Family Yuletide

Be transported to another time as you celebrate the season with storytelling around a fire, caroling and crafters working in their shops by candlelight. Get in on the holiday preparations with hands-on crafts, including wreath and ornament making. Enjoy seasonal treats, hot chocolate and cider to complete the evening. A special Gullah holiday program, which will take place at Eliza’s House, will be held at 7 p.m.

When: 5:30-8 p.m. Saturday

Where: Middleton Place, 4300 Ashley River Road

Price: $15, $5 for kids 4-13

For more info: 556-6020 or

Cabooty Party

This all-inclusive event is one of the biggest holiday parties of the year. The 23rd annual event will feature music, food, drinks, and a live and silent auction. And attendees will be partying for a purpose, as all proceeds will benefit Camp Happy Days’ year-round programs for South Carolina’s children fighting cancer.

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: Memminger Auditorium, 56 Beaufain St.

Price: $50

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Second Sunday on King Street

This month’s Second Sunday is all about celebrating the holiday season. Le Creuset will be cooking pralines, holiday music will play on every corner, the Horticultural Society will be selling fresh wreaths and greens, and more. Organizers promise a day full of holiday surprises.

When: 1-5 p.m. Sunday

Where: King Street

Price: Free

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‘A Lowcountry Christmas, Featuring Larnelle Harris’

North Charleston Pops! continues its inaugural season with this special performance of holiday music. Five-time Grammy winner Larnelle Harris will join North Charleston Pops! to perform a selection of secular and sacred Christmas classics, including “Silent Night,” “O Holy Night,” “O Come, All Ye Faithful,” “Let It Snow,” “The Christmas Song,” “Silver Bells,” “Sleigh Ride” and more. Harris also will perform some selections from his Grammy-winning Christmas CD, “A Larnelle Christmas.”

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: North Charleston Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Drive

Price: $15-$35

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‘On a Winter’s Night’

Best-selling pianist Jim Brickman will bring his 17th annual holiday concert to North Charleston. Brickman, along with special guests Luke McMaster, Anne Cochran and Tracy Silverman, will perform classic and contemporary holiday music, fan favorites and songs from Brickman’s latest CD, “Believe.”

When: 3 p.m. Sunday

Where: North Charleston Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Drive

Price: $31-$76

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‘The Charleston Christmas Special’

Brad and Jennifer Moranz present this two-hour musical spectacular, newly revamped for 2012. Watch an all-star cast of 30 singers, dancers and musicians from all over the country as they perform traditional and contemporary Christmas songs and carols, along with hilarious yuletide comedy. Performers include a number of Broadway and off-Broadway actors, a former Radio City Rockette, an eight-piece live orchestra and more.

When: 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday; show continues through Dec. 22

Where: Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St.

Price: $34, $31 for military and seniors 62 and over, $19 for students 21 and under with valid ID, $16 for kids 12 and under

For more info: 800-514-3849, 416-8453 or

Christmas 1860

Go back to Christmas 1860, where attendees will enjoy candlelight performances at the Edmondston-Alston House, which will be decorated for the holidays. Living historians in period clothing tell the story of Charleston’s last opulent Christmas, complete with traditions of the day, before the start of the Civil War. In the courtyard, visitors may enjoy hot cider and hear Christmas carols and spirituals sung by The Washingtons.

When: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday

Where: Edmondston-Alston House, 21 East Battery

Price: $17.50 in advance, $22.50 at the door

For more info: 556-6020 or

Holiday Open Houses

Gather ’round for an afternoon of sipping seasonal fun. Local vendors will be on-site selling gift options; shoppers 21 and over will get a complimentary glass of homemade hot mulled wine. In addition to shopping, there will be wine and Firefly vodka tastings, food from the Stono Cafe and live music from De Gullah Singers and The Plantation Singers.

When: 1-5 p.m. Saturday and Dec. 15

Where: Irvin-House Vineyards, 6775 Bears Bluff Road, Wadmalaw Island

Price: Free admission

For more info: 559-6867 or

LEAP holiday fundraiser

Lowcountry-Equine Assisted Psychotherapy will hold its annual Art & Oysters Fundraiser this weekend. With a silent auction, music by YeeHaw Junction, all-you-can-eat oysters, beer, wine and more, you’re sure to have a good time. Funds will go toward providing services at LEAP’s three facilities in the tri-county area.

When: 3-6 p.m. Sunday

Where: A.W. Shucks, 70 State St.

Price: $30 in advance, $35 at the door

For more info: 559-2392 or

Holiday Party & Oyster Roast

The Charleston Audubon Society, a local chapter of the national organization, will hold its annual oyster roast fundraiser. The event, in its fifth year, will feature a silent auction, raffles, live music, chili and, of course, oysters.

When: 2-5 p.m. Sunday

Where: Bowen’s Island Restaurant, 1870 Bowen’s Island Road, James Island

Price: $25 in advance, $30 at the door

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