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South Carolina can be an excellent place to engage in some fun winter activities. There are so many to choose from that tourists and residents can always find something to do.

Some say winter is the best time to see the Hunting Island Lighthouse, located in the state park of the same name. Currently, plans are underway to expand the park after acquiring a private island by the state.

Even during the winter, many people pay a visit to Table Rock State Park. The highlight of a visit to the park is making the 3.4-mile hike through the park, with the final destination being the largest natural landmark that South Carolina has.

Those who can’t or don’t want to hike through Table Rock can enjoy a shorter hike around Lake Placid. With flat land, this trek is better suited for many people. Lake Placid can be found in Paris Mountain State Park. The winter months provide the best view of South Carolina from the park.

One of the most popular cities to visit in South Carolina is Charleston. Gardeners have long been attracted to Charleston during the winter months. They make it a point to visit the Magnolia Plantation & Gardens. As the oldest garden in the world, open to the public, it attracts visitors from all over the country.

Whether one visits the garden during the day or after dark, there is always something fun. Tours of the garden are given daily, and let visitors get a glimpse of the 20,000 camellias in bloom. After dark, visitors can attend the Lights of Magnolia. Spread around the garden are 23 Chinese lantern displays.

Anyone who appreciates a good oyster will want to attend Boone Hall’s Lowcountry Oyster Festival. The highlight of the festival is the serving of 80,000 pounds of oysters, though other foods are served. The festival also serves wine and beer with entertainment such as live music and contests.

The winter holidays are a magical time to visit Charleston. Activities include walking historic district tours where guests are served hot chocolate and treated to elaborate displays of holiday lights and decorations. Many restaurants in the area also host New Years’ Eve celebrations.