CALENDAR, Dec. 11:+: Holiday events fill December calendar

A Charleston Celtic Christmas: 7 p.m., Dec. 11, Circular Congregational Church, Meeting Street, Charleston.  Na Fidléirí and the Taylor Festival Choir will perform a program that continues to present a mixture of traditional holiday carols, instrumental jigs with a Celtic flavor and spiritual choral and instrumental segments.  Led by Mary and Robert Taylor, Na Fidleiri and the TFC will be joined by John Doyle, legendary Irish Guitarist and singer, as well as the exciting early music duo Bedlam. Tickets for the concert can be purchased at

Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings:  Shows are through Dec. 17, Cabaret Theatre, Duvall Center, 2816 Azalea Drive, North Charleston.  Midtown Productions will offer the local premier of this musical comedy of doo=wop songs of the 50s and 60s featuring veterans Ryan Ahlert and Brandon Joyner.  For tickets, times and more, go to: Midtown Productions.

A Christmas Carol.: Runs through Dec. 20, Dock Street Theatre, Charleston.    The holiday classic returns again as Charleston Stage’s musical adaption features Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim, and the spirits of Christmas Past, Present, and Future, will put you in the Christmas spirit with four spectacular new musical production numbers. For tickets and more information, go to

Holiday Festival of Lights: Runs through Dec. 31, James Island County Park.  There’s fun every night through the end of the month for anyone who wants to see more than 2 million holiday lights in this annual spectacular event.  Learn more.  While the attraction always offers everything from marshmallow roasting to sweets to shopping, here are some special events in the days ahead:

  • Dec. 11 and 13: Visit with Mrs. Claus, 6-10 p.m.
  • Dec. 14: Lowcountry Power Brass performance7-9 p.m.Ask a Naturalist, 6 p.m.
  • Dec. 15: Storytelling with Charleston County Sheriff’s Office, 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. Visit withSouth Carolina Aquarium, 6-8 p.m. Ask a Naturalist, 6 p.m.
  • Dec. 20: Visit with Mrs. Claus, 6-10 p.m.

Candlelight tours:  6 p.m. and 7 p.m., Dec. 16, Nathaniel Russell House, 51 Meeting St., Charleston.  The Historic Charleston Foundation offers candlelight tours of the historic house during the holiday, allowing participants to step back in time experience what it was like in a stately house before modern lighting.  This 45-minute visit uses LED candles.  Register online

Magnolia holidays:  Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Charleston.  Several events ahead for the holidays.  More details:

  • Dec. 16: “Fairy Tale Christmas” featuring a visit from the Snow Queen, performances by Fort Dorchester High School Theatre department, holiday crafts and activities.  Fairy tale costume contest at 1 p.m.
  • Dec. 17: “An Old Fashioned Christmas” featuring the sights and sounds of yesteryear with Christmas carolers, face painting, and old fashioned holiday crafts.

(NEW) Cornhole for a Cause:  11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Jan. 27, Magnolia Park and Community Garden, corner of Magnolia Road and Sycamore Ave., West Ashley.  The Rotary Club of St. Andrews — Charleston is hosting this second annual two-person team cornhole tournament to raise $1,00 to benefit area nonprofits.  Register for $50 per team.  There will be music plus food trucks and beer available for purchase. Prizes will be awarded to the top finishers. There is no fee to attend and watch the tournament.  For more information or to register, visit

Early morning bird walks at Caw Caw:  8:30 a.m. every Wednesday and Saturday, Caw Caw Interpretive Center, Ravenel.  You can learn about habitats and birds, butterflies and other organisms in this two-hour session.  Registration not required, but participants are to be 15 and up.  $10 per person or free to Gold Pass holders.  More:

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