Historic downtown Beaufort, S.C., brings the holidays to life this December with three days of celebration that include seasonal entertainment, shopping, Santa, and parades on land and by sea.

“A Night on the Town” begins the three-day event on Friday, December 7, when downtown retailers stay open until 9 p.m. and local choirs, dance groups and clubs provide entertainment to downtown visitors. The evening culminates when Santa lights the city’s official Christmas tree and the Parris Island Marine Corps band performs holiday hits. “A Night on the Town” begins at 6 p.m.

On Saturday, December 8, the Beaufort Sail and Power Squadron and Main Street Beaufort, USA co-host the annual “Light Up the Night Boat Parade” featuring decorated boats on the Beaufort River from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Onlookers can enjoy a cup of complimentary hot chocolate courtesy of The Greenery. Prizes will be awarded for the best decorated boat in six categories.

The annual Christmas Parade concludes the weekend on Sunday, December 9, when Santa and holiday cheer fill the streets of downtown Beaufort beginning at 3 p.m.

“Our city’s holiday spirit brings the season to life for residents looking for fun, family-friendly activities in our downtown area,” said Robb Wells, tourism division executive for the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce. “The unique charm and history of Beaufort also add a nostalgic feel to the celebration.”

Main Street Beaufort, USA and New River Auto Mall present the three-day event. Sponsors include Hargray, Regions, SCE&TG, Best Western, The Beaufort Inn, Captured Moments Photography, Baystreet Outfitters, Park Beaufort, Wells Fargo and Gilbert Law Firm.

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