CALVARY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH: A nativity exhibition will be 1-5 p.m. Saturday, 1130 Calvary Church Road, Swansea. The exhibition features more than 200 nativity displays from around the world. Admission is free. Santa’s Gift Shop will be open for holiday shopping. (803) 568-9712
CATHEDRAL CHURCH OF THE EPIPHANY: An installment in a December concert series will be noon Thursday, 2512 N. Beltline Blvd. Organist, pianist and music director Matthew Ganong hosts, produces and performs the concerts in solo or in collaboration with other musicians. Thursday’s concert features “Music for Piano Four Hands” by Schubert. Guest pianist is Phillip Bush. (803) 422-3233
CHRISTIAN LIFE CHURCH: Inspiring Moms, a small group for moms of all ages and stages, will meet 10 a.m.-noon Friday in the fellowship hall, 2700 Bush River Road. The group studies the “Pirate Parenting” video series by Julie Richard. Childcare through age 11 and a supervised home-school room are available. (803) 798-4488; christianlifecolumbia.com
COLUMBIA CITY HALL: Mayor Steve Benjamin will host an event, “Embracing our Muslim Neighbors,” at 6 p.m. Wednesday, 1737 Main St. Participating members of the clergy include Rabbi Jonathan Case of Beth Shalom Synagogue; the Rev. Elder Rosalyn Coleman, presiding elder of the Columbia District for the African Methodist Episcopal Church; the Rev. Dr. Carl Evans, professor emeritus in the University of South Carolina’s Department of Religious Studies and a retired member of the United Methodist clergy; the Rev. Brenda Kneece, executive minister with the S.C. Christian Action Council; Imam Omar Shaheed of the Masjid As-Salaam mosque; the Rev. Dr. James Thomas, associate professor at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary; and the Rev. Herman Yoos, bishop of the S.C. Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Benjamin will present a proclamation and read sacred Christian, Jewish and Muslim texts. Dinner and fellowship will follow at Al-Amir on Main, 1734 Main St. (803) 908-2603
EBENEZER LUTHERAN CHURCH: The Southern Bronze hand bell choir will present its Christmas concert, “A Very Bronze Christmas,” at 4 p.m. Sunday, 1301 Richland St. The concert will feature handbells with organ in Christmas favorites, including Trans-Siberian Orchestra arrangements. Admission is free. email@example.com
A Celtic Christmas featuring Emmet Cahill will be 4 p.m. Dec. 11. A dessert reception will follow. (803) 765-9430; www.ebenezerlutheran.org
FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF COLUMBIA: The 29th annual Columbia Christmas Pageant will be 7 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Dec. 10 and 4 p.m. Dec. 11, 1306 Hampton St. Doors open 45 minutes before each performance. Tickets are free but required. Contact the church office or visit www.fbccola.com/christmaspageant. (803) 256-4251
FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH: An evening worship service will include a performance of Handel’s “Messiah” at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, 1324 Marion St. (803) 799-9062; www.firstprescolumbia.org
The children and youth choirs will lead an Advent worship at 6 p.m. Dec. 11.
THE HARVEST, 378 CAMPUS: The Midlands chapter of The Compassionate Friends will host its annual candle lighting at 7 p.m. Dec. 11, 4864 Sunset Blvd., Lexington. TCF’s Worldwide Candle Lighting honors and remembers children who have died at any age and from any cause. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The service includes readings, music and brief sharing. Bereaved parents are encouraged to bring a photo of their children. Light refreshments will be served. www.the-harvest.org/378-campus
LEXINGTON BAPTIST CHURCH: Christmas at the Barn will be 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday and Dec. 10 at Harmon’s Tree Farm, 3152 Augusta Highway, Gilbert. The event features the Christmas story, a live nativity, Christmas music, hot chocolate, s’mores, a photo booth, crafts and snow. Admission is free. (803) 359-4146; lexingtonbaptist.org
MIDLAND GOSPEL SINGING CENTER: A monthly gospel singing will be 6 p.m. Dec. 3, 705 Martin Smith Road, Gilbert. Guests will be the Shine On Trio and the Cedar Creek Quartet. A love offering will be accepted, and refreshments will be served. Volunteers are needed to provide finger foods. (803) 719-1289; www.midgsc.com
NEW KIRK PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH: The Christmas bazaar will be 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, 419 Langford Road. Admission and parking are free. The youth will sell hot dogs during the bazaar. Proceeds benefit their 2017 trip to the Montreat Youth Conference in Black Mountain, North Carolina. (803) 754-7557; www.newkirkpres.com
NORTHEAST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH: The Christmas cantata, “Sing We All Noel,” will be 10 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. Dec. 11, 601 Polo Road. (803) 788-5298; nepresbyterian.org
RED BANK UNITED METHODIST CHURCH: A Christmas at Red Bank concert will be 6:30 p.m. Sunday, 2909 Old Barnwell Road, Lexington. An offering will benefit Lexington Interfaith Community Services. (803) 359-4031; rbumc.com
RIVERLAND HILLS BAPTIST CHURCH: A concert, “Christmas Joy,” will be 7 p.m. Sunday and Monday, 201 Lake Murray Blvd., Irmo. The 130-voice choir and orchestra and special guests from the South Carolina Christian Dance Theatre will present two nights of Christmas favorites, including “Sleigh Ride” and Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. Admission is free. (803) 772-3227; http://riverlandhills.org
SALEM UNITED METHODIST CHURCH: A bazaar will be 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 10, 1321 Salem Road, Irmo. Vendors will sell scented candles, homemade soaps, jewelry, homemade wooden bowls, aprons, Christmas decor such as wreaths and ornaments, knitted baby items, Sprouts Boutique for children, Usbourne flavorings, cheese straws, crocheted items, Thirty-One Gifts, dog treats, American Girl clothing, Pampered Chef, Mary Kay, Avon and more. The youth will sell a variety of homemade soups to raise money for a mission trip. Eat in or take out. (803) 781-1626; www.salemumcsc.com
SAXE GOTHA PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH: The Lexington County Choral Society will present its traditional Christmas concerts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 5503 Sunset Blvd. Special guests are the Saluda River Academy for the Arts Children’s Choir. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors 65 and older and $5 for students at www.lexcochoralsoc.org.
