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Thursday Night Bluegrass at Bar Mash

Thursday Night Bluegrass at Bar Mash


Event Date:
04/21/2016 - 7:00pm to 12/29/2016 - 7:00pm




Swing by the new East Bay hot spot, Bar Mash, every Thursday night and enjoy a different local bluegrass band while sipping on beer, wine, or craft cocktails. Start your weekend festivities early at this cozy bar with an impressive whiskey list and delectable snacks including fried oysters and boudin, ham hock rillete, and mushroom toast. Mercantile and Mash, 701 East Bay St. Free. Thursdays, 7-11pm. (843) 793-2636, www.mercandmash.com

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Killer Fashion, The Consequence of High Style

Killer Fashion, The Consequence of High Style


Event Date:
07/21/2016 - 9:00am to 01/15/2017 - 5:00pm




High fashion comes at a high price, and that cost is often detrimental to more than just your pocket book. From delicate corsets crafted with whale bone to asphyxia-causing men’s high collars, explore the oddities of sartorial extravagance and its environment- and body-altering consequences in this Charleston Museum exhibit. The Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting St. Monday-Saturday, 9am-5pm; Sunday, noon-5pm. $12; $10 ages 13-17; $5 ages three-12. (843)722-2996, www.charlestonmuseum.org

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Crowell A. Pate IV

Crowell A. Pate IV


Event Date:
08/23/2016 - 10:00am to 04/27/2017 - 10:00am




Visiting artist Crowell A. Pate IV, an Alabama native, invites viewers to access the hidden depths of the subconscious with his Gibbes Museum of Art exhibit. The sculptor works intuitively, allowing his responses to specific materials—including wood, leather, twine, metal, and even grass—to guide his creative process. Pate is in town to discuss his work during the opening days of the exhibit. Gibbes Museum of Art, 135 Meeting St. Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, & Saturday, 10am-5pm; Wednesday, 10am-8pm; Sunday, 1-5pm. $12; $10 senior/college student/military; $6 ages four-17; free for child under four. (843)722-2706, www.gibbesmuseum.org

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Lions & Tigers & Bears

Lions & Tigers & Bears


Event Date:
10/20/2016 - 10:00am to 04/30/2017 - 12:00pm




Follow the yellow brick road to this animal-themed exhibit co-curated by Robert Lange Studios and The Vendue’s art director, Emily Rigsby. The exhibition focuses on surreal and nontraditional art forms, highlighting work by a diverse range of more than 30 international artists, including Kevin Taylor, Karen Hollingsworth, and Elicia Edijanto. Come out to the opening reception, Thursday, October 20, from 6 to 8 p.m., featuring live music, cocktails, and hors d’oeuvres. The Vendue Hotel, 19 Vendue Range. Open daily, 24 hours. Free. (843)577-2525, www.thevendue.com

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Aviary

Aviary


Event Date:
10/21/2016 - 11:00am to 12/10/2016 - 11:00am




In her most recent project, ”Aviary,” Toronto-based artist Sara Angelucci explores the conventions of image-making by drawing on the history of photography, as well as natural and social histories. Angelucci transforms found images—such as 19th-century portraits—and repositions them within a broader cultural context. The artist fuses the human face with bird features, forcing us to make an emotional connection with an endangered species. Join Angelucci on Thursday, October 27, at 6 p.m. for a talk- and walk-through event. Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, 161 Calhoun St. Monday-Saturday, 11am-4pm. Free. (843)953-4422, www.halsey.cofc.edu

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Realm of the Spirit

Realm of the Spirit


Event Date:
10/22/2016 - 10:00am to 01/15/2017 - 10:00am




The Gibbes Museum of Art and prominent art collector Solomon R. Guggenheim first presented an exhibit together in 1936, bringing international attention to Charleston. Now, 80 years later, the Gibbes again displays 36 masterworks presented in the original exhibition. Admire timeless pieces by artists including Marc Chagall, Vasily Kandinsky, Fernand Leger, Pablo Picasso, Robert Delaunay, Amedeo Modigliani, and Georges Seurat. Gibbes Museum of Art, 135 Meeting St. Tuesday & Thursday-Saturday, 10am-5pm; Wednesday, 10am-8pm; Sunday,1-5pm. $12; $10 student/military/senior; $6 ages four-17; free for child under four. (843)722-2706, www.gibbesmuseum.org

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Lowcountry Water Halos

Lowcountry Water Halos


Event Date:
10/27/2016 - 10:00am to 12/06/2016 - 6:00pm




Local artist Lisa Shimko was named winner of the 2016 Griffith Reyburn Award, an annual competetive award from the Coastal Community Foundation. Shimko’s winning exhibit is on display until December 6 Redux Contemporary Art Center. Redux, 136 St. Philip St. Tuesday-Friday, 10am-6pm; Saturday, noon-5pm. Free. (843) 722-0697, reduxstudios.org 

 

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”Romance Abroad”

”Romance Abroad”


Event Date:
11/04/2016 - 10:00am to 12/01/2016 - 10:00am




California-based oil painter Dr. Craig Nelson seeks to remind audiences that the smallest moments in life often carry the greatest meaning. In “Romance Abroad,” Nelson takes viewers from vineyards in Tuscany to cathedrals in St. Mark’s Square, asking them to transport themselves to another landscape, or to a distant memory. Stop into the opening reception on Friday, November 4, from 5 to 8 p.m. or swing by Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. for a painting demonstration by the artist. Ella Walton Richardson Fine Art, 58 Broad St. Monday-Saturday,10am-5pm. Free. (843)722-3660, www.ellarichardson.com

 
Painting a Nation: Hudson River School Landscapes from the Higdon Collection

Painting a Nation: Hudson River School Landscapes from the Higdon Collection


Event Date:
12/02/2016 - 10:00am to 04/23/2017 - 1:00pm




From about 1825 to 1870, the Hudson River School artists vividly captured rural American landscapes, primarily in the Northeast. These oil-on-canvas scenes present an idyllic view of man and nature living in harmony (seeAutumn Afternoon, Greenwood Lake above). Former College of Charleston president Lee Higdon and his wife, Ann, share pieces from their spectacular collection with the Gibbes. Gibbes Museum of Art, 135 Meeting St. Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, & Saturday, 10am-5pm; Wednesday, 10am-8pm; Sunday, 1-5pm. $12; $10 student/senior/military; $6 ages four-17; free for child under four. (843)722-2706, www.gibbesmuseum.org

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“THE ESSENTIAL DOG”

“THE ESSENTIAL DOG”


Event Date:
11/04/2016 - 5:00pm to 12/03/2016 - 10:00am




Cornwall, England-based contemporary artist Ian Mason captures the unique anatomies and personalities of differing dog breeds through a minimalist technique of thin washes and bold lines. His latest exhibition, “The Essential Dog,” focuses on the idea of deconstructing and reconstructing the pooch portrait. Catch the opening reception on Friday, November 4, from 5 to 8 p.m. Dog & Horse Fine Art, 102 Church St. Monday-Saturday, 10am-5pm. Free. (843)577-5500, www.dogandhorsefineart.com

 
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HOLIDAY FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS

HOLIDAY FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS


Event Date:
11/11/2016 - 5:30pm to 01/01/2017 - 5:30pm




Dubbed one of the ”10 Best Holiday Light Shows in America” by USA Today, this stunning display features millions of multicolored lights glittering across three miles of park, plus a Victorian carousel, a 50-ton sand sculpture, Santa’s Sweet Shoppe, and a holiday train. There’s no better way to ring in the season than with this grand illumination. James Island County Park, 871 Riverland Dr. Sunday-Thursday, 5:30-10pm; Friday-Saturday, 5:30-11pm. $20-$15 per vehicle. (843)795-4386, www.ccprc.com

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Mattress Firm Foster Kids Toy Drive

Mattress Firm Foster Kids Toy Drive


Event Date:
11/16/2016 - 10:00am to 12/18/2016 - 8:00pm




Help Mattress Firm spread holiday cheer to foster children and families in need. From now until Sunday, December 18, all 17 Mattress Firm stores in Charleston are participating in a toy drive benefitting local foster youth and families. During the eight-week drive, bring new toys and monetary contributions to any Charleston Mattress Firm location during normal store hours. All proceeds benefit Helping & Lending Outreach Support, Growing Home Southeast, and South Carolina Youth Advocate. Locations vary. Daily, 10am-8pm. 

 

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GROOVY KINDA CHRISTMAS

GROOVY KINDA CHRISTMAS


Event Date:
11/22/2016 - 7:00pm to 12/31/2016 - 8:00pm




If you’re looking for a new kind of holiday show, check out this groovy 1960s musical featuring tunes ranging from Carolina beach music to Motown. What happens when a stylish mod rocker proposes to Mona, the quiet botanist? Sip on champagne cocktails, assorted wines, and coke floats as the action unfolds in this never-before-seen 34 West Theatre production. 34 West Theatre, 200 Meeting St. Tuesday, 7pm; Thursday-Saturday, 8pm; Sunday, 3pm. $25. (843)901-9343, www.34west.org

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Belmond Charleston Place Holiday Train Display

Belmond Charleston Place Holiday Train Display


Event Date:
11/23/2016 - 12:00am to 01/02/2017 - 12:00pm




Stop by the Belmond Charleston Place this holiday season to view its iconic holiday train display, including a five-story mini hotel, a European rose garden, automobiles, new locomotives, and a custom-designed replica of the famous Venice Simplon-Orient-Express luxury train. The display includes three trains total, each complete with smokestacks and whistles, and each runs on different routes at average scale speeds of 70 miles per hour! Belmond Charleston Place, 205 Meeting St. Daily. Free. (843)722-4900, belmond.com

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THE KRIS KROSS

THE KRIS KROSS


Event Date:
11/25/2016 - 8:00pm to 12/27/2016 - 7:30pm




Join Inspector NoClue as he struggles to solve the mystery of a missing Maltese Fruitcake. Is the culprit old Kris Kringle, or members of ”Naughty List Anonymous”? This interactive Black Fedora production includes pre-show caroling, volunteer audience participation, and à la carte drinks, desserts, and appetizers. The Black Fedora, 164 Church St. Days & times vary. $24. (843)937-6453, www.charlestonmysteries.com

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WHITE CHRISTMAS

WHITE CHRISTMAS


Event Date:
11/30/2016 - 7:30pm to 12/18/2016 - 3:00pm




This musical adaptation of the classic 1954 film White Christmas follows the romantic adventures of two World War II vets, Bob Wallace and Phil Davis, as they launch a successful song-and-dance act after the war. The men fall for a pair of beautiful singing sisters and follow them on a whim to a Vermont lodge in hopes of having a “white Christmas.” The score features 17 of the film’s original songs, including “I Love a Piano;” “How Deep is the Ocean;” and, of course, the show’s titular tune. Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St. Days & times vary. $68-$31; $68-$29 senior; $68-$26 student/active military. (843)577-7183, www.charlestonstage.com

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(In)spires

(In)spires


Event Date:
12/01/2016 - 10:00am to 12/31/2016 - 10:00am




Charleston native Lese Corrigan presents ”(In)Spires,” an exhibit featuring colorful oil paintings depicting the steepled landscape that gave the Holy City its name. Her tactile and vibrant work breathes new life into beloved Lowcountry landmarks. Corrigan Gallery, 62 Queen St. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, & Sunday, 10am-5pm. Monday & Thursday, 11am-5pm. Free. (843)722-9868, www.corrigangallery.com

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Charleston Strolls Holiday Walking Tour

Charleston Strolls Holiday Walking Tour


Event Date:
12/01/2016 - 10:00am to 12/31/2016 - 10:00am




Revel in the beauty of the Holy City holidays on one of Charleston Strolls’ walking tours. Explore the parts of town that can only be seen on foot and learn the histories of the side streets, houses, and landmarks you pass. The tour ends with refreshments at the gorgeous Mills House Hotel. Bulldog Tours, 18 Anson St. Days, times, & prices vary. (843)722-8687, www.charlestonstrolls.com

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Holiday Pub Crawl

Holiday Pub Crawl


Event Date:
12/01/2016 - 1:00pm to 01/10/2017 - 1:00pm




Visit historic taverns; feast on holiday treats; and sip a pint of local craft beer, Christmas ale, or another beverage of your choosing on this pub crawl through downtown Charleston. Local guides lead attendees to four pubs on the two-and-a-half-hour crawl—based on similar European brew-hopping ventures—sharing tales of pirates, patriots, and presidents who once roamed the cobblestone streets. A portion of all proceeds benefits MUSC Children’s Hospital. Tommy Condon’s Irish Pub, 160 Church St. Daily, 1pm, 4pm, & 7pm. $30. (843)577-5535, www.pubtourcharleston.com

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Holiday Festival of Lights

Holiday Festival of Lights


Event Date:
12/01/2016 - 5:30pm to 01/01/2017 - 5:30pm




Dubbed one of the ”10 Best Holiday Light Shows in America” by USA Today, this stunning display features millions of multicolored lights glittering across three miles of park, plus a Victorian carousel, a 50-ton sand sculpture, Santa’s Sweet Shoppe, and a holiday train. There’s no better way to ring in the season than with this grand illumination. James Island County Park, 871 Riverland Dr. Sunday-Thursday, 5:30-10pm; Friday-Saturday, 5:30-11pm. $20-$15 per vehicle. (843)795-4386, www.ccprc.com

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Holy City Messiah

Holy City Messiah


Event Date:
12/01/2016 - 7:30pm to 12/03/2016 - 7:30pm




The Charleston Symphony Orchestra (CSO) and the CSO Chorus usher in the season with Handel’s famous oratorio, The Messiah. Maestro Ken Lam conducts while soprano Awet Andemicael, countertenor Daniel Moody, tenor Tyler Ray, and baritone Josh Quinn take the lead on vocals. Locations & times vary. $35-$10. (843)723-7528, www.charlestonsymphony.org

 
Old Village Holiday Streetfest

Old Village Holiday Streetfest


Event Date: 12/01/2016 - 5:00pm




With OOH Events and Out of Hand hosting this holiday fest in Mount Pleasant's charming Old Village it's sure to be a blast! Accomplish your holiday shopping (retail participants include Haddrell's Point Tackle, Half-Moon Outfitters, Maria White Ceramics, and many more), purchase wreaths from Out of the Garden, pick out your Christmas tree, and even take advantage of onsite calligraphy services for table settings and gift cards. Bring the kids to take pictures with Santa, dig into food truck fare, groove to tunes by The Lowhills while helping to raise funds for Mt. Pleasant Presbyterian Hope House. 113 Pitt Street, Old Village Mount Pleasant. Thursday, 5-8 p.m. Free. facebook.com/oohevents

 

 
Holiday Harvest Gala

Holiday Harvest Gala


Event Date: 12/01/2016 - 6:00pm




The Lowcountry Senior Network debuts its first Holiday Harvest Gala benefitting Meals on Wheels of Charleston, a program serving 200 area senior citizens. Guests enjoy breathtaking views of Waterfront Park while dining on fare from Franke at Seaside and listening to performances by Charleston singers Ann Caldwell and Jerry Bellows. Cooper River Room, Memorial Waterfront Park, 99 Harry M. Hallman Jr. Blvd., Mount Pleasant. Thursday, 6-9pm. $55; $110 per couple. www.lowcountrysn.com

