Freeloaders: Free to be in the holiday spirit

Events for the week of Dec. 11-17

We’re two days away from the 12 days of Christmas, and the city is a veritable Xmas wonderland — well, as wonderland-y as you can get in a temperate seaside climate. The downtown doors are decked, the lights are strung, the holiday-themed cocktails are flowing. Get out on the town this week and enjoy these free events (we know your wallets are crying).


Shake off those Monday blues with a James Island Group Run starting at the Terrace Theater at 6:30 p.m.

Ms. Rose’s hosts team trivia night led by funnyman Drew Howard from 7 to 9 p.m.

From 5 to 9 p.m. in Kudu’s courtyard, peruse stylish jewelry, hats, tees, and stocking stuffers from Channels of Charleston and grab some bites from Pub Fare if you work up an appetite.


It’s free jazz jam Tuesday with Charlton Singleton at the Pour House; Singleton stakes the stage starting at 9 p.m.

The Ross Bogan Trio plays at Royal American starting at 8:30 p.m. — no cover.

Edmund’s Oast Exchange hosts a free Japanese beer and whiskey tasting from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.; $5 donations are suggested, benefitting Lowcountry Local First.


Test your knowledge of classic Xmas flick, A Christmas Story, during this themed trivia night at Famulari’s Brew Pub from 8 to 10:30 p.m. — wear your ugliest Christmas sweater and win a prize.

The Standard on James Island hosts its first Oyster Shop holiday pop-up from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Clubhouse.

Aqua Vitae hosts a holiday party from 4 to 7 p.m. featuring 20 percent off services and a chance to win 75 percent off treatments.

Pour House hosts a free show starting at 9 p.m., the “White Bogan Duo’s Acid Christmas.”


The Town Market on James Island hosts a food truck festival from 4 to 8 p.m. featuring more than 50 vendors, Santa Clause, a jump castle, and more.

Grab some selfies with Santa at East Bay Deli on Savannah Hwy. from 6 to 8 p.m.

It’s Tavern & Table’s third birthday party — come out starting at 5 p.m.  and enjoy specially priced menu items, an oyster roast on the dock, and live music.

Head to Vintage Coffee’s third annual holiday market from 5 to 9 p.m. and shop
more than a dozen vendors, eat wood-fired pizza from Coastal Crust, and listen to live music by Leah Suarez and Gerald Gregory.


Zak Scott plays at Elliotborough Mini Bar from 8 to 11 p.m.

Bay Street Biergarten hosts a holiday party with free oysters, holiday drink specials, photos with Santa, live music, and an ugly sweater competition all starting at 4 p.m.

SportsBook hosts a free holiday comedy showcase from 9 to 11 p.m.

Whiskey Diablo plays at Mainland Container Co. starting at 9 p.m.


Deadwin plays folk ‘n roll jams at Tattooed Moose Johns Island starting at 3 p.m.

Bay Street Biergarten hosts happy hour with Joe Cunningham and Gov. Martin O’Malley starting at 3:30 p.m.

From noon to 5 p.m. head to Folly Beach for the annual Foliday Market with local makers, artisans, food, farmers, and more.


It’s one of the last Pour House Sunday Brunch Farmers Markets of the season — swing by with your two- or four-legged friends and shop local goods while sipping reasonably priced mimosas and Bloodys.

Swing by Royal American between noon and 5 p.m for the huge Thrifters & Drifters holiday market.

What is better than puppies and beer? Puppies and beer and ugly sweaters and brunch, of course. Head to Bay Street Biergarten at 11 a.m. to enjoy all four.

Writers — from 2 to 4 p.m. meet at Eclectic Cafe & Vinyl and share your work with fellow creatives. 

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