"THE FORGOTTEN CAROLS": 7 tonight through Saturday and Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 17-19, at New Heights Church, 5501 Broad River Road. Presented by the New Heights Community Players, tickets are $5 (no children younger than 6, please). Proceeds benefit "Operation Christmas Child." (803) 424-9287
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA: 8:30-10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 19 at the Young Chef's Academy, 7320-I Broad River Road, Irmo. Wear your PJs and cook breakfast for that jolly old elf. $30 per child (includes photo with Santa); reservations suggested. (803) 749-0670
"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
HISTORIC CAMDEN REVOLUTIONARY WAR SITE: Holiday electric train exhibit 6-8 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, Dec. 17 through Wednesday, Dec. 30 (closed Sundays, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day), in the basement of the Kershaw House. Free; donations benefit Historic Camden. Colonial Christmas in Camden, 2-5 p.m. Saturday, games, tours and other activities at the Kershaw-Cornwallis House, 222 Broad St., Camden. $5; ages 6-12, $3; ages 6 and younger, free (includes 10 percent discount on most items in the museum gift shop). (803) 432-9841
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LIGHTS OF LUGOFF CHRISTMAS PARADE AND FIREWORKS DISPLAY: 7 p.m. Friday. Parade route begins at Burdell Road and U.S. 1. Sponsored by the Lugoff Optimist Club. Rain date is 7 p.m. Saturday. (803) 408-2679 www.lightsoflugoff.com
BLESSINGS GALORE VENDORS FAIR: 9 a.m.-noon Saturday at Windsor UMC, 9500 Windsor Lake Blvd.
"IT'S CHRISTMAS, CAROL": Holiday musical featuring Polo Road Elementary students, 3 p.m. Sunday, Center Court, Village at Sandhill (near the fountain). (803) 254-2777
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. Call (803) 252-1770, ext. 24 or go to www.historicolumbia.org.
ARTISTS ROUND TABLE CHRISTMAS SALE AND SOCIAL: 6-9 tonight at the Art Shack Gallery and Cafe, 2701-A Rosewood Drive. www.theartistsroundtable.org
TOWN OF EASTOVER CHRISTMAS PARADE: Noon Saturday beginning at 140 Webber School Road through downtown Eastover. Entry applications available, groups and organizations, $50; indiviudals, $5 per vehicle. (803) 353-2281
INTERACTIVE BETHLEHEM VILLAGE: 1-4 p.m. Saturday at St. James Lutheran Church, 1358 S. Lake Drive, Lexington. Music and hands-on activities include helping stone masons build, crafting jewelry and toys, learning to write your name in Aramaic. (803) 359-2122
BOILING SPRINGS COMMUNITY CLUB CHRISTMAS PARADE: 3 p.m. Sunday at 2641 Calks Ferry Road. Accepting entries, call (803)894-4328, (803) 894-3660
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 Friday, Saturday 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
COLUMBIA CHRISTMAS PAGEANT: 7:30 tonight and Friday, 2 and 5 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday at First Baptist Columbia, 1306 Hampton St. Free tickets available 9 a.m.-3 p.m. today and Friday. (803) 217-3250
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.
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.
CHRISTMAS DROP-IN: 3-5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, at the Palmetto Activity Center, 105 Summit CentreDrive (off Clemson Road). Accepting donations of nonperishable food items for Harvest Hope Food Bank and blankets, sheets, towels, men's coats and socks for the Oliver Gospel Mission. Enjoy desserts donated by caterers, restaurants and supermarkets and meet Santa from 3:30-4:30 p.m. (803) 865-6516
STAR TREE ADOPT-A-CHILD: 8 a.m.-9 p.m. through Friday, Dec. 18, at the West Columbia Fire Department on 12th Street. Choose an ornament bearing a needy child's name, age and gender, buy a gift, wrap it and use the ornament as a label and bring it back. Santa will distribute the gifts at the West Columbia Empowerment Center Christmas Gala, noon-2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 21. Children must be present to collect their gifts. (803) 739-6238, (803) 609-2244
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 4-7 today and 7-10 a.m. Tuesday at Kmart, 748 W. Main St. Officers will also be on hand 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17, at Walmart, 5556 Sunset Blvd. 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