Illumination Charleston

This three-day event will be a gathering of the South's (and beyond!) most exciting tastemakers, designers, artisans, and personalities, as well as a celebration of the creative and welcoming spirit of Charleston. Join us for demonstrations, tours of historic houses, a market featuring the Southern Living Tastemakers, inspired vignettes at the historic Aiken-Rhett House, engaging talks from some of the brightest stars in the design world, and fabulous nighttime gatherings!


THURSDAY, December 2
Opening Night Party - Cocktails and light bites at the historic Aiken Rhett House

FRIDAY & SATURDAY, December 3-4
Designer Vignettes + Aiken Rhett House Admission & Design in Mind Speaker Series
A roster of 7 all-star designers will install vignettes at the historic Aiken-Rhett House. The Speaker Series features talks by highly celebrated design industry experts at the historic Second Presbyterian Church.

FRIDAY, December 3
Southern Living Early Access Shopping & Cooking Demo hosted by Kardea Brown
Join us for a first-look at the Tastemakers Market at the Charleston Visitor Center with a special cooking demo by Celebrity Chef Kardea Brown!

Southern Living Luminaries Cocktail Party
One-of-a-kind cocktail party hosted by Southern Living Editors alongside our Tastemakers - the luminaries of the South

SATURDAY, December 4
Tastemakers Holiday Market
Holiday Market featuring pop-up shops for one-of-a-kind gifts!

Southern Living Demonstrations & Seminars
Join us on the Tastemakers Market mainstage as Southern Living Editors, such as Ivy Odom, team up with notable Charlestonians to host a variety of cooking and entertaining demos.

Ranky Tanky Concert
Outdoor concert at the Charleston Visitor Center's Bus Shed with sounds of the Grammy Award winning, Charleston, SC based quintet, Ranky Tanky. Concert includes BBQ from local pit masters, bevs and brews!

SUNDAY, December 5
Coffee & Tour of the Historic Nathaniel Russell House
Start off your Sunday morning with coffee, light breakfast bites, and a tour of the Nathaniel Russell House, circa 1808, which will be beautifully decorated for the holidays.

For more information on each event, packages and tickets, please visit the website provided.

December 2, 2021 - December 5, 2021

Various locations
Downtown Charleston, SC 29403

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