Holiday Events Calendar


SWEET SEASONS IN FOREST ACRES: 6-8 p.m. Dec. 4, rooftop of Midtown at Forest Acres Mall, Beltline Boulevard at Forest Drive. Tree lighting at 7 p.m. Photos with Santa, desserts, carolers, more. (803) 227-0914

HANSOM WHEELS ANNUAL CHRISTMAS FROLIC: Sherlock Holmes society event, 7 p.m. Dec. 2, Summit Club, 1301 Gervais St. Play based on a Sherlock Holmes canon, dinner, prizes, music. $30. For more information, e-mail or

CAPITAL SENIOR CENTER HOLIDAY SOCIAL: Afternoon social with “Songs of the Season,” 2-4 p.m. Dec. 4, 1650 Park Circle. Members, free; guests, $3. Guests are encouraged to wear holiday colors, pins, sweaters, etc. RSVP by Dec. 1 by calling (803) 779-1971.

CHRIST CHILD CELEBRATION: Noon-7 p.m. Dec. 6, Transfiguration Catholic Church, 306 N. Pines Road, Blythewood. Children’s activities, Christmas music, food, more. Free admission.

SLEIGH BELL TROT 5K RUN AND FAMILY WALK: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Saluda Shoals Park, 5605 Bush River Road. Check-in 5-6:40 p.m. Certified race, $20; fun walk/run, $5 (ages 6 and younger, free). All parking will be at Cornerstone Presbyterian Church. (803) 772-1228;

HOLIDAY PLAY AT RIVERBANKS ZOO: Holiday-themed animal enrichment activities, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 13, Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, 500 Wildlife Parkway. (803) 779-8717;

CAYCE HISTORICAL MUSEUM HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE: 6:30-9:30 p.m. Dec. 5, 1800 12th St. Entertainment by Black Bottom Biscuits. Living history exhibits will be held 4-9 p.m. Dec. 6 at the museum. (803) 796-9020;

A STORYBOOK HOLIDAY: SEASONAL WORKSHOPS: 1-3 p.m. Dec. 6 and 13, Robert Mills House grounds, 1616 Blanding St. $5-$12. Workshops include “Delightful Bite-fulls,” “Creating Cards,” “Festive Faux Food,” more. Register by calling (803) 252-7742, ext. 29.

WINTHROP UNIVERSITY HOLIDAY POTTERY SALE: Noon-6 p.m. Dec. 5, Rutledge Building, ceramics room G-10. Prices range from $10 to $100. (803) 323-3412;

TRENHOLM ARTISTS HOLIDAY MARKET: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays through Dec. 23, former Oreck Vacuum store, Trenholm Plaza, Trenholm Road at Forest Drive. Sip & Shop events, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Dec. 12. (803) 865-1431;

RICHLAND COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY: Festive Bells, 7 p.m. Dec. 2 at St. Andrews Regional, 2916 Broad River Road; (803) 772-6675. An Evening of Great Music with Lexington’s Grandstand Barbershop Quartet (for adults), 6:30 p.m. Dec. 4 at Sandhills Branch, 1 Summit Parkway at Clemson Road; (803) 699-9230. Holiday Cheer for Families, 3-4 p.m. Dec. 6 at Northeast Regional, 7490 Parklane Road; (803) 736-6575. John Milton, A Celebration (for adults), 7 p.m. Dec. 9 at Main Library, 1431 Assembly St.; (803) 929-3457. Dickens in America (for adults), 7 p.m. Dec. 11 at Southeast Regional, 7421 Garners Ferry Road; (803) 776-0855. “A Christmas Carol” (for adults), 7 p.m. Dec. 16 at Main Library, 1431 Assembly St.; (803) 929-3457.


