ACTIVITIES OUTSIDE OF THE COLUMBIA AREA 11/25-12/15/2015

    Wednesday November 25, 2015 through December 15, 2015

     

     It’s that time of year when we travel near and far to visit and spend time with loved ones. While you are traveling why not enjoy some of the wonderful events South Carolina has to offer. Plan some extra time for our travels to stop along the way and enjoy the rich culture that our wonderful state has to offer. 

    UPSTATE:

     

    Third Thursdays – Art Walk in downtown Spartanburg.  For more information call (864) 582-7616 or visit http://spartanburgartwalk.com/.

     

    Fridays –  Bluegrass Jam Session at 5301 Dacusville Highway in Pumpkintown.  For more information call (864) 898-3815 or visit http://www.drbanjo.com/classes/2012-03-gilbert-nelson-pumpkintown.php.

     

    Second Saturdays –  House Concerts at the Hagood Mill Historic Site and Folklife Center in Pickens.  For more information call (864) 898-2936 or visit http://www.co.pickens.sc.us/CulturalCommission/CurrentEvents/default.aspx#AttheHagoodMill.

     

    Third Saturdays –  Milling, Music, and Memories at the Hagood Mills Historic Site and Folklife Center in Pickens.  For more information call (864) 898-2936 or visit http://www.co.pickens.sc.us/CulturalCommission/CurrentEvents/default.aspx#AttheHagoodMill.

     

    Sundays –  Sundays Unplugged at the Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg.  For more information call (864) 542-2787 or visit http://www.chapmanculturalcenter.org/events.

     

    Through January 18 –  Ice on Main in downtown Greenville.  This open air ice skating rink will provide you just the right holiday experience to say your holiday has been complete.  For more information call (864) 467-4355 or visit http://www.greenvillesc.gov/344/Ice-on-Main.

     

    Through January 3 –  Holiday Lights Safari Benefit at the Hollywild Animal Park in Wellford.  Come experience this award winning event with over 100 acres of lights and displays as well as herds of live animals.  For more information call (864) 472-2038 or visit http://hollywild.net/hlwholiday_lights.html.

     

    Second Thursdays through December –  Spoken Word Experience at the Callie and John Rainey Conference Room at the Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg.  Come meet with other spoken word poets and learn about their art.  For more information call (864) 542-2787 or visit http://www.chapmanculturalcenter.org/events.php?id=1567#sthash.Fb2ggU7H.dpbs.

     

    Mondays Through December 19 –  Holiday Art Show & Sale at the Arts Center of Clemson in Clemson.  For more information call (864) 633-5051.

     

    November 26 –  Electric City Gobbler 5K at the Anderson Mall in Anderson.  Start your Thanksgiving holiday with this annual run.  For more information call (864) 353-5113 or visit http://www.active.com/anderson-sc/running/distance-running-races/first-flight-s-electric-city-gobbler-5k-2015.

     

    November 26 – December 25 –  Christmas Gift Light Festival at the Anderson Civic Center in Anderson.  This drive through village of lights will provide you with plenty of Christmas joy, and a walk through Santa’s village will sure to be a favorite of every child.  For more information call (864) 437-8311 or visit http://www.andersonchristmaslights.com/.

     

    November 26 – December 30 –  Roper Mountain Holiday Lights at the Roper Mountain Science Center in Greenville.  This event that has been going on for 24 years has provided the upstate of South Carolina not only with holiday joy, but provides all of the proceeds from this event to local charities.  For more information call (864) 355-8900 or visit http://ropermountainholidaylights.com/.

     

    December 1 –  A Dickens of a Christmas on Main Street from Morgan Square to Richardson Park in Spartanburg.  There will be ice skating, live festive Christmas music, carolers in Victorian garb, horse drawn carriage rides, and more.  For more information call (864) 596-2976 or visit http://www.cityofspartanburg.org/dickens-of-a-christmas.

     

    December 2 – 19 –   Spirit of Christmas Past Festival in downtown Fountain Inn.  Events include a parade, a marathon, the town tree lighting, horse drawn carriage rides, holiday home tours, ice skating, and more.  For more information call (864) 408-9755 or visit http://fountaininnchamber.org/web/events/christmas-past.

     

    December 3 –  TRIO: Art, Food, and Spirits at Holy Trinity Episcopal Parish Hall in Clemson.  Proceeds from this event benefit the ARTS Center and the Clemson Free Clinic.  For more information call (864) 633-5051.

