Holiday events 2011

Girl Scouts march down Georgia Avenue in North Augusta during the 2010 Christmas parade. This year's Lions Club parade starts at 2 p.m. Dec. 11.
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Charles Moore lights his daughter Mallory's candle as his son, Calvin, watches the flame at the 2009 Holiday Tree Lighting at Augusta State University. The annual event will be Dec. 1 on the History Walk across from the Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre. The ASU Choir will lead everyone in caroling.  FILE/STAFF
Charles Moore lights his daughter Mallory's candle as his son, Calvin, watches the flame at the 2009 Holiday Tree Lighting at Augusta State University. The annual event will be Dec. 1 on the History Walk across from the Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre. The ASU Choir will lead everyone in caroling.

HOLIDAY GINGERBREAD VILLAGE: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 17-26, 1-5 p.m. Nov. 20, 27, Augusta Museum of History, 560 Reynolds St.; free; (706) 722-8454,

FEED THE HUNGRY AND CLOTHES GIVEAWAY: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 19, Jordan Grove Baptist Church

THANKSGIVING DINNER FOR ELDERLY, HOMELESS AND/OR ANYONE OF NEED IN ALLENDALE COUNTY, S.C.: Noon to 3 p.m. Nov. 19, Community Center, Flat Street, Allendale, S.C.; provided by Community of Good Samaritans; (803) 584-3600, (803) 584-2328

JAMES BROWN TURKEY GIVEAWAY: 9 a.m. Nov. 21, Dyess Park, James Brown Boulevard

ITALIAN THANKSGIVING FEAST: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 21, The Garlic Clove; benefits Golden Harvest Food Bank and Columbia County Cares Food Pantry; no charge for meals; donations accepted; bread, antipasto salad, baked ziti with meat sauce, pasta with alfredo, chicken parmesan, beverage

HOLIDAY MEALS: Noon-2 p.m. Nov. 22, Galilee Missionary Baptist Church, 931 Cedar St., Augusta

TURKEY CALL: Smoked turkeys for Thanksgiving; fundraiser for Augusta Training Shop Inc.; $40 pre-order only; pick up 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 23, 1704 Jenkins St.; (706) 738-1358,

SEVENTH ANNUAL ONE TABLE THANKSGIVING DINNER: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 24, The Alley, downtown Aiken; community event where local churches, sponsors and volunteers feed an estimated 2,000 people

BLESSING OF THE HOUNDS: 11 a.m. Nov. 24, Hitchcock Woods Memorial Gate; Aiken Hounds’ opening meet and Blessing of the Hounds; please do not bring your own dogs; (803) 643-3724


FESTIVAL OF TREES AT ROSE HILL ESTATE: 1-4 p.m. Nov. 23, 2-5 p.m. Nov. 24, noon-6 p.m. Nov. 25, 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 26, noon-3 p.m. Nov. 27, Rose Hill Estates, 211 Greenville NW, Aiken; lights, trees, auction; proceeds benefit Aiken Area Council on Aging; (803) 648-5447

COLONIAL CHRISTMAS IN THE BACK COUNTRY: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 26, Living History Park, North Augusta; re-enactors sharing knowledge and skills, relaxing together; bring something to share, trade or sell; cooking/recipe competitions; potluck evening meal;

A HOLIDAY EVENING AT REDCLIFFE: 5:30 p.m. Nov. 26, Redcliffe Plantation State Historic Site, 181 Redcliffe Road, Beech Island, S.C.; holiday evening open house; refreshments, informal tours; (803) 827-1473

CHRISTMAS IN THE COUNTRY: Noon-9 p.m. Saturdays, 2-8 p.m. Sundays Nov. 26-Dec. 18, 1-9 p.m. Nov. 25, Kackleberry Farms; Christmas tree farm, Santa, s’mores, hot chocolate; $7; Snow Days, ride down Snow Hill on real snow additional $10 per person;, (487) 625-8668

USC AIKEN WINTER WONDERLAND HOLIDAY FEST: 5-7 p.m. Nov. 30, University of South Carolina Aiken, in the Quad; $5 adults, $3 children older than age 6, free for ages 6 and under; fake snow, iceless skating rink, pictures with Santa, treats and activity tables

OUR CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION, AIKEN COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM: Dec. 1-5, 433 Newberry St., Aiken; an over-the-top Christmas of trees, trees and more trees decorated for the season; open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 2-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday; (803) 642-2015

AUGUSTA STATE UNIVERSITY HOLIDAY TREE LIGHTING: Dec. 1, 2500 Walton Way on the History Walk across from the Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre; caroling with the ASU Choir, refreshments and a visit from Santa

