From staff reports
Holiday festivities are gearing up around the City of Beaufort. Free parking at the Marina parking lot runs through New Year’s Day. Here is what is on tap:
Friday, Dec. 3
It all starts with Night on the Town from 6-9 p.m. Downtown streets will be closed, merchants and restaurants will be open, and the festivities will be going on! We’ll also be hosting the annual Christmas tree lighting.
Saturday, Dec. 4
10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.: The Beaufort History Museum will hold a re-enactment at the Arsenal to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the New York Highlanders’ entry into Beaufort.
11 a.m.-4 p.m.: A Christmas Taste of Gullah will feature authentic Gullah cuisine and live holiday entertainment at Waterfront Park. This event is free and open to the public. As rice is a direct link between the Gullah culture, Africa and the African diaspora, a rice cook-off will also be held with attendees choosing their favorite dish.
5:30-8:30 p.m.: Light up the Night Holiday Boat Parade.
Sunday, Dec. 5
3 p.m.: Christmas Parade.
Saturday, Dec. 11
1:30 p.m.: Parris Island Marine Band performs a holiday concert at the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park. Free admission. Don’t forget your chairs and blanket.
Friday, Dec. 17
6 p.m.: Kickoff your Christmas break and come “Chill with a Cop” at Waterfront Park for the family movie “Goonies.” Bring your lawn chairs and blankets. A raffle will be held for kids ages 5-17 before the start of the movie (must be present to win). Hot chocolate, sponsored by Kilwins, hot apple cider, and popcorn will be served free at the event. Vendors will be on site with food for sale.