Bank robber seems to be driving up Interstate 95

A Bluffton Bank of America surveillance photo taken Tuesday shows a bank robbery suspect who has struck three times in the last two days in Georgia and South Carolina. Authorities think the suspect may be traveling north up Interstate 95 and robbing bank

Today

Festival of Lights

What: Brighten your holidays with more than 2 million gleaming lights. James Island County Park hosts the Holiday Festival of Lights.

When: Opens at 5:30 p.m., through Jan. 1.

Where: James Island County Park, 871 Riverland Drive.

Price: $12.

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

Tuesday

Yarn Painting

What: Add glue to the paint so you can dip and drop your yarn to create abstract textured paintings. Recommended for ages 3 and up.

When: 11:30 a.m. Nov. 29.

Where: Children's Museum of the Lowcountry, 25 Ann St.

Price: Free with museum admission or CML membership.

More Info: 853-8962 or www.explorecml.org.

Thursday

Holiday Workshop

What: Celebrate the holiday season by decorating the little Heyward-Washington house in Kidstory. Enjoy hot chocolate, cookies and craftmaking. Children will create ornaments to take home as well as to put on display in the Kidstory exhibit. Reservations are appreciated.

When: 3:30-5 p.m. Dec. 1.

Where: Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting St.

Price: Free for museum members, $5/nonmembers.

More info: www.charlestonmuseum.org.

Isle of Palms Ceremony

What: Participants are invited to visit Santa and celebrate the festive season. The city will light the 22-foot tree, and the forecast is calling for snow on the front beach. Local businesses and restaurants will feature seasonal specials. Live entertainment will be provided.

When: 6 p.m. Dec. 1.

Where: Front beach, Palm Beach Boulevard.

Price: Free.

More info: 886-8294.

Gathering of the Elves

What: Come spread holiday cheer at the eighth annual Gathering of the Elves to benefit children served by the Dee Norton Lowcountry Children's Center. Bring an unwrapped toy/gift ($10 value or higher) or a $10 donation and be entered into a drawing for prizes. Taco Boy also will give away gift certificates that can be used throughout the night.

When: 7-10 p.m. Dec. 1.

Where: Taco Boy Downtown, 217 Huger St.

Price: Free to attend.

More Info: 723-3600 or www.dnlcc.org.

Friday

Winter Wonderland

What: The North Charleston Christmas Festival: Winter Wonderland is a free preschool event that provides children an opportunity to visit Santa, participate in hands-on activities including holiday arts and crafts, and take part in live performances and music. Registration required.

When: 10 a.m.-noon Dec. 2 and 3.

Where: Armory Park Community Center, 5000 Lackawanna Blvd.

More Info: 745-1028 or www.northcharleston.org.

'The Princess & the Pea'

What: Sprouts Children's Theatre offers lively audience-participation sequences, high-energy chase scenes, hilarious lyrics and happy endings the family will enjoy.

When: 7 p.m. Dec. 2, 9; 1 p.m. Dec. 3, 10; 3 p.m. Dec. 4, 11.

Where: Creative Spark Arts Center, 757 Long Point Road, Mount Pleasant.

Price: $10 in advance, $12 at the door.

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

Saturday

Charleston Tree

What: Join Charleston Mayor Joe Riley and Santa Claus in lighting the 60-foot Tree of Lights, the official city of Charleston Christmas tree, in Marion Square.

When: 4:30-6 p.m. Dec. 3.

Where: Marion Square, Calhoun and King streets.

More Info: 724-7305.

N. Charleston Christmas

What: The city of North Charleston's 2011 Christmas Festival and Parade is a holiday gift to the community. Families, friends and neighbors share the joys of the season through entertainment, kids' activities, carriage rides, festive food and decorations, visits with Santa and an evening parade. Ample parking is available near Park Circle.

When: 4-9 p.m. Dec. 3.

Where: Felix C. Davis Community Center, 4800 Park Place West.

Price: Free admission/free parking.

More Info: 740-5854 or www.northcharleston.org.

'The Nutcracker' 2011

What: Mount Pleasant Performing Arts Company will present its seventh production of "The Nutcracker."

When: 7-9 p.m. Dec. 3 and 3-5 p.m. Dec. 4.

Where: Sottile Theatre, 44 George St.

Price: Advance tickets $15; at door $18.

More Info: 971-7880 or www.mpspa.com.

Santa in the Swamp

What: Welcome Santa as he arrives by flat-bottom boat. Enjoy holiday performances, craft activities, pictures with Santa and pets, and more. Boats, butterfly house, nature trails, swamparium and more will be featured. Shop in the Gift Shop for stocking stuffers for kids or an unusual nature-inspired gift.

When: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 3.

Where: Cypress Gardens, 3030 Cypress Gardens Road.

Price: $10 adult (ages 12 and above), $9 senior (age 65+), free for ages 12 and under all day.

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

Photos With Santa

What: Professional pictures by Marshall Smith. There will be light refreshments for the kids.

When: 1-5 p.m. Dec. 3.

Where: Moncks Corner Depot, 100 Behrman St.

Garden Buddies

What: Let your little one learn with the Charleston Parks Conservancy while you finish up your holiday shopping. Children ages 4-7 will create crafts, play parachute games and learn about migration and hibernation. This is a drop-off class.

When: 10 a.m.-noon Dec. 3

Where: Hazel Parker Playground classrooms, 70 East Bay St.

Price: $25.

More Info: 724-5003, Mary Horton at mhorton@charlestonparksconservancy.org or www.charlestonparksconservancy.org.

Girls in Nature

What: Let your daughter be inspired by pioneering female naturalists such as Rachel Carson and Althea Sherman. After a walk through the woods to see local flora and fauna, participants will create works of art to remember the day. A registered and paid chaperon is required for participants ages 15 and under. Pre-registration is required. Ages 8 and up.

Where: Palmetto Islands County Park, 444 Needlerush Parkway, Mount Pleasant.

Price: $6/$5 Charleston County resident.

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

Sunday

Charleston Parade

What: Bands, floats, marchers and performers parade through downtown Charleston.

When: 2-5 p.m. Dec. 4.

Where: Marion Square, Calhoun and King streets.

More Info: -720-1981.

Moncks Corner Parade

What: Lineup and Christmas parade starts at Berkeley High School. The 18th annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held following the parade in Unity Park on Main Street.

When: 3 p.m. Dec. 4.

Where: Moncks Corner Depot, 100 Behrman St.

Christmas Musical

What: "What Child Is This?" celebrates the real meaning of Christmas.

When: 4 and 7 p.m. Dec. 4.

Where: Sterett Hall, 1530 7th St., old Navy base.

Price: $5 in advance, $10 door; free with unwrapped gift.

More Info: 324-7794 or www.remnantproductions.org.

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