Holiday happenings, Nov. 27

November 27, 2013 

HISTORIC COLUMBIA HOLIDAY HOUSE TOURS: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays and 1-5 p.m. Sundays through Jan. 5. Houses will be decorated in a variety of holiday decorations and traditions. Guides will provide stories of holidays past and how families decorated and entertained in the early 19th and 20th centuries. $8; youth, $5; HC members, free. Tickets may be purchased from the Gift Shop at Robert Mills, 1616 Blanding St. (803) 252-1770, ext. 23

HOLIDAY LIGHTS ON THE RIVER: 6-10 p.m. through Dec. 31 at Saluda Shoals Park, 5605 Bush River Road. Traditional favorites of the holiday drive-through include the Dazzling Dancing Forest, the Good Sports area, Stars and Stripes, a tribute to the armed forces and the Twelve Days of Christmas in lights. Check out the Wetland Wonderland Walking Trail along the boardwalk with the addition of a laser light show. Nights of Wonder, Dec. 13-23, will feature the Red-Nose Express Hayride, the Saluda Shoals Choo-Choo, Winter Wonder Ride (downhill tubing), craft activity and a visit with Santa. Admission is $15 per car; $25 per 15-passenger van and $40 per bus. (803) 772-3903;

COUNTRY CHRISTMAS: Sunday through Dec. 31 at 434 Fairfax Road, 10 miles west of Saluda (off U.S. 178). Free walk-through lights display featuring floats, wood art, miniature Christmas village, hot chocolate and treats. Open 6-9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays; 6-10 p.m. Fridays-Sundays. Santa will visit on Fridays and Saturdays (schedule permitting). Buses welcome; driveway and roadside parking available. Power donations will be accepted. (864) 445-0009

LIGHT UP NORTH COLUMBIA: HolidayFest craft and gift sale, 2 p.m. Sunday in the Eau Claire Print Building, 3907 Ensor Ave. Other activities will include Holiday Traditions from Around the World, music and holiday performances by local groups, exhibits and activities for children, pictures with Santa and holiday refreshments. HolidayFest vendor tables are $20 each with proceeds benefitting Eau Claire Cares, a program that provides food baskets to the needy in the community. Donations of non-perishable food items are welcome. Christmas tree lighting at 5:30 p.m. at the Eau Claire Town Hall, 3904 Monticello Road. (803) 454-0088

CHRISTMAS CONCERT: 6 p.m. Sunday at Spring Valley Presbyterian Church, 125 Sparkleberry Lane. Free concert will feature Southern Bronze handbell ensemble and the Capital Brass ensemble performing well-known holiday favorites. A reception will follow.

CHRISTMAS ON THE CONGAREE: Lighted trees display, 5-10 p.m. Monday through Dec. 31 at Coble Plaza at Riverfront Park, 211 Gervais St., behind EdVenture Children’s Museum. Free. Sponsored by the Columbia Parks and Recreation Foundation and the City of Columbia Parks and Recreation. (803) 546-1482

GOVERNOR’S CAROLIGHTING: 6 p.m. Monday on the north side of the State House. The 47th annual event is sponsored by the City of Columbia, Columbia Breakfast Optimist Club, Columbia Garden Club and the Garden Club of South Carolina.

CHAPIN HIGH SCHOOL WINTER CHORAL CONCERT: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Chapin Presbyterian Church, 600 Old Lexington Highway, Chapin. The program will feature “Sinfonia Sacra” by Daniel Pinkham. Seating will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10; students, $5; household, $30. Proceeds will benefit the Chapin Choral Boosters to further choral music education at Chapin High School.

WEDNESDAYS IN ADVENT: 6 p.m. Dec. 4, 11 and 18 at St. Martin’s-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church, 5220 Clemson Ave., Forest Acres. Choral Evensong offered by the church choir.

