Melodious music, delicious food, delightful people and a warm, festive atmosphere make Bluffton a wonderful place to visit during the holidays. If you need the antidote for huge shopping malls, long checkout lines, and acres of asphalt, then hitch up the family sleigh and hustle on over to historic Old Town Bluffton.
Just strolling the charming, moss-drape lanes resplendent with natural Lowcountry-inspired décor lifts the spirit. Stop in at any of the many quaint and eclectic shops for exquisite hand-made pottery, on-trend women’s wear, coastal-chic housewares and you’ll be humming “Greensleeves” in no time!
If history is of particular interest to you, plan on attending the Old World Christmas Gala at the Colcock-Teel House on Friday, December 13. Period dress – from the 1840′s Plantation Era through the Roaring 20’s – is encouraged! This event benefits The Bluffton Historical Preservation Society.
Palmetto Bluff takes advantage of Bluffton’s mild weather by hosting a special showing of “A Christmas Story” on the big screen, under the stars “Christmas Movie on the Green”, also the evening of December 13. Pack your lawn chairs, blankets, family and friends and they’ll have the hot toddies, and plenty of movie snacks waiting for you! The cost is $20 per “car load”, which benefits local charity, Family Promise.
On December 21, the last Sunset Party of the year takes over the Bluffton Oyster Factory Park starting at 2 pm and last until 6 pm (just after the sun sets!). Spectacular May River views, live music, food court, and beer garden along with a visit from Santa at 3 pm makes this Winter Solstice Sunset Party a fun-for-all family outing! This event benefits Citizens Opposed to Domestic Abuse.
The Society of Bluffton Artists (SOBA) recently christened their new Creative Arts Building, located right next door to the main gallery in Old Town. During December it houses their holiday boutique – a must stop for the art lover!
If you find yourself in Old Town Bluffton on any Thursday in December (except the 26th) the festival atmosphere takes off to new heights as Farmers Market Bluffton is in full swing. There’s something for everyone, including music, ‘street eats’, artisans selling their wares and of course, locally grown produce. It’s a great place to pick up a few last minute gifts and select those fresh your collards and greens to ensure a lucky and prosperous New Year!
Of course, there is no lack of yummy holiday fare to be found in Bluffton: from sweets and treats at The Cottage Cafe & Bakery in Old Town and hardwood smoked deliciousness at casual Bluffton BBQ, to the refined tapas delights of Robert Irvine’s Nosh at the Tanger Outlets.
And if you just can’t get away without a trip to the “mall”, go upscale and stop in at Bluffton’s Tanger Outlets where Santa will be on hand to peruse those wish lists and snap a pic, from 12 noon to 5 pm on December 8, 15, and 22.