FESTIVALS, PARADES, treelightings
LIGHTS OF LUGOFF CHRISTMAS PARADE AND FIREWORKS DISPLAY: 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11. Parade route begins at Burdell Road and U.S. 1. Sponsored by the Lugoff Optimst Club. Rain date is 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12. (803) 408-2679 www.lightsoflugoff.com
ELGIN CATFISH STOMP: Parade starts at 10 a.m. Saturday, followed by lots of food - catfish, of course - as well as music, arts, crafts, rides and more. Head to the Blaney Fire Department/Elgin Town Hall, 1200 Rose St., Elgin.
KERSHAW COUNTY CHRISTMAS PARADE: Starts at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, themed "Make a Joyful Noise." Horses, fire trucks, floats, classic cars, beauty queens, Santa and more at this annual favorite. Begins at Laurens Street and proceeds South on Broad Street ending at the Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site.
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SWEET SEASONS: 6-8 tonight on the Midtown at Forest Acres rooftop. Music by Island Close By, food and dessert samplings from Forest Acres restaurants, free photos with Santa, face painting, balloon artists, crafts, and the tree lighting at 7 p.m.
TOWN OF EASTOVER CHRISTMAS PARADE: Noon Saturday, Dec. 12, beginning at 140 Webber School Road through downtown Eastover. Entry applications available, groups and organizations, $50; indiviudals, $5 per vehicle. (803) 353-2281
NORTH COLUMBIA'S 22nd ANNUAL CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING: Begins at 3 p.m. Saturday with HolidayFest, a shopping experience featuring hand-made crafts and decor created by local artisans, and the afternoon event will culminate with the flip of the switch by neighborhood children in the historic Battiste Plaza in the Eau Claire Town Hall Complex at 5:30 p.m. The treelighting will feature performances by local students, church groups and others. and others. Stay on for refreshments in the Eau Claire Print Building. www.eauclairecommunity.org.
FIVE POINTS FESTIVUS: Holiday shopping, Santa, an unconventional holiday parade and more. Friday at 7 p.m., the "Airing of Grievances Tour," where patrons have a chance to scribble down all the things that disappointed them in 2009 as they sample beers of the season in a pub-crawl atmosphere. Cost is $15. Saturday noon-3 p.m., the "Feats of Strength" competition. Groups are encouraged to compete for the largest donations of food or money to Harvest Hope Food Bank. For more details and to pre-register for the Airing of Grievances Tour: www.fivepointscolumbia.com.
TOWN OF LEXINGTON CAROLIGHTING: 6:30 tonight at Virginia Hylton Park, 111 Maiden Lane (behind the Lexington Municipal Complex). Songs of the season from Saxe Gotha Presbyterian's Higher Ground, Lexington Middle School chorus and the Lexington KEYS After-School Program choir. Holiday treats and visits with Santa for the children. Bring lawn chairs. (803) 356-8238. And, at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, see the town's annual Christmas parade; route along Main Street downtown.
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
CHRISTMAS IN CAYCE: Tree lighting ceremony, 6 tonight. Christmas Traditions, holiday open house at the Cayce Historical Museum, 6:30 p.m. Friday. Saturday events include living history exhibits 4-9 p.m. on the museum grounds and the War Between the States lantern tours, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Free. (803) 796-9020
SOUTH CONGAREE CHRISTMAS PARADE: 3:30 p.m. Saturday. A special feature of this year's event: Honoring pioneer business leaders in the community, including eight families, some of whom opened businesses dating to the 1920s.
"LIVING CHRISTMAS STORY": Drive-through nativity pageant, 6:30-9 tonight through Sunday at Union United Methodist Church, 7582 Woodrow St., Irmo. Preschool and elementary school groups are invited to a special children's walk-through program, 9 a.m. Friday; reservations required; call (803) 354-2401. www.thelivingchristmasstory.com
"THIS MAN CALLED JESUS": Christmas drama presented by Lake Murray Baptist Church, 1001 U.S. 378 West, Lexington. Two-hour production will feature 350 costumed characters and live animals, bringing the Bible to life onstage. Performances are Fridays-Sundays through Dec. 20; 7:30 p.m. Fridays, 2:30 and 6:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. No tickets, no reservations, arrive early, seating capacity is 2,700 with matinee performances drawing larger crowds.(803) 356-3334 or www.thismancalledjesus.org
COLUMBIA CHRISTMAS PAGEANT: 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Dec. 10, 11; 2 and 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12; and 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13, at First Baptist Columbia, 1306 Hampton St. Free tickets available 9 a.m.-3 p.m. weekdays through Dec. 11. (803) 217-3250
Note: For music and other seasonal faith events in your community's churches, see today's Almanac section.
2009 JUNIOR LEAGUE HOLIDAY MARKET: Today through Sunday at the S.C. State Fairgrounds' Americraft-Cantey Building in Columbia $8 per person, includes admission for all four days. For hours and a complete schedule of events, including PJs with Santa for Kids: www. jlcolumbia.org
CHAPIN HOLIDAY MARKET: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. today and Friday at the Chapin Chamber of Commerce, 302 Columbia Ave.
