Christmas tree lighting
Columbia County’s annual Christmas Tree Lighting will be from 4 p.m. until dark Nov. 30 in Evans Towne Center Park, Evans. The event includes Santa Claus, live entertainment and refreshments. For more information, call (706) 650-5005 or visit www.columiacountyga.gov.
Merchants Christmas parade
The Merchants Association of Columbia County will present the 49th annual Christmas parade beginning at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1. The parade will begin on Evans Towne Center Boulevard and continue to Washington Road and along Belair Road to Cox Road. For more information or to register a parade entry, visit www.columbiacountyfair.net, email email@example.com or call Billy Franke at (706) 831-1400.
Harlem tree lighting
The annual Harlem Christmas Tree Lighting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 5 at Harlem City Hall at 320 N. Louisville St., Harlem. Hot chocolate, popcorn, live holiday music and Santa Claus. For more information, call (706) 556-0043.
Grovetown tree lighting
The annual Grovetown Christmas tree lighting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Grovetown Senior Center on Robinson Avenue at Old Wrightsboro Road. Holiday decorations will light up the Grovetown Senior Center, Friendship Park and the Grovetown Museum. The event will include hot chocolate and a visit from Santa Claus. For more information, call Jennifer Evans at (706) 860-7691.
Arts in Appling
The Columbia County Historical Society is holding the annual Arts In Appling from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 7 in downtown Appling. Costumed hosts will lead tours of the 1812 courthouse and the 1934 jail. The free event also includes 4-H projects, arts and refreshments.
Grovetown Christmas parade
The Grovetown Christmas parade will begin at noon Dec. 7. The parade will start at Grovetown Middle School and move along Harlem-Grovetown Road to Robinson Avenue and end at Summerfield subdivision. To register a parade entry, contact Jennifer Evans at (706) 860-7691 or JEvans@grovetownga.us.
Hayride through the Life of Christ
Sharon Baptist Church is holding its annual Hayride Through the Life of Christ 7-9 p.m. Dec. 12-15 at the Columbia County Fairgrounds, on Columbia Road across from Patriots Park. Blankets are recommended. Admission is free and includes a hayride through scenes of Jesus’ life, hot chocolate and live music. For more information, call (706)
The Dream Academy Players will perform Santa’s Playlist at 6 p.m. Dec. 13 at North Harlem Elementary School, 525 Fairview Drive, Harlem. The Dream Academy is the Columbia County Community Connections after-school program. The play is free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted. For more information, call (706) 556-0609.
Bethlehem Village in Harlem
Harlem United Methodist and Harlem Baptist churches are inviting visitors to Walk Through Bethlehem 6-9 p.m. Dec. 13-15 at the field between the churches on Milledgeville Road, Harlem. The event is free and depicts what Bethlehem might have been like in the tiem of Jesus. For more information, call (706) 556-6885 or (706) 556-6439.
Singing Christmas Tree
Abilene Baptist Church will hold its 35th annual Singing Christmas Tree at 7 p.m. on Dec. 13-14 and at 3 and 7 p.m. on Dec. 15. Tickets are free and are available in advance from the church at 3917 Washington Road, Martinez, or online for a small fee at www.itickets.com. For more information, call (706) 869-1774.
Breakfast with Santa
Breakfast With Santa will be held at 8:15 and 9:30 a.m. Dec. 14 at The Acorn Restaurant at red Oak Manor at 410 N. Louisville St., Harlem. Advance tickets cost $8 and can be purchased at Red Oak Manor. For more information, call (706)
Harlem Christmas festival
The City of Harlem will hold its 11th annual Christmas in the Heart of Downtown Harlem Festival and Parade on Dec. 14. The festival will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The parade starts at 11 a.m.
For more information or to register as a vendor, contact Stacie Hart at (706) 556-0043 or firstname.lastname@example.org.