December 9 Summerville Holiday Parade

What: Summerville D.R.E.A.M. and the Summerville Fire Department will host a parade of over 3,000 participants as Santa is ushered into town.

When: 2p.m. Dec. 9

Where: Corner of Main Street and Richardson Avenue

Price: Free

more info: 821-7260 or www.summervilledream.org

Chanukah in the Square

WHAT: This annual city-sponsored holiday event will include lighting of the first candle on the 9-foot menorah, live music, crafts and food.

WHERE: Marion Square Park, 329 Meeting St.

WHEN: 4-6 p.m. Dec. 9

PRICE: Free

More INFO: 724-7305 or www.charlestonarts.sc

V-Tones Holiday Show

WHAT: Charleston’s premiere ukulele band will play holiday favorites.

WHEN: 3-4:30 p.m. Dec. 9

WHERE: Main Library, 68 Calhoun St.

Price: Free

more info: 805-6930

Charleston Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet

What: Holiday favorites performed by the Charleston Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet and the ticket includes a complimentary reception provided by the church.

When: 4 p.m. Dec. 9

WHERE: St. John the Beloved, 28 Sumter Ave., Summerville

Price: $15 adults, $10 students (ages 6-22)

More Info: 723-7528 ext. 110 or www.charlestonsymphony.org

Christmas Tea with Mr. Dickens

What: Storyteller Tim Lowry will perform the ghostly tale of “A Christmas Carol,” a proper tea will be served, as well as a torch-lit boat ride, 19th-century parlor games, costumed servers and more.

WHEN: 4-8 p.m. Dec. 9

WHERE: Cypress Gardens, 3030 Cypress Gardens Road

Price:$35

More Info: 553-0515 or www.cypressgardens.info

Mount Pleasant Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony

What: More than 100 floats will march down Coleman Boulevard after the tree lighting and fireworks display at Moultrie Middle School. The parade will conclude at the Sea Island Shopping Center

When: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Dec. 9

WHERE: Coleman Boulevard, Mount Pleasant

Price: Free

More INFO: 849-5342 or www.comeonovermp.com

December 10 ‘This Christmas’ Performance

WHAT: St. Andrews TeenSpot Holiday Theater presents “This Christmas,” a drama centered on the Whitfield family’s first holiday together in four years. Rated PG-13. Refreshments will be provided.

WHEN: 4 p.m. Dec. 10

WHERE: St. Andrews Regional Library, 1735 N. Woodmere Drive

price: Free

more info: 766-2546

December 11 Screening of ‘Arthur Christmas

WHAT: On Christmas night at the North Pole, Santa’s youngest son looks to use his father’s high-tech operation for an urgent mission. Rated PG.

WHEN: 4 p.m. Dec. 11

WHERE: St. Andrews Regional Library, 1735 N. Woodmere Drive

price: Free

more info: 766-2546

December 12 ‘The Nutcracker’ Puppet Show

WHAT: When Drosselmeyer gives Clara a Nutcracker on Christmas Eve, she is whisked away for a night of magic, fairies and princes, as performed by Becky’s Box of Puppets.

WHEN: 10:30 a.m. Dec. 12

WHERE: Dorchester Road Regional Library, 6325 Dorchester Road

Price: Free

More info: 552-6466

Storytelling

WHAT: Hear stories about the real meaning of giving during this holiday season.

WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Dec. 12

WHERE: John’s Island Regional Library, 3531 Maybank Highway

price: Free

More info: 559-1945

Cookie Workshop

WHAT: Decorate cookies for Santa. All materials will be provided, children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and participants will need to pre-register.

WHEN: 4-6 p.m. Dec. 12

WHERE: Isle of Palms Recreation Center, 24 28th Ave.

price: Free

more info: 886-8294 or www.iop.net/departments/santascookieworkshop.aspx

Holiday Crafts for Toddlers

WHAT: Decorate ornaments and construct a wreath. Each program will include four craft projects as well as finger paints, a puppet stage, a sandbox and more.

WHEN: 10-11 a.m. Dec. 12

WHERE: The Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting St.

Price: $6 members, $9 non-members. Price includes museum admittance and program for one child and one adult.

More info: www.charlestonmuseum.org

December 13 ‘Grand Illumination’

What: Stroll through gardens illuminated by torchlight, candlelight, and starlight listening to costumed interpreters tell stories. See the house decorated and glowing in candlelight, enjoy a warm fire, live music and a buffet dinner at the Pavilion. Dinner buffet is included; cash bar. Reservations required.

