Local Events

November 22-December 21
“The Day After a Christmas Carol”
Ivory Box Theatre
Enopion Theatre Company presents a new, original production about Ebenezer Scrooge and ghostly visits. Various times. $10. (706) 771-7777, ivoryboxtheatre.com

December 3
A Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols
Sacred Heart Cultural Center
Annual traditional English Christmas program features leaders in the community as readers of the nine lessons and local choirs singing a collection of carols and hymns.7:30 p.m. $20. (706) 826-4700, sacredheartaugusta.org

December 4
Brian Setzer Orchestra
Miller Theater
The swing and jump blues band performs its 16th annual Christmas Rocks! Tour. 7:30 p.m. $59.50-$79.50. millertheateraugusta.com

December 5
The Texas Tenors
Miller Theater
The vocal artists perform their Deep in the Heart of Christmas concert with Augusta Symphony. 7:30 p.m. $40-$105. augustasymphony.com

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. $75. augustaplayers.org

December 5-6
The Nutcracker
Imperial Theatre
Columbia County Ballet performs to Tchaikovsky’s Christmas classic. 7-9 p.m. $17-$42. imperialtheatre.com

December 6
Christmas in Columbia County
Evans Towne Center Park
Evening includes Santa and Mrs. Claus, a Holiday Market 4-8 p.m., tree lighting at 8 p.m. and fireworks. evanstownecenterpark.com

December 6-7
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 at the end of World War I. 5-7 p.m. Tours offered every 30 minutes. $10 adults, $5 ages 5-18, children under 5 free. Includes live music and refreshments. (706) 724-0436, wilsonboyhoodhome.org

December 6-21
“The Day After a Christmas Carol”
Ivory Box Theatre
Enopion Theatre Company presents a new, original production about Ebenezer Scrooge and ghostly visits. Various times. $10. (706) 771-7777, enopion.com

December 7
Jingle Jam 10K
Columbia County Amphitheater
Runners receive jingle bells to wear to the finish line in this Christmas-themed race through Evans. Includes holiday entertainment at every mile, costume contest and prizes, post-race party at a vendor’s village and a pullover and swag bag while supplies last. 8 a.m. $45. Benefits Safe Homes. jj10K.com

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. 9-11 a.m. $2; free for Friends of Phinizy and children age 3 and under. phinizycenter.org

Grovetown Christmas Parade
Grovetown
The city’s 44th annual Christmas parade begins at John Huffman Way, travels down Horizon South Parkway, turns right onto Wrightsboro Road and ends at the intersection of Robinson Avenue and Wrightsboro Road by the Walmart Neighborhood Market.10 a.m.-noon. (706) 860-7691 or cityofgrovetown.com 

Grovetown Christmas Festival
Liberty Park
Festival includes entertainment by local bands, dancers and chorus groups; craft vendors, food vendors, Santa, snow and Christmas tree lighting. 2-6 p.m. Free admission. (706) 860-7691 or cityofgrovetown.com  

Black Nativity
Bell Auditorium
The one-act gospel musical play, written by poet and playwright Langston Hughes, is an African-American telling of the Nativity story. 8 p.m. $37-$57. augustaentertainmentcomplex.com 

Camellia City Festival
Thomson
Christmas festival includes holiday shopping, food vendors, children’s crafts and activities and other entertainment on Railroad Street. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. thomsonmcduffiechamber.com 

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 adoption centers also will be accepted. Free. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. colonialtimes.us 

Christmas in Harlem
Downtown Harlem
Join the community for a Christmas parade at 5:30 p.m., tree lighting at 7 p.m. and movie on the lawn at 7:30 p.m. Free. No pets, please. harlemga.org

Blues Fest
Miller Theater
Headliners include Betty Wright, Nellie Travis, Clarence Carter and Ronnie Bell. 8 p.m. $66-$110. millertheateraugusta.com

December 7-8
Holiday Tour of Homes
Summerville and Downtown
Augusta Ballet presents a holiday tour of homes decked out for the holidays. Sat. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sun. 1-5 p.m. $25. augustaballet.org

December 8
Columbia County Merchants Christmas Parade
Evans
The 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 

Augusta Chorale Christmas Concert
Paine College
Augusta Chorale’s annual concert features guest vocalist Karen Gordon and the Aiken Civic Orchestra along with Christmas selections from Handel’s Messiah and choral works arranged by Wycliffe Gordon. 4 p.m. Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel. Adults $20-25, children 17 years and under are free. augustachorale.org 

Thomson Christmas Parade
Downtown Thomson
Annual parade features floats, bands and community groups from 2-4 p.m. thomsonmcduffiechamber.com

WWE Live Holiday Tour
James Brown Arena
Superstars of Monday Night RAW include Universal Champion Seth Rollins, RAW Women’s Champion Becky Lynch, United States Champion AJ Styles, Braun Strowman and King Corbin. 7 p.m. $17-$97. augustaentertainmentcomplex.com

