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"Unfurled: Flags from the Collections of the Charleston Museum"

"Unfurled: Flags from the Collections of the Charleston Museum"


Event Date: 07/01/2014 - 9:00am to 01/04/2015 - 5:00pm




Historical banners—ranging from the iconic to the never-before-exhibited—are the stars of this show, which illustrates how flag design has evolved over the years. The collection includes pieces from the early 1800s to the late 20th century. The Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting St. Monday-Saturday, 9am-5pm; Sunday, 1-5pm. $10; $5 ages three-12; free for child under three. (843)722-2996, www.charlestonmuseum.org

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Unknown Picassos: Diurnes

Unknown Picassos: Diurnes


Event Date: 09/18/2014 - 11:00am to 12/06/2014 - 7:00pm




Guest curator Dr. Diane Chalmers Johnson has organized Diurnes — a box decorated with colorful lithographs by Picasso which contains 30 original photograms by photographer André Villers after Picasso had him “play with” paper cutouts Picasso had made for his grandchildren. The result is ghostly images of cut-out cartoon figures set against eerie photographic backdrops. Come view this little-known piece affiliated with one of the world’s most famous artists. Halsey Institute, 161 Calhoun St. Monday-Saturday, 11am-4pm; Thursday, 11am-7pm. Free. (843)953-4422, www.halsey.cofc.edu.

 
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Jumaadi: Forgive Me Not To Miss You Not

Jumaadi: Forgive Me Not To Miss You Not


Event Date: 10/18/2014 - 11:00am to 12/06/2014 - 7:00pm




The Halsey Institute hosts Jumaadi for a two-month International Artist-in-Residence and hosts his exhibition, "Forgive Me Not To Miss You Not," which features art spanning multiple medias: painting, drawing, installations, and more. During his time in Charleston, Jumaadi is working with students from Academic Magnet High School on shadow-puppet theater that is to be presented at their school. The Sydney-educated artist has had residencies and completed projects all over the world. An artist lecture at 5:30pm on October, 17 precedes an opening reception for the exhibit at 6:30pm. Halsey Institute, 161 Calhoun St. Monday-Saturday, 11am-4pm; Thursday, 11am-7pm. Free. (843)953-4422, www.halsey.cofc.edu

 
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"Awake"

"Awake"


Event Date: 11/07/2014 - 12:00pm to 12/21/2014 - 5:00pm




The City Gallery at Waterfront Park hosts a multi-sensory art exhibition by Charleston’s own John Duckworth. For more than a decade, he focused on abstract landscape photography, but in recent years, a major spiritual transformation guided him in creating a new body of work based in balancing the overpowering press of contemporary Western culture with Eastern contemplative practices. At the exhibit’s core is “The Buddha Chapel,” showcasing 16 large paintings within a sanctuary-like setting. Viewers will also find sketches, photographs, and video and audio installations. Celebrate at the opening reception on November 7 from 5-8 p.m., and look for additional programming at locations around town. The City Gallery at Waterfront Park, 34-A Prioleau St. Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Free. (843) 958-6484, www.citygalleryatwaterfrontpark.com

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"Wing & A Prayer"

"Wing & A Prayer"


Event Date: 11/14/2014 - 12:00pm to 12/07/2014 - 5:50pm




Three lauded artists bring their abstract works to Charleston from their home studio, Wing and a Prayer, in Atlanta’s Buckhead neighborhood. Betty Foy Botts, Dixie Purvis, and Tommy Taylor present pieces of art featuring streaks of color, lines, and shapes in this vibrant exhibit. Don’t miss out on the opening reception on November 14. Michael Mitchell Gallery, 438 King St. Monday-Wednesday, 10am-6pm; Thursday-Saturday, 10am-9pm; Sunday, noon-5pm. Free. (843)564-0034, www.michaelmitchellcharleston.com

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Holiday Festival of Lights

Holiday Festival of Lights


Event Date: 11/14/2014 - 5:30pm to 01/02/2015 - 10:00pm




With more than 700 displays and two million lights, the Holiday Festival of Lights illuminates James Island County Park, bringing cheer throughout the season. Adding even more holly jolly fun are homemade gingerbread houses, treats from Santa’s Sweet Shoppe, an impressive 50-ton sand sculpture, and gift shops. For an exclusive preview, participate in the Festival of Lights Fun Run and Walk on November 12 at 6:30 p.m. in a noncompetitive two-mile journey through the light displays. James Island County Park, 871 Riverland Dr. Sunday-Thursday, 5:30-10pm; Friday & Saturday, 5:30-11pm. $15 per vehicle. (843)795-4386, www.ccprc.com

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Shopping With Friends Online

Shopping With Friends Online


Event Date: 12/01/2014 (All day) to 12/31/2014 (All day)




Cyber Monday takes on a whole new meaning with this latest version of the Shopping with Friends holiday tradition. Starting December 1, you can purchase gift cards online in varying denominations to local participating retailers that will double in gift-buying power when you hit the actual store. Knock out your shopping at half the price while supporting Lowcountry AIDS Services. Buy cards online. Daily. $25, $50, $100. (843)747-2273, www.aids-services.com

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Holiday Walking Tour

Holiday Walking Tour


Event Date: 12/01/2014 - 10:00am to 12/31/2014 - 12:00pm




/// DECEMBER 1-31 Enjoy a walking tour that not only highlights Charleston’s past, but also showcases the historical district and its Christmas decorations. Stroll past mansions on the Battery, homes in quaint neighborhoods, and significant downtown buildings. The tour begins and ends at The Mills House, where holiday refreshments are served. The Mills House, 115 Meeting St. Daily, 10am-noon. $19; $3 ages seven-12; free for child under six. (843)722-8688, www.charlestonstrolls.com

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Holiday Festival of Lights

Holiday Festival of Lights


Event Date: 12/01/2014 - 5:30pm




With more than 700 displays and two million lights, the Holiday Festival of Lights illuminates James Island County Park, bringing cheer throughout the season. Adding even more holly jolly fun are homemade gingerbread houses, treats from Santa’s Sweet Shoppe, an impressive 50-ton sand sculpture, and gift shops. James Island County Park, 871 Riverland Dr. Sunday-Thursday, 5:30-10pm; Friday & Saturday, 5:30-11pm. $15 per vehicle. (843)795-4386, www.ccprc.com

 
Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland


Event Date: 12/02/2014 - 12:00pm to 12/05/2014 - 1:00pm




Sleigh bells are ringing and holiday lights are twinkling—the only thing missing is a winter wonderland for tiny Charlestonians to visit. This free event for preschoolers offers enjoyable holiday activities like arts and crafts and an interactive performance by Becky Becker and her Box of Puppets. Kids can romp in the Frozen castle constructed by Charleston Balloon Company and meet Santa, the man of the hour. Armory Park, 5000 Lackawanna Blvd., North Charleston. Tuesday, noon-1:30pm; Wednesday-Friday, 9am-1:30pm. Free. (843)740-5807, www.northcharleston.org

 
The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker


Event Date: 12/06/2014 - 7:00pm to 12/16/2014 - 7:00pm




Be dazzled as you watch the Columbia City Ballet perform the timeless holiday tale of Clara, the Mouse King, Sugar Plum Fairy, and the rest of The Nutcracker’s iconic characters. Under the direction of William Starrett, this professional company produces what critics have called “some of the highest quality cultural entertainment in the Southeast.” Take your pick of two local shows at different locations. North Charleston Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Dr., North Charleston. Saturday, 5:30pm. $46-$26. Sottile Theatre, 44 George St. Tuesday, 7pm. $35-$45. www.columbiacityballet.com

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Sister Act

Sister Act


Event Date: 12/02/2014 - 7:30pm to 12/03/2014 - 7:30pm




The New York Post calls this show ”Broadway‘s feel-amazing musical comedy smash.” Wannabe diva Deloris Van Cartier‘s life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a crime and finds herself hidden in a convent. This show, based on the 1992 film starring Whoopi Goldberg, features original music by eight-time Oscar-winner Alan Menken, who has written songs for movies turned into hit Broadway shows, including Beauty and the Beast and The Little Mermaid. North Charleston Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Dr., North Charleston. Tuesday & Wednesday, 7:30pm. $62-$32. (843)529-5000, www.coliseumpac.com

 
City Gallery Exhibit: Works By Mount Pleasant Artists Guild

City Gallery Exhibit: Works By Mount Pleasant Artists Guild


Event Date: 12/04/2014 - 9:00am to 12/31/2014 - 5:00pm




Come out to see what the members of the Mount Pleasant Artists Guild have been up to. In this artwork-packed exhibit, these creatives—who strive to promote art in the East Cooper area—share pieces ranging from oils and watercolors to mixed media. Chat with them about their work at the opening reception held on December 4 from 5-7p.m. North Charleston City Gallery, 5001 Coliseum Dr., North Charleston. Daily, 9am-5pm. Free. (843)740-5854, www.northcharleston.org

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Women Who Impact Preservation

Women Who Impact Preservation


Event Date: 12/02/2014 - 6:00pm




Historic Charleston Foundation presents a night celebrating the many ladies who have made a difference in historical preservation in the Holy City. The night includes dancing, music, food, and libations as attendees honor the second IMPACT award-winner for her contributions to the cause. Proceeds benefit the Foundation’s Neighborhood Impact Initiative. Historic Rice Mill Building, 17 Lockwood Dr. Tuesday, 6pm. $50. (843)723-1623, www.historiccharleston.org

 
Art With a Twist: Antique Walk, A Stroll in Search of the Perfect Treasure

Art With a Twist: Antique Walk, A Stroll in Search of the Perfect Treasure


Event Date: 12/03/2014 - 6:00pm




In this third iteration of the Gibbes’ monthly Art with a Twist series, take a stroll through downtown and explore Charleston’s finest antiques stores while nibbling on cheese and sipping wine. Talk to local experts and learn all about the history of the shops’ finest treasures. Gibbes Museum of Art entrance, 135 Meeting St. Wednesday, 6pm. $30; $20 member. (843)722-2706, www.gibbesmuseum.org

 
Awendaw Green Barn Jam

Awendaw Green Barn Jam


Event Date: 12/03/2014 - 6:00pm




December 3, 10, & 17

Every Wednesday evening, local and regional artists alike take the outdoor stage in this musical showcase. You can bring your own libations and settle into the chairs, tables, and even swings arranged in this funkily adorned clearing in the woods, where barrel fires burn on chilly nights. Bring kids and leashed dogs, and be sure to try the wood-fired pizza and other fare from the full grill. Awendaw Green, 4853 U.S. 17 N, Awendaw. Wednesday, 6-10pm. $5. (843)452-1642, www.awendawgreen.com

 
Southern Chef Series at The Macintosh

Southern Chef Series at The Macintosh


Event Date: 12/03/2014 - 6:30pm




Chef Jeremiah Bacon utilizes The Macintosh's recently renovated patio to host the first, second, and third of a series of special fall roasts that features some of the region's top chefs. Partnered with Chef Bacon is Chef Kevin Gillespie of Gunshow in Atlanta, GA, Chef Vish Bhatt of Snack Bar in Oxford, MS, and Chef Steven Satterfield of Miller Union in Atlanta, GA, all of whom offer a family style meal that is prepared almost exclusively on the outside grill during this event. Handpicked beverage pairings are provided with each roast. To learn more and purchase tickets visit The Macintosh's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/TheMacintoshCharleston. The Macintosh, 479 King St. Wednesday, 6:30pm. $85. (843)789-4299, www.themacintoshcharleston.com

 
Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead Movie Screening

Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead Movie Screening


Event Date: 12/03/2014 - 6:30pm




Gain some inspiration for your New Year’s resolution to lose weight as The Sprout Café presents Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead. This documentary features Joe Cross, a man on a mission to regain his health and life. The event is free with a $10 suggested donation to Louie’s Kids, a local organization that fights childhood obesity. The Cinebarre, 963 Houston Northcutt Blvd. Wednesday, 6:30pm. Free; $10 suggested donation. (843)743-4582, www.thehealthsprout.com

