Summerville is jumping into the holiday festivities with both feet.

At this month’s Third Thursday, enjoy the sights and sounds of the holidays.

From 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Hutchinson Square will be aglow with twinkling white lights, carolers will be caroling, and there will be hot cocoa and cookies. Horse and carriage rides will be taking tours around the square, and various music groups will be performing. Also, make sure to check out the Best and Brightest Store Window Decorating Contest and vote for your favorite.

Adding to the festive atmosphere will be two walking performances of “A Christmas Carol” by storyteller Time Lowry. The performances take place in different venues around town and are limited to 40 people each. The tours are at 5:30 and 7 p.m., and tickets are $10.

Top off the evening by attending Mr. and Mrs. Fezziwig’s Warehouse Christmas Ball at Art and Soul, 115 W. 2nd South St. Enjoy traditional Christmas music, dancing, parlor games and a spread of English delights. The cost is $10.

Third Thursday is a free, rain-or-shine event put on by Summerville DREAM (Downtown Restoration, Enhancement and Management) in downtown Summerville along Main Street and Richardson Avenue. Shops will be open late, many with special promotions. Go to summervilledream.org, call 821-7260 or email info@summervilledream.org.

Holiday Open House

Walterboro also is getting into the spirit of the season this weekend with its Holiday Open House.

From 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday in downtown Walterboro and at the South Carolina Artisans Center, the city will feature artisan demonstrations and a holiday craft show.

In addition, the free event will include holiday music, artist demonstrations and special sales at retailers, local restaurants, 12 antiques stores and the Christmas Shop.

Call 549-0011, or go to www.walterborosc.org or www.scartisanscenter.com.

Motorcycle ride

An event that holds a special place in my heart is the Toys for Tots motorcycle ride, put on by the Law Riders motorcycle club and the Marine Corps Reserve.

This 16th annual event is all about collecting toys that will be distributed to less fortunate children during the holidays, and having a good time while doing so.

To participate in the police-escorted motorcycle ride, folks are asked to bring one unwrapped toy per rider (or $20) and one unwrapped toy per passenger (or $10). Registration begins at 9 a.m. with the ride scheduled to pull out at 11 a.m. Sunday.

Expect to see Santa and his elves, and possibly the Grinch participating, as many deck out their bikes and themselves in holiday gear.

The event also will feature music, food vendors and a 50/50 raffle.

The collection ride, which is normally held in the North Charleston Coliseum parking lot, this year has moved to a new location. The ride will leave from and return to the Exchange Park Fairgrounds, U.S. Highway 78 in Ladson.

Go to Lawriders.org.

Smoke on the Harbor

Another event this weekend that’s looking to give back is the inaugural Smoke on the Harbor BBQ Throwdown.

Benefiting the Lowcountry Food Bank, the Southern BBQ Network sanctioned event is asking attendees to bring a minimum of five nonperishable food items. Those who do will be rewarded with $5 off the $10 admission.

Held at the Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina, the two-day competition will include live music performances, activities for kids and, of course, lots of food and refreshment options.

The event will be 5-10 p.m. Friday and noon-8 p.m. Saturday at 20 Patriots Point Road in Mount Pleasant. Call 469-3579 or go to www.smokeontheharbor.com.