Holiday Events

Hundreds gather at the Augusta Common to see the fireworks after the Augusta tree lighting.

Holiday Gingerbread Village: Through Nov. 28; closed Thanksgiving Day; Augusta Museum of History, 560 Reynolds St.; Free; history-theme gingerbread houses on display and available for purchase through silent auction; proceeds benefit museum programs; (706) 722-8454


'Tis the Season Non-juried Art Exhibition Opening Reception: 6-8 p.m. today, exhibit through Dec. 30; Aiken Center for the Arts, 122 Laurens St. SW; (803) 641-9094

Augusta Children's Chorale Just Desserts Holiday Concert: 7 p.m. today; Sacred Heart Cultural Center, 1301 Greene St.; $10; dessert reception will follow; (706) 826-4718

Holiday Open House: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. today; Sacred Heart Cultural Center Gift Shop, 1301 Greene St.; (706) 826-4700

Dear Santa: Today-Saturday, Dec. 3-4; dinner at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m. Reservations required; Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre, Third Avenue Suite 32100, Fort Gordon; for ages 9 and older; civilians $38; seniors (65 and older), military retirees, Department of the Army civilians, active duty E7 and above $36; E6 and below $30; show only $25; (706) 793-8552

Holiday Treats and Wines: 7 p.m. Friday; North Augusta Community Center, 495 Brookside Ave.; $20 members, $25 nonmembers; Tasters Guild, Savannah River Chapter; (803) 279-9522

Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday; Bartow Community Club Mancin Auditorium, 1138 Academy Circle, Bartow, Ga.; $10 adults, $5 ages 12 and under; (478) 364-3340 and leave message;

Holiday Brick Yard Market: 3-7 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday; Boeckh Park, Hammond's Ferry; Food and craft vendors, live music, street performers; Santa will visit Friday; (803) 613-1641

The Christmas Music of Mannheim Steamroller, by Chip Davis: 4 and 8 p.m. Saturday; Bell Auditorium; $55-$65;

Lights of the South: 6-10 p.m. Saturday through Dec. 30; 633 Louisville Road; light display;

Christmas Crafts & Caroling: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; Savannah Rapids Pavilion, 3300 Evans to Locks Road; Free; crafts, food, live entertainment;

Magic in the Making: Sweets with the Sugar Plum Fairy: 2-4 p.m. Sunday; Morris Museum of Art, 1 10th St.; $5 per child; adult members free, adult nonmembers $5; children can meet the cast of The Nutcracker and create a tiara or a crown; (706) 828-3835

Starlight Cinema: All Aboard the Polar Express: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday; Roy Warner Park, 4287 Festival Trail Road, Wagener; Free; Polar Express; hot cocoa and cider will be served; (803) 642-7559

The Nutcracker: 7 p.m. Nov. 26; 1 and 5 p.m. Nov. 27-28; Imperial Theatre, 749 Broad St.; $17-$45; presented by Dance Augusta; (706) 722-8341

A Christmas Story: 8 p.m. Nov. 26-27, Dec. 3-4, 10-11 and 3 p.m. Dec. 5; Aiken Community Playhouse, 126 Newberry St.; $17; (803) 648-1438

A Holiday Evening at Redcliffe Plantation: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 27; Redcliffe Plantation State Historic Site, 181 Redcliffe Road, Beech Island, S.C.; open house at historic mansion, refreshments; advance tickets $6 adult, $5 S.C. senior, $4.50 ages 6-16 with purchase of regular ticket at Redcliffe through Nov. 26; day of the open house: $10 adult, $7.50 S.C. senior, ages 6-16; (803) 827-1473 or e-mail

Captain Claus Cruises the Augusta Canal: 1:30-2 p.m. photos; 2-2:30 p.m. minicruise and 2:30- 3:30 photos, 3:30-4 p.m. minicruise, Nov. 28 and Dec. 5; Augusta Canal Interpretive Center, 1450 Greene St.; $8 per person; (706) 823-0440, ext. 4