 
Charleston Area World AIDS Day Community Awareness Candlelight Vigil

Charleston Area World AIDS Day Community Awareness Candlelight Vigil


Event Date: 12/01/2016 - 6:30pm




Each year on December 1, people around the globe pause to remember the lives lost to the AIDS epidemic. Locally, AIDS service organizations do that—and much more—as they work to educate the community about how HIV impacts Charleston. South Carolina now ranks 13th out of the 50 states in incidence of new infections and prevalence of HIV infection, with more than 3,600 people living with HIV/AIDS in the Lowcountry as of 2015. The Charleston Area World AIDS Day committee—comprised of volunteers from Lowcountry AIDS Services, the Ryan White Wellness Center at Roper St. Francis Healthcare, and other local organizations—has planned several community events to encourage HIV/AIDS prevention, testing, education and overall awareness, including testing events at Walgreens, Trident Technical College, MUSC, College of Charleston, and Planned Parenthood, as well as information sessions and talk-backs at MUSC, CofC, and the Ryan White Wellness Center. In addition to these events, the committee invites the public to attend the Charleston Area World AIDS Day Community Awareness Candlelight Vigil in downtown Charleston, immediately followed by a short reception including refreshments and musical performances. Unitarian Church, 4 Archdale St. Thursday, 6:30-7:30pm. Free. facebook.com/CharlestonAreaWorldAIDSDay

 
Small Works, Big Impressions

Small Works, Big Impressions


Event Date:
12/02/2016 - 10:00am to 12/16/2016 - 10:00am




This group exhibit features a collection of small paintings and photographs by select George Gallery artists including Catherine Erb, Lori Glavin, Tom Stanley, Whitney Kreb, and Paul Yanko, as well as a new gallery addition, Birmingham-based abstract painter Catherine Booker Jones. Working in various mediums—gouache, oil, pure pigment, and collage—Jones draws inspiration from early 20th-century painters. Check out the many representations of abstract art at the opening reception Friday, December 2, from 5 to 8 p.m. George Gallery, 50 Bogard St. Tuesday-Friday, 10am-5pm; Saturday, 11am-5pm. Free. (843)579-7328, www.georgegalleryart.com

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Appalachian Textures

Appalachian Textures


Event Date:
12/02/2016 - 10:00am to 12/16/2016 - 10:00am




Fueled by his passion for nature and history, South Carolina native Bill Jameson creates lush landscapes imbued with local color. In his ”Appalachian Textures” exhibit, Jameson captures the hues of fall in the North Carolina mountains. Anglin Smith Fine Art, 9 Queen St. Monday-Saturday, 10am-5pm; Sunday, noon-4pm. Free. (843)853-0708, www.anglinsmith.com

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Jeff Jamison Exhibition

Jeff Jamison Exhibition


Event Date:
12/02/2016 - 10:00am to 12/31/2016 - 10:00am




Contemporary impressionist Jeff Jamison’s latest exhibit captures the beauty of the moment in scenes depicting people moving through Charleston streets and sidewalks. Ella Walton Richardson Fine Art, 58 Broad St. Monday-Saturday,10am-5pm. Free. (843)722-3660, www.ellarichardson.com

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Christmas Made in the South

Christmas Made in the South


Event Date:
12/02/2016 - 10:00am to 12/04/2016 - 11:00am




At the Christmas Made in the South fine arts and crafts festival, you’re sure to find handmade, one-of-a-kind gifts for everyone on your list. Mingle with local artisans as you peruse goods ranging from silk wearables and dichroic glass jewelry to photographs of nature’s fiercest and funniest creatures. Exchange Park Fairgrounds, 9850 Hwy. 78, Ladson. Friday & Saturday, 10am-6pm; Sunday, 11am-5pm. $7; free for child under 13. www.madeinthesouthshows.com

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Diamonds Direct Holiday Designer Showcase

Diamonds Direct Holiday Designer Showcase


Event Date:
12/02/2016 - 10:00am to 12/04/2016 - 6:00pm




This three-day holiday trunk show from Diamonds Direct is a can’t-miss for those shopping for that perfect gift for their special someone! Designers featured include Scott Kay, Coast Diamond Jewelry, and Mastaloni Pearls; a large selection of the inventory will be available at 20% off. Hamby Catering provides hors d’ouevres Friday evening. Diamonds Direct Charleston, 1911 US 17, Mount Pleasant. Friday & Saturday, 10am-8pm; Sunday, noon-6pm. Free. (843)606-2558, diamondsdirect.com 

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Gallery Wall-Apalooza

Gallery Wall-Apalooza


Event Date:
12/02/2016 - 11:00am to 12/25/2016 - 12:00pm




Meyer Vogl Gallery presents an exhibit of small works in a variety of mediums and styles by a number of artists from around the country, including Quang Ho, James Richards, and Anne Blair Brown, as well as gallery owners Laurie Meyer and Marissa Vogl. Visit the opening reception Friday, December 2, from 5 to 8 p.m. to peruse pieces in a variety of sizes. Meyer Vogl Gallery, 122 Meeting St. Monday-Saturday, 11am-6pm; Sunday, noon-4pm. Free. (843)805-7144, www.meyervogl.com

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AMADEUS

AMADEUS


Event Date:
12/02/2016 - 7:30pm to 12/18/2016 - 6:00pm




What If? Productions mounts the dark comedic brilliance of Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus, a mythic account of two of Austria’s most famed composers—Antonio Salieri and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. When boorish but genius Mozart gains favor in Austrian Emperor Joseph’s court, the once restrained Salieri risks his career and reputation to destroy his young rival. Threshold Repertory Theater, 84 ½ Society St. Days & times vary. $25; $22 senior; $15 student/military. www.whatifproductions.org

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White Christmas

White Christmas


Event Date:
12/02/2016 - 7:30pm to 12/18/2016 - 3:00pm




This musical adaptation of the classic 1954 film White Christmas follows the romantic adventures of two World War II vets, Bob Wallace and Phil Davis, as they launch a successful song-and-dance act after the war. The men fall for a pair of beautiful singing sisters and follow them on a whim to a Vermont lodge in hopes of having a “white Christmas.” The score features 17 of the film’s original songs, including “I Love a Piano;” “How Deep is the Ocean;” and, of course, the show’s titular tune. Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St. Days & times vary. $68-$31; $68-$29 senior; $68-$26 student/active military. (843)577-7183, www.charlestonstage.com

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Charleston Gallery Association Artwalk

Charleston Gallery Association Artwalk


Event Date: 12/02/2016 - 5:00pm




Calling all art critics and enthusiasts! Enjoy the cool weather this December at the official Charleston Gallery Association Artwalk, which stops in more than 40 downtown galleries. Rub shoulders with the city’s finest art aficionados and artists and don’t miss out on your chance to view Dog & Horse Fine Art’s exhibit, “The Essential Dog,” before it ends on December 3. Locations vary. Friday, 5-8pm. Free. www.charlestongalleryassociation.com

 
Cannonborough/Elliotborough Holiday Sip & Shop

Cannonborough/Elliotborough Holiday Sip & Shop


Event Date: 12/02/2016 - 5:00pm




Take a stroll through Cannonborough/Elliotborough and enjoy the special events and goodies offered by participating neighborhood shops including Open Door Shop, Candy Shop VIntage, Mac & Murphy, Flowershop, Proud Mary, LulaKate, Sugar Bakeshop, and Indigo & Cotton. Be sure to visit the George Gallery to enjoy a reception for the opening of ”Small Works, Big Impressions,” a group show of small-scale paintings and photographs by gallery artists. Afterwards, sip cocktails at Candy Shop Vintage while shopping with guest jewelry designer Patti Tobin and getting your hair braided by Olivia Hair Painter from Salon Vari. Enjoy the début of the Open Door Shop's Holiday Market—featuring holiday décor and specialty foods and gifts—as well as festive beverages and wreaths at the Flowershop, then atisfy your sweet tooth at Sugar Bakeshop's annual ”Cupcakes by Candlelight” event, featuring fresh-baked holiday goodies, hot chocolate, and eggnogg. Cannonborough/Elliotboroug neighborhood. Friday, 5-8pm. Free. 

 
Charleston Victory Christmas 1945 Dinner Theatre

Charleston Victory Christmas 1945 Dinner Theatre


Event Date: 12/02/2016 - 7:00pm




Actors’ Theatre of South Carolina transports audiences back in time to Charleston’s first Christmas radio broadcast after World War II. The award-winning group invites you to be a part of their ”studio audience” to share in this celebration of freedom and joy. While dining on a buffet selection of roast pork loin with apple and caramelized onion sauce, garden salad, whipped potatoes, seasonal vegetables, rolls, and chocolate cake—catered by Centerplate—enjoy watching the actors on stage track a lost truck carrying toys for local children, as well as performances by an assortment of singers, musicians, and comics. North Charleston Coliseum, 5001 Coliseum Dr., North Charleston. Friday, 7pm. $40-$36. (843)740-5847, northcharleston.org

 

 
Melissa Etheridge’s Holiday Trio

Melissa Etheridge’s Holiday Trio


Event Date: 12/02/2016 - 8:00pm




Known for her raspy vocals and honest lyrics, singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge has garnered both commercial and critical acclaim in the music world over the past two decades. Listen to Grammy Award-nominated favorites like ”Come to My Window” along with folk/blues/rock renditions of holiday classics. Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Friday, 8pm. $85-$59.50. (843)853-2252, www.charlestonmusichall.com

 
Breakfast with Santa

Breakfast with Santa


Event Date: 12/03/2016 - 8:30am




Santa is coming to Charleston Harbor and landing on the Spirit of Carolina—twice! Join Spiritline Cruises this holiday season onboard the Breakfast with Santa Cruise; the cost of the trip includes a delicious breakfast buffet, a personal visit with Kris Kringle himself, a keepsake photo, and a special holiday gift for each child. Patriots Point, 40 Patriots Point Rd., Mount Pleasant. Saturday, 8:30-10am; 11am-12:30pm. $36 per adult and one child. (843)722-2628, www.spiritlinecruises.com

 
CHS Holiday Greens Sale

CHS Holiday Greens Sale


Event Date: 12/03/2016 - 8:30am




This Charleston Horticultural Society fundraiser is the perfect opportunity to stock up on greens—including Fraser fir and magnolia—for seasonal decorating. The nonprofit’s signature wreaths are on sale, too, along with other holiday gifts and goodies. Plan to arrive early, because supplies sell out every year. South Windermere Shopping Center, 80 Folly Rd. Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-noon. Free admission. (843) 579-9922, www.chashortsoc.org

 

 
Reindeer Run

Reindeer Run


Event Date: 12/03/2016 - 9:00am




Over the years, Charleston’s Reindeer Run 5K has swelled to include thousands of participants, in the process providing MUSC Children’s Hospital with more than $715,000. The route leads runners and walkers through downtown’s lower peninsula to a party at the finish line where music, food, and drinks are available to everyone with a race number. Lagunitas TapRoom & Beer Sanctuary, 161 East Bay St. Saturday, 9am. $40-$25. www.reindeerrun.org

 
Pint of Hope Night

Pint of Hope Night


Event Date: 12/03/2016 - 1:00pm




In honor of World AIDS Day, Freehouse Brewery hosts an all-day event with one dollar from every Freehouse pint sold going towards Lowcountry AIDS services. Local Charleston vendors support the cause with food trucks, live music, and various goods for sale. Freehouse Brewery, 2895 Pringle Street, North Charleston. Saturday, 1-8pm. Price varies. freehousebeer.com

 
Edmund’s Oast Holiday Wine and Beer Tasting

Edmund’s Oast Holiday Wine and Beer Tasting


Event Date: 12/03/2016 - 2:00pm




Sommelier Sarah O'Kelley and Cicerone Brandon Plyer pour more than 20 beers and wines. Whether you’re looking for a pinot noir, a stout, or a saison, there's something for everyone at this can't-miss holiday event. Plus, the experts share tips on holiday pairing for any meal or celebration you could dream up. The best part? Attendance and tastings are free! Edmund's Oast, 1081 Morrison Drive. Saturday, 2-6pm. Free. (843)727-1145, edmundsoast.com 

 
Holiday Swing

Holiday Swing


Event Date: 12/03/2016 - 5:00pm




The Charleston Jazz Orchestra (CJO) closes out its eighth season with a swingin’ big-band performance of holiday favorites. Musical lineup highlights include The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a, and top hits from the CJO’s 2016 season. Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Saturday, 5pm & 8pm. $55-$10. (843)641-0011, www.jazzartistsofcharleston.org

 
A Holy City Christmas Concert

A Holy City Christmas Concert


Event Date: 12/03/2016 - 6:00pm




The James Island Outreach hosts a Holy City Christmas Concert, featuring musical selections from the locally produced CD, A Holy City Christmas. In lieu of an entry fee, the outreach asks that attendees bring a non-perishable food items to support the James Island Church pantry. What better way to get in the holiday spirit than by supporting the community and listening to beautiful holiday music? St. James Church, 1872 Camp Road. Saturday, 6pm. Free. (843)762-3653, jioutreach.org. 

 
Gospel Christmas

Gospel Christmas


Event Date: 12/03/2016 - 7:30pm




Guest conductor Dr. Eugene Roberts leads the Charleston Gospel Choir and Spiritual Ensemble for the 16th annual Gospel Christmas. Founded by former Charleston Symphony Orchestra board member Lee Pringle more than a decade ago, this all-volunteer, racially diverse, and world-traveling group lifts audiences up with its joyful sound. Ashley River Baptist Church, 1101 Savannah Hwy. Saturday, 7:30pm. $35; $30 senior; $15 student. www.charlestongospelchoir.org

 
Sea Life By Starlight

Sea Life By Starlight


Event Date: 12/03/2016 - 8:00pm




Spend a night under the twinkling stars of Charleston and among the aquatic surroundings of the South Carolina Aquarium at this 1920s-themed fête. Guests enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres from the Aquarium’s local “Good Catch” partners, an open bar, music, and live and silent auctions benefitting the institution’s conservation and education programs. South Carolina Aquarium, 100 Aquarium Wharf. Saturday, 8-11pm. $80; $140 per couple; $100 VIP.(843)577-3474, www.scaquarium.org

 
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Thursday Night Bluegrass at Bar Mash

Thursday Night Bluegrass at Bar Mash


Event Date:
04/21/2016 - 7:00pm to 12/29/2016 - 7:00pm




Swing by the new East Bay hot spot, Bar Mash, every Thursday night and enjoy a different local bluegrass band while sipping on beer, wine, or craft cocktails. Start your weekend festivities early at this cozy bar with an impressive whiskey list and delectable snacks including fried oysters and boudin, ham hock rillete, and mushroom toast. Mercantile and Mash, 701 East Bay St. Free. Thursdays, 7-11pm. (843) 793-2636, www.mercandmash.com

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Killer Fashion, The Consequence of High Style

Killer Fashion, The Consequence of High Style


Event Date:
07/21/2016 - 9:00am to 01/15/2017 - 5:00pm




High fashion comes at a high price, and that cost is often detrimental to more than just your pocket book. From delicate corsets crafted with whale bone to asphyxia-causing men’s high collars, explore the oddities of sartorial extravagance and its environment- and body-altering consequences in this Charleston Museum exhibit. The Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting St. Monday-Saturday, 9am-5pm; Sunday, noon-5pm. $12; $10 ages 13-17; $5 ages three-12. (843)722-2996, www.charlestonmuseum.org

