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"THE FORGOTTEN CAROLS": 7 tonight through Saturday 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 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 7:30 p.m. Friday; 2:30 and 6:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. No tickets, no reservations, arrive early, seating capacity is 2,700 with matinee performances drawing larger crowds. (803) 356-3334 or

HOLIDAY KIDS CAMP: 7 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Mondays-Wednesdays through Dec. 30 at the Palmetto Activity Center, 105 Summit Centre Circle (across from Summit Middle School). Ages 6-12, $120 for all six days, $22 per day with a three-day minimum. Registration deadline is Friday. Games, crafts, sports, library visits, magic shows, step and dance lessons. Discount for siblings in the same household. Participants must bring a bag lunch each day. (803) 865-6516

FINE ARTS CENTER OF KERSHAW COUNTY: Holiday House show and sale, 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. today and Friday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday at the Douglas-Reed House, 810 Lyttleton St., Camden. Handcrafted works in clay, glass, fiber and wood by more than 40 local and regional artists as well as locally produced james, jellies, honey and candles. (803) 425-7676, ext. 300;

HISTORIC CAMDEN REVOLUTIONARY WAR SITE: Holiday electric train exhibit 6-8 p.m. through Wednesday, Dec. 30 (closed Sundays, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day), in the basement of the Kershaw House. Free; donations benefit Historic Camden. (803) 432-9841

LIVING NATIVITY: 6:30 and 7 p.m. Sunday and Monday at Eastminster Presbyterian Church, 3200 Trenholm Road. (803) 256-1654

TRENHOLM ARTISTS HOLIDAY MARKET: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. through Saturday 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.

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

HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS AT CITY PARKS: Youth Night Out on the Town, 5-9 p.m. Friday at Woodland Park, 6500 Olde Knight Parkway. $25, includes Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo and a movie. (803) 776-1096. Gift Wrap Gathering, 2:30-5 p.m. Monday at Sims Park, 3500 Duncan St. (803) 733-8451. Holiday Drop-In, 4-6 p.m. Monday at St. Anna's Park, 1313 Liberty Hill Ave. (803) 733-8450

WINTER SOLSTICE CELEBRATION: 3-7 p.m. Monday at the Riverfront Park amphitheater. Enjoy a fire, warm drinks and tales of times past; come prepared to toss mementos of the year's unpleasantness into the flames and resolve to enter 2010 renewed in spirit. Use the Laurel Street entrance at Huger Street. (803) 545-3100

CHRISTMAS DRIVE-THROUGH: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Westside First Church of God, 3508 Delree St. (off Wattling Road), West Columbia. (803) 796-6475;

CITY OF COLUMBIA NEW YEAR'S CELEBRATION: 4-9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 31, at Finlay Park, 930 Laurel St. Children's activities include face painting, pony rides and carnival rides. Live entertainment and holiday treats for the whole family. Food, drink and ride tickets will be available for purchase. (803) 345-3100

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 during the Nights of Wonder, tonight through Wednesday; $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

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


ST. PETER'S CATHOLIC CHURCH CHRISTMAS DINNER: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 25, at Cardinal Bernardin Center, 1529 Assembly St. Each guest from the streets and shelters of Columbia will receive a gift bag of warm clothing and toiletries; children will receive a Christmas stocking, toys and clothing. You may Adopt-A-Bag for $10, call (803) 796-9802; or make checks payable to St. Peter's Catholic Church, P.O. Box 1896, Columbia, SC 29202; attn: Robert Keeder.

SISTERCARE'S ADOPT-A-FAMILY: Gift ideas include children's clothing (all sizes), women's coats, DVDs, book bags, linens, toys, jewelry and gift cards. Deliver unwrapped gifts to 1820 Morlaine Drive, Cayce, by Monday. (803) 926-0505;

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 Saturday through Wednesday. (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. 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, 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 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. 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 at the Lexington Municipal Complex, 111 Maiden Lane. Help stuff the SWAT van 4-7 today 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

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