CHAPIN HOLIDAY MARKET: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. today and Friday at the Chapin Chamber of Commerce, 302 Columbia Ave.
"LIVING CHRISTMAS STORY": Drive-through nativity pageant, 6:30-9 tonight through Sunday at Union UMC, 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. on 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
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
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 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
CHRIST CHILD CELEBRATION: Noon-6:30 p.m. Saturday at Transfiguration Catholic Church, Wilson Boulevard and North Pines Road, Blythewood. Based on Christkindmarkt, the event will feature a tent village with children's activities, holiday music, live entertainment, international foods and crafts vendors. www.christchildcelebration.com
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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 Chick-fil-A, 229 Bush River Road. Stop by and 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
LEXINGTON COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT TOY DRIVE: Deputies will be at Walmart Supercenter, 1780 S. Lake Drive from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19. New unwrapped toys will be accepted for needy Lexington County children; toys will also be provided to the Salvation Army and distributed to patients at the Children's Hospital at Palmetto Health Richland. Donations may be dropped off at the Sheriff's Department until Thursday, Dec. 24.
LEXINGTON POLICE DEPARTMENT/MIDLANDS TOYS FOR TOTS: Accepting new, unwrapped toys through Saturday, Dec. 19, at the Lexington Municipal Complex, 111 Maiden Lane. Help stuff the SWAT van 7-10 a.m. Tuesday and 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17, at Walmart, 5556 Sunset Blvd. Officers will be on hand 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10 and 7-10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 15, at Kmart, 748 W. Main St. For more information, call Cpl. Doug Lee, (803) 358-1504.
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