WHEN: 6-8 p.m. Dec. 13 and 14

WHERE: Middleton Place, 4300 Ashley River Road

Price: $45 adult, $25 child

More info: 556-6020

Screening of ‘Elf’

WHAT: After inadvertently wreaking havoc on the elf community due to his ungainly size, a man raised as an elf at the North Pole is sent to the U.S. in search of his true identity. Rated PG.

WHEN: 3:30 p.m. Dec. 13

WHERE: Main Library, 68 Calhoun St.

price: Free

more info: 805-6930

Screening of ‘Arthur Christmas’

WHAT: On Christmas night at the North Pole, Santa’s youngest son looks to use his father’s high-tech operation for an urgent mission. Rated PG.

WHEN: 6 p.m. Dec. 13

WHERE: Poe/Sullivan’s Island Branch Library, 1921 I’on Ave.

Price: Free

More info: 883-3914

Holiday Hoedown

WHAT: People with special needs and their families and friends are invited to come dressed in their favorite western gear to welcome the holiday country-style. Dance to a DJ, watch as an ice sculpture is created and have light refreshments with Mrs. Claus. Advance purchase is recommended and a registered and paid chaperone is required for participants ages 15 and younger.

WHEN: 6 p.m. Dec. 13

WHERE: Wannamaker County Park, 8888 University Blvd.

Price: $4 Charleston county residents, $5 non-residents, $5 onsite

more info: 795-4386 or www.ccprc.com

December 14 Charleston Symphony Orchestra Holiday Pop Concert

What: Holiday favorites with the CSO Chorus, Charleston Children’s Chorus and conductor James Stephenson.

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14-15

WHERE: Sottile Theatre, 44 George St.

Price: $24 adults, $20 students (ages 6-22)

More info: 723-7528 ext. 110 or www.charlestonsymphony.org

‘12 Dogs of Christmas’ Screening

WHAT: The dogs of Doverville are in trouble again, but Emma O’Conner is back to save them in a song-filled, seasonal extravaganza. Mean-spirited mogul Finneas James plots to shut down the local puppy orphanage, unless Emma can come up with the money to save it. Rated PG.

WHERE: Folly Beach Library, 55 Center St.

WHEN: 4 p.m. Dec. 14

PRICE: Free

MORE INFO: 588-2001

December 15 CBT’s ‘Nutcracker’

WHAT: The annual presentation of Charleston Ballet Theatre’s “Nutcracker.”

WHEN: 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15, 3 p.m. Dec. 16

WHERE: North Charleston Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Drive

PRICE: $30-$50

MORE INFO: 723-7334 or www.ticketmaster.com or www.charlestonballet.com

Breakfast with The Grinch

WHAT: Enjoy breakfast, watch “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” and have your picture taken with The Grinch and Santa. Must bring your own camera to take pictures.

WHEN: 8:30 a.m. Dec. 15

WHERE: St. Andrew’s Parks Gym, 1095 Playground Road

Price: $6 child, $3 parents, if eating breakfast

More info: 763-4360 or www.standrewsparks.com

Breakfast with Santa

WHAT: Children can have their picture taken with Santa Claus, listen to Ms. Claus tell stories, do arts and crafts, write letters to Santa and pick out gifts for family members at the “secret Santa” market. Ticket includes breakfast and a gift bag.

WHEN: 8-11 a.m. Dec. 15

WHERE: Morgan Creek Grill, 80 41st Ave.

Price: $15 advance, $17 at the door

More Info: 345-1099

Holiday Crafts

WHAT: Make ornaments, snowflakes and more.

WHERE: Poe/Sullivan’s Island Branch Library, 1921 I’On Ave.; Village Branch Library, 430 Whilden St.; James Island Branch Library, 1248 Camp Road

WHEN: 10:30 a.m. Dec. 15

PRICE: Free

MORE INFO: 883-3914 or 884-9741 or 795-6679

‘Arthur Christmas’ Screening

WHAT: On Christmas night at the North Pole, Santa’s youngest son looks to use his father’s high-tech operation for an urgent mission. Rated PG.

WHERE: Dorchester Road Regional Library, 6325 Dorchester Road

WHEN: 10:30 a.m. Dec. 15

PRICE: Free

MORE INFO: 552-6466

Holiday Crafts

WHAT: Make ornaments, angels, decorations and light tree.

