Regional Events

October 6-December 24
Cirque du Soleil KURIOS
Atlanta
KURIOS Cabinet of Curiosities takes guests into the curio cabinet of an ambitious inventor who defies the laws of time, space and dimension in order to reinvent everything around him. The visible becomes invisible, perspectives are transformed and the world is literally turned upside down. Atlantic Station. Various times. atlanticstation.com

November 25-December 24
December Nights & Holiday Lights
Savannah
Walk through nearly 5 acres of themed garden areas filled with seasonal light displays and holiday music at the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens. Select nights from 6-9 p.m. $15. Children 3 and under are free. coastalgeorgiabg.org

November 25-December 30
Lights at Riverbanks Zoo
Columbia
Riverbanks Zoo is transformed into a holiday village with one million lights, nightly visits with Santa, Gingerbread Express train, Candy Cane Carousel, S’mores and Hot Cocoa at the Jingle Bell Bonfire and more. Select nights. $15 adults, $12 children ages 2-12, under 2 are free. 5-9 p.m. riverbanks.org

November 25-December 31
Old Fashioned Christmas
Dahlonega
Month-long event includes horse-drawn carriage rides, Christmas high tea, winter wine walks, Christmas market, visits with Santa, Christmas concerts and theater performances, children’s ornament tree and more. dahlonegachristmas.com

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. 5:30-10 p.m. James Island County Park. ccprc.com

November 25-January 1
Stone Mountain Christmas
Atlanta
Attraction includes two million lights, the Scenic Railroad, 4D movie theater, mini-golf, live performances, nightly snowfall, parade and fireworks. stonemountainpark.com

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 25-January 8
Christmas at Biltmore Estates
Asheville
Explore America’s largest home decorated and illuminated for Christmas with more than 55 Christmas trees, 360 fresh wreaths, 1,000 live poinsettias, 7,500 feet of fresh evergreen garlands and 30,000 lights and candles twinkling throughout the estate. biltmore.com

November 30-December 4
Junior League Holiday Market
Columbia
Event features nearly 170 merchants, Ladies Night Out event, Holiday Ball and Sundaes with Santa. General admission is $8 for all 4 days; children 12 and under are admitted free. Special events are a separate cost. South Carolina State Fairgrounds. jlcolumbia.org

December 1-24
“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. Historic Savannah Theatre. (912) 233-7764, savannahtheatre.com

December 2
Lindsey Stirling
Charleston
The violinist, songwriter and dancer performs at 8 p.m. $42-$96. North Charleston Performing Arts Center. northcharlestoncoliseumpac.com

December 4
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. $69 and up. boonehallplantation.com

December 6
Chris Tomlin & MercyMe
Charleston
The contemporary music artists perform their 2022 Winter Tour at North Charleston Coliseum. 7 p.m. $23 and up. northcharlestoncoliseumpac

December 8
Y’ally Jolly Christmas
Duluth
Singer-songwriter performances feature Chris Young, Cole Swindell, Lainey Wilson, Tyler Hubbard and Hailey Whitters together on-stage sharing stories and music. 8 p.m. $11-$60. Gas South Arena. gassouthdistrict.com

December 8-9
Victorian Christmas Festival
Thomasville
Downtown festival features live reindeer, visits with St. Nick, carolers, street theater, carriage rides, jingle bells, twinkling lights, community sing-alongs, musical entertainment, a live nativity, train rides for children, chestnut roasting and marshmallow toasting. 6-9 p.m. thomasvillega.com

December 9-26
The Nutcracker
Atlanta
Atlanta Ballet’s newest version of the Christmas classic will be performed at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. Various times.

December 10
Holiday Tour of Homes and Inns
Savannah
Take self-guided tours of select historic inns and private residences in downtown Savannah. Two tours available; advance reservations recommended. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $75. dnaholidaytour.com

Holiday Parade of Boats
Charleston
Participants decorate their boats and sail the Charleston Harbor. Best places to view are from Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina, Mt. Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park Pier, SC Aquarium area, Liberty Square, Charleston Maritime Center, Riley Waterfront Park, and The Battery area as far as Tradd Street. 5:30 p.m. holidayparadeofboats.com

December 11
Christmas Whoville Jubiliation
Savannah
City Market turns into Whoville for the afternoon. Get Grinched with hair and makeup, meet Father Christmas and take a picture with him in a carriage. Includes a song and dance performance of “How the Dancing Grinch Stole Christmas.” 1-4 p.m. savannahcitymarket.com

Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Duluth
The rock orchestra performs The Ghosts of Christmas Eve at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Gas South Arena. gassouthdistrict.com

December 13
Pentatonix
Charleston
The a cappella group performs A Christmas Spectacular at 7 p.m. North Charleston Coliseum. northcharlestoncoliseumpac.com

December 14
A Gullah Christmas Concert
Charleston
Boone Hall Plantation presents a holiday concert and Gullah storytelling at the Cotton Dock. Complimentary hot chocolate, cider and Christmas cookies available before the performance. 7:20 p.m. $15-$30. Limited seating. boonehallplantation.com

December 15-17
Grand Illumination and Dinner
Charleston
Join costumed interpreters and trained actors as they take you back to Christmas 1782. Includes dramatic presentations, tours, historic beverages and a traditional holiday buffet dinner. 6-8 p.m. $35-$95. Middleton Place. middletonplace.org

December 15-22
Charleston Christmas Special
Charleston
Two-hour show features holiday musical performances and comedy sketches. 7 p.m., with 2 p.m. matinees Sat. and Sun. Charleston Music Hall. $21-$42. bradandjennifermoranz.com

December 18
Chanukah in the Square
Charleston
The largest annual Jewish event in South Carolina includes menorah lighting, food, live music, children’s crafts and more. 4-6 p.m. Free. Marion Square.

December 31
New Year’s Eve Flip Flop Drop & Fireworks
Folly Beach
Gather on Center Street to watch the giant pair of glittery flip-flops descend to mark the stroke of midnight. Fireworks follow on the beach. visitfolly.com

Wild Night on Ossabaw: New Year’s Eve
Ossabaw Island
Spend New Year’s Eve on Ossabaw Island on an overnight trip that features a Southern New Year’s Eve dinner followed by music, s’mores and stories around a campfire. Includes champagne toast at midnight, farm-to-table breakfast and roundtrip transportation from Skidaway Island. ossabawisland.org

Georgia Aquarium New Year’s Eve Celebration
Atlanta
Party includes access to all aquarium galleries, live music, cocktails and food, party favors, late night bites and champagne toast. Adults 21 and over with ID. 8:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Proceeds benefit research and conservation. georgiaaquarium.org

January 1
“Bill Murray Look-a-Like” Polar Bear Plunge
Folly Beach
Annual event includes a Bill Murray costume contest, commemorative T-shirt and plunge into the chilly Atlantic. Prizes awarded. Contest registration 11a.m., contest at noon. Plunge 1 p.m. Beachside at the Tides Hotel. visitfolly.com

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