Area holiday events keep calendars full
The holiday season has arrived.
The 19th annual Moncks Corner Christmas Parade officially kicks off the holiday season this Sunday afternoon highlighting a weekend of events for the family.
The parade begins at Berkeley High School at 3:30 p.m. and runs down Main Street through downtown Moncks Corner to terminate at the Main Street extension.
Following the parade, Unity Square downtown will explode in a kaleidoscope of lights and holiday decorations with the annual lighting of the town Christmas tree. The tree lighting ceremony begins at 5:15 p.m. and will feature musical selections from various local performers and a special appearance by Santa Claus, on hand to take Christmas lists from the kids.
The Sunday afternoon parade, which features more than 50 floats, live performance entries, and a tree lighting ceremony, caps off a weekend of town Christmas events.
On Saturday kids can have their picture with Santa at the Depot. Santa will be on hand from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. On Dec. 8, the Depot will offer photos with The Grinch. Grinch pictures will be held at the Depot on Saturday Dec. 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. ?For more information please call (843) 899-4708, visit www.townofmonckscorner.sc.gov or email Tammy at firstname.lastname@example.org
Also on Saturday, Santee Cooper’s Weekend Holiday Fair at Old Santee Canal Park begins its month long run. Events include visits from Santa, a tour of Santa’s workshop, holiday decorations at the historic Stony Landing House, and life-sized Christmas cards drawn by local students. Also included are live music and holiday entertainment, festive food, drinks and crafts, marshmallow roasting pits and a children’s carousel.
The Weekend Holiday Fair runs every weekend, Friday-to-Sunday through Dec. 23.
Admission is included with the general $5 gate admission.
Other area holiday celebrations include the annual Cypress Gardens “Santa in the Swamp,” beginning at 11 a.m. at Cypress Gardens Park. ?Santa Claus will arrive by boat on the blackwater swamp. He will visit with kids and take photos with children and pets. Also, enjoy live holiday music, vendors with handcrafted gifts, crafts and activities for the kids, and all of the attractions Cypress Gardens has to offer. Children 12 and under are admitted free.
“We’re pleased to see that all of our holiday events are becoming so popular with people across the Lowcountry and beyond,” said Dwight Williams, Director of Cypress Gardens. “It indicates that people are receptive to the unique experiences our events offer – experiences which cannot be duplicated anywhere else.”
On Dec. 9, Cypress Gardens presents “A Christmas Tea with Mr. Dickens” from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. featuring storyteller Tim Lowry performing the ghostly tale of ‘A Christmas Carol.’
Lowry’s authentic Dickens style rendition includes costumes, voices and 19th century dancing and parlor games.
An elegant Christmas tea featuring Dickens’ era delicacies and Christmas cheer by the Art and Soul Players and Lowcountry Power Brass Band will even put Scrooge in a holiday mood! The evening will conclude with a torch lit boat ride on the blackwater cypress swamp. Reservations are required for this special engagement. Tickets are $35 per person and must be purchased in advance by calling 553-0515.