     

    December 3 – 5 –  Holiday Fair at the TD Convention Center in Greenville.  Enjoy the Convention Centers transformation into a winter wonderland filled with hundreds of craft, artisan and food vendors from 15 different states with something to offer everyone. For more information call (864) 233-2562 or visit http://holidayfairgreenville.com/.

     

    December 4 –  Wintry Wreaths at the Hanson Nature Learning Center in Clemson.  While sipping cider and cocoa, children and adults alike will learn about the use of greens and evergreens in holiday decorating and wreath making and will make an evergreen wreath to take home.  For more information call (864) 656-4602 or visit http://calendar.clemson.edu/event/wintry_wreaths_6536?utm_campaign=widget&utm_medium=widget&utm_source=Clemson+University#.VlCn8narTIV.

     

    December 4 – 5 –  “Twas the Night Before Christmas” at the Spartanburg Little Theatre.  This grand Christmas adventure is sure to entertain you in this story about a mouse, an elf, and a spunky little girl.  For more information call (864) 542-2787 or visit http://www.spartanburgyouththeatre.com/#!2015-2016-season/cjg9.

     

    December 5 –  Poinsettia Christmas Parade on Main Street in Greenville.  Enjoy an evening on the town starting with the many sights and sounds of Christmas sure to be found in each and every float in this annual holiday event.  For more information call (864) 232-2273 or visit http://www.greenvillesc.gov/207/Christmas-Parade.

     

    December 5 –  “Brian MacCormick’s: Participainting” at the Pickens County Museum of Art and History in Pickens.  Enjoy viewing the works of this local artists work based on inspirational moments in his life.  For more information call (864) 898-4963 or visit http://www.visitpickenscounty.com/event/1433/brian-maccormicks-participaintings/.

     

    December 5 –  “JoAnn Taylor: Art of Aquarius” at the Pickens County Museum of Art and History in Pickens.  See the beautiful work of this local watercolor artist.  For more information call (864) 898-4963 or visit http://www.visitpickenscounty.com/event/1434/jo-ann-taylor-art-of-aquarius/.

     

    December 5 –  Safari Santa at the Greenville Zoo.  Enjoy a visit with Santa and a walk through the zoo to visit with the animals and enjoy the holiday decorations.  For more information call (864) 467-4300 or visit http://www.greenvillezoo.com/168/Special-Events.

     

    December 5  –  “Home for the Holidays” with Zig Reichwald & Holt Andrews” at the Twichell Auditorium at Converse College in Spartanburg.  Enjoy this holiday performance by the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra.  For more information call (864) 596-9724 or visit http://www.spartanburgphilharmonic.org/orchestra-schedule/73/%22Home+for+the+Holidays%22+with+Zig+Reichwald+%26+Holt+Andrews.

     

    Christmas at Rose Hill PlantationDecember 5 – 6 –  Christmas at Rose Hill Plantation at Rose Hill Plantation and Historical Site in Union.  Enjoy the ambience of a Victorian style Christmas with a tour of this beautifully period decorated home and enjoy refreshments made from period recipes.  For more information call (864) 427-5966 or visit http://www.southcarolinaparks.com/products/10002868.

     

    December 11 –  “The Best Christmas Pageant Every” at the Oconee Community Theatre.  Enjoy an entertaining version of this classic story where two adults try to put on the play using some of the most awful kids in town.  For more information call (864) 882-1910 or visit http://www.oconeetheatre.org/shows.html.

     

    December 12 –  Holiday Christmas Crafts, Collectibles, & Antiques Show at the Historic Train Depot in Ninety Six.  Enjoy some holiday shopping with breakfast and lunch available for your convenience.  For more information call (864) 543-3396 or visit http://www.townofninetysixsc.com/?p=3859.

     

     

    MIDLANDS:

     

    Second Mondays –  Family Climb Night at the Northside Recreation Center in Rock Hill.  Bring the family and challenge yourself by climbing the rock wall.  For more information call (803)  329-5633 or visit http://www.visitrockhillsc.com/events/northside-recreation-center-family-climb-nights-2015-12-14/.

     

    Fourth Saturdays –  Bluegrass Series at Haynes Auditorium in Batesburg-Leesville.  For more information call (803) 582-8479 or visit http://www.haynesbluegrass.com/.

