Christmas Events

It's a big weekend for holiday happenings. Here's a sampling:



11 A.M. TO 4 P.M.: North Augusta Christmas Tour of Homes, featuring six homes decorated for the holidays; sponsored by Beta Sigma Phi; benefits scholarships for North Augusta High School seniors; (803) 279-5074

2-8 P.M.: Holiday Candlelight Tour; The Boyhood Home of President Woodrow Wilson, 419 Seventh St.; Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History, 1116 Phillips St.; Meadow Garden, 1320 Independence Drive; The 1797 Ezekiel Harris House, 1822 Broad St.; Redcliffe Plantation State Historic Site, 181 Redcliffe Road, Beech Island; $15 adults, $7 students K-12; children 4 and younger free; benefits the museums; (706) 724-0436

10 A.M. TO 6:30 P.M.: The Augusta Chronicle Christmas Light-Up Spectacular; holiday market on the Eighth Street bulkhead from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; annual Augusta Christmas Fantasy Parade on Broad Street from 2 to 4 p.m.; family fun events 3:30 to 6:30, Augusta Common; and lighting of the Christmas tree at Augusta Common and street decorations across downtown at 6:15 p.m.

10 A.M.: Breakfast with Santa, Depot on Main Street, Thomson; $10, must be purchased in advance at the chamber of commerce; (706) 597-1000,

NOON-5 P.M.: It's The Night Before Christmas, Augusta West Dance Guild production, Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre, Augusta State University, 2500 Walton Way; $10 adults, $8 seniors and children; Augusta West Dance Guild production; (706) 860-0998

10 A.M. TO 2 P.M.: Christmas for the Birds, Living History Park, 299 W. Spring Grove Ave., North Augusta; (803) 279-7560

3-9 P.M.: Christmas in America festival, Columbia County Amphitheater behind the library on Evans Town Center Boulevard; concert featuring performances by Tara Scheyer and the Mud Puppy Band, Ship of Fools, Pat Blanchard, Jayson Sabo and the Shoals, followed by the lighting of the Columbia County Christmas tree and an outdoor screening of the movie Elf; food, arts and crafts and photos with Santa; admission is free with the donation of one new toy

5:30 P.M.: Christmas homes tour, features eight homes within walking distance of downtown Thomson, $20, available at chamber of commerce; Christmas parade 3 p.m. Sunday; (706) 597-1000,

HOLLY DAYS: Music performances Saturdays through Dec. 20, downtown Aiken shopping district


8 P.M. TODAY, 3 P.M. SUNDAY: CHRISTMAS BELLES, Aiken Community Playhouse, Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 126 Newberry St., Aiken; adults $17, seniors $15, students $12, ages 11 and younger $6; (803) 648-1438; aikencommunityplay

8 P.M. TODAY, 5 P.M. SUNDAY: A Tuna Christmas, Le Chat Noir, 304 Eighth St.; $25; (706) 722-3322,


1 P.M.: Augusta Toy Run, motorcycle ride to the Southeastern Paralyzed Veterans of America Chapter in Hephzibah starts at Augusta Museum of History, 560 Reynolds St.; bring one new, unwrapped toy to participate; benefits Fort Gordon's Christmas House, which serves children of active-duty soldiers; (803) 442-3877

2 P.M.: The North Augusta Christmas parade; route runs from Georgia Avenue at Martintown Road down to Buena Vista Avenue; (803) 279-0809

2 P.M.: Aiken's Christmas parade; Park Avenue to Laurens Street to Trinity Lutheran Home; (803) 644-3008

2-4 P.M.: Columbia County Merchants Association Christmas Parade; Ronald Reagan Drive, left onto Washington Road, then right on Belair to its end at Bel Air Elementary School; (706) 650-8151

3 P.M.: Thomson Christmas parade; begins at Old Middle School on Main Street to Thomson Elementary School on Fluker Street; (706) 597-1000,

4-6:30 P.M.: Edgefield Christmas Parade and holiday celebration; visit with Santa at the Discovery Center from 5-6:30 p.m. at 400 Main St., Edgefield; (803) 637-1237


6-10 P.M.: Lights of the South display, daily through Dec. 30, closed Christmas Day; 633 Louisville Road, Grovetown; free parking; $7.50 adults, $3 ages 6-17; children 5 and younger free; (706) 825-6441,



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