This weekend, Aiken will light its Christmas tree while giving you ways to decorate your own at the Christmas Craft Show. The Aiken Community Playhouse will continue to entertain with its “Miracle on 34th Street” production, but, if that's not quite your forte, local cities will be revved up with their parades.
Holiday shopping can continue with the handmade items at the at the 42nd Annual Christmas Craft Show held today from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at H. Odell Weeks Activities Center. Ornaments, wooden furniture, pottery and baked goods are some items that will be seen. Refreshments like hamburgers, boiled peanuts and funnel cakes will be available. On Saturday, kids can take pictures with Santa – no outside cameras are allowed– as well as make their own Christmas creations during “Crafts for Kids.” Admission and parking is free. For more information, call 642-7631 or visit www.cityofaikensc.gov/index.php/the-42nd-annual-christmas-craft-show-is-right-around-the-corner.
Downtown Aiken will shine a little brighter after the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony today at 6:30 p.m. Held at the intersection of Laurens Street and Richland Avenue, Mayor Fred Cavanaugh will host a special ceremony. Santa and Mrs. Claus will make a guest appearance, while caroling and live music provide entertainment. Candlelighting will help brighten up the evening more, and refreshments will be available. The event is free. For more information, call 642-7634.
The new Macy's department store Santa might be the key to one family and city rediscovering their Christmas spirit during Aiken Community Playhouse's “Miracle on 34th Street” production today and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. Directed by Thurmond Whatley, the play is based on the novel by Valentine Davies and the 1947 movie. Nonperishable food items for the Golden Harvest Food Bank will be accepted in the lobby at the performances. The play will be performed also on Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. and Dec. 8 at 3 and 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults, $17 for senior adults, $12 for students and $7 for children younger than 12. To order tickets, call the box office at 648-1438. The play will be performed at URS Center for the Performing Arts on 126 Newberry St.
For those looking for discounted pottery, Edgefield Area Clay Guild will hold a Christmas Pottery Sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and Saturday. The sale will be held at the Trinity Episcopal Church on Simpkins Street.
The Charleston bluesman Shrimp City Slim will perform during the Blues Blues Christmas Party at the Edgefield Discovery Center at 7 p.m. today. WKSX-FM DJ Tony B. is hosting, and tickets are $10. For more information, call 257-7669 or 637-3833.
Mark Harris and Friends will perform its final concert today at 7:30 p.m. at the Kroc Center in Augusta. WAFJ 88.3 is the host, and tickets are either $2 or an unwrapped toy donation.
Sporting for a good cause is the core of the Baker Holiday Toy Drive's third annual Toy for Tots Golf Event today at 8:30 a.m. In addition to a toy donation, the participant must pay $60. The tournament will be at Houndslake Country Club at 901 Houndslake Drive. For more information, call Sarah Mayson at (706) 829-2197.
Christmas trees will be displayed on Saturday and Sunday at the Aiken County Historical Museum. The exhibit also will run Monday through Wednesday, as part of the museum's Christmas Celebration. Hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays 2 to 5 p.m. For more information, call 642-2015 or visit www.aikencountyhistoricalmuseum.org/index.php.
Meet the dancers behind Aiken Civic Ballet's “The Nutcracker” for tea at 2 p.m. during its Nutcracker Tea on Saturday at the Aiken County Historical Museum. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children and at Unique Expressions and 3 Monkeys Fine Gifts. Sissy Brodie and Helen Kelley are heads of the event. The museum's number is 642-2015.
Christmas is time of giving back, and North Augusta's Living History Park is taking time to give back to some feathery fellows and furry individuals at the Christmas for the Birds event on Saturday at 10 a.m. People can bring apples, oranges and peanut butter to shape decorations for the birds to eat on through the winter and food for dogs and cats at local pet adoption centers until 2 p.m. In addition to feeding the animals, storytime, cider and cookies can be enjoyed. Call Lynn Thompson at 279-7560 or email her at email@example.com for more information.
Games, rock wall climbing, crafts and pictures with Santa will be at Hammond Hill Elementary School in North Augusta on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Unlimited games are $10. The school is located at 901 W. Woodlawn Ave.
Three parades will be going on Saturday. Wagener will start at 11 a.m., where it will have a craft sale and baked goods beforehand; free CPR education from CPR Foundation of the Carolinas, an auction and community yard sale will also take place. GVW Fire Department Christmas Parade in Graniteville and Windsor will kick off their parades at 3 p.m. For more information on GVW's parade, call Zeke Deas at 979-9032 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Hot dogs and hot chocolate will be handed out at Windsor's parade; call Laura Smith at 257-5838 or Ginny Williams at 645-5151 for more information.
An Arts and Crafts fair, Holiday Market and Tree Lighting ceremony will take place through Savannah Lakes Village in McCormick on Saturday. The fair is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the market is open from 4 to 8 p.m. The tree lighting will be at 6:30 p.m. in the park. Call (864) 862-3216 for more information.
Bring in the holidays with local Elvis impersonator Jason Sikes at his Christmas Concert with Elvis on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Bobby's BBQ Horse Creek Banquet Hall. Tickets are $10 and can be bought at Bobby's or at the door. For more information, call 593-1756 or 593-5900.
At the Star Center in Ridge Spring, the ninth annual Reason for the Season black-tie banquet will take place starting at 7 p.m. on Saturday. Admission is $12. For more information, call Diana Abney at 685-7528, Ann Lott at 685-0401 or Anthony Jerry at 431-1591.
To witness a traditional Church of England Church service, the Masterworks Chorale Christmas Concert at 4 p.m. on Sunday would be the place. Held at St. John's United Methodist Church, the concert is free.
Edgefield's Christmas Parade starts at 4 p.m. on Sunday on Main Street. It will host Santa and have live music. Call Calvin Henderson at (803) 480-1255 for more information.
“A Garland of Carols” cantata will be performed by the St. James Lutheran Church choir on Sunday at 7 p.m. The church is located in Graniteville.
Submitted photo Jason Sikes has been an Elvis tribute artist for over 10 years. He will perform at a Christmas Concert with Elvis at Bobby’s BBQ Horse Creek Banquet Hall on Saturday.×
File Photo The Sugar Plum Fairy, a.k.a. Aiken Civic Ballet's Laura Rudnick, signed autographs for Katie and Adrienne Slatoff on Saturday at the Nutcracker Tea in 2011. This year's Nutcracker Tea will be on Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Aiken County Historical Museum.×
File photo Joni-Dee Ross weaves a Nantucket basket between customers at a past Christmas Craft show. This year's show will be held on Friday and Saturday at H. Odell Weeks Activities Center.×
File Photo Bob Sharp checked out carved wooden animals at last year's Christmas Craft Show. This year's show will be held on Friday and Saturday at H. Odell Weeks Activities Center.×
File Photo Emily McCullum, 6, celebrates the holiday season during the downtown tree-lighting ceremony last year. This year's ceremony will be on Friday at 6:30 p.m. at the Laurens Street and Richland Avenue intersection.×
Aiken Standard file photo Mary Hesse and Carolyn Braun check out wooden ornaments at a past Christmas Craft Show. This year's show will be held on Friday and Saturday at H. Odell Weeks Activities Center.×