     

    Through January 11 –  Holiday Ice Rink at Fountain Park in Rock Hill.  There is nothing like ice skating to fill you with holiday excitement.  For more information visit http://julietacunningham.wix.com/icerink.

     

    Through December 26 –  Children’s Garden Christmas and Kid’s Walk at the Edisto Memorial Gardens in Orangeburg.  Enjoy a drive and/or walk through this fabulous display of lights to boost your holiday spirit.  For more information call (803) 533-6020 or visit http://www.orangeburg.sc.us/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=47&Itemid=109.

     

    Through  December 21 –  “The Real Christmas Story” at NarroWay Theatre in Fort Mill.  See this beautiful re-creation of the real Christmas story.  For more information call (803) 802-2300 or visit http://narroway.net/index.php/broadway-style-shows/the-real-christimas-story.html.

     

    November 26 –  Blessing of the Hounds at Hitchcock Woods Memorial Gate in Aiken.  This annual event is the opening ceremony for the drag hunt season where the scent of fox is drug through the woods and the fox hounds chase the scent while horse and rider are off for the chase.  For more information call (803) 642-0528 or visit http://www.hitchcockwoods.org/blessing_of_the_hounds_graces_thanksgiving_morning.

     

    November 26 –  Running of the Turkeys starting on Liberty Street in York.  Put on your costume and come out for this 5K event.  For more information visit https://turkeyrunyorksc.wordpress.com/.

     

    November 27 – December 12 –  “Fruitcakes” at the Aiken Community Playhouse in Aiken.  Throw in some holiday fruitcake and lights, along with some unexpected events and individuals, and this touching holiday event will show you what can happen.  For more information call (803) 648-1438 or visit http://aikenplayhouse.us/shows/.

     

    November 28 –  B&B Craftshow at the Sprindale Recreational Center in Lancaster.  Enjoy a day of shopping and stop by the dining area for lunch or supper.  For more information call (803) 287-2667 or visit http://bbcraftshow.weebly.com/.

     

    November 28 –  Winter Wonderland Craft Fair at the Dairy Barn at Anne Springs Close Greenway in Fort Mill.  With more than 60 local and regional vendors, this wonderful holiday event will provide you with only handmade and homemade items.  For more information call (803) 548-7252 or visit http://www.ascgreenway.org/events/detail/winter-wonderland-craft-fair-1.

     

    November 28 –  Chitlin’ Strut at the Civic Center and Fairgrounds in Salley.  Event will include a parade, a carnival, helicopter rides, hog hollering contest, CWA Wresting, and much more.  For more information call (803) 258-3485 or visit http://www.chitlinstrut.com/.

    November 30 – December 31 –  Fantasy of Lights at Swan Lake Iris Gardens in Sumter.  See these beautiful gardens come alive with more than a million lights, and the must see favorite, the floating Christmas tree.  For more information call (803) 436-2640 or visit http://www.sumtersc.gov/fantasy-of-lights.aspx.

     

    December 1 –  “Ozark Jubilee Country Christmas from Branson” at the Newberry Opera House in Newberry.  Event will include comedian and world class fiddler, Doofus Doolittle, who will have you rolling in the isles with his “Hillbilly Humor”.  http://www.lakemurraycountry.com/things-to-do/events/columbia/ozark-jubilee-presents-a-country-christmas-from-branson.

     

    December 1 –  Aiken Concert Band Christmas Concert at the University of South Carolina Aiken  Campus’s Etherredge Center. Come enjoy an evening of entertaining holiday music.  For more information call (803) 641-2205 or visit http://aikenconcertband.org/concert-schedule-purchase-tickets.

     

    December 3 –  Deep Canyon Rangers at the Sumter Opera House in Sumter.  Enjoy an evening of bluegrass by this Grammy award winning band.  For more information call (803) 436-2616 or visit http://www.sumtersc.gov/steep-canyon-rangers.aspx.

    ChritmasVille of Old Town Rock Hill

     

    December 3 – 6 –  ChristmasVille of Old Town Rock Hill in downtown Rock Hill.  This award winning event has over 70 activities to include horse-drawn carriage rides, a gingerbread house making competition, caroling, art, music, dancing and more.  For more information call (803) 329-8756 or visit http://www.christmasvillerockhill.com/.

