2 Days / 1 NightEnrich your holiday spirit with three days and two nights in Beaufort, South Carolina.
Gullah Christmas weekend opens Friday, December 6 in Historic downtown during the traditional Night on the Town. Tree lighting, music and dance welcome Santa, while shops and galleries invite extended visits. A special treat is the performance of the award winning Parris Island Marine Corps Band.
This package includes “A Gullah Kinfolk Christmas Wish”, a full stage musical drama performed at the University of South Carolina Beaufort Theater. Revisit the culture of the original Gullah slaves who were brought to America from West Africa. Anita Singleton Prather performs as Aunt Pearlie Sue emphasizing the hope and spirituality of a dynamic people in the early 1860’s.
Saturday starts at The Penn Center, a 50-acre National Historic Landmark campus and a visit to the York W. Bailey Museum which interprets the history of The Penn Center and the Gullah-Geechee community of the Sea Islands. This visit showcases early photography, art and artifacts. Penn School was established in 1862 as the first institution to educate freed slaves. A box lunch is provided. Then, off we go on a great adventure with is a narrated van tour of Gullah-Geechee heritage. The tour includes plantation stories and songs under the live oaks and ruins of churches and plantations, as well as, a stop at a prayer house.
Light Up the Night Saturday evening in historic downtown with the annual boat parade bringing the magic of the season to Waterfront Park. The traditional Christmas parade through the downtown streets on Sunday afternoon announces the official opening of the holiday season.
Experience our friendly Southern hospitality with history, heritage, art and culture. It’s a holiday getaway offering relaxation, entertainment and fresh local menus enhanced by a mild island climate.
Tour Packages include Friday and Saturday accommodations, breakfast each day and Saturday lunch. Tickets for the Friday show, and entrance fees and tour tickets Saturday.