 
Wide Angle Lunch

Wide Angle Lunch


Event Date: 12/04/2014 - 12:30pm




The Charleston Library Society brings author and therapist Deb Ebenstein to town for a talk about her book, Mani Pedi STAT, in which the Jersey girl recounts her experiences as a survivor of three life-threatening illnesses and reveals her own prescription for survival: spending lots of quality time with girlfriends, family, and the nail salon. Thursday, 12:30-1:30pm. $30; $25 member. (843)723-9912 www.charlestonlibrarysociety.org

 
Copyrights and Trademarks -- What They Are and How to Obtain/Protect Them

Copyrights and Trademarks -- What They Are and How to Obtain/Protect Them


Event Date: 12/04/2014 - 5:30pm




As part of the Charleston County Bar Association's series of free legal clinics, Christina Humphries, ESQ and Jillian Barton, ESQ deliver a presentation on copyrights and trademarks. Charleston County Main Library, 68 Calhoun St. Thursday, 5:30pm. Free. (843)881-6666, www.charlestoncountybar.org

 
Girls With Guitars Jingle Jam

Girls With Guitars Jingle Jam


Event Date: 12/04/2014 - 6:00pm




As part of WEZL 103.5‘s Girls with Guitars Jingle Jam concert benefitting MUSC Children’s Hospital, Pretty Little Liars actress-turned-country star Lucy Hale performs songs from her debut studio album, Road Between. Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina, 20 Patriots Point Rd., Mount Pleasant. Thursday, 6-9pm. Price TBD.(843)884-2534, www.wezl.com

 
Girls with Guitars Jingle Jam

Girls with Guitars Jingle Jam


Event Date: 12/04/2014 - 6:00pm




Fans of hit ABC Family mystery-drama Pretty Little Liars will instantly recognize Lucy Hale as the actress who plays Aria Montgomery, one of the main characters. What they may not know is that the Tennessee native also released a debut country album, The Road Between, this summer, with single “You Sound Good to Me” reaching number 21 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. Hear the vocalist perform live and also catch area country performers McKenna Andrews, Chase Martin, and Chelsea Summers during this festive concert hosted by 103.5 WEZL to benefit MUSC Children’s Hospital. Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina, 20 Patriots Point Rd., Mount Pleasant. Thursday, 6-9 p.m. Price TBD. (843) 856-0028, wezl.com

 
Chamber Music at the Library Society

Chamber Music at the Library Society


Event Date: 12/04/2014 - 7:00pm




For a fifth year in a row, the Charleston Symphony Orchestra (CSO) brings Christmas music to the gorgeous historical setting of the Charleston Library Society. This time around, the CSO Brass Quintet (Antonio Marti on trumpet, Brandon Nichols on horn, Thomas Joyce on bass trombone and tuba, and Ryan Leveille on percussion) plays cherished carols and traditional seasonal pieces to celebrate the holidays. Charleston Library Society, 164 King St. Thursday, 7pm. $20; $10 student. (843)723-7528, www.charlestonlibrarysociety.org

 
Garden & Gun Jubilee

Garden & Gun Jubilee


Event Date: 12/05/2014 - 9:00am to 12/07/2014 - 3:00pm




For the second year, Garden & Gun celebrates its readers and the best of the magazine with a dizzying three-day mix of sporting, shopping, food, music, and art. Special highlights include an oyster roast on Thursday, an afternoon quail hunt on Saturday, and, also on Saturday, an evening “field feast” with food, drink, and music that features chef Mike Lata of Charleston, chef Ashley Christensen of Raleigh, and chef John Fleer of Asheville. Charles Towne Landing, 1500 Old Towne Rd. Friday-Sunday, times vary. $600-$85; child under 12 free. (843)795-1195, www.gardenandgunjubilee.com

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That Holiday Book Sale

That Holiday Book Sale


Event Date: 12/05/2014 - 9:00am to 12/07/2014 - 4:00pm




Looking for the perfect gift for that special bibliophile in your life? Then stop by That Holiday Book Sale, presented by the Charleston Friends of the Library, for a chance to shop and support your local library system. The selection includes books, CDs, and DVDs that are particularly gift-worthy. Children’s books start at $0.50 each, paperbacks at $1, and hardbacks at $3. Friends of the Library members can attend a special pre-event on December 4 from 5:30-7:30pm. Main Library, 68 Calhoun St. Friday, 9am-6pm; Saturday, 9am-4pm; Sunday, 2-4pm. Free. (843)805-6882www.charlestonlibraryfriends.org

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"Favorite Things"

"Favorite Things"


Event Date: 12/05/2014 - 5:30pm to 01/11/2015 - 8:30pm




From wall art and sculptures to inventive teapots and vibrant bowls, this Cone 10 Studios exhibit includes clay pieces by some 30 member artists. Shop and snack on refreshments by Celia’s of Charleston during the opening shindig on December 5 from 5:30-8:30 p.m.
 Cone 10 Studios, 1080 Morrison Dr. Daily, call for hours. Free. cone10studios.com

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A Christmas Carol, A Ghost Story of Christmas

A Christmas Carol, A Ghost Story of Christmas


Event Date: 12/05/2014 - 6:00pm to 12/21/2014 - 6:00pm




Julian Wiles’ adaptation of the Dickens classic features special effects including ghosts flying through the air as well as new scenery, costumes, and musical arrangements. Watch a professional cast of more than 30 singers, dancers, actors, and musicians in this brand-new innovative production. Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St. Thursday-Sunday, times vary. $58-$39; $56-$37 senior, $46-$23 student/military. (843)577-7183, www.charlestonstage.com

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Christmas 1860 at the Edmonston-Alston House

Christmas 1860 at the Edmonston-Alston House


Event Date: 12/05/2014 - 6:30pm to 12/12/2014 - 8:30pm




Explore the beautiful Edmonston-Alston House on the Battery decorated as it would have been in 1860—Charleston’s last opulent Christmas before the start of the Civil War. Talk with costumed reenactors and watch as they present dramatic scenes from the past. Edmonston-Alston House, 21 E. Battery. Friday, 6:30-8:30pm. $25; $20 advance. (843)556-6020, www.middletonplace.org

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A Night in Wine Country: Taste, Shop, Stroll King Street

A Night in Wine Country: Taste, Shop, Stroll King Street


Event Date: 12/05/2014 - 4:00pm




Tackle your holiday shopping list in peace and quiet with this special event sponsored by Halls Chophouse, The Harbour Club, Savannah Bee Company, and Spoleto Festival USA. Twelve of King Street's finest stores open their doors for an exclusive evening of shopping and wine tasting at every stop. King Street. Friday, 4-7pm. $50. (800)838-3006, www.christmasonkingstreet.com

 
French Quarter Art Walk

French Quarter Art Walk


Event Date: 12/05/2014 - 5:00pm




Arguably the best place for an evening art walk, Charleston’s historical French Quarter, located between South Market and Tradd streets, is home to roughly 30 art galleries within walking distance of one another. Guests can stroll along the cobblestone streets and stop in any gallery for food, wine, and art, or maybe even speak with one of the featured artists. French Quarter, between S. Market & Tradd sts., Meeting St. & the waterfront. Friday, 5-8pm. Free. (843)577-7344, www.frenchquarterarts.com

 
Funk Prohibition Party

Funk Prohibition Party


Event Date: 12/05/2014 - 5:00pm




It’s the 81st anniversary of the repeal of prohibition—what better way to celebrate than with some hooch and funk music? The Cocktail Club hosts the party, serving up their favorite drinks all night and cookies when the clock strikes twelve. Get ready to boogie down. The Cocktail Club, 479 King St. Friday, 5pm. Free. (843)724-9411, www.thecocktailclubcharleston.com

 
Rush Hour Mini Concert featuring Ulyana Machneva

Rush Hour Mini Concert featuring Ulyana Machneva


Event Date: 12/05/2014 - 5:30pm




Charleston Academy of Music faculty member and Ukraine-born guitarist Ulyana Machneva performs a short solo recital of tangos, as well as Hungarian and Spanish numbers by various notable artists. She also debuts her original compositions “In My Dreams,” “Second Sunday on Ragtime Street,” and “The Cowboy and the Moon.” Charleston Academy of Music Recital Hall, 189 Rutledge Ave. Friday, 5:30pm. Free. (843)805-7794, www.charlestonmusic.org

 
The Christmas Play

The Christmas Play


Event Date: 12/05/2014 - 6:30pm




Now in its 90th year of production, Ashley Hall's Christmas Play is one of the school’s longest-standing traditions. The play is based on the Nativity cycle of the medieval mystery plays of Chester, England, which were plays dramatizing Biblical stories from Creation to the Final Judgement. Students, faculty, and staff from all school divisions take part in bringing this Christmas gift to Charleston. The Cathedral of St. Luke and St. Paul, 126 Coming Street. Friday, 6:30pm. Free. (843)722-4088, www.ashleyhall.org

 
Second Annual Pitmaster Backyard BBQ

Second Annual Pitmaster Backyard BBQ


Event Date: 12/05/2014 - 7:00pm




The Pitmaster Backyard BBQ is back and better than ever! Chefs from Southern Soul Barbeque team up with those of Home Team BBQ to ‘que a whole hog and brisket as well as prepare southern snacks and sides. Joining these gurus of grilling will be professional golfer Davis Love, who serves as the celebrity guest chef. Patrons receive drink tickets for beverages provided by High Wire Distilling Co. and Holy City Brewing. This event is a knockout fundraiser for Grow Food Carolina. Home Team BBQ, 1205 Ashley River Rd., West Ashley. Friday, 7pm. $45. (843)225-7427, www.hometeambbq.com

 
The Travelin‘ Mccourys with Bill Nershi

The Travelin‘ Mccourys with Bill Nershi


Event Date: 12/05/2014 - 9:30pm




Sons of bluegrass legend Del McCoury, Ronnie (mandolin) and Rob (banjo) follow in their father’s footsteps alongside fiddler Jason Carter and bassist Alan Bartram. The ensemble has played with the acclaimed Allman Brothers Band and is scheduled to tour with the Lee Boys in upcoming months. Listen to songs like ”How Mountain Girls Can Love“ and ”On and On“ and also enjoy tunes from acoustic guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter Bill Nershi. The Pour House, 1977 Maybank Hwy. Friday, 9:30pm. $23; $20 advance. (843)571-4343, www.charlestonpourhouse.com

 
Reindeer Run

Reindeer Run


Event Date: 12/06/2014 - 9:00am




Southend Brewery marks the start and finish lines of this family- and dog-friendly 5K run and walk through the lower peninsula benefiting MUSC Children’s Hospital and the Charitable Society of Charleston. After the race, grab beer, Bloody Marys, and appetizers at the restaurant and celebrate to live tunes by The Cordovans. In addition to race awards, winners (in both human and dog categories) will be chosen in the costume contest based on their Christmas-themed getups. Southend Brewery, 161 East Bay St. Saturday, 9am. $35; $25 ages five-16. www.reindeerrun.org

 
Reindeer Run

Reindeer Run


Event Date: 12/06/2014 - 9:00am




Southend Brewery marks the start and finish lines of this family- and dog-friendly 5K run and walk through the lower peninsula. Benefiting the MUSC Children’s Hospital and the Charitable Society of Charleston, this annual event features music by The Cordovans, beer, Bloody Marys, and appetizers. In addition to race awards, winners are chosen based on their Christmas-themed costume party for both dogs and people. Southend Brewery, 161 East Bay St. Saturday, 9am. $35; $25 for ages five to 16. www.reindeerrun.org

 
Holiday Street Festival

Holiday Street Festival


Event Date: 12/06/2014 - 2:00pm




Don’t miss Elise Testone, Elizabeth Covington, and Santa during this fun-filled day at the beach. Kids can enjoy free activities such as a painting booth sponsored by Wine and Design, carnival rides, jump castles, and the 22-foot Christmas tree. Front Beach, Isle of Palms. Saturday, 2-7pm. Free. (843)886-8294, www.iop.net

