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Holiday Gingerbread Village: Through Nov. 28; closed Thanksgiving Day; Augusta Museum of History, 560 Reynolds St.; Free; history-theme gingerbread houses on display and available for purchase through silent auction; proceeds benefit museum programs; (706) 722-8454

Hundreds gather at the Augusta Common to see the fireworks after the Augusta tree lighting.  Zach Boyden-Holmes/Staff
Zach Boyden-Holmes/Staff
Hundreds gather at the Augusta Common to see the fireworks after the Augusta tree lighting.

'Tis the Season Non-juried Art Exhibition Opening Reception: 6-8 p.m. today, exhibit through Dec. 30; Aiken Center for the Arts, 122 Laurens St. SW; (803) 641-9094

Augusta Children's Chorale Just Desserts Holiday Concert: 7 p.m. today; Sacred Heart Cultural Center, 1301 Greene St.; $10; dessert reception will follow; (706) 826-4718

Holiday Open House: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. today; Sacred Heart Cultural Center Gift Shop, 1301 Greene St.; (706) 826-4700

Dear Santa: Today-Saturday, Dec. 3-4; 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 Treats and Wines: 7 p.m. Friday; North Augusta Community Center, 495 Brookside Ave.; $20 members, $25 nonmembers; Tasters Guild, Savannah River Chapter; (803) 279-9522

Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday; Bartow Community Club Mancin Auditorium, 1138 Academy Circle, Bartow, Ga.; $10 adults, $5 ages 12 and under; (478) 364-3340 and leave message;

Holiday Brick Yard Market: 3-7 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday; Boeckh Park, Hammond's Ferry; Food and craft vendors, live music, street performers; Santa will visit Friday; (803) 613-1641

The Christmas Music of Mannheim Steamroller, by Chip Davis: 4 and 8 p.m. Saturday; Bell Auditorium; $55-$65;

Lights of the South: 6-10 p.m. Saturday through Dec. 30; 633 Louisville Road; light display;

Christmas Crafts & Caroling: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; Savannah Rapids Pavilion, 3300 Evans to Locks Road; Free; crafts, food, live entertainment;

Magic in the Making: Sweets with the Sugar Plum Fairy: 2-4 p.m. Sunday; Morris Museum of Art, 1 10th St.; $5 per child; adult members free, adult nonmembers $5; children can meet the cast of The Nutcracker and create a tiara or a crown; (706) 828-3835

Starlight Cinema: All Aboard the Polar Express: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday; Roy Warner Park, 4287 Festival Trail Road, Wagener; Free; Polar Express; hot cocoa and cider will be served; (803) 642-7559

The Nutcracker: 7 p.m. Nov. 26; 1 and 5 p.m. Nov. 27-28; Imperial Theatre, 749 Broad St.; $17-$45; presented by Dance Augusta; (706) 722-8341

A Christmas Story: 8 p.m. Nov. 26-27, Dec. 3-4, 10-11 and 3 p.m. Dec. 5; Aiken Community Playhouse, 126 Newberry St.; $17; (803) 648-1438

A Holiday Evening at Redcliffe Plantation: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 27; Redcliffe Plantation State Historic Site, 181 Redcliffe Road, Beech Island, S.C.; open house at historic mansion, refreshments; advance tickets $6 adult, $5 S.C. senior, $4.50 ages 6-16 with purchase of regular ticket at Redcliffe through Nov. 26; day of the open house: $10 adult, $7.50 S.C. senior, ages 6-16; (803) 827-1473 or e-mail

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, Nov. 28 and Dec. 5; Augusta Canal Interpretive Center, 1450 Greene St.; $8 per person; (706) 823-0440, ext. 4

Tree Lighting and Carols: 6 p.m. Nov. 29; tree lit about 6:10; John Calhoun Park, Georgia and Carolina avenues, North Augusta; entertainment; visit from Santa; (803) 441-4300

Aiken Concert Band Holiday Concert: 8 p.m. Nov. 29; USC Aiken Etherredge Center, 471 University Parkway; (803) 641-3305

Jingle Bell Jaunt: Through Nov. 30; downtown Augusta; Get a Jingle Bell Ring (includes cards from 22 businesses); find jingle bell display at each and be entered to win gift certificate pack worth more than $500;

Feast of Carols: 7 p.m. Dec. 1 and 3; 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

Christmas at the Boyhood Home of President Woodrow Wilson: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturdays, Dec. 1-31; 415 Seventh St.; Decorations from the Civil War period; (706) 724-0436,

Our Christmas Celebration: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1-31; closed Nov. 25; Aiken County Historical Museum, 433 Newberry St. SW; (803) 642-2015

