Holiday events

'Tis the Season Non-juried Art Exhibition: Through Dec. 30; Aiken Center for the Arts, 122 Laurens St. S.W.; (803) 641-9094


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 under free;

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; Aiken County Historical Museum, 433 Newberry St. SW; Christmas trees and decorations, (803) 642-2015

Return to Bethlehem: 6-9 p.m. through Saturday; 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. Thursday; Barton Field, Fort Gordon; Kris Kringle market, entertainment, hayrides, cookies and hot cocoa, crafts, visit from Santa; (706) 791-6779,

Feast of Carols: 7 p.m. Friday; 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

Tree-lighting ceremony: 6:30 p.m. Friday; 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

'Twas the Night Before Lighted Boat Parade: 6:30 p.m. Friday; Jessye Norman Amphitheater;

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

A Celtic Christmas: 7:30 p.m. Friday; 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

A Legendary Christmas: 8 p.m. Friday; Hardin Performing Arts Center, Columbia County Library, Ronald Reagan Drive at Evans Town Center Boulevard; Local performers cover songs by George Strait, Elvis, Celine Dion, George Jones, Gretchen Wilson, Kenny Chesney, Marvin Gaye, Karen Carpenter and Miranda Lambert; $12; (706) 394-3916

Dear Santa: Friday-Saturday; 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 Open House: 10 a.m.- 9:30 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday; Arts and Heritage Center of North Augusta, 100 Georgia Ave.; Free; (803) 441-4380

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

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

Uncle Dickie's Holiday Extravaganza: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 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. Friday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; 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

Spirits of Christmases Past: Holiday on the Hill: 6:30 p.m. Friday and 5:30-9 p.m. Saturday; Hickory Hill, 502 Hickory Hill Drive, Thomson; Spirits of Christmas past relate traditions of Sen. Thomas E. Watson's home; Friday's 45-minute tour begins with wine-and-cheese reception, $5, reservations required. Saturday's tour is part of McDuffie Tour of Homes, includes four other homes, $20; (706) 595-7777,

Brunch with Santa: 9 a.m.-noon Saturday; Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History, 1116 Phillips St.; Free; brunch with an ethnic Santa Clause; (706) 724-3576

A Nutcracker Tea: 2 p.m. Saturday; 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.-5 p.m. Saturday; 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. Saturday; 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. Saturday; 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. Saturday; 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. Saturday; Augusta Common;

2010 Augusta Christmas Fantasy Parade: 3 p.m. Saturday; 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. Saturday; First Baptist Church of North Augusta, 625 Georgia Ave.; $10; fashions by Coldwater Creek; music by No Strings Attached; (706) 831-9624

Alleluia Community Christmas Festival: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday; 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. Saturday; 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. Saturday; USCA Etherredge Center, 471 University Parkway; (803) 641-3305

Columbia County Christmas Parade: 1-5 p.m. Sunday; 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. Sunday; Morris Museum of Art, 1 10th St.; Scavenger hunt, create your own ornament;

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; Augusta Canal Interpretive Center, 1450 Greene St.; $8 per person; (706) 823-0440, ext. 4

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

A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols: 7 p.m. Tuesday; 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. Wednesday; 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 Fury's Ferry Road; Free; presented with the Augusta Christian Schools Band; (706) 860-6573, ext. 114

10th Annual Christmas at Cedar Rock: 6:30-9 p.m. Dec. 9-11; Macedonia United Methodist Church, 1/4 mile off the Camak exit on I-20 on Highway 80 North; Free hayride through lights and displays, roast marshmallows, take pictures with Santa, "Kids Only" Shop, for ages 12 and under to buy gifts for $1; crafts, baked goods, jewelry, gift baskets and more for sale; (706) 465-9607

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; www.augusta

32nd annual Jesus ... Our Treasure! The Presence of Our Christ Singing Christmas Tree: 7 p.m. Dec. 10-12 and 3 p.m. Dec. 12; Abilene Baptist Church, 3917 Washington Road; (706) 869-1774

Joy of Toys Holiday Toy Drive: 6-9 p.m. Dec. 10; Adventure Crossing, 4350 Wheeler Road; Knology, Adventure Crossing, WBBQ, Y102.3, Trantergrey Media and Firehouse Subs present toy drive to benefit Augusta's U.S. Marine Toys for Tots campaign; free cookies, cocoa, holiday music, Santa; bring new, unwrapped toy worth $10 or greater to receive free hour at Adventure Crossing, second hour $7, third hour $6; "drive thru" donations receive buy-one-get-one Adventure Crossing attraction pack and 20 tokens; chance to win free year of Knology services; (706) 364-1063

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

Breakfast with Santa: 8:30 a.m. Dec. 11; H. Odell Weeks Activity Center, 1700 Whiskey Road, Aiken; Children can have breakfast with Santa and tell him their holiday wishes, make crafts; children under 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 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, 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,

Walk Through Bethlehem: 6-9 p.m. Dec. 17-19; Harlem United Methodist Church, 115 West Milledgeville Road, Harlem, Ga.; Free; interactive walk-through nativity scene and village set in biblical times; (706) 556-6885

Christmas Music of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, hosted by THEgathering: 8 p.m. Dec. 17; Curtis Church, 1326 Broad St.; Free with a canned good donation but ticket required due to limited seating, tickets available at Rock Bottom Music; (706) 722-7348 ext. 211 or e-mail;

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 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) 722-78341

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