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EVENTS

AUGUSTA GHOST TROLLEY HOLIDAY TOURS: Tours leave from The Book Tavern, 936 Broad St.; adults $25, ages 5-12 $15, reservations required; (706) 814-5333 or e-mail tours@augustaghosttrolley.com; augustaghosttrolley.com; tours include: Christmas Lights & Jazz (Dec. 6), Dessert with the Spirits (Dec. 7), Paranormal for the Holidays (Dec. 13), A Classic Poe Christmas (Dec. 14), A Christmas Scare-ol (Dec. 20), Santa’s Jolly Holly Christmas (Dec. 21)

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

ANNUAL DOWNTOWN AIKEN TREE-LIGHTING CEREMONY: 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, downtown Aiken, Laurens Street at Richland Avenue; kids tell what they are thankful for; children must be accompanied by an adult

AUGUSTA CHRISTMAS LIGHT-UP SPECTACULAR: Saturday, Dec. 7, Augusta Common, 800 block between Broad and Reynolds streets; all-day event, city Christmas tree lighting, 12 Bands of Christmas concert; (706) 722-8000, myaugustadowntown.com/christmas.shtml

REDCLIFFE PLANTATION HOLIDAY TOURS: 5-8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, Redcliffe Plantation State Historic Site, 181 Redcliffe Road, Beech Island; music, light refreshments; (803) 827-1473, www.southcarolinaparks.com, e-mail: redcliffe@scprt.com

PARADES

MERCHANTS ASSOCIATION OF COLUMBIA COUNTY 49TH ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARADE: 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1; columbiacountyfair.net/christmas.html

CITY OF NEW ELLENTON CHRISTMAS PARADE: Noon Saturday, Dec. 7; (803) 652-2214, newellentonsc.com

MISS AUGUSTA SCHOLARSHIP PAGEANT 2013 CHRISTMAS FANTASY PARADE: 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, downtown Augusta, Broad Street; parade rules and entry form online; entry deadline Nov. 27; free; augustaga.gov/DocumentCenter/View/4730; AugParade@gmail.com

GRANITEVILLE CHRISTMAS PARADE: 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, line up at 12:30 at Leavelle McCampbell Middle School, sponsored by Graniteville Fire Department; details, (803) 257-0496

NORTH AUGUSTA LIONS CLUB CHRISTMAS PARADE: 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8; theme: Dreams of Christmas

AIKEN JAYCEES CHRISTMAS PARADE: 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, downtown Aiken; theme “A Southern Christmas”; aikenjaycees.com

MIDLAND VALLEY CHAMBER CHRISTMAS PARADE: 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec.14; details, e-mail Toni Marshall at marshalt@atc.edu

WAGENER CHRISTMAS PARADE: www.wagenersc.com

LIGHTS

LIGHTS OF THE SOUTH: 6-10 p.m. through Dec. 30 (closed Christmas Day), Lights of the South, 633 Louisville Road, Grovetown; 5 million lights, hay rides, walking trails, food, drinks, Santa Claus, maze; $8 adults, $5 ages 4-17, ages 3 and younger free; free parking; lightsofthesouth.com

BOO! AND MERRY CHRISTMAS TROLLEY LIGHTS, GHOSTS, WINE AND JAZZ TOUR: 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, The Book Tavern, 936 Broad St.; ride Augusta Ghost Trolley, see lights, ghosts; refreshments, music by BillKarpCHRISTMASJazz follows; $25; www.billkarpjazz.com, augustaghosttrolley.com

CHRISTMAS IN HOPELANDS: 6-9:30 p.m. Dec. 12-23, 26, Hopelands Gardens, 135 Dupree Place, Aiken; walk-through lighted holiday displays; over 100,000 lights; refreshments; concerts many nights, artisan showcase; children must be accompanied by an adult; free

AIKEN COMMUNITY PLAYHOUSE: DEAR SANTA: Dec. 6-8, 13-14, Aiken Community Playhouse, 126 Newberry St. SW, Aiken; $20 adults, $17 seniors, $12 students, $7 under 12; (803) 648-1438, aikencommunityplayhouse.com

