Holiday happenings, Nov. 29

November 29, 2013 

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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, 2-7:30 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; volunteers, performers and vendors are still needed. 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.

TOWN OF IRMO TREE LIGHTING: 6 p.m. Tuesday at Irmo Town Park, Columbia Avenue at Carlisle Street. Music by the Irmo High School Masterclass Orchestra, a visit from Santa and light refreshments will be served.

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. Wednesday, Dec. 11 and 18 at St. Martin’s-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church, 5220 Clemson Ave., Forest Acres. Choral Evensong offered by the church choir. www.stmartins

CHRISTMAS AT KENSINGTON MANSION: 9:30, 11 a.m.; 1, 2:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturday through 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. Thursday 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. Thursday 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.

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