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Plan a Very Merry Holiday Vacation in Santee Cooper Country

By: Morgan Gilbert

 Tis’ the season for a holly jolly vacation in Santee Cooper Country. With so many relaxing ways to deck the halls and ring in the new year, we can’t wait to celebrate the season with you. We understand that this time of year can get busy for many families, so we’ve decided to help you out when planning your getaway. Get ready to fa-la-la-in-love with our favorite winter festivities!

Let’s Get Cozy

When planning your trip, it’s important to find the perfect place to curl up with your loved ones. Whether you’re looking to cozy up in one of our many campgrounds, or find a home for the holidays in one of our hotels, we’ve got just the place for you! 

Hang your stocking at KOA Santee Lakes Campground in Summerton. This jolly corner of Clarendon County is ready to welcome all winter travelers. Guests will enjoy friendly neighbors and beautiful waterfront views. 

Looking for a place that truly has it all? Orangeburg County provides a steller stay when you book your trip at Bells Marina and Resort. Guests can choose to reside in the private campground area, rest in a homey hotel room, or hunker down for the chilly season in a cabin! With an on-site restaurant, store, and endless fun to be had on the water, you’ll want to extend that holiday trip into the new year. 

For those seeking to stay near the action, settle down at the Home2 Suites by Hilton on Daniel Island in Berkeley County. This quiet retreat allows guests to experience both the city life of Charleston and the natural beauty of Santee Cooper Country. Take advantage of the shops in town and find a gift for everyone on your list. You can shop until you drop, all while being only a short drive away from attractions such as Boone Hall Plantation and Coastal Expeditions on Shem Creek.

A Holiday Feast

After unpacking your bags and stretching your legs from a long car ride, we recommend grabbing a table at one of our many local eateries for a taste of delightful southern comfort food. 

Stop by Willie Sue’s Food and Spirits in Sumter County. The charming bistro strives to provide an elevated, yet family friendly environment for each guest. To get the full experience, try the Ultimate Burger and a piece of warm homemade cobbler to finish off your meal!

When you’re ready to get your taste buds rockin’ around the Christmas tree, Calhoun Cafe has you covered. This Calhoun County favorite serves homemade chicken salad, pimento cheese croissants, and savory hamburgers with all the fixings. You’ll be leaving Calhoun Cafe with full bellies and big smiles, guaranteed! 

Staying Merry and Bright

When visiting Santee Cooper Country around Christmas time, we invite you to experience the holiday magic first hand. Start by witnessing a night under the stars at the Fantasy of Lights in the Swan Lake Iris Gardens. This free show is a signature event you won’t want to miss. Watch holiday imagery come to life, courtesy of over a million lights twinkling throughout the gardens!

Keep the season merry and bright with even more shining stars to be seen. Take a Holiday Lights Driving Tour with your friends by your side and hot chocolate in hand. Hosted by Celebrate The Season, tickets are $10 per car and all proceeds go towards aiding local charities. For more information on seasonal activities, be sure to check out our events page!

We hope you’ll join us for a very merry vacation right here in Santee Cooper Country! To book your ideal spot to indulge in Christmas cheer, check out our lodging options today. 

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