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Crowell A. Pate IV

Crowell A. Pate IV


Event Date:
08/23/2016 - 10:00am to 04/27/2017 - 10:00am




Visiting artist Crowell A. Pate IV, an Alabama native, invites viewers to access the hidden depths of the subconscious with his Gibbes Museum of Art exhibit. The sculptor works intuitively, allowing his responses to specific materials—including wood, leather, twine, metal, and even grass—to guide his creative process. Pate is in town to discuss his work during the opening days of the exhibit. Gibbes Museum of Art, 135 Meeting St. Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, & Saturday, 10am-5pm; Wednesday, 10am-8pm; Sunday, 1-5pm. $12; $10 senior/college student/military; $6 ages four-17; free for child under four. (843)722-2706, www.gibbesmuseum.org

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Lions & Tigers & Bears

Lions & Tigers & Bears


Event Date:
10/20/2016 - 10:00am to 04/30/2017 - 12:00pm




Follow the yellow brick road to this animal-themed exhibit co-curated by Robert Lange Studios and The Vendue’s art director, Emily Rigsby. The exhibition focuses on surreal and nontraditional art forms, highlighting work by a diverse range of more than 30 international artists, including Kevin Taylor, Karen Hollingsworth, and Elicia Edijanto. Come out to the opening reception, Thursday, October 20, from 6 to 8 p.m., featuring live music, cocktails, and hors d’oeuvres. The Vendue Hotel, 19 Vendue Range. Open daily, 24 hours. Free. (843)577-2525, www.thevendue.com

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Aviary

Aviary


Event Date:
10/21/2016 - 11:00am to 12/10/2016 - 11:00am




In her most recent project, ”Aviary,” Toronto-based artist Sara Angelucci explores the conventions of image-making by drawing on the history of photography, as well as natural and social histories. Angelucci transforms found images—such as 19th-century portraits—and repositions them within a broader cultural context. The artist fuses the human face with bird features, forcing us to make an emotional connection with an endangered species. Join Angelucci on Thursday, October 27, at 6 p.m. for a talk- and walk-through event. Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, 161 Calhoun St. Monday-Saturday, 11am-4pm. Free. (843)953-4422, www.halsey.cofc.edu

 
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Realm of the Spirit

Realm of the Spirit


Event Date:
10/22/2016 - 10:00am to 01/15/2017 - 10:00am




The Gibbes Museum of Art and prominent art collector Solomon R. Guggenheim first presented an exhibit together in 1936, bringing international attention to Charleston. Now, 80 years later, the Gibbes again displays 36 masterworks presented in the original exhibition. Admire timeless pieces by artists including Marc Chagall, Vasily Kandinsky, Fernand Leger, Pablo Picasso, Robert Delaunay, Amedeo Modigliani, and Georges Seurat. Gibbes Museum of Art, 135 Meeting St. Tuesday & Thursday-Saturday, 10am-5pm; Wednesday, 10am-8pm; Sunday,1-5pm. $12; $10 student/military/senior; $6 ages four-17; free for child under four. (843)722-2706, www.gibbesmuseum.org

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Lowcountry Water Halos

Lowcountry Water Halos


Event Date:
10/27/2016 - 10:00am to 12/06/2016 - 6:00pm




Local artist Lisa Shimko was named winner of the 2016 Griffith Reyburn Award, an annual competetive award from the Coastal Community Foundation. Shimko’s winning exhibit is on display until December 6 Redux Contemporary Art Center. Redux, 136 St. Philip St. Tuesday-Friday, 10am-6pm; Saturday, noon-5pm. Free. (843) 722-0697, reduxstudios.org 

 

 
 
Holiday Tea & Tour

Holiday Tea & Tour


Event Date:
12/08/2016 - 4:00pm to 12/17/2016 - 1:00pm




Enjoy true Southern hospitality at the Governor Thomas Bennett House, decked out in beautiful, traditional décor for the holidays. Tea and confections are served following the tour. Governor Thomas Bennett House, 69 Barre St. Thursday, 4-6pm; Saturday & Sunday,1-3pm. $45. (843)789-1780, www.governorthomasbennetthouse.com

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HOLIDAY FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS

HOLIDAY FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS


Event Date:
11/11/2016 - 5:30pm to 01/01/2017 - 5:30pm




Dubbed one of the ”10 Best Holiday Light Shows in America” by USA Today, this stunning display features millions of multicolored lights glittering across three miles of park, plus a Victorian carousel, a 50-ton sand sculpture, Santa’s Sweet Shoppe, and a holiday train. There’s no better way to ring in the season than with this grand illumination. James Island County Park, 871 Riverland Dr. Sunday-Thursday, 5:30-10pm; Friday-Saturday, 5:30-11pm. $20-$15 per vehicle. (843)795-4386, www.ccprc.com

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Mattress Firm Foster Kids Toy Drive

Mattress Firm Foster Kids Toy Drive


Event Date:
11/16/2016 - 10:00am to 12/18/2016 - 8:00pm




Help Mattress Firm spread holiday cheer to foster children and families in need. From now until Sunday, December 18, all 17 Mattress Firm stores in Charleston are participating in a toy drive benefitting local foster youth and families. During the eight-week drive, bring new toys and monetary contributions to any Charleston Mattress Firm location during normal store hours. All proceeds benefit Helping & Lending Outreach Support, Growing Home Southeast, and South Carolina Youth Advocate. Locations vary. Daily, 10am-8pm. 

 

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GROOVY KINDA CHRISTMAS

GROOVY KINDA CHRISTMAS


Event Date:
11/22/2016 - 7:00pm to 12/31/2016 - 8:00pm




If you’re looking for a new kind of holiday show, check out this groovy 1960s musical featuring tunes ranging from Carolina beach music to Motown. What happens when a stylish mod rocker proposes to Mona, the quiet botanist? Sip on champagne cocktails, assorted wines, and coke floats as the action unfolds in this never-before-seen 34 West Theatre production. 34 West Theatre, 200 Meeting St. Tuesday, 7pm; Thursday-Saturday, 8pm; Sunday, 3pm. $25. (843)901-9343, www.34west.org

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Belmond Charleston Place Holiday Train Display

Belmond Charleston Place Holiday Train Display


Event Date:
11/23/2016 - 12:00am to 01/02/2017 - 12:00pm




Stop by the Belmond Charleston Place this holiday season to view its iconic holiday train display, including a five-story mini hotel, a European rose garden, automobiles, new locomotives, and a custom-designed replica of the famous Venice Simplon-Orient-Express luxury train. The display includes three trains total, each complete with smokestacks and whistles, and each runs on different routes at average scale speeds of 70 miles per hour! Belmond Charleston Place, 205 Meeting St. Daily. Free. (843)722-4900, belmond.com

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THE KRIS KROSS

THE KRIS KROSS


Event Date:
11/25/2016 - 8:00pm to 12/27/2016 - 7:30pm




Join Inspector NoClue as he struggles to solve the mystery of a missing Maltese Fruitcake. Is the culprit old Kris Kringle, or members of ”Naughty List Anonymous”? This interactive Black Fedora production includes pre-show caroling, volunteer audience participation, and à la carte drinks, desserts, and appetizers. The Black Fedora, 164 Church St. Days & times vary. $24. (843)937-6453, www.charlestonmysteries.com

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WHITE CHRISTMAS

WHITE CHRISTMAS


Event Date:
11/30/2016 - 7:30pm to 12/18/2016 - 3:00pm




This musical adaptation of the classic 1954 film White Christmas follows the romantic adventures of two World War II vets, Bob Wallace and Phil Davis, as they launch a successful song-and-dance act after the war. The men fall for a pair of beautiful singing sisters and follow them on a whim to a Vermont lodge in hopes of having a “white Christmas.” The score features 17 of the film’s original songs, including “I Love a Piano;” “How Deep is the Ocean;” and, of course, the show’s titular tune. Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St. Days & times vary. $68-$31; $68-$29 senior; $68-$26 student/active military. (843)577-7183, www.charlestonstage.com

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(In)spires

(In)spires


Event Date:
12/01/2016 - 10:00am to 12/31/2016 - 10:00am




Charleston native Lese Corrigan presents ”(In)Spires,” an exhibit featuring colorful oil paintings depicting the steepled landscape that gave the Holy City its name. Her tactile and vibrant work breathes new life into beloved Lowcountry landmarks. Corrigan Gallery, 62 Queen St. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, & Sunday, 10am-5pm. Monday & Thursday, 11am-5pm. Free. (843)722-9868, www.corrigangallery.com

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Charleston Strolls Holiday Walking Tour

Charleston Strolls Holiday Walking Tour


Event Date:
12/01/2016 - 10:00am to 12/31/2016 - 10:00am




Revel in the beauty of the Holy City holidays on one of Charleston Strolls’ walking tours. Explore the parts of town that can only be seen on foot and learn the histories of the side streets, houses, and landmarks you pass. The tour ends with refreshments at the gorgeous Mills House Hotel. Bulldog Tours, 18 Anson St. Days, times, & prices vary. (843)722-8687, www.charlestonstrolls.com

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Holiday Pub Crawl

Holiday Pub Crawl


Event Date:
12/01/2016 - 1:00pm to 01/10/2017 - 1:00pm




Visit historic taverns; feast on holiday treats; and sip a pint of local craft beer, Christmas ale, or another beverage of your choosing on this pub crawl through downtown Charleston. Local guides lead attendees to four pubs on the two-and-a-half-hour crawl—based on similar European brew-hopping ventures—sharing tales of pirates, patriots, and presidents who once roamed the cobblestone streets. A portion of all proceeds benefits MUSC Children’s Hospital. Tommy Condon’s Irish Pub, 160 Church St. Daily, 1pm, 4pm, & 7pm. $30. (843)577-5535, www.pubtourcharleston.com

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Holiday Festival of Lights

Holiday Festival of Lights


Event Date:
12/01/2016 - 5:30pm to 01/01/2017 - 5:30pm




Dubbed one of the ”10 Best Holiday Light Shows in America” by USA Today, this stunning display features millions of multicolored lights glittering across three miles of park, plus a Victorian carousel, a 50-ton sand sculpture, Santa’s Sweet Shoppe, and a holiday train. There’s no better way to ring in the season than with this grand illumination. James Island County Park, 871 Riverland Dr. Sunday-Thursday, 5:30-10pm; Friday-Saturday, 5:30-11pm. $20-$15 per vehicle. (843)795-4386, www.ccprc.com

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Painting a Nation: Hudson River School Landscapes from the Higdon Collection

Painting a Nation: Hudson River School Landscapes from the Higdon Collection


Event Date:
12/02/2016 - 10:00am to 04/23/2017 - 1:00pm




From about 1825 to 1870, the Hudson River School artists vividly captured rural American landscapes, primarily in the Northeast. These oil-on-canvas scenes present an idyllic view of man and nature living in harmony (seeAutumn Afternoon, Greenwood Lake above). Former College of Charleston president Lee Higdon and his wife, Ann, share pieces from their spectacular collection with the Gibbes. Gibbes Museum of Art, 135 Meeting St. Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, & Saturday, 10am-5pm; Wednesday, 10am-8pm; Sunday, 1-5pm. $12; $10 student/senior/military; $6 ages four-17; free for child under four. (843)722-2706, www.gibbesmuseum.org

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Small Works, Big Impressions

Small Works, Big Impressions


Event Date:
12/02/2016 - 10:00am to 12/16/2016 - 10:00am




This group exhibit features a collection of small paintings and photographs by select George Gallery artists including Catherine Erb, Lori Glavin, Tom Stanley, Whitney Kreb, and Paul Yanko, as well as a new gallery addition, Birmingham-based abstract painter Catherine Booker Jones. Working in various mediums—gouache, oil, pure pigment, and collage—Jones draws inspiration from early 20th-century painters. Check out the many representations of abstract art at the opening reception Friday, December 2, from 5 to 8 p.m. George Gallery, 50 Bogard St. Tuesday-Friday, 10am-5pm; Saturday, 11am-5pm. Free. (843)579-7328, www.georgegalleryart.com

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Appalachian Textures

Appalachian Textures


Event Date:
12/02/2016 - 10:00am to 12/16/2016 - 10:00am




Fueled by his passion for nature and history, South Carolina native Bill Jameson creates lush landscapes imbued with local color. In his ”Appalachian Textures” exhibit, Jameson captures the hues of fall in the North Carolina mountains. Anglin Smith Fine Art, 9 Queen St. Monday-Saturday, 10am-5pm; Sunday, noon-4pm. Free. (843)853-0708, www.anglinsmith.com

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Jeff Jamison Exhibition

Jeff Jamison Exhibition


Event Date:
12/02/2016 - 10:00am to 12/31/2016 - 10:00am




Contemporary impressionist Jeff Jamison’s latest exhibit captures the beauty of the moment in scenes depicting people moving through Charleston streets and sidewalks. Ella Walton Richardson Fine Art, 58 Broad St. Monday-Saturday,10am-5pm. Free. (843)722-3660, www.ellarichardson.com

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Christmas Made in the South

Christmas Made in the South


Event Date:
12/02/2016 - 10:00am to 12/04/2016 - 11:00am




At the Christmas Made in the South fine arts and crafts festival, you’re sure to find handmade, one-of-a-kind gifts for everyone on your list. Mingle with local artisans as you peruse goods ranging from silk wearables and dichroic glass jewelry to photographs of nature’s fiercest and funniest creatures. Exchange Park Fairgrounds, 9850 Hwy. 78, Ladson. Friday & Saturday, 10am-6pm; Sunday, 11am-5pm. $7; free for child under 13. www.madeinthesouthshows.com

 
 
 
 
Charleston Christmas Special

Charleston Christmas Special


Event Date:
12/08/2016 - 7:00pm to 12/23/2016 - 7:00pm




The 21st annual Charleston Christmas Special boasts an all-star cast, including singers Tiffany Parker, Michael Minor, Garrett Graham, Malia Tippets, and Tim McManus; violinist Robbi Kenney; and talented local teens Kindred Moore and Jenna Flaherty. The program features both musical acts and comedy sketches, and for those interested in dinner and a show, tickets are available for a prix fixe meal at Vincent Chicco’s before the performance.Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Days & times vary. $38; $35 senior; $32 military; $19 student; $16 child under 13; $68 dinner & show. (843)853-2252, www.charlestonmusichall.com

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Diamonds Direct Holiday Designer Showcase

Diamonds Direct Holiday Designer Showcase


Event Date:
12/02/2016 - 10:00am to 12/04/2016 - 6:00pm




This three-day holiday trunk show from Diamonds Direct is a can’t-miss for those shopping for that perfect gift for their special someone! Designers featured include Scott Kay, Coast Diamond Jewelry, and Mastaloni Pearls; a large selection of the inventory will be available at 20% off. Hamby Catering provides hors d’ouevres Friday evening. Diamonds Direct Charleston, 1911 US 17, Mount Pleasant. Friday & Saturday, 10am-8pm; Sunday, noon-6pm. Free. (843)606-2558, diamondsdirect.com 

 
 
 
 
 
Waffle Haus Christmas

Waffle Haus Christmas


Event Date:
12/09/2016 - 7:30pm to 12/23/2016 - 7:30pm




In the spirit...but can’t stomach another Nutcracker? Snag tickets instead to this comedy penned by PURE Theatre cofounder Rodney Lee Rogers, an award-winning playwright and screenwriter. It follows a diner waitress and her line-cook ex-husband through encounters with the ghosts of Waffle Haus Christmas Past, Present, and Future. PURE Theatre, 477 King St. Times vary. $25. (843) 723-4444, www.puretheatre.org

