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Top Foodie Holiday Activities Around Charleston

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Miracle at Handcraft Kitchen – In the past few years, you may have noticed an interesting trend emerge around the holidays; aggressively Christmas-themed pop-up bars appearing in major towns like so many boozy Spirit Halloweens. Housed in Handcraft Kitchen in Mount Pleasant, Miracle was the first such merry-making establishment to appear in the Charleston area. With over-the-top seasonal decor and an exciting list of holiday cocktails with names like “Christmapolitan” and “Snowball Old Fashioned”, this is a great spot for getting in the jingle bell spirit. The kitchy/classy vibes will charm folks of any age, and the Miracle menu boasts mocktails for younger folks or those not getting in *that* kind of Christmas spirit.

Sippin Santa – Located amidst the bustle of King Street in the former O’ Malley’s space (we can’t recall it’s most recent iteration, so let’s just call it New Malley’s), Sippin Santa is the tiki twin of Miracle, featuring a rowdier overall vibe and a whole lot more CofC kids. It should come as no surprise that the tiki theme of Sippin Santa delivers on tropical cocktails in adorable mugs (all available for purchase). You can pick from such delights as the “Kris Kringle Colada” or “Christmas Eve of Destruction” – but there’s plain ol’ beer and liquor drinks also available if you’re watching your sugar intake for health or hangover reasons. Like Miracle, Sippin Santa’s extreme decor make it a perfect spot for snapping pics of yourself or your friends, just be warned that its prime King Street location ensures that this spot gets busier as the night goes on

A Very Merry Taylor Swiftmas at Bay Street Biergarten – What happens at a Taylor Swift-themed Ugly Sweater Christmas party, you may ask? The honest truth is that I don’t really know. But I can tell you that The Midnight City Band is starting the party off at 4 PM on Saturday, September 18th, with DJ United spinning (presumably Tay tunes) through the night. I can also tell you that the biergarten serves up delicious Bavarian-inspired cuisine like Bratwurst and Jagerschnitzel plus a ton of fantastic local beers. So, grab your finest ugly sweater and swing by to check out what exactly does happen at a Taylor Swift-themed Ugly Sweater Christmas party. Beer, brats, tunes, and Tay – it can’t be anything but amazing, right?

Festivus for the Rest of Us at Butcher and Bee – This Seinfeld-themed Prix fixe dinner is the perfect way to get non-specifically seasonal while eating at one of the city’s most consistently wonderful and innovative restaurants. With dishes like Kramer’s Pizza Bagels and Deli Meats a la Costanza, the menu truly celebrates this eclectic holiday in a delicious way. It’s $65 per person and happening on 12/24, so we suggest you go ahead and grab your rez, as we imagine there will be plenty of folks eager to air their grievances over this spectacular spread. Now stop crying and fight your father!

Holy City Holiday Market Series at multiple Park Circle locations – Centered around the annual Holiday Market at Holy City Brewing and The Codfather’s Christmas celebration, this outdoor event encompasses all of the old Park Circle neighborhood. Pedicabs will be on hand to usher celebrants to and from favorite PC spots like Ship’s Wheel Cidery and Firefly Distillery. With 140+ vendors and tons of fun special happenings, like the Itinerate Literate Cookbook fair at Stems & Skins, this epic holiday market is the perfect opportunity to get a little last-minute shopping in, all while enjoying the many delicious eats and drinks on hand in the Park Circle area.

As the biggest gift-giving day of the year draws ever nearer, don’t forget that you can give someone the remarkable experience of a Charleston Culinary Tour! Our gift cards are a great way to wish good tidings and delicious eats to a loved one, while giving them the flexibility to choose their own tour experience. Grab yours here, or swing by our storefront at 46 State Street and peruse our historic space while getting those last gifts!

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