     

    December 3 – 6 –  “Miracle on 34th Street” at the Sumter Little Theatre in Sumter.   Enjoy this stage version of the classical 20th Century holiday special.  For more information call (803) 775- 2150 or visit http://www.sumterlittletheatre.com/2015-16-season.html.

     

    December 4 –  Christmas Tour of Homes in North Augusta.  Enjoy touring some of the most beautiful homes in the area, with a stop at the Arts and Heritage Center for refreshments.  For more information call (803) 279-4844 or visit https://www.facebook.com/nachristmastourofhomes.

     

    December 4 –  Selecting and Caring for Christmas Trees at the Glencairn Garden in Rock Hill.  For more information call (803) 329-5121 or visit http://www.visitrockhillsc.com/events/glencairn-garden-first-fridays-in-the-garden-2-2015-10-02/.

     

    December 4 – 5 –  Holly Hill Christmas Festival in downtown Holly Hill.  Event will include a variety of food, arts and craft vendors, music, and much more.  For more information call (843) 709-3706 or visit http://hollyhillchristmasfestival.com/.

     

    December 4 – 5 –  Christmas Craft Show at the H. Odell Weeks Center in Aiken.  Enjoy shopping for that one of a kind Christmas gift through one of the 100 vendors where there is something for every age, style, and budget.  For more information call (803) 642-7631 or visit https://www.cityofaikensc.gov/.

     

    December 4 – 5 –  Hometown Holiday at a variety of locations in Wagener.  Events will include live entertainment, which will include a visit from Keith Harken of Celtic Thunder, a holiday parade, horse-drawn carriage rides, the tree lighting, and even an evening fireworks display.  For more information call (803) 564- 3412 or visit http://www.wagenersc.com/content/hometown-holiday.

     

    December 5 – Candlelight Tour of Homes in downtown Camden.  Tour some of the most elegant homes in this beautiful historical town.  For more information call (803) 425-1010 or visit http://www.camdenleague.org/#!candlelight-tour-of-homes/cr1h.

     

    December 5 –  Holiday Open House at the Historic Springs House on Gay Street in Lancaster.  Enjoy a tour of this 4000 square foot home beautifully decorated for the holidays, and enjoy refreshments and entertainment, and shop in the gift galleries with artwork provided by local artists.  For more information call (843) 281-7451 or visit http://www.lccarts.net/.

     

    December 5 –  Artisans Holiday Market at 212 Main Street Lancaster.  Noted as one of the top twenty events to attend in December in the Southeast, this is one holiday event you don’t want to miss.  For more information call (803) 287-7853 or visit http://www.lancastercitysc.com/annual-artisans-holiday-market-2015-12-06.aspx.

     

    December 5 –  Christmas at Kings Mountain at Kings Mountain State Park in Blacksburg.  Learn about Christmas during a time when the Christmas holiday was much simpler and help decorate the Living History Farm for the holidays.  For more information call (803) 222-3209 or visit http://southcarolinaparks.com/products/10004392.

     

    December 5 & 12 –  Christmas Candlelight Tours at Historic Brattonsville in McConnells.  Enjoy a day of making holiday crafts followed by a candlelight tour while learning about the holiday seasonal celebration of the 18th and 19th century backcountry of the Carolinas followed by holiday refreshments and entertainment around the camp fire.  For more information visit http://chmuseums.org/event/1770/.

     

    December 6 –  “Charlie Daniels Band” at the Newberry Opera House in Newberry.  Enjoy an evening with this 1980’s country rock band.  For more information call (803) 276-6264 or visit http://www.newberryoperahouse.com/.

     

    December 8 –  “Three Irish Tenors: Christmas from Dublin ” at the Newberry Opera House in Newberry.  You are guaranteed to be “wowed” by this amazing tenor group.  For more information call (803) 276-6264 or visit http://www.newberryoperahouse.com/.

     

    December 10 –  “Christmas with the Embers” at the Sumter Opera House.  Enjoy some of your holiday tunes by this local favorite Beach Music band.  For more information call (803) 436-2616 or visit http://www.sumtersc.gov/the-embers.aspx.

     

    December 10 –  December Artist Reception: Tom Supensky at the Aiken Center for the Arts in Aiken.  For more information call (803) 641-9094 or visit http://www.aikencenterforthearts.org/upcoming-events.html.

     

    December 10 – 13 –  “Miracle on 34th Street” at the Sumter Little Theatre in Sumter.   Enjoy this stage version of the classical 20th Century holiday special.  For more information call (803) 775-2150 or visit http://www.sumterlittletheatre.com/2015-16-season.html.

