Have a wild holiday with a stroll through Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden. Children can roast marshmallows, drink hot chocolate and see a 3D movie 6-9 p.m. through Dec. 30. Closed Wednesday and Thursday. $6-$8; (803) 779- 8717 or www.riverbanks.org
HOLIDAY LIGHTS ON THE RIVER
Holiday Lights on the River at Saluda Shoals Park, 5605 Bush River Road, is open 6- 10 p.m. through Dec. 31, including Christmas Day. $10 per car, $15 per van; www.icrc.net
DON’T BE A GRINCH DAY
On Tuesday at the State Museum, do Grinch-like crafts and coloring at 1 p.m., followed by a reading of Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” at 1:30 and a showing of the cartoon at 2. Cap off the afternoon with cookies with Santa and the Grinch at 2:45. $3-$5; (803) 898-4921 or www.museum. state.sc.us
Observe Christmas Eve with a presentation of Part One of George Frideric Handel’s masterpiece at 11 p.m. Wednesday at St. Peter’s Catholic Church. Free; (803) 779-0036 or www.visitstpeters.org/music.htm
The bowl season kicks off in a big way this week with games every day except Christmas. If you’re not already opening presents, you can watch Notre Dame play Hawaii on Christmas Eve in the Hawaii Bowl at 8 p.m. on ESPN. The best game of the week might be North Carolina against West Virginia in the Meineke Car Care Bowl in Charlotte at 1 p.m. Saturday on ESPN.
Brad Pitt plays a man who is born old and ages backward in “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” based on an F. Scott Fitzgerald short story. Cate Blanchett also stars in the film, which opens Christmas Day. Also opening: “Bedtime Stories,” “Valkyrie,” “Marley and Me” and “The Spirit.” See Thursday’s Life&Style section for reviews.
Hip-hop, funk, rock, blues, reggae — this band brings a little of everything. One thing’s for sure — your feet will be moving (and burning off some Christmas-dinner calories). Doors open 9 p.m. Thursday at Headliners, 700 Gervais St. $6; headlinerscolumbia.com
‘A CHRISTMAS STORY’
Watch Ralphie scheme to get his Christmas wish — a Red Ryder BB gun — in a 24-hour marathon from 8 p.m. Wednesday through 8 p.m. Thursday on TBS, cable channel 24.