SHANDON UNITED METHODIST CHURCH: The University of South Carolina Concert Choir will present its Christmas concert at 7 p.m. Sunday, 3407 Devine St. Admission is free. (803) 256-8383; www.shandon-umc.org
SPRING VALLEY PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH: Girl Scout Troop 1198 will host Breakfast with Santa 9:30-10:30 a.m. Dec. 10, 125 Sparkleberry Lane. The breakfast menu includes pancakes, sausage, fruit, juice, milk and coffee. A craft table will be available for children and adults to make Christmas crafts to take home, and each child will get to visit with Santa and have a picture made (bring a camera). Seating is limited, and reservations are required. High chairs are limited; bring your own or plan to hold small children. Tickets are $8 per person. Contact Becky Lewis at (803) 609-5366 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
ST. STEPHEN’S LUTHERAN CHURCH: A candlelight concert will be 6 p.m. Sunday, 119 N. Church St., Lexington. Advent, Christmas and classical works, including Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus,” will be performed. Admission is free; freewill offerings will be accepted. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. (803) 359-6562
TEMPLE BAPTIST CHURCH: A homemade arts and crafts sale will be 7 a.m.-noon Saturday, 806 Universal Drive. Crafts include sewing, knitting, crochet, woodwork, jewelry and flower arrangements. (803) 776-3913; www.templebaptistchurchcolumbia.com
TREE OF LIFE CONGREGATION: Piano and Pastrami will be 6-8 p.m. Sunday, 6719 N. Trenholm Road. The fundraiser hosted by the Columbia Jewish Heritage Initiative and the Tree of Life Congregation features pianist Marina Lomazov performing classical music and authentic Jewish cuisine. Tickets – $35 per person for the general public or $25 for members of Historic Columbia’s Palladium Society and CJF’s young adult division – are available at historiccolumbia.org, (803) 252-1770, ext. 23, or email@example.com.
UNION UNITED METHODIST CHURCH: “The Living Christmas Story” drive-through nativity will be 6:30-9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday , 7582 Woodrow St., Irmo. Admission is free. (803) 781-3013 www.unionunitedmethodist.org
UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CONGREGATION OF COLUMBIA: Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion will perform at 8 p.m. Dec. 10, 2701 Heyward St. Doors open at 7 p.m. The granddaughter of Woody Guthrie is likely to lead a singalong of “This Land Is Your Land.” Tickets are $15 at (803) 200-2824 or $17 at the door. Bring your own adult beverage; coffee and desserts will be sold before the show and at intermission. uucolumbia.org
A historic marker unveiling and tour will be 2-3:30 p.m. Dec. 11. Now the site of Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia, the building at 2701 Heyward St. opened in 1952 as the place of worship for the Tree of Life Congregation. The congregation moved to its Forest Acres synagogue in 1986. Tours of the building will follow the marker dedication. Free and open to the public. historiccolumbia.org/cjhi
ZION CHAPEL BAPTIST CHURCH NO. 1: A yard sale will be 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, 130 Walter Hills Road. Fish dinners, fish sandwiches, Creole and hot dogs will be for sale. Proceeds support the Zion Chapel Baptist Church No. 1 Missionaries. (803) 754-2752
ZION UNITED METHODIST CHURCH: Zion Mission Bazaar will be 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, 80 Zion Circle Drive, Prosperity. The bazaar includes handmade crafts, a bake sale, frozen casseroles and a hot dog lunch. Proceeds benefit the Zion food pantry. (803) 364-3797