DANCE AUGUSTA: THE NUTCRACKER: 1 and 4 p.m. Dec. 1, Imperial Theatre, 749 Broad St.; classic holiday tale; $17-$40; (706) 722-8341, imperialtheatre.com

COLUMBIA COUNTY BALLET: THE NUTCRACKER: 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, Imperial Theatre, 749 Broad St.; $15-$29; (706) 860-1852, imperialtheatre.com

AUGUSTA WEST DANCE: IT’S THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS: 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, Maxwell Theater, 2500 Walton Way; $12; (706) 860-0998, augustawestdance.com

CUTNO DANCE CENTER: NUTCRACKER IN THE SOUTH: 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, J.S. Hardin Performing Arts Center, 7022 Evans Town Center Blvd. ; $20 adults, $15 children; advance tickets online at recitalticketing.com or at the door; (706) 364-3442, cutnodance.com or e-mail cutnodancecenter@gmail.com

EDGEFIELD COUNTY THEATRE COMPANY: THE MAGIC CHRISTMAS ELF: 8 p.m. Dec. 13 and 14, 3 p.m. Dec. 15, William Miller Bouknight Theatre, 405 Main St., Edgefield, S.C.; written by Susie O’Neal; (803) 637-3833

AUGUSTA PLAYERS: A CHRISTMAS CAROL: 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, Imperial Theatre, 749 Broad St.; $20-$43; (706) 826-4707, augustaplayers.org

TO BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS PARTS I AND II, A GOSPEL PLAY: 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, J.S. Hardin Performing Arts Center, 7022 Evans Town Center Blvd.; presented by Words To Live By and Oakey Grove Resource Center, Inc.; adults $15, ages 4-12 $7; tickets (706) 863-4215 or e-mail wordstoliveby416@yahoo.com

AIKEN CIVIC BALLET: THE NUTCRACKER: 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22, USC Aiken Etherredge Center, 471 University Parkway; adults $20, seniors and students $15; tickets on sale Nov. 18; (803) 641-3305

MUSIC

MESSIAH SING-IN PROGRAM: 6 pm. Sunday, Dec. 1, Wesley United Methodist Church, 825 N. Belair Road, Evans; Columbia County Orchestra concert; rehearsal 4:30 p.m.; free; columbiacco.org

TUESDAY’S MUSIC LIVE: UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA ACCIDENTALS: 11 a.m. and noon Tuesday, Dec. 3, St. Paul’s Church, 605 Reynolds St.; free concert; lunch after, $10, reservations required; (706) 722-3463

CHRISTMAS AT PAINE ANNUAL CONCERT: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel, 1235 15th St.; presented by the Paine College Concert Choir; featuring holiday favorites, carols, spirituals and gospel; current choir members and alumni; www.paine.edu

AUGUSTA CHORALE: CHRISTMAS CONCERT: 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel, 1235 15th St.; $15 adults, $5 students; (706) 830-0991, augustachorale@augustachorale.org

MARK O’CONNOR & FRIENDS: AN APPALACHIAN CHRISTMAS: Doors 6 p.m., show 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9, J.S. Hardin Performing Arts Center, 7022 Evans Town Center Blvd.; $47 and $52; (706) 726-0366, augustaamusements.com

A FESTIVAL OF NINE LESSONS AND CAROLS: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, Sacred Heart Cultural Center, 1301 Greene St.; Augusta Collegium Musicum; traditional English Christmas program; reservations required; sacredheartaugusta.org

AIKEN CHORAL SOCIETY: MADRIGAL DINNER, A RENAISSANCE YULETIDE FEAST: 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, Aiken County Historical Museum; $65, dinner, wine or mead, dessert, cash bar, music of the period sung by Aiken Choral Society; tickets available at Aiken Chamber of Commerce through Dec. 9, seating limited to 100

SINGING CHRISTMAS TREE: 7 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Dec. 13-15, Abilene Baptist Church, 3917 Washington Road; free, tickets required; tickets available 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-noon Friday in main church office and online (fee for downloading) www.itickets.com

AUGUSTA CHORAL SOCIETY: MESSIAH, AND MORE: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, St. Paul’s Church, 605 Reynolds St.; $10-$25; (706) 826-4713, augustachoralsociety.org

