Dollar Days: Holiday events at every turn

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

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The lighting of the menorah in Marion Square.
  • Santa waves to the crowd at a past Summerville Christmas parade.
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    Santa waves to the crowd at a past Summerville Christmas parade.

  • A young girl enjoys the fireworks at the start of the Mount Pleasant Christmas Parade.
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    A young girl enjoys the fireworks at the start of the Mount Pleasant Christmas Parade.

  • A scene from “Pulp Fiction.”
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    A scene from “Pulp Fiction.”

  • A scene from “Pulp Fiction.”
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    A scene from “Pulp Fiction.”

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    A scene from “Pulp Fiction.”

  • A scene from “Pulp Fiction.”
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    A scene from “Pulp Fiction.”

  • A scene from “Pulp Fiction.”
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    A scene from “Pulp Fiction.”

  • A scene from “Pulp Fiction.”
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    A scene from “Pulp Fiction.”

  • A scene from “Pulp Fiction.”
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    A scene from “Pulp Fiction.”

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

We’re in the thick of it, folks — every corner you turn there are holiday events happening.

This weekend is crazy busy (see My Charleston Weekend for more festive fun), so let’s get to it.

Chanukah in Square

With Charleston’s Christmas tree lit last weekend, this weekend will honor Hanukkah, also referred to as Chanukah.

The Festival of Lights, which begins Saturday night, will be celebrated in Marion Square, at King and Calhoun streets, 4-6 p.m. Sunday with a festive party.

The event will feature music, dancing, crafts and tasty treats, including latkes and other traditional Hanukkah foods. But the highlight will be the lighting of the 9-foot menorah by Charleston Holocaust survivors.

The party is free to attend and all are invited.

Call 724-7305 or go to www.charlestonarts.org.

Summerville Parade

Are you ready to visit Santa’s Workshop?

If you are, then head to Summerville on Sunday as the theme of this year’s Christmas parade is “Santa’s Summerville Workshop.”

Put on by the Summerville Fire Department and Summerville DREAM, this parade is “traditionally known as one of the largest parades in South Carolina,” featuring as many as 3,000 participants and well over 10,000 spectators.

The parade is free to attend and starts at 2 p.m., but it’s suggested you get there early to stake out a spot.

View a map of the route at www.summervilledream.org.

Also happening in Summerville this weekend is the famous Low Country Singing Christmas Tree, which is quite a spectacle to behold.

Friday through Monday at Summerville Baptist Church, 417 Central Ave., this production features dozens of singers performing atop risers built to form a living Christmas tree, as well as a live orchestra, light show and Nativity play.

Tickets are $8. Call 873-2440 or go to www.summervillebaptist.org.

Mt. P. light parade

The town of Mount Pleasant is putting on its annual parade, which features more than 100 floats.

The free festivities begin at about 5:30 p.m. Sunday at Moultrie Middle School, where the town will hold a tree lighting ceremony and fireworks display.

At about 5:45 p.m., the parade will march down Coleman Boulevard from Pelzer Drive and continue past Shem Creek to conclude at the Sea Island Shopping Center around 7:15 p.m.

Go to www.townofmountpleasant.com.

IOP street festival

The Isle of Palms will hold its Holiday Street Festival in coordination with the lighting of the city’s tree.

From 3-7 p.m. Saturday, head over to Front Beach on the Isle of Palms and enjoy carnival rides, a photo booth, jump castles, climbing wall and live music throughout the day provided by Sol Driven Train, Fowler’s Mustache, the SIES Choir, Scottie Frier Band and Jef Wilson.

And don’t forget to stop in for a visit with Santa.

Admission is free, and local restaurants and vendors will be offering food specials.

Call 886-8294 or go to www.iop.net.

Edisto parade

The 22nd annual Edisto Christmas Parade will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday.

The theme this year is “Christmas on the Coast.”

Before the parade, at 1:30 p.m., the town will hold the lighting ceremony for the Christmas tree.

Later than night, 6-9 p.m., will be a Christmas Light Display at the Serpentarium. Attendees can enjoy the lights and roast marshmallows by the campfire.

Local businesses also will be featuring special afternoon and evening events.

On Sunday at 7 p.m., the annual Edisto Community Chorus Christmas Concert will be held at Edisto Beach Baptist Church.

Call 869-3867 or go to www.edistochamber.com.

Tarantino XX

In a decidedly less holiday-themed realm, Quentin Tarantino is continuing his celebration of the 20th anniversary of “Reservoir Dogs.”

This time around, it’s “Pulp Fiction” that’s making its way back into theaters.

For one night only, 7 p.m. Thursday, catch John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Uma Thurman and Bruce Willis in this Academy Award-winning film, named one of AFI’s “Top 100 Films of the Last 100 Years.”

In addition to the screening, the event will include a special feature showcasing Tarantino’s 20-year career and a selection of hand-picked movie trailers from films that inspired him as a filmmaker.

This screening will take place at Azalea Square Stadium 16, 215 Azalea Square Blvd. in Summerville, and Charlestowne Square 18, 2401 Mall Drive in North Charleston.

Tickets are $12.50.

Go to www.FathomEvents.com or www.tarantinoxx.com.