 
Holiday Decoration Celebration at The Joseph Manigault House

Holiday Decoration Celebration at The Joseph Manigault House


Event Date: 12/06/2014 - 3:00pm




Celebrate the season at this event hosted by The Garden Club of Charleston, where members have decorated the historical home of Joseph Manigault and his family with greenery and floral arrangements. This year’s theme is 19th-century decor, giving those in attendance a glimpse into the lives of Charleston families of that era. Let the docents in each room fill you in on the city’s holiday history on this self-guided tour while you sip on cocoa and cider or munch on snacks from Holy City Popcorn Co. The Joseph Manigault House, 350 Meeting St. Saturday, 3-5pm. $10; $5 child; free for member. (843)722-2996, www.charlestonmuseum.org

 
North Charleston Christmas Festival and Parade

North Charleston Christmas Festival and Parade


Event Date: 12/06/2014 - 3:00pm




This yuletide event has it all: carriage rides, children’s activities, live music on two stages, and food and craft vendors. Seasonal festivities include a Christmas tree lighting, parade, and an appearance by Santa. While you’re in the holiday spirit, pick out your Christmas tree at a sale to benefit South Carolina STRONG, an organization that is committed to rehabilitating criminals and substance abusers. The parade begins at 5 p.m. at the corner of Montague and Mixson avenues, to be followed by the tree lighting ceremony at approximately 7 p.m. at the Felix C. Davis Community Center. Park Circle, 4800 Park Cir., North Charleston. Saturday, 3-9pm. Free. (843)745-1028, www.northcharleston.org

 
Sea Life by Starlight

Sea Life by Starlight


Event Date: 12/06/2014 - 6:00pm




Spend a night under the twinkling stars and amidst the aquatic beauty of the South Carolina Aquarium. Heavy hors d’oeuvres and festive libations are served up by Middleton Place Restaurant, Indaco, Sesame Burger, and The Cocktail Club. Check out the live and silent auctions while supporting the Aquarium’s education and conservation efforts. South Carolina Aquarium, 100 Aquarium Wharf. Saturday, 6-10pm. $100-$70. (843)577-3474, www.scaquarium.org

 
The Dirty Guv'nahs

The Dirty Guv'nahs


Event Date: 12/06/2014 - 9:00pm




This soulful, six-man band from Knoxville, Tennessee has performed at festivals including Bonnaroo, Wakarusa, and South by Southwest, and they’ve even opened for major artists such as Wilco, The Black Crowes, Train, Zac Brown Band, and NEEDTOBREATHE. The Boston Globe called this group “a fiercely soulful band,” and Music Connection Magazine proclaimed they “capture the human experience through song.” Music Farm, 32 Ann St. Saturday, 9pm. $15-$13. (843)577-6989, www.musicfarm.com

 
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"Unfurled: Flags from the Collections of the Charleston Museum"

"Unfurled: Flags from the Collections of the Charleston Museum"


Event Date: 07/01/2014 - 9:00am to 01/04/2015 - 5:00pm




Historical banners—ranging from the iconic to the never-before-exhibited—are the stars of this show, which illustrates how flag design has evolved over the years. The collection includes pieces from the early 1800s to the late 20th century. The Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting St. Monday-Saturday, 9am-5pm; Sunday, 1-5pm. $10; $5 ages three-12; free for child under three. (843)722-2996, www.charlestonmuseum.org

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"Awake"

"Awake"


Event Date: 11/07/2014 - 12:00pm to 12/21/2014 - 5:00pm




The City Gallery at Waterfront Park hosts a multi-sensory art exhibition by Charleston’s own John Duckworth. For more than a decade, he focused on abstract landscape photography, but in recent years, a major spiritual transformation guided him in creating a new body of work based in balancing the overpowering press of contemporary Western culture with Eastern contemplative practices. At the exhibit’s core is “The Buddha Chapel,” showcasing 16 large paintings within a sanctuary-like setting. Viewers will also find sketches, photographs, and video and audio installations. Celebrate at the opening reception on November 7 from 5-8 p.m., and look for additional programming at locations around town. The City Gallery at Waterfront Park, 34-A Prioleau St. Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Free. (843) 958-6484, www.citygalleryatwaterfrontpark.com

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"Wing & A Prayer"

"Wing & A Prayer"


Event Date: 11/14/2014 - 12:00pm to 12/07/2014 - 5:50pm




Three lauded artists bring their abstract works to Charleston from their home studio, Wing and a Prayer, in Atlanta’s Buckhead neighborhood. Betty Foy Botts, Dixie Purvis, and Tommy Taylor present pieces of art featuring streaks of color, lines, and shapes in this vibrant exhibit. Don’t miss out on the opening reception on November 14. Michael Mitchell Gallery, 438 King St. Monday-Wednesday, 10am-6pm; Thursday-Saturday, 10am-9pm; Sunday, noon-5pm. Free. (843)564-0034, www.michaelmitchellcharleston.com

 
Boone Hall Plantation Christmas

Boone Hall Plantation Christmas


Event Date: 12/08/2014 - 9:00am to 01/01/2015 - 5:00pm




This month, visit Boone Hall to enjoy stunning Christmas decorations all over the property. Each year, America’s most photographed plantation displays its holiday cheer by placing Christmas trees in every room, adorning them with ornaments made from natural, local materials, including sweetgrass, cotton, berries, and magnolia tree leaves—many of which are grown on the grounds. Boone Hall Plantation,1235 Long Point Rd., Mount Pleasant. Monday-Saturday, 9am-5pm; Sunday,12-5pm. $20; $18 senior; $10 ages six-12. (843)884-4371, www.boonehallplantation.com

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Holiday Festival of Lights

Holiday Festival of Lights


Event Date: 11/14/2014 - 5:30pm to 01/02/2015 - 10:00pm




With more than 700 displays and two million lights, the Holiday Festival of Lights illuminates James Island County Park, bringing cheer throughout the season. Adding even more holly jolly fun are homemade gingerbread houses, treats from Santa’s Sweet Shoppe, an impressive 50-ton sand sculpture, and gift shops. For an exclusive preview, participate in the Festival of Lights Fun Run and Walk on November 12 at 6:30 p.m. in a noncompetitive two-mile journey through the light displays. James Island County Park, 871 Riverland Dr. Sunday-Thursday, 5:30-10pm; Friday & Saturday, 5:30-11pm. $15 per vehicle. (843)795-4386, www.ccprc.com

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Shopping With Friends Online

Shopping With Friends Online


Event Date: 12/01/2014 (All day) to 12/31/2014 (All day)




Cyber Monday takes on a whole new meaning with this latest version of the Shopping with Friends holiday tradition. Starting December 1, you can purchase gift cards online in varying denominations to local participating retailers that will double in gift-buying power when you hit the actual store. Knock out your shopping at half the price while supporting Lowcountry AIDS Services. Buy cards online. Daily. $25, $50, $100. (843)747-2273, www.aids-services.com

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Holiday Walking Tour

Holiday Walking Tour


Event Date: 12/01/2014 - 10:00am to 12/31/2014 - 12:00pm




/// DECEMBER 1-31 Enjoy a walking tour that not only highlights Charleston’s past, but also showcases the historical district and its Christmas decorations. Stroll past mansions on the Battery, homes in quaint neighborhoods, and significant downtown buildings. The tour begins and ends at The Mills House, where holiday refreshments are served. The Mills House, 115 Meeting St. Daily, 10am-noon. $19; $3 ages seven-12; free for child under six. (843)722-8688, www.charlestonstrolls.com

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City Gallery Exhibit: Works By Mount Pleasant Artists Guild

City Gallery Exhibit: Works By Mount Pleasant Artists Guild


Event Date: 12/04/2014 - 9:00am to 12/31/2014 - 5:00pm




Come out to see what the members of the Mount Pleasant Artists Guild have been up to. In this artwork-packed exhibit, these creatives—who strive to promote art in the East Cooper area—share pieces ranging from oils and watercolors to mixed media. Chat with them about their work at the opening reception held on December 4 from 5-7p.m. North Charleston City Gallery, 5001 Coliseum Dr., North Charleston. Daily, 9am-5pm. Free. (843)740-5854, www.northcharleston.org

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Garden & Gun Jubilee

Garden & Gun Jubilee


Event Date: 12/05/2014 - 9:00am to 12/07/2014 - 3:00pm




For the second year, Garden & Gun celebrates its readers and the best of the magazine with a dizzying three-day mix of sporting, shopping, food, music, and art. Special highlights include an oyster roast on Thursday, an afternoon quail hunt on Saturday, and, also on Saturday, an evening “field feast” with food, drink, and music that features chef Mike Lata of Charleston, chef Ashley Christensen of Raleigh, and chef John Fleer of Asheville. Charles Towne Landing, 1500 Old Towne Rd. Friday-Sunday, times vary. $600-$85; child under 12 free. (843)795-1195, www.gardenandgunjubilee.com

 
 
 
 
Miracle in Bedford Falls

Miracle in Bedford Falls


Event Date: 12/11/2014 - 8:00pm to 12/21/2014 - 3:00pm




Follow George Bailey on this musical Christmas journey based on the beloved holiday classic, It’s A Wonderful Life. From George’s darkest moment in Bedford Falls to the miracle that changes everything, this production captivates audiences and ultimately brings forward a heartwarming moral that is sure to last through the season. The Footlight Players are proud to present this magical holiday production, directed by Thomas Keating with musical direction by Leah Megli. Footlight Players Theatre, 20 Queen St. Thursday-Saturday, 8pm; Sunday 3pm. $35; $32 senior/military; $25 student; $15 child. (843)722-4487, www.footlightplayers.net

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That Holiday Book Sale

That Holiday Book Sale


Event Date: 12/05/2014 - 9:00am to 12/07/2014 - 4:00pm




Looking for the perfect gift for that special bibliophile in your life? Then stop by That Holiday Book Sale, presented by the Charleston Friends of the Library, for a chance to shop and support your local library system. The selection includes books, CDs, and DVDs that are particularly gift-worthy. Children’s books start at $0.50 each, paperbacks at $1, and hardbacks at $3. Friends of the Library members can attend a special pre-event on December 4 from 5:30-7:30pm. Main Library, 68 Calhoun St. Friday, 9am-6pm; Saturday, 9am-4pm; Sunday, 2-4pm. Free. (843)805-6882www.charlestonlibraryfriends.org

 
 
 
 
 
"from whence, to which"

"from whence, to which"


Event Date: 12/12/2014 - 10:00am to 01/31/2015 - 6:00pm




Danielle Wyckoff’s art focuses on the human experience of love – the immersive, immortal experience that unifies all people. She collects love stories through interviews and online submissions, and brings those stories to material reality on looping paper scroll installations. In her exhibit, "from whence, to which," Wyckoff seeks to “acknowledge and elicit the shifting natures of love and water, their beauty and breathlessness, their terror and transience.” Redux Contemporary Art Center, 136 St. Philip St. Tuesday-Friday, 10am-6pm; Saturday 12pm-5pm. Free. (843) 722-0697, reduxstudios.org

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"Favorite Things"

"Favorite Things"


Event Date: 12/05/2014 - 5:30pm to 01/11/2015 - 8:30pm




From wall art and sculptures to inventive teapots and vibrant bowls, this Cone 10 Studios exhibit includes clay pieces by some 30 member artists. Shop and snack on refreshments by Celia’s of Charleston during the opening shindig on December 5 from 5:30-8:30 p.m.
 Cone 10 Studios, 1080 Morrison Dr. Daily, call for hours. Free. cone10studios.com

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A Christmas Carol, A Ghost Story of Christmas

A Christmas Carol, A Ghost Story of Christmas


Event Date: 12/05/2014 - 6:00pm to 12/21/2014 - 6:00pm




Julian Wiles’ adaptation of the Dickens classic features special effects including ghosts flying through the air as well as new scenery, costumes, and musical arrangements. Watch a professional cast of more than 30 singers, dancers, actors, and musicians in this brand-new innovative production. Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St. Thursday-Sunday, times vary. $58-$39; $56-$37 senior, $46-$23 student/military. (843)577-7183, www.charlestonstage.com

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Christmas 1860 at the Edmonston-Alston House

