Night on the Town celebration to kick off Beaufort's Christmas activities
Here come the holidays and the ‘trifecta’ of downtown events – plus a few more!
Nothing gets you into the Christmas spirit like our fun-filled first weekend in December with the annual ‘Night on the Town’ celebration, followed by the ever-popular Light Up the Night Boat Parade and ending with the Beaufort Christmas parade. And don’t forget: Free parking at the Marina parking lot from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day!
Friday, DECEMBER 3, 2021
A NIGHT ON THE TOWN, 6-9 PM with the Tree Lighting at 8 pm
The Annual A Night on the Town is the opening of the Christmas/holiday shopping season and takes place on Friday evening, December 3rd, beginning at 6pm. A long standing tradition of the community, A Night on the Town is a mix of traditional and the contemporary. An evening with a surprise around every corner and a number of things that will entertain, delight and get you in the Holiday Spirit. Shops will stay open late to welcome regular and new customers with special treats and a preview of their large and unique selection of items for the Holidays to help get a head start of the holiday season.
The evening also includes the City of Beaufort’s tree lighting ceremony, entertainment by the Parris Island Marine Corps Band, choral performances, plenty of good cheer and a rumored visit from Santa himself.
Saturday, DECEMBER 4, 2021
Beaufort History Museum, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
The Beaufort History Museum will hold a re-enactment at the Arsenal to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the New York Highlanders’ entry into Beaufort.
A Christmas Taste of Gullah, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
A Christmas Taste of Gullah will feature authentic Gullah cuisine and live holiday entertainment at Waterfront Park. This event is free and open to the public . As rice is a direct link between the Gullah culture, Africa and the African diaspora, a rice cook-off will also be held with attendees choosing their favorite dish.
Light up the Night Holiday Boat Parade, 5:30-8:30 p.m
If you are interested in participating, fill out this application, which must be received by Nov. 29. The first boats will start arriving at the seawall at the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park by 5 pm. Boats will make three passes by the seawall.
Sunday, DECEMBER 5, 2021
CHRISTMAS PARADE, 3 PM
The traditional Beaufort Christmas Parade will be December 5th, at 3:00 pm, through the streets of downtown Beaufort. Floats, bands, groups of walkers and personal cars and trucks are expected to participate.
Want to be in it? Fill out this application and return by Saturday, Nov. 30.
Note: If you are interested in being a sponsor for the Downtown Beaufort Holiday Weekend 2021, details can be found here.
And don’t forget: Free parking at the Marina parking lot from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day!