AIKEN CHORAL SOCIETY: 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, Cornerstone Baptist ChurchYuletide music of the Renaissance; $20 adults, $12 students, ages 12 and under admitted free; tickets available at Aiken Chamber of Commerce

AUGUSTA CHORAL SOCIETY: MESSIAH, AND MORE: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, St. Paul’s Church, 605 Reynolds St.; $10-$25; (706) 826-4713, augustachoralsociety.org

CREATIVE IMPRESSIONS PRESENTS BEHOLD THE STAR 2013: 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, Maxwell Theatre, 2500 Walton Way; 2 p.m. $15, 7 p.m. $20, students $15; (706) 664-9022, www.creative-impressions.org

CHRISTMAS WITH JOHN BERRY: 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22, Imperial Theatre, 749 Broad St.; country music vocalist; $20-$30; imperialtheatre.com

CONCERTS WITH A CAUSE: CHRISTMAS EVE CONCERT AND LESSONS & CAROLS: 10:30 p.m. Tuesday,
Dec. 24, St. John United Methodist Church, 736 Greene St.; free admission; donations benefit The United Methodist Children’s Home

COMMUNITY

HOLIDAY GINGERBREAD VILLAGE: Through Dec. 1, Augusta Museum of History, 560 Reynolds St.; (706) 722-8454, augustamuseum.org

14TH ANNUAL AUGUSTA TOY RUN: 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, Augusta Museum of History, 560 Reynolds St.; benefits Fort Gordon’s Christmas House; one new, unwrapped toy (or more) per person; toys for newborns to age 16; (803) 634-0785, (706) 592-1015, (706) 796-6301

MOVIE: CHRISTMAS IN COMPTON: 3:30-5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, Jeff Maxwell Branch Library, 1927 Lumpkin Road; free; (706) 793-2020, ecgrl.org

DECORATING FOR THE HOLIDAYS FROM YOUR GARDEN: 6-7 p.m. Dec. 3; 11 a.m.-noon Dec. 4, Kroc Center, 1833 Broad St.; take advantage of your own yard to help you decorate; cost-saving ideas and fun projects discussed; free; krocaugusta.org

CHRISTMAS MIDTOWN MARKET WITH BILLKARPJAZZ: 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, Midtown Market, 2113 Kings Way; listen to BillKarpChristmas Jazz while browsing Christmas gift ideas, sipping on wine and munching on snacks; billkarpjazz.com

TOYS FOR TOTS DONATIONS ACCEPTED: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday through Dec. 6, Ruth Patrick Science Education Center, 471 University Parkway; bring new, unwrapped toys to help less fortunate children during Christmas

43RD ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CRAFT SHOW: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, H. Odell Weeks Activity Center, 1700 Whiskey Road; original designs and work from over 100 Southeast artisans

NORTH AUGUSTA CHRISTMAS TOUR OF HOMES: CANDLELIGHT TOUR: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, North Augusta; $20, available Nov. 27 at Jim Bush Flowers and Gifts, Communigraphics, Parks Pharmacy; (803) 279-4844, lindafs1@comcast.net, bit.ly/1a7CZ02

AUGUSTA BALLET GUILD HOLIDAY HOUSE 2013 PREVIEW PARTY: 7-10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, Augusta Ballet Guild Holiday House, 2627 Walton Way; holiday design showcase house featuring over 20 of the area’s finest interior designers and florists; $65; (706) 261-0555, augustaballet.org

A HOLLY DAY: Saturday, Dec. 7, downtown Aiken; shops offer holiday specials, Aiken Downtown Development Association, (803) 649-2221

JINGLE JAM 10K 2013: 8 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, Evans Towne Center, 7016 Evans Town Center Blvd.; fun-filled, Christmas-themed road race; long sleeve Dri-Fit T-shirt, jingle bells, other giveaways from sponsors; costume contest; $40; jinglejam10k.com

NORTH AUGUSTA CHRISTMAS TOUR OF HOMES: BRUNCH: 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, First Baptist Church of North Augusta, 625 Georgia Ave.; $10, must be purchased in advance; available through Dec. 3; held by Beta Sigma Phi Sorority; (803) 279-4844, lindafs1@comcast.net, bit.ly/1a7CZ02