Christmas 1860 at the Edmonston-Alston House


Event Date: 12/05/2014 - 6:30pm to 12/12/2014 - 8:30pm




Explore the beautiful Edmonston-Alston House on the Battery decorated as it would have been in 1860—Charleston’s last opulent Christmas before the start of the Civil War. Talk with costumed reenactors and watch as they present dramatic scenes from the past. Edmonston-Alston House, 21 E. Battery. Friday, 6:30-8:30pm. $25; $20 advance. (843)556-6020, www.middletonplace.org

 
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever


Event Date: 12/13/2014 - 3:00pm to 12/20/2014 - 3:00pm




Based on the 1971 children’s book by Barbara Robinson, this play tells the story of how six little delinquents—who attend church just for the snacks—are somehow cast in the lead roles in the Christmas pageant. See how the unconventional and hilarious performance turns out during this Charleston Stage performance. Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St. Saturday, 3pm. $23. (843)577-7183, www.charlestonstage.com

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The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker


Event Date: 12/06/2014 - 7:00pm to 12/16/2014 - 7:00pm




Be dazzled as you watch the Columbia City Ballet perform the timeless holiday tale of Clara, the Mouse King, Sugar Plum Fairy, and the rest of The Nutcracker’s iconic characters. Under the direction of William Starrett, this professional company produces what critics have called “some of the highest quality cultural entertainment in the Southeast.” Take your pick of two local shows at different locations. North Charleston Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Dr., North Charleston. Saturday, 5:30pm. $46-$26. Sottile Theatre, 44 George St. Tuesday, 7pm. $35-$45. www.columbiacityballet.com

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Our Landscapes

Our Landscapes


Event Date: 12/07/2014 - 9:00am to 01/15/2015 - 5:00pm




Calling all photography lovers! Jericho Arts presents a new exhibition of contemporary photography by Chloe Hope Gilstrap, Thomas McCorkle, Jonathan Stout, Jessica Stocker, and Kate Wichlinski in Our Landscapes. These five vastly different photographers present pieces in both black and white and color. Stop by for a special opening reception on December 7 at 4 p.m. Jericho Arts, 815 Savannah Hwy., Suite 101, Avondale. Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm. Free. (843)212-8482www.artsjericho.com

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Wine Under the Oaks

Wine Under the Oaks


Event Date: 12/07/2014 - 1:00pm




What could be better than the nip in the air on a Lowcountry December day, the beauty of Boone Hall Plantation’s lawn, and an abundance of vino? At this festive event, sample more than 20 wines and enjoy French fare such as desserts, breads, spreads, and oysters. Watch cooking demos by some of the area’s finest chefs, view artwork, and participate in a silent auction while grooving to the smooth sounds of jazz-fusion band Spyro Gyra. Boone Hall Plantation, 1235 Long Point Rd., Mount Pleasant. Sunday, 1-5pm. $48.50. (843)884-4371, www.boonehallplantation.com

 
Mixson Mingle Jingle

Mixson Mingle Jingle


Event Date: 12/07/2014 - 2:00pm




Santa makes a special stop in Mixson to take photos with lucky kids on his “good” list. Enjoy live music, caroling, and even a petting zoo. Afterwards, stuff a stocking at the Christmas market with your favorite local goodies and decorate ornaments and cookies— if Santa doesn't steal them first! The Barn at Mixson, 4400 Marblehead Ln., North Charleston. Saturday, 2-6pm. Free. (843)321-9575.

 
Natural History Society Oyster Roast

Natural History Society Oyster Roast


Event Date: 12/07/2014 - 2:00pm




Good eats and family fun await you at the annual holiday party and oyster roast of The Natural History Society of Charleston. All you can eat Lowcountry oysters, beer, chili, cornbread, and desserts will be served at the event, which takes place at Bowen’s Island Restaurant. Live music by Wrenwood and a silent auction provide entertainment when your tummy is full. Bowen’s Island Restaurant, 1870 Bowens Island Rd. Sunday, 2pm. $30 door; $25 advance. (240)678-3712, www.charlestonaudubon.org

 
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony


Event Date: 12/07/2014 - 9:00pm




Cleveland hip hop group Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, famous for hits like “Thuggish Ruggish Bone” and “Tha Crossroads,” comes to Charleston. Hip hop artist Gillie Da Kid, one of the founding members of the group “Major Figgas," opens for the group in a hip hop concert for all ages. Tickets are on sale starting October 24. Music Farm, 32 Ann St. Sunday, 9pm; 8pm doors. $28; $26 adv. (843)577-6989, www.musicfarm.com

 
 
 
Art of Healing Presents Flower Power

Art of Healing Presents Flower Power


Event Date: 12/10/2014 - 6:00pm




Have you ever felt better, happier, or healthier after receiving a bouquet of roses or walking through a garden? Join floral design experts Gretchen Cuddy of Gretchen Cuddy Floral Designs and Clara Varga-Gonzales of Tiger Lily Florists with moderator Dr. Jeb Hallett for a discussion on the healing powers of horticulture. The Thomas Bennett House will be decorated just in time for this event, providing extra holiday cheer. Thomas Bennett House, 69 Barre St. Wednesday, 6pm. $30; $20 member. (843)722-2706 x 21, gibbesmuseum.org

 
Del Shore: My Sordid Best!

Del Shore: My Sordid Best!


Event Date: 12/10/2014 - 7:30pm




Award-winning playwright Del Shores presents this special one-night-only, one-man stand-up comedy show in which he details his crazy experiences working in Hollywood and shares back stories of the real people who inspired some of his most outrageous characters. Shores’ plays, Southern Baptists Sissies, The Trials and Tribulations of a Trailer Trash Housewife, and Sordid Lives, have been recognized by the NAACP Theatre Awards, the LA Drama Critics Circle Awards, and more. The American Theater, 446 King St. Wednesday, 7:30pm. $75 VIP; $35. (843)225-0119, www.whatifproductions.org

 
Mixing Colors in Oil

Mixing Colors in Oil


Event Date: 12/11/2014 - 8:30am




Learn how to blend colors using a palate knife in this Gibbes Museum class, held by artist Mary Lou Bloise. She leads an intensive one-day workshop on color theory and painting techniques. Address provided after registration. Thursday, 8:30am-noon. $85; $70 members. (843)720-1689, www.gibbesmuseum.org

 
”Popcorn Garland: a small works show”

”Popcorn Garland: a small works show”


Event Date: 12/11/2014 - 6:00pm




Find original artwork priced from $25 to $500 by Michael Mitchell’s regular artists (all 25 of them), as well as about 10 guest creatives. Live music and cocktails fuel the fun.
Michael Mitchell, 438 King St. Thursday, 6-9 p.m. Free. www.michaelmitchellcharleston.com

 
December Drop & Dash Days

December Drop & Dash Days


Event Date: 12/12/2014 - 10:00am to 12/23/2014 - 1:00pm




Need some time to get that holiday shopping done without the kids constantly in tow? Drop them off for three supervised hours of entertainment and climbing that will keep them happy and save you the holiday stress! Snacks, climbing gloves, drinks, and fun provided. Wild Blue Ropes, 1595 Highland Ave. Friday- Tuesday, 10am & 1pm sessions. $39. (843)225-1555, www.wildblueropes.com

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"From/ Here"

"From/ Here"


Event Date: 12/12/2014 - 5:00pm to 12/27/2014 - 8:00pm




The George Gallery hosts photographer Melinda Mead Scharstein, a Summerville native. The show, entitled “From/ Here,” is a narrative of the constantly changing architectural landscape of the Holy City. View her photographs of familiar places and buildings close to destruction in an exhibit that holds appeal for anyone who loves architecture, photography, Charleston, or all three. Don’t miss the chance to talk with Scharstein at the opening reception on December 12, 5-8 p.m. The George Gallery, 50 Bogard St. Tuesday-Friday,11am-6pm; Saturday, 11am-5pm. Free. (843)579-7328, www.georgegalleryart.com

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The Elves and the Shoemaker

The Elves and the Shoemaker


Event Date: 12/12/2014 - 10:00am




Atlantic Coast Theatre presents a fresh take on this classic Brothers Grimm story with an original musical featuring lyrics set to traditional holiday melodies. The story’s elf will reportedly need assistance from some of the smaller elves in the audience in order to help the shoemaker. This troupe performs hundreds of times each year for more than 70,000 audience members across the country, so you’re guaranteed a good show. Sterett Hall Auditorium, 1530 7th St., North Charleston. Friday, 10am. $2 child; free for accompanying adult. (843)740-5854, www.northcharleston.org

 
Kiawah Island Golf Resort Marathon and Half-Marathon

Kiawah Island Golf Resort Marathon and Half-Marathon


Event Date: 12/13/2014 - 8:00am




Celebrating its 37th year, this Boston Marathon-qualifying race winds past marshes and through maritime forests. Several course observation sites are close enough to walk or bike to from the starting line, and music from Unkle Funkle and a scrumptious, carb-stocked buffet awaits runners at the finish line. Kiawah Island Golf Resort, 1 Sanctuary Beach Dr., Kiawah Island. Saturday, 8am. $125-$45. (843)768-2780, www.kiawahmarathon.com

 
Jingle Bell Run

Jingle Bell Run


Event Date: 12/13/2014 - 9:00am




Jingle all the way to the finish line in this run and walk that encourages creative costumes while supporting the Arthritis Foundation. Opt to do the 5K or one-mile courses, or sign the kids up for the 100-meter Dancer Dash. After the race, munch on snacks from Chick-Fil-A and Earth Fare, and join in activities like craft-making and yoga. Let the little ones get their faces painted or have pictures taken with Santa. Roper St. Francis Mount Pleasant Hospital, 3500 Hwy 17 N., Mount Pleasant. Saturday, 9am. $30-$15. (704)705-1799, www.charlestonjbr.org

 
5k Pajama Run

5k Pajama Run


Event Date: 12/13/2014 - 9:00am




Don your comfiest (and warmest) pj’s to compete in the seventh annual run to bid "goodnight” to ovarian, prostate, colon, and other below the waist cancers. Help fund research at the MUSC Hollings Cancer Center by running or walking the course, and then enjoy food, drink, and awards including best pajama outfit. Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park, 71 Harry Hallman Blvd., Mount Pleasant. Saturday, 9am. $40; $30 advance. (843)709-8900, www.pajamarun.org

 
Holiday Farmers Market & Craft Show

Holiday Farmers Market & Craft Show


Event Date: 12/13/2014 - 11:00am




Whether it’s holiday shopping, a mid-day snack, or a meeting with Santa, the Holiday Farmers Market and Craft Show offers something for everyone in the family. In addition to the fresh fare that is often locally grown, the Holiday Market offers a selection of handcrafted gifts created by local artisans such as Christmas ornaments, glasswork, and a wide variety of original art. Activities for children include face painting, a jump castle, and, of course, a visit with Santa Claus. Farmers Market Pavilion, 645 Coleman Blvd., Mount Pleasant. Saturday, 11am-4pm. Free. (843)884-8517, www.comeonovermp.com

 
Holiday Farmers Market & Craft Show

Holiday Farmers Market & Craft Show


Event Date: 12/13/2014 - 11:00am




Whether you’re stopping by for holiday shopping or just a midday snack, the Holiday Farmers Market and Craft Show offers something for everyone. In addition to locally grown fresh fare, you’ll find handcrafted gifts such as Christmas ornaments, glasswork, and original art, all created by local artisans. Meanwhile, the kids can have a blast with face painting, a jump castle, and, of course, a visit with Santa Claus. Farmers Market Pavilion, 645 Coleman Blvd., Mount Pleasant. Saturday, 11am-4pm. Free. (843)884-8517, www.comeonovermp.com

 
Karen Weihs Oil Painting Demonstration

Karen Weihs Oil Painting Demonstration


Event Date: 12/13/2014 - 1:00pm




Wielding only a palette knife, acclaimed Charleston artist Karen Weihs creates abstract oil paintings that capture the viewer's imagination, sweeping them into tidal landscapes hitherto unknown. Take a peek into her creative process at this special demonstration, in which Weihs reveals her techniques and creates an original work of art. Ella Walton Richardson Fine Art, 58 Broad St. Saturday, 1pm. Free. (843)722-3660, www.ellarichardson.com