December 8, 15
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. augustamuseum.org

December 10
Merry Country Christmas
Hardin Performing Arts Center
Live From Nashville presents popular Christmas songs performed Nashville style. 7:30 p.m. $44.95. Pre-show dinner also available; reservations required. (706) 726-0366. augustaamusements.com

December 11
Leann Rimes
Miller Theater
The singer performs her You and Me and Christmas Tour at 7:30 p.m. $49-$199. millertheateraugusta.com

December 12
Wycliffe and Friends Holiday Concert
Maxwell Performing Arts Center
Wycliffe Gordon and Augusta University’s Department of Music present holiday music in classical, jazz, gospel and pop genres. 7:30-9 p.m. calendar.augusta.edu

December 12-15
Hayride Through the Life of Christ
Columbia County Fairgrounds
Sharon Baptist Church takes guests along a hayride through 12 scenes 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 13-15
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. myabilene.org

“A Christmas Carol”
Imperial Theatre
The Augusta Players bring Scrooge and his ghostly encounters to life in this musical Broadway adaptation of Charles Dickens’ well-known story. $22-$49. augustaplayers.org

December 13-16
Library Book Sale
Columbia County Library
Sale includes fiction and non-fiction books. Fri., Sat. and Mon. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sun. 2-5 p.m. Library foyer, Evans branch.

December 14
A Merrie Olde Christmas
St. Paul’s Church
Augusta Choral Society’s Christmas program features English holiday selections, Palmetto Girls Sing from Greenwood and professional chamber orchestra The Lyra Vivace orchestra. The audience is invited to sing along. 7:30 p.m. augustacs.org

December 16
Christmas Songs & Stories with John Berry
Imperial Theatre
The musician presents his 23rd Annual Christmas Tour. 7-9 p.m. $28-$42.
imperialtheatre.com

December 17
Southern Soul and Song Series
Imperial Theatre
Country, jazz and swing artist Suzy Bogguss performs her Holiday Show at 7:30 p.m. $15-$45. southernsoulandsong.org

December 19
Christmas with the Isaacs
Hardin Performing Arts Center
The multi-award winning family group performs Christmas favorites with a blend of bluegrass, R&B, folk, country and Southern gospel. 7:30 p.m. $44.95. Pre-show dinner also available; reservations required. (706) 726-0366. augustaamusements.com

December 20
Noel Performance
St. Theresa’s Catholic Church
The Columbia County Orchestra performs with the St. Theresa’s choir. 7 p.m. Free; donations accepted. columbiacco.org 

“Romeo and Juliet”
Imperial Theatre
Ukraine’s National Ballet Theatre of Odessa performs Shakespeare’s tragedy. 7-9 p.m. $30-$60. imperialtheatre.com

“Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
Bell Auditorium
Musical tells the true story of Carole King’s rise to stardom. 8 p.m. $64-87. augustaentertainmentcomplex.com

December 22
Chanukah Festival
Evans Towne Center Park
Presented by Chabad of Augusta, the festival features a giant menorah lighting, hot latkes and apple cider, Chanukah arts and crafts, gifts, photos and children’s musical entertainment. Free. Bring unused toys for sick children in association with the Ronald McDonald House. 5-7 p.m. evanstownecenterpark.com 

A Bing Crosby Christmas
Miller Theater
Broadway baritone Jared Bradshaw performs Crosby’s classics with a trio singing Andrews Sisters harmonies. 4 p.m. $35-$60. millertheateraugusta.com

December 26
“A Charlie Brown Christmas” Live on Stage
Miller Theater
Interactive new touring show brings the Peanuts holiday classic to life. 7 p.m. $35-$109. millertheateraugusta.com

December 29
The Marcus King Band
Miller Theater
The Americana and blues band performs at 7:30 p.m. $25-$48. millertheateraugusta.com

December 30
Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker
Miller Theater
The holiday classic is performed with 40 artists, rose-shooting cannon, a growing Christmas tree and life-sized Matrushka dolls. 7 p.m. $29-$175. millertheateraugusta.com

January 2-5
Cirque du Soleil – “OVO”
James Brown Arena
Acrobatic acts tell the story of a colorful insect ecosystem where bugs work, eat, crawl, flutter, play, fight and look for love. Various times. Adults $41, children $29.50; family four-packs also available. augustaentertainmentcomplex.com

January 3-4
The Poison Peach Film Festival
Imperial Theatre
Friday night is family friendly with “Supernatural Shakespeare” by EastWind Productions and Christopher Forbes’ medieval epic “Die by the Sword.” Saturday is horror night with Wages of Cine’s “31 Days of Horror.” 7 p.m. $10 per night. imperialtheatre.com

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