AUGUSTA BALLET GUILD HOLIDAY HOUSE 2013: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Dec. 7, 1-8 p.m. Dec. 8, Augusta Ballet Guild Holiday House, 2627 Walton
Way; holiday design showcase house featuring over 20 nterior designers, florists; $20; wreath and table-setting workshops $25; (706) 261-0555, augustaballet.org

CHRISTMAS FOR THE BIRDS: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, Living History Park, 299 W. Spring Grove Ave.; make decorations for birds; bring apples, oranges, peanut butter for birds, cat/dog food for adoption centers; free; (803) 279-7560, colonialtimes.us

KIDS’ CHRISTMAS CLAY CREATIONS: 11-11:45 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, Kroc Center, 1833 Broad St.; make ornaments from clay; learn to mix colors; decorations to bring home; $6; (706) 364-5762, krocaugusta.org

NORTH AUGUSTA CHRISTMAS TOUR OF HOMES: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, North Augusta; $20 advance, $20 tour day; during tour hours tickets $25 at any tour stop; everyone, including children in arms, must have ticket; bit.ly/1a7CZ02

DUPONT PLANETARIUM PRESENTS ’TIS THE SEASON: 7 and 8 p.m. Dec. 7, 14, 16 and 6, 7, and 8 p.m. Dec. 21, 23, 28, Dupont Planetarium, USC Aiken, 471 University Parkway; planetarium show traces holiday customs and explains the Star of Bethlehem; $4.50 adults, $3.50 seniors, $2.50 4K-12th grade; reservations encouraged, (803) 641-3654, e-mail planetarium@usca.edu;
rpsec.usca.edu/planetarium

NUBIAN KNIGHTS ANNUAL ANNIVERSARY/CHRISTMAS PARTY: 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7-2 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, HEAL Complex, Paine College, 1255 Druid Park Ave.; formal or semiformal attire; $15 advance, $20 at door; Ray (706) 627-5495, Allen (706) 231-5015

STORYTIME WITH MRS. CLAUS: 4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, Odell Weeks Center, 1700 Whiskey Road, Aiken; Mrs. Claus reads holiday books, gives book to every child; ages 8 and under (accompanied by an adult); free

HOLIDAYS OF THE WORLD: 10-10:45 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, Friedman Branch Library, 1447 Jackson Road; for preschool to third grade; groups of six or more must register in advance; free; (706) 736-6758, www.ecgrl.org

NIGHT OF 1,000 LIGHTS: Thursday, Dec. 12, downtown Aiken; food and festivities in downtown lit with 1,000 luminarias; Aiken Downtown Development Association, (803) 649-2221

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA: 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, Odell Weeks Center, 1700 Whiskey Road, Aiken; Santa breakfast with children; register by Dec. 8; ages 12 and under; $3 per child

GINGERBREAD HOUSE WORKSHOP: 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Dec. 14, Hire Grounds Cafe, 3179 Washington Road; children invited to make a gingerbread house with parents; limited space, reservations required; (706) 650-5760, ndavis@goodwillworks.org

SANTACON PUB CRAWL: 8 p.m.-until Saturday, Dec. 14, check in at Metro Coffee House, 1054 Broad St.; $15; proceeds benefit new Ronald McDonald House; come dressed as Santa or in a holiday-theme costume; see SantaCon Augusta 2013 on Facebook

A VISIT WITH MRS. CLAUS: 10-10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, Friedman Branch Library, 1447 Jackson Road; holiday storytime with Mrs. Claus; groups of six or more must register in advance; free; (706) 736-6758, www.ecgrl.org

FORT GORDON DINNER THEATRE: MIRACLE ON SOUTH DIVISION STREET: 8 p.m. Dec. 5-7, Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre, 32100 Third Ave., Fort Gordon; dinner 7 p.m., show 8 p.m.; $30 show only; $35 active duty E6 and below; $42 active duty E7 and above, 65 and up, retirees, DA civilians; $45 civilians; bit.ly/10Df4Ci


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