Today ‘Christmas Special’

What: Brad and Jennifer Moranz present the Charleston Christmas Special, a two-hour, singing, dancing, comedy-musical spectacular for the family. This show has become a family tradition since 1995.

When: 2 p.m. Dec. 15, 22; 7 p.m. Dec. 13-15, 20-22; 3 p.m. Dec. 16

Where: Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St.

Price: $16-$34

More Info: 800-514-3849 or http://BradAndJenniferMoranz.com

Grand Illumination

What: Step back in time to Christmas 1782. Arthur Middleton has finally come home after years of service to the new nation during the American Revolution. The gardens will be illuminated by torchlight, and costumed interpreters will tell stories of the joyous holiday season when the British evacuated Charleston. The House Museum will be seasonally decorated and candlelit. Guests will enjoy live music and refreshments. The cost includes a Southern buffet.

WHEN: 6 p.m. Dec. 13

Where: Middleton Place, 4300 Ashley River Road

Price: $45 adults; $20 children 12 and under

More Info: 556-6020 or www.middletonplace.org

Festival of Wreaths

What: The seventh annual Festival of Wreaths celebrates the work of Charleston designers and doctors inspired by their commitment to children’s care and wellness. This event is hosted by The Shops at Charleston Place and will benefit MUSC Children’s Hospital. Highest bidders receive the original wreath.

When: 6-9 p.m. Dec. 13

Where: The Palmetto Cafe at Charleston Place, 130 Market St.

Price: Tickets are $15 in advance/$20 at the door and can be purchased at http://charlestonplace.com/FOW or by calling the Orient-Express Boutique

More Info: 937-9142 or www.facebook.com/events/277962445658656/

Holiday Hoedown

What: People with special needs and their families and friends can come dressed in 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. Tickets are limited; advance purchase is recommended. A registered and paid chaperon is required for ages 15 and under.

WHEN: 6 p.m. Dec. 13

Where: North Charleston Wannamaker County Park, 8888 University Blvd.

Price: $5/$4 CCR Discount/$5 on-site (if available)

More Info: 795-4386 or www.ccprc.com

CAM Honors Recital

What: The Charleston Academy of Music will host an Honors Recital with piano, violin/viola, cello, guitar and vocal students who have made the most progress during the fall semester. The recital will present the best students in the beginner, intermediate and advanced levels.

When: 6 p.m. Dec. 13

Where: Simons Center for the Arts, 54 St. Philip St.

Price: Free

More Info: 805-7794 or www.charlestonmusic.org

Celebrate the Season

What: This monthlong holiday festival includes nightly driving tours through an array of luminous LED light displays. Weekend fairs feature choral concerts and other live entertainment, as well as crafts, festive foods, tours of the Stony Landing House, children’s activities, visits from Santa and more. Proceeds from this Green Power event benefit charities serving Berkeley County.

WHEN: 6 p.m. Dec. 13

Where: Old Santee Canal Park, 900 Stony Landing Road

Price: $5 per vehicle

More Info: 899-5200 or www.celebratetheseason.org

‘Santa Claus’ play

What: In “Santa Claus Conquers the Martians,” the children of Mars are missing out on the joys of childhood, so the Martian leaders hatch a plot to kidnap Santa and bring him to their planet. Landing on Earth, the alien crew and their robot encounter plucky Earth kids, angry elves and even a polar bear as they make their way to Santa’s workshop at the North Pole.

When: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13-15; 2 p.m. Dec. 16,

Where: Threshold Repertory Theatre, 84 Society St.

Price: $10-$15

More Info: 367-7653 or www.misfitboy.com

‘A Christmas Story’

What: The misadventures of little Ralphie Parker, based on the beloved holiday movie classic, includes even more of adventures drawn from humorist Jean Shepherd’s memoir. Presented by Charleston Stage

When: 7:30-9 p.m. Dec. 13-15, 3-5 p.m. Dec. 16

Where: Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St.

Price: Adults $34.50-$48.50, seniors (60+) $32.50-$38.50, students (25 and under) $22.50-$48.50

More Info: 577-7183 or www.charlestonstage.com

‘The Little Mermaid’

What: The Crabpot Players presents the musical version of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid.” In a magical kingdom fathoms below, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to live in the world above.

When: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13-15

Where: Palmetto Hall, 4600 Palm Blvd.

Price: $10-$15.

More Info: 410-8886 or www.crabpotplayers.com/tickets

‘A Tuna Christmas’

What: Set in Texas’ third smallest town, Tuna, this comedic play shines a light on life in a small Southern town at the holidays. “A Tuna Christmas” is a yuletide lampoon.

When: 8 p.m. Dec. 13-15; 3 p.m. Dec. 16

Where: The Footlight Players, 20 Queen St.

Price: Adult $25/senior $22/student $15

More Info: 722-4487 or www.footlightplayers.net

‘Radio Christmas’

What: The Flowertown Players will perform an “Old Time Radio Christmas,” a holiday comedy set in the 1960s set in a haunted theater. Guests who bring five non-perishable items to donate to the Lowcountry Food Bank will receive $5 off each ticket.