WHERE: John’s Island Regional Library, 3531 Maybank Highway; Main Library, 68 Calhoun St., Edisto Branch Library, 1589 Highway 174; Otranto Road Regional Library, 2261 Otranto Road

WHEN: 11 a.m. Dec. 15

PRICE: Free

MORE INFO: 559-1945 or 805-6930 or 869-2355 or 572-4094

Polar Express Pajama Party

WHAT: Wear PJs, get a golden ticket and enjoy S’mores and hot chocolate as the library celebrates the season with a special viewing of “The Polar Express.” There will also be crafts and activities based on the movie and a special guest from the North Pole. For ages 11 and younger and call to register, since space is limited.

WHERE: St. Andrews Regional Library, 1735 N. Woodmere Drive

WHEN: 11 a.m. Dec. 15

PRICE: Free

MORE INFO: 766-2546

‘Elf’ screening

WHAT: After inadvertently wreaking havoc on the elf community due to his ungainly size, a man raised as an elf at the North Pole is sent to the U.S. in search of his true identity. Rated PG.

WHERE: Cooper River Memorial, 3503 Rivers Avenue

WHEN: 1 p.m. Dec. 15

PRICE: Free

MORE INFO: 744-2489

Kwanzaa Countdown

WHAT: A lecture and art exhibit by brother Nizar, executive director, chief lecturer and minister of visual art of the Gullah Heritage Museum.

WHEN: 4 p.m. Dec. 15

WHERE: John L. Dart Branch Library, 1067 King St.

Price: Free

more info: 722-7550

December 17 Holiday Lights on the River

What: A bus trip to Columbia to see the Saluda Shoals Park “Holiday Lights on the River” and enjoy the “Nights of Wonders.” Activities have a nominal fee, dinner and hot chocolate will be included. Please dress appropriately and children younger than 16 must have a parent present on the trip. Register by Dec. 13.

When: 3:30-10 p.m (approx.) Dec. 17

Where: St. Andrew’s Parks Gym, 1095 Playground Road

Price: $10

more info: 763-4360 or www.standrewsparks.com

‘New Year’s Eve’ screening

WHAT: The lives of several couples and singles in New York intertwine over the course of New Year’s Eve. Rated PG-13. Refreshments will be provided.

WHERE: St. Andrews Regional Library, 1735 N. Woodmere Drive

WHEN: 4 p.m. Dec. 17

PRICE: Free

MORE INFO: 766-2546

December 18 Holy City Messiah

WHAT: A grand performance of Handel’s “Messiah” will be presented by the Charleston Symphony and will feature the CSO Chorus.

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 18

WHERE: Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, 120 Broad St.

price: $30 adults, $10 students

More info: 723-7528 or www.charlestonsymphony.com

Holiday Food Art

WHAT: Miss Hannah of Earth Fare will demonstrate tasty, fun holiday treats that are important for a healthy body. Designed for children ages 11 and under.

WHEN: 4 p.m. Dec. 18

WHERE: St. Andrews Regional Library, 1735 N. Woodmere Drive

price: Free

More info: 766-2546

Visit with Santa

WHAT: Enjoy holiday music, games, crafts and a visit with Santa. Bring your camera for a photo with Santa. Designed for children ages 6 and younger.

WHEN: Noon-2 p.m. Dec. 18

WHERE: G.M. Darby Building, 302 Pitt St.

Price: Free

More info: 849-2061 or www.tompsc.com

December 20 Holy City Messiah

WHAT: Handel’s “Messiah” will be presented by the Charleston Symphony and will feature the CSO Chorus.

WHEN: 7 p.m. Dec. 20

WHERE: St. Theresa Catholic Church, 11001 Dorchester Road

price: $25 adults, $10 students

More info: 723-7528 or www.charlestonsymphony.com

Teen Holiday party

WHAT: For those in grades 6-12, meet other teens in the auditorium for an afternoon of games, snacks, socializing, holiday card-making and more.

WHERE: Main Library, 68 Calhoun St.

WHEN: 3-5 p.m. Dec. 20

PRICE: Free

MORE INFO: 805-6930

‘Grinch’ screening

WHAT: A grumpy hermit hatches a plan to steal Christmas from the Whos of Whoville. Rated PG.

WHERE: Main Library, 68 Calhoun St.

WHEN: 3:30 p.m. Dec. 20

PRICE: Free

MORE INFO: 805-6930

Craft making

WHAT: For those in grades 6-12, make a snow day craft to keep or give as a present.