“A CHRISTMAS CAROL”: 11 a.m. Dec. 6, 7 p.m. Dec. 7-9, Trustus Black Box Theatre, 520 Lady St. (through the glass doors below the Trustus sign). Adults, $7; students, $5; families of four or more, $20. (803) 254-9732;

“A CHRISTMAS EXTRAVAGANA!”: “The Lights, The Music, The Drama — The Sights and Sounds of Christmas,” 6 p.m. Dec. 6, 9 and 11 a.m. Dec. 7, Christian Life Church main auditorium, 2700 Bush River Road. Free. (803) 798-4488;

“A CHRISTMAS STORY”: Dec. 5-14, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays, Village Square Theatre, U.S. 378, Lexington (behind Zesto). Adults, $16; seniors/students/military, $14; ages 12 and younger, $12. Group discounts available. (803) 359-1436

“A CHRISTMAS CAROL”: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4-6, 3 p.m. Dec. 6 and 7, Town Theatre, 1012 Sumter St. $10. Act II includes a visit and photo opportunity with Santa. (803) 799-2510;

“A CHRISTMAS STORY”: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4-6 and 11-13; 3 p.m. Dec. 7 and 14 at Sumter Little Theatre, 14 Mood Ave., Sumter. Tickets, $6-$10. (803) 775-2150


NEWBERRY’S CHRISTMAS TOUR OF HOMES: 5:30-9 p.m. Dec. 6. Tour will feature six historic homes. $15. Tickets at Newberry Opera House, Newberry Visitor Center, and downtown merchants, or online at (803) 276-4274

MID-CAROLINA CHRISTMAS TOUR OF HOMES: 5-9 p.m. Dec. 6. Tour will feature five decorated homes in Pomaria, three built before 1840. $15. Proceeds to benefit the St. Paul Lutheran Church building fund. (803) 924-4052

CHRISTMAS IN SUMTER HOLIDAY HOUSE TOUR AND TEA: 1-7 p.m. Dec. 6, beginning at Alice Boyle Garden Center, 842 W. Liberty St., Sumter. $10. Russian tea, coffee and sandwiches will be served 3-5 p.m. at the garden center. (803) 494-3420

MANNING COUNCIL OF GARDEN CLUBS TRADITIONAL CHRISTMAS WALKING TOUR: 2-6 p.m. Dec. 13, Bob White Drive and Gossett Court, Manning. $10. Tickets can be purchased at the Clarendon County Chamber of Commerce, Clarendon County Archives, Turbeville Town Hall, Wen-Lily’s in Summerton and the Law Offices of Land, Parker & Welch. (803) 473-2238

CANDLELIGHT TOUR OF HOMES: 3-8 p.m. Dec. 13, beginning at Camden Archives, 1314 Broad St., Camden. $15-$20. Sponsored by the Camden Junior Welfare League. Information on purchasing tickets in advance is available at

HOMES FOR THE HOLIDAYS TOUR: 2-6 p.m. Dec. 7. Tour includes homes in the Shandon/Hollywood-Rose Hill neighborhoods as well as Hand Middle School. Proceeds will benefit A.C. Moore and Rosewood Elementary schools, Hand Middle School and Dreher High School, as well as other neighborhood projects. Advance tickets are $15 and may be purchased at Piggly Wiggly (Devine Street and Forest Drive locations), Britton’s, Golf Headquarters, Just the Thing, and Yesterdays. Tickets are $20 if purchased the day of the tour at Hand Middle School. (803) 253-8480

CHRISTMAS AT KENSINGTON MANSION: 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 6, Hwy. 601 at S.C. 764, Eastover. Carriage rides, food, tours, more. Tours will be held 9:30 and 11 a.m., 1 and 2:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays in December. (803) 353-0456;

HISTORIC COLUMBIA FOUNDATION HOLIDAY HOUSE TOURS: Through Dec. 31, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, 1-5 p.m. Sundays. Adults, $10; youth, $5; members, free. Call for group rates. (803) 252-1770, ext. 24. Candlelight tours of the Robert Mills House, Hampton-Preston Mansion and Mann-Simons Cottage will be 5:30-8:30 p.m. Dec. 5 and 6. Adults, $12; youth, $6; members, free. (803) 252-1770, ext. 33;