When: 8 p.m. Dec. 13-15; 2 p.m. Dec. 15, 16.

Where: James F. Dean Theater, 133 S. Main St.

Price: $25

More Info: 875-9251 or www.flowertownplayers.org

Friday Book signing

What: Karla Telega, author of “Box of Rocks,” and Debbie Brownfield, author of “Secrets of the Enemy,” will sign copies of their books at the restaurant.

When: 4-8 p.m. Dec. 14

Where: Miz Scarlett’s Table, 108 East Railroad Ave.

Price: Free

More Info: 323-6714 or katieforyan@gmail.com

‘The No Hole Holiday’

What: Sprouts Musical Theater will perform this holiday musical, the story of Axel, an elf hired Santa’s personal staff. The theater will collect donations for Windwood Family Services and Florence Crittenton.

When: Dec. 14-16, various times; check website

Where: Creative Spark Arts Center, 757 Long Point Road

Price: $15 advance, $17 at the door

More Info: 881-3780 or www.creativespark.org

Holiday Pops!

What: Holiday favorites with the CSO Chorus and Conductor James Stephenson, whose arrangements have been performed by the Boston Pops, Cincinnati Pops, New York Pops and more.

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

Where: Sottile Theatre, 44 George St.

Price: Tickets start at $24 in advance or $29 at door, if available

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

Saturday Whale of a Sale

What: The Junior League of Charleston hosts the 38th annual Whale of a Sale, Charleston’s largest garage sale and the league’s signature fundraiser. Due to the Gaillard’s renovation, the new location is the Omar Shrine Temple at Patriots Point in Mount Pleasant. Includes furniture, appliances, clothes, computer equipment, electronics, books, toys and holiday decorations, all sold at bargain prices.

When: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 15

Where: Omar Shrine Temple, 176 Patriots Point Road

Price: Free admission

Women’s Leadership

What: Women’s Leadership Institute. Being a skilled communicator is crucial for being a successful leader. Effective women leaders know how to avoid common communication mistakes women make that diminish their authority and leadership presence. Jane Perdue, The Braithwaite Innovation Group

When: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Dec. 15

Where: Center for Women, 129 Cannon St.

Price: $25 members, $35 nonmembers

More Info: 763-7333 or http://c4women.org/2012_calendar/121215_event.html

Book signing

What: Patrick Harwood, a communication professor with the College of Charleston, will be at the cemetery to sign copies of his latest book, “The Birds of Magnolia Cemetery: Charleston’s Secret Bird Sanctuary.”

When: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 15

Where: Magnolia Cemetery, 70 Cunnington Ave

Price: $29.95 per book

More Info: 224-3112 or magnoliacemeterybirds@hotmail.com

Bull’s Island Ferry

What: This pristine island has 16 miles of trails that cross the island along freshwater impoundments and into the maritime forest, making it the perfect destination for a day of hiking. The seven miles of beach allow for shelling, beachcombing and exploring. Boneyard Beach is at the north end of the island.

When: 10 a.m. Saturdays

Where: Garris Landing Pier, State Road S-10-1170

Price: $40/adult, $20/12 and under

More Info: 884-7684 or www.coastalexpeditions.com

Saturdays With Santa

What: Summerville has a special Santa. Photos free along with refreshments. Elf Central is at 218 S. Main St. in downtown Summerville. Sponsored by Summerville DREAM and First Citizens Bank.

When: Noon-4 p.m. Dec. 15

Where: Hutchinson Square, 150 S. Main St.

Price: free

More Info: 821-7260 or www.summervilledream.org

Holiday trunk show

What: Spirit Moves hosts vendors showcasing arts & crafts including bags, jewelry, dancewear, scarves, yoga accessories and more. Massage therapists will offer chair massages, artists will apply henna and refreshments will be served. Free admission to the public. $25 for vendors to rent space. Contact Harry@SpiritMoves.com or 608-6632 for details.

When: 1-6 p.m. Dec. 15

Where: Spirit Moves Studio, 445 Savannah Highway

Price: Free

More Info: http://spiritmoves.com/

Holiday Open House

What: Irvin-House Vineyards holds a Holiday Open House with local vendors selling seasonal gifts. Shoppers over age 21 will receive a complimentary glass of homemade, hot mulled wine. Music and enjoy the tastes of Stono Cafe, which will serve some favorites for lunch.

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

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

Price: $10 per car

Shapenote Singing

What: Join local singers and sing favorites from An American Christmas Harp, an anthology of seasonal a cappella tunes in the shapenote tradition. All are welcome; music and holiday cheer provided in Lower Lance Hall.

When: 2-4 p.m. Dec. 15

Where: Circular Congregational Church, 150 Meeting St.