 
Holiday Open Studio House

Holiday Open Studio House


Event Date: 12/13/2014 - 3:00pm




Looking for fun and unique gifts for those who made it onto your nice list? Join fellow art-lovers for this second annual event at Hilarie Lambert Studio on James Island. Come for refreshments and the chance to take a look at—or even purchase—works by Lambert, a talented impressionist, who has small and large paintings as well as prints on display. Start crossing off your list, get a little something for yourself, or just enjoy the art. Hilarie Lambert Studio, 749 Willow Lake Rd. Saturday, 3-7pm. Free. www.hlambert.com

 
Holiday Parade of Boats

Holiday Parade of Boats


Event Date: 12/13/2014 - 5:00pm




Celebrate the season coastal-style at this anticipated annual event. Decorate your boat in full holiday flair and spend the evening on the water. Or, if you‘re more of a landlubber, just bundle up to watch the festive spectacle from a location like the Battery. The parade begins on the Mount Pleasant side of Charleston Harbor, processes down the Charleston side of the Cooper River, and ends in the Ashley River. Prizes are awarded at the Captain‘s Party and Awards Ceremony for captains and crews at the Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina after the event. Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina, 20 Patriots Point Rd., Mount Pleasant. Saturday, 5pm. $50 commercial boat; $25 recreational boat; free for spectator. (843)724-7414, www.charlestonarts.org

 
Family Yuletide in the Stableyards

Family Yuletide in the Stableyards


Event Date: 12/13/2014 - 5:30pm




Fill your house with Lowcountry cheer after an evening spent crafting holiday décor at Middleton Place. Create wreaths and other seasonal decorations with natural material from the plantation like greenery and berries. Chat with craftspeople as they ply their trades, or simply enjoy refreshments by candlelight. Middleton Place, 4300 Ashley River Rd. Saturday, 5:30-8pm. $15; $5 ages four-13. (843)556-6020, www.middletonplace.org

 
Sons of Bill

Sons of Bill


Event Date: 12/13/2014 - 9:45pm




Boisterous, brother-born Sons of Bill recorded a new album after nearly ten nonstop years of touring. Dubbed “countrified Pink Floyd” by the American Songwriter, Love & Logic is not quite the classic roots-rock record you’d expect. It’s psychedelic, yet banjo-plucked, as well as reflective and dreamy. The Pour House, 1977 Maybank Hwy. Saturday, 9:45pm; 9pm doors. $10. (843)571-4343, www.charlestonpourhouse.com

 
Willie and the Giant

Willie and the Giant


Event Date: 12/13/2014 - 10:00pm




Nashville’s very own Willie and the Giant make a stop at Home Team BBQ as they celebrate a new record deal with Cumberland Brothers Music. The perfect combination of vintage rock and soul, their latest tunes take you back four decades. Home Team BBQ, 2209 Middle Street, Sullivan’s Island. Saturday, 10pm. $5. (843)883-3131, www.hometeambbq.com

 
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"Unfurled: Flags from the Collections of the Charleston Museum"

"Unfurled: Flags from the Collections of the Charleston Museum"


Event Date: 07/01/2014 - 9:00am to 01/04/2015 - 5:00pm




Historical banners—ranging from the iconic to the never-before-exhibited—are the stars of this show, which illustrates how flag design has evolved over the years. The collection includes pieces from the early 1800s to the late 20th century. The Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting St. Monday-Saturday, 9am-5pm; Sunday, 1-5pm. $10; $5 ages three-12; free for child under three. (843)722-2996, www.charlestonmuseum.org

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"Awake"

"Awake"


Event Date: 11/07/2014 - 12:00pm to 12/21/2014 - 5:00pm




The City Gallery at Waterfront Park hosts a multi-sensory art exhibition by Charleston’s own John Duckworth. For more than a decade, he focused on abstract landscape photography, but in recent years, a major spiritual transformation guided him in creating a new body of work based in balancing the overpowering press of contemporary Western culture with Eastern contemplative practices. At the exhibit’s core is “The Buddha Chapel,” showcasing 16 large paintings within a sanctuary-like setting. Viewers will also find sketches, photographs, and video and audio installations. Celebrate at the opening reception on November 7 from 5-8 p.m., and look for additional programming at locations around town. The City Gallery at Waterfront Park, 34-A Prioleau St. Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Free. (843) 958-6484, www.citygalleryatwaterfrontpark.com

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Holiday Festival of Lights

Holiday Festival of Lights


Event Date: 11/14/2014 - 5:30pm to 01/02/2015 - 10:00pm




With more than 700 displays and two million lights, the Holiday Festival of Lights illuminates James Island County Park, bringing cheer throughout the season. Adding even more holly jolly fun are homemade gingerbread houses, treats from Santa’s Sweet Shoppe, an impressive 50-ton sand sculpture, and gift shops. For an exclusive preview, participate in the Festival of Lights Fun Run and Walk on November 12 at 6:30 p.m. in a noncompetitive two-mile journey through the light displays. James Island County Park, 871 Riverland Dr. Sunday-Thursday, 5:30-10pm; Friday & Saturday, 5:30-11pm. $15 per vehicle. (843)795-4386, www.ccprc.com

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Shopping With Friends Online

Shopping With Friends Online


Event Date: 12/01/2014 (All day) to 12/31/2014 (All day)




Cyber Monday takes on a whole new meaning with this latest version of the Shopping with Friends holiday tradition. Starting December 1, you can purchase gift cards online in varying denominations to local participating retailers that will double in gift-buying power when you hit the actual store. Knock out your shopping at half the price while supporting Lowcountry AIDS Services. Buy cards online. Daily. $25, $50, $100. (843)747-2273, www.aids-services.com

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Holiday Walking Tour

Holiday Walking Tour


Event Date: 12/01/2014 - 10:00am to 12/31/2014 - 12:00pm




/// DECEMBER 1-31 Enjoy a walking tour that not only highlights Charleston’s past, but also showcases the historical district and its Christmas decorations. Stroll past mansions on the Battery, homes in quaint neighborhoods, and significant downtown buildings. The tour begins and ends at The Mills House, where holiday refreshments are served. The Mills House, 115 Meeting St. Daily, 10am-noon. $19; $3 ages seven-12; free for child under six. (843)722-8688, www.charlestonstrolls.com

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City Gallery Exhibit: Works By Mount Pleasant Artists Guild

City Gallery Exhibit: Works By Mount Pleasant Artists Guild


Event Date: 12/04/2014 - 9:00am to 12/31/2014 - 5:00pm




Come out to see what the members of the Mount Pleasant Artists Guild have been up to. In this artwork-packed exhibit, these creatives—who strive to promote art in the East Cooper area—share pieces ranging from oils and watercolors to mixed media. Chat with them about their work at the opening reception held on December 4 from 5-7p.m. North Charleston City Gallery, 5001 Coliseum Dr., North Charleston. Daily, 9am-5pm. Free. (843)740-5854, www.northcharleston.org

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"Favorite Things"

"Favorite Things"


Event Date: 12/05/2014 - 5:30pm to 01/11/2015 - 8:30pm




From wall art and sculptures to inventive teapots and vibrant bowls, this Cone 10 Studios exhibit includes clay pieces by some 30 member artists. Shop and snack on refreshments by Celia’s of Charleston during the opening shindig on December 5 from 5:30-8:30 p.m.
 Cone 10 Studios, 1080 Morrison Dr. Daily, call for hours. Free. cone10studios.com

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A Christmas Carol, A Ghost Story of Christmas

A Christmas Carol, A Ghost Story of Christmas


Event Date: 12/05/2014 - 6:00pm to 12/21/2014 - 6:00pm




Julian Wiles’ adaptation of the Dickens classic features special effects including ghosts flying through the air as well as new scenery, costumes, and musical arrangements. Watch a professional cast of more than 30 singers, dancers, actors, and musicians in this brand-new innovative production. Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St. Thursday-Sunday, times vary. $58-$39; $56-$37 senior, $46-$23 student/military. (843)577-7183, www.charlestonstage.com

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The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker


Event Date: 12/06/2014 - 7:00pm to 12/16/2014 - 7:00pm




Be dazzled as you watch the Columbia City Ballet perform the timeless holiday tale of Clara, the Mouse King, Sugar Plum Fairy, and the rest of The Nutcracker’s iconic characters. Under the direction of William Starrett, this professional company produces what critics have called “some of the highest quality cultural entertainment in the Southeast.” Take your pick of two local shows at different locations. North Charleston Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Dr., North Charleston. Saturday, 5:30pm. $46-$26. Sottile Theatre, 44 George St. Tuesday, 7pm. $35-$45. www.columbiacityballet.com

 
 
 
 
 
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Our Landscapes

Our Landscapes


Event Date: 12/07/2014 - 9:00am to 01/15/2015 - 5:00pm




Calling all photography lovers! Jericho Arts presents a new exhibition of contemporary photography by Chloe Hope Gilstrap, Thomas McCorkle, Jonathan Stout, Jessica Stocker, and Kate Wichlinski in Our Landscapes. These five vastly different photographers present pieces in both black and white and color. Stop by for a special opening reception on December 7 at 4 p.m. Jericho Arts, 815 Savannah Hwy., Suite 101, Avondale. Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm. Free. (843)212-8482www.artsjericho.com

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Boone Hall Plantation Christmas

Boone Hall Plantation Christmas


Event Date: 12/08/2014 - 9:00am to 01/01/2015 - 5:00pm




This month, visit Boone Hall to enjoy stunning Christmas decorations all over the property. Each year, America’s most photographed plantation displays its holiday cheer by placing Christmas trees in every room, adorning them with ornaments made from natural, local materials, including sweetgrass, cotton, berries, and magnolia tree leaves—many of which are grown on the grounds. Boone Hall Plantation,1235 Long Point Rd., Mount Pleasant. Monday-Saturday, 9am-5pm; Sunday,12-5pm. $20; $18 senior; $10 ages six-12. (843)884-4371, www.boonehallplantation.com

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Miracle in Bedford Falls

Miracle in Bedford Falls


Event Date: 12/11/2014 - 8:00pm to 12/21/2014 - 3:00pm




Follow George Bailey on this musical Christmas journey based on the beloved holiday classic, It’s A Wonderful Life. From George’s darkest moment in Bedford Falls to the miracle that changes everything, this production captivates audiences and ultimately brings forward a heartwarming moral that is sure to last through the season. The Footlight Players are proud to present this magical holiday production, directed by Thomas Keating with musical direction by Leah Megli. Footlight Players Theatre, 20 Queen St. Thursday-Saturday, 8pm; Sunday 3pm. $35; $32 senior/military; $25 student; $15 child. (843)722-4487, www.footlightplayers.net

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"from whence, to which"

"from whence, to which"


Event Date: 12/12/2014 - 10:00am to 01/31/2015 - 6:00pm




Danielle Wyckoff’s art focuses on the human experience of love – the immersive, immortal experience that unifies all people. She collects love stories through interviews and online submissions, and brings those stories to material reality on looping paper scroll installations. In her exhibit, "from whence, to which," Wyckoff seeks to “acknowledge and elicit the shifting natures of love and water, their beauty and breathlessness, their terror and transience.” Redux Contemporary Art Center, 136 St. Philip St. Tuesday-Friday, 10am-6pm; Saturday 12pm-5pm. Free. (843) 722-0697, reduxstudios.org

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December Drop & Dash Days

December Drop & Dash Days


Event Date: 12/12/2014 - 10:00am to 12/23/2014 - 1:00pm




Need some time to get that holiday shopping done without the kids constantly in tow? Drop them off for three supervised hours of entertainment and climbing that will keep them happy and save you the holiday stress! Snacks, climbing gloves, drinks, and fun provided. Wild Blue Ropes, 1595 Highland Ave. Friday- Tuesday, 10am & 1pm sessions. $39. (843)225-1555, www.wildblueropes.com

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"From/ Here"

"From/ Here"


