Although the COVID-19 pandemic has altered a number of traditional local holiday happenings, there are some still on the calendar. Share your holiday events with us by emailing [email protected] Here’s a roundup of events to get your holiday planning started:

ONGOING

Holiday lights: 5-10 p.m. Nov. 26-Jan. 1, Evans Towne Center Park, 7016 Evans Town Center Blvd., Evans; walk-through lights display

Lights of the South: Open 6-10 p.m. Nov. 20-Dec. 30; closed Christmas Day; 633 Louisville Road, Grovetown; holiday lights displays, concessions, $12 with ages 3 and younger free; Fast Pass $20; lightsofthesouth.com

Christmas tours of the Boyhood Home of President Woodrow Wilson: Tours on the hour 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays in December (closed Dec. 25) and two Saturdays Dec. 12 and 19; experience Christmas in 1920 with fresh evergreen decorations in the style of Wilson’s last year as U.S. president and the year women gained the right to vote; $5 adults, $4 seniors, $3 students; no candlelight tours this year; reservations required; groups limited to 6 with masks required; Historic Augusta, Inc. (706) 724-0436, wilsonboyhoodhome.org

29th annual Christmas in Hopelands: 6-9 p.m. Dec. 1-23, 26-27, Hopelands Gardens, Aiken; two miles of lighted pathways and holiday lights displays, Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame and Rye Patch Stables open; no live music, refreshments, children’s activities or shuttle service this year, parking at Rye Patch, 100 Berrie Road SW, and Green Boundary Club, 780 Whiskey Road; handicap-only parking at 135 Dupree Place; face masks and social distancing required; free; (803) 642-7631; AikenisMagical.com; rain-out line (803) 643-4661

Christmas in Lights: 6-9 p.m. Dec. 4-6, 11-13, Millbrook Baptist Church, 223 South Aiken Blvd. SE, Aiken; family-friendly drive-thru a synchronized light show; free; volunteers needed; (803) 648-4167

Evans on Ice: The annual event that features an ice skating rink and other holiday activities will not open at Evans Towne Center Park this year because of COVID-19 concerns.

NOV. 20

Augusta Virtual Tree Lighting: 6:25 p.m. Nov. 20; viewers will be able to watch the tree lighting at Augusta Common live on WJBF, or online at wjbf.com and Facebook Live; 6:25 p.m. unveiling of the mayor’s Christmas card; tree lighting 6:30 p.m. with fireworks show afterwards

The Isaacs Christmas Show: 8 p.m. Nov. 20, Newberry Opera House, 1201 McKibben St., Newberry, SC; rescheduled from March 28; limited seating; $70; (803) 276-6264, newberryoperahouse.com

NOV. 21

Appling Christmas Festival: 11 a.m. until after tree lighting at dark, Nov. 21, 1956 Appling Harlem Road green areas and sidewalks, downtown Appling; craft vendors, food trucks, children’s activities, demonstrations, historic tours, more

NOV. 22

A Thanksgiving Hymn Festival: 3 p.m. Nov. 22, virtual performance presented by St. John UMC and Concerts With a Cause; featuring organists, pianists, singers and more; donations to benefit Golden Harvest Food Bank; StJohnAugusta.org

NOV. 28

Christmas Crafts at the Market: 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Nov. 28, Aiken County Farmers Market, 115 Williamsburg St., Aiken; shop for local gifts, handmade items, wreaths, baked goods; (803) 293-2214

Aiken Small Business Saturday: Times and locations vary, downtown Aiken; (803) 649-2221; visitaikensc.com

CANCELED – Christmas in the Back Country: Nov. 28-29, Living History Park, 299 W. Spring Grove Ave., North Augusta; this event has been canceled due to strict CDC and South Carolina-mandated COVID-19 guidelines; colonialtimesus.wordpress.com

DEC. 1

North Augusta Christmas Tree Lighting: 6 p.m. Dec. 1, John C. Calhoun Park, North Augusta; masks and social distancing encouraged; northaugusta.net

