Compared to Charleston’s picture-perfect tree-lighting ceremony, North Charleston’s Christmas festivities have always had a funkier, more home-brewed feel to them — and we absolutely love it. The lights around Park Circle are the best kind of sensory overload, the crowds on the sidewalk are always friendly, and the parade ... oh man, the parade. You really can’t prepare yourself for the onslaught. In addition to the always-outstanding drumlines, marching bands, and church floats, this year we saw a man riding a motorcycle towing what looked like the fused front and rear bumpers of a Saturn sedan. In previous years (although sadly not this year), we saw Pimp Santa rockin’ his technicolor cane and flashing lights. But this year brought a new favorite: The Goose Creek High School float, which featured Ninja Turtles riding around in circles on bicycles. There was no apparent connection to any winter holiday, but man, you’ve got to admire the students’ commitment to the idea. Apparently the float also won first place at Moncks Corner’s Christmas parade, so we might have to check out that shindig this December. Cowabunga.