WHERE: Dorchester Road Regional Library, 6325 Dorchester Road

WHEN: 4:30 p.m. Dec. 20

Price: Free

MORE INFO: 552-6466

‘123 Dogs of Christmas’

WHAT: The dogs of Doverville are in trouble again, but Emma O’Conner is back to save them in a song-filled, seasonal extravaganza. Mean-spirited mogul Finneas James plots to shut down the local puppy orphanage, unless Emma can come up with the money to save it. Rated PG.

WHERE: Poe/Sullivan’s Island Branch Library, 1921 I’On Avenue

WHEN: 6 p.m. Dec. 20

PRICE: Free

MORE INFO: 883-3914

December 21 Holy City Messiah

WHAT: Handel’s “Messiah” will be presented by the Charleston Symphony and will feature the CSO Chorus.

WHEN: 7 p.m. Dec. 21

WHERE: St. Benedict Catholic Church, 950 Darrell Creek Trail

price: $25 adults, $10 students

More info: 723-7528 or www.charlestonsymphony.com

‘Hansel and Gretel’

WHAT: The Charleston Symphony Orchestra will presents this timeless tale and the CSO League will host an Instrument Petting Zoo, which will offer children of all ages to play a variety of orchestral instruments.

WHEN: 11 a.m. Dec. 21 and 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 22

WHERE: Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St.

price: $10

More info: 723-7528 or www.charlestonsymphony.com

Parents’ Night Out

WHAT: Enjoy a night of last-minute shopping while your children spend the evening with our energetic team of camp counselors, where they will create holiday projects, do some holiday shopping in our grocery store and dress up in our medieval castle.

WHEN: 4-8 p.m. Dec. 21

WHERE: Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry, 25 Ann St.

Price: Members cost $15 an hour, additional siblings are $5 an hour each. Non-members are $18 an hour and additional siblings $7 an hour each.

More info: www.explorecml.org

‘Surviving Christmas’ screening

WHAT: A lonely, obnoxious young millionaire pays a family to spend Christmas with him. Rated PG-13.

WHERE: St. Andrews Regional Library, 1735 N. Woodmere Drive

WHEN: 11 a.m. Dec. 21

Price: Free

MORE INFO: 766-2546

‘Christmas Story 2’ screening

WHAT: Years after realizing his childhood dream of getting a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas, 16-year-old Ralphie sets his bespectacled sights on a gift of the four-wheeled variety in this sequel to the 1983 classic, “A Christmas Story.” Rated PG.

WHERE: Folly Beach Library, 55 Center St.

WHEN: 4 p.m. Dec. 21

PRICE: Free

MORE INFO: 588-200

December 22 ‘12 Dogs of Christmas’

WHAT: The dogs of Doverville are in trouble again, but Emma O’Conner is back to save them in a song-filled, seasonal extravaganza. Rated PG.

WHERE: James Island Branch Library, 1248 Camp Road

WHEN: 10:30 a.m. Dec. 21

PRICE: Free

INFO: 795-6679

Crafting Snowmen

WHAT: Make a snowy friend with some simple household items.

WHERE: Poe/Sullivan’s Island Branch Library, 1921 I’On Avenue

WHEN: 10:30 a.m. Dec. 21

PRICE: Free

MORE INFO: 883-3914

Gingerbread Feast

WHAT: Hear the story “Gingerbread Boy” and create a garland of gingerbread people for a holiday home decoration.

WHERE: Otranto Road Regional Library, 2261 Otranto Road

WHEN: 11 a.m. Dec. 21

PRICE: Free

MORE INFO: 572-4094

Decorating Cookies

WHAT: Decorate holiday cookies to eat and take home to share.

WHERE: Edisto Branch Library, 1589 Highway 174

WHEN: 11 a.m. Dec. 21

PRICE: Free

MORE INFO: 869-2355

‘Arthur Christmas’ screening

WHAT: On Christmas night at the North Pole, Santa’s youngest son looks to use his father’s high-tech operation for an urgent mission. Rated PG.

WHERE: Cooper River Memorial, 3503 Rivers Avenue

WHEN: 1 p.m. Dec. 21

PRICE: Free

MORE INFO: 744-2489

‘‘Twas The Night Before Christmas’

What: Musicians of Chamber Music Charleston will play a variety of holiday music as actors from the Actors’ Theatre of South Carolina retell classic Christmas tales.

When: 1 p.m. Dec. 22

Where: Sottile Theater, 44 George St.

