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

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,

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,

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., through Dec. 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

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

KROC CENTER FAMILY NIGHT – GINGERBREAD HOUSES: 6:30-9:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21, Kroc Center, 1833 Broad St.; a night of cookie construction decorating gingerbread houses; family of four $10;

BEHOLD THE STAR 2012: Presented by Barefoot Productions Inc./Creative Impressions; 3-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, $15, ages 12 and younger $10; 7-9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, $20; ages 60 and older $18; children and col­lege students with ID $10; Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre, 2500 Walton Way; (706) 667-4100

I’LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS PRODUCTION: 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 23, New Life Worship Center, 3550 Morgan Road, Hephzibah; free; (706) 796-7880


CHRISTMAS CONCERT/ART SHOW: 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, Ridge Spring-Monetta Elementary and Middle School, 422 Hazzard Circle, Ridge Spring, S.C.; Christmas musical and art show; open to the public

CHRISTMAS WITH JOHN BERRY: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, Imperial Theatre, 749 Broad St.; $15-$27;

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

MUSICAL CHRISTMAS PROGRAM: 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 23, Second Hopeful Baptist Church, Blythe Road, Hephzibah; free; (706) 592-2763

CHRISTMAS EVE FESTIVAL OF LESSONS AND CAROLS WITH HOLY EUCHARIST: 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 24, Church of the Holy Trinity (Anglican), 160 Merovan Drive, North Augusta; free; (803) 341-0075, AnglicanChurchOfThe

CONCERTS WITH A CAUSE CHRISTMAS EVE CONCERT AND LESSONS AND CAROLS: 10:30 p.m. Monday, 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;

HEPHZIBAH OPRY CHRISTMAS SHOW: 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, Richmond Lodge 412, 4391 Saxon Drive; featuring Eryn Eubanks and the Family Fold; free admission, donations appreciated; (706) 755-4584,

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