Local Events

November 16-26
Holiday Gingerbread Village
Augusta Museum of History
Local bakers display replicas of area historic buildings at this annual gingerbread house competition. Open for viewing 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (1-5 p.m. Sun.) Houses available through silent auction. (706) 722-8454, augustamuseum.org

November 20
Augusta Civil War Roundtable
The Snelling Center
Guest speaker Robert E. Bonner, chairman of the Dartmouth College history department, presents “Master of Lost Causes,” a biographical study of Confederate Vice President Alexander H. Stephens. 6 p.m. $15; includes dinner. (706) 736-2909, civilwarroundtableaugustaga.com

November 21
Tuesday’s Music Live
Saint Paul’s Church
Performance features 9 String Therapy. Noon-12:30 p.m. Free. Lunch is available after the concert for $12; advance lunch reservations required. (706) 722-3463, tuesdaysmusiclive.com

November 24-26
“The Nutcracker”
Imperial Theatre
The Colton Ballet Company presents the classic holiday tale. Various times. $17-$40. imperialtheatre.com

November 30, December 1, 2, 4, 7, 8
“Eli’s Bethlehem Inn”
Kroc Center
Enopion Theatre Company presents its original musical dinner show that takes guests back more than 2,000 years. Limited seating. (706) 771-7777, enopion.com

November 30, December 1
“The Nutcracker”
Imperial Theatre
Columbia County Ballet presents Tchaikovsky’s classic Christmas ballet. 7 p.m. $15-$35. (706) 860-1852, imperialtheatre.com.

December 1-2
Candlelight Tours of the Woodrow Wilson Home
Woodrow Wilson Boyhood Home
Take a candlelight tour of the boyhood home of President Woodrow Wilson and see what Christmas was like 100 years ago during World War I. 5-7 p.m. Tours every 30 minutes. Adults $10, ages 5-18 $5, children under 5 free. Includes refreshments. (706) 724-0436, wilsonboyhoodhome.org

December 1-2, 8-10
“Twas the Night Before Christmas”
Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre
The dinner theatre presents Ken Ludwig’s comedy that includes a mouse, an elf and a spunky little girl who won’t take no for an answer. fortgordon.com

December 1, 8, 15
Christmas Movie Night
Evans Towne Center Park
Featured films are Elf (12/1), National Lampoon’s Christman Vacation (12/8) and The Polar Express (12/15). Free. evanstownecenterpark.com

December 2
Christmas in the Park
Evans Towne Center Park 
Includes inflatables, arts and crafts vendors, live music, family activities, tree lighting and fireworks. Free admission. evanstownecenterpark.com, columbiacountyga.gov

Columbia County Christmas Tree Lighting
Evans Towne Center Park 
Event includes vendor village, Santa photos, train rides and more. Free admission. evanstownecenterpark.com 

Jingle Jam 10K
Evans Towne Center Park
Christmas-themed race through Evans includes music, choirs, Santa and a costume contest. Runners receive jingle bells to wear to the finish line. 8 a.m. $40. Benefits Safe Homes. jinglejam10k.com

Grovetown Christmas Festival
Liberty Park
Annual Grovetown festival includes Santa, snow, food and craft vendors, chorus groups, bands and tree lighting. 4-8 p.m. Tree lighting 7 p.m. Free admission. (706) 860-7691, cityofgrovetown.com

Harlem Festival of Trees and Holiday Market
Annual festival includes original crafts, tree lighting, cast of Frozen, snow and hot cocoa. Crafts include wood crafts, jewelers, stained glass, repurposed art, candles, goats milk soaps, lotions, balms and more. Free admission. 2-7 p.m. Parade begins at 2:30 p.m. harlemga.org 

Christmas for the Birds
Living History Park, N. Augusta
Make edible decorations for birds to eat during winter. Includes cider, hot chocolate and cookies, plus children’s story times. Donations of apples, oranges and peanut butter for birds and pet food for local pet adoptions centers also will be accepted. Free. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. colonialtimes.us

Swamp Saturday Hike
Phinizy Swamp Nature Park
Take a guided 2.5-mile hike through the park’s nature trails. Wear closed-toe shoes and bring water to drink. No pets. Limited space; registration required. 9:30-11:30 a.m. $2; free for Friends of Phinizy and children age 3 and under. (706) 396-1426, phinizycenter.org 

Fezzwig Christmas Ball
Augusta Museum of History
Annual holiday ball includes hors d’oeuvres, desserts, beverages, live music, dancing and Augusta Players performances of “A Christmas Carol.” Period attire is encouraged but not required. 7-10 p.m. $35-$45. augustaplayers.org

Celtic Yuletide Feast
Church of the Good Shepherd
Columbia County Choral Society, accompanied by Renaissance troubadours, present a medieval yuletide feast and period music and dance. 7 p.m. $30. Reservations required. columbiacountychoralsociety.org

December 2-3
Camellia City Festival
Thomson
Christmas festival includes a Reindeer Run 5K, day-long festival and tour of homes on Saturday and Christmas parade on Sunday (706) 597-1000, thomsonmcduffiechamber.com

December 3
Columbia County Merchants Christmas Parade
Evans
The 53rd annual parade begins at the intersection of Belair and Washington roads and ends at the intersection of Belair and Cox roads. Features nearly 150 entries. 2 p.m. Free. columbiacountyfair.net

