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Southern Living and Explore Charleston’s Illumination event celebrates the holiday season

Light up the season with a weekend of live demonstrations, special guests, and a curated holiday market.

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This event celebrates all things holiday season with an emphasis on Charleston charm.

Photo provided by Explore Charleston

Looking to impress your guests this holiday season? Get ready for the holidays at Illumination Charleston, happening Friday, Dec. 1-Saturday, Dec. 2 hosted by Explore Charleston and Southern Living.

The event includes a weekend of live cooking demonstrations and shopping opportunities at a magical holiday market.

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Photo provided by Explore Charleston

Here’s a look at the event lineup:

  • Luminaries Opening Night Party | Friday, Dec. 1 | 5:30-7 p.m. | The Charleston Place Hotel | Kick things off with a party featuring a sensational snowfall display, champagne, and live music.
  • Holiday Market | Saturday, Dec. 2 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | The Charleston Visitors Center | A full day of demonstrations and seminars hosted by Southern Living Editors, notable chefs, authors, and Southern personalities, featuring a selection of pop-up booths with gifts available for purchase, food and beverage samplings, and more.
  • Holiday Cocktail Fundraiser | Saturday, Dec. 2 | 6-7:30 p.m. | The Parsonage at St. Johannes |This festive reception features an open bar and delightful cuisine — plus, 100% of the proceeds go directly to support children at the MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital.

Featured guests include:

  • Andrew Zimmern: Emmy-winning and four-time James Beard Award-winning TV personality, chef, and writer.
  • Jocelyn Delk Adams: founder, author, national television personality, and brand ambassador behind the award-winning cookbook Grandbaby Cakes.
  • Lela Rose: a New York City-based, American fashion designer known for her use of color, rich fabrications, sculptural silhouettes, and handcrafted detail.
  • And more

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