Beaufort's Night on the Town kicks off Lowcountry Holiday celebrations

Here comes our Lowcountry Holiday season and the ‘trifecta’ of downtown Beaufort, SC 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. Here are several must-see local events, and links to all the info you’ll need to have the most enjoyable Lowcountry Holiday ever.


Beaufort, SC Holiday Christmas Night On The Town
Beaufort, SC Holiday Christmas Night On The Town

Friday, DECEMBER 1, 2023

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 1st, 2023, beginning at 6 pm.  A long-standing tradition of the community, A Night on the Town is a mix of traditional and contemporary. An evening with a surprise around every corner and several 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 on 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 2, 2022

Saturday, Dec. 2, 2022, 11 AM – Gullah Taste of Christmas – Beaufort, SC Waterfront Park

Back for the fourth year is the Gullah Taste of Christmas featuring the Rice Cook-off Competition. The event is a part of the Sea Island Gullah Christmas Celebration to be held on Saturday.  Rice is a staple among Gullah Geechee households, and the Gullah Rice Cook-Off showcases this “gold” by encouraging participants to show off their culinary skills by preparing a rice dish for which they are known. The entry fee is $50. Each dish will be judged based on five criteria – texture, flavor, consistency, crumb, and taste.  There will be three winners who will receive a plaque and a cash prize – first place $2000, second place $1000, and third place $500.

Light up the Night Holiday Boat Parade, 5:30-8:30 p.m

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.



Beaufort, SC Downtown Christmas Parade
Beaufort, SC Downtown Christmas Parade

Sunday, DECEMBER 3, 2022


The traditional Beaufort Christmas Parade will be on December 3rd, at 3:00 pm, through the streets of downtown Beaufort. Floats, bands, groups of walkers, and personal cars and trucks are expected to participate.


From light displays to community celebrations, Santa sightings, holiday concert performances, and everything in between, there’s tons of Lowcountry holiday fun for everyone happening in Beaufort, SC.

We look forward to seeing you all around town this December.

Happy Holidays Y’all!!!