The holidays of December are occasions to celebrate, worship, think about our lives and the people we know, share our joys and sorrows, feast and reach out to those in need.
They are many occasions to get out of the house, for much is on the calendar.
Institutions throughout the Charleston area are offering special holiday fare, from concerts to movie screenings, craftmaking sessions to educational programs. A lot is free. A lot is family-oriented.
The Charleston Ballet Theatre is producing its classic “Nutcracker” ballet again. The Charleston Symphony is offering brass and choral concerts. Charleston Stage presents “A Christmas Story.” Downtown church doors are thrown open to anyone looking for a sacred space, looking for a choir concert or just looking around. And the public libraries have scheduled all sorts of events, most for younger people.
The Post and Courier has compiled a large selection. Among such varied events, it’s possible that changes were made since information was received, so it’s a good idea to double check schedules with the venue or organizer.
Now, off you go. The city awaits, with its abundance of treats.
A public menorah lighting in Marion Square.×
A child helps light the candles at a Kwanzaa celebration at the St. Julian Devine Community Center.×
Santa Claus appears from the smoke onstage during the end of the Charleston Tree Lighting ceremony .×
**Metro** Marcia Grant, up front, and Ray Goins, in back, play the trombone for the Charleston Community Band during the Charleston Tree Lighting at Marion Square Saturday December 1, 2007. (Mic Smith/Staff) ¬ ¬ Published Caption 12/2/07: Marcia Grant, (foreground) and Ray Goins play trombone with the Charleston Community Band during the Charleston Tree Lighting Ceremony at Marion Square.×
*** Charleston celebrated the start of the Christmas Season with the lighting of the Christmas tree in Marion Square and the Parade of Boats Saturday December 4, 2010. (Grace Beahm/postandcourier.com) ¬ ¬ Published Caption 12/5/10: Charleston celebrated the start of the holiday season Saturday with the Parade of Boats as part of the festivities.×
***Crowded under the lit Christmas tree Keith Eisert pulls friends Wyatt Bukowsky,5, and his brother Beckett Bukowsky,2, through the tent of lights after the lighting of the Christmas tree in Marion Square Saturday December 4, 2010. (Grace Beahm/postandcourier.com) ¬ ¬ Published Caption 12/5/10: Keith Eisert pulls friends Wyatt Bukowsky, 5, and his brother, Beckett Bukowsky, 2, through the display of lights after the lighting of the Christmas tree on Saturday in Marion Square. For more photos, go to postandcourier.com/galleries.×