CHRISTMAS AT KENSINGTON MANSION: 9:30, 11 a.m.; 1, 2:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, Dec. 5-Jan. 11 at 4101 McCords Ferry Road, Eastover. Experience the smells and sounds of a 19th century Christmas via guided tours. A Christmas Open House will be held 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Dec. 7 complete with horse-drawn carriages pulling up to the port-cochere, music and refreshments. $7; active duty military and age 60 and older, $6; ages 6-12, $5; children younger than 6 are free. Special programs on Dec. 11 and 18 for students, free admission. (803) 353-0456;

CHRISTMAS IN CAYCE: Tree lighting ceremony, 6 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Cayce Historical Museum, 1800 12th St. Sponsored by the Woman’s Club of Cayce, the event will include greetings from city officials, holiday thoughts, musical selections and a visit from Santa. Proceeds from the sale of lights for the tree are used to fund community projects and a scholarship program. Non-perishable food items will be accepted to decorate the Cayce Cares Food Tree. A community reception will follow. Visitors may take a ride through the Cayce City Hall complex and enjoy the magic of thousands of twinkling lights, dazzling holiday displays and music of the season.

MOVIE IN THE SQUARE: 6-9 p.m. Dec. 5 in Lexington Square Park (East Main Street and South Lake Drive). “Elf” will be screened beginning at 6:30 p.m.; s’mores and hot cocoa will be available. Part of the Town of Lexington Snowball Festival, presented by the Town of Lexington & the Lexington County Recreation & Aging Commission.

COMMUNITY-WIDE CHRISTMAS CAROL SING: 12:05-1 p.m. Dec. 6 at Kathwood Baptist Church, 4900 Trenholm Road. Following the program, a free lunch of vegetable beef soup, salad, cornbread and dessert will be served. Monetary donations will be accepted for The Women’s Shelter. (803) 787-3434;

CARILLON CAROLERS: 2:30-5:30 p.m. Dec. 6; 2-5 p.m. Dec. 7; 3-6 p.m. Dec. 13; 1-4 p.m. Dec. 14, 18, 19, 20, 22; 2-5 p.m. Dec. 21 and 23. Free strolling performances at Columbiana Center, 100 Columbiana Circle.

CAROLS ALONG THE CAYCE RIVERWALK: 6 p.m. Dec. 6 at the N Avenue entrance, Riverwalk Pavilion. Area church choirs and local musicians will located throughout the first half-mile of the park. Visitors can wander from group to group, enjoying holiday musical selections. The Riverwalk will be lighted with luminaria and hot apple cider will be served free of charge.

CONCERT AND CARNIVAL IN THE SQUARE: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Dec. 6 in Lexington Square Park (East Main Street and South Lake Drive). Music by Tara Scheyer & the Mud Puppy Band, magic shows, visits with Santa and more. The tree lighting will be held at 8:30 p.m. Part of the Town of Lexington Snowball Festival, presented by the Town of Lexington & the Lexington County Recreation & Aging Commission.

USC CONCERT CHOIR CHRISTMAS CONCERT: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6 at First Presbyterian Church, 1324 Marion St. Free.

LEXINGTON CHORAL SOCIETY: “Holiday Lights,” 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6-7 at Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church, 5503 Sunset Blvd., Lexington. Concert will feature sounds of the season accompanied by a string quartet. Special guests will be the Lexington 1 Honors Children’s Choir. $20; age 65 and older, $15; students, $5.

“YES, VIRGINIA — THE MUSICAL”: Dec. 6-8, 12-15 at On Stage Performance Center, 680 Cherokee Lane, West Columbia. Show times at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $16; seniors, students and military, $14; youth, $12. (877) 238-5596;

“A CHRISTMAS CAROL”: Dec. 6-21 at Trustus Theatre, 520 Lady St. Performances of the new adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic story will be 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays. $20; students, $15. (803) 254-9732;

SANTA’S MARKET HOLIDAY CRAFT SHOW: 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Dec. 7 at Seven Oaks Park, 200 Leisure Lane. Unique gifts and handmade crafts including (but not limited to!) art prints and paintings, jewelry, ornaments, painted glassware, holiday wreaths and decor. Shuttles will be available from overflow parking lots. Free admission.

FAMILY DAY — HISTORIC HOLIDAYS: 10 a.m. Dec. 7 in the decorated Robert Mills House, 1601 Richland St. Learn about the history of several holiday traditions while enjoying holiday crafts and activities as a family. $6 for the first child and $3 for each additional child; HC members, free. (803) 252-1770, ext. 23

CHOIR SHOWCASE & $1 TOURS: Noon Dec. 7 in front of the Robert Mills House, 1601 Richland St. Local elementary schools will provide musical entertainment. Free and open to the public; take advantage of the Holiday House Tours for $1. (803) 252-1770, ext. 23

