Matzo Ball

The Young Adult Division of the Charleston Jewish Federation will host its sixth annual Matzo Ball party, a social event that occurs simultaneously in cities across the United States The tagline of the event is “If you don’t have a tree, you don’t have an excuse!” promising a good time in addition to hors d’oeuvres and an open bar. The event is open to everyone, regardless of religious preference, but attendees must be 21 years old.

When: 9 p.m.-midnight today

Where: Tsunami, 215 East Bay St.

Price: $30

For more info: www.charles

Outdoor movie

As part of the Holiday Festival of Lights, the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission is featuring an outdoor holiday film at the Main Stage in the Winter Wonderland. Bring a chair and a warm blanket and enjoy a seasonal movie.

When: 6-10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Where: James Island County Park, 871 Riverland Drive

Price: Free with paid park entry ($12-$15)

For more info: 795-4386 or

Celebrate the Season

This week offers the last chance to check out Santee Cooper’s second annual Celebrate the Season lights display. With an ongoing theme for the display being green, all the lights used in the more than 60 displays and additional decorations are energy-efficient LED lights, which are 90 percent more efficient than traditional lights. Funds benefit Trident United Way for Berkeley County programs and the Berkeley County Museum.

When: 6-9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; 5-9:30 p.m. Friday-Sunday

Where: Tours start at Santee Cooper headquarters, 1 Riverwood Drive, Moncks Corner

Price: $5

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Festival of Lights

One of the Lowcountry’s most beloved holiday traditions, this week offers your last chance to see this spectacle of more than 2 million lights along a 3-mile loop. The festival features hundreds of light-up displays, ranging from a prehistoric cluster of dinosaurs (complete with an erupting volcano) to traditional holiday fare, such as cartwheel-turning gingerbread men and Santa practicing his golf swing. There’s also plenty of Charleston imagery, including St. Michael’s Church, the Morris Island Lighthouse and the 30-foot-tall juxtaposition of the new and old Cooper River bridges. But the fun doesn’t end there. Also available to folks who want to get out of their car and stretch their legs is the Winter Wonderland and Santa’s Village. While there, roast marshmallows, stroll through the Enchanted Forest Walking Trail, enjoy the card display and more.

When: 5:30-10 p.m. today-Thursday; 5:30-11 p.m. Friday, Saturday; 5:30-10 p.m. Sunday and Dec. 31

Where: James Island County Park, 871 Riverland Drive

Price: $12-$15

For more info: 795-4386 or

Manigault House

Yet another last-chance event this week is seeing the Joseph Manigault House decked out for the holidays. The dwelling is part of the Charleston Museum, and the Garden Club of Charleston goes all out, using the house as a backdrop for its creative arrangements. The club uses only live plant materials that would have been available in the Lowcountry during the first quarter of the 19th century. This year’s theme is “Charleston’s Antebellum Charms.”

When: 9:30 a.m.-noon today-Dec. 31

Where: Joseph Manigault House, 350 Meeting St.

Price: Free for museum members and free with regular museum admission ($10 for adults, $5 for children and free for kids under 3)

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