AIKEN CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING: 6:30 p.m. Dec. 2, center of Laurens Street and Richland Avenue, downtown Aiken; music and refreshments; sing carols, light candles, countdown to tree lighting; children given opportunity to tell what they’re thankful for; appearance by Santa and Mrs. Claus; all ages, children must be accompanied by an adult; free


AUGUSTA CHRISTMAS PARADE: 3 p.m. Dec. 3; nonprofit group entries $40, commercial or business entries $100; entry deadline Nov. 23; entry forms available at and

THE AUGUSTA CHRONICLE CHRISTMAS LIGHT-UP SPECTACULAR: Noon-8 p.m. Dec. 3, Augusta Common; includes Saturday Market on the River, activities, vendors, music; parade 3 p.m.; Mayor Deke Copenhaver flips the switch to light up downtown; fireworks; (706) 722-8000

A HOLLY DAY: Dec. 3, all day, downtown Aiken; shops offer holiday specials; Aiken Downtown Development Association, (803) 649-2221,

GRANITEVILLE CHRISTMAS PARADE: Dec. 1, Main Street; sponsored by Graniteville Fire Department; details, (803) 663-3795

CHRISTMAS FOR THE BIRDS: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 3, Living History Park, 299 W. Spring Grove Ave., North Augusta; free; create decorations for birds to eat all winter; bring apples, oranges, peanut butter for the birds and food for dogs and cats to be given to local pet adoption centers; cider and cookies served; story time at 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 1:30;

MERCHANTS ASSOCIATION OF COLUMBIA COUNTY CHRISTMAS PARADE: 2 p.m. Dec. 4, beginning on Evans Town Center Boulevard, to Washington Road, to North Belair Road, ending at Cox Road; to participate visit

VERY MERRY MORRIS SUNDAY: 2-5 p.m. Dec. 4, Morris Museum of Art; holiday tunes by Celtic duo Lillie Morris and Michael Hay during Music at the Morris; gallery scavenger hunt and create handcrafted ornaments and greeting cards during Artrageous! Family Sunday; free

NIGHT OF 1,000 LIGHTS: All day Dec. 8, downtown Aiken; held by Aiken Downtown Development Association; food, festivities and Santa in town; (803) 649-2221,

AIKEN JAYCEES CHRISTMAS PARADE: 2 p.m. Dec. 11, downtown Aiken; register entries by Dec. 5;

NORTH AUGUSTA LIONS CLUB CHRISTMAS PARADE: 2 p.m. Dec. 11; entry is free for noncommercial participants, $25 for commercial participants; register by Dec. 4; entry forms at Greater North Augusta Chamber of Commerce, 406 West Ave., or contact Verlon McDowell (803) 279-7288 or; sponsorship opportunities, (803) 279-7701

ALL ABOARD THE POLAR EXPRESS: 1 and 3 p.m. Dec. 11, Augusta Museum of History on the passenger car in the transportation exhibit; $2 child, two tickets per person; limited to 36 children per performance; children must wear pajamas; refreshments;, (706) 722-8454


HOPELANDS GARDENS: Lights, lights and more lights; Hopelands Gardens illuminated with more than 100,000 holiday lights; Dec. 10-11, 15-23, 26; refreshments offered; visitors must ride shuttle from Fred’s parking lot on Whiskey Road; all ages, children must be accompanied by an adult

LIGHTS OF THE SOUTH: 6-10 p.m. Nov. 20-Dec. 30, 633 Louisville Road; light displays, hay rides, Santa, holiday treats; $7.50, $4 ages 4-17; (706) 825-6441,


TUESDAY’S MUSIC LIVE: UGA ACCIDENTALS HOLIDAY CONCERT: Noon Dec. 6, St. Paul’s Church, 605 Reynolds St.; free concert; lunch $10, reservations required for lunch; (706) 722-3463 or

AUGUSTA COLLEGIUM MUSICUM, FESTIVAL OF NINE LESSONS AND CAROLS: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6, Sacred Heart Cultural Center; with guest chorus Davidson Fine Arts School Choir; $25; reservations required by Dec. 2; (706) 733-5619, (706) 826-4700,

FESTIVAL OF SONG & CELEBRATION: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9, Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St.; with Augusta Children’s Chorale, Symphony Orchestra Augusta Pops! At the Bell Series; (706) 826-4705,

COLUMBIA COUNTY CHORAL SOCIETY, A SERVICE OF LESSONS AND CAROLS: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9, First Baptist Church of Evans; $15, $10 seniors, students, active-duty military and dependants and groups; (762) 233-7793,