 

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Gallery Wall-Apalooza

Gallery Wall-Apalooza


Event Date:
12/02/2016 - 11:00am to 12/25/2016 - 12:00pm




Meyer Vogl Gallery presents an exhibit of small works in a variety of mediums and styles by a number of artists from around the country, including Quang Ho, James Richards, and Anne Blair Brown, as well as gallery owners Laurie Meyer and Marissa Vogl. Visit the opening reception Friday, December 2, from 5 to 8 p.m. to peruse pieces in a variety of sizes. Meyer Vogl Gallery, 122 Meeting St. Monday-Saturday, 11am-6pm; Sunday, noon-4pm. Free. (843)805-7144, www.meyervogl.com

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AMADEUS

AMADEUS


Event Date:
12/02/2016 - 7:30pm to 12/18/2016 - 6:00pm




What If? Productions mounts the dark comedic brilliance of Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus, a mythic account of two of Austria’s most famed composers—Antonio Salieri and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. When boorish but genius Mozart gains favor in Austrian Emperor Joseph’s court, the once restrained Salieri risks his career and reputation to destroy his young rival. Threshold Repertory Theater, 84 ½ Society St. Days & times vary. $25; $22 senior; $15 student/military. www.whatifproductions.org

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White Christmas

White Christmas


Event Date:
12/02/2016 - 7:30pm to 12/18/2016 - 3:00pm




This musical adaptation of the classic 1954 film White Christmas follows the romantic adventures of two World War II vets, Bob Wallace and Phil Davis, as they launch a successful song-and-dance act after the war. The men fall for a pair of beautiful singing sisters and follow them on a whim to a Vermont lodge in hopes of having a “white Christmas.” The score features 17 of the film’s original songs, including “I Love a Piano;” “How Deep is the Ocean;” and, of course, the show’s titular tune. Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St. Days & times vary. $68-$31; $68-$29 senior; $68-$26 student/active military. (843)577-7183, www.charlestonstage.com

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Wine Under the Oaks

Wine Under the Oaks


Event Date: 12/04/2016 - 1:00pm




What began 12 years ago as a small but elegant affair on Boone Hall’s front lawn has grown into one of the most anticipated holiday events in the Lowcountry. Between wine and cooking demonstrations, guests enjoy food and wine pairings from Boone Hall Farms and The Wine Shop as well as a variety of desserts from Cypress. Crosby’s Seafood lays out roasted oysters for shucking, Grammy Award-winning jazz saxophonist Tom Scott and the LA Express provide entertainment, and a live auction benefits the American Red Cross. Boone Hall Plantation, 1235 Long Point Rd., Mount Pleasant. Sunday, 1-5pm. $58.50-$48.50. (843)884-4371, www.boonehallplantation.com

 
City of Charleston Holiday Parade

City of Charleston Holiday Parade


Event Date: 12/04/2016 - 2:00pm




This annual parade—presented by the City of Charleston and the Charleston Fire Department—weaves from Broad Street to King Street and concludes at Calhoun and Meeting streets. Line up along the parade route to watch as members of the Charleston community, local businesses, and schools march through the city spreading holiday cheer. Downtown Charleston. Sunday, 2pm. Free. (843)724-7305, www.charleston-sc.gov

 
Let Your Little Light Shine

Let Your Little Light Shine


Event Date: 12/04/2016 - 2:30pm




Join the Charleston Jewish Community Center Without Walls for the second annual Hanukkah Gospel Gathering, ”Let Your Little Light Shine,” funded in part by allocations from the Charleston Jewish Federation. Enjoy worship music performances—both gospel and Jewish—from a host of Jewish and secular singers, including Robin Shuler of Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim and Rossilind Daniels of Charity Missionary Baptist Church of North Charleston. The event features kosher style food as well as a cash bar. Midtown Theater, 2816 Azalea Dr., North Charleston. Sunday, 2:30-4pm. $18. (843)571-6565, charlestonjcc.org

 
Quentin Baxter Quintet

Quentin Baxter Quintet


Event Date: 12/04/2016 - 7:30pm




Featuring renowned jazz artist Quentin E. Baxter on drums, Charlton Singleton on trumpet, Mark Sterbank on tenor saxophone, Gerald Gregory on piano, and Kevin Hamilton on bass, this concert celebrates the original compositions of jazz pianist-composer-educator Tommy Gill, who helped launch the Charleston Jazz Orchestra and played in it until his death in 2014. Simons Center Recital Hall, College of Charleston, 54 St. Philip St. Sunday, 7:30pm. $20; $10 student. (843)766-8814, www.baxtermusic.com

 
 
A Beatrix Potter Holiday

A Beatrix Potter Holiday


Event Date: 12/06/2016 - 10:00am




Atlantic Coast Theatre brings some of Beatrix Potter's beloved stories to the stage; with the help of the audience, The Tailor of Gloucester and The Rabbit's Christmas Party  come to life—and Peter Rabbit may even make a special appearance. North Charleston Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Drive. Tuesday, 10-11am. Children $2; free adults. (843)740-5854, northcharlestonpac.com 

 
Historic Holiday Event for Kids

Historic Holiday Event for Kids


Event Date: 12/07/2016 - 3:30pm




Bring the kids to The Charleston Museum to help decorate the mini Heyward-Washington House in the ”Kidstory” exhibit. Families enjoy hot chocolate and cookies while young designers craft festive ornaments that adorn the exhibit throughout December. The Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting St. Wednesday, 3:30-5pm. $5; free for member. (843)722-2996, www.charlestonmuseum.org

 
Churches of the Holy City Walking Tour

Churches of the Holy City Walking Tour


Event Date: 12/08/2016 - 2:00pm




During this afternoon stroll through the historic district (which is sure to be dressed in its festive best), learn about the religious liberty that early colonists—including Presbyterians, Congregationalists, Baptists, French Huguenots, and Lutherans—found in Charles Towne. Attendees visit nine historic churches, hearing about the architects and architectural styles that influenced their designs; disasters that harmed the structures; and, ultimately, their survival through time. Preservation Society of Charleston, 147 King St. Thursday, 2 p.m. $25. (843) 722-4630, www.preservationsociety.org

 
A Special Evening with Bernard Cornwell: Celebrating 400 Years of Shakespeare

A Special Evening with Bernard Cornwell: Celebrating 400 Years of Shakespeare


Event Date: 12/08/2016 - 6:00pm




If you’re a fan of best-selling author Bernard Cornwell, you can’t miss this spectacular event. And actually, you may be a fan and not even know it. The BBC made Cornwell’s Sharpe series, chronicling the adventures of a British soldier in the Napoleonic Wars, into movies, and his novels about King Alfred into a critically acclaimed program, The Last Kingdom (now coproduced by Netflix). On this evening, the Charleston resident puts his storytelling talents and humor to work discussing the inception of the London Theatre in Shakespeare’s lifetime and the Bard’s part in making it popular. Enjoy cocktails starting at 6 p.m., plus a post-lecture reception with hors d’oeuvres and drinks. Charleston Library Society, 164 King St. Thursday, 6-8:30 p.m. $75; $50 member. (843) 723-9912, www.charlestonlibrarysociety.org

 
Tim Hussey Studio Holiday Reception

Tim Hussey Studio Holiday Reception


Event Date: 12/08/2016 - 6:00pm




Since 2000, Charleston-native Tim Hussesy has dedicated himself to creating contemporary, multimedia paintings that have been featured in top art galleries and publications around the country. Swing by Hussey’s studio for a holiday reception and opening of his latest exhibit ”Badeschiff: New Works on Paper and Canvas.” 1102 King St. Thursday, 6-9pm. Free. husseyart.com

 
Chocolate Confections

Chocolate Confections


Event Date: 12/08/2016 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm




Pastry Chef Cynthia Wong invites guests to enjoy a night of technique, tips, tricks, and recipes for delicious bite-sized chocolate confections perfect for holiday gifts and parties. Tickets include one glass of Champagne or beer and mezze for snacking. Additional beer and wine are available for purchase. The Daily, 652 King St. Thursday, 6-8pm. $55. (843) 619-0151, butcherandbee.com

 
Mercantile and Mash: Get Saucy

Mercantile and Mash: Get Saucy


Event Date: 12/08/2016 - 6:30pm




Looking for a way to spice up your holiday dinner? Mercantile and Mash has you covered with the holiday edition of their interactive dinner. Enjoy a three-course meal including butternut squah soup and bourbon pecan pie, plus wine pairings and a class on how to make your very own gourmet sauces and soups to dress up a holiday dinner. Mercantile and Mash, 701 East Bay Street. Thursday, 6:30-8:30pm. $65. (843)793-2636, mercandmash.com

 
Peter Eudenbach: Lecture, Walk-Through, & Closing Party

Peter Eudenbach: Lecture, Walk-Through, & Closing Party


Event Date: 12/09/2016 - 6:00pm




Join conceptual artist Peter Eudenbach for a lecture and gallery walk-through of his Halsey exhibit, ”This is Not an Object.” Eudenbach uses installation, sculpture, and video to investigate the relationship between ”functionality and absurdity,” upending our notion of how commonplace items­—like a flashlight or coffee table—should function. A closing party follows the lecture and tour. Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, College of Charleston, 161 Calhoun St. Friday, 6pm. Free. (843)953-4422, www.halsey.cofc.edu

 
Mike’s Menudo Brunch

Mike’s Menudo Brunch


Event Date:
12/10/2016 - 10:30am to 12/11/2016 - 10:30am




Inspired by Chef Michael Toscano’s Mexican heritage, Le Farfalle presents an all Tex-Mex brunch with recipes from his childhood. Le Farfalle, 15 Beaufain Street. Saturday and Sunday, 10:30am-2:30pm. Free to attend. (843)212-0920, lefarfallecharleston.com 

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The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker


Event Date:
12/10/2016 - 2:00pm to 12/11/2016 - 2:00pm




Piroutte into the holiday season with beloved 19th-century Russian ballet The Nutcracker. Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux has devoted his final season as Charlotte Ballet’s artistic director to a million-dollar makeover of the production, which now features all-new sets and costumes designed by Holly Hynes, who has worked with both the New York City Ballet and Paris Opera Ballet. Watch more than 100 dancers glide across the stage as the Charleston Symphony Orchestra plays Tchaikovsky’s lush score. Gaillard Center, 95 Calhoun St. Saturday & Sunday, 2pm & 7pm. $62-$20. (843)724-5212, www.gaillardcenter.com

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The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever


Event Date:
12/10/2016 - 11:00pm to 12/17/2016 - 3:00pm




When the worst-behaved kids in town are cast as stars in the church Christmas pageant, nothing goes as planned. Charleston Stage’s festive adaptation of Barbara Robinson’s contemporary classic is both comical and moving, as the rough-and-tumble crew discovers the true meaning of Christmas. Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St. Saturday, 11am & 3pm. $28. (843)577-7183, www.charlestonstage.com

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Kiawah Island Golf Resort Marathon & Half Marathon

Kiawah Island Golf Resort Marathon & Half Marathon


Event Date: 12/10/2016 - 8:00am




This December, the 39th annual marathon and half-marathon takes runners through 26.2 (or 13.31) miles of maritime forests and marshes. Stick around after the race for a stretch with Pivotal Fitness, as well as a party featuring a buffet, music, and beer. Kiawah Island Golf Resort, 1 Sanctuary Beach Dr., Kiawah Island. Saturday, 8am. $125-$115 marathon; $115-$105 half-marathon. (843)768-2780, www.kiawahresort.com

 
Give Me Shelter Color 5K

Give Me Shelter Color 5K


Event Date: 12/10/2016 - 9:00am




Give Me Shelter Color 5K, a “fun” run in which participants are doused from head to toe in color, is a charity fundraiser event filled with fun and excitement where people of all ages and physical abilities have a blast while raising money to support Callen-Lacey Center for Children, the only emergency shelter in Berkeley County serving youth who have been abused or neglected. After finishing the run, participants will gather for a Color 5K Finale “Color Explosion” at the finish line.  Moncks Corner Regional Recreation Complex, Cost $40 Individual, $35 Team or Family (3 or more people), http://givemeshelter.color5k.run/

 
Jingle Bell Run

Jingle Bell Run


Event Date: 12/10/2016 - 9:03am




Don your most festive costume (and bells!) and jingle over to Riverfront Park for the Arthritis Foundation’s annual Jingle Bell Run! Join other runners and walkers in the largest holiday-themed 5K race series around, and help raise funds to cure America’s number-one cause of disability. Riverfront Park, 1001 Everglades Ave., North Charleston. Saturday, 9am 5K; 9:30am Fun Run. $30-$10. (304)573-8472, www.arthritis.org

 
Brunch with Santa at Mercantile and Mash

Brunch with Santa at Mercantile and Mash


Event Date: 12/10/2016 - 10:00am




Mr. and Mrs. Claus spend their Saturday morning at Mercantile and Mash, ready to hear your little one’s wish list. Food and drink are available for purchase, including a hot chocolate station for the kids and several adult-friendly options. Tickets include one photo with the famously festive couple and one cookie for post-photography decoration. Pet Helpers is onsite with furry friends to play with and (potentially) adopt, and College of Charleston acapella group, The Charleston Vibes, performs Christmas carols. Mercantile and Mash, 701 East Bay Street. Saturday, 10am-2pm. $10. (843)793-2636, mercandmash.com 

 
Oysters On the Point

Oysters On the Point


Event Date: 12/10/2016 - 2:00pm




Be a part of Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina’s first annual Oysters on the Point, a beachside event where guests can indulge in buckets of oysters, chili, hamburgers, a Bloody Mary bar, and shop the annual Holiday Market. The event also takes place during the Holiday Parade of Boats, one of Charleston’s favorite December traditions. Don’t miss out on a chance to kick off the holiday season with this brand-new event! Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina, 20 Patriot's Point Road, Mount Pleasant. Saturday, 2-6pm. $7 admission; free for child 12 and under. (843)856-0028, charlestonharborresort.com

 

 

 

 
Holiday Parade of Boats

Holiday Parade of Boats


Event Date: 12/10/2016 - 5:00pm




This annual tradition invites watercraft of all kind—from yachts to dragon boats—to gussy up in twinkling lights and parade from Mount Pleasant, under the Ravenel Bridge, along the peninsula, and onto the Ashley River, ending opposite the Coast Guard Station downtown. Pack chairs and hot cocoa and pick a spot to watch along the water, or buy tickets to the Rotary Club of Charleston’s family friendly viewing party, complete with music, food, and a cash bar. Public viewing: locations vary. Free. Viewing party: Charleston Maritime Center, 10 Wharfside St. $30; $25 advance; $5 for child under 18. Saturday, 5-8 p.m. www.charlestonparadeofboats.com

 
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Thursday Night Bluegrass at Bar Mash

Thursday Night Bluegrass at Bar Mash


Event Date:
04/21/2016 - 7:00pm to 12/29/2016 - 7:00pm




Swing by the new East Bay hot spot, Bar Mash, every Thursday night and enjoy a different local bluegrass band while sipping on beer, wine, or craft cocktails. Start your weekend festivities early at this cozy bar with an impressive whiskey list and delectable snacks including fried oysters and boudin, ham hock rillete, and mushroom toast. Mercantile and Mash, 701 East Bay St. Free. Thursdays, 7-11pm. (843) 793-2636, www.mercandmash.com