     

    December 12 –  Annual Candy Cane Hunt at the Lemon Sports Complex in Barnwell.  Kids will search for a candy canes, not eggs, so bring a basket and let the kids search for a flavorful variety of candy canes.  For more information call (803) 259-3266 or visit http://www.cityofbarnwell.com/annual-candy-cane-hunt-2015-12-12.

     

    December 12 & 19 –  Christmas Crafts at the Aiken County Farmers Market.  Enjoy viewing a variety of artisans works while enjoying local live entertainment.  For more information call (803) 293-2214 or visit http://www.oconeetheatre.org/shows.html.

     

    December 13 – 23, 26-27 –  Christmas in Hopelands at Hopelands Gardens in Aiken.  This enchanted walk-through display includes 2-miles of lighted paths to enjoy.  Each day has a special entertainment and on select days Santa and Mrs. Santa will be on hand for the children to visit.  For more information call (803) 644-1902 or visit http://www.visitaikensc.com/calendar/event/christmas_in_hopelands6.

     

     

    LOWCOUNTRY:

     

    Mondays –  Coastal Kayaking at Huntington Beach State Park in Murrells Inlet.  Enjoy some salt water kayaking on the marsh of this beautiful State Park.  For more information call (843) 235-8755 or visit http://www.sout hcarolinaparks.com/products/10002638.

     

    Tuesdays and Thursdays – Saturdays  –  Bulls Island Ferry Service and Eco Tour, starting at Garris Landing in Awendaw.  Bulls Island is part of the Cape Romaine National Wildlife Refuge and can only be accessed by boat or by ferry.  For more information call (843) 881-4582 or visit http://www.bullsislandferry.com/.

     

    Tuesdays through Sundays –  Guided Tours at the McLeod Plantation Historic Site on James Island.  Enjoy a tour of the last of 17 antebellum plantations on James Island.   For more information call (843) 762-2172 or visit https://www.ccprc.com/1447/McLeod-Plantation-Historic-Site.

     

    Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays –  Myrtle’s Market at Mr. Joe White Avenue at Oak Street in Myrtle Beach.  This local market is the place to get fresh produce for your vacation.  For more information call (843) 918-4906 or visit http://www.cityofmyrtlebeach.com/market.html.

     

    Third Saturdays –  Craft Show at the Bi-Lo Palmetto Pavilion in Mount Pleasant.  Event includes crafts by local artisans.  For more information call (843) 884-0163 or visit https://www.facebook.com/ECCG3rdSaturdays.

     

    Third Saturdays –  Cannon Firings at Charles Towne Landing in Charleston.  Come experience the firing of a 17th century cannon.  For more information call (843) 852-4200 or visit http://www.southcarolinaparks.com/files/State%20Parks%20Files/CTL/CTL_3Sat_Cannon.pdf.

     

    Tuesday through Sunday –  Guided Tours of the McLeod Plantation Historic Site in Charleston.  This is a 60 acre plantation with one of the best intact examples of slaves quarters.  For more information call (843) 762-2172 or visit http://www.mcleodplantation.org/.

     

    Through January 3 –  Holiday Festival of Lights at James Island County Park on James Island.  This annual event is a favorite that will spur on your holiday spirit, with more than just lights to enjoy.  For more information call (843) 795-4386 or visit http://www.holidayfestivaloflights.com/.

    Through January 2 –  Dove Street Festival of Lights at the Shelter Cove Towne Center on Hilton Head Island.  Enjoy this magical cascading light display with nightly shopping, entertainment, food, and more.  For more information call (843) 686-3090 or visit http://www.sheltercovetownecentre.com/events/dovestreet.

    Through December 31 –  Public Art Exhibition on Hilton Head Island at the Coastal Discovery Museum on the Honey Horn on Hilton Head Island.  For more information call (843) 681-9100 or visit http://hhipublicart.org/.

    Through November –  “Henrietta, the Largest Wooden Sailing Ship Ever Built in South Carolina” at the Horry County Museum in Conway.  Learn about the construction of this amazing ship and the enormous resources it took for its construction.  For more information call (843) 915-5320 or visit http://www.horrycountymuseum.org/news/henrietta-the-largest-wooden-sailing-ship-ever-built-in-south-carolina/.

