Holiday events: Christmas

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HOLIDAY PHOTO DISPLAY: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday, through Dec. 23, Cold Creek Nurseries, 398 Hitchcock Parkway; bring family, friends and camera; no charge to take photos

TOY DRIVE: Sports Authority, 245 Robert C. Daniel Jr. Parkway, drop off site through Sunday, Dec. 22, for new, unwrapped toys to be donated to local families; for store hours, see http://ga.augusta.sports
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LIGHTS OF THE SOUTH: 6-10 p.m. through 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

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

HOLIDAY TOURS OF THE BOYHOOD HOME OF PRESIDENT WOODROW WILSON: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the hour Tuesdays-Saturdays through Dec. 29 (closed Dec. 25), 419 Seventh St.; decorated with fresh evergreens by Charleston Street Fine Flowers and Events; $5 adults, $4 seniors, $3 K-12 students, free ages 4 and younger; (706) 722-9828

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

GOSPEL DRIVE-THRU PRESENTATION: 5-9 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Dec. 14-16, Midland Valley Recreation Association, off S.C. Highway 421, Clearwater; experience the true meaning of Christmas; free; heightsweb.org

BELLEVUE BAPTIST CHURCH LIVE NATIVITY: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Dec. 14-16, Steed’s Dairy Farm, 4634 Wrightsboro Road, Grovetown; presented by Bellevue Baptist Church with live animals; free

BETHLEHEM VILLAGE LIVE WALK THROUGH: 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, Martinez United Methodist Church, 3614 Washington Road, Martinez; free; canned goods accepted

HARRISBURG MILL VILLAGE CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE 2012: 6:30-9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, American Legion Post 63, 90 Milledge Road; dress festive; featuring Bill Karp Christmas Jazz; benefits Harrisburg West End Neighborhood Association; $5

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