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Killer Fashion, The Consequence of High Style

Killer Fashion, The Consequence of High Style


Event Date:
07/21/2016 - 9:00am to 01/15/2017 - 5:00pm




High fashion comes at a high price, and that cost is often detrimental to more than just your pocket book. From delicate corsets crafted with whale bone to asphyxia-causing men’s high collars, explore the oddities of sartorial extravagance and its environment- and body-altering consequences in this Charleston Museum exhibit. The Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting St. Monday-Saturday, 9am-5pm; Sunday, noon-5pm. $12; $10 ages 13-17; $5 ages three-12. (843)722-2996, www.charlestonmuseum.org

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Crowell A. Pate IV

Crowell A. Pate IV


Event Date:
08/23/2016 - 10:00am to 04/27/2017 - 10:00am




Visiting artist Crowell A. Pate IV, an Alabama native, invites viewers to access the hidden depths of the subconscious with his Gibbes Museum of Art exhibit. The sculptor works intuitively, allowing his responses to specific materials—including wood, leather, twine, metal, and even grass—to guide his creative process. Pate is in town to discuss his work during the opening days of the exhibit. Gibbes Museum of Art, 135 Meeting St. Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, & Saturday, 10am-5pm; Wednesday, 10am-8pm; Sunday, 1-5pm. $12; $10 senior/college student/military; $6 ages four-17; free for child under four. (843)722-2706, www.gibbesmuseum.org

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Lions & Tigers & Bears

Lions & Tigers & Bears


Event Date:
10/20/2016 - 10:00am to 04/30/2017 - 12:00pm




Follow the yellow brick road to this animal-themed exhibit co-curated by Robert Lange Studios and The Vendue’s art director, Emily Rigsby. The exhibition focuses on surreal and nontraditional art forms, highlighting work by a diverse range of more than 30 international artists, including Kevin Taylor, Karen Hollingsworth, and Elicia Edijanto. Come out to the opening reception, Thursday, October 20, from 6 to 8 p.m., featuring live music, cocktails, and hors d’oeuvres. The Vendue Hotel, 19 Vendue Range. Open daily, 24 hours. Free. (843)577-2525, www.thevendue.com

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Realm of the Spirit

Realm of the Spirit


Event Date:
10/22/2016 - 10:00am to 01/15/2017 - 10:00am




The Gibbes Museum of Art and prominent art collector Solomon R. Guggenheim first presented an exhibit together in 1936, bringing international attention to Charleston. Now, 80 years later, the Gibbes again displays 36 masterworks presented in the original exhibition. Admire timeless pieces by artists including Marc Chagall, Vasily Kandinsky, Fernand Leger, Pablo Picasso, Robert Delaunay, Amedeo Modigliani, and Georges Seurat. Gibbes Museum of Art, 135 Meeting St. Tuesday & Thursday-Saturday, 10am-5pm; Wednesday, 10am-8pm; Sunday,1-5pm. $12; $10 student/military/senior; $6 ages four-17; free for child under four. (843)722-2706, www.gibbesmuseum.org

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HOLIDAY FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS

HOLIDAY FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS


Event Date:
11/11/2016 - 5:30pm to 01/01/2017 - 5:30pm




Dubbed one of the ”10 Best Holiday Light Shows in America” by USA Today, this stunning display features millions of multicolored lights glittering across three miles of park, plus a Victorian carousel, a 50-ton sand sculpture, Santa’s Sweet Shoppe, and a holiday train. There’s no better way to ring in the season than with this grand illumination. James Island County Park, 871 Riverland Dr. Sunday-Thursday, 5:30-10pm; Friday-Saturday, 5:30-11pm. $20-$15 per vehicle. (843)795-4386, www.ccprc.com

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Mattress Firm Foster Kids Toy Drive

Mattress Firm Foster Kids Toy Drive


Event Date:
11/16/2016 - 10:00am to 12/18/2016 - 8:00pm




Help Mattress Firm spread holiday cheer to foster children and families in need. From now until Sunday, December 18, all 17 Mattress Firm stores in Charleston are participating in a toy drive benefitting local foster youth and families. During the eight-week drive, bring new toys and monetary contributions to any Charleston Mattress Firm location during normal store hours. All proceeds benefit Helping & Lending Outreach Support, Growing Home Southeast, and South Carolina Youth Advocate. Locations vary. Daily, 10am-8pm. 

 

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GROOVY KINDA CHRISTMAS

GROOVY KINDA CHRISTMAS


Event Date:
11/22/2016 - 7:00pm to 12/31/2016 - 8:00pm




If you’re looking for a new kind of holiday show, check out this groovy 1960s musical featuring tunes ranging from Carolina beach music to Motown. What happens when a stylish mod rocker proposes to Mona, the quiet botanist? Sip on champagne cocktails, assorted wines, and coke floats as the action unfolds in this never-before-seen 34 West Theatre production. 34 West Theatre, 200 Meeting St. Tuesday, 7pm; Thursday-Saturday, 8pm; Sunday, 3pm. $25. (843)901-9343, www.34west.org

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Belmond Charleston Place Holiday Train Display

Belmond Charleston Place Holiday Train Display


Event Date:
11/23/2016 - 12:00am to 01/02/2017 - 12:00pm




Stop by the Belmond Charleston Place this holiday season to view its iconic holiday train display, including a five-story mini hotel, a European rose garden, automobiles, new locomotives, and a custom-designed replica of the famous Venice Simplon-Orient-Express luxury train. The display includes three trains total, each complete with smokestacks and whistles, and each runs on different routes at average scale speeds of 70 miles per hour! Belmond Charleston Place, 205 Meeting St. Daily. Free. (843)722-4900, belmond.com

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THE KRIS KROSS

THE KRIS KROSS


Event Date:
11/25/2016 - 8:00pm to 12/27/2016 - 7:30pm




Join Inspector NoClue as he struggles to solve the mystery of a missing Maltese Fruitcake. Is the culprit old Kris Kringle, or members of ”Naughty List Anonymous”? This interactive Black Fedora production includes pre-show caroling, volunteer audience participation, and à la carte drinks, desserts, and appetizers. The Black Fedora, 164 Church St. Days & times vary. $24. (843)937-6453, www.charlestonmysteries.com

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WHITE CHRISTMAS

WHITE CHRISTMAS


Event Date:
11/30/2016 - 7:30pm to 12/18/2016 - 3:00pm




This musical adaptation of the classic 1954 film White Christmas follows the romantic adventures of two World War II vets, Bob Wallace and Phil Davis, as they launch a successful song-and-dance act after the war. The men fall for a pair of beautiful singing sisters and follow them on a whim to a Vermont lodge in hopes of having a “white Christmas.” The score features 17 of the film’s original songs, including “I Love a Piano;” “How Deep is the Ocean;” and, of course, the show’s titular tune. Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St. Days & times vary. $68-$31; $68-$29 senior; $68-$26 student/active military. (843)577-7183, www.charlestonstage.com

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(In)spires

(In)spires


Event Date:
12/01/2016 - 10:00am to 12/31/2016 - 10:00am




Charleston native Lese Corrigan presents ”(In)Spires,” an exhibit featuring colorful oil paintings depicting the steepled landscape that gave the Holy City its name. Her tactile and vibrant work breathes new life into beloved Lowcountry landmarks. Corrigan Gallery, 62 Queen St. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, & Sunday, 10am-5pm. Monday & Thursday, 11am-5pm. Free. (843)722-9868, www.corrigangallery.com

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Charleston Strolls Holiday Walking Tour

Charleston Strolls Holiday Walking Tour


Event Date:
12/01/2016 - 10:00am to 12/31/2016 - 10:00am




Revel in the beauty of the Holy City holidays on one of Charleston Strolls’ walking tours. Explore the parts of town that can only be seen on foot and learn the histories of the side streets, houses, and landmarks you pass. The tour ends with refreshments at the gorgeous Mills House Hotel. Bulldog Tours, 18 Anson St. Days, times, & prices vary. (843)722-8687, www.charlestonstrolls.com

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Holiday Pub Crawl

Holiday Pub Crawl


Event Date:
12/01/2016 - 1:00pm to 01/10/2017 - 1:00pm




Visit historic taverns; feast on holiday treats; and sip a pint of local craft beer, Christmas ale, or another beverage of your choosing on this pub crawl through downtown Charleston. Local guides lead attendees to four pubs on the two-and-a-half-hour crawl—based on similar European brew-hopping ventures—sharing tales of pirates, patriots, and presidents who once roamed the cobblestone streets. A portion of all proceeds benefits MUSC Children’s Hospital. Tommy Condon’s Irish Pub, 160 Church St. Daily, 1pm, 4pm, & 7pm. $30. (843)577-5535, www.pubtourcharleston.com

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Holiday Festival of Lights

Holiday Festival of Lights


Event Date:
12/01/2016 - 5:30pm to 01/01/2017 - 5:30pm




Dubbed one of the ”10 Best Holiday Light Shows in America” by USA Today, this stunning display features millions of multicolored lights glittering across three miles of park, plus a Victorian carousel, a 50-ton sand sculpture, Santa’s Sweet Shoppe, and a holiday train. There’s no better way to ring in the season than with this grand illumination. James Island County Park, 871 Riverland Dr. Sunday-Thursday, 5:30-10pm; Friday-Saturday, 5:30-11pm. $20-$15 per vehicle. (843)795-4386, www.ccprc.com

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Painting a Nation: Hudson River School Landscapes from the Higdon Collection

Painting a Nation: Hudson River School Landscapes from the Higdon Collection


Event Date:
12/02/2016 - 10:00am to 04/23/2017 - 1:00pm




From about 1825 to 1870, the Hudson River School artists vividly captured rural American landscapes, primarily in the Northeast. These oil-on-canvas scenes present an idyllic view of man and nature living in harmony (seeAutumn Afternoon, Greenwood Lake above). Former College of Charleston president Lee Higdon and his wife, Ann, share pieces from their spectacular collection with the Gibbes. Gibbes Museum of Art, 135 Meeting St. Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, & Saturday, 10am-5pm; Wednesday, 10am-8pm; Sunday, 1-5pm. $12; $10 student/senior/military; $6 ages four-17; free for child under four. (843)722-2706, www.gibbesmuseum.org

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Small Works, Big Impressions

Small Works, Big Impressions


Event Date:
12/02/2016 - 10:00am to 12/16/2016 - 10:00am




This group exhibit features a collection of small paintings and photographs by select George Gallery artists including Catherine Erb, Lori Glavin, Tom Stanley, Whitney Kreb, and Paul Yanko, as well as a new gallery addition, Birmingham-based abstract painter Catherine Booker Jones. Working in various mediums—gouache, oil, pure pigment, and collage—Jones draws inspiration from early 20th-century painters. Check out the many representations of abstract art at the opening reception Friday, December 2, from 5 to 8 p.m. George Gallery, 50 Bogard St. Tuesday-Friday, 10am-5pm; Saturday, 11am-5pm. Free. (843)579-7328, www.georgegalleryart.com

 
 
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Appalachian Textures

Appalachian Textures


Event Date:
12/02/2016 - 10:00am to 12/16/2016 - 10:00am




Fueled by his passion for nature and history, South Carolina native Bill Jameson creates lush landscapes imbued with local color. In his ”Appalachian Textures” exhibit, Jameson captures the hues of fall in the North Carolina mountains. Anglin Smith Fine Art, 9 Queen St. Monday-Saturday, 10am-5pm; Sunday, noon-4pm. Free. (843)853-0708, www.anglinsmith.com

 
 
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Jeff Jamison Exhibition

Jeff Jamison Exhibition


Event Date:
12/02/2016 - 10:00am to 12/31/2016 - 10:00am




Contemporary impressionist Jeff Jamison’s latest exhibit captures the beauty of the moment in scenes depicting people moving through Charleston streets and sidewalks. Ella Walton Richardson Fine Art, 58 Broad St. Monday-Saturday,10am-5pm. Free. (843)722-3660, www.ellarichardson.com

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Gallery Wall-Apalooza

Gallery Wall-Apalooza


Event Date:
12/02/2016 - 11:00am to 12/25/2016 - 12:00pm




Meyer Vogl Gallery presents an exhibit of small works in a variety of mediums and styles by a number of artists from around the country, including Quang Ho, James Richards, and Anne Blair Brown, as well as gallery owners Laurie Meyer and Marissa Vogl. Visit the opening reception Friday, December 2, from 5 to 8 p.m. to peruse pieces in a variety of sizes. Meyer Vogl Gallery, 122 Meeting St. Monday-Saturday, 11am-6pm; Sunday, noon-4pm. Free. (843)805-7144, www.meyervogl.com

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AMADEUS

AMADEUS


Event Date:
12/02/2016 - 7:30pm to 12/18/2016 - 6:00pm




What If? Productions mounts the dark comedic brilliance of Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus, a mythic account of two of Austria’s most famed composers—Antonio Salieri and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. When boorish but genius Mozart gains favor in Austrian Emperor Joseph’s court, the once restrained Salieri risks his career and reputation to destroy his young rival. Threshold Repertory Theater, 84 ½ Society St. Days & times vary. $25; $22 senior; $15 student/military. www.whatifproductions.org

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White Christmas

White Christmas


Event Date:
12/02/2016 - 7:30pm to 12/18/2016 - 3:00pm




This musical adaptation of the classic 1954 film White Christmas follows the romantic adventures of two World War II vets, Bob Wallace and Phil Davis, as they launch a successful song-and-dance act after the war. The men fall for a pair of beautiful singing sisters and follow them on a whim to a Vermont lodge in hopes of having a “white Christmas.” The score features 17 of the film’s original songs, including “I Love a Piano;” “How Deep is the Ocean;” and, of course, the show’s titular tune. Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St. Days & times vary. $68-$31; $68-$29 senior; $68-$26 student/active military. (843)577-7183, www.charlestonstage.com

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Holiday Tea & Tour

Holiday Tea & Tour


Event Date:
12/08/2016 - 4:00pm to 12/17/2016 - 1:00pm




Enjoy true Southern hospitality at the Governor Thomas Bennett House, decked out in beautiful, traditional décor for the holidays. Tea and confections are served following the tour. Governor Thomas Bennett House, 69 Barre St. Thursday, 4-6pm; Saturday & Sunday,1-3pm. $45. (843)789-1780, www.governorthomasbennetthouse.com

 
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Charleston Christmas Special

Charleston Christmas Special


Event Date:
12/08/2016 - 7:00pm to 12/23/2016 - 7:00pm




The 21st annual Charleston Christmas Special boasts an all-star cast, including singers Tiffany Parker, Michael Minor, Garrett Graham, Malia Tippets, and Tim McManus; violinist Robbi Kenney; and talented local teens Kindred Moore and Jenna Flaherty. The program features both musical acts and comedy sketches, and for those interested in dinner and a show, tickets are available for a prix fixe meal at Vincent Chicco’s before the performance.Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Days & times vary. $38; $35 senior; $32 military; $19 student; $16 child under 13; $68 dinner & show. (843)853-2252, www.charlestonmusichall.com

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Waffle Haus Christmas

Waffle Haus Christmas


Event Date:
12/09/2016 - 7:30pm to 12/23/2016 - 7:30pm




In the spirit...but can’t stomach another Nutcracker? Snag tickets instead to this comedy penned by PURE Theatre cofounder Rodney Lee Rogers, an award-winning playwright and screenwriter. It follows a diner waitress and her line-cook ex-husband through encounters with the ghosts of Waffle Haus Christmas Past, Present, and Future. PURE Theatre, 477 King St. Times vary. $25. (843) 723-4444, www.puretheatre.org

