Holiday events

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Ingrid Etterlee works on her gingerbread creation of Fat Man's Forest for this year's Gingerbread Village display at the Augusta Museum of History. The creations can be viewed through Sunday.

Holiday Gingerbread Village: Through Sunday; 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: Through Dec. 30; Aiken Center for the Arts, 122 Laurens St. S.W.; (803) 641-9094

Dear Santa: 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

Lights of the South: 6-10 p.m. through Dec. 30; 633 Louisville Road; holiday light display, hayrides, hot chocolate, baked goods; adults $7.50, children 4-17 $4, children 3 and younger free;

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

A Christmas Story: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 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. Saturday; Redcliffe Plantation State Historic Site, 181 Redcliffe Road, Beech Island; informal open house at historic mansion decorated for the holidays, refreshments; advance tickets $6 adult, $5 S.C. senior, $4.50 ages 6-16 with purchase of regular ticket at Redcliffe through Friday; tickets 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, Sunday 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. Monday; tree lit about 6:10 p.m.; John Calhoun Park, Georgia and Carolina avenues, North Augusta; entertainment; visit from Santa; (803) 441-4300

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

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

Feast of Carols: 7 p.m. Wednesday and Dec. 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. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturdays through Dec. 31; 415 Seventh St.; decorations from the Civil War period; (706) 724-0436,

Our Christmas Celebration: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 2-5 p.m. Sunday through Dec. 31; closed Mondays and Thanksgiving Day; Aiken County Historical Museum, 433 Newberry St. SW; Christmas trees and decorations, (803) 642-2015

Return to Bethlehem: 6-9 p.m. Wednesday-Dec. 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 and hot cocoa, crafts, visit from Santa; (706) 791-6779,

Tree-lighting ceremony: 6:30 p.m. Dec. 3; center of 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 Activities 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 a rest stop; proceeds benefit North Augusta High School scholarships, North Augusta Pal Boxing Club, North Augusta School Wish List and other charities; (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; tickets available at Unique Expressions and 3 Monkeys; (803) 648-5771

A Holly Day in Downtown Aiken: 10 a.m. to 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 and a 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, 749 Broad St.; five-member platinum recording band combines house, R&B and jazz, with special guests Missing Pieces, Planet Jazz Allstars;

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 float, best small float, most spirited walking group; entry forms at; or send e-mail to

Christmas Tour of Homes Brunch and Fashion Show: 10 a.m. Dec. 4; First Baptist Church of North Augusta, 625 Georgia Ave.; $10, tickets must be purchased by Tuesday; fashions by Coldwater Creek; music by No Strings Attached; (706) 831-9624

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, hot dog stand, boiled peanuts, 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 the birds and pet food to be donated to a local pet adoption center; 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

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 celebrates the holidays with songs for the whole family; free;

A Service of Nine Lessons and Carols: 7 p.m. Dec. 7; Sacred Heart Cultural Center; 1301 Greene St.; $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 an evergreen arrangement, see the Boyhood Home of President Woodrow Wilson in holiday decor, shop for candles, topiaries, paperwhites; $30 in advance at Historic Augusta, Charleston Street Fine Flowers and Events, 449 Highland Ave., or call (706) 220-7221

Night of 1,000 Lights: 6-9 p.m. Dec. 9; downtown Aiken; sponsoring 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 Furys 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

It's the Night Before Christmas: 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Dec. 11; Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theater, Augusta State University, 2500 Walton Way; Augusta West Dance Guild presents the Augusta West Performing Companies; $10, purchase at ticket window or Augusta West Dance, 146 Davis Road; a portion of proceeds will be donated to local charity; bring a new, unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots to receive a free program; (706) 860-0998,

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, 749 Broad St.; $15-$41, Augusta Players performance; (706) 826-4707,

Breakfast with Santa: 8:30 a.m. Dec. 11; H. Odell Weeks Activities Center, 1700 Whiskey Road, Aiken; children can have breakfast with Santa and tell him their holiday wishes, make crafts; children younger than 12 must be with adult; $2 per person with breakfast; preregister 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 younger than 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, donations accepted; gardens decorated for Christmas; refreshments; park at Goodwill lot on Whiskey Road; Dec. 11-12, 17-19: crafts for kids and craft vendors at Rye Patch and concerts at Roland H. Windham Stage; bring blanket or chair; (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, 749 Broad St.; $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 the Sassy Brass Band and special guests from Motown; $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) 722-7834

Starlight Cinema: Elf ; 6:30 p.m. Dec. 21; Graniteville Recreation Center Complex, 917 Jefferson Davis Highway; free; photos with Santa; Aiken County parks and recreation staff will collect new or gently used hats, scarves and mittens for the 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 be taken to benefit United Methodist Children's Home; (706) 724-9641