Holiday happenings

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THURSDAY

DECK THE HALLS WITH HISTORIC AUGUSTA: 10:30 a.m. , Joseph R. Lamar Boyhood Home, 415 Seventh St.; Greg Boulus, of Charleston Street Fine Flowers and Events, will have tips for holiday decorating; light refreshments and poinsettia cocktails; $20; benefits Historic Augusta; tickets at Historic Augusta, 415 Seventh St., Charleston Street Fine Flowers and Events, 449 Highland Ave.; (706) 724-0436; www.historicaugusta.org

CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING: 6:30 p.m. , history walk at Augusta State University, 2500 Walton Way; with caroling by the ASU Choir, cookies and hot chocolate, visit by Santa ; (706) 737-1759 , www.aug.edu

FRIDAY

'TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE LIGHTED BOAT PARADE: 6:30 p.m. , Savannah River at the Jessye Norman Amphitheater, Riverwalk and Ninth Street

FRIDAY-SATURDAY

NORTH AUGUSTA CHRISTMAS TOUR OF HOMES: 5:30-9:30 p.m. Friday , 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday ; featuring seven homes decorated for the holidays; Arts and Heritage Center open for refreshments and a rest stop; gift shop open for Christmas shopping; $15 until 2 p.m. Dec. 4; $18 on days of tour; benefits scholarships for North Augusta High School seniors; (803) 279-484 4

FRIDAY-SUNDAY

HISTORIC HOLIDAY CANDLELIGHT TOUR: Augusta's finest Christmas traditions: 5-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday , 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Boyhood Home of President Woodrow Wilson, 419 Seventh St.; Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History, 1116 Phillips St.; Meadow Garden: Home of George Walton, 1320 Independence Drive; 1797 Ezekiel Harris House, 1822 Broad St.; Redcliffe Plantation State Historic Site, 181 Redcliffe Road, Beech Island; $15 adults, $7 students grades K-12; ages 5 and younger free; tickets at the house museums during the tour; benefits the museums in tour; advance tickets at Historic Augusta, 415 Seventh St., and Charleston Street Fine Flowers and Events, 449 Highland Ave.; Historic Augusta (706) 724-0436, www.historicaugusta.org

SATURDAY

CHRISTMAS LIGHT-UP SPECTACULAR: Downtown Augusta; 3 p.m. Miss Augusta Christmas Fantasy Parade on Broad Street, 4:30-

6:30 p.m. Family Fun on Augusta Common, Light-up Spectacular officially begins at 6:30 p.m. with Mayor Deke Copenhaver "throwing the lights" and a fireworks display; www.augustachronicle.com/christmaslightup

CHRISTMAS FANTASY PARADE: 3 p.m., Broad Street, downtown Augusta; walking groups, marching bands, floats; entry forms available at www.augustaga.gov, myaugustadowntown.com

COLUMBIA COUNTY CHRISTMAS TREE: 3-7 p.m. , Columbia County Amphitheatre, Evans; help light the tree: sponsor lights on the tree in honor of or in memory of loved ones ; the names of all donors and their honorees will be displayed in The Columbia County News-Times and recognized during the "Christmas in America" ceremony; (706) 312-7191

ALLELUIA COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL: 8 a.m. to noon and 4:30-8 p.m. , Alleluia Community School; bakery, yard sale, silent auction, arts and crafts, German and Italian food, coffee house, games; benefits Alleluia Community School; (706) 798-1882

GROVETOWN PARADE: 35th annual parade at noon; Robinson Avenue from Summerfield subdivision to the intersection of Wrightsboro Road

SUNDAY

NORTH AUGUSTA CHRISTMAS PARADE: 3-4:30 p.m. , Georgia Avenue from the intersection of Martintown Road to Buena Vista Avenue; (803) 441-4308

COLUMBIA COUNTY CHRISTMAS PARADE: The Merchants Association of Columbia County parade, 2 p.m.; 100 entries will follow Evans Town Center Boulevard to Washington Road and onto Belair Road to Owens/Cox Road

AIKEN CHRISTMAS PARADE: 2 p.m.; theme: Christmas Through The Years

 
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