Tree Lighting and Carols: 6 p.m. Nov. 29; tree lit about 6:10; John Calhoun Park, Georgia and Carolina avenues, North Augusta; entertainment; visit from Santa; (803) 441-4300

Aiken Concert Band Holiday Concert: 8 p.m. Nov. 29; USC Aiken Etherredge Center, 471 University Parkway; (803) 641-3305

Jingle Bell Jaunt: Through Nov. 30; downtown Augusta; Get a Jingle Bell Ring (includes cards from 22 businesses); find jingle bell display at each and be entered to win gift certificate pack worth more than $500;

Feast of Carols: 7 p.m. Dec. 1 and 3; USCA Etherredge Center, 471 University Parkway; $40; traditional holiday buffet and music recalling old Christmas specials such as those of Bing Crosby, Bob Hope and Andy Williams; (803) 641-3305

Christmas at the Boyhood Home of President Woodrow Wilson: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturdays, Dec. 1-31; 415 Seventh St.; Decorations from the Civil War period; (706) 724-0436,

Our Christmas Celebration: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1-31; closed Nov. 25; Aiken County Historical Museum, 433 Newberry St. SW; (803) 642-2015

Return to Bethlehem: 6-9 p.m. Dec. 1-4; Grace United Methodist Church, 639 Georgia Ave.; Walk-through representation of Bethlehem at the time of the birth of Christ; (803) 279-7525

An Old Fashioned Christmas Festival: 5 p.m. Dec. 2; Barton Field, Fort Gordon; Kris Kringle market, entertainment, hayrides, cookies, hot cocoa, crafts, Santa; (706) 791-6779

Tree-lighting ceremony: 6:30 p.m. Dec. 3; Laurens Street and Richland Avenue, Aiken; Free; Mayor Fred Cavanaugh will lead the ceremony; live music, refreshments, caroling; appearances by Santa and Mrs. Claus; (803) 642-7631

Christmas Light-Up Spectacular annual Boat Parade: 6:30 p.m. Dec. 3; Jessye Norman Amphitheater;

Symphony Orchestra Pops! at the Bell: Wycliffe Gordon Jazz Quartet, Holiday Festival Chorus: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3; Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St.; $18.76-$42.12;

A Celtic Christmas: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3; St. Mary on the Hill Catholic Church, 1420 Monte Sano Ave.; Evening of Irish, Southern, traditional Christmas songs and stories with Harry O'Donoghue, the host of Georgia Public Radio's The Green Island Radio Show, and singer/songwriter/guitarist Carroll Brown; $15; Jeff Ryan, (706) 284-1531 or

40th annual Christmas Craft Show: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 3-4; H. Odell Weeks Center, 1700 Whiskey Road; Free; crafts, food, visit from Santa; (803) 642-7631

Uncle Dickie's Holiday Extravaganza: 8 p.m. Dec. 3-4, 10-11, 16-18; Le Chat Noir, 304 Eighth St.; $25;; (706) 722-3322

North Augusta Christmas Tour of Homes: Candlelight tour 5:30- 9:30 p.m. Dec. 3 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 4; Arts and Heritage Center of North Augusta, 100 Georgia Ave.; Beta Sigma Phi-sponsored tour of six homes and Sweetbay Cottage at the River Club; $15 advance beginning Monday at Jim Bush Flower Shop, Greater North Augusta Chamber of Commerce, Communigraphics, Parks Pharmacy; $18 day of tour; Heritage Center open for light refreshments and rest stop; proceeds benefit North Augusta High School scholarships, Pal Boxing Club, School Wish List and others; (803) 279-4844, (803) 279-5074

A Nutcracker Tea: 2 p.m. Dec. 4; Aiken County Historical Museum, 433 Newberry St. SW; $10 adults, $5 children, available at Unique Expressions and 3 Monkeys; (803) 648-5771

A Holly Day in Downtown Aiken: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 4; Downtown Aiken; participating shops offer a variety of treats to put you in the holiday spirit; (803) 649-2221,

