Holiday Guide: The Quintessential Thanksgiving in South Carolina

There’s no place like South Carolina for Thanksgiving. Given the amount of amazing festivities and events paying homage to Turkey Day, you’d think the folks in the Palmetto State invented the holiday. There’s no limit to the amount of delicious southern cooking here, and once you’ve had your fill, family-friendly activities can be found throughout the state. This holiday guide will lead you on your journey to the quintessential Thanksgiving in South Carolina you won’t soon forget. 

1. Drinksgiving at Craft Conundrum, Charleston, SC

Your unforgettable Thanksgiving starts with a trip to beer emporium Craft Conundrum for a little Drinksgiving celebration. From 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. on Thanksgiving Eve, this beer destination is offering food and drink specials. Plus, since you likely don’t have to work the next day, you can totally go for “just one more” guilt free (as long as someone else is doing the driving!).

2. The Pitter Platter, Lexington, SC

Add something new to your Thanksgiving decor with a custom painted turkey platter or other festive piece from the Plitter Platter. You get to have all the fun customizing your artwork that will delight your guests. If you’re traveling to someone else’s house for a free Thanksgiving meal, painted pottery also makes a nice hostess gift. 

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3. Silver Spoon Bake Shop, Columbia, SC

There’s nothing like a homemade pie for Thanksgiving dessert, but that doesn’t mean you have to make it yourself. Let Silver Spoon Bake Shop take this part of the meal off your plate to give you more time to spend with your family, and maybe more time to enjoy your pie!

Pi(e) day is tomorrow 😊🎉 #silverspoonbakeshop

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4. Swig & Swine, Charleston and Summerville, SC

Serving up some of the best barbeque in the Holy City, you can also grab a fresh smoked turkey in time for Thanksgiving. Outsourcing the main course means less work and less cleanup for you, plus your guests will appreciate the tender, smoky flavor of a Swig & Swine turkey. They can also provide all the fixings, too.

5. Ice on Main, Greenville, SC

Strap on your ice skates and take a few spins around the open-air rink in beautiful downtown Greenville. Kids and adults alike will love gliding across the smooth surface of this rink that’s become a yearly tradition for many. It’s a fun way to burn all those extra calories from second trips to the dessert tray!

Reason #97 why we love living in the South: ice skating in shorts at Christmas ⛸

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6. The Shops at Greenridge, Greenville, SC

No matter who is on your Black Friday shopping list, you can get them just what they wanted at the Shops at Greenridge off Woodruff Road. Beloved stores like Barnes & Noble, Best Buy, and Lowe’s are all within a stone’s throw of each other, which means you can park once and walk to all your favorite locations. This shopping area is also minutes away from other favorites like Target, Toys R Us, and the Home Depot, giving you less need to travel elsewhere.

My favorite kind of date night. 💛 #yeahthatgreenville #summernights

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7. Clemson vs. University of South Carolina football game

The most highly anticipated college football game in South Carolina takes place just two days after your Thanksgiving feast. Heat up the leftovers and settle in to watch the Clemson Tigers take on the University of South Carolina Gamecocks. This rivalry never fails to disappoint, and makes for the best post-Thanksgiving sports entertainment in the state.

8. Museum of the Cherokee in South Carolina, Walhalla, SC

The Cherokee are an important part of Upstate South Carolina history, which is why the city of Walhalla has dedicated a history museum to honor their heritage. Visitors can view artifacts on display and other exhibits that deliver insight into the Cherokee culture.

9. Surfside Beach Turkey Trot, Surfside Beach, SC

Fun for the whole family, this Thanksgiving tradition will make you all the more ready to sit down to your Thanksgiving feast. Starting and ending at the Surfside Pier, participants can choose between the 10K, 5K, one-mile, and a “Tot Trot” for the littles. This event usually attracts over 1,300 runners each year, so get your spot early!

#SurfsideBeachTurkeyTrot w/ my sis & bro-in-law. Happy Thanksgiving!

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10. Feed the 5000, Seneca, SC

There’s no better time to lend a hand to others than on the day we count our own blessings. This Thanksgiving, consider donating your time at Our Daily Bread’s Feed the 5000 Thanksgiving meal. This organization relies on volunteers to hand out around 1,700 meals each Thanksgiving, and every helping hand is appreciated. From food prep to meal delivery to cleanup, an hour of your time can go a long way in ensuring other families also have a holiday meal to enjoy.

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