“THIS MAN CALLED JESUS”: Nov. 30-Dec. 21, 2:30 and 6:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, 7:30 p.m. Fridays, Lake Murray Baptist Church, 1001 U.S. 378 West, Lexington. Free admission and parking. (803) 356-3334; (803) 359-1556;

“THE LIVING CHRISTMAS STORY”: 6:30-9 p.m. Dec. 4-7, Union United Methodist Church, 7582 Woodrow St., Irmo. Drive-through pageant with traditional Bible scenes. Free. (803) 781-3013;

COLUMBIA CHRISTMAS PAGEANT: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11 and 12, 12, 2 and 5 p.m. Dec. 13, 4 p.m. Dec. 14, First Baptist Church of Columbia, 1306 Hampton St. Tickets are free. (803) 217-3250;


IRMO TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY: 6 p.m. Dec. 2, Irmo Town Park, Columbia Avenue at Carlisle Street, Irmo. Refreshments, Santa, entertainment by the District Five Elementary Honors Choir. (803) 781-7050

CHRISTMAS IN CAYCE TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY: 6 p.m. Dec. 4, Cayce City Hall, 12th Street. Participants are encouraged to bring canned goods and nonperishable food items for the Cayce Cares Food Drive. The Lights of Cayce, a series of light displays on the grounds of Cayce City Hall, will follow the ceremony. (803) 796-9020;


HOLIDAY LIGHTS ON THE RIVER: Drive-through lights show, 6-10 p.m. Wednesday through Dec. 31, Saluda Shoals Park, 5605 Bush River Road. Admission: $10 per car; $20 per 15-passenger van; $35 per bus. Nights of Wonder runs Dec. 18-23. (803) 772-1228;

LIGHTS BEFORE CHRISTMAS: 6-9 p.m. through Dec. 30, Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, 500 Wildlife Parkway. Members, free; nonmembers, $6-$8. Closed Thursday and Dec. 24 and 25. (803) 779-8717;

FANTASY OF LIGHTS OPENING CEREMONY: 6 p.m. Dec. 1, Swan Lake — Iris Gardens, Sumter. Free. (803) 436-2640; (800) 688-4748;


DUTCH FORK CHORAL SOCIETY CHRISTMAS CONCERTS: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13, Chapin Baptist Church, 950 Old Lexington Highway, Chapin; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15, Union United Methodist Church, 7582 Woodrow St., Irmo. Donations only. (803) 345-3460;

ST. ANDREWS PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH: The Many Moods of Christmas musical presentation, 6 p.m. Dec. 13 and 14, 6952 St. Andrews Road. (803) 732-2273, ext. 105;

CHRISTMAS AT RED BANK: 7 p.m. Dec. 7, Red Bank United Methodist Church, 2909 Old Barnwell Road. Free admission. An offering will be collected to benefit Lexington Interfaith Community Services. Featuring Mark Bryan, Danielle Howle, Brent Lundy, Kenley Young, more. (803) 359-4031

“IMAGES OF CHRISTMAS”: 7 p.m. Dec. 7, Riverland Hills Baptist Church, 201 Lake Murray Blvd., Irmo. Featuring special guest artists Nielson & Young. Free admission. (803) 772-3227;

THE ARPAD DARAZS SINGERS HOLIDAY CONCERTS: 4 p.m. Dec. 7, St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, 900 Calhoun St.; 7 p.m. Dec. 9, Chapel of the Holy Spirit, Still Hopes Episcopal Retirement Community, West Columbia; 4 p.m. Dec. 14, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 170 St. Andrews Road. Free.