Event Date: 12/12/2014 - 5:00pm to 12/27/2014 - 8:00pm




The George Gallery hosts photographer Melinda Mead Scharstein, a Summerville native. The show, entitled “From/ Here,” is a narrative of the constantly changing architectural landscape of the Holy City. View her photographs of familiar places and buildings close to destruction in an exhibit that holds appeal for anyone who loves architecture, photography, Charleston, or all three. Don’t miss the chance to talk with Scharstein at the opening reception on December 12, 5-8 p.m. The George Gallery, 50 Bogard St. Tuesday-Friday,11am-6pm; Saturday, 11am-5pm. Free. (843)579-7328, www.georgegalleryart.com

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The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever


Event Date: 12/13/2014 - 3:00pm to 12/20/2014 - 3:00pm




Based on the 1971 children’s book by Barbara Robinson, this play tells the story of how six little delinquents—who attend church just for the snacks—are somehow cast in the lead roles in the Christmas pageant. See how the unconventional and hilarious performance turns out during this Charleston Stage performance. Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St. Saturday, 3pm. $23. (843)577-7183, www.charlestonstage.com

 
Christmas Light Parade and Tree Lighting

Christmas Light Parade and Tree Lighting


Event Date: 12/14/2014 - 5:30pm




Fireworks aren’t just reserved for the Fourth of July and New Year’s. You‘ll also find them at Mount Pleasant’s annual Christmas tree lighting and parade, where you can experience more than 100 lighted floats, area bands, and the Charleston Police Pipes and Drums ensemble. The parade proceeds down Coleman Boulevard beginning at Shem Creek and ending at the Sea Island Shopping Center. Moultrie Middle School, 645 Coleman Blvd., Mount Pleasant. Sunday, 5:30pm. Free. (843)884-8515, www.comeonovermp.com

 
 
Trampled By Turtles

Trampled By Turtles


Event Date: 12/16/2014 - 7:00pm




This Minnesota group is celebrating the release of its seventh studio album, Wild Animals, with an international tour. Although the five-person band started out playing punk and rock, they progressively switched to acoustic instruments and incorporated a bluegrass feel into their compositions. Nashville songstress Nikki Lane joins them for this performance. Music Farm, 32 Ann St. Tuesday, 7pm doors; 8pm show. $25-$22. (843)577-6989, www.musicfarm.com

 
 
How to Get a Job as a Designer, Guaranteed

How to Get a Job as a Designer, Guaranteed


Event Date: 12/18/2014 - 6:30pm




From the High Gravity Design series (merging great design with great beer) comes this first installment led by award-winning senior designer, art director, blogger, and author Ram Castillo. Forget the days of sending in resumes and receiving no responses – Castillo has come up with a proven strategy for the most effective and direct path to getting hired. He will share this, along with design, networking, and interview tips of the trade. Pints of Palmetto beer will be $5, and the Smoke Food Truck will be onsite to satisfy cravings after you’ve worked up an appetite. Palmetto Brewery, 289 Huger St. Thursday, 6:30pm. Free. (843) 937-0903, www.palmettobrewery.com

 
Guest Chef Dinner with Mike Perez from Indaco

Guest Chef Dinner with Mike Perez from Indaco


Event Date: 12/18/2014 - 6:30pm




In support of Lowcountry Grocery, Chef Mike Perez from Indaco offers a multi course dinner at Kiawah Resort's Ocean Room steakhouse. Lowcountry Street Grocery is a mobile farmers market with an eye toward food deserts and under-served communities in Charleston. The Wine Room at The Ocean Room, 1 Sanctuary Beach Dr., Kiawah Island. Thursday, 6:30pm. $125.(843)475-1971, www.kiawahresort.com

 
 
Nexton Cocoa Cup 5K

Nexton Cocoa Cup 5K


Event Date: 12/20/2014 - 9:00am




What better way to see the beautiful new neighborhood of Nexton than on foot? The community's very first 5K, dubbed the “Cocoa Cup,” guarantees to shed some holiday stress and be a lot of fun! A one-mile run and an after-party with a fully stocked hot cocoa bar by Coastal Coffee Roasters make this event perfect for the whole family. For participants 21 and over, a free drink ticket for the Carolina Ale House is an added bonus. Nexton Town Center, 201 Sigma Dr., Summerville. Saturday, 9am. Free to watch. (843)871-5000, www.nextonsc.com/cocoacup

 
The Night Before Christmas

The Night Before Christmas


Event Date: 12/20/2014 - 1:00pm




“The best way to spread Christmas Cheer is singing loud for all to hear.” Buddy the Elf had the right idea and now is your opportunity to make the magic happen. This special Christmas Classical Kids Concert includes sing-alongs to holiday tunes and live renditions of well-loved Christmas stories. Clarence Felder of the Actors’ Theatre of South Carolina and the dancers of the Ballet Academy of Charleston join CMC musicians in this 45 minute Christmas spectacular that you and your family won’t want to miss. Sottile Theatre, 44 George St. Saturday, 1pm. $10; $5 child four- 16; Free for child under four. (843)805-5507, www.sottile.cofc.edu

 
Carols at Magnolia Plantation

Carols at Magnolia Plantation


Event Date: 12/20/2014 - 2:00pm




Let the Christmas spirit flow through you in the form of glorious gospel and choir tunes. St. John’s Parish Church choir, the Choraliers Music Club of Charleston, and the Mount Zion Spiritual Singers from Mount Zion AME Church serenade as guests stroll the scenic grounds of the Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. The Peacock Café, Magnolia Plantation, 3550 Ashley River Rd. Saturday, 2pm. Free with garden admission. (843)571-1266 x 237, magnoliaplantation.com

 
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"Unfurled: Flags from the Collections of the Charleston Museum"

"Unfurled: Flags from the Collections of the Charleston Museum"


Event Date: 07/01/2014 - 9:00am to 01/04/2015 - 5:00pm




Historical banners—ranging from the iconic to the never-before-exhibited—are the stars of this show, which illustrates how flag design has evolved over the years. The collection includes pieces from the early 1800s to the late 20th century. The Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting St. Monday-Saturday, 9am-5pm; Sunday, 1-5pm. $10; $5 ages three-12; free for child under three. (843)722-2996, www.charlestonmuseum.org

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"Awake"

"Awake"


Event Date: 11/07/2014 - 12:00pm to 12/21/2014 - 5:00pm




The City Gallery at Waterfront Park hosts a multi-sensory art exhibition by Charleston’s own John Duckworth. For more than a decade, he focused on abstract landscape photography, but in recent years, a major spiritual transformation guided him in creating a new body of work based in balancing the overpowering press of contemporary Western culture with Eastern contemplative practices. At the exhibit’s core is “The Buddha Chapel,” showcasing 16 large paintings within a sanctuary-like setting. Viewers will also find sketches, photographs, and video and audio installations. Celebrate at the opening reception on November 7 from 5-8 p.m., and look for additional programming at locations around town. The City Gallery at Waterfront Park, 34-A Prioleau St. Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Free. (843) 958-6484, www.citygalleryatwaterfrontpark.com

 
Little Match Girl

Little Match Girl


Event Date: 12/22/2014 - 7:30pm to 12/23/2014 - 7:30pm




With an original score by Laura Ball, choreography by Jonathan Tabbert, and music from Chamber Music Charleston, this second annual production of Hans Christian Anderson’s classic tale—performed by the pre-professional youth company of the Charleston Dance Institute—promises to impress all ages. Sottile Theatre, College of Charleston, 44 George St. Monday & Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. $25; $15 senior; $10 student; $75 VIP & artist reception. (843) 953-6340, uneditedartists.org

 
 
 
Beach Ball Classic

Beach Ball Classic


Event Date: 12/26/2014 - 12:00pm to 12/31/2014 - 12:00pm




Come out for this premier holiday basketball tournament, which began in 1981. The event attracts the nation’s top high school teams as well as future NBA stars to compete every Christmas for a coveted championship trophy. Former players have included Kobe Bryant, Jason Kidd, and Raymond Felton. Myrtle Beach Convention Center, 2101 North Oak Street, Myrtle Beach. Friday-Wednesday, times vary. $75 book; $15 reserved; $12 general. (843)231-7913, www.beachballclassic.com

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Holiday Festival of Lights

Holiday Festival of Lights


Event Date: 11/14/2014 - 5:30pm to 01/02/2015 - 10:00pm




With more than 700 displays and two million lights, the Holiday Festival of Lights illuminates James Island County Park, bringing cheer throughout the season. Adding even more holly jolly fun are homemade gingerbread houses, treats from Santa’s Sweet Shoppe, an impressive 50-ton sand sculpture, and gift shops. For an exclusive preview, participate in the Festival of Lights Fun Run and Walk on November 12 at 6:30 p.m. in a noncompetitive two-mile journey through the light displays. James Island County Park, 871 Riverland Dr. Sunday-Thursday, 5:30-10pm; Friday & Saturday, 5:30-11pm. $15 per vehicle. (843)795-4386, www.ccprc.com

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Shopping With Friends Online

Shopping With Friends Online


Event Date: 12/01/2014 (All day) to 12/31/2014 (All day)




Cyber Monday takes on a whole new meaning with this latest version of the Shopping with Friends holiday tradition. Starting December 1, you can purchase gift cards online in varying denominations to local participating retailers that will double in gift-buying power when you hit the actual store. Knock out your shopping at half the price while supporting Lowcountry AIDS Services. Buy cards online. Daily. $25, $50, $100. (843)747-2273, www.aids-services.com

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Holiday Walking Tour

Holiday Walking Tour


Event Date: 12/01/2014 - 10:00am to 12/31/2014 - 12:00pm




/// DECEMBER 1-31 Enjoy a walking tour that not only highlights Charleston’s past, but also showcases the historical district and its Christmas decorations. Stroll past mansions on the Battery, homes in quaint neighborhoods, and significant downtown buildings. The tour begins and ends at The Mills House, where holiday refreshments are served. The Mills House, 115 Meeting St. Daily, 10am-noon. $19; $3 ages seven-12; free for child under six. (843)722-8688, www.charlestonstrolls.com

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City Gallery Exhibit: Works By Mount Pleasant Artists Guild

City Gallery Exhibit: Works By Mount Pleasant Artists Guild


Event Date: 12/04/2014 - 9:00am to 12/31/2014 - 5:00pm




Come out to see what the members of the Mount Pleasant Artists Guild have been up to. In this artwork-packed exhibit, these creatives—who strive to promote art in the East Cooper area—share pieces ranging from oils and watercolors to mixed media. Chat with them about their work at the opening reception held on December 4 from 5-7p.m. North Charleston City Gallery, 5001 Coliseum Dr., North Charleston. Daily, 9am-5pm. Free. (843)740-5854, www.northcharleston.org

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"Favorite Things"

"Favorite Things"


Event Date: 12/05/2014 - 5:30pm to 01/11/2015 - 8:30pm




From wall art and sculptures to inventive teapots and vibrant bowls, this Cone 10 Studios exhibit includes clay pieces by some 30 member artists. Shop and snack on refreshments by Celia’s of Charleston during the opening shindig on December 5 from 5:30-8:30 p.m.
 Cone 10 Studios, 1080 Morrison Dr. Daily, call for hours. Free. cone10studios.com

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A Christmas Carol, A Ghost Story of Christmas

A Christmas Carol, A Ghost Story of Christmas


Event Date: 12/05/2014 - 6:00pm to 12/21/2014 - 6:00pm




Julian Wiles’ adaptation of the Dickens classic features special effects including ghosts flying through the air as well as new scenery, costumes, and musical arrangements. Watch a professional cast of more than 30 singers, dancers, actors, and musicians in this brand-new innovative production. Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St. Thursday-Sunday, times vary. $58-$39; $56-$37 senior, $46-$23 student/military. (843)577-7183, www.charlestonstage.com

 
 
 
 
 
 
Rotary Roundball Classic

Rotary Roundball Classic


Event Date: 12/27/2014 - 10:00am to 12/30/2014 - 10:00am




Forget March Madness—December is the month for exciting high school roundball action. Featuring 16 teams from local and out-of-state high schools playing eight games each day, this prestigious tournament benefits the North Charleston Rotary Club scholarship and charity funds. Concession sales go toward the North Charleston High School Booster Club. North Charleston High School, 1087 E. Montague Ave., North Charleston. Saturday, Monday & Tuesday, 10am. $20 three-day ticket; $8 one-day ticket. (843)860-2502, www.roundballclassic.com

