Holiday events: Christmas

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Paul Jennemann points out the Christmas tree inside a gingerbread model of the Steadman House in Waynesboro, Ga., as he and Carol Journey look at the 2010 Holiday Gingerbread Village at the Augusta Museum of History. You can see this year’s village free in the museum’s rotunda Nov. 15-25 (closed Thanksgiving Day).
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SACRED HEART GIFT SHOP HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, Sacred Heart Cultural Center, 1301 Greene St.; Guild bake sale; book signing with authors of The Key of Elyon and Share the Bounty 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; complimentary coffee bar 12:30 p.m.; cooking demonstration 1 p.m. $5; (706) 826-4701, sacredheartaugusta.org

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Sierra Feutral (from left), Shelby Redden and Gage Feutral watch the 2011 Christmas
parade in Evans. The deadline to enter this year is Nov. 19. The parade will be Dec. 2.  MICHAEL HOLAHAN/FILE
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Sierra Feutral (from left), Shelby Redden and Gage Feutral watch the 2011 Christmas parade in Evans. The deadline to enter this year is Nov. 19. The parade will be Dec. 2.

HOLIDAY GINGERBREAD VILLAGE: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 15-24, 1-5 p.m. Nov. 18, 25, Augusta Museum of History, 560 Reynolds St.; free; (706) 722-8454, augustamuseum.org

LIGHTS OF THE SOUTH: 6-10 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20, through Sunday, Dec. 30, (closed Christmas Day), Lights Of The South, 633 Louisville Road, Grovetown; more than 5 million lights throughout 100-acre forest; food, sweets, beverages, hay rides, walking trails, Christmas train, Christmas tree maze, more; $8; ages 4-17 $5; ages 3 and younger free; (706) 825-6441, lightsofthesouth.com

CHRISTMAS IN THE BACKCOUNTRY: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, Living History Park, 299 W. Spring Grove Ave., North Augusta; Santa Claus dressed in Victorian coat and cap with candy canes for visitors and photos by parents; Kessie, the Colonial slave, will share stories and songs of life during Colonial Era; shops open to purchase gifts; free; colonialtimes.us

CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING: Tuesday 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Nov. 27, Calhoun Park, Georgia Avenue, North Augusta; lighting of city Christmas Tree (coming into North Augusta from Georgia on Georgia Avenue, park on left after third traffic light); performances, food

WAGENER HOMETOWN HOLIDAY CELEBRATION AND CHRISTMAS PARADE: Friday, Nov. 30 – 5:30-7 p.m. local businesses open house, refreshments, carriage rides, visits with Santa; 6 p.m. music by Edisto Singers, WSHS JROTC, Busbee Corbett Elementary Middle School Chorus, WSHS band at Pavilion; 7:30 p.m. tree lighting and fireworks; Saturday, Dec. 1 – 9 a.m. craft and yard sale, 11 a.m. parade, 11:30 a.m. barbecue sandwich plates by WSHS FFA $5, noon car show, trophies presented 2 p.m.; www.wagenersc.com/hometown-holiday

AIKEN CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING: 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, Laurens Street and Richland Avenue, downtown Aiken; music and refreshments; sing carols, light candles, countdown to tree lighting; appearance by Santa and Mrs. Claus; all ages, must be accompanied by an adult; free

CHRISTMAS FOR THE BIRDS: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, 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; colonialtimes.us

CHRISTMAS LIGHT-UP SPECTACULAR: 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1; Holiday Market 10 a.m., Augusta Common; Miss Augusta Christmas Fantasy Parade 2 p.m.; family fun 4 p.m., Augusta Common; Mayor Deke Copenhaver throws the switch lighting up downtown 5:55 p.m.; Lighted Boat Parade 6:30 p.m., Savannah River at Jessye Norman Amphtheater, myaugustadowntown.com/christmas.shtml

DECK THE HALLS – A GALLERY ON THE ROW CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE: 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, Gallery on the Row, 1016 Broad St.; door prizes, refreshments, clay ornaments for children to decorate, artisan demonstrations; (706) 724-4989, galleryontherow.com

HAMMOND HILL CARNIVAL/COOKIES WITH SANTA: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, Hammond Hill Elementary School, 901 W. Woodlawn Ave., North Augusta; inflatables, rock wall, train ride, games, prizes; crafts, business vendors, food, pictures with Santa; armband for unlimited games $10; for vendor applications lechols@aiken.k12.sc.us

