this was a state maintained road, the State District Six Office performed a traffic study.  Click here for a copy of their findings: Dorchester Road Speed Study

From Councilman Brinson District 4 Shopping Center: 

Corner at Wescott. Over the next few weeks, look for more restaurants to open and join Starbucks, which has enjoyed a very successful first month of business. The overall project is getting high marks for its aesthetic features,  especially the masonry designs. The developer reports that Harris Teeter now plans to open for business on January 8.  Marshall’s would soon follow. One policy question now being discussed – should the “natural undisturbed” landscaped buffer along Dorchester Road be “groomed?” I will keep you posted!”

Wescott Traffic Circle

Lighting was recently installed to help improve the visibility during the night.  Also a drainage system was installed.  The remaining work, new curbing, reflective striping, and landscaping are next.  Dave McDonough, President of Oak Forest HOA, has offered to help work with our city to develop the landscaping plan.  Thank you Dave!

During a recent exchange on Facebook about the pro’s and con’s of roundabout, one of our residents wrote:  Plenty of studies available to the public that prove roundabouts are safer in the sense of reduced traffic accidents, injuries and fatalities. However, they don’t completely eliminate that risk either but the overall percentages are much lower than your standard traffic light, which no one stops for anyways. Here is one study…also note that most of the roundabouts pictured have painted arrows within the traffic circle which isn’t the case for the one in Wescott Blvd.…

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Councilman Ron Brinson District 4 Updates November 5, 2013

Repaving of Dorchester Road from Ashley Phosphate to Parlor should begin this weekend and be completed by November 30. Most of the work will be at night.

The traffic signal at Trump and Dorchester is on-site and ready for installation. The residents of Charleston Park must be very frustrated seeing this long overdue “light package” on the ground, awaiting installation. The S.C. Department of Transportation contractor has told the city’s Public Works Department that the project should be completed within “two weeks.” Here’s hoping !

Corner at Wescott. Over the next few weeks, look for more restaurants to open and join Starbucks, which has enjoyed a very successful first month of business. The overall project is getting high marks for its aesthetic features, especiallythe masonry designs. The developer reports that Harris Teeter now plans to open for business on January 8.Marshall’s would soon follow. One policy question now being discussed – should the “natural undisturbed” landscaped buffer along Dorchester Road be “groomed?” I will keep you posted !

Palmetto Commerce Parkway has quickly become a dynamic corridor of economic development. More than 2,000 people go to work on PCP every day – and that number will grow steadily. And that’s all good for the economy and real estate sales and values.

But traffic also will grow on this still-new road that already has congestion issues. Be assured that I’m aware of the growing “rush hour” turning lane issues at both ends of PCP — at Ashley Phosphate in the morning and at Ladson Road in the afternoon.

PCP is a Charleston County roadway intersecting with primary state roads. The city is urging the County and the S.C. Department of Transportation to improve these intersections with new turning lane capacities. The County reportedly has turning lane improvement plans for the Ladson Road intersection on the drawing board. Less clear is what will happen at Ashley Phosphate.

The County has begun a project to connect PCP into the nascent Ingleside project which eventually will tie in to a new Interstate 26 interchange just east of the Highway 78/Trident/Charleston Southern intersection. This will be a part of the “Boeing Corridor” which will eventually link the Boeing complex at the Charleston International Airport to I-26 via PCP and a bridged cross-over of Ashley Phosphate Road. This project is on a fast-track but final design and alignment features are still being formulated. There will be public hearings.

Meanwhile, a proposed rezoning of the southwest corner of PCP and Ladson road from manufacturing-light industry to residential would have cleared the way for an apartment complex. Questions and concerns about the compounding traffic issues and land-use planning were forming opposition. A Sunoco convenience store complex already is under construction a block away and an equally large Spinx gas convenience store is planned just east of the intersection. The property owner has now withdrawn the application.

Charleston County also had proposed rezoning of a PCP site nearer Ashley Phosphate to accommodate its recycling center project. When news reports disclosed that the operation could eventually involve the sorting of garbage for recyclables, several nearby subdivisions registered strong opposition. Charleston County has withdrawn its rezoning proposal ——BUT the County has now indicated it will focus on PCP property about two miles off Ashley Phosphate – “Cowboy Logistics.” This property already is zoned for the type facility the County will build. Thus, if the County does purchase this property, it can proceed with construction of its state-of-the-art recycling center. The operation reportedly would be “under roof” of an attractive building. But it would create about 300 truck moves daily – which simply highlights the urgency of traffic flow improvements for PCP.

Wescott Traffic Circle renovation work will be picking up speed in the next few weeks. The improvements will include redesigned drainage, new curbing, lighting and markings — and a new landscaping plan.

Be sure to visit the City’s website often for information on cultural arts and recreation programs…

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