Love a parade? Every town has one to celebrate Christmas

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PARADES

Wagener Christmas Parade: 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, from Busbee Corbett Elementary Middle School to Wagener-Salley High School; (803) 564-3412

Grovetown Christmas Parade: Noon Satur­day, Dec. 7, starts at Grovetown Middle School and moves along Harlem-Grovetown Road to Robinson Avenue and ends at Summerfield subdivision; (706) 860-7691

City of New Ellenton Christmas Parade: Noon Saturday, Dec. 7, Main Street, New Ellenton; from Old Whiskey Road (north) toward Savannah river Site (south), ending near St. Paul’s Methodist Church; (803) 652-2214, newellentonsc.com

Graniteville Christmas Parade: Line up 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, Leavelle McCampbell School; parade 3 p.m.; free; sponsored by Graniteville Fire Department; details, (803) 257-0496

Miss Augusta Scholarship Pageant 2013 Christmas Fantasy Parade and Christmas Light-Up Spectacular: All day event; parade 2 p.m., Broad Street; tree lighting; following parade – ornament making, cookie decorating, Polar Express, face painting and visit with Santa,12 Bands of Christmas performing until 8 p.m., Augusta Common; events on Common free; Toys for Tots collecting new, unwrapped toys and Harvest Food Bank colecting canned goods; tickets to 12 Bands VIP tent $30, include food and beverage; www.myaugustadowntown.com; VIP tickets to 12 Bands – www.12bands.org

Barnwell Christmas Parade: 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7; City councilman J.T. Atkinson, grand marshall; (803) 259-3266, cityofbarnwell.com

North Augusta Lions Club Christmas Parade: 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, theme: Dreams of Christmas; e-mail vmcdowell@comcast.net

Aiken Jaycees Christmas Parade: 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, downtown Aiken; theme “A Southern Christmas,” aikenjaycees.com

Edgefield County Christmas Parade: 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, downtown Edgefield; Christmas music played on the square; floats, bands, Santa; sponsored by Edgefield Community Development Association; (803) 480-1255

EVENTS

A Mistletoe Christmas: Hayrides and hot cocoa 7-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, Mistletoe State Park, Appling; create gingerbread houses, grape vine wreaths, family mugs and nature ornaments, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 7; $5-$10, plus $5 park pass fee; (706) 541-0321, gastateparks.org/Mistletoe

A Holly Day: All day Saturday, Dec. 7, downtown Aiken; held by Aiken Downtown Development Association; (803) 649-2221, downtownaiken.com/calendar.html

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; stories, treats; bring apples, oranges, peanut butter for birds, cat/dog food for adoption centers; free; (803) 279-7560, colonialtimes.us

Jingle Jam 10K 2013: Race 8 a.m Saturday, Dec. 7, Evans Towne Center Park; fun-filled, Christmas-themed road race; Packet Pick-Up Expo noon to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, Stevens Creek Church; costume contest; $40; jinglejam10k.com

COMMUNITY

USC Aiken Holiday Festival: 5 p.m. Thurs­day, Dec. 5, USC Aiken Quad; food, smores and hayride; iceless skating rink, music, arts and crafts; bring camera for pictures with Santa; $2, free to ages 11 and younger and USC Aiken students, faculty, staff their families; (803) 641-3442, ajav@usca.edu

43rd Annual Christmas Craft Show: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 6, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 7, Odell Weeks Center; original designs and work from more than 100 artisans; free admission

Holiday Open House and Artisans Market: 5-9 p.m. Dec. 6, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 7, noon-4 p.m. Dec. 8, Arts & Heritage Center of North Augusta, 100 Georgia Ave.; holiday music, refreshments; locally made art for sale; exhibits open; free admission; (803) 441-4380, artsandheritage
center.com

26th Annual North Augusta Christmas Tour of Homes: Candlelight tour 5:30-9:30 p.m. Dec. 6; fashion show 9:30 a.m. Dec. 7, First Baptist Church of North Augusta Fellowship Hall; tour 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 7; tour – $20 advance, $25 during tour; brunch $10, advance only; tickets at Jim Bush Flowers and Gifts, Communigraphics and Parks Pharmacy; (803) 279-4844, lindafs1@comcast.net, bit.ly/1a7CZ02

Augusta Ballet Guild Holiday House 2013: Inaugural holiday design showcase featuring 20 interior designers and florists; preview party 7-10 p.m. Dec. 6, Holiday House, 2627 Walton Way, $65; Holiday House open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 7 and 1-9 p.m. Dec. 8, $20; wreath and table setting workshops $25; (706) 261-0555, augustaballet.org

2013 Christmas Tour of Homes and Churches on the Ridge: 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8; sponsored by Green Thumb Garden Club; $10, tickets at any tour stop; Feagle House, 1201 Calhoun St., Watson-Murdock House, 1045 Calhoun St., Will Sawyer House, 1036 Calhoun St., Avery Bland House, 136 Calhoun St., all in Johnston, S.C.; Dry Creek Baptist Church 272 Hallman Road, Ward, S.C., Spann Methodist Church, 150 Church St., Ward, S.C., Ridge Spring Methodist Church, 260 Dubose St., Ridge Spring, S.C.


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