DEC. 3

3 Redneck Tenors Christmas SPEC-TAC-YULE-AR: 4 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3, Hardin Auditorium, 7022 Evans Town Center Blvd., Evans; 100-seat limit with masks required; AugustaAmusements.com, (706) 726-0366

Night of 1,000 Lights: 6-8 p.m. Dec. 3, Laurens Street in downtown Aiken; lumninarias line the streets, shops stay open late, holiday treats, drinks and music; free; presented by Aiken Downtown Development Association; (803) 649-2221

Fourth annual Festival of Trees: Tree lighting 4 p.m. Dec. 3; display Dec. 4-Jan. 2, Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum, 406 Park Ave. SE, Aiken; vote for favorite tree until Dec. 18; free; (803) 293-7846

Augusta Symphony Holiday Pops! Digital Concert: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3, Miller Theater; holiday classics; view on demand through Dec. 27; $10; millertheateraugusta.com, (706) 842-4080

The Gatlin Brothers Country & Christmas Show: 8 p.m. Dec. 3, Newberry Opera House, 1201 McKibben St., Newberry, SC; limited seating; $125; (803) 276-6264, newberryoperahouse.com

DEC. 4

Christmas Craft Show: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 4-5, Odell Weeks Activity Center, 1700 Whiskey Road, Aiken; handmade crafts and goodies from across the Southeast for holiday gifting, decor; free; (803) 642-7631

Aiken Christmas Tree Lighting: 6 p.m. Dec. 4, Newberry Street, downtown Aiken; live music by Tim Gidley, visit from Santa, countdown to tree lighting with Mayor Rick Osbon; take-home craft kits for kids; face coverings and social distancing required; (803) 642-7631

Fresh Wreath Making Holiday Workshop: 6 p.m. Dec. 4, Aiken Center for the Arts, 122 Laurens St. SW, Aiken; presented by the owner of Cloudberry and Willow Floral Design; $75, supplies included; aikencenterforthearts.org, (803) 641-9094

Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre presents “Dashing Through the Snow”: 6:45 p.m. dinner, 8 p.m. show Dec. 4-5, 11-12; also Sunday lunch 1:45 p.m., matinee 3 p.m. Dec. 6, 13, Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre, the tiny town of Tinsel, Texas, and a colorful parade of eccentric guests arrive at the Snowflake Inn in Tinsel, Texas, to deck the halls with holiday hilarity; $40-$53, coffee and dessert $35, show only $28; (706) 793-8552

DEC. 5

Christmas in Columbia County: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Dec. 5, Evans Towne Center Park, 7016 Evans Town Center Blvd., Evans; performances by Columbia County middle and high school band and choir students throughout the day; Holiday Market

CANCELED – Christmas for the Birds: Dec. 5, Living History Park, 299 W. Spring Grove Ave., North Augusta; this event has been canceled due to strict CDC and South Carolina-mandated COVID-19 guidelines; colonialtimesus.wordpress.com

Fresh Winter Wreath Making: 2 p.m. Dec. 5, Aiken Center for the Arts, 122 Laurens St. SW, Aiken; presented by the owner of Cloudberry and Willow Floral Design; $75, supplies included; aikencenterforthearts.org (803) 641-9094

Christmas With the Celts: 3 p.m. Dec. 5, Newberry Opera House, 1201 McKibben St., Newberry, SC; limited seating; $65; (803) 276-6264, newberryoperahouse.com

The Nutcracker Tea: 12:30 and 3 p.m. Dec. 5; 2:30 p.m. Dec. 6 (wait listed), Aiken County Historical Museum, 433 Newberry St. SW, Aiken; a family-friendly narrated production with time to meet cast members of the Aiken Civic Ballet in their Nutcracker costumes; reserved-seating tea; $16-$21; aikencivicballet.com

Nutcracker Live Stream: Dec. 5, Columbia County Ballet will offer Nutcracker demonstrations live streamed on its online platforms; columbiacountyballet.com

“The Polar Express”: 6 p.m. Dec. 5-6, Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum, 406 Park Ave. SE, Aiken; watch holiday movie on the deck, wear pajamas, bring a pillow and blanket; popcorn available; $5 reservations required; (803) 293-7846