AIKEN CHORAL SOCIETY WINTER CONCERT: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9 and 3 p.m. Dec. 11, Cornerstone Baptist Church, Aiken; $15; singing Brahms’ Love Songs & Waltzes, folk songs and Christmas carols; Allison Bennett (803) 226-0196

THE 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS WITH AMY GRANT AND VINCE GILL: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10, Bell Auditorium; $40, $50, $60;, 1-877-4AUGTIX and at the Champion’s Box Office at James Brown Arena

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS HOLIDAY FESTIVAL CHORUS: 8 p.m. Dec. 10; Etherredge Center at USC Aiken, 471 University Parkway; Aiken Symphony Guild concert featuring Symphony Orchestra Augusta, $40; (803) 641-3305 or e-mail

AUGUSTA CHORALE CHRISTMAS CONCERT: Antonio Vivaldi’s Gloria, 4 p.m. Dec. 11, Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel, Paine College; with Glenn Hills, Cross Creek and Butler high school choirs and the Suzuki Strings of Augusta; $15 adults, $5 students; (706) 830-0991,

AUGUSTA COLLEGIUM MUSICUM, HOLIDAY MUSIC FROM AROUND THE WORLD: 7:30-9 p.m. Dec. 12, Augusta Museum of History, $10 for museum and Collegium members, $15 others; (706) 733-5619

AUGUSTA CHORALE CHRISTMAS PERFORMANCES: 11:30 a.m. Dec. 14, Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History, 1116 Phillips St.; also 11:30 a.m. Dec. 15, Elim Baptist Church, 2359 Mount Auburn St.; (706) 830-0991,

AUGUSTA MEN'S CHORUS: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15, Covenant Presbyterian Church, and 3 p.m. Dec. 18, St. John United Methodist Church; e-mail Robert Gibson,

AUGUSTA CHORAL SOCIETY, A BAROQUE CHRISTMAS: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17, Saint Paul’s Church; selections from Handel’s Messiah and the Baroque masters Bach, Vivaldi and Charpentier; $25 adults, $20 senior citizens, $10 students; (706) 826-4713,

TONY HOWARD’S MOTOWN CHRISTMAS SHOW: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17, Imperial Theatre; sounds of Motown music, tribute to Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, Gladys Knight, the Supremes, James Brown, more; $10-$30;

12 BANDS OF CHRISTMAS CONCERT: Dec. 18, Imperial Theatre; $12 advance, $5 ages 5-12;

JOHN BERRY, JOY TO THE WORLD CHRISTMAS SHOW: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20, Imperial Theatre; $15-$27;; for child ticket rates call (706) 722-8341

CONCERTS WITH A CAUSE CHRISTMAS EVE CONCERT AND LESSONS AND CAROLS: 10:30 p.m. Dec. 24, St. John’s United Methodist Church, 736 Greene St.; with St. John’s choirs and orchestra; benefits The United Methodist Children’s Home;


THE BLEMISHED LAMB, A CHRISTMAS MUSICAL: 8 p.m. Nov. 18-19 and 3 p.m. Nov. 20, Bartow Community Club Mancin Auditorium, Bartow, Ga.; the Nativity from a lamb’s point of view, written by Chad Waller; $10 adults, $5 ages 12-under; (478) 364-3340;

CHRISTMAS BELLES: Nov. 18-19 and Dec. 2-3; dinner 7 p.m., show 8 p.m.; Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre comedy with an ailing Santa, Elvis and a long-kept family secret; $30-$40 or $25 for show only; (706) 793-8552;

ELI’S BETHLEHEM INN: Nov. 18-Dec. 2, Kroc Center; musical dinner theater presentation by ENOPION Theatre Company; $15; (706) 771-7777,

THE NUTCRACKER, DANCE AUGUSTA: 7 p.m. Nov. 25, 1 and 5 p.m. Nov. 26-27, Imperial Theatre, 749 Broad St.; $17-40;, (706) 722-8341;

THE NUTCRACKER, COLUMBIA COUNTY BALLET: 7 p.m. Dec. 2, Imperial Theatre; $20-$29;

FRUITCAKES!: 8 p.m. Dec. 2-3, 9-10 and 3 p.m. Dec. 4, William Miller Bouknight Theatre, 405 Main St., Edgefield County Theatre Co.; $15; (803) 637-3833, www.edgefieldcountytheatre

THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER: 8 p.m. Dec. 2-3, 9-10, 16-17; 3 p.m. Dec. 11, 17, Aiken Community Playhouse, 126 Newberry St. SW; six wild kids take over the Christmas play and bring a fresh interpretation to the Christmas story;

THE FROG PRINCE AT CHRISTMAS: 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. Dec. 7, Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre, ASU Patchwork Players for Literacy; $3, groups of 15 or more $2 per person, free with ASU ID; (706) 737-1625

THE MERRIMENT OF MINSTREL KRAMPUS: 8 p.m. Dec. 9-10, 15-17, Le Chat Noir, 304 Eighth St.; holiday show of short works; $15-$30; (706) 722-3322,

A CHRISTMAS CAROL: 8 p.m. Dec. 10, 3 p.m. Dec. 11, Imperial Theatre, 749 Broad St.; musical version of the Charles Dickens classic; $15-$41;

THE NUTCRACKER, AIKEN CIVIC BALLET: 7 p.m. Dec. 16-17, 2 p.m. Dec. 18, USC Aiken Etherredge Center for Fine and Performing Arts, 471 University Parkway; $20 adults, $15 seniors and students; (803) 641-3305 or; Aiken Civic Ballet (803) 648-5771

BEHOLD THE STAR: 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 17, Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre; presented by Barefoot Productions Inc./Creative Impressions; 2 p.m. show $15, ages 12 and under $10; 7 p.m. show $20, groups of 10 or more $18, ages 12 and under and students with ID $10; tickets at ASU box office; (706) 951-4239, (706) 664-9022


SACRED HEART GIFT SHOP HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 17, Sacred Heart Cultural Center, 1301 Greene St.; (706) 826-4701,

ELK’S LADIES’ CHRISTMAS DINNER/DANCE: 6-11 p.m. Nov. 18, Elks Lodge, 205 Elkdom Court; semi-formal dinner/dance featuring the Fabulous Fun Time Band; bar opens at 6 p.m.; dinner 7-8 p.m.; (706) 860-1256

UNWINE & RELAX WINE TASTING: 7 p.m. Nov. 18, Old Government House; $40; fundraiser for Augusta Partnership for Children Inc.; featuring wines by Ninth Street Wine Market, food by Special Occasions Catering, music by Garden City Jazz Group; silent auction; Chavone Hollimon (706) 721-1869

JUNIOR LEAGUE OF AUGUSTA HOLIDAY MARKET: Nov. 18-20, Augusta Marriott at the Convention Center; $7 all three days; shopping expo, stage events; Ladies Night event 7-11 p.m. Nov. 18 ($30 advance: $35 at door), Photos with Santa 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 19 ($15 for Santa visit, photo, CD, more); tickets from, (706) 736-0033 or at Junior League office, 363 Highland Ave. in Surrey Center

CHRISTMAS CRAFTS & CAROLING: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 19, Savannah Rapids Pavilion, 3300 Evans to Locks Road; indoor craft show, food, entertainment; (706) 312-7192,

24TH ANNUAL NORTH AUGUSTA CHRISTMAS TOUR OF HOMES: 5:30-9:30 p.m. Dec. 2 and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 3; advance tickets $17, $20 day of tour; brunch and fashion show 10 a.m. Dec. 3 at First Baptist Church of North Augusta; (803) 279-4844

41ST ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CRAFT SHOW: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 2 and 3, Odell Weeks Activity Center, Whiskey Road, Aiken; vendors from all over the Southeast with handmade treasures; all ages, children must be accompanied by an adult; (803) 642-7631

ALLELUIA COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 3, Peach Orchard and Lumpkin roads; baked goods, German and Italian dinners, entertainment, auction, bookstore, crafts, coffee house; (706) 798-1882

’TIS THE SEASON: 7 and 8 p.m. Dec. 3, 10, 12; 6, 7 and 8 p.m. Dec. 17, 19, 26; DuPont Planetarium, USC Aiken, 471 University Parkway; $4.50 adults, $3.50 seniors, $2.50 students 4K-12; reservations encouraged; planetarium show traces world’s holiday customs, explains Earth’s seasons, presents possible explanations for the star of Bethlehem;

BERRY CENTER INC. 50TH ANNIVERSARY, ART SALE, HOLIDAY CELEBRATION: 2-4 p.m. Dec. 4, The Partridge Inn, 2110 Walton Way; free; Very Berry art and music to celebrate the holiday season and 50th anniversary; music by Bill Karp; (706) 738-6792