 

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Mike’s Menudo Brunch

Mike’s Menudo Brunch


Event Date:
12/10/2016 - 10:30am to 12/11/2016 - 10:30am




Inspired by Chef Michael Toscano’s Mexican heritage, Le Farfalle presents an all Tex-Mex brunch with recipes from his childhood. Le Farfalle, 15 Beaufain Street. Saturday and Sunday, 10:30am-2:30pm. Free to attend. (843)212-0920, lefarfallecharleston.com 

 
 
 
 
 
The Snow Queen

The Snow Queen


Event Date:
12/16/2016 - 7:30pm to 12/17/2016 - 7:30pm




Based on Hans Christian Andersen’s 1844 fairy tale about two childhood friends and their struggle with good and evil, The Snow Queen comes to the stage in this world premiere ballet. Chamber Music Charleston performs as aspiring young artists from the Charleston Dance Institute and professional dancers from Ballet Evolution transport audiences to a fantastical world where a magic mirror distorts everything it reflects. Sottile Theater, 44 George St. Friday & Saturday, 7:30pm. $52-$18. (843)864-4809, www.balletevolution.org

 
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The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker


Event Date:
12/10/2016 - 2:00pm to 12/11/2016 - 2:00pm




Piroutte into the holiday season with beloved 19th-century Russian ballet The Nutcracker. Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux has devoted his final season as Charlotte Ballet’s artistic director to a million-dollar makeover of the production, which now features all-new sets and costumes designed by Holly Hynes, who has worked with both the New York City Ballet and Paris Opera Ballet. Watch more than 100 dancers glide across the stage as the Charleston Symphony Orchestra plays Tchaikovsky’s lush score. Gaillard Center, 95 Calhoun St. Saturday & Sunday, 2pm & 7pm. $62-$20. (843)724-5212, www.gaillardcenter.com

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever


Event Date:
12/10/2016 - 11:00pm to 12/17/2016 - 3:00pm




When the worst-behaved kids in town are cast as stars in the church Christmas pageant, nothing goes as planned. Charleston Stage’s festive adaptation of Barbara Robinson’s contemporary classic is both comical and moving, as the rough-and-tumble crew discovers the true meaning of Christmas. Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St. Saturday, 11am & 3pm. $28. (843)577-7183, www.charlestonstage.com

 
Holiday Thrifters and Drifters

Holiday Thrifters and Drifters


Event Date: 12/11/2016 - 12:00pm




Check everyone off your list at this unique holiday market, featuring some of Charleston's best artisans sharing vintage finds, art, jewelry, and crafts. More than 30 vendors join the fair, including some old favorites and new faces! This year will be the fifth and final market, so head on over one last time to stock up. The Royal American, 970 Morrison Drive. Sunday, 12pm-5pm. Free. (843)-817-6925, theroyalamerican.com 

 
Christmas Light Parade & Tree Lighting

Christmas Light Parade & Tree Lighting


Event Date: 12/11/2016 - 5:30pm




The festivities for the 21st annual Mount Pleasant holiday extravaganza begin at Moultrie Middle School with the lighting of the official town Christmas tree and a fireworks display, immediately followed by a parade featuring more than 100 illuminated floats. Coleman Blvd., Mount Pleasant. Sunday, 5:30-8:30pm. Free. (843)884-8517, www.comeonovermp.com

 
 
 
December Charity Tasting at the Glass Onion

December Charity Tasting at the Glass Onion


Event Date: 12/14/2016 - 5:30pm




For the December installment of its monthly charity tastings, The Glass Onion supports HALOS, a local nonprofit serving abused and neglected children in kinship care. Attendees can enjoy festive holiday drinks including bourbon eggnog and sparkling wine paired with a selection of small bites. Guests are encouraged to bring in new, unwrapped toys for the charity’s holiday needs during lunch, dinner, or at the tasting, and all toy donors receive two free deviled eggs. Five dollars of each ticket benefits HALOS and supports its efforts to provide advocacy for abused and neglected children and kinship caregivers. The Glass Onion, 1219 Savannah Hwy., West Ashley. Wednesday, 5:30-7:30pm. $10. (843) 225-1717, ilovetheglassonion.com

 
Holiday Strings

Holiday Strings


Event Date: 12/15/2016 - 7:00pm




At this Charleston Library Society concert, the Charleston Symphony Orchestra string quartet—featuring violinists Yuriy Bekker and Micah Gangwer, cellist Norbert Lewandowkski, and viola player Jan-Marie Joyce—plays international carols and sing-along favorites as well as selections from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker. The performance is followed by a reception with the musicians. Charleston Library Society, 164 King St. Thursday, 7pm. $25-$10. (843)723-7528, www.charlestonsymphony.org

 
Grace Concert Series: A SKYLARK CHRISTMAS

Grace Concert Series: A SKYLARK CHRISTMAS


Event Date: 12/15/2016 - 7:30pm




Listen to a selection of Christmas stories from the King James Bible, enhanced and celebrated through carols performed by visiting vocal ensemble Skylark. The carolers weave all seven of Hugo Distler’s variations of a classic Christmas hymn, Es ist ein Ros entsprungen (“Lo, how a Rose e’re blooming”), into the performance, as well as myriad other traditional carols by American composer Alfred Burt. Grace Church Cathedral, 98 Wentworth St. Thursday, 7:30pm. Free. (404)906-1303, www.skylarkensemble.org

 
 
Nexton Cocoa Cup 5K

Nexton Cocoa Cup 5K


Event Date: 12/17/2016 - 9:30am




Head to Summerville’s Nexton community for the third annual Nexton Cocoa Cup 5K. Whether you’re a runner, a walker, or a family looking for some holiday fun, you’ll find it on this course. Participants of any experience level can compete in the certified 5K, and families who register in advance can enjoy the one-mile fun run. Stick around after the race for a party featuring music by DJ Natty Heavy; treats from local vendors; and, of course, hot cocoa. All proceeds benefit the Summerville Family YMCA, LiveStrong, and Girls with Sole. Nexton, 142 Brighton Park Blvd., Summerville. Saturday, 9am family fun run; 9:30am Cocoa Cup 5K. $35 Cocoa Cup 5K; free for family fun run. www.nexton.com

 
The Night Before Christmas

The Night Before Christmas


Event Date: 12/17/2016 - 1:00pm




In this Chamber Music Charleston (CMC) Classical Kids Concert, special guest actors from the Actors’ Theatre of South Carolina join CMC flutist Regina Helcher Yost, oboist Janice Crews, clarinet player Charles Messersmith, bassoonist Sandra Nikolajevs, and horn player Debra Sherrill Ward onstage for a night of singing and storytelling. Audiences hear two much-loved holiday stories—”The Night Before Christmas” and Snowman at Christmas—as well as jolly tunes including ”Jingle Bells” and ”Rudolph, the Red Nosed Reindeer.” Sottile Theatre, 44 George St. Saturday, 1pm. $12; $6 ages four-16; free for child under four. (843)763-4941, www.chambermusicharleston.com

 
Freehouse and Biergarten Christmas Celebration

Freehouse and Biergarten Christmas Celebration


Event Date: 12/17/2016 - 1:00pm




All you can eat oysters, Freehouse brews, and the ambience of Biergarten; what better way to ring in the holiday season? The event also doubles as a Toys for Tots dropoff location, and bocce and cornhole are out for everyone to play! Bay St. Biergarten, 549 East Bay St. Saturday, 1-8pm. Prices vary. (843)266-2437

 
Holiday Pops!

Holiday Pops!


Event Date: 12/17/2016 - 7:30pm




Led by maestro Yuriy Bekker, the Charleston Symphony Orchestra (CSO) and CSO Chorus perform favorite seasonal songs, including “Believe” and “Sleigh Ride.” This annual celebration is a surefire way to get in the festive spirit. Gaillard Center, 95 Calhoun St. Saturday, 7:30pm. $98-$12.50. (843)723-7528, www.charlestonsymphony.org

 
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Thursday Night Bluegrass at Bar Mash

Thursday Night Bluegrass at Bar Mash


Event Date:
04/21/2016 - 7:00pm to 12/29/2016 - 7:00pm




Swing by the new East Bay hot spot, Bar Mash, every Thursday night and enjoy a different local bluegrass band while sipping on beer, wine, or craft cocktails. Start your weekend festivities early at this cozy bar with an impressive whiskey list and delectable snacks including fried oysters and boudin, ham hock rillete, and mushroom toast. Mercantile and Mash, 701 East Bay St. Free. Thursdays, 7-11pm. (843) 793-2636, www.mercandmash.com

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Killer Fashion, The Consequence of High Style

Killer Fashion, The Consequence of High Style


Event Date:
07/21/2016 - 9:00am to 01/15/2017 - 5:00pm




High fashion comes at a high price, and that cost is often detrimental to more than just your pocket book. From delicate corsets crafted with whale bone to asphyxia-causing men’s high collars, explore the oddities of sartorial extravagance and its environment- and body-altering consequences in this Charleston Museum exhibit. The Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting St. Monday-Saturday, 9am-5pm; Sunday, noon-5pm. $12; $10 ages 13-17; $5 ages three-12. (843)722-2996, www.charlestonmuseum.org

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Crowell A. Pate IV

Crowell A. Pate IV


Event Date:
08/23/2016 - 10:00am to 04/27/2017 - 10:00am




Visiting artist Crowell A. Pate IV, an Alabama native, invites viewers to access the hidden depths of the subconscious with his Gibbes Museum of Art exhibit. The sculptor works intuitively, allowing his responses to specific materials—including wood, leather, twine, metal, and even grass—to guide his creative process. Pate is in town to discuss his work during the opening days of the exhibit. Gibbes Museum of Art, 135 Meeting St. Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, & Saturday, 10am-5pm; Wednesday, 10am-8pm; Sunday, 1-5pm. $12; $10 senior/college student/military; $6 ages four-17; free for child under four. (843)722-2706, www.gibbesmuseum.org

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Lions & Tigers & Bears

Lions & Tigers & Bears


Event Date:
10/20/2016 - 10:00am to 04/30/2017 - 12:00pm




Follow the yellow brick road to this animal-themed exhibit co-curated by Robert Lange Studios and The Vendue’s art director, Emily Rigsby. The exhibition focuses on surreal and nontraditional art forms, highlighting work by a diverse range of more than 30 international artists, including Kevin Taylor, Karen Hollingsworth, and Elicia Edijanto. Come out to the opening reception, Thursday, October 20, from 6 to 8 p.m., featuring live music, cocktails, and hors d’oeuvres. The Vendue Hotel, 19 Vendue Range. Open daily, 24 hours. Free. (843)577-2525, www.thevendue.com

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Realm of the Spirit

Realm of the Spirit


Event Date:
10/22/2016 - 10:00am to 01/15/2017 - 10:00am




The Gibbes Museum of Art and prominent art collector Solomon R. Guggenheim first presented an exhibit together in 1936, bringing international attention to Charleston. Now, 80 years later, the Gibbes again displays 36 masterworks presented in the original exhibition. Admire timeless pieces by artists including Marc Chagall, Vasily Kandinsky, Fernand Leger, Pablo Picasso, Robert Delaunay, Amedeo Modigliani, and Georges Seurat. Gibbes Museum of Art, 135 Meeting St. Tuesday & Thursday-Saturday, 10am-5pm; Wednesday, 10am-8pm; Sunday,1-5pm. $12; $10 student/military/senior; $6 ages four-17; free for child under four. (843)722-2706, www.gibbesmuseum.org

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HOLIDAY FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS

HOLIDAY FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS


Event Date:
11/11/2016 - 5:30pm to 01/01/2017 - 5:30pm




Dubbed one of the ”10 Best Holiday Light Shows in America” by USA Today, this stunning display features millions of multicolored lights glittering across three miles of park, plus a Victorian carousel, a 50-ton sand sculpture, Santa’s Sweet Shoppe, and a holiday train. There’s no better way to ring in the season than with this grand illumination. James Island County Park, 871 Riverland Dr. Sunday-Thursday, 5:30-10pm; Friday-Saturday, 5:30-11pm. $20-$15 per vehicle. (843)795-4386, www.ccprc.com

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Mattress Firm Foster Kids Toy Drive

Mattress Firm Foster Kids Toy Drive


Event Date:
11/16/2016 - 10:00am to 12/18/2016 - 8:00pm




Help Mattress Firm spread holiday cheer to foster children and families in need. From now until Sunday, December 18, all 17 Mattress Firm stores in Charleston are participating in a toy drive benefitting local foster youth and families. During the eight-week drive, bring new toys and monetary contributions to any Charleston Mattress Firm location during normal store hours. All proceeds benefit Helping & Lending Outreach Support, Growing Home Southeast, and South Carolina Youth Advocate. Locations vary. Daily, 10am-8pm. 

 

 
 
Dylan Thomas’s Christmas in Wales

Dylan Thomas’s Christmas in Wales


Event Date:
12/20/2016 - 7:30pm to 12/21/2016 - 7:30pm




The highly acclaimed Christmas story from Welsh poet Dylan Thomas, A Child’s Christmas in Wales, is brought to life by the Actors’ Theatre of South Carolina and Chamber Music Charleston. Originally a radio piece Thomas recorded in 1952, the anecdotal tale describes Christmas from a child’s perspective, from snowball fights to the joy of opening presents to singing carols in the village. Circular Congregational Church, 150 Meeting St. Monday & Tuesday, 7:30pm. $25; $20 senior; $15 student. (843)763-4941, www.chambermusiccharleston.com

 
 
 
 
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GROOVY KINDA CHRISTMAS

GROOVY KINDA CHRISTMAS


Event Date:
11/22/2016 - 7:00pm to 12/31/2016 - 8:00pm




If you’re looking for a new kind of holiday show, check out this groovy 1960s musical featuring tunes ranging from Carolina beach music to Motown. What happens when a stylish mod rocker proposes to Mona, the quiet botanist? Sip on champagne cocktails, assorted wines, and coke floats as the action unfolds in this never-before-seen 34 West Theatre production. 34 West Theatre, 200 Meeting St. Tuesday, 7pm; Thursday-Saturday, 8pm; Sunday, 3pm. $25. (843)901-9343, www.34west.org

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Belmond Charleston Place Holiday Train Display

Belmond Charleston Place Holiday Train Display


Event Date:
11/23/2016 - 12:00am to 01/02/2017 - 12:00pm




Stop by the Belmond Charleston Place this holiday season to view its iconic holiday train display, including a five-story mini hotel, a European rose garden, automobiles, new locomotives, and a custom-designed replica of the famous Venice Simplon-Orient-Express luxury train. The display includes three trains total, each complete with smokestacks and whistles, and each runs on different routes at average scale speeds of 70 miles per hour! Belmond Charleston Place, 205 Meeting St. Daily. Free. (843)722-4900, belmond.com

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THE KRIS KROSS

THE KRIS KROSS


Event Date:
11/25/2016 - 8:00pm to 12/27/2016 - 7:30pm




Join Inspector NoClue as he struggles to solve the mystery of a missing Maltese Fruitcake. Is the culprit old Kris Kringle, or members of ”Naughty List Anonymous”? This interactive Black Fedora production includes pre-show caroling, volunteer audience participation, and à la carte drinks, desserts, and appetizers. The Black Fedora, 164 Church St. Days & times vary. $24. (843)937-6453, www.charlestonmysteries.com

