Get in the holiday spirit with these upcoming events
Celebrate Christmas in the Backcountry
Christmas in the Backcountry will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday at the Living History Park, 299 West Spring Grove Ave., North Augusta. Special guests will be Kessie the slave girl and St. Nicholas, who will pose for photos with visitors. Admission is free.
Christmas concert to be held on Nov. 27
The Aiken Concert Band will perform its annual Christmas Concert at 8 p.m. on Nov. 27 at the Etherredge Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of USC Aiken. Admission is $10 for adults and $7 for students; tickets are available at the Etherredge Center ticket counter or by phone at 641-3305.
Christmas Craft Show to be held Nov. 30
The 42nd Annual Christmas Craft Show will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Nov. 30 and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Dec. 1 at the H. Odell Weeks Activities Center, 1700 Whiskey Road. Admission and parking are free. For more information, call 642-7631.
Tree lighting to be held on Nov. 30
The annual Downtown Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 30 at Laurens Street and Richland Avenue. The event will include live music, caroling, candle lighting and a special guest from the North Pole. For more information, call 642-7634.
Windsor to hold Christmas parade
The Windsor Christmas Parade will be held at 3 p.m. on Dec. 1 with a rain date of Dec. 2. A reception with hot chocolate and hot dogs will follow the parade, where prizes for best float and band will be awarded. To enter or for more information, call Laura Smith at (803) 257-5838.
GVW to host Christmas parade on Dec. 1
The GVW Fire Department Christmas Parade will be held at 3 p.m. on Dec. 1. For more information or to register a float, call Zeke Deas at (803) 979-9032, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Edgefield Christmas parade is Dec. 2
The 39th annual Edgefield Christmas Parade will be held on Dec. 2 at 4 p.m. Entry forms are available at Edgefield Town Hall, Johnston Town Hall and edgefieldsc.net. For more information, call Calvin Henderson at (803) 480-1255.
Volunteers needed to set up Hopelands
The City of Aiken Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department is seeking volunteers for a community volunteer day stringing lights for the 21st Annual Christmas in Hopelands display. Volunteers will work from 9 to 11 a.m. on Dec. 3 at Hopelands Gardens. For more information, call 642-7631.
Midland Valley to host Christmas parade
The Midland Valley Parade will be on Dec. 8. Line up starts at 1 p.m., and the parade starts at 3 p.m. Applications can be picked up at the Burnettown Town Hall from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call 593-4907.
Jackson to host Santa breakfast
The Town of Jackson will hold its annual Breakfast with Santa at 9 a.m. on Dec. 8 at the Jackson Community Center. Breakfast plates are $5. For more information, call 471-2228.
Night of 1,000 Lights to be held Dec. 13
The Night of 1,000 Lights will be held at 5 p.m. on Dec. 13 in downtown Aiken. For more information, call the Aiken Downtown Development Association at 649-2221 or visit www.downtownaiken.com.
Veterinary Services to hold open house
Veterinary Services, 1721 Whiskey Road, will hold anopen house on Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, call 648-5489 or visit www.aikenpetvet.com.
United Way of Aiken to hold open house
The United Way of AikenCounty, 235 Barnwell Ave. N.W., will hold its annual Christmas Open House from 4 to 6 p.m. on Dec. 4. For more information, call the United Way at 648-8331.
Town and Country Club to meet on Dec. 6
The Town and Country Club will meet at 9:30 a.m. on Dec. 6 at Houndslake Country Club. The luncheon meeting will feature a jewelry fashion show with Tom Williams of Floyd & Green Jewelers. Reservations are due by Nov. 26. For more information, call 643-8964.