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30 Dec 2014
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It's incredible to realize that it’s almost 2015.  Seems like just a short while ago, everyone was freaking out at the impending new millenium and what would happen when the clock struck midnight and January 1, 2000 arrived (remember all the Y2K hullaballoo?).

Well, nothing catastrophic happened, computers carried on just fine, the world didn’t come to a screeching halt, but Prince’s song “1999” sure got a lot of airplay that year (“So tonight I’m gonna party like it’s 1999…”).

If you’re here in one of our luxury beach house rentals SC – either one of our Isle of Palms vacation rentals or a Folly Beach house Charleston –  you have a great choice of how to ring in the new year.


Of course, it’s hard to beat hunkering down in a Charleston beach house for a warm family gathering, taking a stroll on the beach and toasting with champagne as Dick Clark – I mean Ryan Seacrest  –  drops the ball in Times Square.   No need for a designated driver, plus you avoid the crowds.

On the other hand, you may wish to ring it in in the company of others... strangers who are not-yet-but-hopefully-soon-will-be-friends.

First off, the City of Charleston is hosting its annual New Year’s Eve in Marion Square downtown.  It’s a free, family-friendly, non-alcoholic way to celebrate a little earlier in the day.  It’ll take place from 4:00 p.m. till 10:30 p.m. and is perfect for the younger ones in your group.  There will be lots of live music, face painting, arts & crafts, jump castles, a petting zoo, a mechanical bull and other festive activities to keep folks entertained.  Marion Square is at the corner of King and Calhoun Streets on the downtown peninsula and is a convenient drive from all our SC vacation rentals.

Not surprisingly, there’s a large number of evening parties being hosted around town, at various venues and restaurants.  They range from casual to fully decked out (like the Snyder Grand Ball at the Aquarium).  Here’s a link to some of them:   And here’s the Post and Courier’s take on it :

There are a couple worth noting.  If you’re in one of the Folly Beach rentals Charleston, they’re having their own unique version of the Times Square Ball Drop  --  except they’ll be dropping a pair of giant flip flops.  It’s the Folly Flip Flop Drop, and it’ll be going on from 10:30 p.m. till 12:30 p.m. Wednesday night.  They’ll be closing off Center Street, and the city has issued a special permit to allow alcohol consumption in the street.

If you’re staying in a luxury house on Isle of Palms and don’t feel like driving very far (if at all), you might want to check out The Windjammer.  Starting at 9:00 they are having an 80’s-themed party with music by the Spazmatics, champagne toast and favors.  Tickets are $10 advance or $15 at the door.

A quick reminder  -  individual fireworks are prohibited on both the Isle of Palms and Folly Beach.


There are a couple more fun ways to kick off 2015 on the first day of the new year itself, and they involve the water… namely, jumping into it.

If you’re in one of our Isle of Palms luxury rentals, head on over to Sullivan’s for the annual Dunleavy’s Pub Polar Plunge benefitting the Special Olympics.  This has grown tremendously over the 19 years it's been going on and is quite the spectacle, as thousands of folks dress in all kinds of kooky costumes to head into the water.  All the “Freezin’ for a Reason” action centers at Dunleavy’s (2213 Middle Street) starting at 9:00 a.m., and the actual plunge happens at 2:00 p.m.  A $35 charitable donation allows you to participate in the plunge.  You may want to head over early to find parking since this is a very popular event.  Here’s the website:

Not to be left out in the cold, Folly Beach has its own unique spin on the idea of a polar bear plunge, with its 2nd annual Bill Murray Look-A-Like Polar Plunge.  Participants are encouraged to dress like local resident Bill Murray (or one of his movie characters), and there will be judging and prizes.  It starts at 11:00 a.m. with the judging happening at noon.  Restaurants and bars will open early so participants can enjoy specially-priced bloody Marys or screwdrivers ahead of the plunge; the revelry will continue afterwards all over town.

So have a happy and safe New Year’s.  And remember, when you are looking for rental homes South Carolina  –specifically, beach house rentals Charleston SC  – call EP for the best ones around the Lowcountry.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger