Holiday events 2011



HOLIDAY GINGERBREAD VILLAGE: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 17-26, 1-5 p.m. Nov. 20, 27, Augusta Museum of History, 560 Reynolds St.; free; (706) 722-8454,

FEED THE HUNGRY AND CLOTHES GIVEAWAY: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 19, Jordan Grove Baptist Church

THANKSGIVING DINNER FOR ELDERLY, HOMELESS AND/OR ANYONE OF NEED IN ALLENDALE COUNTY, S.C.: Noon to 3 p.m. Nov. 19, Community Center, Flat Street, Allendale, S.C.; provided by Community of Good Samaritans; (803) 584-3600, (803) 584-2328

JAMES BROWN TURKEY GIVEAWAY: 9 a.m. Nov. 21, Dyess Park, James Brown Boulevard

ITALIAN THANKSGIVING FEAST: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 21, The Garlic Clove; benefits Golden Harvest Food Bank and Columbia County Cares Food Pantry; no charge for meals; donations accepted; bread, antipasto salad, baked ziti with meat sauce, pasta with alfredo, chicken parmesan, beverage

HOLIDAY MEALS: Noon-2 p.m. Nov. 22, Galilee Missionary Baptist Church, 931 Cedar St., Augusta

TURKEY CALL: Smoked turkeys for Thanksgiving; fundraiser for Augusta Training Shop Inc.; $40 pre-order only; pick up 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 23, 1704 Jenkins St.; (706) 738-1358,

SEVENTH ANNUAL ONE TABLE THANKSGIVING DINNER: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 24, The Alley, downtown Aiken; community event where local churches, sponsors and volunteers feed an estimated 2,000 people

BLESSING OF THE HOUNDS: 11 a.m. Nov. 24, Hitchcock Woods Memorial Gate; Aiken Hounds’ opening meet and Blessing of the Hounds; please do not bring your own dogs; (803) 643-3724




FESTIVAL OF TREES AT ROSE HILL ESTATE: 1-4 p.m. Nov. 23, 2-5 p.m. Nov. 24, noon-6 p.m. Nov. 25, 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 26, noon-3 p.m. Nov. 27, Rose Hill Estates, 211 Greenville NW, Aiken; lights, trees, auction; proceeds benefit Aiken Area Council on Aging; (803) 648-5447

COLONIAL CHRISTMAS IN THE BACK COUNTRY: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 26, Living History Park, North Augusta; re-enactors sharing knowledge and skills, relaxing together; bring something to share, trade or sell; cooking/recipe competitions; potluck evening meal;

A HOLIDAY EVENING AT REDCLIFFE: 5:30 p.m. Nov. 26, Redcliffe Plantation State Historic Site, 181 Redcliffe Road, Beech Island, S.C.; holiday evening open house; refreshments, informal tours; (803) 827-1473

CHRISTMAS IN THE COUNTRY: Noon-9 p.m. Saturdays, 2-8 p.m. Sundays Nov. 26-Dec. 18, 1-9 p.m. Nov. 25, Kackleberry Farms; Christmas tree farm, Santa, s’mores, hot chocolate; $7; Snow Days, ride down Snow Hill on real snow additional $10 per person;, (487) 625-8668

USC AIKEN WINTER WONDERLAND HOLIDAY FEST: 5-7 p.m. Nov. 30, University of South Carolina Aiken, in the Quad; $5 adults, $3 children older than age 6, free for ages 6 and under; fake snow, iceless skating rink, pictures with Santa, treats and activity tables

OUR CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION, AIKEN COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM: Dec. 1-5, 433 Newberry St., Aiken; an over-the-top Christmas of trees, trees and more trees decorated for the season; open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 2-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday; (803) 642-2015

AUGUSTA STATE UNIVERSITY HOLIDAY TREE LIGHTING: Dec. 1, 2500 Walton Way on the History Walk across from the Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre; caroling with the ASU Choir, refreshments and a visit from Santa

AIKEN CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING: 6:30 p.m. Dec. 2, center of Laurens Street and Richland Avenue, downtown Aiken; music and refreshments; sing carols, light candles, countdown to tree lighting; children given opportunity to tell what they’re thankful for; appearance by Santa and Mrs. Claus; all ages, children must be accompanied by an adult; free


AUGUSTA CHRISTMAS PARADE: 3 p.m. Dec. 3; nonprofit group entries $40, commercial or business entries $100; entry deadline Nov. 23; entry forms available at and

THE AUGUSTA CHRONICLE CHRISTMAS LIGHT-UP SPECTACULAR: Noon-8 p.m. Dec. 3, Augusta Common; includes Saturday Market on the River, activities, vendors, music; parade 3 p.m.; Mayor Deke Copenhaver flips the switch to light up downtown; fireworks; (706) 722-8000

A HOLLY DAY: Dec. 3, all day, downtown Aiken; shops offer holiday specials; Aiken Downtown Development Association, (803) 649-2221,

GRANITEVILLE CHRISTMAS PARADE: Dec. 1, Main Street; sponsored by Graniteville Fire Department; details, (803) 663-3795

CHRISTMAS FOR THE BIRDS: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 3, Living History Park, 299 W. Spring Grove Ave., North Augusta; free; create decorations for birds to eat all winter; bring apples, oranges, peanut butter for the birds and food for dogs and cats to be given to local pet adoption centers; cider and cookies served; story time at 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 1:30;

MERCHANTS ASSOCIATION OF COLUMBIA COUNTY CHRISTMAS PARADE: 2 p.m. Dec. 4, beginning on Evans Town Center Boulevard, to Washington Road, to North Belair Road, ending at Cox Road; to participate visit

VERY MERRY MORRIS SUNDAY: 2-5 p.m. Dec. 4, Morris Museum of Art; holiday tunes by Celtic duo Lillie Morris and Michael Hay during Music at the Morris; gallery scavenger hunt and create handcrafted ornaments and greeting cards during Artrageous! Family Sunday; free

NIGHT OF 1,000 LIGHTS: All day Dec. 8, downtown Aiken; held by Aiken Downtown Development Association; food, festivities and Santa in town; (803) 649-2221,

AIKEN JAYCEES CHRISTMAS PARADE: 2 p.m. Dec. 11, downtown Aiken; register entries by Dec. 5;

NORTH AUGUSTA LIONS CLUB CHRISTMAS PARADE: 2 p.m. Dec. 11; entry is free for noncommercial participants, $25 for commercial participants; register by Dec. 4; entry forms at Greater North Augusta Chamber of Commerce, 406 West Ave., or contact Verlon McDowell (803) 279-7288 or; sponsorship opportunities, (803) 279-7701

ALL ABOARD THE POLAR EXPRESS: 1 and 3 p.m. Dec. 11, Augusta Museum of History on the passenger car in the transportation exhibit; $2 child, two tickets per person; limited to 36 children per performance; children must wear pajamas; refreshments;, (706) 722-8454



HOPELANDS GARDENS: Lights, lights and more lights; Hopelands Gardens illuminated with more than 100,000 holiday lights; Dec. 10-11, 15-23, 26; refreshments offered; visitors must ride shuttle from Fred’s parking lot on Whiskey Road; all ages, children must be accompanied by an adult

LIGHTS OF THE SOUTH: 6-10 p.m. Nov. 20-Dec. 30, 633 Louisville Road; light displays, hay rides, Santa, holiday treats; $7.50, $4 ages 4-17; (706) 825-6441,


TUESDAY’S MUSIC LIVE: UGA ACCIDENTALS HOLIDAY CONCERT: Noon Dec. 6, St. Paul’s Church, 605 Reynolds St.; free concert; lunch $10, reservations required for lunch; (706) 722-3463 or

AUGUSTA COLLEGIUM MUSICUM, FESTIVAL OF NINE LESSONS AND CAROLS: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6, Sacred Heart Cultural Center; with guest chorus Davidson Fine Arts School Choir; $25; reservations required by Dec. 2; (706) 733-5619, (706) 826-4700,

FESTIVAL OF SONG & CELEBRATION: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9, Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St.; with Augusta Children’s Chorale, Symphony Orchestra Augusta Pops! At the Bell Series; (706) 826-4705,

COLUMBIA COUNTY CHORAL SOCIETY, A SERVICE OF LESSONS AND CAROLS: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9, First Baptist Church of Evans; $15, $10 seniors, students, active-duty military and dependants and groups; (762) 233-7793,

AIKEN CHORAL SOCIETY WINTER CONCERT: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9 and 3 p.m. Dec. 11, Cornerstone Baptist Church, Aiken; $15; singing Brahms’ Love Songs & Waltzes, folk songs and Christmas carols; Allison Bennett (803) 226-0196