SANTA'S MARKET AND CRAFT SHOW: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at Seven Oaks Park, 200 Leisure Lane. Gifts, decorations, crafts and more.
HOLIDAY MARKET: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Saturday, 2-5 p.m. Sunday at the Log House, 3360 Kennerly Road, Irmo. (803) 386-9898
TRENHOLM ARTISTS HOLIDAY MARKET: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday through Dec. 19, next to Piggly Wiggly at Forest Park Plaza, Forest Drive. More than 50 local artists will be offering original paintings, prints, sculpture, clay arts and jewelry items. www.trenholmartistsguild.org
LAKE CAROLINA'S HARBORSIDE LIGHTS: 6-9 p.m. Friday, features merchants and vendors sharing holiday cheer, special shopping, refreshments and more. Live music, horse-drawn carriage rides and holiday lights also are on tap.
HOLIDAYFEST CRAFT SHOW AND SALE: 3-8 p.m. Saturday 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.
MINGLE & JINGLE ON MAIN: A free evening of holiday shopping, art and entertainment, 6-9 tonight on the 1500 block of Main Street. Sponsored by City Center Partnership, Frame of Mind and other downtown merchants.
HOLIDAY MAIN STREET MARKETPLACE: 10 a.m.-2 pm. Friday in front of the Columbia Museum of Art, Main and Hampton streets. Shuttle service available in the area bounded by Gervais, Elmwood, Assembly and Marion streets.
MIDLANDS CLAY ARTS SOCIETY HOLIDAY SALE: Noon-9 p.m. today, noon-8 p.m. Friday and noon-5 p.m. Saturday at Vista Studios/Gallery 80808, 808 Lady St. Opening reception, 5-9 p.m. Thursday. (803) 252-6134
CHRISTMAS BAZAAR: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at All Saints Episcopal Church, 1001 12th St., Cayce. Hand-crafted gifts, baked goods, holiday decoratiuions, home canned relishes, preserves and chutneys. Lunch will be available. Proceeds benefit community outreach missions.
A DEVINE EVENING: 5-9 p.m. Friday, with Devine Street merchants offering a candlelit holiday open house, with shopping as well as free performances by the Palmetto Pipe Band & Sandlapper Singers.
A DEVINE CELEBRATION: Noon-5 p.m. Saturday with Devine Street merchants, featuring shopping, entertainment, carriage rides and a Santa Workshop at the Whitney Hotel.
LEXINGTON LIGHTS: 6:30-9 tonight on Main Street in downtown Lexington. In conjunction with the town's carolighting, look for shopping, refreshments and register for gift certificates from retailers.
LET THERE BE LIGHTS
HOLIDAY LIGHTS ON THE RIVER: 6-10 p.m. through Thursday, Dec. 31, at Saluda Shoals Park, 5605 Bush River Road. $10 per car; 15-passenger vans, $20; buses, $35. Winter Wonder Ride, downhill tubing without the snow Fridays and Saturdays through Dec. 12 and during the Nights of Wonder, Dec. 17-23; $2. Nights of Wonder will feature the Red-Nose Express Hayride, Saluda Shoals Choo-Choo, crafts, Santa photos and more; $1-$5. (803) 772-3903
LIGHTS BEFORE CHRISTMAS: 6-9 p.m. through Jan. 3 (closed 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.
GOVERNOR'S MANSION CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE: 4-7 p.m. today at the Governor's Mansion and Lace House, Richland and Lincoln streets. Free and open to the public. No reservations necessary. Also on tap: The Carillon Carolers will sing a holiday welcome, and a gingerbread house created by mansion Chef Geoffrey Sandifer will be on display.
HISTORIC COLUMBIA: Tours of decorated house museums 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, 1-5 p.m. Sundays through Jan. 3. $6; ages 6-17, $3; ages 5 and younger, free. Reservations required for groups or special 90-minute three-house tours. Candlelight and Carriage Tours, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Friday. Candlelight tour of the Robert Mills House, 1616 Blanding St., $10; horse-drawn carriage tour of the Robert Mills Historic Garden District, $5. Call (803) 252-1770, ext. 24 or go to www.historicolumbia.org.
VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS AT KENSINGTON: 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday at U.S. 601 and S.C. 764, near Eastover. Period music, carriage rides, refreshments, stories and walk-through tours. $5; ages 10 and older, $2.50. (803) 353-0456
33rd ANNUAL CANDLELIGHT TOUR OF HOMES, 3-8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, in Camden, presented by the Camden Junior Welfare Leagure. Tour begins at Camden Archives, 1314 Broad St. Proceeds support programs for Kershaw County children. Tickets, $15 in advance, $20 on day of tour. Contact Terri at (803) 408-2843 or www.camdenleague.com