Christmas begins at the beach this weekend | News | The Press and Standard

by | December 2, 2016 5:00 am

Last Updated: November 30, 2016 at 2:25 pm

Now that Edisto Beach has cleaned up after Hurricane Matthew’s unappreciated visit, Edisto Beach is ready to welcome Christmas.
The welcome begins when the Edisto Community Chorus presents its annual Christmas concert on Dec. 3 at 3 p.m., and on Dec.4 at 7 p.m.
Both performances will be held at the Edisto Beach Baptist Church at 414 Jungle Road on Edisto Beach. For more information, call 843-869-2662.
On Dec. 4 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Edisto United will conduct its annual fundraiser at Big Bay Creek Park, 3706 Docksite Road, with oysters, barbeque, beer/wine, live music, raffles and fun all on the menu.
Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door. Advance tickets are available at With These Hands Gallery and McConkey’s Jungle Shack.
During the island’s three-day Christmas celebration, set to run from Dec. 9 and through Dec. 11, the Edisto community will sponsor several holiday traditions.
It begins with the annual boat parade, which will kick off the celebration on Dec. 9. Viewers can gather at Bay Creek Park at sunset to watch the parade. Local church choirs will perform Christmas music and the Town of Edisto Beach will light its Christmas tree after the boat parade.
The events will take place from 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. at 3706 Docksite Road on Edisto Beach.
On the morning of December 10, local merchants and gift shops will participate in a Holiday “Poker Walk.” During this event, residents and visitors can do a little Christmas shopping and help support Edisto, all while seeing who can collect the best “poker hand” and win an Edisto prize.
Participating merchants and rules of the event will be listed on the Edisto Chamber website and Facebook page prior to the event.
At the center of this three-day celebration will be the 26th annual Edisto Christmas Parade, which will begin at 2 p.m. on Dec. 10.
Sponsored by the Edisto Chamber of Commerce, the parade will start at the 600 block of Palmetto Boulevard along Edisto Beach and end at the Pavilion next to the Edisto Beach State Park. This year’s theme will be “The Coast is Clear for an Edisto Christmas.”
After the parade, Santa will welcome children at McConkey’s Jungle Shack from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 10. McConkey’s Jungle Shack is located behind Bi-Lo (at the termination of the parade route) at 108 Jungle Road, Edisto Beach.
At the close of the three-day celebration, the Shem Creek Boogie Band will host a benefit concert for hurricane relief for Edisto. They will perform at Bay Creek Park on Dec. 11 at 2 p.m. The suggested donation is $10 per person.
Proceeds will go to the local Ministerial Alliance for Edisto families in need due to damage from Hurricane Matthew. Bay Creek Park is located at 3706 Docksite Road, Edisto Beach.
More information on this weekend’s activities will be posted on Facebook or at www.edistochamber.com as it becomes available.

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