Price: $10 adult, $5 children 4-16, free for children 3 and younger

More info: 763-494

December 23 ‘Christmas in Wales’

What: Actors’ Theatre of South Carolina and Chamber Music Charleston will present the Christmas memoir of Welsh poet, Dylan Thomas. Recommended for audiences 10 years and older.

WHEN: 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 23

WHERE: Dock Street Theatre

Price: $17 advance, $20 day-of-show

More info: 763-4941 or www.ChamberMusicCharleston.org.

Citywide Tour of Churches

WHAT: Self-guided tours will allow participants to visit as few, or as many, churches as they wish during the afternoon. Participating churches are: Bethel United Methodist Church, 57 Pitt St.; First Baptist Church, 48 Meeting St.; First (Scots) Presbyterian Church, 53 Meeting St.; Old Bethel United Methodist Church, 222 Calhoun St.; St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, 405 King St.; St. Philip’s Church, 142 Church St.; Trinity United Methodist Church, 273 Meeting St.

WHEN: 2-5 p.m. Dec. 23

WHERE: Downtown

PRICE: Free. Donations to go to Lowcountry Food Bank.

December 27 Kwanzaa literacy and art

WHAT: Kwanzaa Cafe with literacy and arts activities for all ages

WHERE: John L. Dart Branch Library, 1067 King St.

WHEN: 2 p.m Dec. 27-28

PRICE: Free

MORE INFO: 722-7550

‘Grinch’ Screening

WHAT: A grumpy hermit hatches a plan to steal Christmas from the Whos of Whoville. Rated PG.

WHERE: St. Andrews Regional Library, 1735 N. Woodmere Drive

WHEN: 4 p.m. Dec. 27

PRICE: Free

MORE INFO: 766-2546

December 28 Kwanzaa Celebration

what: This annual event will feature a community parade, African drumming and dancing.

WHEN: 2-6 p.m. Dec. 28

WHERE: St. Julian Devine Community Center, 1 Cooper St.

price: Free.

More info: 724-7327

‘The Santa Clause’ screening

WHAT: When a man accidentally kills Santa on Christmas Eve, he finds himself magically recruited to take his place. Rated PG.

WHERE: St. Andrews Regional Library, 1735 N. Woodmere Drive

WHEN: 11 a.m. Dec. 28

PRICE: Free

MORE INFO: 766-2546

December 29 New Year Crafts

WHAT: Make noisemakers to ring in the New Year. Designed foe children ages 8 and younger.

WHERE: James Island Branch Library, 1248 Camp Road

WHEN: 10:30 a.m. Dec. 29

PRICE: Free

MORE INFO: 795-6679

Plate Angels

WHAT: Make an angel out of a circle, square and other shapes.

WHERE: Poe/Sullivan’s Island Branch Library, 1921 I’On Avenue

WHEN: 10:30 a.m. Dec. 29

PRICE: Free

MORE INFO: 883-3914

Kwanzaa Stories

WHAT: Listen to stories to celebrate the Kwanzaa holiday.

WHERE: John L. Dart Branch Library, 1067 King St.

WHEN: 11 a.m. Dec. 29

PRICE: Free

MORE INFO: 722-7550

Learn about Kwanzaa

WHAT: Kwanzaa is a seven-day celebration of family, community and culture. Come explore the Kwanzaa symbols and cultural traditions.

WHERE: Otranto Road Regional Library, 2261 Otranto Road

WHEN: 11 a.m. Dec. 29

PRICE: Free

MORE INFO: 572-4094

December 31 ‘Noon Years Eve’

WHAT: A glitzy, glittery ball drop at noon, rainbows of confetti, sparkly art projects and more so families can enjoy New Year’s festivities before bedtime.

WHEN: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 31

WHERE: Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry, 25 Ann St.

Price: Free with museum admission or CML membership

more info: www.explorecml.org

New Year Celebration

What: This family-friendly celebration of the arts is alcohol free.

When: 4-10:30 p.m. Dec. 31

Where: Marion Square, Calhoun and King streets, Charleston

Price: Free

More info: 724-7305 or www.charlestonarts.sc.

Winter Carnival

What: Children’s amusement rides, an old-fashioned carousel, portable climbing wall, inflatables and more. Purchase a $10 wristband for unlimited rides on attractions (festival train not included). At 9 p.m., ring in 2013 with the New Year’s Eve fireworks show. Outside alcohol and coolers are prohibited.

When: 5:30-11 p.m. Dec. 31

Where: James Island County Park, 871 Riverland Drive

More INFO: www.holidayfestivaloflights.com