THE 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS WITH AMY GRANT AND VINCE GILL: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10, Bell Auditorium; $40, $50, $60;, 1-877-4AUGTIX and at the Champion’s Box Office at James Brown Arena

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS HOLIDAY FESTIVAL CHORUS: 8 p.m. Dec. 10; Etherredge Center at USC Aiken, 471 University Parkway; Aiken Symphony Guild concert featuring Symphony Orchestra Augusta, $40; (803) 641-3305 or e-mail

AUGUSTA CHORALE CHRISTMAS CONCERT: Antonio Vivaldi’s Gloria, 4 p.m. Dec. 11, Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel, Paine College; with Glenn Hills, Cross Creek and Butler high school choirs and the Suzuki Strings of Augusta; $15 adults, $5 students; (706) 830-0991,

AUGUSTA COLLEGIUM MUSICUM, HOLIDAY MUSIC FROM AROUND THE WORLD: 7:30-9 p.m. Dec. 12, Augusta Museum of History, $10 for museum and Collegium members, $15 others; (706) 733-5619

AUGUSTA CHORALE CHRISTMAS PERFORMANCES: 11:30 a.m. Dec. 14, Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History, 1116 Phillips St.; also 11:30 a.m. Dec. 15, Elim Baptist Church, 2359 Mount Auburn St.; (706) 830-0991,

AUGUSTA MEN'S CHORUS: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15, Covenant Presbyterian Church, and 3 p.m. Dec. 18, St. John United Methodist Church; e-mail Robert Gibson,

AUGUSTA CHORAL SOCIETY, A BAROQUE CHRISTMAS: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17, Saint Paul’s Church; selections from Handel’s Messiah and the Baroque masters Bach, Vivaldi and Charpentier; $25 adults, $20 senior citizens, $10 students; (706) 826-4713,

TONY HOWARD’S MOTOWN CHRISTMAS SHOW: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17, Imperial Theatre; sounds of Motown music, tribute to Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, Gladys Knight, the Supremes, James Brown, more; $10-$30;

12 BANDS OF CHRISTMAS CONCERT: Dec. 18, Imperial Theatre; $12 advance, $5 ages 5-12;

JOHN BERRY, JOY TO THE WORLD CHRISTMAS SHOW: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20, Imperial Theatre; $15-$27;; for child ticket rates call (706) 722-8341

CONCERTS WITH A CAUSE CHRISTMAS EVE CONCERT AND LESSONS AND CAROLS: 10:30 p.m. Dec. 24, St. John’s United Methodist Church, 736 Greene St.; with St. John’s choirs and orchestra; benefits The United Methodist Children’s Home;


THE BLEMISHED LAMB, A CHRISTMAS MUSICAL: 8 p.m. Nov. 18-19 and 3 p.m. Nov. 20, Bartow Community Club Mancin Auditorium, Bartow, Ga.; the Nativity from a lamb’s point of view, written by Chad Waller; $10 adults, $5 ages 12-under; (478) 364-3340;

CHRISTMAS BELLES: Nov. 18-19 and Dec. 2-3; dinner 7 p.m., show 8 p.m.; Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre comedy with an ailing Santa, Elvis and a long-kept family secret; $30-$40 or $25 for show only; (706) 793-8552;

ELI’S BETHLEHEM INN: Nov. 18-Dec. 2, Kroc Center; musical dinner theater presentation by ENOPION Theatre Company; $15; (706) 771-7777,

THE NUTCRACKER, DANCE AUGUSTA: 7 p.m. Nov. 25, 1 and 5 p.m. Nov. 26-27, Imperial Theatre, 749 Broad St.; $17-40;, (706) 722-8341;

THE NUTCRACKER, COLUMBIA COUNTY BALLET: 7 p.m. Dec. 2, Imperial Theatre; $20-$29;

FRUITCAKES!: 8 p.m. Dec. 2-3, 9-10 and 3 p.m. Dec. 4, William Miller Bouknight Theatre, 405 Main St., Edgefield County Theatre Co.; $15; (803) 637-3833, www.edgefieldcountytheatre

THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER: 8 p.m. Dec. 2-3, 9-10, 16-17; 3 p.m. Dec. 11, 17, Aiken Community Playhouse, 126 Newberry St. SW; six wild kids take over the Christmas play and bring a fresh interpretation to the Christmas story;

