This week see ‘The Nutcracker’, ‘Elf’ or Rudolph on stage


This week is once again busy with many celebrations filled with the spirit of Christmas. Watch a parade in Augusta or Aiken. Mark an annual tradition by watching “The Nutcracker” or singing along with the singing Christmas tree at Abilene Baptist Church. Catch a holiday-themed show – “Elf” is at the Imperial Theater while “Rudolph” gives a matinee at the Bell Auditorium – or plan to stroll through the Living Nativity scene at National Hills Baptist Church. Here’s a rundown of everything to expect this week and beyond.

Christmas parades

The Augusta Christmas Parade will be back on Saturday, December 11 at 6 p.m. along Broad Street. While the parade typically turns on Sixth Street to get to the Municipal Building, the course will now turn on Seventh Street with the parade heading towards the James Brown Arena. Downtown Development Authority executive director Margaret Woodard said the change is due to the fact that last year the parade was stopped by a train, so the new route should avoid that.

The city center Aiken Christmas Parade begins at 2 p.m. on Sunday, December 12 at Barnwell Avenue and Laurens Street NW, then turns onto Park Avenue.

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On the scene

The singing Christmas tree presented annually at the Abilene Baptist Church requires advance tickets collected from the church office at 3917 Washington Road in Martinez or downloaded for $ 1 from itickets.com. Performances are scheduled for December 9, 10 and 11 at 7 p.m. and December 11 and 12 at 3 p.m. Visit www.myabilene.org/sct for more information.

The Augusta Ballet, the company of the Columbia County Ballet, presents “Nutcracker” at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 10 at the Columbia County Performing Arts Center. For tickets visit thecenterofcc.com.

Warren Post (from left), Betty Walpert, Sol Baird and Karen Brotherton star in the production of the Fort Gordon Dinner Theater "A nice Christmas with the family."

Fort Gordon Dinner Theater will stage its holiday show, “A Nice Family Christmas”, one more weekend with shows at 8 pm on December 10 and 11; dinner is served at 6:45 pm A lunchtime show is at 3:00 pm on December 12 and lunch begins at 1:45 pm For tickets, call (706) 793-8552.

“Rudolph the red nosed reindeer” made a stop at the Bell Auditorium at 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 11, with all of his friends for the ride, including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Yukon Cornelius and the Bumble. Tickets start at $ 43 at aectix.com.

The Augusta Players present “Elf, the Musical” with shows at 8 p.m. from December 10 to 11 and at 3 p.m. on December 12 at the Imperial Theater. The musical is based on the hit movie and tells the story of Buddy, “the so-called elf who doesn’t know he’s human”. For tickets visit imperial theater.com or call (706) 722-8341.

The National Hills Baptist Church in Augusta is bringing back its Live Nativity event on December 14 and 15.

National Hills Baptist Church offers its Live Nativity event from 6:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. December 14-15 at the church located at 2725 Washington Road. Free entry.

Plan ahead to see the Celtic Angels Christmas concert on December 15th at the Hardin Auditorium in Evans. Two shows – at 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. – will feature the season’s vocal and instrumental favorites alongside Irish music, the Celtic Knight Dancers and Dublin’s Trinity Band Ensemble. Seats start at $ 44.95 by calling (706) 726-0366 or online at augustaamusements.com.

A Magical Cirque Christmas presents its show featuring dazzling aerials, music and more at the Bell Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. on December 16.  Tickets are available at www.augustabroadway.com.

Also next week, A Magic Circus Christmas presents his show featuring dazzling aerials, music and more at the Bell Auditorium. This Broadway to Augusta offer begins at 7:30 p.m. on December 16. Tickets are available on www.augustabroadway.com.

In concert

Stand-up comic, actor and writer Fortune Feimster takes the stage at the Miller Theater at 7 p.m. on December 10 with his show “2 Sweet 2 Salty”. Tickets start at $ 29.50 at millertheateraugusta.com.

The Bell Auditorium welcomes Holiday Praise 2021 starring Deitrick Haddon, Le’Andria Johnson, Miles Mealing, Shawna Harris and Trey McLaughlin. The concert begins at 8 p.m. on Friday, December 10. Buy your tickets at aectix.com.

Jefferson Starship performs at the Miller Theater on December 11.  The members of the standing group are (left to right): Donny Baldwin, Jude Gold and Chris Smith.  Seated are David Frieberg and Cathy Richardson.

