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CHRISTMAS IN THE COUNTRY: Noon-9 p.m. Saturdays, 2-8 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 18 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

The Aiken Civic Ballet has added a third performance for this year's production of The Nutcracker. The holiday ballet will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 16-17 and 2 p.m. Dec. 18 at the USC Aiken Etherredge Center.  FILE/STAFF
The Aiken Civic Ballet has added a third performance for this year's production of The Nutcracker. The holiday ballet will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 16-17 and 2 p.m. Dec. 18 at the USC Aiken Etherredge Center.

HOLIDAY TOURS OF THE BOYHOOD HOME OF PRESIDENT WOODROW WILSON: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, on the hour, 419 Seventh St.; $5 adults, $4 seniors, $3 students K-12. Groups of 10 or more by reservation: $3 each; (706) 724-0436,

SPIRITS OF THE HOLIDAYS TROLLEY TOURS: A holiday twist to the year-round trolley tour offered by Augusta Ghost Trolley; 7 and 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Dec. 31; start/end at Augusta Museum of History; includes tour of city Christmas lights of downtown Augusta and North Augusta; tours include Merry Scary Christmas Karaoke Trolley Tour and Holly-Trolley Dessert Tour; adults $22, ages 5-12 $12; reservations required; (706) 364-6608,,

THE MAGIC OF SANTA CLAUS TROLLEY TOUR: Presented by Augusta Ghost Trolley; 5, 7 and 9 p.m. Dec. 16, starts/ends at Augusta Museum of History; includes tour of city Christmas lights of downtown Augusta and North Augusta; stops along the way to meet with Santa, Mrs. Claus and elves from the North Pole; includes cookies and apple cider or coffee, certificate for each child from Santa; $30 adults, $20 ages 5-12; reservations required; (706) 364-6608,,

CHRISTMAS IN THE QUARTERS: 1-4 p.m. Dec. 17, Redcliffe Plantation State Historic Site; explore the holidays from the perspective of the slaves who were owned by the Hammond family; guided tour through slave quarters; hear stories about 19th century Christmas rituals; $10, $8.50 South Carolina seniors and ages 6-16, free ages 5 and under;

A HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS: Performances by Stephanee Paulina, Sharon Cox, Kris Novara, more; doors 8 p.m., show 10:30 p.m. Dec. 23, The Filling Station, 1258 Gordon Highway; tips, donations benefit animal rescue and adoption


AUGUSTA CHORALE CHRISTMAS PERFORMANCES: 11:30 a.m. Dec. 15, Elim Baptist Church, 2359 Mount Auburn St.; (706) 830-0991,

AN EVENING IN DECEMBER: Presented by U.S. Army Signal Corps Band 7 p.m. Dec. 15, First Baptist Church of Augusta, 3500 Walton Way Ext.; free; (706) 791-4856,

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, St. 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 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: 7 p.m. Dec. 18, Imperial Theatre; $10 advance, $5 ages 6-10;

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

MARCO PANUCCIO PRESENTS 'O HOLY NIGHT - AN EVENING OF HOLIDAY SONG': 8 p.m. Dec. 20, Covenant Presbyterian Church, 3131 Walton Way; opera tenor Marco Panuccio; $20;

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;


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

CHRISTMAS TREES ACCEPTED FOR RECYCLING: Real trees only; U.S. Corps of Engineers to place trees as fish attractors around fishing piers and ramps; trees can be dropped off Dec. 16 through Jan. 6, Riverside Middle School, Evans, decorations, tinsel, lights and garland must be removed; dumping household trash is prohibited; for a list of where trees have been added for habitat, call the Corps’ Thurmond Lake office after Jan. 10; (800) 533-3478,

’TIS THE SEASON: 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 seasons, star of Bethlehem;

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, 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,

JAMES BROWN TOY GIVEAWAY: 9 a.m. Dec. 19, James Brown Arena; children must have been registered

CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS: 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Dec. 19, Euchee Creek Branch Library; free; limited space, registration required; (706) 556-0594

POLAR EXPRESS PARTY: 4 p.m. Dec. 20, Harlem Branch Library, 375 N. Louisville St.


THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER: 8 p.m. Dec. 16-17; 3 p.m. Dec. 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;

DASHING THROUGH THE SNOW: 8 p.m. Dec. 16-17; 3 p.m. Dec. 17, Abbeville Opera House, Abbeville, S.C.; $20 adults, $18 seniors, $10 students; (864) 366-2157,

MISCONCEPTION: THE LOST GOSPEL OF CHRISTMAS: 8 p.m. Dec. 15-17, 5 p.m. Dec. 17, Le Chat Noir, 304 Eighth St.; musical takes an irreverent look at the reason for the season; $15-$30; (706) 722-3322,

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

BEHOLD THE STAR: 3 and 7 p.m. Dec. 17, Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre; presented by Barefoot Productions Inc./Creative Impressions; 3 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; ASU box office; (706) 951-4239, (706) 664-9022

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