Return to Bethlehem: 6-9 p.m. Dec. 1-4; 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. Dec. 2; Barton Field, Fort Gordon; Kris Kringle market, entertainment, hayrides, cookies, hot cocoa, crafts, Santa; (706) 791-6779

Tree-lighting ceremony: 6:30 p.m. Dec. 3; 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

Christmas Light-Up Spectacular annual Boat Parade: 6:30 p.m. Dec. 3; Jessye Norman Amphitheater;

Symphony Orchestra Pops! at the Bell: Wycliffe Gordon Jazz Quartet, Holiday Festival Chorus: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3; Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St.; $18.76-$42.12;

A Celtic Christmas: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3; 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

40th annual Christmas Craft Show: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 3-4; H. Odell Weeks Center, 1700 Whiskey Road; Free; crafts, food, visit from Santa; (803) 642-7631

Uncle Dickie's Holiday Extravaganza: 8 p.m. Dec. 3-4, 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. Dec. 3 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 4; 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 rest stop; proceeds benefit North Augusta High School scholarships, Pal Boxing Club, School Wish List and others; (803) 279-4844, (803) 279-5074

A Nutcracker Tea: 2 p.m. Dec. 4; Aiken County Historical Museum, 433 Newberry St. SW; $10 adults, $5 children, available at Unique Expressions and 3 Monkeys; (803) 648-5771

A Holly Day in Downtown Aiken: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 4; 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. Dec. 4; Morris Museum of Art, 1 10th St.; $10, includes breakfast, museum admission, supervised art project; photos by Barry Koenig, available for purchase at; (706) 828-3825

Christmas in America Festival: 5-7 p.m. Dec. 4; 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. Dec. 4; Imperial Theatre; Five-member platinum recording band combines house, R&B and jazz; with special guests Missing Pieces, Planet Jazz Allstars;

Augusta Christmas Market: Noon-6 p.m. Dec. 4; Augusta Common;

The Augusta Chronicle Christmas Light Up Spectacular: 4:30 p.m. Dec. 4; Augusta Common

2010 Augusta Christmas Fantasy Parade: 3 p.m. Dec. 4; Broad Street; awards for best large and small floats, most spirited walking group; entry forms at; or e-mail to

Alleluia Community Christmas Festival: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 4; coffeehouse opens at 6 p.m.; Alleluia Community School, 2819 Peach Orchard Road; Bakery, silent auction, arts and crafts, bookstore, German and Italian dinners, games, entertainment; (706) 798-1882

Christmas for the Birds: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 4; Living History Park, 299 W. Spring Grove Ave.; free; bring apples, oranges or peanut butter for birds and pet food to be donated; 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. Dec. 4; USCA Etherredge Center, 471 University Parkway; (803) 641-3305

Columbia County Christmas Parade: 1-5 p.m. Dec. 5; begins at Evans to Locks Road and Evans Town Center Boulevard and ends at Evans High School on Cox Road; Friday is deadline to enter; for entry information, contact Billy Frankie at (706) 650-8151

Artrageous! Family Sunday: Holiday Time: 2 p.m. Dec. 5; Morris Museum of Art, 1 10th St.; Scavenger hunt, create your own ornament;

Music at the Morris: From One to Ninety-Two: 2 p.m. Dec. 5; Morris Museum of Art, 1 10th St.; Singer/songwriter Tara Scheyer sings holiday songs for the whole family; free;

A Service of Nine Lessons and Carols: 7 p.m. Dec. 7; Sacred Heart Cultural Center; $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. Dec. 8; 415 Seventh St.; create evergreen arrangement, see Boyhood Home of President Woodrow Wilson in holiday decor; $30 advance at Historic Augusta, Charleston Street Fine Flowers, 449 Highland Ave.; (706) 220-7221

Night of 1,000 Lights: 6-9 p.m. Dec. 9; Downtown Aiken; 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

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;

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; $15-$41, Augusta Players; (706) 826-4707,

Breakfast with Santa: 8:30 a.m. Dec. 11; H. Odell Weeks Activity Center, 1700 Whiskey Road, Aiken; have breakfast with Santa, make crafts; under 12 must be with adult; $2 with breakfast; register 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; (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,

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; $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) 722-8341

Starlight Cinema: Elf: 6:30 p.m. Dec. 21; Graniteville Recreation Center Complex, 917 Jefferson Davis Highway; free; photos with Santa; new or gently used hats, scarves and mittens collected for 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 benefit United Methodist Children's Home; (706) 724-9641

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belle 11/18/10 - 08:11 am
I was so excited to see this

I was so excited to see this article however, I tried two of the links and one ha NO information of the event (Ft. Gordon's Old Fashioned Christmas Festival) and the other link did not work at all (The Augusta Chronicle Light up Spectacular). Can this be fixed??

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