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The Lights of the South holiday attraction is open in Grovetown through Dec. 30.   SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
The Lights of the South holiday attraction is open in Grovetown through Dec. 30.

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, www.historicaugusta.org

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, www.augustaghosttrolley.com, tours@augustaghosttrolley.com

LIGHTS

HOPELANDS GARDENS: More than 100,000 holiday lights; 6-9:30 p.m. Dec. 22-23, 26; Whiskey Road and Dupree Place; 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. through Dec. 30, 633 Louisville Road; light displays, hay rides, Santa, holiday treats; $7.50, $4 ages 4-17; (706) 825-6441, www.lightsofthesouth.com

MUSIC

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

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; www.stjohnaugusta.org

COMMUNITY

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 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, www.sas.usace.army.mil/lakes/thurmond/index.html

’TIS THE SEASON: 6, 7 and 8 p.m. Dec. 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; http://rpsec.usca.edu/planetarium

ROAD TRIPS

GARDEN LIGHTS, HOLIDAY NIGHTS: 5-10 p.m. through 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, atlantabotanicalgarden.org

LIGHTS BEFORE CHRISTMAS: 6-9 p.m. through Dec. 30 (closed Dec. 24-25), Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Garden, 500 Wildlife Parkway, Columbia; nearly 1 million lights, animated displays, refreshments, visits with
Santa; $8 adults, $6 ages 3-12; ticket price increases $2 after 5 p.m. at gate; www.riverbanks.org


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