“THE LITTLEST ANGEL”: 7 p.m. Dec. 5, 3 and 7 p.m. Dec. 6, 3 p.m. Dec. 7, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 1715 Bull St. Free admission. Tickets are available at the church office. Celestial Buffet dinner, 6 p.m. Dec. 5. $5. (803) 779-0030

“CHRIST IS BORN: A MUSICAL CELEBRATION OF OUR SAVIOR’S BIRTH”: 8:45 and 11 a.m. Dec. 14, Northeast Presbyterian Church, 601 Polo Road. Free admission. (803) 788-5298

SHANDON BAPTIST CHURCH:. Jingle Jam, 5-7 p.m. Dec. 5; “Glorious: A Modern Worship Christmas,” 7 p.m. Dec. 7; A Christmas Celebration with Choir and Orchestra, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 14, 5205 Forest Drive. (803) 782-1300; www.christmasatshandon.comUNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA CONCERT CHOIR: Annual Christmas concert, 6 p.m. Dec. 7, First Presbyterian Church, 1324 Marion St. Free. (803) 777-5369;

“A CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION IN SCRIPTURE AND SONG”: 11 a.m. Dec. 21, Second Calvary Baptist Church, 1110 Mason Road. Featuring the Combined Adult Choir. (803) 714-9668

“LESSONS, ANTHEMS AND CAROLS”: 11 a.m. Dec. 14, McGregor Presbyterian Church, 6505 St. Andrews Road. Nursery available for preschool children. (803) 781-2391

A GULLAH CHRISTMAS: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sea Island Presbyterian Church, Lady’s Island. Marlena Smalls and the Hallelujah Singers, Hallelujah Choral, Beaufort High School Gospel Choir will perform. Christmas story told with plantation melodies, traditional spirituals and Gullah narration by Marlena Smalls, Symba Boyd. $15-$30. (843) 902-4799


SANTA’S MARKET AND CRAFT SHOW: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 6, Seven Oaks Park, 200 Leisure Lane. Free general admission. Crafts, decorations, Santa. (803) 772-3336


BOILING SPRINGS COMMUNITY CLUB ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARADE: 3 p.m. Dec. 14, 2641 Calks Ferry Road, Lexington. Entries due Dec. 5. (803) 894-3384; (803) 894-4328; (803) 894-3660

WEST METRO HOLIDAY PARADE OF LIGHTS: 5:30-7 p.m. Dec. 7, U.S. 1 at 12th Street, West Columbia. Parade will proceed down 12th Street and end at the corner of 12th and Frink streets in Cayce. (803) 794-6504


SNOWVILLE: Through March 1, EdVenture Children’s Museum, 211 Gervais St. Winter weather program at 2 p.m. daily. Children, $6.95; adults, $8.95; age 1 and younger, free. (803) 779-3100;


HARVEST HOPE FOOD BANK: Nonperishable food items will be collected through Dec. 19 at Richland County Recreation Commission parks and community centers. For a complete list of drop-off locations and hours, visit

SHARE YOUR HOLIDAY FOOD DRIVE: 6:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Dec. 3, First Baptist Church of Columbia. A drive-through drop-off location will be available at Marion and Hampton streets. Nonperishable food items, personal care items and frozen turkeys and hams will be accepted. (803) 256-4251

MEALS ON WHEELS HOLIDAY CARDS: Senior Resources is collecting $5 donations toward Meals on Wheels through December. For each donation, Senior Resources will send a holiday card to the donor’s honoree. (803) 252-7734;

HOLIDAY TOY DRIVE: Through Dec. 15 at St. Andrews Park, 920 Beatty Road. Hours: 3-10 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 2-5 p.m. Sunday. (803) 772-6598

HOLIDAY HELPINGS AND HOPE: Palmetto Health’s Cancer Center needs participation in a variety of activities, including: collecting food, gifts for cancer patients and families; filling, delivering Thanksgiving food baskets by Wednesday; adopting patients, families for Christmas (must deliver gifts by Dec. 22). Monetary donations are also needed. Carole Howell, (803) 434-4752;

THE GIVING TREE: Bring new, unwrapped toys for children through age 16 to Palmetto Health Baptist’s Guard Station, 1501 Sumter St., or Palmetto Health Public Relations, Palmetto Health Richland campus, Three Richland Medical Park, Suite 100 for the Palmetto Health and the James R. Clark Memorial Sickle Cell Foundation’s Giving Tree for sickle-cell patients, siblings. Deadline to purchase gifts is Dec. 8. (803) 434-2300

ADOPT-A-FAMILY: The Medically Fragile Children’s Program cares for families with multiple medical, financial needs who require extra assistance during the holidays. To sponsor a family, call (803) 434-2300.

