The holiday cheer is starting to radiate through Folly
Beach! There are lots of great activities happening in the lead up to Christmas
and the New Year, so if you’re coming to visit us this December be sure to join
in on some of the fun.
All month long you can check out the Holiday Festival of Lights just a few miles away on neighboring James Island. This annual event is an absolute must-do. It’s not just for kids either; adults will enjoy the spectacular show all the same! *Tip* entry is per car (not per person) and reduced rates are offered Monday – Thursday with the donation of a non-perishable food item.
Create a holiday masterpiece at Paint with a Buzz, led by talented Folly Beach artist Briahna Wenke. Check out her schedule online and sign up for your favorite design!
Center Street is the Center of the Action!
Stroll down Center Street after the sun goes down to enjoy a variety of beach-themed light displays, as well as decorated Christmas trees in several locations: Folly River Park and two more on the beach (they can be found via the public accesses at 2nd East and 2nd West).
On December 13th you can visit with Santa; he’ll be at Folly River Park starting at 6pm and handing out stockings of small gifts for children. (Last year he passed out over 300).
Mark your calendar for the annual Folly Beach Christmas parade, commencing on Center Street at 12pm on Saturday, December 14th. This adored community event is sure to bring a smile to your face so come down and share the cheer with locals and visitors alike. Folly’s Best Rentals will be participating too so give our team a wave as we pass by! Santa will be making his second appearance over at Folly River Park immediately following the parade.
On December 21stthe annual Folliday Market will be taking place from 12pm – 5pm and the location for this year’s event is the beloved Folly Pier. Always sure to attract a fantastic variety of artisans and vendors, you can grab some last-minute gifts (for yourself too, of course) while enjoying delicious food, a fun holiday vibe, and stunning views at the same time!
Do you want it to really feel like Christmas in your vacation rental? Head over to Folly Jolly Christmas trees located at 112 East Ashley Ave. and grab yourself a tree. Just be sure to dispose of it properly before your departure!
City Lights, City Sights
If you have a bit of extra time on your Folly Beach vacation, it’s definitely worth taking the short drive into downtown Charleston. The charm of the historic district during the holidays is truly something special! Stroll the city streets or take a carriage ride for an added bit of history accompanying the beautiful holiday decorations.
Ring in the New Year Folly-Style
Rounding out the month, the Flip Flop Drop will once again take place on December 31st. This uniquely-Folly take on New Year’s Eve is indeed as the name implies; a giant pair of oversized flip-flops adorned in LED lights make a descent from high above to ring in the New Year on the island. There is a fireworks display on the beach immediately afterward, as well as a ton of live music and food / drink specials at all of the local restaurants and bars.
And finally, we can’t forget the Polar Bear Plunge and Costume Contest on January 1st. What better way to start the New Year than with an exhilarating dip into the Atlantic Ocean? Oh, how about if you take the dip while dressed up like our favorite Lowcountry celebrity; Bill Murray? This is an annual Folly tradition you simply must experience for yourself.
We look forward to seeing you this holiday season!
Have you ever visited Folly Beach during
January? If not, then you don’t want to miss this amazing Folly Festival this
year. Come visit Folly Beach during the weekend of January 18th – January 20,
2019 for a weekend on the Edge of America! And staying in one of our Folly Beach
vacation rentals will help you be ready for the fun, filled weekend. You
will be able to enjoy some of Folly’s eclectic food that you may find here
locally on your next getaway. Let’s look at what the schedule looks like for
the fun filled weekend in Folly Beach.
Let the Friday Night Fun Begin
Beginning the weekend off on Friday, January
18th come enjoy the Cannon Distillery Cocktail Competition from 7:00 pm to
10:00 pm. You are able to take craft cocktails made by the Folly Restaurants
and bars where you will get to vote for your favorite. There is a $20 admission
fee for each adult to the event, but you will get free samples of all the
cocktails that are served. What a fun way to enjoy your Friday night out.
It’s “Taste of Folly” Time
Saturday is when all the fun begins on the
streets of Folly. The streets will close at 7:00 am and will reopen at 6:30 pm.
The admission to the event is $5 per person but kids 12 and under are free.
There will be several different things happening on this day that you don’t
want to miss out on. The street festival will begin at 10:00 am and will end at
4:00 pm on Center Street. Go and see what kind of fun and amazing things you
can find. We promise you won’t be disappointed in the choosing.
If you are more interested in cooking
demonstrations, there will be select restaurants that are going to have live
demonstrations at their booths throughout the day. And if you have ever been
told you love hot dogs too much, then head over to Bert’s Market to enter into
the Hot Dog Eating Contest. This is a free event for you to take part in so why
not go and have a little fun while eating hot dogs. If chili is more your
style, then head over to Center Street from 11 am to 3 pm and participate in
the Chili Cook Off. For $5 per person you will be able to taste the chili’s
that are being judged and vote on your favorite. Not only are you able to take
part in the Hot Dog Contest, but you can also enter into the Oyster Shucking
Contest too. Beginning at 2:30 pm at the Ashley Stage, you and your family can
enjoy this contest to see who can shuck the most and the fastest in a certain
amount of time.
Kids Area & Live Music
For those of you who will be traveling with
little ones, then take advantage of coming to Taste of Folly and let them enjoy
the Kids Area. There will be a Kids Kitchen by Good Clean Fun that comes
complete with pots & pans percussion, soapy sudsy kitchen and pasta making.
Plus, there will be free inflatables for them to enjoy and get all their energy
out and culinary-inspired arts and crafts from the Folly Beach Library. And if
you’d like to be able to enjoy some live music with the family then head over
to one of the 3 stages where you can enjoy some Folly musicians.
If you haven’t gotten to take advantage of coming to Folly during
the month of January, then you must book your
trip today. We still have availability for you and your family to getaway
to the beach away from the cold air. And if you think that you won’t be able to
find a deal, then just ask as we have some of the cheapest oceanfront option
all over Folly Beach for you to take advantage of. We at Folly’s Best Rentals
wanted to let you know that now is the time to book your vacations for February
and March. There are a few things happening that benefit the Morris Island Lighthouse which is so very
dear to our island. We can’t wait to see you this winter as we celebrate many
things happening on Folly Beach!