THE FROG PRINCE AT CHRISTMAS: 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. Dec. 7, Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre, ASU Patchwork Players for Literacy; $3, groups of 15 or more $2 per person, free with ASU ID; (706) 737-1625

THE MERRIMENT OF MINSTREL KRAMPUS: 8 p.m. Dec. 9-10, 15-17, Le Chat Noir, 304 Eighth St.; holiday show of short works; $15-$30; (706) 722-3322,

A CHRISTMAS CAROL: 8 p.m. Dec. 10, 3 p.m. Dec. 11, Imperial Theatre, 749 Broad St.; musical version of the Charles Dickens classic; $15-$41;

THE NUTCRACKER, AIKEN CIVIC BALLET: 7 p.m. Dec. 16-17, 2 p.m. Dec. 18, USC Aiken Etherredge Center for Fine and Performing Arts, 471 University Parkway; $20 adults, $15 seniors and students; (803) 641-3305 or; Aiken Civic Ballet (803) 648-5771

BEHOLD THE STAR: 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 17, Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre; presented by Barefoot Productions Inc./Creative Impressions; 2 p.m. show $15, ages 12 and under $10; 7 p.m. show $20, groups of 10 or more $18, ages 12 and under and students with ID $10; tickets at ASU box office; (706) 951-4239, (706) 664-9022


SACRED HEART GIFT SHOP HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 17, Sacred Heart Cultural Center, 1301 Greene St.; (706) 826-4701,

ELK’S LADIES’ CHRISTMAS DINNER/DANCE: 6-11 p.m. Nov. 18, Elks Lodge, 205 Elkdom Court; semi-formal dinner/dance featuring the Fabulous Fun Time Band; bar opens at 6 p.m.; dinner 7-8 p.m.; (706) 860-1256

UNWINE & RELAX WINE TASTING: 7 p.m. Nov. 18, Old Government House; $40; fundraiser for Augusta Partnership for Children Inc.; featuring wines by Ninth Street Wine Market, food by Special Occasions Catering, music by Garden City Jazz Group; silent auction; Chavone Hollimon (706) 721-1869

JUNIOR LEAGUE OF AUGUSTA HOLIDAY MARKET: Nov. 18-20, Augusta Marriott at the Convention Center; $7 all three days; shopping expo, stage events; Ladies Night event 7-11 p.m. Nov. 18 ($30 advance: $35 at door), Photos with Santa 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 19 ($15 for Santa visit, photo, CD, more); tickets from, (706) 736-0033 or at Junior League office, 363 Highland Ave. in Surrey Center

CHRISTMAS CRAFTS & CAROLING: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 19, Savannah Rapids Pavilion, 3300 Evans to Locks Road; indoor craft show, food, entertainment; (706) 312-7192,

24TH ANNUAL NORTH AUGUSTA CHRISTMAS TOUR OF HOMES: 5:30-9:30 p.m. Dec. 2 and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 3; advance tickets $17, $20 day of tour; brunch and fashion show 10 a.m. Dec. 3 at First Baptist Church of North Augusta; (803) 279-4844

41ST ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CRAFT SHOW: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 2 and 3, Odell Weeks Activity Center, Whiskey Road, Aiken; vendors from all over the Southeast with handmade treasures; all ages, children must be accompanied by an adult; (803) 642-7631

ALLELUIA COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 3, Peach Orchard and Lumpkin roads; baked goods, German and Italian dinners, entertainment, auction, bookstore, crafts, coffee house; (706) 798-1882

’TIS THE SEASON: 7 and 8 p.m. Dec. 3, 10, 12; 6, 7 and 8 p.m. Dec. 17, 19, 26; DuPont Planetarium, USC Aiken, 471 University Parkway; $4.50 adults, $3.50 seniors, $2.50 students 4K-12; reservations encouraged; planetarium show traces world’s holiday customs, explains Earth’s seasons, presents possible explanations for the star of Bethlehem;

BERRY CENTER INC. 50TH ANNIVERSARY, ART SALE, HOLIDAY CELEBRATION: 2-4 p.m. Dec. 4, The Partridge Inn, 2110 Walton Way; free; Very Berry art and music to celebrate the holiday season and 50th anniversary; music by Bill Karp; (706) 738-6792

