Palmetto Opera + dinner at Villa Tronco’s = holiday magic: Enjoy an evening of Christmas carols sung by Palmetto Opera’s mezzo-soprano Madeline Beitel, soprano Anna Young, with accompanist Claudio Olivera, at Villa Tronco.
5-10 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1 at Villa Tronco, 1213 Blanding St. (803) 256-7677, www.villatronco.com
St. Nicholas Festival: Crafts, collectibles, Russian food and the real St. Nicholas.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at Holy Apostles Orthodox Church, 724 Buff St., West Columbia. www.stnicholasfestival.org
Girls Night Out Social + Networking at Carolina Ale House: Free to attend, but register at eventbrite for vendor giveaways.
Reserve now: New Year’s Eve parties
Bourbon:Craft cocktail, beer, wine, bubbly and passed appetizers. Seating is first-come, first-served, with doors opening at 8 p.m. Whiskeys not on the cocktail list are available for extra charge.
The Oak Table: Open bar and specialty cocktails, heavy passed hors d’oeurves.
Studio Cellar’s Luxe-Scale Masquerade: Tapas and desserts, non-alcoholic beverages and complimentary midnight champagne toast; cash bar available. Formal attire, masquerade mask. Ages 25 and older.
Women of Hope: This black-tie event raises funds for the Lexington Medical Center Foundation to assure high quality health services and patient-centered care for people in the Midlands.
New and noteworthy
Lula Drake: The wine parlour reopens this week, fully renovated and restored, in downtown Columbia. The wine list at Lula Drake will be focused on the world of natural wines while the menu is described by the owners as "Casa in Casa" or “house to house.”
1635 Main St. www.luladrake.com/
Papa Gio’s Pizzeria And Restaurant: Papa Gio’s has opened a second location in Irmo and will open a third location in Lexington in December. The eatery serves New York-style pizza from dough made in house daily and cooked in stone deck ovens. In addition to other popular Italian foods such as chicken parmesan and lasagna, Papa Gio’s serves up authentic Italian dishes such as chicken saltimbocca, gnocchi and pesce della casa – sauteed prosciutto in garlic oil with fresh plum tomatoes and a white wine sauce.
7210 Broad River Road, Irmo; another location at Cherokee Lakes Plaza at 1965 Augusta Road, Lexington, expected to open Friday, Dec. 16. www.papagiosofsc.com
Susan Ardis, firstname.lastname@example.org; Janet Jones Kendall, email@example.com, contributed.