12TH ANNUAL AUGUSTA MOTORCYCLE TOY RUN TO BENEFIT MILITARY FAMILIES: Held by Southeastern Chapter of the Paralyzed Veterans of America; kick stands up 1:30 p.m. Dec. 4, Augusta Museum of History; rain or shine, warm or cold; all motorcycles welcome; one new, unwrapped toy or $10 per rider; police escort to 4010 Deans Bridge Road, Hephzibah, where toys will be collected for delivery to Fort Gordon; refreshments at end of ride; (803) 634-0785, (706) 796-6301

AUGUSTA OPERA GUILD HOLIDAY WINE-TASTING: 7-9 p.m. Dec. 8, the historic home of Al Cheatham, 808 Milledge Road; Vino e Voce, an evening of wine and song; Dennis Sodomka, wine critic for Augusta Magazine and Augusta Chronicle columnist will present wines paired with hors d’oeuvres; Augusta Opera soloists will perform arias and duets; formal attire encouraged; $50; purchase before Dec. 1 from; (706) 364-9114

AIKEN COUNTY HISTORIC GINGERBREAD CONTEST: Dec. 8-11, Aiken County Historical Museum. 433 Newberry St. SW; entries must feature Aiken County historic site, registration forms at museum; register by Nov. 30; categories for all ages; (803) 642-2015 or Del Hickey at (803) 642-5852,

REINDOG ROMP AND PET FAIR WITH AIKEN SPCA: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 10, Odell Weeks Activity Center, Whiskey Road, Aiken; $10, includes bandana for pet; fee waived for walkers who collect more than $100 in donations; (803) 648-6863,

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA: 8:30 p.m. Dec. 10, Odell Weeks Activity Center, Rooms 6 and 7; Santa has breakfast with children and listens to holiday wishes; holiday craft; register by Dec. 4; ages 12 and under (must be accompanied by an adult); (803) 642-7631

HOLIDAY BAZAAR AND SPAGHETTI DINNER: 5:30-8:30 p.m. Dec. 15, Evans Middle School, 4785 Hereford Farm Road; crafts, holiday decor, jewelry, handmade items, kitchen needs and wishes, accessories, gifts; to support Evans Middle School Parent Teacher Organization and Boosters; free admission;

HOLIDAY CHEER 2011: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Dec. 17, Jabez Hardin Performing Arts Center, 720 N. Belair Road, Evans; presented by Cutno Dance Center

KWANZAA COMMUNITY CELEBRATION AND MARKETPLACE: 3-7 p.m. Dec. 18, Diamond Lakes Community Center; dance, music, performances, tribute to community elders, lectures, marketplace, activities for children, caricature drawings, community drum circle; open to all, regardless of racial or cultural background; some proceeds benefit C.H. Terrell Academy and Cycle for Freedom; vendors and performers contact Denise Lipscomb or Baruti Tucker (706) 394-0190,


GARDEN LIGHTS, HOLIDAY NIGHTS: 5-10 p.m. Nov. 19-Jan. 7 (closed Dec. 24, 31), Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1345 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta; nearly 1 million bulbs light a winter wonderland; carolers, refreshments; $18.95 adults; $12.95, ages 3-17; member discount; (404) 876-5859,

LIGHTS BEFORE CHRISTMAS: 6-9 p.m. Nov. 19-Dec. 30 (closed Nov. 24, Dec. 24-25), Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Garden, 500 Wildlife Parkway, Columbia; nearly 1 million lights, animated displays, refreshments, visits with Santa;

DR. SEUSS’ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! THE MUSICAL: Nov. 29-Dec. 4, Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta;, 1-800-982-2787

TYBEE FOR THE HOLIDAYS: Events include Lights On for Tybee Celebration Dec. 2, parade Dec. 3 and Holiday Shop-n-Stroll Dec. 3-4. A Floating Christmas Parade with decorated boats, skiffs and yachts is Dec. 10;

NEWBERRY (S.C.) OPERA HOUSE: Holiday shows: Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver Christmas Dec. 1; Palmetto Mastersingers Dec. 2; An Irish Christmas Dec. 5; Christmas With Emile Pandolfi Dec. 6; Carolina FreeStyle Holiday Show Dec. 7; John Tesh – Big Band Christmas! Dec. 13; A Christmas Carol, The Musical Dec. 14; for tickets, (803) 276-6264 or

ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: Handel’s Messiah, Atlanta Symphony Hall, 8 p.m. Dec. 1 and 3; $29-$59; ASO Gospel Christmas, 8 p.m. Dec. 2 and 2 p.m. Dec. 3, Memorial Arts Building, Woodruff Arts Center; $15-$42;, (404) 733-5000

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