Weekend! Dec. 1-4


Holiday festivities

It's the big weekend for municipal holiday hoopla:
Starts today: Supersize Christmas Card Contest.
Saturday: Holiday Farmers Market, tree lighting ceremony, Holiday Parade of Boats.
Sunday: 30th annual Christmas parade.
Monday: Forest Park Playground Tree Lighting.
Berkeley County, at Cypress Gardens:
Saturday: Santa in the Swamp.
Sunday: “A Christmas Tea with Mr. Dickens.”
Saturday: Holly Days 2011 arts and crafts market.
North Charleston:
Friday: Winter Wonderland.
Saturday: Breakfast with Santa, $5 to $50 Gift Market by the North Charleston Artist Guild, Christmas Festival & Parade, Christmas Parade.
Sunday: $5 to $50 Gift Market by the North Charleston Artist Guild.
Goose Creek:
Saturday: Christmas celebration.
Moncks Corner:
Saturday: Pictures with Santa at the depot.
Sunday: Parade, followed by tree lighting ceremony.

You always see the stereotypical picture of the cats watching tennis, but what about dogs? We know a few who would not be able to keep their seats so nicely if they saw a tennis ball being batted back and forth.
WHO: Tennis players, celebrity judges, dogs and Pet Helpers
WHERE: Cistern Yard, College of Charleston
WHEN: 2 p.m. Friday

It's Bedford Falls, that imaginary place where you learn that people appreciate everything you contribute to the world. No, really, It's a Wonderful Life. We're all appreciated, aren't we? Of course we are.
WHO: The Footlight Players
WHERE: Footlight Players Theatre
WHEN: Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m., and more dates

What makes royalty? Perhaps it's the fact that you cannot bear to sleep one second if you know there's a vegetable slowly rotting beneath you, under the mattress. If that's it, we're in. Call us the most illustrious potentate.
WHO: Sprouts Musical Theatre
WHERE: Creative Spark Center for the Arts in Mount Pleasant
WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday, 1 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, more next week

What is Christmas without music? And what is Christmas music without gospel and sacred music? Add a symphony to the mix and there you have it: a magical musical evolution.
WHO: Charleston Symphony Orchestra and CSO Gospel Choir
WHERE: Gaillard Municipal Auditorium
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Saturday

Wouldn't it be nice if every day that you shopped, all retailers would give 10% of what you spend to folks who need it? We're not sure if it'd be a sustainable model, but why don't we give it a try and find out?
WHO: Lowcountry AIDS Services and shoppers
WHERE: Kickoff at Gwynn's, brunch at the Riviera Theatre, then shopping
WHEN: 6-8 p.m. Friday, brunch 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, then shopping

Christmas is a time for giving, but some people are impossible to find a gift for. What to do? Apparently this is the holy grail, the primo spot for gifting treasure. And your present might even not be regifted.
WHO: All sorts of holiday artists and crafters
WHERE: Exchange Park in Ladson
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday

There's nothing more fun than donning some antlers and a red nose, trotting around downtown with your dog and drinking beer afterward. The fact that it benefits the MUSC Children's Hospital is just a bonus.
WHO: The Charitable Society of Charleston
WHERE: Starts and ends at the corner of East Bay Street and Vendue Range
WHEN: 9 a.m. Saturday

Take a leisurely bike ride through some historic cemeteries, and don't worry about the zombies, because it's daytime and that's when zombies turn into cute furry animals and sleep until the sun goes down. No, really.
WHO: Preservation Society of Charleston
WHERE: Magnolia Umbra Plantation
WHEN: 10 a.m. to noon Saturday

The symphony is blanketing Charleston with music this holiday season. It is dispatching a brass quintet to King Street to lead a performance of Christmas music, with a sing-along of traditional favorites and carols.
WHO: The Charleston Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet
WHERE: St. Matthew's Lutheran Church on King Street
WHEN: 4 p.m. Sunday


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