Breakfast and Photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus: 9-11 a.m. Dec. 4; Morris Museum of Art, 1 10th St.; $10, includes breakfast, museum admission, supervised art project; photos by Barry Koenig, available for purchase at; (706) 828-3825

Christmas in America Festival: 5-7 p.m. Dec. 4; Columbia County Amphitheater, 7022 Evans Town Center Blvd.; Free; tree lighting, music, caroling, food, crafts, visit from Santa; (706) 312-7191

Holiday Funk Festival featuring Brick: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4; Imperial Theatre; Five-member platinum recording band combines house, R&B and jazz; with special guests Missing Pieces, Planet Jazz Allstars;

Augusta Christmas Market: Noon-6 p.m. Dec. 4; Augusta Common;

The Augusta Chronicle Christmas Light Up Spectacular: 4:30 p.m. Dec. 4; Augusta Common

2010 Augusta Christmas Fantasy Parade: 3 p.m. Dec. 4; Broad Street; awards for best large and small floats, most spirited walking group; entry forms at; or e-mail to

Alleluia Community Christmas Festival: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 4; coffeehouse opens at 6 p.m.; Alleluia Community School, 2819 Peach Orchard Road; Bakery, silent auction, arts and crafts, bookstore, German and Italian dinners, games, entertainment; (706) 798-1882

Christmas for the Birds: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 4; Living History Park, 299 W. Spring Grove Ave.; free; bring apples, oranges or peanut butter for birds and pet food to be donated; children will make bird feeders to hang on trees for Christmas; cider and cookies served; story times at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m., 12:30 and 1:30 p.m.;

Home for the Holidays with Wycliffe Gordon: 8 p.m. Dec. 4; USCA Etherredge Center, 471 University Parkway; (803) 641-3305

Columbia County Christmas Parade: 1-5 p.m. Dec. 5; begins at Evans to Locks Road and Evans Town Center Boulevard and ends at Evans High School on Cox Road; Friday is deadline to enter; for entry information, contact Billy Frankie at (706) 650-8151

Artrageous! Family Sunday: Holiday Time: 2 p.m. Dec. 5; Morris Museum of Art, 1 10th St.; Scavenger hunt, create your own ornament;

Music at the Morris: From One to Ninety-Two: 2 p.m. Dec. 5; Morris Museum of Art, 1 10th St.; Singer/songwriter Tara Scheyer sings holiday songs for the whole family; free;

A Service of Nine Lessons and Carols: 7 p.m. Dec. 7; Sacred Heart Cultural Center; $25; The Augusta Choral Society and The Augusta Collegium Musicum; fundraiser for Guild of Sacred Heart; (706) 826-4700

Deck the Halls with Historic Augusta: 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Dec. 8; 415 Seventh St.; create evergreen arrangement, see Boyhood Home of President Woodrow Wilson in holiday decor; $30 advance at Historic Augusta, Charleston Street Fine Flowers, 449 Highland Ave.; (706) 220-7221

Night of 1,000 Lights: 6-9 p.m. Dec. 9; Downtown Aiken; businesses stay open late, luminarias line streets; food, festivities, visit from Santa; (803) 649-2221,

Columbia County Youth Orchestra Christmas Concert: 7 p.m. Dec. 9; Augusta Christian Schools Auditorium, 470 Fury's Ferry Road; Free; presented with the Augusta Christian Schools Band; (706) 860-6573, ext. 114

A Swingin' Holiday: 3 and 8 p.m. Dec. 10; Fort Discovery, 1 Seventh St.; Nick Hilscher and his Big Band present the music of Frank Sinatra; $25;

Aiken Choral Society Winter Concert: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10 and 3 p.m. Dec. 12; Cornerstone Baptist Church, 1618 Sherwood Place, Aiken; $15, (803) 649-6570

Aiken Choral Society's 22nd annual Holiday Homes Tour: 3:30-7 p.m. Dec. 11; Aiken County Historical Museum, 433 Newberry St. SW; $15; (803) 649-3057

