Regional Events

November 3-January 5
Christmas at Biltmore Estates
Asheville
Tour America’s largest home and see how it is decorated for the holidays. Wine tastings and candlelight tours available. (800) 411-3812, biltmore.com

November 9-January 1
Holiday Festival of Lights
Charleston
Event features three miles and more than 700 light displays of all shapes and sizes. Includes sculpture made from 50 tons of sand, holiday train, Santa’s Sweet Shoppe, Victorian carousel, family activities, shopping, food, entertainment and more. James Island County Park. ccprc.com 

November 16-17
Smoke on the Harbor BBQ Throwdown
Charleston
Kansas City Barbeque Society-sanctioned national event includes sampling of chicken wings (Fri.) and pork butts (Sat.), live music, cocktail competition, vendor village and Kids’ Zone. Admission $10; half price with 5 canned goods per person. Kids 12 and under are free. Sampling tickets $2.Lookout Pavilion at Charleston Harbor. smokeontheharbor.com

November 16-January 5
Fantasy in Lights
Pine Mountain
Rated as one of the world’s Top 10 Places to see holiday lights by National Geographic Traveler. Eight million lights create more than a dozen twinkling scenes for the holidays at Callaway Gardens. Includes a Christmas train and village sweet shop. callawaygardens.com

November 16-January 6
Winter Wonderland
Atlanta
Twinkling lights, cultural objects and a variety of decorated trees and displays showcase Christmas, Hanukkah and other holiday celebrations around the world. Fernbank Museum of Natural History. fernbankmuseum.org

November 17
Kingsland Catfish Festival
Kingsland, GA
Festival includes Southern-fried catfish, hushpuppies, quirky entertainment and family activities. (912) 729-5999, kingslandcatfishfestival.org

November 17-December 30
Lights Before Christmas
Columbia
Riverbanks Zoo is transformed into a holiday village with one million lights, a Jingle Bell Bonfire, nightly visits with Santa and the Music in Motion Light Spectacular. 5-9 p.m. (803) 779-8717, riverbanks.org

November 18
South Carolina Oyster Festival
Columbia
South Carolina’s largest outdoor oyster roast features steamed oysters by the bucket, oyster shooters, fried oysters, oyster gumbo, additional food vendors, beer and wine gardens, craft vendors and live music on two stages. Bring chairs, blankets and oyster knives and gloves. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $5 admission, children 12 and under free. Food and games additional for nominal fee. Robert Mills House and Gardens. scoysterfest.com

Sebastian Maniscalco
Atlanta
The comedian presents his Stay Hungry Tour at Fox Theatre. 7 p.m. $39-$80. foxtheatre.org

November 20
Candlelight Shopping & Tree Lighting Ceremony
Washington
Official opening of Christmas season includes tree lighting ceremony, candlelight shopping, singing and snow. 6-9 p.m. On the Square. (706) 678-2013, tourism.washingtonwilkes.org

November 22-December 24
“A Christmas Tradition”
Savannah
Two-hour variety show that features Frosty, dancing reindeer, Santa and his elves, Christmas standards, comedy and audience participation. Tues.-Sun. 8 p.m.; Sat. matinee 3 p.m. $37 adults, $18 children. Historic Savannah Theatre. (912) 233-7764, savannahtheatre.com

November 23-24
“Love Actually” in Concert
Atlanta
Watch the “Love Actually” movie on a giant 40-foot screen in Symphony Hall while the Atlanta Symphony performs the film score. 8 p.m. $49-$89. atlantasymphony.org 

November 23-December 31
“We Three Thieves”
Charleston
A hapless holiday heist goes awry when thieves, sheiks, mobsters, socialites, crooked politicians, tree-huggers and other wacky characters bring a merry madcap mystery to the stage. $24. Various times. Black Fedora Comedy Mystery Theatre. (843) 937-6453, charlestonmysteries.com

November 24
Chitlin’ Strut
Salley, SC
Festivalgoers celebrate this unusual Southern food. Activities includes a parade, hawg-calling and strut contests, food and craft vendors, carnival rides, beauty pageant, CWA pro wrestling and more than 10,000 pounds of chitlins. (803) 258-3485, chitlinstrut.com

November 24-December 23
December Nights & Holiday Lights
Savannah
Visitors take a self-guided walking tour though more than 6 acres of themed garden areas filled with seasonal light displays and holiday music at the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens. Accessible for strollers and wheelchairs. 6-9 p.m. $10 adults, $5 ages 4-12, 3 and under are free. (912) 921-5460, coastalgeorgiabg.org

November 24-Dec 30
Savannah Harbor Holiday Series
Savannah
Festival includes a holiday lights tour, boat parade, nightly musical performances, Santa, holiday treats, Ice Bar, North “Pool,” gingerbread village and competitions. 6:30-9 p.m.; open Christmas Day. Old Town trolley rides and chartered coaches available. (912) 201-2201, savannahharborfoundation.com

November 27-December 2
Irving Berlin’s White Christmas
Atlanta
Broadway in Atlanta presents a stage musical of the classic Christmas film at the Fox Theatre. Various times. $34 and up. foxtheatre.org

November 29
Callanwolde Holiday Gala
Atlanta
Gala showcases rooms at Callanwolde mansion decorated by designers along with beverages, catering and live entertainment by John Driskell Hopkins of the Zac Brown Band, the Atlanta Pops Orchestra Ensemble and the Joe Gransden Big Band. Holiday cocktail attire. 7 p.m. $75. Callanwolde Fine Arts Center. callanwolde.freshtix.com

