Spirit of the season

The first weekend in December kicks off a flurry of holiday events in our neighborhoods, from church pageants to festive lights and holiday markets. We’ve put together a sampling of local events here; watch for others throughout the month in Neighbors.



7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11. Parade route begins at Burdell Road and U.S. 1. Sponsored by the Lugoff Optimist Club. Rain date is 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12. (803) 408-2679 www.lightsoflugoff.com

ELGIN CATFISH STOMP: Parade starts at 10 a.m. Saturday, followed by lots of food – catfish, of course – as well as music, arts, crafts, rides and more. Head to the Blaney Fire Department/Elgin Town Hall, 1200 Rose St., Elgin.

KERSHAW COUNTY CHRISTMAS PARADE: Starts at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, themed “Make a Joyful Noise.” Horses, fire trucks, floats, classic cars, beauty queens, Santa and more at this annual favorite. Begins at Laurens Street and proceeds South on Broad Street ending at the Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site.

SWEET SEASONS: 6-8 tonight on the Midtown at Forest Acres rooftop. Music by Island Close By, food and dessert samplings from Forest Acres restaurants, free photos with Santa, face painting, balloon artists, crafts, and the tree lighting at 7 p.m.


2009 JUNIOR LEAGUE HOLIDAY MARKET: Today through Sunday at the S.C. State Fairgrounds’ Americraft-Cantey Building in Columbia $8 per person, includes admission for all four days. For hours and a complete schedule of events, including PJs with Santa for Kids: www. jlcolumbia.org

TRENHOLM ARTISTS HOLIDAY MARKET: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday through Dec. 19, 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. www.trenholmartistsguild.org

LAKE CAROLINA’S HARBORSIDE LIGHTS: 6-9 p.m. Friday, features merchants and vendors sharing holiday cheer, special shopping, refreshments and more. Live music, horse-drawn carriage rides and holiday lights also are on tap.


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 Fridays and Saturdays through Dec. 12 and during the Nights of Wonder, Dec. 17-23; $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 www.riverbanks.org.


GOVERNOR’S MANSION CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE: 4-7 p.m. today at the Governor’s Mansion and Lace House,

Richland and Lincoln streets. Free and open to the public. No reservations necessary. Also on tap: The Carillon Carolers will sing a holiday welcome, and a gingerbread house created by mansion Chef Geoffrey Sandifer will be on display. 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. Candlelight and Carriage Tours, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Friday. Candlelight tour of the Robert Mills House, 1616 Blanding St., $10; horse-drawn carriage tour of the Robert Mills Historic Garden District, $5. Call (803) 252-1770, ext. 24 or go to www.historicolumbia.org.

33rd ANNUAL CANDLELIGHT TOUR OF HOMES, 3-8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, in Camden, presented by the Camden Junior Welfare Leagure. Tour begins at Camden Archives, 1314 Broad St. Proceeds support programs for Kershaw County children. Tickets, $15 in advance, $20 on day of tour. Contact Terri at (803) 408-2843 or www.camdenleague.com



7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Dec. 10, 11; 2 and 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12; and 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13, at First Baptist Columbia, 1306 Hampton St. Free tickets available 9 a.m.-3 p.m. weekdays through Dec. 11. (803) 217-3250

Note: For music and other seasonal faith events in your community’s churches, see today’s Almanac section.Caption: MCT

December 3, 2009  State (published as The State)  Columbia, South Carolina
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December 3, 2009  State (published as The State)  Columbia, South Carolina
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