Friday, November 20, 2009

North Charleston Christmas Events

To celebrate the upcoming holiday season, the City of North Charleston will host the following public Christmas events.

Holiday Concert
The USAF Heritage of America Concert Band

The United States Air Force Heritage of America Concert Band will perform at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, December 9 at 7:00 pm. Admission is free, but advance tickets are required. The performance, titled “Celebrating the Holidays Around the World,” is free, but advance tickets are required.

The 90 minute concert will feature the full 50-piece orchestra, as well as several smaller ensembles that will break away to thrill audiences with their renditions of holiday classics. These specialty ensembles include the USAF Heritage Aire Celtic Ensemble, performing traditional holiday tunes with an Irish flare; Satellite, a 9 piece jazz fusion group presenting spicy winter selections; and the Dixie Players, cooking up some yuletide favorites, New Orleans style. The Langley Winds will set the tone as they musically greet guests in the Performing Arts Center lobby.

Tickets may be obtained by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope by December 1, 2009 to: Tickets, City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, PO Box 190016, North Charleston, SC, 29419-9016. Tickets are also available for pick up from the Cultural Arts Department offices on the 2nd floor of North Charleston City Hall, located at 2500 City Hall Lane, Monday through Friday from 8:30AM to 5:00PM. Please limit 6 tickets per request. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis. Any unclaimed seats will be available to non-ticket holders 15 minutes prior to concert time.

For more information, contact the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at (843)740-5854 or email

Winter Wonderland

Thursday, December 3 and Friday, December 4 from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon at Armory Park (5000 Lackawanna Boulevard). This free pre-school event provides young children an opportunity to participate in hands-on activities, including holiday arts & crafts, live performances, and music. Pre-registration is required.

Breakfast with Santa
Saturday, December 5 from 8:00 am to 10:00 am at Felix C. Davis Community Center (4800 Park Circle). Breakfast with Santa commences the Christmas Festival and gives area children the opportunity to visit with Mr. and Mrs. Claus. A hearty meal is provided. Tickets can be purchased Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm at the Felix C. Davis Community Center for $4.00 per person.

Holiday Film Festival
Saturday, December 5, 2:15 pm and 3:00 pm. The Olde North Charleston Picture House will be participating again this year in the City’s Holiday Festival. Two films will be shown: Bill & Opus (a 24 minute cartoon); Joyeux Noel (the feature award-winning film). The cartoon begins at 2:15 pm. There will be a 15-minute intermission with the feature film, rated PG-12, beginning at 3:00 pm. Admission is free. Seating is limited to 75 persons.

Christmas Festival and Parade

Saturday, December 5 from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm around Park Circle with the Christmas Parade beginning at 6:00 pm. The Christmas Festival includes a Holiday Market with craft vendors and local farmers, food vendors, and live musical performances on three stages. The Christmas Parade begins at the corner of Montague and Mixson Avenues, proceeds down Montague, around Park Circle, and concludes at Armory Park. Immediately following the Christmas Parade, Mayor R. Keith Summey will light the City’s Christmas tree located outside the front entrance of the Felix C. Davis Community Center.
Schedule of events, including performances and entertainment

Christmas lights and displays will shine at Park Circle and on the eight exterior islands nightly from December 5 until New Years Day.

For pre-registration, ticket purchases, and general inquiries, contact the North Charleston Parks & Recreation Department at (843) 745-1028.

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