Classic Christmas Concert
First Baptist Church of Augusta
Christian music singer-songwriter David Phelps performs classic holiday standards and newer favorites. 7 p.m. $25-$30. fbcaugusta.org

December 3, 10
All Aboard! The Polar Express
Augusta Museum of History
The story of the Polar Express will be performed for young passengers. Children must be in pajamas and have their Golden Ticket to board train. 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. $5/member’s child, $7/non-member’s child. (706) 722-8454, augustamuseum.org

December 5
A Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols
Sacred Heart Cultural Center
Traditional English Christmas program features the Augusta University Choir, Davidson Chorale and prayers and lessons from the Old and New Testaments. 7:30 p.m. $20. (706) 826-4700, sacredheartaugusta.org

Tuesday’s Music Live
Saint Paul’s Church
The UGA Accidentals perform. Noon-12:30 p.m. Free. Lunch is available after the concert for $12; advance lunch reservations required. (706) 722-3463, tuesdaysmusiclive.com

December 6
Rick Springfield and Richard Marx
Bell Auditorium
The music artists co-headline solo acoustic performances. 7:30 p.m. $49-85. augustaentertainmentcomplex.com

December 7
Christmas Pops Concert
Augusta Scottish Rite Center
The Columbia County Orchestra performs popular selections. 6:30 p.m. columbiacco.org

December 7-10
Hayride Through the Life of Christ
Columbia County Fairgrounds
Sharon Baptist Church takes guests through 12 scenes along a hayride that reenact events in the life of Jesus Christ 2,000 years ago. Includes hot chocolate, live music and children’s activities for those waiting in line. Free. 7 p.m. (706) 541-0667

December 8-10
Singing Christmas Tree
Abilene Baptist Church
Music program features traditional and contemporary holiday music. Fri. 7 p.m., Sat. 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Sun. 3 p.m. Free. Pick up tickets at the church office. (706) 869-1774, myabilene.org

“A Christmas Carol”
Imperial Theatre
The Augusta Players present a musical version of the Charles Dickens classic. Fri. and Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 3 p.m. $20-$48. augustaplayers.org

December 9
Auggie’s Holiday BUZZar
Lake Olmstead Stadium
Toys for Tots drive; holiday vendor fair; Santa and Mrs. Claus (11 a.m.-1 p.m.); touch-a-truck; Mistletoe 5k Fun Run (10 a.m.); appearance by GreenJackets mascot, Auggie; inflatables; refreshments and more. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. greenjacketsbaseball.com

Handel’s “Messiah”
Saint Paul’s Church
The Augusta Choral Society performs its annual Christmas concert. 7:30 p.m. augustacs.org 

Betty Wright
Bell Auditorium
The Grammy winner performs The Legends of Soul Tour with special guests Rose Royce, Angela Winbush, Glenn Jones and Cherelle. 8 p.m. $58-$70. augustaentertainmentcomplex.com

December 9, 16
Toy Shoppe at Towne Center
Evans Towne Center Park 
Event includes vendor village, Santa photos, train rides and collection for Toys for Tots. 2-6 p.m. Free admission. evanstownecenterpark.com

December 13
Holly and the Christmas Kerfuffle
Maxwell Theatre
Augusta University and Porckchop Productions present a Christmas show for young audiences. With only a week left before Christmas, toys are disappearing from Santa’s Workshop and Holly has to catch the toy thief…fast. 10 a.m. Free. (706) 737-1625, calendar.augusta.edu

December 15
Noel! Christmas Concert
St. Teresa of Avila Church
Columbia County Orchestra performs with St. Teresa’s Catholic Church Choir. 7 p.m. (706) 755-5849, columbiacco.org

Southern Soul and Song Series
Imperial Theatre
Suzy Bogguss performs. 7:30 p.m. $15 and up. (706) 722-8341, southernsoulandsong.org

December 16
Behold the Star 2017
Maxwell Theatre
Creative Impressions presents a Christmas musical and dance spectacular that mixes classical and contemporary selections from Peter J. Wihousky to Kirk Franklin. 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. $15-$20. calendar.augusta.edu

Holidays in Olde Lincoln Towne
Downtown Lincolnton
An old-fashioned Christmas festival includes live entertainment, parade, crafts and food vendors. 3-8 p.m. Free. (706) 359-7970, exploregeorgia.org

December 20
Christmas with the Annie Moses Band
Jabez S. Hardin Performing Arts Center
The band’s holiday show blends folk, classical, pop, jazz and country. 7:30 p.m. $49. Pre-show dinner also available; reservations required. (706) 726-0366. augustaamusements.com

December 21
Merry Grinchmas Party
Augusta Richmond County Library
The library celebrates Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas with snacks and family activities like pin the heart on the Grinch. 5:30-7 p.m. Free. Registration recommended. (706) 821-2623, arcpls.org

December 23
“A Christmas Carol” Storytelling
St. Andrew Presbyterian Church
Internationally known storyteller Tim Lowry reads A Christmas Carol dressed as Charles Dickens. 3 p.m. $15. Recommended for ages 10 and above. Childcare available with reservations. 706) 736-4575, standrewpc.com

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