With Christmas behind us and New Year's on the horizon, those who aren't quite ready to move on from one holiday to the next can still get in on some festive fun.
Once you've gotten your fill of snowmen, poinsettias and Santa, check out our roundup of New Year's events to get you into 2014.
Kwanzaa Kinari Lighting
What: The celebration of the holiday season continues in Marion Square with the lighting of the Kwanzaa Kinari.
When: 5 p.m. today
Where: Marion Square, at the corner of Calhoun and King streets
More Info: 724-7305 or www.charlestonarts.org
What: The Kwanzaa celebration continues into the weekend with a special event put on by the St. Julian Devine Community Center. An annual family-friendly festival will feature a parade led by African drummers and dancers followed by an oratorical contest, poster contest and more.
When: 2 p.m. Saturday
Where: Philip Simmons Mall Park, at America and Columbus streets
More Info: 901-8831
Celebrate the Season
What: This holiday driving tour and weekend festival wraps up its third year this weekend. The driving tour is powered by renewable Santee Cooper Green Power and uses energy-efficient LED bulbs in all the displays. Over the weekend (Friday through Sunday), a Holiday Fair offers additional season's greetings with food, crafts, Stony Landing House tours, a carousel, life-size card displays, marshmallow roasts and visits from Santa Claus. All gate proceeds will be donated to charities serving Berkeley County.
When: Through Monday, 5:30- 9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 5:30- 9:30 p.m. Friday-Sunday
Where: Begins at Santee Cooper headquarters (1 Riverwood Drive, Moncks Corner) and winds through the adjacent Old Santee Canal Park
Price: $5 per vehicle
More info: www.celebratethe season.org
Festival of Lights
What: One of the Lowcountry's most beloved holiday traditions, the 24th annual Holiday Festival of Lights offers viewers the chance to see 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: Through Tuesday; 5:30- 10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 5:30- 11 p.m. Friday-Saturday
Where: James Island County Park, 871 Riverland Drive
Price: $15 per vehicle (up to 15 people), $10 per vehicle Monday-Thursday with the donation of a nonperishable food item or dog/cat food
More info: 795-4386 or www.holidayfestivaloflights.com
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