CAYCE HISTORICAL MUSEUM HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE: 6 p.m. Dec. 7 at 1800 12th St. Each room of the museum will be decorated with trees and crafts from the 18th century to the present. The open house will also feature live entertainment, light refreshments and docents dressed in period attire. As darkness falls, take a War Between the States Lantern Tour. (803) 739-5385

TOWN OF LEXINGTON SNOW “BALL” DANCE: 7 p.m. Dec. 7 in the conference center at the Lexington Municipal Complex, 111 Maiden Lane. $30 per person (limit 200 tickets); includes heavy hors d’oeuvres and libations. Proceeds will benefit the Chris Myers Children’s Place, a Christ Central Ministry, a family campus whose goal is to stabilize the child, stabilize the parent and stabilize and re-connect the family.

BLYTHEWOOD CHRISTMAS PARADE: 3 p.m. Dec. 8 beginning on Wilson Boulevard, down Main Street to McNulty Road, left on Boney Road, left on Blythewood Road and then back down Main Street (this is a new route). Dawndy Mercer Plank will emcee a thank you to Grand Marshal Joe Pinner. The parade relies on sponsorships and donations which fund an annual scholarship program for students in the 29016 ZIP code. Deadline to register for a spot in the parade is Friday.

LEXINGTON CHRISTMAS PARADE: 3:30 p.m. Dec. 8 on Main Street. Presented by the Town of Lexington and the Lexington Jaycees.

USC CONCERT CHOIR CHRISTMAS CONCERT: 7 p.m. Dec. 8 at Shandon United Methodist Church, 3407 Devine St. Free

CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE: 2-5 p.m. Dec. 9 at the Lexington County Museum, 231 Fox St., Lexington. Many of the 30 historic houses on the Museum complex will be decked out for the season and open for tours. Light refreshments, including hot apple cider and gingerbread, will be served and live music will be featured. Free. (803) 359-8369;

COLUMBIA CHRISTMAS PAGEANT: Dec. 13-15 at First Baptist Church, Columbia, 1306 Hampton St. A cast of 400 children and adults, including the First Baptist 200-vice choir and full orchestra will feature popular Christmas favorites, drama, dancing, elaborate costuming and sets, indoor snow, angels and a celebration of the birth of Christ with religious music. Free parking, ushers will assist any handicapped or disabled person and there will be a special section for the deaf and hearing impaired. Performances at 7 p.m. Dec. 13, 2 and 5 p.m. Dec. 14 and 4 p.m. Dec. 15. Free, but you must have a ticket to enter. Call (803) 217-3250 for ticket information or visit

SANTA’S HOTLINE: Let jolly old Saint Nick personally call your little ones ages 3-8. Santa will make his calls the week of Dec. 16-21. Registration forms are available at Crooked Creek Park, 1098 Old Lexington Highway, Chapin. Forms must be returned by Dec. 15; local calls only.

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA: 8 a.m. Dec. 21 at the Robert Mills Carriage House, 1616 Blanding St. Continental breakfast with seasonal music, followed by a tour through the Hampton-Preston Mansion, see a Victorian Christmas tree and make a holiday craft. Don’t forget to get a picture with Historic Columbia’s Victorian Santa Claus. Admission is $12; ages 4-12, $3; age 3 and younger, free. HC member adults, $10; HC member youth, $2. (803) 252-1770, ext. 23

CANDY CANE HUNT: 3:30-4 p.m. Dec. 21 at the Crooked Creek Park Disc Golf Trail. Santa and his elves will be hiding candy canes along the trail for kids ages 2-8 to find. Children should bring a basket or bag to hold the canes. Prize candy canes will be hidden along the trail as well. $2 Crooked Creek Park is at 1098 Old Lexington Highway, Chapin.

WINTER FEST: Dec. 21-23, 26-31 and Jan. 1-4 at the State Museum, 301 Gervais St. Holiday celebration will feature a Polar Express party, daily movie screenings, snow Day crafts and snacks, musical performances, Star Lab planetarium shows, seasonal and nature crafts and more. Included with museum general admission or membership (with the exception of the Polar Express party). (803) 898-4921

CANDLELIGHT TOURS & CARRIAGE RIDES: 5:30 p.m. Dec. 30 at the Historic Columbia houses. Guided candlelight tours, musical entertainment and children’s activities. House tours are $8; $5 for youth, free for HC members. Carriage rides through the Robert Mills historic district are $5 per person. (803) 252-1770, ext. 23

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