Christmas calendar: Here’s what’s coming up for the holidays in Aiken
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Learn more about the parades, concerts, tree lightings, and other events happening in and around Aiken County for the holiday season.
CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTINGS
30th annual Downtown Aiken Tree Lighting - 6 p.m. Nov. 30 on Newberry Street. There will be a countdown to the tree lighting, music, refreshments, and an appearance by Santa and Mrs. Claus.
Graniteville Christmas Tree Lighting - 6:30 p.m. Nov. 30 at Hickman Hall in Graniteville.
Wagener’s annual Christmas Tree Lighting - 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30 at Wagener SC Pavilion on Railroad Avenue E. Part of Wagener’s Hometown Holiday Celebration.
Smith-Hazel Christmas Tree Lighting - 6 p.m. Dec. 6 at Smith-Hazel Recreation Center. Join the community in decorating the tree, singing holiday songs, and enjoy refreshments and door prizes. For more information call 803-642-7634.
Village at Woodside Tree Lighting - 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Village at Woodside, 230 Village Green Blvd.
Wagener’s Annual Christmas Parade - 11 a.m. Dec. 1 at the middle school. Part of Wagener’s Hometown Holiday Celebration.
New Ellenton Christmas Parade - 12 p.m. Dec. 1 on Main Street in New Ellenton. For more information call 803-652-2019.
GVW Christmas Parade - 3 p.m. Dec. 1 at Canal Street and Ascauga Lake Road. Parade ends at the intersection of Main Street and Augusta Road.
North Augusta Lions Club Christmas Parade - 3 p.m. Dec. 2 in downtown North Augusta at Georgia Avenue and Martintown Road.
Town of Windsor Christmas Parade - 3 p.m. Dec. 2 at the intersection of Cedar Road and Middleton Road in Windsor.
Jackson Christmas Parade - 2 p.m. Dec. 2 on Highway 125 in Jackson. Lineup begins at 12:30 p.m. behind Jackson Middle School. To register, call 803-471-2228.
Midland Valley Christmas Parade - 3 p.m. Dec. 8. Parade begins at LBC Middle School located at 29 Laurens Trail. Sign-ups begin at 1 p.m. For more info call the Town Hall at 803-593-2676.
2018 Aiken Jaycee’s Christmas Parade - 2 p.m. Dec. 9 in downtown Aiken. Parade begins at the Train Depot on Park Avenue, and will travel north up Laurens Street. The theme of this year’s parade is “Fairy Tale Christmas.” For more information, including registration requirements, visit aikenjaycees.com.
Hoof Beats and Christmas Carols Parade - 2 p.m. Dec. 15 in downtown Aiken. Parade starts at Trinity on Laurens at 213 Laurens St. N.W. There will be caroling at The Willcox at 4:30 p.m. following the parade. For more information, contact Trish Leslie at 706-951-2439.
Christmas for the Birds - 10 a.m. at Dec. 1 at Living History Park in North Augusta. Help create edible decorations to hang on trees for birds to eat throughout the winter. This event is sponsored by Silver Bluff Audubon Center and Sanctuary. Admission is free.
Story Time with Mrs. Claus - 4 p.m. Dec. 4 at H. Odell Weeks Activities Center. Mrs. Claus will read holiday books to children and give a free book to every family that attends.
Down on Park Christmas Block Party - 9 a.m. Dec. 8. at Material Things located at 616 Park Ave. S.E. The $25 cost of Santa photos and vendor fees will benefit Friends of the Animal Shelter. There will also be live Christmas music, a fire pit, and crafts for kids. Pets are welcome at this event.
Mickey’s Christmas – Friday Night Fun (Parent Date Night) - 6:30 p.m. Dec. 14 at Aiken Center for the Arts. Children in Kindergarten through fifth grade can watch Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas movie and create a piece of art. Cost is $40 per first child, and $20 for additional siblings. To register, call 803-641-9094 or visit aikencenterforthearts.org.
Breakfast with Santa - 8:30 a.m. Dec. 15 at H. Odell Weeks Activities Center. Santa will stop by Odell Weeks for breakfast with children. Afterward, children can make a holiday craft to take home. Cost is $3 per child for ages 12 and under.
Santa at the Depot - 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 15 at Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum. Children can visit Santa during the event. There will be music and milk and cookies will be served.
Aiken County Public Library movie viewings - 3 p.m. Dec. 15 the library will show “The Man Who Invented Christmas” and 2 p.m. Dec. 22 it will show “Jack Frost.”
Family Tacky Holiday Silent Disco - 2 p.m. Dec. 16 at The Alley Downtown Taproom. A family-friendly event. Tickets are $5 and available for purchase at thealleydowntowntaproom.com.
CONCERTS, PLAYS & SHOWS
Christmas in the 1800s: A Dickens Christmas - 7 to 9 p.m. Nov. 29 at the Aiken Municipal Building, 214 Park Ave. S.W. This 19th Century themed event features dinner, music, and a show. Tickets are $35, available at eventbrite.com and at 3 Monkeys Fine Gifts, Caroline’s Boutique and Beyond Bijoux in downtown Aiken. Proceeds benefit the Diann Shaddox Foundation for Essential Tremor.
“Yuletide Renaissance Feast” Madrigal Dinner - 6:30 p.m. Nov. 30 at Reserve Club in Woodside Plantation. The Aiken Choral Society’s sixth annual event will feature music by the chorus, dressed in Renaissance costumes. Tickets are $70 and available at aikenchoralsociety.org and at the Aiken County Visitors Center at 133 Laurens St. N.W.
