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TODAY

LIGHTS OF THE SOUTH: 6-10 p.m. daily through Dec. 30; hayrides, visit with Santa or stop in at Mrs. Claus's kitchen; 633 Louisville Road, Grovetown; $7.50 adults, $4 children ages 4-17, free for children 3 and younger; closed Christmas Day; (706) 825-6441

BRING A BEAR BRUNCH: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Partridge Inn, 2110 Walton Way; gourmet holiday buffet, $21.95 for adults, free for children 12 and younger who donate a teddy bear to the Medical College of Georgia Children's Medical Center; bears will be given to children Christmas morning; (706) 737-8888

COMING HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS: 5-8 p.m., home of Mr. and Mrs. Charles William Hock Jr., 1000 Milledge Road; featuring Brian Osborne, Lindsay Davis, Mary Brooke Quarles, Susannah McLeod, Arwen Myers, Stephen Faulk, Caroline Bruker, Isaac Holmes, Melanie Larsen, Andrea Collins, Gary Whitford, Robyn Macey, Amy Christian, Maggie Salley, Anna Grace Peebles, Colleen Kennedy, Sawyer Branham; raffle will be held; $50; presented by Augusta Opera; (706) 496-7600

CHRISTMAS IN HOPELANDS: 5:30-9:30 p.m. today-Wednesday and Saturday; walk-through exhibit features more than 1.5 miles of lighted pathways and holiday displays; shuttle service from Goodwill parking lot from 5:30 to 9 p.m.; crafts in Rye Patch Reception Center 5:30-9:30 p.m. today; St. John's Church Ringspiration 7 p.m. today, Roland H. Windham Performing Arts Stage; bring a blanket or lawn chair; (803) 642-7631

MONDAY

CHRISTMAS MOVIES: 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, Nancy Carson Library, 135 Edgefield Road, North Augusta; Prancer , Monday; Santa Claus: The Movie , Tuesday; Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas , Wednesday; (803) 279-5767

WINTER CAMP FOR CHILDREN AGES 5-12: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Wednesday; also held Dec. 28-Jan. 1; Family Y, 401 W. Martintown Road, North Augusta; first session, $60 members, $90 others; second session, $80 members, $120 others; (803) 278-0882

WEDNESDAY

COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS: Candlelight service and community outreach, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Columbia County Amphitheater, Evans; to sign up for caroling, go to mosaicumc.org or vineyardaugusta.org; (705) 650-9187

CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES

STEVENS CREEK CHURCH: 600 Stevens Creek Road; 3, 4:45 and 6:30 p.m.; (706) 863-7002

ST. TERESA OF AVILA CATHOLIC CHURCH: 4921 Columbia Road, Grovetown, 4 p.m. with contemporary choir, 6:30 p.m. children's Mass, 11:30 p.m. midnight Mass; (706) 863-4956

TRUE NORTH CHURCH: 419 W. Martintown Road, North Augusta; 4, 5:30, and 7 p.m.; (803) 279-1555

VINEYARD COMMUNITY CHURCH: 4274 Frontage Road; 4 and 11 p.m. including carols, Scripture and Communion; (706) 364-7772

WARREN BAPTIST CHURCH: 3203 Washington Road; 4 and 5:30 p.m.; (706) 860-6878

FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH: 224 Barnwell Ave. N.W., Aiken; 4:30 and 7:30 p.m.; (803) 648-2662

WEST ACRES BAPTIST CHURCH: 555 Gibbs Road, Evans; 5 p.m.; (706) 860-6573

FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF AUGUSTA: 642 Telfair St.; 5 p.m. family service, 6 p.m. festival service; (706) 823-2450

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF AIKEN: 120 Chesterfield St.; 5 p.m. including carols, candlelight and Communion; (803) 648-5476

FIRST BAPTIST OF AUGUSTA: 3500 Walton Way Ext.; 3 p.m. family service and 5 p.m. candlelight Communion; (706) 733-2236

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF NORTH AUGUSTA: 625 Georgia Ave.; 5 p.m.; (803) 279-6370

MILLBROOK BAPTIST CHURCH: 176 E. Pine Log Road, Aiken; 5 p.m.; (803) 648-4167

ST. JOHN'S UNITED METHODIST CHURCH: 104 Newberry St. N.W., Aiken; 6 and 11 p.m.; (803) 648-6891

ST. MARY ON THE HILL CATHOLIC CHURCH: 1220 Monte Sano Ave.; 6 p.m. family Mass, 9 p.m. brass with parish choir, midnight featuring brass with congregational singing; (706) 733-8402

ABILENE BAPTIST CHURCH: 3917 Washington Road; 6:30 p.m. including a silent Lord's Supper; (706) 869-1774

ST. JOHN UNITED METHODIST: 736 Greene St., concert 10:30 p.m., lessons and carols 11 p.m.; nursery provided; offering benefits The United Methodist Children's Home; (706) 724-9641

HOLY TRINITY ANGLICAN CHURCH: Merovan Business Center, U.S. Highway 25, North Augusta; 10:30 p.m.; (803) 341-0075

FRIDAY

SUNRISE SERVICE: 6 a.m., Good Hope Missionary Baptist

CHRISTMAS SERVICE: 10 a.m., True Vine Baptist

Midnight Dance Party: Doors 9 p.m., The Country Club Dance, 2834 Washington Road, (706) 364-1862


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