“It’s the most wonderful time of the year!”  There is Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, the Winter Solstice, and New Year’s Eve. SO much to celebrate in Charleston! Many wonderful traditions to look forward to, like the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra’s performing Tchaikovsky’s beloved “The Nutcracker Suite” with the Charleston Ballet at the Clay Center and Bob Thompson’s much anticipated “Joy to the World” concerts at the WV Culture Center.

The Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center (the CC&CC) is the venue for improvisational comedian Joe Gatto’s first show in Charleston, the WWE Holiday Tour, and “Paw Patrol LIVE”. There truly is something for everyone!

Charleston is joyously decorated for the holidays. The “Brawley Walkway” is so beautifully lit and this season, it leads directly to the new “City Center at Slack Plaza”, which is a fun venue for outdoor entertainment. There are new local restaurants close-by, which makes having a fun evening watching the “Charleston Christmas Parade” even better.

The Clay Center is offering some fun events for the whole family with the “Holly Days Festival of Lights” Dec. 3, 10, & 17 and the STEM-based “Winter Wonderlabs” Dec. 26-30. There will be special programs in the newly renovated Caperton Planetarium and Theater. The New Year’s Eve celebration for the kids at noon that day, the “Noon Year’s Eve Party”, promises to be a smash!

Runners can earn their hoodies, beginning on Dec. 10th, by participating in the 11th Annual Winter Series which begins at the UC Pharmacy School Parking Lot. The series consists of a 5k run/3k walk Dec. 10th, 8k run/4k walk Jan. 14th, and concludes on Feb. 11th with the 10k run/5k walk.

This year, there is FREE metered “Citizen Appreciation Parking” every Saturday in December, which makes shopping and dining downtown a little less stressful. 

There is definitely an air of excitement around town this holiday season. There is so much to enjoy and celebrate!

Happy Holidays!!!