BETHLEHEM LUTHERAN: Craft bazaar, 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday at 10000 Broad River Road, Irmo. Twenty-one inside spaces available for $5 each. Outside vendors will furnish their own tables and covers at no cost but donations will be accepted. Handcrafted items only. (803) 603-2164 or (803) 816-4147
HOLIDAY BAZAAR: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1715 Broad River Road. More than 30 vendors, handmade crafts, baked goods and casseroles, used book and CD sale, children's activities, pictures with Santa, bistro, door prizes and more. All proceeds benefit Westminster missions. (803) 772-1338
HOLIDAY LIGHTS ON THE RIVER: 6-10 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 26, through Thursday, Dec. 31, at Saluda Shoals Park, 5605 Bush River Road. $10 per car; 15-passenger vans, $20; buses, $25. (803) 772-3903
BOUNTY OF BLYTHEWOOD: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday on the lawn of the Hoffman House (Town Hall), Blythewood. Event will feature a Taste of Blythewood, local farmers market vendors, crafts, bands, Iron Chef competition, barbecue cook-off and a "can-struction" contest (canned food items used in construction will be donated to the needy). The town's Christmas tree lighting ceremony will be 5 p.m. Sunday in front of town hall. Guest performances by the USC New Horizon Band, string ensemble from Blythewood High School and singing groups from Trinity United Methodist, Bethel Baptist and Sandy Level Baptist.
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HISTORIC COLUMBIA: Tours of decorated house museums 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 1-5 p.m. Sundays. Guided tours of the Robert Mills House, Hampton-Preston Mansion and the Mann-Simons Cottage start on Friday. $6; ages 6-17, $3; ages 5 and younger, free. Reservations required for groups or special 90-minute three-house tours; call (803) 252-1770, ext. 24 or go to www.historicolumbia.org.
SALVATION ARMY CHRISTMAS CAMPAIGN KICKOFF: 11 a.m. Friday on the north grounds and steps of the State House, 1201 Main St. Live music, free coffee and doughnuts. In case of inclement weather, the event will be held at the Salvation Army chapel, 2025 Main St.
HOLIDAYFEST CRAFT SHOW AND SALE: 3-8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, in the Eau Claire Print Building, 3907 Ensor Ave. Handmade holiday-themed craft items (ornaments, wreaths, decorations) and handmade gift items (jewelry, soaps, textiles, etc.). Sponsored by the Eau Claire Community Council. (803) 454-0888; www.eauclairecommunity.org.
LIGHTS BEFORE CHRISTMAS: 6-9 p.m. Saturday through Jan. 3 (closed Nov. 26, Dec. 24, 25 and 31) at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden. Nearly a million twinkling lights and more than 350 handcrafted images, photos with Santa, Jingle Bell bonfire marshmallow roast and - snow! $8; ages 3-12, $6. Avoid lines by ordering tickets in advance at www.riverbanks.org.
TRINITY EPISCOPAL CATHEDRAL BAZAAR: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at 1100 Sumter St.. More than 15 booths featuring art, homemade crafts, books, rummage items, Christmas booth. There will also be lunch, entertainment, children's carnival and silent auction. Proceeds benefit Epworth Early Intervention Center, Family Shelter, Harvest Hope Food Bank, HomeWorks of America and St. Lawrence Place.
GOBBLEFEST: 3-6 p.m. Sunday at St. Stephen's Lutheran Church, 119 N. Church St., Lexington. Fall festival will feature inflatables, balloon twister, face painting, games, cake walks, bake sale. $5; hot dogs, chips, drinks will be available for $3. (803) 359-6562
CRAFTS IN THE PINES: Friday through Sunday, Nov. 27-29, at Brown's Christmas Tree Farm, 430 Pat Road, Lexington. Arts and crafts, refreshments, carving demonstrations, children's activities and Santa Claus. (803) 755-9676
BOILING SPRINGS COMMUNITY CLUB CHRISTMAS PARADE: 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13 at 2641 Calks Ferry Road. Accepting entries, call (803)894-4328, (803) 894-3660
THE NURTURING CENTER THANKSGIVING MEAL DRIVE: Group or individual sponsors are needed to help provide a holiday meal - suggested items include meat, vegetables, bread, pie, drinks and a roasting pan (approximately $25). Meals will be delivered to families on Wednesday. Neil Nadkarni, (803) 771-4160, ext. 17.
ADOPT A TURKEY: A donation of $10 will buy a 10-12-pound bird for the 19th annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Dinner Thursday, Nov. 26, at Carolina Coliseum and nursing homes/assisted living facilities. Call (803) 796-9802 or make checks payable to St. Peter's Catholic Church, P.O. Box 1896, Columbia, SC 29202; attn: Robert Keeder
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD: Lexington Baptist Church is serving the Lexington area collection point for the shoe-box gifts, a holiday project of Samaritan's Purse. Boxes will be accepted at the Family Life Center, 111 Efird St. (just off East Main Street) at the times and days: 4-7 p.m. today, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday. (803) 996-8836; information and suggested items for the boxes can be found at www.samaritanspurse.org and clicking on Operation Christmas Child.
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD: North Trenholm Baptist Church, 6515 N. Trenholm Road, has been designated as a Midlands collection point for the shoe-box gifts, a holiday project of Samaritan's Purse. Boxes will be accepted at the following times and days, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. today 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, 2-4 p.m. Sunday and 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday. Information and suggested items for the boxes can be found at www.samaritanspurse.org or by calling (800) 704-1268.
BE A SANTA TO A SENIOR: Sponsored by the Richland County Sheriff's Department, Chick-fil-A, Harmony Care Hospice and Home Instead Inc., the program has identified lonely and needy seniors whose names and gift requests will be placed on a Christmas tree at at Chick-fil-A, 229 Bush River Road. Stop by after 6 p.m. Dec. 1, pick up an ornament, purchase a gift, wrap and drop it off at Harmony Care Hospice, 100-K Ashland Park Lane (off St. Andrews Road). Gifts will be delivered Dec. 19-23. (803) 772-8505
CAROLINA CHILDREN'S HOME: There are several ways to brighten a child's Christmas this year. When you sponsor a child, you may purchase any or all of the items on their gift list. Cottage sponsors may purchase a gift that all of the residents can enjoy or group gifts such as movie passes, gift certificates for haircuts or manicures. You can donate your time by volunteering to wrap gifts on campus during December. A donation of $10 or more through the Guardian Angel Project will honor a loved one through a personalized letter, a bookmark and a note indicating you as the giver. (803) 790-6541, ext. 216 or www.carolinachildrenshome.org