It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Beaufort, and there is so much happening. We’ve listed some of the most popular events, concluding our list of “things to do” with a recipe for a no-bake boozy bourbon pecan cookie. Enjoy!

Sounds of the Season:

November 29, at 5:30. Enjoy this musical concert hosted by the Technical College of the Lowcountry (TCL). Featuring Christmas classics performed live by local artists. Cookie reception to follow and TCL ornaments for sale.
Musicians include Recording Artist and Songwriter Mahoganee Amiger – Vocalist, Jeff Shawd – Trumpet, Dave Skinner – Saxophone, Ed Morgret – Piano, Allyn Perdue –Bass, and Chuck Denier – Drums.

31st Annual Festival of Trees!

This incredibly popular event starts with SNOW Day on Sunday, December 2 at Tabby Place in Downtown Beaufort.

Bring the kids from 11am to 2 pm to enjoy playing in the snow, building a snowman or having snowball fights with our outdoor snowfields. They will love face painting, train rides and more! Elsa and Anna from Disney’s Frozen will also be there to enjoy talking with the kids and taking photos.

And we will have sweets and treats for the entire family!

Tickets and wristbands are available for purchase on-site at Tabby Place.

$3 for children 5 and up, 4 and under – FREE!

Tree viewing will be open to the public Tuesday, December 4 – Thursday, December 6.

The Celebration of Giving Gala

Takes place on Thursday, December 6th at Tabby Place amidst the trees with music, wine, beer, and lots of food from ten of Beaufort’s best local restaurants. Santa will also be in attendance all week to have some fun and get some photos with attendees. Gala tickets can be purchased here.

Feasting, Art, and a Full Stage Musical!

Holiday Sea Island Celebration – A Gullah Kinfolk Christmas Wish. December 7, take in this extravaganza of history, culture, theatre, music, and food at the USCB Performing Arts Centre. Get tickets and more details here.

Beaufort’s holiday season begins on Friday, December 7, kicking off with a Christmas street party.  Shops will stay open late to welcome regular and new customers with special treats. Streets will be closed off for safe and happy wandering (and shopping).

The evening features the City of Beaufort’s Tree Lighting Ceremony, entertainment by community organizations, schools, churches, dancers, and a visit from Santa. Details can be found here.

Saturday, December 8th, starting at 6 pm, is the night for one of our favorite local events, the creative and festive “Stars in the Rigging” Holiday Boat Parade. The City of Beaufort and America’s Boating Club of Beaufort invite you to join the fun as the community gathers along the river in Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park to watch the annual parade of holiday-decorated boats. For more information, check this link.

Christmas Parade! December 9:

The traditional Beaufort Christmas Parade starts at 3:00 pm and winds through the streets of downtown Beaufort. Take the kids and enjoy the floats, bands, community participants, fancy personal cars and trucks.

The Beaufort Symphony Orchestra presents “Home For the Holidays” on December 13 and 16.

This musical event features Concerto for Two Violins in D Minor, one of the most famous works by Johann Sebastian Bach, as well as assorted holiday classics. More information and ticket sales can be found here.

See The Nutcracker Ballet! December 15 and 16.

This timeless classic is a seasonal must for children and adults. Enjoy the sparkle and fun onstage and delight in the grace of exquisite ballet. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit

Go Christmas Shopping:

Beaufort has markets, fairs, art galleries, and gift shops for every taste and budget. Just head downtown and start looking. We couldn’t choose from among the many venues – they all offer something unique. To get started just click on this website and start planning your route!

Whip up a batch of these easy no-bake Pecan Bourbon Balls and leave a few out for Santa on Christmas Eve! Here’s the recipe from Southern Living Magazine.



  • 1/4 cup butter, melted

  • 4 cups pecan halves

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper


  • 1 (12-oz.) package vanilla wafers, finely crushed

  • 1 cup powdered sugar

  • 1 cup of the buttery toasted pecans, finely chopped

  • 1/2 cup bourbon

  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa

  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup

  • Powdered sugar, for coating

How to Make Them

Step 1

Prepare the Buttery Toasted Pecans: Preheat oven to 325°. Toss together butter and pecans. Spread pecans in a single layer in a jellyroll pan; bake 25 minutes or until toasted and fragrant, stirring halfway through. Remove from oven, and sprinkle with salt and pepper, tossing to coat. Cool completely. Store up to 1 week.

Step 2

Prepare the Bourbon Balls: Stir together first 6 ingredients. Shape into 1-inch balls. Roll in powdered sugar or coarsely chopped Buttery Toasted Pecans. Refrigerate up to 2 weeks.

Celadon Living, Beaufort’s premier address, wishes you and your family a very 

Merry Christmas!

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