Holiday Season Events Take Over Florence County!

It’s Christmas time, in the city…of Florence!
In fact the holiday season is upon us everywhere with the passing of Thanksgiving, so almost overnight the twinkling of multicolored lights and seasonal decorations are increasingly seen from homes and businesses everywhere. That tells you Christmas is around the corner, and with it the area is dialing up holiday activities. Once again we’re running down a list we’ve compiled to make it easier to find stuff to do before the season is gone!
NOTE: Check back, because we will update this blog if we see new events posted!

Dec. 1-Dec. 26

Lights4Paws
6pm-9pm 3251 Mears Drive near Forest Lake
A spectacular quarter mile trail of thousands of lights, merry music and festive decorations, all to benefit the animals of the Florence Area Humane Society. See Santa, sip hot chocolate, munch cookies and warm up with a fire (also dog treats for the canine friends-dogs on leashes please). Donations are gratefully accepted.
NOTE: Dec. 14 has special 1-4pm photo op with Santa and Ms. Claus, and ornament making for kids.

Dec. 6-30

4th Annual Holiday Music and Light Show at Downtown Florence
5-10pm every night
Christmas is done BRIGHT in Downtown Florence with our FREE nightly music and light show in the 100 block of S. Dargan Street. Walk through and enjoy the sights and sounds of the holidays as the lights dance!

Dec. 12

Blue Suede Christmas! A Tribute to Elvis at the Florence Center
7pm
Blue Suede Christmas starring Scot Bruce. This riveting and ROCKIN’ holiday tribute concert features the wonderful Christmas songs recorded by Elvis Presley, such as Santa Bring My Baby Back, Blue Christmas, and more! A show guaranteed to have you ALL SHOOK UP!
Tickets: http://bit.ly/34FlLLv

Ringing in the Holidays Wine Tasting with Micky Finn’s
7:30-9:30pm
‘Tis the season to give back—Micky Finn’s is hosting a fundraiser to benefit the Florence Area Literacy Council. Come try numerous wines and enjoy some finger foods while picking out your Christmas dinner wines. Cost: $20. Ticket proceeds will benefit FALC. Limited Supply of Tickets available.

Dec. 13

Holiday Themed Matinee
10am
The Drs. Bruce and Lee Foundation Library will show a 2007 film about the Whitfield Family, who all come together for the first time in a long time to celebrate Christmas. This PG-13 rated matinee is open to adults 18+.
Starring Loretta Devine, Delroy Lindo, Idris Elba, and Regina King, admission is free and light refreshments will be served. Space is limited and registration is requested for groups. Call 843-413-7074 to register groups of 5 or more. The free matinee series is sponsored by Friends of Florence County Library.

A Gullah Christmas: Marlena Smalls presents The Hallelujah Singers at FMUPAC
7pm
Marlena Smalls presents The Hallelujah Singers to entertain and inspire audiences worldwide with their spiritual or blues performances including music and narration to celebrate and preserve the West African heritage which shaped today’s Gullah culture.
Tickets: http://bit.ly/2rJm89p

Dec. 13-15
Bethlehem at Calvary by Calvary Baptist Church in Lake City
6pm
The presentation of the nativity is just the beginning of the story of salvation.

Dec. 14

Mutts and Mistletoe at the Florence Area Humane Society
1-4pm
Bring your furry friends to meet Mr. and Mrs. Claus for a photo op! Ornament activities for kids and light refreshments provided.

Meet Santa Claus at the Olanta Library
11am-12:30pm
Come see Santa and tell him what you want for Christmas!

Classic Car Cruise-In & Toy Drive
10am-3pm
Palmetto Cruisers and Eastern SC Mustang Club presents their Classic Car Cruise-In & Toy Drive Saturday at Walmart at 230 N. Beltline Dr. Bring a new un-opened toy or cash donation for the parking fee.

Dec. 14 and Dec. 19

Wreath Wonderland at Moore Farms Botanical Garden
10am-noon
A stunning holiday wreath isn’t that hard to make – just gather the right supplies, a few seasonal embellishments and a healthy dose of holiday spirit. Wreath Wonderland will guide attendees through making an 18-inch grand-crafted greenery wreath with materials harvested from the garden. Each attendee will take home their wreath. These wreaths will look great hung on the front door or over the mantle! All wreath materials will be provided, but you can bring decorative items to add if you wish. Please also bring pruners and gloves.
The cost is $30 per person. Lunch is included. If you have any special dietary needs, please contact Rebecca Turk.
More info: Click here and select either dated event—http://bit.ly/34CO2mc

Dec. 15

Central United Methodist Church…A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
4pm
The Chancel Choir will sing a mix of new and time-honored favorites at A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols. The music ranges from energetic and rhythmic to serene and reflective. Come early to enjoy an organ recital of Christmas music at 3:40 p.m. and stay afterwards for a reception.

