Holiday events: Road trips

MADISON, GA.: Gingerbread workshop sponsored by Madison Artists Guild 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, Hall behind Madison-Morgan Cultural Center, limited space, registration required $13 MAG members, $15 others, two children may work on one house; MAG Holiday Market 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1-30, Cottage in Town Park, 248 W. Jefferson St.; (706) 717-0434


CHRISTMAS WITH ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: 9 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 6-8, 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, $29-$43; ASO Kid’s Christmas – Second Chance Christmas, 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. Sundays, Dec. 9 and 16, $15-$22; Handel’s Messiah 8 p.m. Thursday and Saturday, Dec. 13 and 15, $30-$60; ASO Gospel Christmas 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, $18-$45; Celtic Woman 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, $35-$100; A Very Merry Holiday Pops 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19, $22-$60; Atlanta Symphony Hall Memorial Arts Building, Woodruff Arts Center;, (404) 733-5000

GARDEN LIGHTS, HOLIDAY NIGHTS: 5-10 p.m. through Jan. 5, Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1345 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta; nearly 1 million bulbs light a winter wonderland; carolers, refreshments; (404) 876-5859,

JEKYLL ISLAND, GA.: Specialty Holiday Tours through Dec. 31; CASA’s Annual Jingle All the Way Run 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, Jekyll Island Club Hotel; Santa and the Sea Tutles Sea-son’s Greeting Spectacular noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, (912) 635-4444;

TYBEE FOR THE HOLIDAYS: 6:30 p.m. Dec. 7, Lights On for Tybee Celebration; 1 p.m. Dec. 8, Tybee Island Christmas Parade; midnight Dec. 31, New Year’s Eve Fireworks; Jan. 1, Polar Plunge;

CHRISTMAS TOUR OF HOMES AND COLONIAL DINNER: Dec. 7-8, Washington, Ga.; (706) 678-2013,

EDISTO BEACH, S.C.: Town Christmas tree lighting 1;30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8; Edisto Christmas Parade 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, sponsored by Edisto Chamber of Commerce, theme Christmas on the Coast, route starts 600 block of Palmetto Boulevard, ends 100 block Edisto Beach; Christmas Light Display 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, Serpentarium, roast marshamllows by the campfire, local businesses featuring special afternoon and evening events; Edisto Community Chorus Christmas Concert 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, Edisto Beach Baptist Church; (843) 869-3867,

LOG CABIN CHRISTMAS AT ELIJAH CLARK: Saturday, Dec. 8, Elijah Clark State Park, McCormick Highway, Lincolnton, Ga.; lighted candles, festoons of greenery, hot cider, gingerbread, carols, stories; (706) 359-3458,

VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS AT LIBERTY HALL: Dec. 8, A.H. Stephens State Park, 456 Alexander St., Crawfordville, Ga.; Liberty Hall decorated with styles of Christmas past and interpreted by hosts in period costume, music, refreshments, more; (706) 456-2602,

NEWBERRY (S.C.) OPERA HOUSE: Dec. 8, 208th Army Band, free (limited seating, call box office); Dec. 10, Ozark Jubilee Presents: Branson Country Christmas, $26; Dec. 14, Christmastime in Ireland, $30; Dec. 15 Christmas with Emile Pandolfi, $35; Dec. 18, A Christmas Carol, $40; (803) 276-6264 or

ABBEVILLE (S.C.) OPERA HOUSE: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Dec. 7, 8, 14, 15, 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8; $20 adults, $18 seniors, $10 students; (864) 366-2157,

LIGHTS BEFORE CHRISTMAS: 6-9 p.m. through Dec. 30 (closed Nov. 22 and Dec. 24-25), Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Garden, 500 Wildlife Parkway, Columbia; nearly 1 million lights, animated displays, refreshments, visits with Santa;

MAGICAL NIGHT OF LIGHTS AT LAKE LANIER ISLANDS RESORT: Through Dec. 31; more than seven miles of illuminated giant characters; live nativity scene; holiday village with bonfire for roasting marshmallows, holiday fare, pony and amusement rides, petting zoo, shopping, more; Night Light Canopy Tours, 30-minute express tour featuring four zip lines and a sky bridge; ice skating;

ASO NEW YEAR'S EVE: 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31, Atlanta Symphony Hall, Memorial Arts Building, Woodruff Arts Center; Michael Krajewski, conductor, Tony DeSare and Trio, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra; $31-$69; (404) 733-5000,



Pop Rocks: Augusta, my Christmas wish list has one thing

My family often accuses me of being a difficult person to Christmas shop for. While it is true that my tastes run toward the particular and tend to lean heavily on easy-to-wrap standards such as books and records, I believe that as I get older, I’m less concerned with the item than the idea. Give me something I believe you have thought about and carefully considered, and I’m happy. The present clearly purchased at the drug store the day before is met with considerably less enthusiasm.

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