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WHITE CHRISTMAS

WHITE CHRISTMAS


Event Date:
11/30/2016 - 7:30pm to 12/18/2016 - 3:00pm




This musical adaptation of the classic 1954 film White Christmas follows the romantic adventures of two World War II vets, Bob Wallace and Phil Davis, as they launch a successful song-and-dance act after the war. The men fall for a pair of beautiful singing sisters and follow them on a whim to a Vermont lodge in hopes of having a “white Christmas.” The score features 17 of the film’s original songs, including “I Love a Piano;” “How Deep is the Ocean;” and, of course, the show’s titular tune. Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St. Days & times vary. $68-$31; $68-$29 senior; $68-$26 student/active military. (843)577-7183, www.charlestonstage.com

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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(In)spires

(In)spires


Event Date:
12/01/2016 - 10:00am to 12/31/2016 - 10:00am




Charleston native Lese Corrigan presents ”(In)Spires,” an exhibit featuring colorful oil paintings depicting the steepled landscape that gave the Holy City its name. Her tactile and vibrant work breathes new life into beloved Lowcountry landmarks. Corrigan Gallery, 62 Queen St. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, & Sunday, 10am-5pm. Monday & Thursday, 11am-5pm. Free. (843)722-9868, www.corrigangallery.com

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Charleston Strolls Holiday Walking Tour

Charleston Strolls Holiday Walking Tour


Event Date:
12/01/2016 - 10:00am to 12/31/2016 - 10:00am




Revel in the beauty of the Holy City holidays on one of Charleston Strolls’ walking tours. Explore the parts of town that can only be seen on foot and learn the histories of the side streets, houses, and landmarks you pass. The tour ends with refreshments at the gorgeous Mills House Hotel. Bulldog Tours, 18 Anson St. Days, times, & prices vary. (843)722-8687, www.charlestonstrolls.com

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Holiday Pub Crawl

Holiday Pub Crawl


Event Date:
12/01/2016 - 1:00pm to 01/10/2017 - 1:00pm




Visit historic taverns; feast on holiday treats; and sip a pint of local craft beer, Christmas ale, or another beverage of your choosing on this pub crawl through downtown Charleston. Local guides lead attendees to four pubs on the two-and-a-half-hour crawl—based on similar European brew-hopping ventures—sharing tales of pirates, patriots, and presidents who once roamed the cobblestone streets. A portion of all proceeds benefits MUSC Children’s Hospital. Tommy Condon’s Irish Pub, 160 Church St. Daily, 1pm, 4pm, & 7pm. $30. (843)577-5535, www.pubtourcharleston.com

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Holiday Festival of Lights

Holiday Festival of Lights


Event Date:
12/01/2016 - 5:30pm to 01/01/2017 - 5:30pm




Dubbed one of the ”10 Best Holiday Light Shows in America” by USA Today, this stunning display features millions of multicolored lights glittering across three miles of park, plus a Victorian carousel, a 50-ton sand sculpture, Santa’s Sweet Shoppe, and a holiday train. There’s no better way to ring in the season than with this grand illumination. James Island County Park, 871 Riverland Dr. Sunday-Thursday, 5:30-10pm; Friday-Saturday, 5:30-11pm. $20-$15 per vehicle. (843)795-4386, www.ccprc.com

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Painting a Nation: Hudson River School Landscapes from the Higdon Collection

Painting a Nation: Hudson River School Landscapes from the Higdon Collection


Event Date:
12/02/2016 - 10:00am to 04/23/2017 - 1:00pm




From about 1825 to 1870, the Hudson River School artists vividly captured rural American landscapes, primarily in the Northeast. These oil-on-canvas scenes present an idyllic view of man and nature living in harmony (seeAutumn Afternoon, Greenwood Lake above). Former College of Charleston president Lee Higdon and his wife, Ann, share pieces from their spectacular collection with the Gibbes. Gibbes Museum of Art, 135 Meeting St. Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, & Saturday, 10am-5pm; Wednesday, 10am-8pm; Sunday, 1-5pm. $12; $10 student/senior/military; $6 ages four-17; free for child under four. (843)722-2706, www.gibbesmuseum.org

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Jeff Jamison Exhibition

Jeff Jamison Exhibition


Event Date:
12/02/2016 - 10:00am to 12/31/2016 - 10:00am




Contemporary impressionist Jeff Jamison’s latest exhibit captures the beauty of the moment in scenes depicting people moving through Charleston streets and sidewalks. Ella Walton Richardson Fine Art, 58 Broad St. Monday-Saturday,10am-5pm. Free. (843)722-3660, www.ellarichardson.com

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Gallery Wall-Apalooza

Gallery Wall-Apalooza


Event Date:
12/02/2016 - 11:00am to 12/25/2016 - 12:00pm




Meyer Vogl Gallery presents an exhibit of small works in a variety of mediums and styles by a number of artists from around the country, including Quang Ho, James Richards, and Anne Blair Brown, as well as gallery owners Laurie Meyer and Marissa Vogl. Visit the opening reception Friday, December 2, from 5 to 8 p.m. to peruse pieces in a variety of sizes. Meyer Vogl Gallery, 122 Meeting St. Monday-Saturday, 11am-6pm; Sunday, noon-4pm. Free. (843)805-7144, www.meyervogl.com

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AMADEUS

AMADEUS


Event Date:
12/02/2016 - 7:30pm to 12/18/2016 - 6:00pm




What If? Productions mounts the dark comedic brilliance of Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus, a mythic account of two of Austria’s most famed composers—Antonio Salieri and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. When boorish but genius Mozart gains favor in Austrian Emperor Joseph’s court, the once restrained Salieri risks his career and reputation to destroy his young rival. Threshold Repertory Theater, 84 ½ Society St. Days & times vary. $25; $22 senior; $15 student/military. www.whatifproductions.org

 
 
 
 
 
 
Christmas Eve Brunch at the Glass Onion

Christmas Eve Brunch at the Glass Onion


Event Date: 12/24/2016 - 10:00am




Celebrate the holidays with a special Christmas Eve brunch at The Glass Onion. In addition to the regular brunch menu, patrons can enjoy brunch specials and drinks fit for the holiday season, including eggnog and a poinsettia cocktail. The Glass Onion, 1219 Savannah Hwy. Saturday, 10am-3pm. Prices vary. (843) 225-1717, ilovetheglassonion.com

 
Feast of the Seven Fishes with Chef Michael Toscano

Feast of the Seven Fishes with Chef Michael Toscano


Event Date: 12/24/2016 - 5:30pm




Chef Michael Toscano presents ”Festa dei Sette Pesci,” or ”Feast of the Seven Fishes,” at Le Farfalle this Christmas Eve. The Italian-American tradition, which stems from the Roman Catholic belief in abstaining from meat and dairy before the Christmas feast and celebration, includes an à la carte menu featuring baccala, fritto misto, chargrilled oysters, local white shrimp scampi, and lobster fra diavolo. Le Farfalle, 15 Beaufain St. Saturday, 5:30-11pm. Prices vary. (843)212-0920, lefarfallecharleston.com

 
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White Christmas

White Christmas


Event Date:
12/02/2016 - 7:30pm to 12/18/2016 - 3:00pm




This musical adaptation of the classic 1954 film White Christmas follows the romantic adventures of two World War II vets, Bob Wallace and Phil Davis, as they launch a successful song-and-dance act after the war. The men fall for a pair of beautiful singing sisters and follow them on a whim to a Vermont lodge in hopes of having a “white Christmas.” The score features 17 of the film’s original songs, including “I Love a Piano;” “How Deep is the Ocean;” and, of course, the show’s titular tune. Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St. Days & times vary. $68-$31; $68-$29 senior; $68-$26 student/active military. (843)577-7183, www.charlestonstage.com

 
 
 
 
 
 
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Charleston Christmas Special

Charleston Christmas Special


Event Date:
12/08/2016 - 7:00pm to 12/23/2016 - 7:00pm




The 21st annual Charleston Christmas Special boasts an all-star cast, including singers Tiffany Parker, Michael Minor, Garrett Graham, Malia Tippets, and Tim McManus; violinist Robbi Kenney; and talented local teens Kindred Moore and Jenna Flaherty. The program features both musical acts and comedy sketches, and for those interested in dinner and a show, tickets are available for a prix fixe meal at Vincent Chicco’s before the performance.Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Days & times vary. $38; $35 senior; $32 military; $19 student; $16 child under 13; $68 dinner & show. (843)853-2252, www.charlestonmusichall.com

 
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Waffle Haus Christmas

Waffle Haus Christmas


Event Date:
12/09/2016 - 7:30pm to 12/23/2016 - 7:30pm




In the spirit...but can’t stomach another Nutcracker? Snag tickets instead to this comedy penned by PURE Theatre cofounder Rodney Lee Rogers, an award-winning playwright and screenwriter. It follows a diner waitress and her line-cook ex-husband through encounters with the ghosts of Waffle Haus Christmas Past, Present, and Future. PURE Theatre, 477 King St. Times vary. $25. (843) 723-4444, www.puretheatre.org

 

 
 
 
 
Canadian Brass with the CSO Brass

Canadian Brass with the CSO Brass


Event Date: 12/21/2016 - 7:30pm




Formed in Toronto more than four decades ago, the Canadian “Kings of Brass” have sold some two million albums worldwide and recorded upwards of 130 CDs and DVDs. The quintet joins the Charleston Symphony Orchestra Brass for a special holiday production featuring an impressive and varied musical lineup by composers ranging from Handel to Vince Gauraldi of Charlie Brown fame. Gaillard Center, 95 Calhoun St. Wednesday, 7:30pm. $77-$10. (843)723-7528, www.charlestonsymphony.org

 
Ugly Sweater Holiday Climb

Ugly Sweater Holiday Climb


Event Date: 12/22/2016 - 3:00pm




Looking for an excuse to break out that ugly Christmas sweater? Grab your friends and family and head over to Wild Blue Ropes Adventure Park which hosts its first ever Ugly Sweater Holiday Climb. All climbers wearing their ugliest sweaters receive 10 dollars off upon entrance, and prizes are given throughout the day for everything from ugliest sweater to best beard. Don't let the holiday stress wear you down; let loose at the wackiest, tackiest celebration of the season! Wild Blue Ropes Adventure Course, 1595 Highland Avenue, James Island. Thursday, 3-9pm. $35-$9. (843)502-4066, wildblueropes.com 

 
SCUBA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN

SCUBA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN


Event Date: 12/23/2016 - 4:00pm




A holly jolly guest from the North Pole makes special appearances in the Great Ocean Tank at select Aquarium dive shows. Don’t miss this opportunity to see Scuba Claus swim with the fish! South Carolina Aquarium, 100 Aquarium Wharf. Days & times vary. $25; $18 ages three-12; free for child under three. (843)577-3474, scaquarium.org

 
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Thursday Night Bluegrass at Bar Mash

Thursday Night Bluegrass at Bar Mash


Event Date:
04/21/2016 - 7:00pm to 12/29/2016 - 7:00pm




Swing by the new East Bay hot spot, Bar Mash, every Thursday night and enjoy a different local bluegrass band while sipping on beer, wine, or craft cocktails. Start your weekend festivities early at this cozy bar with an impressive whiskey list and delectable snacks including fried oysters and boudin, ham hock rillete, and mushroom toast. Mercantile and Mash, 701 East Bay St. Free. Thursdays, 7-11pm. (843) 793-2636, www.mercandmash.com

 
 
 
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Killer Fashion, The Consequence of High Style

Killer Fashion, The Consequence of High Style


Event Date:
07/21/2016 - 9:00am to 01/15/2017 - 5:00pm




High fashion comes at a high price, and that cost is often detrimental to more than just your pocket book. From delicate corsets crafted with whale bone to asphyxia-causing men’s high collars, explore the oddities of sartorial extravagance and its environment- and body-altering consequences in this Charleston Museum exhibit. The Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting St. Monday-Saturday, 9am-5pm; Sunday, noon-5pm. $12; $10 ages 13-17; $5 ages three-12. (843)722-2996, www.charlestonmuseum.org

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Crowell A. Pate IV

Crowell A. Pate IV


Event Date:
08/23/2016 - 10:00am to 04/27/2017 - 10:00am




Visiting artist Crowell A. Pate IV, an Alabama native, invites viewers to access the hidden depths of the subconscious with his Gibbes Museum of Art exhibit. The sculptor works intuitively, allowing his responses to specific materials—including wood, leather, twine, metal, and even grass—to guide his creative process. Pate is in town to discuss his work during the opening days of the exhibit. Gibbes Museum of Art, 135 Meeting St. Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, & Saturday, 10am-5pm; Wednesday, 10am-8pm; Sunday, 1-5pm. $12; $10 senior/college student/military; $6 ages four-17; free for child under four. (843)722-2706, www.gibbesmuseum.org

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Lions & Tigers & Bears

Lions & Tigers & Bears


Event Date:
10/20/2016 - 10:00am to 04/30/2017 - 12:00pm




Follow the yellow brick road to this animal-themed exhibit co-curated by Robert Lange Studios and The Vendue’s art director, Emily Rigsby. The exhibition focuses on surreal and nontraditional art forms, highlighting work by a diverse range of more than 30 international artists, including Kevin Taylor, Karen Hollingsworth, and Elicia Edijanto. Come out to the opening reception, Thursday, October 20, from 6 to 8 p.m., featuring live music, cocktails, and hors d’oeuvres. The Vendue Hotel, 19 Vendue Range. Open daily, 24 hours. Free. (843)577-2525, www.thevendue.com

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Realm of the Spirit

Realm of the Spirit


Event Date:
10/22/2016 - 10:00am to 01/15/2017 - 10:00am




The Gibbes Museum of Art and prominent art collector Solomon R. Guggenheim first presented an exhibit together in 1936, bringing international attention to Charleston. Now, 80 years later, the Gibbes again displays 36 masterworks presented in the original exhibition. Admire timeless pieces by artists including Marc Chagall, Vasily Kandinsky, Fernand Leger, Pablo Picasso, Robert Delaunay, Amedeo Modigliani, and Georges Seurat. Gibbes Museum of Art, 135 Meeting St. Tuesday & Thursday-Saturday, 10am-5pm; Wednesday, 10am-8pm; Sunday,1-5pm. $12; $10 student/military/senior; $6 ages four-17; free for child under four. (843)722-2706, www.gibbesmuseum.org

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HOLIDAY FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS

HOLIDAY FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS


Event Date:
11/11/2016 - 5:30pm to 01/01/2017 - 5:30pm




Dubbed one of the ”10 Best Holiday Light Shows in America” by USA Today, this stunning display features millions of multicolored lights glittering across three miles of park, plus a Victorian carousel, a 50-ton sand sculpture, Santa’s Sweet Shoppe, and a holiday train. There’s no better way to ring in the season than with this grand illumination. James Island County Park, 871 Riverland Dr. Sunday-Thursday, 5:30-10pm; Friday-Saturday, 5:30-11pm. $20-$15 per vehicle. (843)795-4386, www.ccprc.com