GIFTS FOR INPATIENT CHRISTMAS PARTY: Volunteers needed to buy holiday gifts for hospitalized patients at Palmetto Health Baptist, Palmetto Health Richland. Santa will distribute hospital-appropriate gifts during annual patient holiday party a few days before Christmas. Gifts due Dec. 15. To volunteer, call Carole Howell at (803) 434-4752.

REACH OUT AND READ BOOK DONATIONS: Reach Out and Read, a program at The Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital, provides books for children during all well-child visits from 6 months to 5 years. The program needs new book donations, contributions. (803) 434-2523

HOLIDAY MUSIC: The Palmetto Health Cancer Center seeks volunteers to play musical instruments for patients. A piano is available. Shifts are one or two hours from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Dec. 1-25. Volunteers play own musical selection; small choral groups may volunteer. (803) 434-4752


BLYTHEWOOD PARK HOLIDAY CAMP: Dec. 22, 23, 29 and 31 and Jan. 2, Blythewood Park, 126 Boney Road, Blythewood. Movies, games, arts and crafts. Campers must bring a bag lunch each day. Ages 6-12. $75-$80 per week; $20-$22 per day. (803) 691-9786

HOLIDAY DECORATIONS: 6:30-7:15 p.m. Dec. 12, Blythewood Park, 126 Boney Road. Materials will be supplied. Ages 4-12. $5 per child. Register by Dec. 5. (803) 691-9786

LUNCH WITH SANTA: Dec. 10, Midtown at Forest Acres, 3400 Forest Drive. Day cares and groups, 10:30 a.m.; families, 12:30 p.m. Santa, holiday games, singing. Bring a lunch. Reservations, (803) 754-6720, ext. 206

RICHLAND COUNTY STORYBOOK CASTLE & TOY DRIVE: Dec. 8-12, 9:30 a.m.-noon (scheduled groups), 4-7 p.m. (all visitors); Dec. 13, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 3-6 p.m. (all visitors), Midtown at Forest Acres, 3400 Forest Drive. Visitors are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots. (803) 754-6720, ext. 206

HOLIDAY CRAFTS: 6-8 p.m. Dec. 19, Eastover Park, 1031 Main St., Eastover. All ages. Free. (803) 353-7137

HOLIDAY CARD WORKSHOP: 2-5 p.m. Dec. 20, Meadowlake Park, 600 Beckman Road. Ages 12 and older. $2 per person. (803) 754-4463

CANDY CANE CONTEST: 6-7 p.m. Dec. 22, Eastover Park, 1031 Main St., Eastover. Guess how many candy canes are in the jar and win a prize. Ages 5-12. Free. (803) 353-7137

COOKIES FOR SANTA: 6-8 p.m. Dec. 22, Eastover Park, 1031 Main St., Eastover. Make and decorate cookies for Santa. Ages 7-12. $3 per person. Register by Dec. 15. (803) 353-7137

WINTER BREAK CAMP: 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 22 and 23 and Jan. 2, Forest Lake Park, 6820 Wedgefield Road. Movies, games, arts and crafts. Campers must bring a bag lunch each day. Ages 5-13. $20-$22 per day. (803) 787-5000

NORTH SPRINGS PARK HOLIDAY CAMP: 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 22 and 23 and Jan. 2, North Springs Park, 1320 Clemson Road. Movies, games, arts and crafts. Campers must bring a bag lunch each day. Ages 5-13. $20-$22 per day. (803) 736-6070


PRELUDE TO MIDNIGHT: 7-10 p.m. Dec. 31, Warehouse Theater, 37 Augusta St., Greenville. Chautauqua presents “Prelude to Midnight — A New Year’s Eve celebration,” featuring music, theater, historic inspiration. Heavy hors d’oeuvres, desserts, wine, silent auction; $40. (864) 244-1499;

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