Here are some events to enjoy during the holiday season

Published: Nov. 28, 2022 at 1:40 PM EST
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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - Now that Thanksgiving is over, here are some events to celebrate the holidays.

There are events for everyone, kids and adults, along with several community service programs to give the gift of giving.

Kid events

Evans on Ice- Nov. 14-Jan. 8., This magical event provides a sprawling outdoor ice-skating rink and holiday parties.

Lights of the South- Nov. 21-Dec. 30., 633 Louisville Road, Grovetown Ga. 30813

Light up the holidays with Georgia Power- Dec. 7-26. Georgians can enter our Light Up the Holidays contest on our Facebook page by posting a photo of how you are lighting up the holidays, using the hashtag #LightUpTheHolidays for a chance to win various prizes.

Santa Claus at Top Dawg- Dec. 14, 5:30-7:30 p.m., 2821 Washington Road, Augusta Ga. Kids get to take a picture with Santa during Kids Club

Santa tours in Belvedere Big Yellow Fire Engine- Dec. 15-20.

Movies at the Miller: Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas- Dec. 17., 5 p.m., Miller Theatre, 708 Broad Street, Augusta Ga.

Christmas Extravaganza Gala- Dec. 17., 6 to 9 p.m., Kroc Center 1833 Broad Street Music Room B

Breakfast with Santa- Dec. 20., 10 a.m., Metro Diner 2820 Washington Road, Augusta Ga.

Santa at the Airport- Dec. 20-22., from 9 to 11 a.m., Santa will be waiting to see everyone in the main foyer of the terminal building of the Augusta Airport

Santa at the African American History Center- Dec. 20., 6 to 8 p.m., 120 York Street NE, Aiken S.C.

Events for everyone

Festival of Trees- Dec. 2-31., Visitors Center and Train Museum

Carolina Lights- Dec. 3-26., 1200 Rosewood Drive, Columbia, S.C. 29201

A Christmas Carol: The Musical- Dec. 9.-11. at 8 p.m. at the Imperial Theater on 749 Broad Street. Ticket prices vary from $23-$50 and are limited.

Augusta Airport Holiday Sweepstakes- Dec. 9-21., Enter to win a free roundtrip tickets from Augusta to Washington D.C.

31st Annual Christmas in Hopelands- Dec. 10-22., 6 to 9:30 p.m., Hopelands Gardens, Aiken S.C.

Augusta Regional Airport Holiday Cheer- Dec. 15-23., Entertainers will perform for passengers traveling in the gate area of the airport.

Aiken Civic Ballet presents The Nutcracker- Dec. 16-18., Downtown Aiken, S.C.

Hoofbeats and Christmas Carols Parade- Dec. 17., Downtown Aiken


Empty Stocking Fund

This program allows parents to choose which toys and gifts they want to give their children. Parents go online to apply and register their children, upload proof of benefits, and once approved, parents shop in an online e-store to choose the gifts on their child’s wish list. After shopping online, parents then choose to pick up their gifts from one of our three local Empty Stocking Fund of the CSRA partner locations.

This year, the pickup locations will be at the Boys & Girls Club Headquarters located at Hub East, Augusta Technical College in Waynesboro, and Augusta Technical College in Grovetown.

Aiken Animal Shelter Christmas

Sometimes we forget about pets without a home during the holiday season. The SPCA Albrecht Center decorated their halls with wish-lists for their animals. You can go to their location on Willow Run Road between 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday to meet a new friend and make that Christmas wish list come true.

City of Augusta Coat Drive- Nov. 18.-Jan. 2., check the site for drop-off locations

Augusta Community Center Toy Drive- Nov. 28- Dec. 16. Donate new unwrapped toys, check the site for drop-off locations

UPS Santa Operation- Nov. 28- Dec. 19., Volunteers have their identities verified to help fulfill the holiday wishes of children and families who have written to Santa.

Empty the Shelters- Dec. 1-11, participating shelters for a reduced-free adoption event

Blue Christmas Service- Dec. 18, 3 to 4 p.m., 3001 Banks Mill Road, Aiken S.C. 29803

Christmas Giveaway- Dec. 24., Noon - 2 p.m. Ridge Spring S.C., Town Square

Help donate new toys, hats, scarves, gloves, coats and socks to give children this season.