NUTCRACKER TEA, AIKEN COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM: 1 p.m. Dec. 1, 433 Newberry St., Aiken; open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 2-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday; (803) 642-2015

GRANITEVILLE CHRISTMAS PARADE: 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, Main Street; sponsored by Graniteville Fire Department; details, (803) 663-3795

CHRISTMAS TOUR OF HOMES AND FESTIVAL OFF MAIN: Dec. 1-2, Depot Dash, arts and crafts festival, entertainment, parade; 111 Railroad St., Thomson; (706) 597-1000, exploremcduffiecounty.com

HOLIDAY ON THE HILL: Dec. 1-30, Hickory Hill, 502 Hickory Hill Drive, Thomson, Ga.; experience the magic of the holidays on an evening tour of Sen. Thomas E. Watson’s beloved home; (706) 595-7777, hickory-hill.org

MERCHANTS ASSOCIATION OF COLUMBIA COUNTY CHRISTMAS PARADE: 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, Evans; applications to participate online; deadline to enter parade Nov. 19; staging area closed to traffic 10 a.m.; parade route: Evans Town Center Boulevard to Washington Road to North Belair Road, ending at Cox/Owens Road near Evans High School, columbia
countyfair.net/fair/christmas_parade_app.asp

25TH ANNUAL NORTH AUGUSTA CHRISTMAS TOUR OF HOMES: 5:30-9:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8; sponsored by Beta Sigma Phi Sorority; tickets: Jim Bush Flower Shop, Communigraphics, Parks Pharmacy; day of tour tickets at any stop; $20 until 3 p.m. Dec. 3, $25 after; (803) 279-4844, (803) 279-6036, (803) 279-5074

A HOLLY DAY: All day, Saturday, Dec. 8, downtown Aiken; shops offer holiday specials; Aiken Downtown Development Association, (803) 649-2221, www.downtownaiken.com

CITY OF NEW ELLENTON CHRISTMAS PARADE: Noon Saturday, Dec. 8, Main Street, New Ellenton; (803) 652-2214, cmoseley@newellentonsc.com; free

MIDLAND VALLEY CHAMBER CHRISTMAS PARADE: 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, Midland Valley; (803) 292-2769

NORTH AUGUSTA LIONS PARADE: 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9; parade forms available at North Augusta Chamber of Commerce; entry deadline Nov. 29, no exceptions; parade begins at Kmart shopping center, goes down Martintown Road, then left onto Georgia Avenue to Buena Vista Avenue; (803) 279-2323

AIKEN JAYCEES CHRISTMAS PARADE: 2-3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, downtown Aiken; Cartoon Christmas theme; register entries by Dec. 1; (803) 644-3008, www.aikenjaycees.com

STORYTIME WITH MRS. CLAUS: 4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, Odell Weeks Center, Rooms 6 and 7, 1700 Whiskey Road, Aiken; Mrs. Claus reading holiday books; refreshments; door prizes; each child given a free book; ages 8 and younger, accompanied by adult; (803) 642-7631; free

CHRISTMAS IN HOPELANDS: 6-9:30 p.m., Dec. 13-27 (closed Dec. 24 and 25), Hopelands Gardens, 1700 Whiskey Road, Aiken; lights, lights and more lights; refreshments offered; ride shuttle 6-9 p.m. from/to Citizens Park, 1060 Banks Mill Road; children must be accompanied by an adult; free, donations appreciated; (803) 642-7631

NIGHT OF 1,000 LIGHTS: 6-10 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, downtown Aiken; held by Aiken Downtown Development Association; food, festivities and Santa in town; (803) 649-2221, www.downtownaiken.com

CHRISTMAS CANCELLED: A SPECIAL CIVIL WAR HOLIDAY EXPERIENCE: 4-6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, Redcliffe Plantation State Historic Site, 181 Redcliffe Road, Beech Island; musicians, actors bring alive the holiday experience of free and enslaved families during the Civil War; includes tours of historic slave quarters and decorated historic mansion, games for the whole family; (803) 827-1473

A BLUEGRASS CHRISTMAS: 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21, The Stables Restaurant at Rose Hill Estate, 221 Greenville St. NW, Aiken; holiday music and a special guest from The North Pole; reservations recommended; (803) 648-1181, www.rose
hillestate.com

AIKEN COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION: Saturday-Wednesday, Dec. 1-5; several trees on display throughout the museum, 433 Newberry St, Aiken; (803) 642-2015


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