HAPPENINGS AROUND TOWN:
THROUGH DEC. 23
Christmas Village in South Beach: The fun starts the Friday after Thanksgiving at The Salty Dog. Experience the magic of the holiday season in the Lowcountry with a spectacular Christmas light display. Write letters to Santa and enjoy holiday treats. Families, children and well-behaved, leashed pets are invited to get their picture taken with Santa. 3-5 p.m., 232 S. Sea Pines Drive, Hilton Head Island. email@example.com.
Town of Bluffton Christmas Parade: Come join your neighbors at the annual town of Bluffton Christmas Parade throughout Old Town. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. The parade will begin at the corner of Bridge and Pritchard streets.
Outdoor Movie: “The Santa Clause”: Watch “The Santa Clause” with a fire pit for roasting marshmallows. Bring donations of canned food item for The Deep Well Project. Free. 7 p.m., Harbour Town, 149 Lighthouse Road, Hilton Head Island. 843-842-1979 or www.seapines.com/events.
DEC. 1, 8, 15 & 22
Photos with Santa: Families can take pictures with Santa. Free. 3-5 p.m., South Beach Inn & Vacation Rentals, 232 S. Sea Pines Drive #106, Hilton Head Island.
DEC. 3 – 17
Breakfast with Santa: Enjoy breakfast with Santa at Heyward’s Restaurant and Seacrest Terrace & Patio. A photographer will capture holiday memories for guests. 9 a.m.-noon, Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island, 130 Shipyard Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-842-2400.
“An American in Paris”: Named best musical of the year by both the Drama League and the Outer Critics Circle and the winner of four Tony Awards, “An American in Paris” is guaranteed to sweep you off your feet. Tickets for preview performances Dec. 5-6 are $50 for adults and $37 for children ages 5-15. Tickets for Dec. 7-30 are $60 for adults and $47 for children ages 5-15. Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. 843-686-3945, ext. 206 or www.artshhi.com.
Gullah Kinfolk Yuletide Season Celebration: Join Aunt Pearlie Sue & The Gullah Kinfolk as they bring history to life during a special Yuletide Season Celebration on the Sea Islands. Tickets are $35 in advance; $40 at the door; $12 for children ages 7-17. 7 p.m., University of South Carolina Beaufort’s Center for the Arts, 801 Carteret St., Beaufort. 843-986-1102 or bcbcc.org.
Outdoor Movie: “Polar Express”: Get into the holiday spirit by watching this classic movie with benches and a fire pit for roasting marshmallows. Bring donations of canned food for The Deep Well Project. Free. 7 p.m., Harbour Town, 149 Lighthouse Road, Hilton Head Island. 843-842-1979 or www.seapines.com/events.
Handel’s Messiah: The First Presbyterian Church Community Choir will present Handel’s Messiah as part of the Christmas season. The presentation will be open to the community. Free. 5 p.m. First Presbyterian Church, 540 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island. firstname.lastname@example.org or www.fpchhi.org.
Pet Pictures with Santa: The Hilton Head Humane Association will be hosting Pet Pictures with Santa. Noon-2 p.m., 10 Humane Way, Hilton Head Island. 843-681-8686
“A Coastal Christmas”: The Shore Notes Chorus will usher in Christmas by presenting “A Coastal Christmas.” Tickets are $10 and available at Burke’s Pharmacy or from a chorus member. 2:30 p.m., Island Lutheran Church, 4400 Main St., Hilton Head Island. 843-705-6852 or www.hiltonheadshorenotes.com.
DEC. 12 & 26
Bobby Ryder Swings “The Great American Songbook”: Join us for your favorite tunes by Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and more. Tickets are $7. 8-11 p.m., The Jazz Corner, 1000 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island.
“Christmas in the South” concert: Experience the joy of the holiday season at the “Christmas in the South” concert presented by the Hilton Head Choral Society. Tickets are $10-$40. 8 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 540 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island. 843-341-3818 or hiltonheadchoralsociety.org.
DEC. 14 & 15
A Motown Holiday Spectacular by Reggie Deas and Deas Guyz: Deas Guyz features an entertaining mix of Motown, R&B, pop, rock, reggae and dance beats. The range of musical selections includes Motown sounds of the Temptations, The Drifters, Smokey Robinson and Marvin Gaye; Bob Marley classics; the lover’s rock style of Gregory Isaacs and Dennis Brown; and the hip-hop sounds of Lauryn Hill and R. Kelly. Tickets are $15. 8-11 p.m., The Jazz Corner, 1000 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island.
Gregg Russell Christmas Concert: Relish the spirit of the holidays with an evening in Harbour Town. Listen as Gregg Russell plays his guitar and sings songs of the season for children and adults. Before and after the concert, enjoy a special visit from Santa Claus. Free. 5:30-9 p.m., Harbour Town, 149 Lighthouse Road, Hilton Head Island. 843-842-1979 or www.seapines.com/events.
18th Annual Polar Bear Swim: Show your adventurous side with the other “polar bears” by taking an invigorating dip in the Harbour Town pool. Warm up after your plunge with hot chocolate and refreshments. Free. 10 a.m., Harbour Town Pool, 7 Lighthouse Lane, Hilton Head Island. 843-842-1979 or www.seapines.com/events.
Dance Party and Dessert Buffet: Join the party at Octagon Porch in Palmetto Bluff to ring in the New Year with the Heather Hayes Revue. A full open bar, opulent dessert display and late-night snacks will keep the fun going until the ball drops at midnight and glasses are raised a champagne toast. $100 for adults; $45 for children. Reservations are required. 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m., Octagon Porch in Palmetto Bluff, 477 Pelia Road, Bluffton. 843-706-6500.
New Year’s Eve Celebration: Join us for a festive New Year’s Eve ball drop from the top of the Harbour Town Lighthouse. If you don’t think you can make it to midnight, there will be two ball drops — one at 7 p.m. and one at midnight. Enjoy food, entertainment and live music throughout Harbour Town, then count down to the New Year. 6 p.m.-1 a.m., Harbour Town, 149 Lighthouse Road, Hilton Head Island. For dinner reservations at The Quarterdeck, call 843-842-1999. 843-842-1979 or www.seapines.com/events.
New Year’s Eve Extravaganza with The Noel Freidline Quintet Featuring Maria Howell: $85 for early seating; $145 for late seating. 5-11:30 p.m., The Jazz Corner, 1000 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island. 843-842-8620.
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