Tree lighting events fill weekend



Chris Kringle Mart and Fort Gordon Tree Lighting Ceremony: Chris Kringle Mart 5 p.m., Barton Field; two trees being lit at 6 p.m. – Barton Field Outdoor Theater and Freedom Park; festival includes hay rides, refreshments, music, bonfire, Santa Claus; free, open to the public; (706) 791-6433


Grovetown Christmas Tree Lighting: 6:30 p.m., Grovetown Senior Center, Robinson Avenue at Old Wrightsboro Road; decorations at Senior Center, Friendship Park, Grovetown Museum; hot chocolate, visit from Santa; (706) 860-7691

Aiken Downtown Tree Lighting Ceremony: 6:30 p.m., Laurens Street at Richland Avenue; led by Mayor Fred Cavanaugh; music, refreshments; carols; Santa; children must be with adult


Miss Augusta Scholarship Pageant 2013 Christmas Fantasy Parade and Christmas Light-Up Spectacular: All-day event; parade 2 p.m., Broad Street; tree lighting about 6:30 p.m.; following parade – ornament making, cookie decorating, Polar Express, face painting and visit with Santa,12 Bands of Christmas performing from noon until 8 p.m., Augusta Common; events on Common free; Toys for Tots collecting new, unwrapped toys and Harvest Food Bank colecting canned goods; tickets to 12 Bands VIP tent $30, include food and beverage; Holiday Market Vendor information –; parade applications and vendor applications for the Common –; VIP tickets to 12 Bands –

Love Our Town Christmas Tree Lighting Cere­mony: 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, Hickman Hall, 110 Marshall St., Granite­ville; Santa Claus; refreshments; entertainment by Brian Randall, Bobby Hydrick, Patsy Walling, Dana Watkins, Gene Wilson, chorus groups


Lights of the South: 6-10 p.m. through Dec. 30 (closed Dec. 25), 633 Louisville Road, Grovetown; more than 5 million lights; hay rides, trails, wheelchair accessible, food, drinks, marshmallow roasting; tree maze; free parking; $8.95 adults, $5.95 ages 4-17, ages 3 and younger free; (706) 825-6441

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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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