Christmas In...Beaufort

Beaufort boat parade.
Beaufort boat parade.

BEAUFORT, SC--For the picturesque city of Beaufort, Christmas brings another kind of pretty.

From the candy cane light posts on Bay Street to the well-appointed shop windows, the city wraps itself in the season, bringing the spirit if not the feel of the North Pole all the way to the waterfront.

It's a little different in that we have warm weather most of the time and we do a lot of boating,'' says Jim Fedyshyn of the Beaufort Sail and Water Squadron, who hosted the city's boat parade this year. "And combining the two together makes the Christmas celebration different.''

The number of events in town makes it last.

From the Festival of Trees at the end of November, the season gains momentum with the Night on the Town, a celebration sponsored by the downtown merchants to encourage people to shop locally.

And it is carried right up to Christmas with a stylish holiday parade and a lighted boat parade that this year reflected the city's signature range from the modest to the extravagant.

"I think it would show that the people in Beaufort and the Port Royal area really get into the Christmas spirit,'' says Samuel Murray mayor of Port Royal, who judged the boat parade. "We're just getting in the good Christmas spirit and wish everybody happy holidays.''