Getting Into The Christmas Spirit – CSRA Style
It always seems like at the beginning of the Christmas season everyone is in a “bah-humbug” kind of mood. If this is you, some unique events are coming up in the next few days all over the CSRA that are sure to spark the holiday spirit within your family.
The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
This annual Christmas event features leaders in the community as readers of the traditional English Christmas program that originated at King’s College Chapel at Cambridge University in England. The Choirs of Trinity on the Hill directed by Kevin Pollack will provide the featured music of the program. Don’t miss this unique event in The Sacred Heart Great Hall on Tuesday Dec 5th
Return to Bethlehem
Grace United Methodist Church in North Augusta shines with the 24th annual “Return to Bethlehem: An Immersive Nativity Experience” Dec 6th thru the 9th . It’s free to the public and with a cast of over 100 costumed characters, this “living nativity” brings you a miniature version of the “Little Town of Bethlehem” complete with a star that can be seen for miles and a multitude of live animals. The tour will take you on a moving and inspirational journey all the way up to the birth of Christ and will definitely fill you with the Christmas spirit!
“You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown”
Beloved characters Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the Peanuts gang take the stage this holiday season with skits that resemble the classic comic strip. This show is not part of the dinner theater’s regular season so no dinner will be served but it does sound like a fun time for the whole family and a way to share your childhood favorites with the kids. This show takes place Friday and Saturday December 8th & 9th at Presidential Dinner Theater at Fort Eisenhower.
Aiken Symphony “Home for the Holidays”
Sunday December 10th at the Etheredge Center, The Holiday Pops concert is back, but with a special twist this year. The symphony is featuring jazz vocalist Tish Oney who most recently won critical acclaim for this performance with the Detroit Symphony. In addition to holiday favorites Tish and the Aiken Symphony will perform a suite from the classic film “It’s a Wonderful Life”. A lovely way to get swept into the the spirit of the season!
And of course, the holiday season can’t be complete with out seeing The Nutcracker! This year the Augusta Ballet takes the stage at the Columbia County Performing Arts Center for the iconic performance on December 15th and it’s a bit of a family affair. Six members of the McKinney family will be featured in the show and Gabe Hughes, grandson of Ron Jones who started the Ron Jones School of Ballet in 1985 will play the Cavalier.
Lots to do over the next few weeks and it will surely have you humming Christmas carols and feeling festive!