DEC. 6

Evans Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting: 6-8 p.m. Dec. 6, Evans Towne Center Park, 7016 Evans Town Center Blvd., Evans; parade at 3:30 p.m. around Evans Towne Center complex and ending at Evans Towne Center Park; tree lighting with Santa 7 p.m.; parkwide celebration with live music and fireworks; www.visitcolumbiacountyga.com

DEC. 10

42nd annual Singing Christmas Tree presented by Abilene Baptist Church: 6 p.m. Dec. 10-12 (weather permitting), Evans Towne Center Park, 7016 Evans Town Center Blvd., Evans; bring chairs or blankets; free tickets available at the church office, 3917 Washington Road in Martinez, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 9 a.m.-noon Friday or download through iTickets.com for $1 convenience fee; guests are asked to bring a new and unwrapped toy donation for Toys for Tots

DEC. 12

Breakfast and a Book: 8:30 a.m. Dec. 12, Lessie B. Price Senior & Youth Center, 841 Edgefield Ave. NW, Aiken; fun-filled morning with The Clauses, breakfast, holiday crafts; Mrs. Claus will read holiday stories; free book to each family; visit from Santa; $5 registration required between Nov. 11-Dec. 9; (803) 642-7631

Aiken Symphony Orchestra presents “Home for the Holidays”: 3 p.m. Dec. 12, Etherredge Center, 471 University Parkway, Aiken; favorite holiday melodies with Aiken Choral Society and Aiken Civic Ballet; (803) 295-0313

DEC. 13

“The Nutcracker” presented by Dance Alive: 4 p.m. Dec. 13, Newberry Opera House, 1201 McKibben St., Newberry, SC; limited seating; $50, $25 students; (803) 276-6264, newberryoperahouse.com

2020 Chanukah Festival: 5-6:45 p.m. Dec. 13, Evans Towne Center Park, 7016 Evans Town Center Blvd., Evans; 5 p.m. children’s activities, 5:30 p.m. menorah lighting, more

Dec. 14

“The Nutcracker” presented by Dance Alive: 11 a.m. Dec. 14, Newberry Opera House, 1201 McKibben St., Newberry, SC; limited seating; an abbreciated performance; $25; (803) 276-6264, newberryoperahouse.com

DEC. 18

The Nutcracker 2020 – Land of the Sweets: 7 p.m. Dec. 18, 2 p.m. Dec. 19-20, Etherredge Center, 471 University Parkway, Aiken; Aiken Civic Ballet performing Act 2 only with no intermission; limited seating; (803) 641-3305

DEC. 19

Christmas Fun Camp 2020: 9 a.m.-noon Dec. 19, Aiken Center for the Arts, 122 Laurens St. SW, Aiken; a morning of painting and creating; $45; (803) 641-9094, aikencenterforthearts.org

Santa at the Depot: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 19, Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum, 406 Park Ave. SE, Aiken; visit with Santa, holiday music, Drive-a-Train exhibit; reservations required; (803) 293-7846

Christmas at the Silent Movies: 7 p.m. Dec. 19, Newberry Opera House, 1201 McKibben St., Newberry, SC; limited seating; The Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra presents holiday-themed silent films of the early 1900s; $50, $25 students; (803) 276-6264, newberryoperahouse.com

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker Christmas Stream: 8 p.m. Dec. 19; view the holiday ballet with behind the scenes footage; $24.99-$69.99; millertheateraugusta.com

DEC. 20

A Carpenters’ Christmas: 3 p.m. Dec. 20, Newberry Opera House, 1201 McKibben St., Newberry, SC; limited seating; $55 students; (803) 276-6264, newberryoperahouse.com

DEC. 21

Christmas with The Annie Moses Band: 4 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 21, Hardin Auditorium, 7022 Evans Town Center Blvd., Evans; AugustaAmusements.com, (706) 726-0366

DEC. 24

Christmas Eve Service: Dec. 24, Evans Towne Center Park, 7016 Evans Town Center Blvd., Evans; presented by Warren Baptist Church

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