The Holiday Season, Scheduled

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The holidays are a joyful time, but also a busy time. If you’re anything like me, you are consistently bombarded with emails inviting you to parties at local restaurants, stores, and breweries. But, like me, you probably have a finite amount of time to dedicate to reveling in the holiday spirit.

To help you – and me – manage the holiday social scene, we’ve created a list of Must Attend events that either provide food, drink, fun, or opportunities to shop. If it doesn’t check one of these boxes, I don’t want to be there – and neither will you! 

Merry, Bright, and Boozy with the Cocktail Bandits at Buxton Books 

December 4 from 5:30-7 p.m.

Category: Drink, Shopping

The Cocktail Bandits will be shaking up some signature holiday cocktails while sharing their tips and tricks for entertaining guests this holiday season. Stop by to enjoy a signature sip and pick up a copy of their book for the booziest person on your list.

Photo credit: Terrence Edwards

Rusty Bull Brewing Home Brew Compeition: A Campfire in the Woods 

December 8 at 5 p.m. – 3005 W. Montague Ave. Suite 110, North Charleston

Category: Drink, Fun

Unlike other homebrew competitions that have rigid requirements and limit brewers to certain flavors or styles, Rusty Bull has challenged some of the best homebrewers in the Charleston area to create beers that will taste like campfire favorites - something smoked, s’mores, toasted marshmallows, etc.

Make a $5 donation to the North Charleston Miracle League to sample the competition beers and vote for your favorite in the People’s Choice Awards.

Beary Merry Xmas Pary at the Bay Street Biergarten 

December 14 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Category: Food, Drink, Fun

This is the trifecta of holiday spirit. Celebrate with the Bay Street Biergarten with holiday-infused musical sets by DJ NattyHeavy and an ugly sweater competition (with a chance to win a $50 gift card). Ho, ho, ho hooooooh, but wait for the best part: bring in a new, unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots and in return, the Biergarten will give its guests a free order of tater tots. Count us in!

Cigar Factory's Cigar Bazaar Holiday Market

December 15 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Category: Shopping

Join in for a day of holiday shopping with local artisans, regional vendors and retailers. Enjoy live music and even drink specials so you can sip while you shop.

Flip Cup Frenzy at Alibi's Bistro and Billards 

December 15 from 7 p.m. -2 a.m. – 216 Myers Rd., Summerville

Category: Fun

Grab your four most coordinated friends and enter this flip cup competition, which also supports One80Place Charleston. Artists like Sean Kinard, Dee Coulter, Joe Gallagher Jr., and LOTI will be performing in between rounds of flip cup. Oh, and while you’re partying with a purpose, be sure to bring a new, unopened item for One80Place.

The first 100 people to arrive will get a free gift from Santa. If you don’t want to compete for the cash prize, then ladies, you get in free before 9 p.m.

Party with a purpose to support One80Place Charleston.

Merry Market at The Schoolhouse 

December 17, from 6-9 p.m.

Category: Shopping

Over 50 vendors will line the halls of the new event venue The Schoolhouse. Get in the shopping spirit with homemade items from local crafters.