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Historic Charleston Foundation Presents “Illumination Charleston” Weekend in December



Historic Charleston Foundation this week announced the first-ever Illumination Charleston weekend, created in collaboration with Explore Charleston and Southern Living. Illumination Charleston will take place from December 2nd to 5th and feature a series of events to celebrate preservation, inspiration, and contemporary design and style while honoring Charleston’s historic spaces.

The weekend kicks off with a special opening night party at the Aiken-Rhett House Museum, benefiting the Foundation. Attendees will be the first to view design vignettes created specifically for Illumination Charleston by designers Cloth & Kind, Tammy Connor, Jane Scott Hodges, Jenny Keenan, Amanda Lindroth, Canaan Marshall, Sarah Hamlin-Hastings, and Jason Reeves. These unique vignettes are available to view throughout the weekend by visiting the Aiken-Rhett House Museum at 48 Elizabeth Street.

Additionally, the Historic Charleston Foundation will host a Design in Mind speaker series at the historic Second Presbyterian Church with notable design and architecture experts including Alessandra Branca, India Hicks, and Ashley Whittaker. A panel discussion narrated by Southern Living Editor-in-Chief, Sid Evans, featuring designers Betsy Berry, Ceara Donnelley, R. Keith Langham, and Jill Sharp Weeks will explore preservation as inspiration, with a particular emphasis on their interior design projects in Charleston’s historic district.

The weekend also includes tours of historic homes decorated for the holidays; cooking demonstrations with chefs such as Kardea Brown, Rodney Scott, and Ivy Odom; the Southern Living Tastemakers Holiday Market in the newly renovated Charleston Visitors Center; and a live musical performance on Saturday night headlined by Ranky Tanky.

The full, three-day schedule of events is available now at With prices starting at $75, tickets are for sale a la carte for individual events as well as through a variety of ticket packages that include access to several events. To create a special experience for attendees that provides a more intimate atmosphere, a limited number of all access tickets is available on a limited basis.*

*To help ensure the wellbeing of its attendees and everyone involved, the event will follow the most current public health guidelines from the state and the CDC relating to social distancing, capacity limits, and more.

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