12TH ANNUAL AUGUSTA MOTORCYCLE TOY RUN TO BENEFIT MILITARY FAMILIES: Held by Southeastern Chapter of the Paralyzed Veterans of America; kick stands up 1:30 p.m. Dec. 4, Augusta Museum of History; rain or shine, warm or cold; all motorcycles welcome; one new, unwrapped toy or $10 per rider; police escort to 4010 Deans Bridge Road, Hephzibah, where toys will be collected for delivery to Fort Gordon; refreshments at end of ride; (803) 634-0785, (706) 796-6301

AUGUSTA OPERA GUILD HOLIDAY WINE-TASTING: 7-9 p.m. Dec. 8, the historic home of Al Cheatham, 808 Milledge Road; Vino e Voce, an evening of wine and song; Dennis Sodomka, wine critic for Augusta Magazine and Augusta Chronicle columnist will present wines paired with hors d’oeuvres; Augusta Opera soloists will perform arias and duets; formal attire encouraged; $50; purchase before Dec. 1 from; (706) 364-9114

AIKEN COUNTY HISTORIC GINGERBREAD CONTEST: Dec. 8-11, Aiken County Historical Museum. 433 Newberry St. SW; entries must feature Aiken County historic site, registration forms at museum; register by Nov. 30; categories for all ages; (803) 642-2015 or Del Hickey at (803) 642-5852,

REINDOG ROMP AND PET FAIR WITH AIKEN SPCA: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 10, Odell Weeks Activity Center, Whiskey Road, Aiken; $10, includes bandana for pet; fee waived for walkers who collect more than $100 in donations; (803) 648-6863,

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA: 8:30 p.m. Dec. 10, Odell Weeks Activity Center, Rooms 6 and 7; Santa has breakfast with children and listens to holiday wishes; holiday craft; register by Dec. 4; ages 12 and under (must be accompanied by an adult); (803) 642-7631

HOLIDAY BAZAAR AND SPAGHETTI DINNER: 5:30-8:30 p.m. Dec. 15, Evans Middle School, 4785 Hereford Farm Road; crafts, holiday decor, jewelry, handmade items, kitchen needs and wishes, accessories, gifts; to support Evans Middle School Parent Teacher Organization and Boosters; free admission;

HOLIDAY CHEER 2011: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Dec. 17, Jabez Hardin Performing Arts Center, 720 N. Belair Road, Evans; presented by Cutno Dance Center

KWANZAA COMMUNITY CELEBRATION AND MARKETPLACE: 3-7 p.m. Dec. 18, Diamond Lakes Community Center; dance, music, performances, tribute to community elders, lectures, marketplace, activities for children, caricature drawings, community drum circle; open to all, regardless of racial or cultural background; some proceeds benefit C.H. Terrell Academy and Cycle for Freedom; vendors and performers contact Denise Lipscomb or Baruti Tucker (706) 394-0190,


GARDEN LIGHTS, HOLIDAY NIGHTS: 5-10 p.m. Nov. 19-Jan. 7 (closed Dec. 24, 31), Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1345 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta; nearly 1 million bulbs light a winter wonderland; carolers, refreshments; $18.95 adults; $12.95, ages 3-17; member discount; (404) 876-5859,

LIGHTS BEFORE CHRISTMAS: 6-9 p.m. Nov. 19-Dec. 30 (closed Nov. 24, Dec. 24-25), Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Garden, 500 Wildlife Parkway, Columbia; nearly 1 million lights, animated displays, refreshments, visits with Santa;

DR. SEUSS’ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! THE MUSICAL: Nov. 29-Dec. 4, Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta;, 1-800-982-2787

TYBEE FOR THE HOLIDAYS: Events include Lights On for Tybee Celebration Dec. 2, parade Dec. 3 and Holiday Shop-n-Stroll Dec. 3-4. A Floating Christmas Parade with decorated boats, skiffs and yachts is Dec. 10;

NEWBERRY (S.C.) OPERA HOUSE: Holiday shows: Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver Christmas Dec. 1; Palmetto Mastersingers Dec. 2; An Irish Christmas Dec. 5; Christmas With Emile Pandolfi Dec. 6; Carolina FreeStyle Holiday Show Dec. 7; John Tesh – Big Band Christmas! Dec. 13; A Christmas Carol, The Musical Dec. 14; for tickets, (803) 276-6264 or

ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: Handel’s Messiah, Atlanta Symphony Hall, 8 p.m. Dec. 1 and 3; $29-$59; ASO Gospel Christmas, 8 p.m. Dec. 2 and 2 p.m. Dec. 3, Memorial Arts Building, Woodruff Arts Center; $15-$42;, (404) 733-5000