November 30-December 1
Madison Tour of Homes
Madison
Tour features historic and private homes along with museum and churches. $27-$32. Daytime tours 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Candelight tours 5-9 p.m. (706) 342-9627, madisonga.org 

November 30-December 23
Atlanta Christkindl Market
Atlanta
Open-air German holiday market and festival at Atlantic Station features authentic German food and beverages, live entertainment and vendors. Free admission. christkindlmarket.org

December 2
Wine Under the Oaks
Mt. Pleasant
Annual holiday event features wine samples and pairings, desserts, oysters, cooking demos, artwork displays, gifts, live music and silent auctions. 1-5 p.m. $55. (843) 884-4371, boonehallplantation.com

December 8
Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Duluth
The rock orchestra presents its Ghosts of Christmas Eve Tour at Infinite Energy Centre. 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. $49-$79.50. infiniteenergycenter.com

Holiday Parade of Boats
Charleston
Nautical Christmas parade in Charleston Harbor begins near Mt. Pleasant. Viewing party is at the Charleston Maritime Center 5-8 p.m. Adults $25-$30, children 17 and under $5. Includes barbecue and other food, desserts, caroling, live music and Santa. Cash bar. charlestonparadeofboats.com

Colonial Christmas Dinner
Darien
Join the garrison for a traditional dinner in the barracks and an evening of Colonial-style yuletide jollification. 7-9 p.m. $35; reservations required. Fort King George Historic Site. (912) 437-4770, gastateparks.org

December 8-23
Charleston Christmas Special
Charleston
Two-hour show features holiday musical performances and comedy sketches. 7 p.m., with matinees Sat. and Sun. Charleston Music Hall. $15-$70. (843) 853-2252, bradandjennifermoranz.com

December 8-24
Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker
Atlanta
Atlanta Ballet presents its first new Nutcracker in 20 years at Fox Theatre. Various times. $35-$140. foxtheatre.org

December 9
Enchanted Woodland Wonders
Roswell
Family event features live reindeer, reindeer games, winter crafts, bonfire, hot cocoa, s’mores, story time, food trucks and nature trail with fairy houses and gnome homes. 2-6 p.m. $10 adults, $7 students ages 13-18 and seniors 65+, $6 children ages 3-12, free for ages 2 and under. Chattahoochee Nature Center. chattnaturecenter.org

December 13
Home By Dark
Atlanta
Musicians and songwriters perform an in-the-round Christmas concert at 8 p.m. $24-$40. infiniteenergycenter.com

December 13-15
Grand Illumination: Christmas 1782
Charleston
Join costumed interpreters and trained actors as they take you back in time. Includes dramatic presentations, tours, historic beverages and a traditional holiday buffet dinner. 6-8 p.m. $64 adults, $25 children ages 6-13. Middleton Place. middletonplace.org

December 21
Emmanuel Cantata
Duluth
A collection of individuals and church choirs present a Christmas Carol Concert. 7 p.m. Infinite Energy Center. infinityenergycenter.com

December 22
Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band
Duluth
The classic rock band performs with special guest Larkin Poe. 8 p.m. $99-$119. infiniteenergycenter.com

December 29
Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl
Atlanta
College football matchup between two of the country’s top-ranked teams. Noon. Mercedes-Benz Stadium. (404) 586-8499, chick-fil-apeachbowl.com

Through Dec 30
Lights Before Christmas
Columbia
Features nearly one million lights, hot cocoa, marshmallow roasting, Jingle Bell Bonfire and nightly visits with Santa. 5-9 p.m. $12 adults, $10 children ages 2-12. (803) 779-8717, riverbanks.org

Through December 31
Savannah Harbor Holiday Series
Savannah
Seven-week festival includes a holiday lights tour, boat parade, nightly musical performances, Santa, holiday treats, gingerbread village, Winter Wonderland Ball and more. (912) 201-2201, savannahharborfoundation.com

December 31
Black & White New Year’s Celebration
Atlanta
Black and white-themed New Year’s Eve party at the Georgia Aquarium includes live music, DJ, full buffet dinner, complimentary beer and wine, cash cocktail bar, party favors, late night bites and champagne toast at midnight. Adults 21 and over with ID. 8:30 p.m.-1 a.m. $140-$180. Georgia Aquarium. georgiaaquarium.org

City Market New Year’s Eve Celebration
Savannah
City Market street party includes live music, shopping and dining. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Free admission. (912) 232-4903, savannahcitymarket.com

Through January 1
Holiday Festival of Lights
Charleston
Named one of the “Top 10 Holiday Celebrations” by Coastal Living magazine and one of the “Top 20 Events in the Southeast” by the Southeast Tourism Society. Includes a 3-mile drive through more than 700 displays and two million lights, plus sand sculptures, Santa’s Sweet Shoppe, holiday train, gingerbread houses, Victorian carousel and giant greeting cards. James Island County Park. (843) 795-4386, ccprc.com

Through January 5
Fantasy in Lights
Pine Mountain
Rated as one of the world’s Top 10 Places to see holiday lights by National Geographic Traveler. Eight million lights create more than a dozen twinkling scenes for the holidays. Includes a Christmas train and village sweet shop. callawaygardens.com

Through January 6
Stone Mountain Christmas
Atlanta
Attraction includes two million lights, “Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas 4D,” Snow Angel Palace, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster, live performances and nightly snowfall, parade and fireworks. (800) 401-2407, stonemountainpark.com

Christmas at Biltmore Estates
Asheville
See how America’s largest home gets decorated for the holidays and take a candlelight tour. (800) 411-3812, biltmore.com

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