     

    November 25, & December 5 –  St. George Holiday Market at the Klauber Building in St. George.  Search for your holiday purchases from local made holiday crafts, art, produce, honey, and baked goods.  For more information call (843) 560-0434 or visit https://www.facebook.com/stgeorgefarmersmarket/.

    November 26 –  Turkey Trot on Ocean Boulevard in Surfside Beach.  Event includes a 10K, a 5K, a 1 mile, and a kids run.  For more information call (843) 267-7443 or visit http://www.mbturkeytrot.com/.

    November 26 –  Turkey Day Run and Gobble Wobble 5K and Kids Fun Run will be starting on Marion Square in historic downtown Charleston.  Participation will include an after event of live music, free food, and beverages all donated by Earth Fare.  For more information call (843) 345-8206 or visit http://www.turkeydayrun.com/.

    November 26 – 28 –  South Carolina State Bluegrass Festival at the Convention Center in Myrtle Beach.  Artists will include Dailey & Vincent, The Spinney Brothers, The Little Roy and Lizzy Show, the Grascals, just to name a few.  For more information call (706) 864-7203 or visit http://www.adamsbluegrass.com/South-Carolina-State-Bluegrass-Festival.html.

    November 28 –  Holiday Open House at Legare Farms on Johns Island.  Enjoy a hay ride, feed the cows, shop in the farm store, or shop with the vendors.  For more information call (843) 559-0788 or visit http://legarefarms.com/pages/2015-events-at-the-farm.

    Intercoastal Christmas Regatta

     

    November 28 –  Intracoastal Christmas Regatta beginning at the Little River Inlet in North Myrtle Beach.  Enter your boat or just come out and enjoy this enjoyable annual holiday event.  For more information call (843) 249-8888 or visit http://christmasregatta.com/.

     

     

    November 28 – 29 –  Charleston Gun and Knife Show at the Exchange Park Fairgrounds in Ladson.  For more information call (770) 630-7296 or visit https://gunshowtrader.com/gun-shows/charleston-gun-show/.

    December 3 –  Yogapop Joy at the Memminger Auditorium in Charleston.  Enjoy yoga classes, live music and even comedy, all while having a whole lot of fun.  For more information visit http://www.yogapop.org/.

    December 3 – 5 –  Nights of a Thousand Candles at Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet.  Enjoy a stroll through the gardens glow with over 5500 candles and holiday light displays while enjoying a cup of cider and listening to hand bells and caroling. For more information call (843) 235-6000 or visit http://www.brookgreen.org/NightsofaThousandCandles.html.

    December 3 – 8 –  Beaufort Festival of Trees  at Tabby Place in downtown Beaufort.  Come view this beautiful variety of trees to decide which one you think should win this year’s competition.  For more information call (843) 525-6257 or visit http://www.beaufortsc.org/events/show/festival-of-trees/.

    December 4 – 6 –  Christmas Made in the South at the Exchange Park in Ladson.  This event has been noted as one of the top 200 Sunshine Artists events in 2015, so don’t miss this unique and enjoyable event that will also include specialty foods for purchase such as She Crab Soup.  For more information call (704) 847-9480 or visit http://www.madeinthesouthshows.com/.

    December 4 – 6 –  Christmas at Northwood at Northwood Baptist Church in North Charleston.  This holiday event is filled with music, dancing and comedy and is sure to fill you with holiday joy.  For more information visit http://www.christmasatnorthwood.com/about.html.

    December 4 – 6 –  Winter Craft Show at Springmaid Beach Resort in Myrtle Beach.  Find fun decorations, unique arts and crafts and tasty treats.  For more information call (843) 315-7182 or visit https://www.facebook.com/SpringmaidCraftShow/.

    December 4 – 6 –  “The Nutcracker Ballet” at the Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center in Florence. No holiday is complete without one viewing of this classic ballet.  For more information call (843) 669-3991 or visit https://scdancetheatre.wordpress.com/2015/11/09/the-nutcracker-ballet-2015/.

    December 4 – 6 –  Florence Festival of Lights at Hoffmeyer Place in Florence.  Be mesmerized by this beautiful display of lights.  For more information call (843) 388-5968 or visit https://florencefestival15.eventscff.org/.

    December 5 –  St. George Christmas Parade and Holiday Market in St George.  Event will also include a chili-cook off, a battle of the bands and the lighting of the tree.  For more information call (843) 563-3032 or visit https://www.facebook.com/stgeorgefarmersmarket/.

