Friday, Nov. 28
ANDREW VELEZ: 10 p.m. Friday at Tin Roof Columbia. One of the premier party bands, it has played at the CMA Music Festival for the past two years. Show is 21 and up. www.tinroofcolumbia.com
“THE NUTCRACKER”: 7:30 p.m. Friday at The Township Auditorium, 1703 Taylor St. Ann Brodie’s Carolina Ballet production will feature a company of more than 100 performers with full orchestra and chorus. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $20.50; students, $15.50 (available at the box office only). (803) 576-2356; http://ticketmaster.com
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“A CHRISTMAS CAROL”: 8 p.m. Friday on the Thigpen Main Stage at Trustus Theatre, 520 Lady St. Five actors will play numerous roles, while creating a live musical score. Tickets are $22; military and seniors, $20; students, $15. Half-price Student Rush Tickets are available 15 minutes prior to curtain. Shows through Dec. 20. (803) 254-9732; https://trustus.org/show.php?show_id=74
“WHITE CHRISTMAS”: Through Dec. 7 at Town Theatre, 1012 Sumter St. Adaptation of the classic film with songs by Irving Berlin. Show times are 8 p.m. Nov. 28; Dec. 4-6 and 3 p.m. Nov. 30, Dec. 7. $25; age 65 and older, active military, college students, $20; age 17 and younger, $15. (803) 799-2510; http://towntheatre.com
Saturday, Nov. 29
BENTZ KIRBY THANKSGIVING FOOD BANK BENEFIT: 9 p.m. Saturday at Art Bar, 1211 Park St. Featuring Danny Joe Machado and Singer Songwriter Rounds. Tickets are $3. www.artbarsc.com
JAMIL SHRINERS CRAFT SHOW: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday at 206 Jamil Road. Admission is $1 per adult. For a list of expected items, visit www.jamilsportsters.com
701 CCA PRIZE 2014 ARTIST TALK SERIES: 3 p.m. Saturday at the Center for Contemporary Art, 701 Whaley. Meet finalist Andrew Blanchard, director of studio art and an associate professor of printmaking and photography at Converse College. His mixed-process prints on wood and paper have been included in more than 100 national and international juried print exhibitions. (803) 319-9949; http://701cca.org
Sunday, Nov. 30
GALA OF THE ROYAL HORSES: 3 p.m. Sunday at Colonial Life Arena. Experience the Gala of the Royal Horses for the first time as the show makes its U.S. debut. www.coloniallifearena.com
CHITLIN STRUT: 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at 230 Pine St. NW, Salley. Carnival, concession stands, arts and crafts and more. For more information, visit www.chitlinstrut.com
Monday, Dec. 1
MERRY MONDAYS: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday at the State Museum, 301 Gervias St. Enjoy holiday music and South Carolina-made food samplings while shopping at the Cotton Mill Exchange. Purchases of $50 or more include gift wrapping. www.scmuseum.org
SUSTAINABLE HOLIDAY CELEBRATION: 4:30-8:30 p.m. Monday at 701 Whaley. Unique artisan gifts in all price ranges, free food tastings by Whole Foods, Rosewood Market, Spotted Salamander, Oak Table and Tazza Kitchen. Cash bar by The Whig. $5 donation at the door supports programs that educate, advocate and celebrate balanced solutions for the community. (803) 381-8747; http://sustainablemidlands.org
SWAN LAKE FANTASY OF LIGHTS: Monday through Dec. 31 at Swan Lake Iris Gardens, 822 W. Liberty St., Sumter. More than a million lights and 150 lighted figures. Opening ceremony 6 p.m. Monday; hours are dusk until 9 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays, dusk until 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Free.
48th ANNUAL GOVERNOR’S CAROLIGHTING: 6:30 p.m. Monday on the north steps of the State House (Gervais Street side). Musical prelude followed by the program at 7 p.m. Sponsored by the Columbia Metropolitan Convention & Visitors Bureau, Columbia Garden Club and the Garden Club of South Carolina. WYFF-4 anchor Nigel Robertson will serve as emcee.
Tuesday, Dec. 2
JINGLE ALL THE WAY: 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Newberry Opera House. The former Mrs. USA, Tammy Johns, and her Carolina FreeStyle dance team will put on an evening of dance and celebration. Tickets are $14 and can be ordered by calling (803) 276-6264
WE HOLD THESE TRUTHS: 8 p.m. Tuesday-Dec. 5 at Drayton Hall Theatre, 1214 College St. Wideman/Davis Dance will present a multimedia choreographic work inspired by the struggles of the civil rights movement. Tickets are $12 for students, $16 for UofSC staff, military and seniors and $18 for the general public. (803) 777-9353
Thursday, Dec. 4
A STARRY NIGHT: 4-8 p.m. Dec. 4 in Five Points. Family-friendly event will feature carriage rides 6-8 p.m., hot chocolate and holiday treats at the fountain, DJ, dance and choral groups, Salvation Army toy drive and a visit with Santa. Stores will be open for holiday shopping. http://fivepointscolumbia.com/event/astarrynight
CAYCE TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY: 6 p.m. Dec. 4 at City Hall, 1800 12th St. Sponsored by the Woman’s Club of Cayce, proceeds from the sale of lights are used to fund the club’s scholarship program. They’re also holding a food drive, accepting canned goods and non-perishables; a reception will follow. The Lights of Cayce at City Hall will be on through Dec. 31 and some Cayce neighborhoods will line their streets with lighted trees and decorations, making for a ride through a fantasy winter wonderland. For information on the participating neighborhoods, call (803) 739-5385.
SWEET SEASONS: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday on the rooftop of the Richland Mall, 3400 Forest Drive. Forest Acres’ signature tenth annual holiday event. Enjoy food and drink from local vendors. for more information visit www.fasweetseasons.com
“THE HOMECOMING”: Dec. 4-7 at Village Square Theatre, 105 Caughman Road. Adaptation of “The Homecoming: A Christmas Story,” the TV movie that served as pilot for “The Waltons.” Show times are 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4, 5; 3 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6; 3 p.m. Dec. 7 Tickets are $12; youth, students and seniors, $10. (803) 359-1436; http://villagesquaretheatre.com