Nutcracker Tea - 2 p.m. Dec. 1 at Aiken County Historical Museum, 433 Newberry St. S.W. A family-friendly narrated production of “The Nutcracker” with treats. Members of the Aiken Civic Ballet will be present. Tickets are available at Pitter Patter and Unique Expressions in downtown Aiken.
Millbrook Living Christmas Trees - 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Dec. 1 and 6 p.m. Dec. 2 at Millbrook Baptist Church. The performance is open to the public and will include music, dancing, drama and live animals. For more information, visit millbrook.cc.
Aiken Concert Band Holiday Concert - 7 p.m. Dec. 4 at USC Aiken Etherredge Center. Enjoy Christmas with the Aiken Concert Band, with special guest Dr. Rob Murray, a diverse performer in both classical and jazz idioms. Tickets range from $7 to $12.50. For more information, call 803-641-3305.
South Boundary Singers’ Winter Concert - 7 p.m. Dec. 7 at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2724 Whiskey Road. South Boundary Singers’ major concert or the holiday season. Admission is free and a reception will follow.
Aiken Symphony Orchestra “Home for the Holidays” - 3 p.m. Dec. 9 at the Etherredge Center, 471 University Parkway. Features music from local musical groups. Tickets can be bought at tickets.vendini.com.
Aiken Community Theatre’s ‘Miracle on 34th Street’ - 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7 and Dec. 15 at the Aiken Community Theatre located at 126 Newberry St. For more information, call 803-648-1348. For ticket pricing, visit aikencommunitytheatre.org.
Aiken Symphony Orchestra “Handel’s Messiah” - 7:30 p.m. Dec. 18 at St. Mary Help of Christians Parish, 138 Fairfield St. S.E. To order tickets, call 803-295-0313.
Aiken Civic Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” - 7 p.m. Dec. 22 and 2 p.m. Dec. 23 at the USCA Etherredge Center, 471 University Parkway. Tickets are on sale at the Etherredge Center. For more information, call 803-641-3305.
OTHER HOLIDAY EVENTS
Christmas Craft Show - 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. at H. Odell Weeks Activity Center. The show features crafts from over 100 artists across the Southeast.
Wagener’s Hometown Holiday Celebration - Begins with horse-drawn carriage rides at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 30 at the Gazebo on Railroad Ave. W., followed by performances at the Wagener Pavilion, a tree lighting and a Fireworks Extravaganza. Community Yard and Craft Sale begins at 8 a.m. Dec. 1 at the Petal Shop and the Christmas Parade begins at 11 a.m. at the middle school. For more info call 803-564-3412.
Nativity: A Celebration of Christ - 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, at 358 E. Pine Log Road, Aiken. Over 100 nativities will be on display from around the world, as well as live musical numbers throughout the evening.
Holidays in Old Hollywood - 6 to 8 p.m. Dec 2, 9, 16 at The Willcox. Enjoy music from the ’30s to the ’60s at this event. To learn more, visit The Willcox’s Facebook page.
Mistletoe + Merlot - 6 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Aiken County Historical Museum. This holiday shopping market is hosted by the Aiken Standard. Tickets must be purchased in advance at the Aiken Standard office, Lionel Smith, Fox & Lady, Unique Expressions, Vikki’s or at Hibbitts Drug Co. Tickets can also be purchased online at tickets.aikenstandard.com.
Night of 1,000 Lights - 6 p.m. Dec. 6 in downtown Aiken. Streets will be lit up with festive decor and shops will stay open late to offer holiday treats, music and drinks. This is a free event.
Beta Sigma Phi’s North Augusta Christmas Tour of Homes - 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Dec. 7 and 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Dec. 8. The 31st annual tour of North Augusta’s most festive homes will also feature a fashion show and brunch at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 8. Tickets for brunch and for the tour can be purchased at Jim Bush Flowers and Gifts, CommuniGraphics, Parks Pharmacy, and Arts and Heritage Center in North Augusta and Plum Pudding in Aiken. Tickets can also be purchased online at natourofhomes.org.
Christmas Crafts at the Farmer’s Market - 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Dec. 8 and Dec. 15 at 115 Williamsburg St. Local, handmade Christmas gifts will be on display. For more information, call 803-293-2214.
Festival of Nativities – 1 to 5 p.m. Dec. 8-9 at Williston United Methodist Church, 6030 Springfield Road, Williston. This event includes a walking tour of more than 100 nativity scenes.
Christmas in Hopelands - 6 to 9:30 p.m. Dec. 15-23, 26 at Hopelands Gardens. Exhibit includes over 100,000 lights on over two miles of lighted pathways and holiday displays.
Ugly Sweater Crawl - Dec. 15 in downtown Aiken sponsored by the Aiken Downtown Development Association. Wear an ugly christmas sweater and get discounts in certain stores. Some shops will be giving away candy and selling festive holiday sweaters.
Ugly Sweater Silent Disco - 9 p.m. Dec. 15 at The Alley Downtown Taproom. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at thealleydowntowntaproom.com. Wear an ugly holiday sweater and get a discount on drinks.
Women of Woodside ‘Deck the Halls’ - 1 p.m. Dec 2-3. A Southern Living inspired model home at the Village at Woodside will be decorated for the holidays with Christmas trees, centerpieces and wreaths made by the Women of Woodside that will be available in a silent auction. Tickets can be purchased at the Village at Woodside, at the door or at womenofwoodside.com.
Festival of Trees - Dec. 1-31. Decorated trees will line the first floor of the Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum until Dec. 31.
Christmas in the Quarters - 3 p.m. Dec. 22, 29 at Redcliffe Plantation. Tour decorated slave cabins and Redcliffe’s mansion to experience how slaves celebrated the holidays. For more information, call 803-827-1473.