    December 5 –  North Charleston Christmas Parade and Festival at Park Circle in North Charleston.  Event will include not only the parade, but also children’s activities, live entertainment, the tree lighting, food and craft vendors.  For more information visit http://www.northcharleston.org/Residents/Special-Events/Christmas-Fesitval.aspx.

    December 5 –  Christmas at the Farm at the L.W. Paul Living History Farm in Conway.  See what life would have been like on the farm during the holiday in the early 1900’s.  For more information call (843) 365-3596 or visit http://www.visitmyrtlebeach.com/event/christmas-at-the-l-w-paul-living-history-farm/12052/.

    December 5 –  Santa at the Beach at Myrtle Beach State Park in Myrtle Beach.  You don’t want to miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to get your photograph taken with Santa while he’s sunning on the beach.  For more information call (843) 238-0874 or visit http://www.southcarolinaparks.com/products/10003823.

    December 5 – 6 –  Christmas Holiday Farmers Market in Marion Square in Charleston.  Enjoy the holiday decorations, live entertainment all while searching for holiday foods, crafts, and gifts.  For more information call (843) 724-7305 or visit http://www.charlestonfarmersmarket.com/about/.

    December 6 –  Candlelight Tour of Historical Lake City in the Historical District of Lake City.  Tour five of the most beautiful homes in the historic district and other iconic locations all beautifully decorated for the holidays.  For more information call (843) 374-2770 or visit http://www.lakecitysc.com/calendar-of-events/event/candlelight-tour-of-historic-lake-city1.

    December 6 – 9 –  Grand Strand Gift & Resort Merchandise Show at the Myrtle Beach Area Convention Center in Myrtle Beach.  There are over 800 booths available for retailers to search a variety of merchandise vendors to purchase in every market category to include souvenirs, novelties, nautical/coastal items, and more. For more information call (678) 285-3976 or visit http://www.grandstrandgiftshow.com/Content/29.htm.

    December 9 – 31 –  “Mary Poppins” at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina on Hilton Head Island.  No holiday seems complete without one viewing of this famous musical favorite.  For more information call (843) 686-3945 or visit http://www.artshhi.com/performance-shows/mary-poppins.

    December 10 & 17 –  Rivertown Christmas Celebration in downtown Conway.  Enjoy a variety of holiday activities, such as caroling, carriage rides, and even candlelight shopping.  For more information call (843) 248-6260 or visit https://business.facebook.com/events/1651658815102111/.

    December 10 – 12, 17 – 19 –  Nights of a Thousand Candles at Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet.  Enjoy a stroll through the gardens glow with over 5500 candles and holiday light displays while enjoying a cup of cider and listening to hand bells and caroling. For more information call (843) 235-6000 or visit http://www.brookgreen.org/NightsofaThousandCandles.html.

    December 11 – 13, 18 – 20 –  Florence Festival of Lights at Hoffmeyer Place in Florence.  Be mesmerized by this beautiful display of lights.  For more information call (843) 388-5968 or visit https://florencefestival15.eventscff.org/.

    December 12 –  Light Up the Night Holiday Parade of Boats on the Cooper River with the event centered around the Charleston Maritime Center.  Enjoy watching the beautifully decorated boats parade past and then enjoy entertainment and refreshments following the event.  For more information visit http://www.charlestonparadeofboats.com/.

    December 12 – Reindeer Run at the Southend Brewery in Charleston.  This family and pet friendly 5K run/walk will start out the event which will be followed by plenty of food, music, and beverages.  For more information visit http://reindeerrun.org/.

    December 12 – 13, 19 – 20 –  Christmas Holiday Farmers Market on Marion Square in downtown Charleston.  Enjoy the holiday decorations, live entertainment all while searching for holiday foods, crafts, & gifts.  For more information call (843) 724-7305 or visit http://www.charlestonfarmersmarket.com/about/.

    December 13 –  Mount Pleasant Christmas Light Parade on Coleman Boulevard in Mount Pleasant.  Beginning with the lighting of the town Christmas Tree, more than 100 beautifully lit floats will fill the night with bright colors and sounds of the holiday followed by fireworks at Moultrie Middle School.  For more information call (843) 884-8 or visit http://www.comeonovermp.com/index.aspx?NID=115.

     

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