Weekend! Dec. 15-18


Do you hear what I hear? Is it a sleigh ride on this o holy night? OK, OK, the Charleston Symphony Orchestra and CSO Chorus will probably blend Christmas carols together better than that at their annual holiday concert.
WHO: Charleston Symphony Orchestra and CSO Chorus
WHERE: Gaillard Municipal Auditorium, 77 Calhoun St.
WHEN: 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday

Get ye to Middleton Place this weekend for Christmas 1782-style. Hmm, probably no pink sparkle tree, then. Make a gingerbread house to forget that sadness. But no cursing when the walls cave in.
WHO: Middleton Place
WHERE: Middleton Place; gingerbread at the Inn at Middleton Place
WHEN: 6-8 p.m. today and Friday; gingerbread 1-5 p.m. Sunday

It’s not happy holidays for Charleston when two art galleries are closing at the same time. Scoop Studios and Eye Level Art are both having farewell shows this weekend. Bummer. Pass us the eggnog.
WHO: Scoop Studios and Eye Level Art
WHERE: 57 1/2 Broad St. and 103 Spring St.
WHEN: Scoop is 5-8 p.m. Friday; Eye Level Art is 7-11 p.m. Friday

Instead of going shopping for useless junk, do some good. Attend the Trudy’s School of Dance holiday show and silent auction for the Ronald McDonald House. We promise you’ll leave feeling good will toward all.
WHO: Trudy’s School of Dance
WHERE: James Island Episcopal Church Ministry Center, 1872 Camp Road
WHEN: 6-8 p.m. today

Discounts, drinks and holiday cheer — not necessarily in that order. Knock out the rest of your shopping list and then channel your inner Clark Griswold during a showing of Christmas Vacation.
WHO: Shops at Freshfields Village
WHERE: Freshfields Village at Johns, Kiawah and Seabrook islands
WHEN: 3 p.m. Saturday; movie at 6 p.m.

Remember Chicago? Of course you do. They’re a hard habit to break. Now mix their former lead singer with a local rocker and a jazz artist. And make it a benefit. What kind of man would you be if you didn’t go?
WHO: Bill Champlin, Eddie Bush and Katurah Tetrev
WHERE: The Lighthouse on Shem Creek, next to Red’s Ice House
WHEN: 7 tonight

Instead of fighting each other, these hockey jocks will be fighting children's cancer. OK, they’ll still probably knock a couple teeth out, but the focus will be on raising money and awareness for neuroblastoma.
WHO: S.C. Stingrays and Chase After a Cure
WHERE: North Charleston Coliseum
WHEN: 7:05 p.m. Saturday, but get tickets today

Why choose one Christmas show to watch this year? See them all. Done by three actors. We're talking every story, every carol and every pop culture tidbit. Ever. Our heads are already spinning.
WHO: Michael Carleton, James FitzGerald and John K. Alvarez
WHERE: Threshold Repertory Theatre, 84 1/2 Society St., Charleston
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. today through Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday

Keep your promise to buy local (we’ll forgive you that one Amazon purchase) and shop the last farmers market of the year. Stock up on baked goods (claim you made them yourself!) and arts and crafts for gifts.
WHO: Holiday Farmers Market
WHERE: Marion Square
WHEN: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday

The Candy-Cane Kickers, a group of Rockettes rejects, and their dunce of a leader attempt to perform their Seven Deadly Sins holiday spectacular. Think edgy elves in red and white. Adult humor, so get a babysitter.
WHO: Deuce Theatre
WHERE: South of Broadway Theatre Company, 1080 E. Montague Ave.
WHEN: 8 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday


Coming soon

  • Experience Hendrix 2012 Tribute Tour: 8 p.m. March 11 at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center. Tickets on sale at 10 a.m. Friday.
  • The Avett Brothers: 8 p.m. Feb. 12 at the North Charleston Coliseum. Tickets on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday.
  • Chanukah in the Square: 4-6 p.m. Tuesday in Marion Square. Music, dancing, crafts, food and the lighting of the 9-foot Menorah by Charleston’s Holocaust survivors.
  • Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center.
  • Holy City Messiah Concerts: 7 p.m. Tuesday at Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in downtown Charleston; 7 p.m. Dec. 22 at St. Theresa the Little Flower Catholic Church in Summerville.
  • World War II Focus Tours: 4 p.m. Wednesday, Joseph Manigault House. Learn about the house's role in World War II.
  • Dinner and a Show: Package includes two tickets to A Christmas Carol for any Thursday, Friday or Saturday night performance plus a pre-show dinner for two and post-show dessert at Tristan.
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