FMU Dooley Planetarium: The Christmas Star
3pm
Francis Marion University’s Dooley Planetarium will present “The Christmas Star” Sunday on the second floor of the Cauthen Educational Media Center. Admission is free. For information call 843-661-1381.

Dec. 16

Florence Symphony Orchestra presents Holiday Pops at FMUPAC
7:30pm
This family friendly concert is sure to put everyone in the spirit of the season with holiday favorites, special guests and a classic sing-a-long.
Tickets: http://bit.ly/2r3gGOJ

Dec. 17

Columbia City Ballet the Nutcracker at FMUPAC
7:30pm
Columbia City Ballet and the School of Dance Arts come together to present this classic ballet. Come enjoy this timeless masterpiece with friends and family this holiday season.
Tickets: http://bit.ly/2Y6dqhy

Dec. 19

Book Club: The Christmas Tree at the Drs. Bruce & Lee Foundation Library
1pm
Book Club meetings on the third Thursday of each month. The Book Club’s book for December is The Christmas Tree by Julie Salaman.

Swan Lake featuring the National Ballet Theatre of Odessa, Ukraine at FMUPAC
7:30pm
The Legendary National Ballet Theatre of Odessa, Ukraine comes to the PAC for a full-scale production of Swan Lake!
Tickets: http://bit.ly/2Yfsdqs

Gingerbread Night
6:30-8pm Baker’s Sweets Bistro and Bakery in Lake City

Dec. 20

Grandparents Christmas Camp
1pm-4pm
Join Lynches River County Park with your grandkids for their annual day camp. Enjoy a scavenger hunt, crafts, games, snack, and much more! This event is FREE.

Santa Brunch hosted by Senior Citizens Association in Florence County and Florence Co. Parks & Rec-Leatherman Senior Center
10am-11:30am
Bring your great grands and the grands out to meet Santa, make reindeer food, enjoy hot cocoa and make a keepsake ornament.

Dec. 21

Florence Christmas Parade
11am
The Annual Florence Christmas Parade is at 11 a.m. The parade will start on Evans (Edisto) Street and end at the Business Technological Center (BTC) Building on Baroody and East Evans.

12:21 Open Mic & Yuletide Celebration hosted by The Rustic Raven Energy Medicine & Holistic Healing
4pm-7pm
Andrews hosts the open mic, bringing new takes on classic Christmas tunes, eclectic mixes, and even a little of “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” Poets are welcome!
The crystal shop and intention shop will be open, and there will be a massage therapist, card reader, kinesiologist, jeweler, etc.
Interested vendors can contact The Rustic Raven.

Cookies with Santa with Junior League of Florence
1-3pm
The free event is at the Durant Children’s Center at 226 South Irby Street. All ages are welcome to attend. Come out and enjoy cookies, cocoa, crafts, and taking pictures with Santa. This event is sponsored by the United Way, Pee Dee Coalition, and the Children’s Center.

Dec. 22

The Christmas Story at Highland Park United Methodist Church
3pm-5pm
A family-oriented Christmas Program where ALL children will be invited to choose a costume and be part of the story! When you arrive your child will choose a costume to be a shepherd, angel, Animal, or wise man/woman. Then they tell the Christmas story and sing Christmas songs your child will be invited to come up to the manger and be a part of the story!
They also have live nativity animals, a special gift for each child, and cookies and hot chocolate following the program. Dress to be outside!

Dec. 23 and Dec. 30

Florence County Museum Winter Workshops
Looking to keep your child active during winter break? Winter Workshops are exciting programs for children ages 5 to 10 at the Florence County Museum.
These one-day theme based hands-on workshops will be full of art projects and activities. To register for either of our 2019 Winter Workshops, please visit their website at flocomuseum.org/winter. Space is limited to 15 students so sign up today!
Dec. 23
Winter Wonderland
9am-4pm
Create winter themed artworks to celebrate the season!
Registration Fee: $40, or $75 for both workshops
Dec. 30
Terrific Textiles
9am-4pm
Experiment with textile art including indigo dyeing, t-shirt printing and weaving!
Registration Fee: $40, or $75 for both workshops

Registration info for both: http://bit.ly/2svr6XE

Dec. 24

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
5-5:30pm Southside Baptist Church
Join them for their annual Christmas Eve Candlelight Service!

Dec. 25

2019 Christmas Celebration by The Manna House: Feeding the Hungry Because We Care
Breakfast 8:30am-9:30am, Lunch 11am-noon
The Manna House looks forward to serving the Florence Community this holiday season! As a reminder, donations of canned goods and non-perishable foods are accepted Monday-Friday 9am-12:30pm. Happy Holidays from our family to yours!

Christmas Day Buffet at Victors
11am-3pm
Bring your family and friends to Victors this year to celebrate Christmas and take the stress off of yourself!
Adults: $29.99/person; Children 10 & under: $12.95/person
Reservations required.