Messiah and Candlelight: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11; St. Paul's Church, 605 Reynolds St.; $25; Augusta Choral Society, (706) 826-4713,

A Christmas Carol - The Musical: 8 p.m. Dec. 11 and 3 p.m. Dec. 12; Imperial Theatre; $15-$41, Augusta Players; (706) 826-4707,

Breakfast with Santa: 8:30 a.m. Dec. 11; H. Odell Weeks Activity Center, 1700 Whiskey Road, Aiken; have breakfast with Santa, make crafts; under 12 must be with adult; $2 with breakfast; register by Dec. 4; (803) 642-7631

Kringle's Window: 3 p.m. Dec. 11-12, 8 p.m. Dec. 17-18, 3 p.m. Dec. 19; Edgefield County Theatre Company, William Miller Bauknight Theatre at the Joanne T. Rainsford Discovery Center, 405 Main St., Edgefield; $15 adults, $10 under 17; (803) 637-3833

Christmas in Hopelands: 5:30- 9:30 p.m. Dec. 11-12, 18-19; 6-9:30 p.m. Dec. 16-17, 20-23; 5:30-9:30 p.m. Dec. 26; Hopelands Gardens, 101 Dupree Place; free; (803) 642-7631

Augusta Chorale annual Christmas Concert: 4 p.m. Dec. 12; Gilbert-Lambuth Chapel, Paine College, 1235 15th St.; $15; (706) 821-8200

Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, Masterworks Series: 4 p.m. Dec. 12; St. John's Methodist Church, 104 Newberry St., NW; (803) 641-3305

Aiken Christmas Parade: 2 p.m. Dec. 12; downtown Aiken; (803) 648-8955

Holiday Music with the Augusta Collegium Musicum: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13; Augusta Museum of History rotunda, 560 Reynolds St.; a capella chamber choir sings Christmas music from around the world; $10 museum and collegium members, $15 nonmembers; arrive early, limited seating; proceeds benefit museum programs; (706) 722-8454,

Handel's Messiah, Columbia County Choral Society with Davidson Fine Arts Chamber Orchestra: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17; First Baptist Church of Evans, Belair and Washington roads; $15; $10 seniors, students, active duty military and dependents, and groups; (762) 233-7793 (local call),

12 Bands of Christmas concert: 6:30 p.m. Dec. 18; doors open at 6 p.m.; Imperial Theatre; $10, children 5 and younger free; 48Volt, The Crowns, NoStar, Tara Scheyer and The Mud Puppy Band, My Instant Lunch, G-City Rockers, L.i.E., Will McCranie, Brandon Bower, Sibling Strings, John Kolbeck and The Unmentionables;

The Nutcracker: 7 p.m. Dec. 18 and 2 p.m. Dec. 19; USCA Etherredge Center, 471 University Parkway; $20 adults, $15 seniors and students; Aiken Civic Ballet production, (803) 648-5771

I'll Be Home for Christmas, a Tribute to Elvis with Jason Sikes: 3 p.m. Dec. 19; URS Center for the Performing Arts, 126 Newberry St. S.W., Aiken; with Sassy Brass Band; $22, front row $30; (803) 593-1756 or (803) 648-1438

Columbia County Civic Orchestra Christmas Concert: 6 p.m. Dec. 19; West Acres Baptist Church, 555 Gibbs Road; Handel's Messiah, (706) 860-6573, ext. 114

John Berry Christmas Tour 2010: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 21; Imperial Theatre; $27, $20, child ticket rate available (706) 722-8341

Starlight Cinema: Elf: 6:30 p.m. Dec. 21; Graniteville Recreation Center Complex, 917 Jefferson Davis Highway; free; photos with Santa; new or gently used hats, scarves and mittens collected for Cumbee Center; (803) 642-7559

Concert With a Cause: Christmas Eve Concert of Lessons and Carols: 10:30 p.m. Dec. 24; St. John United Methodist Church, (706) 724-9641; free; donations will benefit United Methodist Children's Home; (706) 724-9641