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Our Landscapes

Our Landscapes


Event Date: 12/07/2014 - 9:00am to 01/15/2015 - 5:00pm




Calling all photography lovers! Jericho Arts presents a new exhibition of contemporary photography by Chloe Hope Gilstrap, Thomas McCorkle, Jonathan Stout, Jessica Stocker, and Kate Wichlinski in Our Landscapes. These five vastly different photographers present pieces in both black and white and color. Stop by for a special opening reception on December 7 at 4 p.m. Jericho Arts, 815 Savannah Hwy., Suite 101, Avondale. Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm. Free. (843)212-8482www.artsjericho.com

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Boone Hall Plantation Christmas

Boone Hall Plantation Christmas


Event Date: 12/08/2014 - 9:00am to 01/01/2015 - 5:00pm




This month, visit Boone Hall to enjoy stunning Christmas decorations all over the property. Each year, America’s most photographed plantation displays its holiday cheer by placing Christmas trees in every room, adorning them with ornaments made from natural, local materials, including sweetgrass, cotton, berries, and magnolia tree leaves—many of which are grown on the grounds. Boone Hall Plantation,1235 Long Point Rd., Mount Pleasant. Monday-Saturday, 9am-5pm; Sunday,12-5pm. $20; $18 senior; $10 ages six-12. (843)884-4371, www.boonehallplantation.com

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Miracle in Bedford Falls

Miracle in Bedford Falls


Event Date: 12/11/2014 - 8:00pm to 12/21/2014 - 3:00pm




Follow George Bailey on this musical Christmas journey based on the beloved holiday classic, It’s A Wonderful Life. From George’s darkest moment in Bedford Falls to the miracle that changes everything, this production captivates audiences and ultimately brings forward a heartwarming moral that is sure to last through the season. The Footlight Players are proud to present this magical holiday production, directed by Thomas Keating with musical direction by Leah Megli. Footlight Players Theatre, 20 Queen St. Thursday-Saturday, 8pm; Sunday 3pm. $35; $32 senior/military; $25 student; $15 child. (843)722-4487, www.footlightplayers.net

 
 
 
 
 
 
Blue Dogs Homecoming Night

Blue Dogs Homecoming Night


Event Date: 12/27/2014 - 8:00pm to 12/28/2014 - 8:00pm




Last year, the Blue Dogs’ concert at the Music Hall was such a hit—with the Americana/country-rock band and their fans alike—that the 26-year-old Charleston-native group decided to make it an annual event. And this time, it’s two nights instead of one! Expect to hear special guests (the likes of Doug Jones, Danielle Howle, Edwin McCain, and Hootie and the Blowfish took the stage in 2013) and spend the evening on your feet grooving. Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Saturday & Sunday, 8 p.m. $50 orchestra; $30 gallery; $100 VIP. (843) 853-2252, charlestonmusichall.com

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"from whence, to which"

"from whence, to which"


Event Date: 12/12/2014 - 10:00am to 01/31/2015 - 6:00pm




Danielle Wyckoff’s art focuses on the human experience of love – the immersive, immortal experience that unifies all people. She collects love stories through interviews and online submissions, and brings those stories to material reality on looping paper scroll installations. In her exhibit, "from whence, to which," Wyckoff seeks to “acknowledge and elicit the shifting natures of love and water, their beauty and breathlessness, their terror and transience.” Redux Contemporary Art Center, 136 St. Philip St. Tuesday-Friday, 10am-6pm; Saturday 12pm-5pm. Free. (843) 722-0697, reduxstudios.org

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December Drop & Dash Days

December Drop & Dash Days


Event Date: 12/12/2014 - 10:00am to 12/23/2014 - 1:00pm




Need some time to get that holiday shopping done without the kids constantly in tow? Drop them off for three supervised hours of entertainment and climbing that will keep them happy and save you the holiday stress! Snacks, climbing gloves, drinks, and fun provided. Wild Blue Ropes, 1595 Highland Ave. Friday- Tuesday, 10am & 1pm sessions. $39. (843)225-1555, www.wildblueropes.com

 
 
 
 
 
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"From/ Here"

"From/ Here"


Event Date: 12/12/2014 - 5:00pm to 12/27/2014 - 8:00pm




The George Gallery hosts photographer Melinda Mead Scharstein, a Summerville native. The show, entitled “From/ Here,” is a narrative of the constantly changing architectural landscape of the Holy City. View her photographs of familiar places and buildings close to destruction in an exhibit that holds appeal for anyone who loves architecture, photography, Charleston, or all three. Don’t miss the chance to talk with Scharstein at the opening reception on December 12, 5-8 p.m. The George Gallery, 50 Bogard St. Tuesday-Friday,11am-6pm; Saturday, 11am-5pm. Free. (843)579-7328, www.georgegalleryart.com

 
Chanukah In The Square

Chanukah In The Square


Event Date: 12/21/2014 - 4:00pm




Grab your dancing shoes and celebrate age-old traditions by joining Chabad of the Lowcountry and College of Charleston’s Yaschik/Arnold Jewish Studies Program for Chanukah in the Square, South Carolina’s largest annual Jewish event. Come to enjoy live music, hot food, and fun for the whole family. Mayor Joe Riley is expected to make welcoming remarks along with College of Charleston president Glenn McConnell before local Holocaust survivors light the candles on the menorah. Marion Square, 329 Meeting St. Sunday, 4-6pm. Free. (843)953-4930, www.jewishcharleston.org

 
 
 
Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker

Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker


Event Date: 12/24/2014 - 4:00pm




During their national tour, 40 world-class Russian ballet dancers bring this seasonal tale to life in what The New York Times calls a “knock out” performance. Spend your Christmas Eve with life-size Matrushka dolls and take in the dazzling effects like falling snow and a tree that grows to five stories throughout the show. North Charleston Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Dr., North Charleston. Wednesday, noon & 4pm. $176-$29. (843)529-5000, www.coliseumpac.com

 
 
 
A Sweet T. Christmas

A Sweet T. Christmas


Event Date: 12/27/2014 - 12:00pm




Watch—and even take part in—the silly and sweet story of a kind stranger, an unfortunate handyman, a discouraged hostess, and an angry Santa during their hilarious search for the thing they think can make their wishes come true: a winning lottery ticket. The show has sold out the past two Decembers and hits the stage again this year for all ages to enjoy. The Black Fedora Comedy Mystery Theatre, 164 Church St. Days & times vary. $24; $22 student/military; $15 child under 13. (843) 937-6453, www.charlestonmysteries.com

 
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"Unfurled: Flags from the Collections of the Charleston Museum"

"Unfurled: Flags from the Collections of the Charleston Museum"


Event Date: 07/01/2014 - 9:00am to 01/04/2015 - 5:00pm




Historical banners—ranging from the iconic to the never-before-exhibited—are the stars of this show, which illustrates how flag design has evolved over the years. The collection includes pieces from the early 1800s to the late 20th century. The Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting St. Monday-Saturday, 9am-5pm; Sunday, 1-5pm. $10; $5 ages three-12; free for child under three. (843)722-2996, www.charlestonmuseum.org

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Holiday Festival of Lights

Holiday Festival of Lights


Event Date: 11/14/2014 - 5:30pm to 01/02/2015 - 10:00pm




With more than 700 displays and two million lights, the Holiday Festival of Lights illuminates James Island County Park, bringing cheer throughout the season. Adding even more holly jolly fun are homemade gingerbread houses, treats from Santa’s Sweet Shoppe, an impressive 50-ton sand sculpture, and gift shops. For an exclusive preview, participate in the Festival of Lights Fun Run and Walk on November 12 at 6:30 p.m. in a noncompetitive two-mile journey through the light displays. James Island County Park, 871 Riverland Dr. Sunday-Thursday, 5:30-10pm; Friday & Saturday, 5:30-11pm. $15 per vehicle. (843)795-4386, www.ccprc.com

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Shopping With Friends Online

Shopping With Friends Online


Event Date: 12/01/2014 (All day) to 12/31/2014 (All day)




Cyber Monday takes on a whole new meaning with this latest version of the Shopping with Friends holiday tradition. Starting December 1, you can purchase gift cards online in varying denominations to local participating retailers that will double in gift-buying power when you hit the actual store. Knock out your shopping at half the price while supporting Lowcountry AIDS Services. Buy cards online. Daily. $25, $50, $100. (843)747-2273, www.aids-services.com

 
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Holiday Walking Tour

Holiday Walking Tour


Event Date: 12/01/2014 - 10:00am to 12/31/2014 - 12:00pm




/// DECEMBER 1-31 Enjoy a walking tour that not only highlights Charleston’s past, but also showcases the historical district and its Christmas decorations. Stroll past mansions on the Battery, homes in quaint neighborhoods, and significant downtown buildings. The tour begins and ends at The Mills House, where holiday refreshments are served. The Mills House, 115 Meeting St. Daily, 10am-noon. $19; $3 ages seven-12; free for child under six. (843)722-8688, www.charlestonstrolls.com

 
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City Gallery Exhibit: Works By Mount Pleasant Artists Guild

City Gallery Exhibit: Works By Mount Pleasant Artists Guild


Event Date: 12/04/2014 - 9:00am to 12/31/2014 - 5:00pm




Come out to see what the members of the Mount Pleasant Artists Guild have been up to. In this artwork-packed exhibit, these creatives—who strive to promote art in the East Cooper area—share pieces ranging from oils and watercolors to mixed media. Chat with them about their work at the opening reception held on December 4 from 5-7p.m. North Charleston City Gallery, 5001 Coliseum Dr., North Charleston. Daily, 9am-5pm. Free. (843)740-5854, www.northcharleston.org

 
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"Favorite Things"

"Favorite Things"


Event Date: 12/05/2014 - 5:30pm to 01/11/2015 - 8:30pm




From wall art and sculptures to inventive teapots and vibrant bowls, this Cone 10 Studios exhibit includes clay pieces by some 30 member artists. Shop and snack on refreshments by Celia’s of Charleston during the opening shindig on December 5 from 5:30-8:30 p.m.
 Cone 10 Studios, 1080 Morrison Dr. Daily, call for hours. Free. cone10studios.com

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Our Landscapes

Our Landscapes


Event Date: 12/07/2014 - 9:00am to 01/15/2015 - 5:00pm




Calling all photography lovers! Jericho Arts presents a new exhibition of contemporary photography by Chloe Hope Gilstrap, Thomas McCorkle, Jonathan Stout, Jessica Stocker, and Kate Wichlinski in Our Landscapes. These five vastly different photographers present pieces in both black and white and color. Stop by for a special opening reception on December 7 at 4 p.m. Jericho Arts, 815 Savannah Hwy., Suite 101, Avondale. Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm. Free. (843)212-8482www.artsjericho.com

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Boone Hall Plantation Christmas

Boone Hall Plantation Christmas


Event Date: 12/08/2014 - 9:00am to 01/01/2015 - 5:00pm




This month, visit Boone Hall to enjoy stunning Christmas decorations all over the property. Each year, America’s most photographed plantation displays its holiday cheer by placing Christmas trees in every room, adorning them with ornaments made from natural, local materials, including sweetgrass, cotton, berries, and magnolia tree leaves—many of which are grown on the grounds. Boone Hall Plantation,1235 Long Point Rd., Mount Pleasant. Monday-Saturday, 9am-5pm; Sunday,12-5pm. $20; $18 senior; $10 ages six-12. (843)884-4371, www.boonehallplantation.com

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"from whence, to which"

"from whence, to which"


Event Date: 12/12/2014 - 10:00am to 01/31/2015 - 6:00pm




Danielle Wyckoff’s art focuses on the human experience of love – the immersive, immortal experience that unifies all people. She collects love stories through interviews and online submissions, and brings those stories to material reality on looping paper scroll installations. In her exhibit, "from whence, to which," Wyckoff seeks to “acknowledge and elicit the shifting natures of love and water, their beauty and breathlessness, their terror and transience.” Redux Contemporary Art Center, 136 St. Philip St. Tuesday-Friday, 10am-6pm; Saturday 12pm-5pm. Free. (843) 722-0697, reduxstudios.org