Price: Free

More Info: 853-3976 or http://iveyt.people.cofc.edu/Shapenote/

Folly Creek Sunset Tour

What: Scheduled at low tide for the best chance to see dolphins in Folly Creek, this tour is an opportunity to explore the estuary by kayak at dusk. Seek out playful bottlenose dolphins and other inhabitants of Folly Creek.

When: 2:30-5:30 p.m. Dec. 15

Where: Crosby’s Dock, 2223 Folly Road

Price: $58/adult, $38/12 and under

More Info: 884-7684 or www.coastalexpeditions.com

‘Madeline’s Christmas’

What: Celebrate Christmas with a French accent this year with a delightful musical adaptation of the children’s classic “Madeline.”

When: 3 p.m. Dec. 15; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16

Where: Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St.

Price: Adults $22.50, seniors (60+) $22.50, students (25 and under) $22.50

More Info: 577-7183 or www.charlestonstage.com

Boombox Caroling

What: The public is invited to participate in this electronic caroling ensemble. The group will gather at the City Gallery and travel to Marion Square carrying boomboxes, which will play different samples of holiday songs recorded by Phil Kline. Participants are asked to RSVP. Pets and children of all ages are welcome.

When: 5-6 p.m. Dec. 15

Where: City Gallery at Waterfront Park, 34 Prioleau St.

Price: Free

Sunday Jazz & Blues Jam

What: This fundraising event will benefit Families Helping Families, a program with the Palmetto Project. Live entertainment by members of the Charleston Jazz Orchestra, the Oscar Rivers Group, Smoky Weiner & the Hot Links and the Charleston Blues and Jazz clubs.

When: 4-8 p.m. Dec. 16

Where: Bowen’s Island Restaurant, 1868 Bowen’s Island Road

Price: $10

Father to Father Project

What: Father to Father Project will honor and recognize fathers at its Holiday Celebration and Graduation. The fathers are recognized for their efforts and successes in completing the fatherhood program. The Rev. Dr. Nelson B. Rivers of Charity Baptist Church will be the keynote speaker.

When: 5 p.m. Dec. 16

Where: Sheraton North Charleston Hotel, 4770 Goer Drive.

Price: $25

More Info: 744-2126 or www.fathertofatherproject.org

Live Nativity

What: The Christmas Story will be enacted with live animals, such as a camel, donkey, sheep and goats. It features a manger with the Holy Family, a Bethlehem village, Christmas carols and hot cocoa. It is a free, family-friendly event that is open to the public. Presentations will be every half hour beginning at 5 until 7 p.m.

When: 5-7 p.m. Dec. 16

Where: Sunrise Presbyterian Church, 3222 Middle St.

Price: Free

More Info: 883-3888 or www.sunrisepresbyterianchurch.org

Choir concert

What: The combined choirs of Folly Beach Baptist Church and Holmes Avenue Baptist Church will perform in celebration of Christmas, with fellowship to follow the concert.

When: 6 p.m. Dec. 16

Where: Folly Beach Baptist Church, 77 Center St.

More Info: 588-9414

Tuesday Step Up For Israel Film

What: This series will help viewers to discover core Israeli values and successes, explain why Israel is consistently in the headlines, and provide answers to the hardest questions about Israel.

When: 10-11 a.m. Dec. 18

Where: Charleston JCC, 1645 Wallenberg Blvd

Price: Free

More Info: 614-6487

Holy City Messiah

What: Hallelujah! A few excerpts are familiar to almost everybody and “Messiah” remains Handel’s best-known work. There is no better time of year to enjoy Handel’s sacred oratorio that has long been associated with goodwill and charity. Performance by the Charleston Symphony Orchestra Choir.

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

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

Price: Tickets start at $30 in advance or $35 at the door, if available

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

Wednesday Dance Around World

What: Children will learn tap, ballet, hula and Spanish dancing. Dance attire required. Ages 3-5, 4-5 p.m. Ages 6-8, 5-6 p.m. Wednesdays at the G.M. Darby Building. Thursdays at the Park West Recreation Complex.

When: 4-5 p.m. Dec. 19

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

Price: $150 resident/$164 nonresident of Mount Pleasant/15 class session or $75 resident/$89 nonresident paid in two installments

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

Thursday, Dec. 20 Holy City Messiah

What: Handel’s best-known work. Performance by the Charleston Symphony Orchestra Choir.

When: 7 p.m. Dec. 20

Where: St. Theresa Catholic Church, 11001 Dorchester Road

Price: Tickets start at $25 in advance or $30 at the door, if available

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

Winter Revival

What: The Rev. Luther Barnes will be featured at a two-night Revival at the Wadmalaw Island Community Center. Local gospel artists will accompany Barnes both nights. Barnes is a record producer, director, songwriter, composer and lead singer of Luther Barnes and the Sunset Jubilaires and the Red Budd Gospel Choir. Grammy-nominated and inducted into the International Gospel Music Hall of Fame.

When: 7 p.m. Dec. 20 and 21

Where: Wadmalaw Island Community Center, 5605 Katy Hill Road

Price: Free

More Info: 557-8408

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