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IRMO TREE LIGHTING: 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Irmo Town Park, Columbia Avenue and Carlisle Street. Event will feature the District 5 Elementary Honors Choir, light refreshments and Santa Claus.

CHAPIN HOLIDAY MARKET: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, Dec. 4, at the Chapin Chamber of Commerce, 302 Columbia Ave.

"LIVING CHRISTMAS STORY": Drive-through nativity pageant, 6:30-9 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, Dec. 3-6, 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, Dec. 4; reservations required; call (803) 354-2401.

SANTA'S MARKET AND CRAFT SHOW: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, at Seven Oaks Park, 200 Leisure Lane. Gifts, decorations, crafts and more.

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

CHRIST CHILD CELEBRATION: Noon-6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, 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.

SWEET SEASONS: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, 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.

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, Dec. 4. 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

HOLIDAYFEST CRAFT SHOW AND SALE: 3-8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, 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;

MINGLE & JINGLE ON MAIN: A free evening of holiday shopping, art and entertainment, 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, 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, Dec. 4, 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. Thursday, Dec. 3; noon-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4; and noon-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5 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

CRAFTS IN THE PINES: Today through Sunday at Brown's Christmas Tree Farm, 430 Pat Road, Lexington. Arts and crafts, refreshments, carving demonstrations, children's activities and Santa Claus. (803) 755-9676

CHRISTMAS IN CAYCE: Tree lighting ceremony, 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3. Christmas Traditions, holiday open house at the Cayce Historical Museum, 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4. Saturday, Dec. 5, 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

TOWN OF LEXINGTON CAROLIGHTING: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, 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 after 6 p.m. Tuesday, 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. today and 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.

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