Originally created 11/29/06

Christmas pageantry is on the march



Christmas celebrations begin this weekend in many communities.

Aiken Mayor Fred Cavanaugh will preside over the city's annual tree-lighting ceremony Friday on Newberry street. The event starts at 6 p.m.

Saturday's festivities include a Christmas parade through downtown Graniteville at 3:30 p.m. sponsored by the Graniteville-Warrenville-Vaucluse Fire Department and Ladies Auxiliary.

About 80 groups are signed up to participate, which is about average, said Adine Corley, an organizer. She's anticipating a few more signing up by the end of the week.

"That's when a lot of them do sign up," she said of the last-minute entries.

For those who enjoy nature, there is the second annual Christmas for the Birds event at North Augusta's Living History Park on Saturday. The event, which is sponsored by the Audubon Society and Wild Birds Unlimited, is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Parents and children are invited to make tree decorations for birds, including pine cones covered in peanut butter and seeds.

"It's kind of teaching kids to take care of nature, too, and to respect birds and wildlife," said event organizer Lynn Thompson.

North Augusta will hold its Christmas parade at 3 p.m. Sunday.

In Aiken, Holly Days takes place in the downtown area each Saturday through Dec. 16, and Christmas in Hopelands begins Dec. 9 at Hopelands Gardens.

Reach Josh Gelinas at (803) 648-1395, ext. 110 or josh.gelinas@augustachronicle.com.