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🎅 Meet The Charleston Santa at the Best Friend Train Museum
Take part in a new Charleston tradition with a visit to the Best Friend Train Museum to see The Charleston Santa this season. | Photo provided by the Best Friend Train Museum
It’s official, CHS — Santa’s coming to town. Explore Charleston and the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry are teaming up to bring The Charleston Santa to the Best Friend Train Museum this holiday season.

Beginning next Friday, Nov. 24, and each weekend leading up to Christmas, children of all ages are invited to visit with jolly old St. Nick himself at the Best Friend Train Museum, conveniently situated between the downtown Visitor Center and the Children’s Museum.

Families will receive a free photo to commemorate the occasion, and there will be plenty of holiday cheer to go around. Visitors and locals can get into the holiday spirit while giving back and learning more about the Best Friend of Charleston train, America’s first passenger steam locomotive, which began service on Christmas Day 1830.

Sign up to see the little Saint Nick

To meet The Charleston Santa, simply reserve your free, timed ticket. Reservations are required as space is limited.

Give back to Toys for Tots

Visitors are encouraged to get in the spirit of the season by helping Explore Charleston and the Children’s Museum reach their goal to “fill the train” with new, unwrapped toys in support of Toys for Tots.

Additional holiday activities

Families can make the most of their visit to the Best Friend Train Museum by stopping by:
  • The holiday pop-up store at the Children’s Museum, where you can purchase gifts to help “fill the train” for Toys for Tots or to give to your friends and family. Purchases from the shop are tax free and underwrite museum admission for under-resourced families.
  • The Elf Emporium, a children-only store where kids 8 and under can select pre-wrapped gifts for their parents, siblings, grandparents + pets.
There will also be a special sensory-friendly event on Friday, Dec. 10 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
On what major holiday did The Best Friend of Charleston locomotive take its first trip in the year 1830?

A. Halloween
B. Fourth of July
C. Christmas Day
D. New Year’s Day
Wednesday, Nov. 15
  • Sip & Shop Happy Hour | Wednesday, Nov. 15 | 5-8 p.m. | Satellite Bar, 495 King St., Charleston | Price of purchase | Support local while you enjoy panoramic views of historic King Street creating a unique shopping experience with exclusive happy hour deals.
Thursday, Nov. 16
  • Third Thursdays | Thursday, Nov. 16, | 5:30-8:30 p.m. | Downtown Summerville, 17 ALT, Summerville | Free | Wander the special marketplace featuring local entertainment, craft vendors, and artisans — this month’s theme: Thanksgiving + Football.
  • November Pitt Street Stroll | Thursday, Nov. 16 | 5-7 p.m. | Out of Hand, Mt. Pleasant | Price of purchase | Stop by the heart of the Old Village for an evening of fun welcoming skincare brand Halo42, plus enjoy live music and drink specials.
Friday, Nov. 17
  • Tea Party | Friday, Nov. 17 | 4:30-6:30 p.m. | Dulce Churros, Ice Cream and Cocktails, 3064 Proprietors Place, Mt. Pleasant | $25 – $49.99 | Enjoy an afternoon of tea featuring Cinderella and Fairy Godmother.
Friday, November 24
  • The Big Give Black Friday Gift Card Giveaway | Fri., Nov. 24 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | Mount Pleasant Towne Centre, 1218 Belk Drive, Mt. Pleasant | Free | The Mount Pleasant Towne Centre is giving away $3,000 in gift cards on Black Friday morning — register to win one of six $500 gift cards to a store or restaurant of your choice.*
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French Cultural Alliance: Where Francophones and Francophiles come together
Members of the Alliance Franaise de Charleston sit around a table enjoying lunch and smile for the camera.
Members celebrate French holidays and enjoy presentations on the culture, food + geography of the various regions of France. | Photos provided by Alliance Franaise de Charleston
Bonjour, Charleston. Are you passionate about French culture, language + cuisine? Do you find yourself daydreaming about the picturesque streets of Paris, the delectable taste of croissants, and the melodic sound of French conversations?

As one of 1,135 chapters in 138 countries, Alliance Française de Charleston’s 300+ members represent the mingling of two groups: a French community seeking to stay connected to their heritage and an American community interested in experiencing French culture.

Alliance Française de Charleston welcomes all Charlestonians — regardless of their language skills (read: speaking French is not a requirement). All you need is an interest in French culture.

The local club hosts a number of activities, including:
  • A young professionals meet-up
  • French film club
  • Cooking classes
  • Weekly conversation meet-up
  • Games of pétanque
Bonus: For those wishing to learn (or improve) their French language skills, the Alliance also has teachers who offer individual + small group instruction.
News Notes
  • Vinson Petrillo, the executive chef at Zero George, will open Costa Charleston tomorrow, Nov. 16, at 320 Broad St. The cuisine of the new restaurant will be coastal Italian fare. Try out the new spot. (Charleston City Paper)
  • Mt. Pleasant town officials plan to close Alhambra Hall and the playground across the street for renovation starting July 1, 2024, through June 30, 2025. The ~100-year-old event space will receive structural repairs and maintenance, and the playground will get new parking options, landscaping, and new inclusive playground equipment. (WCIV)
  • Ready to laugh? Comedian David Spade’s “Catch Me Inside” tour will make a stop at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center on June 2, 2024, at 8 p.m. Presale tickets begin tomorrow, Nov. 16, at 10 a.m. Use code “INSIDE.” (WCBD)
  • Slightly North of Broad (SNOB) is celebrating its 30th anniversary and will feature some of its classic dishes paired with current ones starting Monday, Dec. 4, through Sunday, Dec. 10. Make your reservation. (WCIV)
  • As the days get shorter and the holiday season looms, many of us will encounter some degree of sadness, loneliness, and anxiety. Here’s how the mental health benefits of music can help combat the holiday blues.*
  • Say goodbye to fillers and weird ingredients in your dog’s food. Get 50% off your pup’s first order of Nom Nom for fresh, recognizable ingredients they’ll love.*
Support water conservation efforts
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Have fun for a great cause. | Photo provided by Lucid Projects.
Do you love music, the environment, and having a good time? Keep reading for an event you may want to make time for this weekend. Wavelengths is an event dedicated to helping the planet. The fall daytime disco is happening this Saturday, Nov. 18, from 2-6 p.m. at Islander 71, located at 80 41st Ave. on Isle of Palms.

Attendees can expect live music curation from Luke Versalko, an oyster roast with Lowcountry Oyster, food + beverage specials from Islander 71, and sustainable pop-ups and raffles from Tito’s and Surfrider.

This event is free, and you can reserve your spot here. Pro tip: You can also enter the raffle by reserving your spot.

The purchases made at this event will benefit Charleston Surfrider, which raises funds and awareness for ocean and marine conservation in the Lowcountry. This is the local chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, a grassroots nonprofit that aims to protect beaches, oceans, and waterways across the United States.
The Buy
The cutest to-go containers to make sure everyone walks away with leftovers this Thanksgiving. Pro tip: Remove the lid and heat them right in the oven.
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The Wrap
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Music lovers should check out Vinyl Nite at Bevi Bene Brewing (1859 Summerville Ave.) tomorrow evening, from 6-9 p.m. Plus, there are new lagers and kombuchas to try.
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