4 Ways to Ring in the New Year in Charleston

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Who says celebrating the New Year has to be done at midnight? Why not turn Dec. 31 into a full day of fun? After all, Charleston is the best place to reflect on the past year and look ahead to what’s in store for 2017.

Here are four ways to ring in the New Year in Charleston – guaranteed to help you get 2017 started off right.

1. Indulge in some post-holiday shopping on King Street.

Hit the best local boutiques and shops in downtown Charleston for the best sales. You probably need something festive for your New Year’s Eve celebration anyway. Plus, you may just find some terrific gifts that you can stash for next Christmas and save yourself some 2017 holiday shopping headaches.

2. Eat somewhere new.

Embrace your adventurous side and pick a lunch spot that’s been on your “must-visit” list in 2016. Make the New Year a time to try something new, venture out into the unknown and taste a dish you’ve never had. Bonus: Charleston is filled with restaurants so the options are limitless.

3. Write your resolutions list.

But in 2017, bypass the clichés of getting healthy and organizing your closets. Instead create a list filled with exploration and fun. The best part of this list is you don’t have to leave home to make it happen. Try surfing at Folly Beach, kayaking in Shem Creek or tour a historic plantation you’ve never visited. Volunteer with a local nonprofit or take an art class.

4. Party down.

Now that you’ve spent the day preparing for the New Year ahead, it’s time to celebrate in style. Tides Folly Beach is hosting a New Year's Eve Bash with oceanfront dining and fireworks. Beginning at 8 p.m., dine on a lavish food buffet with a cash bar and dance the night away to a DJ and live band. And at midnight, ring in 2017 with a champagne toast and fireworks display. Complimentary party favors and hats are provided.

Tickets start at $60 per person, plus taxes and fees. Book tickets online or call 843-588-6464.

With your list completed, you’ll be ready to face 2017 focused and enthusiastic – at least right after you sleep in and have some coffee on Jan. 1.