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Beach Ball Classic

Beach Ball Classic


Event Date: 12/26/2014 - 12:00pm to 12/31/2014 - 12:00pm




Come out for this premier holiday basketball tournament, which began in 1981. The event attracts the nation’s top high school teams as well as future NBA stars to compete every Christmas for a coveted championship trophy. Former players have included Kobe Bryant, Jason Kidd, and Raymond Felton. Myrtle Beach Convention Center, 2101 North Oak Street, Myrtle Beach. Friday-Wednesday, times vary. $75 book; $15 reserved; $12 general. (843)231-7913, www.beachballclassic.com

 
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Rotary Roundball Classic

Rotary Roundball Classic


Event Date: 12/27/2014 - 10:00am to 12/30/2014 - 10:00am




Forget March Madness—December is the month for exciting high school roundball action. Featuring 16 teams from local and out-of-state high schools playing eight games each day, this prestigious tournament benefits the North Charleston Rotary Club scholarship and charity funds. Concession sales go toward the North Charleston High School Booster Club. North Charleston High School, 1087 E. Montague Ave., North Charleston. Saturday, Monday & Tuesday, 10am. $20 three-day ticket; $8 one-day ticket. (843)860-2502, www.roundballclassic.com

 
Happy New Year Charleston

Happy New Year Charleston


Event Date: 12/31/2014 - 4:00pm




Looking for a family-oriented, no-cost event at which to ring in the New Year? During this alcohol-free festival, enjoy entertainment for a wide range of ages—comedy; African dancing; children’s activities; and classical, gospel, and jazz music. Don‘t forget to stop by your favorite food trucks for some yummy local fare. Marion Square, King & Calhoun sts. Wednesday, 4-10:30pm. Free. (843)724-7305, www.charlestonarts.org

 
Cocktail Countdown: A New Year's Eve Soiree

Cocktail Countdown: A New Year's Eve Soiree


Event Date: 12/31/2014 - 5:00pm




New Year’s Eve should be a time of celebration, traditions, and surprises. Find all three at O-Ku’s special New Year’s Eve dinner where friends gather for a meal followed by dancing. The party is right with a special dinner menu, light passed hors d’oeuvres, DJ JakeB, and a champagne toast at midnight. O-Ku, 463 King St. Wednesday, 5pm. Prices vary. (843)737-0112, www.o-kusushi.com

 
Apres-Ski New Year's Eve Party

Apres-Ski New Year's Eve Party


Event Date: 12/31/2014 - 8:00pm




Ring in the New Year in an Aspen-inspired winterland complete with ski-lodge-inspired fare and shot-skis sure to keep you warm long after the ball drops. Bowls of beef chili, housemade pork boudin, seafood bisque, and gooey mac and cheese are hearty pairings with signature drinks from Crown Royal Regal Apple. Get down to live music from Augusta band Acosta before the party closes down with a late-night weenie roast and silent disco. Complimentary taxi rides home ensure you start the new year off safely. Mixson Bath and Racquet Club. 4401 McCarthy St., North Charleston. Wednesday, 8pm-2:30am. $75. (843)471-1920, www.mixsonbrc.com

 
New Year's Eve at the Cocktail Club: A Masquerade

New Year's Eve at the Cocktail Club: A Masquerade


Event Date: 12/31/2014 - 8:00pm




Don a mask and prepare for this glamorous New Year’s Eve Party at the Cocktail Club. Expect heavy hors d’oeuvres and an open bar, followed by live music and a champagne toast at midnight to ring in 2015. Only 100 tickets are available, so get yours and lock down your New Year’s Eve plans pronto! The Cocktail Club, 479 King St. Wednesday, 8pm. $100; $75 VIP member. (843)724-9411, www.thecocktailclubcharleston.com

 
The Charleston Rose Ball

The Charleston Rose Ball


Event Date: 12/31/2014 - 9:00pm




Don your holiday best to ring in the New Year­ Holy City-style. Charleston 365 hosts its second annual New Year’s event, The Charleston Rose Ball. Dance the night away while enjoying hors d’oeuvres and bar service along with live music and entertainment in all kinds of genres. Johnson Hagood Stadium, 68 Hagood Ave. Wednesday, 9pm. $150 VIP; $110. www.charlestonroseball.chs365.com

 
The Crystal Ball

The Crystal Ball


Event Date: 12/31/2014 - 9:00pm




Wondering what’s going on with the Gibbes? Gibbes Museum of Art executive director Angela Mack will be the guest speaker at this month’s Small Business Lunch at Halls Chophouse. In addition to getting the 4-1-1 on the 18-month renovation of the museum and its future in Charleston, expect a tasty three-course lunch prepared by Executive Chef Matthew Niessner and scintillating conversation amongst Charleston’s business elite. Halls Chophouse, 434 King St. Thursday, noon. $29. (843)727-0090, hallschophouse.com

 
Yorktown Countdown

Yorktown Countdown


Event Date: 12/31/2014 - 9:00pm




Charleston’s largest New Year’s Eve party invites guests to celebrate aboard the iconic USS Yorktown aircraft carrier. Ring in 2015 with style while you sip on drinks from the open bar and hit the dance floor to live tunes amidst views of the harbor. Look for special appearances and entertainment throughout the night. USS Yorktown Aircraft Carrier, 40 Patriots Point Rd., Mount Pleasant. Wednesday, 9pm. $150-$100. (866)831-1720, www.yorktowncountdown.com

 
Sol Driven Train

Sol Driven Train


Event Date: 12/31/2014 - 9:45pm




Sol Driven Train is sure to deliver an unforgettable melody to your New Year’s Eve. Invoking influences as dissimilar as John Prine, Afrocaribbean beats, and funky New Orleans-style brass, the Charleston natives possess a unique sound that is bold and unruly. Psylo Joe, a funk-jam-blues group from Greenville will open. The Pour House, 1977 Maybank Hwy. Wednesday, 9:45pm; 9pm doors. $20; $15 adv. (843)571-4343, www.charlestonpourhouse.com

 
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Blue Dogs Homecoming Night

Blue Dogs Homecoming Night


Event Date: 12/27/2014 - 8:00pm to 12/28/2014 - 8:00pm




Last year, the Blue Dogs’ concert at the Music Hall was such a hit—with the Americana/country-rock band and their fans alike—that the 26-year-old Charleston-native group decided to make it an annual event. And this time, it’s two nights instead of one! Expect to hear special guests (the likes of Doug Jones, Danielle Howle, Edwin McCain, and Hootie and the Blowfish took the stage in 2013) and spend the evening on your feet grooving. Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Saturday & Sunday, 8 p.m. $50 orchestra; $30 gallery; $100 VIP. (843) 853-2252, charlestonmusichall.com

 
 
 
 




UPCOMING EVENTS

12/18/2014 - 6:30pm

In support of Lowcountry Grocery, Chef Mike Perez from Indaco offers a multi course dinner at Kiawah Resort's Ocean Room steakhouse. Lowcountry Street Grocery is a mobile farmers market with an eye toward food deserts and under-served communities in Charleston. The Wine Room at The Ocean Room, 1 Sanctuary Beach Dr., Kiawah Island. Thursday, 6:30pm. $125.(843)475-1971, www.kiawahresort.com

12/18/2014 - 6:30pm

From the High Gravity Design series (merging great design with great beer) comes this first installment led by award-winning senior designer, art director, blogger, and author Ram Castillo. Forget the days of sending in resumes and receiving no responses – Castillo has come up with a proven strategy for the most effective and direct path to getting hired. He will share this, along with design, networking, and interview tips of the trade. Pints of Palmetto beer will be $5, and the Smoke Food Truck will be onsite to satisfy cravings after you’ve worked up an appetite. Palmetto Brewery, 289 Huger St. Thursday, 6:30pm. Free. (843) 937-0903, www.palmettobrewery.com

12/20/2014 - 9:00am

What better way to see the beautiful new neighborhood of Nexton than on foot? The community's very first 5K, dubbed the “Cocoa Cup,” guarantees to shed some holiday stress and be a lot of fun! A one-mile run and an after-party with a fully stocked hot cocoa bar by Coastal Coffee Roasters make this event perfect for the whole family. For participants 21 and over, a free drink ticket for the Carolina Ale House is an added bonus. Nexton Town Center, 201 Sigma Dr., Summerville. Saturday, 9am. Free to watch. (843)871-5000, www.nextonsc.com/cocoacup

12/20/2014 - 1:00pm

“The best way to spread Christmas Cheer is singing loud for all to hear.” Buddy the Elf had the right idea and now is your opportunity to make the magic happen. This special Christmas Classical Kids Concert includes sing-alongs to holiday tunes and live renditions of well-loved Christmas stories. Clarence Felder of the Actors’ Theatre of South Carolina and the dancers of the Ballet Academy of Charleston join CMC musicians in this 45 minute Christmas spectacular that you and your family won’t want to miss. Sottile Theatre, 44 George St. Saturday, 1pm. $10; $5 child four- 16; Free for child under four. (843)805-5507, www.sottile.cofc.edu

12/20/2014 - 2:00pm

Let the Christmas spirit flow through you in the form of glorious gospel and choir tunes. St. John’s Parish Church choir, the Choraliers Music Club of Charleston, and the Mount Zion Spiritual Singers from Mount Zion AME Church serenade as guests stroll the scenic grounds of the Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. The Peacock Café, Magnolia Plantation, 3550 Ashley River Rd. Saturday, 2pm. Free with garden admission. (843)571-1266 x 237, magnoliaplantation.com

12/21/2014 - 4:00pm

Grab your dancing shoes and celebrate age-old traditions by joining Chabad of the Lowcountry and College of Charleston’s Yaschik/Arnold Jewish Studies Program for Chanukah in the Square, South Carolina’s largest annual Jewish event. Come to enjoy live music, hot food, and fun for the whole family. Mayor Joe Riley is expected to make welcoming remarks along with College of Charleston president Glenn McConnell before local Holocaust survivors light the candles on the menorah. Marion Square, 329 Meeting St. Sunday, 4-6pm. Free. (843)953-4930, www.jewishcharleston.org

12/22/2014 - 7:30pm to 12/23/2014 - 7:30pm

With an original score by Laura Ball, choreography by Jonathan Tabbert, and music from Chamber Music Charleston, this second annual production of Hans Christian Anderson’s classic tale—performed by the pre-professional youth company of the Charleston Dance Institute—promises to impress all ages. Sottile Theatre, College of Charleston, 44 George St. Monday & Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. $25; $15 senior; $10 student; $75 VIP & artist reception. (843) 953-6340, uneditedartists.org

12/24/2014 - 4:00pm

During their national tour, 40 world-class Russian ballet dancers bring this seasonal tale to life in what The New York Times calls a “knock out” performance. Spend your Christmas Eve with life-size Matrushka dolls and take in the dazzling effects like falling snow and a tree that grows to five stories throughout the show. North Charleston Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Dr., North Charleston. Wednesday, noon & 4pm. $176-$29. (843)529-5000, www.coliseumpac.com

12/26/2014 - 12:00pm to 12/31/2014 - 12:00pm

Come out for this premier holiday basketball tournament, which began in 1981. The event attracts the nation’s top high school teams as well as future NBA stars to compete every Christmas for a coveted championship trophy. Former players have included Kobe Bryant, Jason Kidd, and Raymond Felton. Myrtle Beach Convention Center, 2101 North Oak Street, Myrtle Beach. Friday-Wednesday, times vary. $75 book; $15 reserved; $12 general. (843)231-7913, www.beachballclassic.com

12/27/2014 - 10:00am to 12/30/2014 - 10:00am

Forget March Madness—December is the month for exciting high school roundball action. Featuring 16 teams from local and out-of-state high schools playing eight games each day, this prestigious tournament benefits the North Charleston Rotary Club scholarship and charity funds. Concession sales go toward the North Charleston High School Booster Club. North Charleston High School, 1087 E. Montague Ave., North Charleston. Saturday, Monday & Tuesday, 10am. $20 three-day ticket; $8 one-day ticket. (843)860-2502, www.roundballclassic.com

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