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GROOVY KINDA CHRISTMAS

GROOVY KINDA CHRISTMAS


Event Date:
11/22/2016 - 7:00pm to 12/31/2016 - 8:00pm




If you’re looking for a new kind of holiday show, check out this groovy 1960s musical featuring tunes ranging from Carolina beach music to Motown. What happens when a stylish mod rocker proposes to Mona, the quiet botanist? Sip on champagne cocktails, assorted wines, and coke floats as the action unfolds in this never-before-seen 34 West Theatre production. 34 West Theatre, 200 Meeting St. Tuesday, 7pm; Thursday-Saturday, 8pm; Sunday, 3pm. $25. (843)901-9343, www.34west.org

 
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Belmond Charleston Place Holiday Train Display

Belmond Charleston Place Holiday Train Display


Event Date:
11/23/2016 - 12:00am to 01/02/2017 - 12:00pm




Stop by the Belmond Charleston Place this holiday season to view its iconic holiday train display, including a five-story mini hotel, a European rose garden, automobiles, new locomotives, and a custom-designed replica of the famous Venice Simplon-Orient-Express luxury train. The display includes three trains total, each complete with smokestacks and whistles, and each runs on different routes at average scale speeds of 70 miles per hour! Belmond Charleston Place, 205 Meeting St. Daily. Free. (843)722-4900, belmond.com

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THE KRIS KROSS

THE KRIS KROSS


Event Date:
11/25/2016 - 8:00pm to 12/27/2016 - 7:30pm




Join Inspector NoClue as he struggles to solve the mystery of a missing Maltese Fruitcake. Is the culprit old Kris Kringle, or members of ”Naughty List Anonymous”? This interactive Black Fedora production includes pre-show caroling, volunteer audience participation, and à la carte drinks, desserts, and appetizers. The Black Fedora, 164 Church St. Days & times vary. $24. (843)937-6453, www.charlestonmysteries.com

 
 
 
 
 
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(In)spires

(In)spires


Event Date:
12/01/2016 - 10:00am to 12/31/2016 - 10:00am




Charleston native Lese Corrigan presents ”(In)Spires,” an exhibit featuring colorful oil paintings depicting the steepled landscape that gave the Holy City its name. Her tactile and vibrant work breathes new life into beloved Lowcountry landmarks. Corrigan Gallery, 62 Queen St. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, & Sunday, 10am-5pm. Monday & Thursday, 11am-5pm. Free. (843)722-9868, www.corrigangallery.com

 
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Charleston Strolls Holiday Walking Tour

Charleston Strolls Holiday Walking Tour


Event Date:
12/01/2016 - 10:00am to 12/31/2016 - 10:00am




Revel in the beauty of the Holy City holidays on one of Charleston Strolls’ walking tours. Explore the parts of town that can only be seen on foot and learn the histories of the side streets, houses, and landmarks you pass. The tour ends with refreshments at the gorgeous Mills House Hotel. Bulldog Tours, 18 Anson St. Days, times, & prices vary. (843)722-8687, www.charlestonstrolls.com

 
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Holiday Pub Crawl

Holiday Pub Crawl


Event Date:
12/01/2016 - 1:00pm to 01/10/2017 - 1:00pm




Visit historic taverns; feast on holiday treats; and sip a pint of local craft beer, Christmas ale, or another beverage of your choosing on this pub crawl through downtown Charleston. Local guides lead attendees to four pubs on the two-and-a-half-hour crawl—based on similar European brew-hopping ventures—sharing tales of pirates, patriots, and presidents who once roamed the cobblestone streets. A portion of all proceeds benefits MUSC Children’s Hospital. Tommy Condon’s Irish Pub, 160 Church St. Daily, 1pm, 4pm, & 7pm. $30. (843)577-5535, www.pubtourcharleston.com

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Holiday Festival of Lights

Holiday Festival of Lights


Event Date:
12/01/2016 - 5:30pm to 01/01/2017 - 5:30pm




Dubbed one of the ”10 Best Holiday Light Shows in America” by USA Today, this stunning display features millions of multicolored lights glittering across three miles of park, plus a Victorian carousel, a 50-ton sand sculpture, Santa’s Sweet Shoppe, and a holiday train. There’s no better way to ring in the season than with this grand illumination. James Island County Park, 871 Riverland Dr. Sunday-Thursday, 5:30-10pm; Friday-Saturday, 5:30-11pm. $20-$15 per vehicle. (843)795-4386, www.ccprc.com

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Painting a Nation: Hudson River School Landscapes from the Higdon Collection

Painting a Nation: Hudson River School Landscapes from the Higdon Collection


Event Date:
12/02/2016 - 10:00am to 04/23/2017 - 1:00pm




From about 1825 to 1870, the Hudson River School artists vividly captured rural American landscapes, primarily in the Northeast. These oil-on-canvas scenes present an idyllic view of man and nature living in harmony (seeAutumn Afternoon, Greenwood Lake above). Former College of Charleston president Lee Higdon and his wife, Ann, share pieces from their spectacular collection with the Gibbes. Gibbes Museum of Art, 135 Meeting St. Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, & Saturday, 10am-5pm; Wednesday, 10am-8pm; Sunday, 1-5pm. $12; $10 student/senior/military; $6 ages four-17; free for child under four. (843)722-2706, www.gibbesmuseum.org

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Jeff Jamison Exhibition

Jeff Jamison Exhibition


Event Date:
12/02/2016 - 10:00am to 12/31/2016 - 10:00am




Contemporary impressionist Jeff Jamison’s latest exhibit captures the beauty of the moment in scenes depicting people moving through Charleston streets and sidewalks. Ella Walton Richardson Fine Art, 58 Broad St. Monday-Saturday,10am-5pm. Free. (843)722-3660, www.ellarichardson.com

 
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Gallery Wall-Apalooza

Gallery Wall-Apalooza


Event Date:
12/02/2016 - 11:00am to 12/25/2016 - 12:00pm




Meyer Vogl Gallery presents an exhibit of small works in a variety of mediums and styles by a number of artists from around the country, including Quang Ho, James Richards, and Anne Blair Brown, as well as gallery owners Laurie Meyer and Marissa Vogl. Visit the opening reception Friday, December 2, from 5 to 8 p.m. to peruse pieces in a variety of sizes. Meyer Vogl Gallery, 122 Meeting St. Monday-Saturday, 11am-6pm; Sunday, noon-4pm. Free. (843)805-7144, www.meyervogl.com

 
 
 
The Blue Dogs Homecoming Show

The Blue Dogs Homecoming Show


Event Date: 12/28/2016 - 8:00pm




Southern rock band The Blue Dogs comes home to Charleston for its 28th anniversary show. Sing along to favorites from the early ’90s like ”Bill Bill” and hits from the 2000s including ”Cosmic Cowboy.” Past shows have featured surprise appearances from the likes of Hootie and the Blowfish and Edwin McCain, so be prepared for some stellar star power to take the stage. Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Wednesday, 8-10pm. $50-$30; $100 VIP. (843)853-2252, www.charlestonmusichall.com

 
Blue Dogs Homecoming Show

Blue Dogs Homecoming Show


Event Date: 12/28/2016 - 8:00pm




Let loose at the Blue Dogs’ fourth annual Homecoming Show, which marks the Charleston-based Americana band’s 28th anniversary. The concert raises funds for MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital, in association with Press On Foundation for pediatric cancer research. Don’t be surprised if special guest musicians show up onstage. Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Wednesday, 8 p.m. $100-$30. (843) 853-2252, www.charlestonmusichall.com

 
The Heavy Pets at Charleston Pour House

The Heavy Pets at Charleston Pour House


Event Date: 12/29/2016 - 8:00pm




Soulful American rock band the Heavy Pets is known for its skillful blending of rhythm and blues, jazz, funk, and disco, rising to almost instant popularity with the release of debut, double-disc album Whale. Don’t miss out on a chance to see them perform live at Pour House preceding the release of their first full-length album since 2007. Charleston Pour House, 1977 Maybank Highway. Thursday, 8pm doors; 9pm show. $10. (843)571-4343, charlestonpourhouse.com 

 
Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker

Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker


Event Date: 12/30/2016 - 3:00pm




Think you know The Nutcracker? You’ve never seen it like this: the Moscow Ballet brings to the stage a larger-than-life production with 40 dancers, a ”growing” 60-foot Christmas tree, new costumes by resident designer Arthur Oliver, and sets designed by Academy Award-nominee Carol Sprague. The classic ballet features local performing arts students playing party children, mice, snowflakes, and angels. North Charleston Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Dr., North Charleston. Friday, 3pm & 7pm. $176-$29. (800)745-3000, www.nutcracker.com

 
New Year’s Eve at the Glass Onion

New Year’s Eve at the Glass Onion


Event Date: 12/31/2016 - 5:00pm




Celebrate New Year’s Eve with a special seafood dinner at The Glass Onion. The menu features appetizers and a whole stuffed flounder for two, as well as a champagne toast and other suprises. Patrons can purchase wine pairings and regular menu items at an additional cost. The Glass Onion, 1219 Savannah Hwy. Saturday, 5-11pm. $65. (843) 225-1717, ilovetheglassonion.com

 
Yorktown Countdown 2016

Yorktown Countdown 2016


Event Date: 12/31/2016 - 9:00pm




Climb aboard the USS Yorktown Aircraft Carrier and experience Charleston’s largest annual New Years celebration as you count down to 2017! Take in the spectacular views of downtown Charleston and the Harbor as you move between the open bars and three stages—each featuring live music ranging in genre from funk to rock to dance. General admission tickets include light hors d’oeuvres and access to the indoor airplane hangar and outdoor fantail area. Captain (VIP) tickets include access to the ship’s rooftop heated fligh deck, a top-shelf open bar, and a big-screen ball drop. USS Yorktown, 40 Patriots Point Rd., Mount Pleasant. Saturday, 9pm-1am. $100; $150 VIP. yorktowncountdown.com

 
New Year’s Eve at the Cedar Room

New Year’s Eve at the Cedar Room


Event Date: 12/31/2016 - 9:00pm




Count down to 2017 at the Cedar Room! Enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres and an open bar provided by Mercantile and Mash, as well as musical performances by The Mighty Kicks and Wade Walker “DJ United" as well as a midnight champagne toast.  The Cedar Room, 701 East Bay St. Saturday, 9pm-1am. $125-$100. thecedarroom.com

 
 




UPCOMING EVENTS

12/09/2016 - 6:00pm

Join conceptual artist Peter Eudenbach for a lecture and gallery walk-through of his Halsey exhibit, ”This is Not an Object.” Eudenbach uses installation, sculpture, and video to investigate the relationship between ”functionality and absurdity,” upending our notion of how commonplace items­—like a flashlight or coffee table—should function. A closing party follows the lecture and tour. Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, College of Charleston, 161 Calhoun St. Friday, 6pm. Free. (843)953-4422, www.halsey.cofc.edu

12/09/2016 - 7:30pm to 12/23/2016 - 7:30pm

In the spirit...but can’t stomach another Nutcracker? Snag tickets instead to this comedy penned by PURE Theatre cofounder Rodney Lee Rogers, an award-winning playwright and screenwriter. It follows a diner waitress and her line-cook ex-husband through encounters with the ghosts of Waffle Haus Christmas Past, Present, and Future. PURE Theatre, 477 King St. Times vary. $25. (843) 723-4444, www.puretheatre.org

 

12/10/2016 - 8:00am

This December, the 39th annual marathon and half-marathon takes runners through 26.2 (or 13.31) miles of maritime forests and marshes. Stick around after the race for a stretch with Pivotal Fitness, as well as a party featuring a buffet, music, and beer. Kiawah Island Golf Resort, 1 Sanctuary Beach Dr., Kiawah Island. Saturday, 8am. $125-$115 marathon; $115-$105 half-marathon. (843)768-2780, www.kiawahresort.com

12/10/2016 - 9:00am

Give Me Shelter Color 5K, a “fun” run in which participants are doused from head to toe in color, is a charity fundraiser event filled with fun and excitement where people of all ages and physical abilities have a blast while raising money to support Callen-Lacey Center for Children, the only emergency shelter in Berkeley County serving youth who have been abused or neglected. After finishing the run, participants will gather for a Color 5K Finale “Color Explosion” at the finish line.  Moncks Corner Regional Recreation Complex, Cost $40 Individual, $35 Team or Family (3 or more people), http://givemeshelter.color5k.run/

12/10/2016 - 9:03am

Don your most festive costume (and bells!) and jingle over to Riverfront Park for the Arthritis Foundation’s annual Jingle Bell Run! Join other runners and walkers in the largest holiday-themed 5K race series around, and help raise funds to cure America’s number-one cause of disability. Riverfront Park, 1001 Everglades Ave., North Charleston. Saturday, 9am 5K; 9:30am Fun Run. $30-$10. (304)573-8472, www.arthritis.org

12/10/2016 - 10:00am

Mr. and Mrs. Claus spend their Saturday morning at Mercantile and Mash, ready to hear your little one’s wish list. Food and drink are available for purchase, including a hot chocolate station for the kids and several adult-friendly options. Tickets include one photo with the famously festive couple and one cookie for post-photography decoration. Pet Helpers is onsite with furry friends to play with and (potentially) adopt, and College of Charleston acapella group, The Charleston Vibes, performs Christmas carols. Mercantile and Mash, 701 East Bay Street. Saturday, 10am-2pm. $10. (843)793-2636, mercandmash.com 

12/10/2016 - 10:30am to 12/11/2016 - 10:30am

Inspired by Chef Michael Toscano’s Mexican heritage, Le Farfalle presents an all Tex-Mex brunch with recipes from his childhood. Le Farfalle, 15 Beaufain Street. Saturday and Sunday, 10:30am-2:30pm. Free to attend. (843)212-0920, lefarfallecharleston.com 

12/10/2016 - 2:00pm to 12/11/2016 - 2:00pm

Piroutte into the holiday season with beloved 19th-century Russian ballet The Nutcracker. Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux has devoted his final season as Charlotte Ballet’s artistic director to a million-dollar makeover of the production, which now features all-new sets and costumes designed by Holly Hynes, who has worked with both the New York City Ballet and Paris Opera Ballet. Watch more than 100 dancers glide across the stage as the Charleston Symphony Orchestra plays Tchaikovsky’s lush score. Gaillard Center, 95 Calhoun St. Saturday & Sunday, 2pm & 7pm. $62-$20. (843)724-5212, www.gaillardcenter.com

12/10/2016 - 2:00pm

Be a part of Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina’s first annual Oysters on the Point, a beachside event where guests can indulge in buckets of oysters, chili, hamburgers, a Bloody Mary bar, and shop the annual Holiday Market. The event also takes place during the Holiday Parade of Boats, one of Charleston’s favorite December traditions. Don’t miss out on a chance to kick off the holiday season with this brand-new event! Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina, 20 Patriot's Point Road, Mount Pleasant. Saturday, 2-6pm. $7 admission; free for child 12 and under. (843)856-0028, charlestonharborresort.com

 

 

 

12/10/2016 - 5:00pm

This annual tradition invites watercraft of all kind—from yachts to dragon boats—to gussy up in twinkling lights and parade from Mount Pleasant, under the Ravenel Bridge, along the peninsula, and onto the Ashley River, ending opposite the Coast Guard Station downtown. Pack chairs and hot cocoa and pick a spot to watch along the water, or buy tickets to the Rotary Club of Charleston’s family friendly viewing party, complete with music, food, and a cash bar. Public viewing: locations vary. Free. Viewing party: Charleston Maritime Center, 10 Wharfside St. $30; $25 advance; $5 for child under 18. Saturday, 5-8 p.m. www.charlestonparadeofboats.com