During the holidays, “tacky” is code for “awesome.” Some may install giant, inflatable Santa figurines in their yards, or deck their houses in thousands of string lights. But if you don’t have the time or space for all that, you can at least strut your spirit with a tacky holiday sweater. What’s the difference between a tacky holiday sweater and a normal holiday sweater, you ask? Truth be told, there isn’t one. But for clarity’s sake, let’s define it this way: It’s a sweatshirt or knitted sweater, typically reminiscent of ‘80s fashion, decorated with holiday scenes, battery-powered lights and even music boxes and dancing Christmas trees. If you don’t have one, you can find all sorts at local thrift shops or at Shep’s Ugly Christmas Sweaters stand in Northwoods Mall, a pop-up shop started by none other than Shep Rose of Bravo’s “Southern Charm” reality series. Once you have your yuletide threads picked out, sport them at these parties this weekend.
James Island: Bohemian Bull, 1531 Folly Road, will celebrate its second tacky Christmas party at 7 p.m. Thursday with 10 beer tents run by top craft breweries, including Sweetwater Brewing, New Belgium Brewing Co., Stone Brewing Co. and Allagash. Each station will be handing out free holiday garb, and the tackiest attendee will win a grand prize. For more information, go to www.BohemianBull.com
Folly Beach: Loggerhead’s Beach Grill at 123 W. Ashley Ave. will have its annual tacky sweater party at 10 p.m. Saturday with DJ Devon spinning the music. Whoever shows up with the most impressive tacky garb will win $50, and the runner-up will take home $25. For more information, go to the Facebook event page at www.facebook.com/events/442619352615487
West Ashley: The Charleston Sports Pub at 1124 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. is throwing its first tacky sweater party that doubles as the bar’s customer appreciation night. There will be drink specials, live music, and best-dressed contests at 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. They’ll be collecting donations for Toys For Tots, too. For more information, go to the Facebook event page at www.facebook.com/events/553382324838116
Dock the halls
Palmetto Brewery has a fresh lineup of local performers at its weekly Loading Dock Series with Awendaw Green. First up at 6 p.m. is Mojo McGee, an all-female rock group with a funk flare, followed by the Folly Beach-based Bringers of the Dawn, a traditional rock ‘n’ roll band. The headliner, See Water, goes on at 8:30 p.m. with its fusion of reggae and ska. Local food truck Bac’n Me Crazy will be on site serving up its bacon-heavy fare. And as usual, dogs on leashes and kids are welcome.
When: 6 p.m. Friday
Where: 289 Huger St.
More info: www.palmettobrewery.com
For every Buddy
Since “Elf” made its big screen debut in 2003, it’s become a staple of many holiday movie collections. Will Ferrell is Buddy the elf, who is actually a human raised in the North Pole, just doesn’t seem to get old, even after 12 years. Buddy, who believes he’s just an oversized elf, wanders to New York to search for his real father, and a comedy of errors ensues. Local fans can experience the story in a whole new way this week with “Elf the Musical,” a Broadway musical adaptation featuring a score written by Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin, known for their music in “The Wedding Singer.” The film was adapted for the Broadway stage in New York for the holiday seasons of 2010 and 2011, and has toured the country during the holidays since 2012. It’ll make its debut this week at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center.
When: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday
Where: 5001 Coliseum Drive, North Charleston
More info: www.northcharlestoncoliseumpac.com
In Charleston, the temperatures just don’t seem to get low enough to enjoy a warm cup of cocoa around Christmas time. Instead, an ice cold beer seems a little more fitting. This weekend, Holy City Brewing is making the best of the season with a special Sip and Shop event to coincide with its taproom room hours. There will be local vendors on site offering their wares, and the brewery will be releasing its latest winter brew. Plus, there’s a pig roast with Legare Farms.
Holy City is encouraging patrons to bring children’s gifts or monetary donations to spread holiday cheer at MUSC Children’s hospital this season.
When: 2-6 p.m. Saturday
Where: 4155 Dorchester Road, North Charleston
More info: www.facebook.com/events/179208682425348
The halls are fully decked in the historic downtown Summerville district in time for the monthly Third Thursday event, when Hutchinson Square comes to life with a local street party. During the event, traffic is closed off from Little Main Street, and Short Central is lined with booths and live music. For the holiday edition, there will be plenty of decorations to marvel at and Tim Lowry, a local storyteller, will be holding a walking tour while telling the story of “A Christmas Carol.” There are often specials going on throughout the local shops during the event, which makes it the perfect time do some gift shopping.
When: 5-8 p.m. Thursday
Where: Downtown Summerville
Price: Free to attend, storytelling walking tour is $15
More info: www.facebook.com/events/463167637201869