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What to Do in South Carolina in November

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Looking for something to do in South Carolina during the month of November? No matter what your interests, you're sure to find something that's Just Right for you.

Here's a list of upcoming festivals and events in November to help you make your plans.


The Arts Center of Clemson Holiday Art Show and Sale - Clemson
The Holiday Art Show & Sale showcases local and regional artists and gives the Upstate community a great place to buy unique handcrafted items for holiday gift-giving. Holiday shoppers will want to visit the ARTS Center to discover a unique gift for friends, family, or themselves. 



Children's Garden Christmas & Kids' Walk - Orangeburg
At the Children's Garden Christmas and Kids' Walk, a drive-through light display located in the beautiful Edisto Memorial Gardens hosts thousands of lights. Displays include still and animated displays of Old Man Winter, a snowball fight, Santa and his elves, and more than 60 lighted cherry trees. Enjoy a stroll through the Kids' Walk, which features interactive light displays.

Chitlin Strut - Salley
Thousands are drawn to this community to celebrate this unusual food item that has been a Southern tradition for more than 100 years. Activities also include a parade, hawg-calling and strut contests, food and craft vendors, a beauty pageant, carnival rides, an antique tractor show and a Chitlin Strut Idol contest.

Craftsmen's Christmas Classic Art & Craft Festival - Columbia
The Craftsmen's Christmas Classic Art & Craft Festival features original designs and work from more than 330 talented artists and craftsmen from across America. See the creative process in action as many exhibitors demonstrate throughout the event. There is something for every style, taste and budget with items from the most traditional to the most contemporary. This show is a winner of Sunshine Artist 200 Best Awards.

Holiday Lights on the River - Columbia
Enjoy the Midlands' largest drive-through lights display! For 37 nights this holiday season, Saluda Shoals Park will come alive in a blaze of sparkling lights. Holiday Lights on the River features more than 300 themed light displays on a two-mile loop of the park!

Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo - Columbia
It snows every night during the holidays at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden's largest and longest-running holiday tradition, Lights Before Christmas. With nearly a million twinkling lights and countless handcrafted animated images, Lights Before Christmas is a must-see for all ages.

Main Street Lights - Newberry
Celebrate the start of the holiday season with lights and your favorite Christmas tunes! The annual tree-lighting ceremony kicks off Christmas celebrations in Newberry. Peruse downtown for early Christmas shopping treasures from street vendors and local shops.

Revolutionary War Field Days - Camden
The Revolutionary War campaign trail comes alive at the annual Revolutionary War Field Days weekend as some 400 reenactors and living history interpreters pitch tents where the British spent a rough year in 1780. Watch a battle daily at 1:30 p.m.

Society Hill Catfish Festival - Society Hill
This delightful festival honors a true Southern delicacy, catfish! Join us for the parade; games; entertainment; auto, truck and motorcycle show and 5K run/walk (with prizes). Craft and food vendors, including fried catfish.

SC Pecan Festival - Florence
The SC Pecan Music and Food Festival is an award-winning community event held annually in downtown Florence. The all-day event is packed with arts and crafts, a variety of vendors, exciting kids' activities, mouthwatering food and entertainment of all kinds throughout the day.



Art in the Park, Market Common - Myrtle Beach
Art in the Park has been a favorite of the public since 1973. This event showcases original Southeastern art such as paintings, woodworking, photography, (semi-precious and precious) jewelry, fabric, glass, metal, pottery and stone.

Bluffton International & Craft Beer Festival - Bluffton
The Bluffton International & Craft Beer Festival will offer an exceptional selection of more than 135 of the world's best ales, stouts, lagers, pilsners and more.

Charleston's Holiday Market - North Charleston
The Holiday Market is your complete holiday experience, offering foods and fashions, gifts and glitter, music and magic - everything to make the holidays bright. This exciting Christmas extravaganza kicks off the season with specialty gift stores, fashion jewelry, clothing, gourmet foods, decorations and ideas, home accessories and décor, food and wine sampling, arts and crafts and, of course, Santa.

Coastal Carolina Fair - Ladson
When the weather gets a little cooler, the Coastal Carolina Fair is near. Come on by and enjoy thrill rides, games, family-friendly competitions and - oh, yes - the food. You can also enjoy nightly fireworks and live musical entertainment.

Dickens Christmas Show & Festivals - Myrtle Beach
Inspired by Dickens' immortal book, "A Christmas Carol," the show and festivals take place in a 19th-century holiday setting. You will find yourself magically transported back in time to an enchanting Victorian holiday marketplace.

Harvest Festival - Johns Island
Come on down to the Harvest Festival and enjoy some foot-stompin' live bluegrass music from five local bluegrass bands. There is plenty to keep the kiddies occupied including hayrides, a stick pony corral, pumpkin decorating, penny diving, lasso demonstrations, crafts and more.

Hilton Head Bridge Run - Hilton Head Island
Lace up and get ready to pound the pavement during the Hilton Head Bridge Run. The 10K run and 5K walk take participants over the scenic Broad Creek on the Cross Island Expressway.

Hilton Head Island Oyster Festival - Hilton Head Island
Join us on Hilton Head Island for steamed, stewed and fried oysters! There will be other food like grilled chicken, hamburgers and hot dogs, too. This family event features live music and a kids' zone including moon bounces, carnival games, prizes and much more!

Intracoastal Christmas Regatta - Little River
The Intracoastal Christmas Regatta is a traditional holiday kickoff on the waterway in Little River and North Myrtle Beach. Every year, the curtain rises on this spectacular maritime parade at the Little River Inlet and travels south to arrive at Dock Holidays Marina. Several restaurants along the parade route plan special menus and events as part of the celebration.

Penn Center Heritage Days Celebration - St. Helena Island
Heritage Days Celebration is a three-day cultural event celebrating the Gullah/Geechee/Sea Island history, folk arts, food, music, crafts and West African cultural legacy. Located at the Penn School, one of the first schools for enslaved Africans on St. Helena Island, visitors can experience the unique setting of the 50-acre historic campus of Penn Center.

The Carolina Opry Christmas Special - Myrtle Beach
The magic of the season comes alive during November and December at the most colorful and eagerly awaited holiday music variety show in the South! The Carolina Opry Christmas Special has been a holiday family tradition for over 20 years. It's warm, it's funny, and it's shamelessly sentimental.

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Discover writers share all of the places, activities and adventure that South Carolina has to offer. Read more from some of South Carolina’s locals and discover what’s happening in the Palmetto State.