Jefferson Vessel is set to perform at the Miller Theater at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 11. With classics from the 1970s and 80s like “Sara”, “We Built This City” and “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us”, you ‘I want to “find your way” to the sucker. Tickets are available on millertheateraugusta.com.

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Augusta’s Symphony presents Christmas hits at the Hardin Auditorium on Evans Towne Center Boulevard on Sunday, December 12 at 4 p.m. For tickets, go to augustasymphony.com/event/holiday2021.

Harlem Baptist Church is hosting a Outdoor concert “Christmas under the stars” Sunday, December 12 at 6 p.m. at Harlem Church on West Milledgeville Road. Music will be provided by the four-piece “All That Jazz” group and there will be free coffee and hot chocolate.

Holiday home visits

President Woodrow Wilson's childhood home is located on Seventh Street and Telfair Street in downtown Augusta.

The childhood home of President Woodrow Wilson is decorated for the holidays to show visitors what Christmas was like in the 1860s before, during and after the Civil War. In December, full-day guided tours are offered Wednesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission to Maison Wilson costs $ 5 for adults, $ 4 for seniors, and $ 3 for K-12 students. Children 5 and under are free. Learn more about www.wilsonboyhoodhome.org or call (706) 724-0436 to make a reservation.

Hickory Hill in Thomson, the home of Senator Thomas Watson, will offer holiday tours on Sunday, December 12; reservations are required and places are limited. Each room is decorated to represent a different Christmas tradition. Visits are at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. and masks are compulsory. Call (706) 595-7777 or email [email protected] for reservations. The historic home is located at 502 Hickory Hill Drive in Thomson.

Holiday markets

Auggie Holiday BUZZarreturns to SRP Park in the Riverside Village of North Augusta from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, December 11. Customers will be able to shop from multiple vendors as well as performances by the North Augusta School of Dance and photos with Santa Claus. Entrance is free and dogs are welcome.

Jessye Norman School of the Arts is hosting a 8th street market in downtown Augusta from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, December 11 and from noon to 9 p.m. on Sunday, December 12. Local artists and businesses will sell their wares. Free entry.

Holidays

Christmas in Harlem will be rich in festivities on Saturday 11 December. The day will begin with a market at noon, then a parade at 6 p.m. followed by the lighting of the city’s tree on the lawn of the library

Stevens Creek Church hosts a Christmas explosion at Stevens Creek Road Church in Augusta at 5 p.m. on Sunday, December 12. Participants will enjoy food trucks, live music and a final fireworks display. Santa will be outside the library for anyone who wants a photoshoot with him, and the festivities will end with a movie night under the stars.

Santa Claus Events

A Breakfast with Santa is hosted by Quest Church on Saturday, December 11 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Gateway Park in Grovetown.

Le Chat Noir organizes photo shoots with Santa Claus as well as another seasonal and mystical character: Krampus. Santa Claus shoots take place on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and personalized experiences can be made possible by messaging Chat Noir’s Facebook page. Krampus shootings are on Saturdays from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Vacation Movies

Fun fact for the holidays: when "Elf" was planned first, the studios wanted comedy legend Chris Farley to play Buddy.  The filmmakers rejected the idea, saying Will Ferrell was meant to play the role.

Regal Augusta Exchange is running two special holiday deals on Saturday, December 11. The performance of Mozart’s Festivities by the Metropolitan Opera “The magic flute” will screen at 12:55 and the Will Ferrell classic “Elf” will be broadcast at 1 p.m.

Continuation this weekend

Take your skates – or plan to rent them – to enjoy the Evans on Ice pop-up skating rink at Evans Towne Center. It is open from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Thursday, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, from noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday and from noon to 9 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets start at $ 12 at evansonice.com.

Southern Lights is open until December 31 with over 5 million colored lights to dazzle visitors. You can see them via a footpath or a hay walk. Photos with Santa Claus are also available. Located on Louisville Road off the Carl Sanders Freeway, it is open daily (except Christmas Day) from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. General admission costs $ 16, kids 3 and under enter free, and fast passes cost $ 26. To purchase tickets, go to lightsofthesouth.com.

The DuPont Planetarium at USC Aiken presents “The Mystery of the Christmas Star” at 6 pm, 7 pm and 8 pm on Saturdays until December 28. Guests will learn about a scientific explanation of the star that led biblical sages to the birthplace of Jesus Christ. The planetarium is located at the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center on University Parkway in Aiken. Reservations can be made by calling (803) 641-3313 or online at usca.edu/planetarium.


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