AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) – Now that Thanksgiving is over, here are some events to celebrate the holiday.
There are events for everyone, children and adults, along with a variety of community service programs to give gifts.
Events for children
Evans on Ice- Nov. 14-Jan. 8. This magical event features an expansive outdoor ice skating rink and holiday parties.
Southern lights- November 21-Wed. 30, 633 Louisville Road, Grovetown Ga. 30813
Light up the holidays with Georgia Power December 7-26. Georgians can enter the Light Up The Holidays contest on our Facebook page by posting a photo of how you’re lighting up the holidays using the hashtag #LightUpTheHolidays for a chance to win a variety of prizes.
Toy Giveaway – December 10, 9 to 11 a.m., James Brown Arena, May Park on Fourth Street. To register, bring identification, social security card and birth certificate for all children between the ages of 1 and 10. You can also register online.
Photos Santa- December 10-11, 2:00 PM, Le Chat Noir 304 8th Street, Augusta Ga.
Santa Claus at Top Dawg- December 14th, 5:30-7:30pm, 2821 Washington Road, Augusta Ga. Children will take a photo with Santa in the Kids Club.
Santa visits Belvedere Big Yellow Fire Engine- December 15-20.
Movies at the Miller: Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas- December 17, 5:00 PM, Miller Theatre, 708 Broad Street, Augusta Ga.
Christmas Extravagance Gala- December 17th, 6-9pm, Kroc Center 1833 Broad Street Music Hall B.
Breakfast with Santa – Dec. 20, 10 a.m., Metro Diner 2820 Washington Road, Augusta Ga.
Santa at the Airport – On December 20-22, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Santa will be waiting to see everyone in the main lobby of the Augusta Airport Terminal Building.
Santa at the African American History Center on December 20th, 6-8pm, 120 York Street NE, Aiken SC
Events for everyone
Festival of Trees – December 2nd to 31st, Visitor Center and Train Museum
Carolina Lights- December 3-26, 1200 Rosewood Drive, Columbia, SC 29201
Christmas Carol: Musical – December 9-11. 8pm at the Imperial Theater at 749 Broad Street. Ticket prices range from $23 to $50 and are limited.
Joye to the World Holiday Concert – December 9, The Etherredge Center
Augusta Christmas Laser Show- December 9-11, Georgia-Carolina State Fair
Augusta Airport Holiday Raffle – December 9-21. Enter to win free round-trip tickets from Augusta to Washington DC.
Light Up the Holidays with Georgia Power On December 9th, enter the Light Up The Holidays contest by posting a photo of how you’re lighting up the holidays using the hashtag #LightUpTheHolidays for a chance to win a variety of prizes.
Augusta Christmas Parade – December 10th, 6:00 p.m., between 6th and 13th streets, Augusta Ga.
It’s the Night Before Christmas – December 10, 11:00 a.m., Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theater 2500 Walton Way, Augusta Ga.
2nd Annual 8th Street Holiday Market – December 10th, 12pm, 8th Street Augusta, Ga.
Crossland Park Christmas Parade – December 10th, 11:00 a.m., Aldridge St., next to Burger King, Aiken, SC
SantaCon Bar Crawl- December 10th, 4:00pm to 11:55pm Broad Street, Augusta. The price is $15.
31st Christmas at Hopelands December 10-22, 6:00pm-9:30pm, Hopelands Gardens, Aiken SC
North Augusta Christmas Parade – December 11th, 3-4pm, Georgia Avenue Downtown, North Augusta SC 29841
Aiken Christmas Parade – December 11th, 2:00 pm, Barnwell Avenue and Laurens Street Northwest, Aiken SC 29801
Augusta Symphony Free Holiday Concert – December 12th, 6:30pm, 6929 Highway 28 South, McCormick, SC
Augusta Regional Airport Holiday Cheer- From December 15th to the 23rd, cheerleaders will perform for passengers traveling in the gate area of the airport.
Aiken Civic Ballet presents The Nutcracker, December 16-18, Downtown Aiken, SC
Hoofbeats and Christmas carol parade – December 17th, in the center of Aiken
Pure Stocking Fund
Thanks to this program, parents can choose which toys and gifts they want to give their children. Parents go online to apply and register their child, upload proof of benefits, and once approved, parents shop in an online e-store to select gifts from their child’s wish list. After shopping online, parents choose to receive their gifts at one of our three local CSRA partner Empty Stocking Funds.
This year, pickup locations will be at Hub East, Augusta Technical College, and the Boys & Girls Club headquarters located at Augusta Technical College in Grovetown.
Aiken Animal Shelter Christmas
Sometimes we forget about homeless pets during the holiday season. The SPCA Albrecht Center decorated their halls with animal wish lists. You can visit the Willow Run Road location Monday through Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to meet a new friend and make your Christmas wish list come true.
Augusta Coat Drive- Nov. 18.-Jan. 2. Check the site for drop off locations
Augusta Community Center Toy Drive- November 28- December 16. Donate new unwrapped toys, check site for drop off locations.
UPS Operation Santa – November 28- December 19, Volunteers verify their identities to help fulfill the holiday wishes of children and families who have written to Santa.
Empty the Shelters – December 1-11, participating shelters for a free adoption event
Blue Christmas Service – December 18th, 3-4pm, 3001 Banks Mill Road, Aiken SC 29803
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