Holmes Avenue Baptist sets Christmas musical

The Celebration Choir of Holmes Avenue Baptist Church will present "Emmanuel," a musical for Christmas that will take you from the cradle to the cross, at 6 p.m. Dec. 19.

Fellowship will follow.

The church is at 4602 Durant Ave., North Charleston.

Ensemble to present A Spiritual Christmas

The CSO Spiritual Ensemble Chorale will perform A Spiritual Christmas featuring African-American spirituals and sacred music with a holiday theme at 4 p.m. Dec. 19 at St. John the Beloved Catholic Church, 28 Sumter Ave., Summerville.

The event is free and open to the public. Freewill donations will be accepted.

New Hope to hold Christmas Bazaar

New Hope United Methodist Church will hold its Christmas Bazaar 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 18.

Activities include homemade arts and crafts from local artists, hay rides, marshmallow roasting, bake sale and silent auction. Food available for lunch and takeout orders includes homemade soup, cornbread, hot dogs and desserts. Call 209-7963.

Ridgeville to hold Christmas Parade

The town of Ridgeville will hold its Christmas Parade on Dec. 11. Lineup time is 11 a.m. Parade start time is noon. The parade route is from Ridge Road to Clayhill Middle School.

Holiday stained-glass workshop slated today

The Charleston Museum will offer a hands-on workshop for children 3:30-5 p.m. Dec. 9.

Children will have the chance to express their creativity by making diamond-shaped stained-glass ornaments with staff from Blue Heron Glass.

Hands on History workshops feature an in-depth activity with a local artisan and a specialized tour of museum collections. Included with the program is a tour of the Joseph Manigault House and its holiday decorations. Decorations are done by The Garden Club of Charleston using live plants that would have been available in the Lowcountry during the 19th century.

The cost for the workshop and tour is $12/museum members and $15/nonmembers. Programs are for children ages 4 and up. Parents who wish to create ornaments of their own are encouraged to sign up. Reservations required: www.charlestonmuseum.org or 722-2996, ext. 264.

Storyteller presents 'A Christmas Carol'

Storyteller Tim Lowry will present a performance of Charles Dickens' classic holiday ghost story, "A Christmas Carol," at 6 p.m. Dec. 19 at Cokesbury United Methodist Church in North Charleston.

The free, 90-minute performance will be complemented by carol singing from the church choir as light refreshments are served.

Lowry tells the story in the style of Dickens. Lowry portrays more than 20 characters. He has performed this seasonal favorite for more than a decade.

Call 552-4061.

Edisto Christmas, boat parades set Saturday

The 20th annual Edisto Christmas Parade will be 2 p.m. Dec. 11.

Sponsored by the Edisto Chamber of Commerce, the parade theme is "An ACE Basin Christmas." The route will be from the 400 block to the 100 block of Palmetto Boulevard on Edisto Beach.

Following the street parade, find a spot along Bay Creek to view the Boat Parade beginning at 5 p.m. The best spectator viewing will be between Edisto Watersports & Tackle and the Edisto Marina, including the new Bay Creek Park. More than 20 boats and kayaks, all decorated for the holiday season, will participate.

Local businesses also will feature special afternoon and evening events.

Call 869-3867 or visit www.edistochamber.com.

Christmas at Sottile scheduled Sunday

The Charleston Men's Chorus will present Christmas at the Sottile at 3 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Sottile Theatre, 44 George St., downtown Charleston.

Tickets for the concert are available at Monster Music & Movies (West Ashley) and Royall Hardware (Mount Pleasant). Admission is $16; free to ages 6 and under.

The Charleston Men's Chorus is a nonprofit group of about 70 singers who perform in the tri-county area and give a portion of their proceeds back to the community through music scholarships and various donations. The group has been singing under the direction of Lon H. Shull III since 1993.

Call 720-8505 or visit www.cmchorus.com.

Annual TubaChristmas concert on tap Friday

The 13th annual TubaChristmas will be held Dec. 10 at the Cathedral of St. Luke and St. Paul, Coming and and Vanderhorst streets in downtown Charleston.

The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. Rehearsal/registration: 4:30 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public.

TubaChristmas music and merchandise will be available for purchase at the rehearsal facility. Registration fee is $5. Bring festive TubaChristmas garb and don't forget your music stand.

Parking for the performance is available in the cathedral parking lot on Coming Street in front of the church.

Contact Chris Bluemel at 276-9239 or tubablue@aol.com.