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Weekend Round-Up: A Christmas story

The best events in Charleston, Dec. 10-12

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It’s mid-December, Hannukah is over, and I’m officially jaded about the “season.” It doesn’t help that Charleston’s in full-on Christmas mode.

All the local plays being performed in town right now are Christmas themed. There’s The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, A Christmas Story, A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas, Every Christmas Story Ever Told, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, and Waffle Haus Christmas.

And then there’s CBT’s Nutcracker, A Celtic Christmas, and Christmas at the Sottile. Where are the Hannukah or Kwanzaa plays, ballets, and concerts? Huh? You need to step it up, Charleston.

And those are just a few of the holiday-themed events this weekend. There’s also Christmas 1860, Mrs. Claus Storytelling, Christmas on Mary Street, Christmas Through Time, Town of Mt. Pleasant Tree of Lights Ceremony, Family Yuletide, Folly Beach Holiday Parade and Market, Mt. Pleasant Holiday Market and Craft Show, Santa Paws, Saturdays With Santa, Holidays at the City Market, a Gingerbread House Workshop, and Christmas parades in Mt. Pleasant and Summerville.

Plus for a hipper take on the holiday, you’ve got Bizarro Burlesque Xmas Bazaar and the V-Tones’ Holiday Extravaganza.

If you’re looking for a visually stimulating break from the red and green (which, at this point, I totally need), catch Zenith at the Olde North Charleston Picture House. You can also get one at Theatre 99, which has Improv Smackdown!, Improv Riot, and two shows by Vic Henley this weekend.

You’ll be able to find unique gifts at the NEST pop-up shop or at Holy City Artists and Fleas, vintage jewelry at the Candy Shop Vintage Trunk Show, special discounts at King Street Shop Walk, or just browse lower king during the Second Sundays on King.

Keep the kids from tearing up your house in search of their presents with Cinderella, Just Like Us, and The Polar Express.

Looking for a part for your hog? You might be able to find one at the Holy City Vintage Swap and Block Party.

It’s Pat! Mr. Conroy himself will be signing books at Blue Bicycle on Saturday. Get your line number at the store on Friday. Gena Knox will sign copies of her cookbook at Charleston Cooks!, and Preservation Society of Charleston hosts Second Sunday Signing.

We go to their openings, we (at least, the more financially secure among us) buy their work. But how well do we really know our Charleston artists? Both Redux and the North Charleston Artist Guild are giving you the opportunity to meet these creatives in their studios.

Yo Burrito is hosting a Chile Earthquake Relief Silent Auction, and there’s also a Climb High Fundraiser on Saturday and Rock the Tots on Sunday.

SOA Orchestra will host an Oyster Roast on Sunday.

The only thing I really know about Justin Townes Earle is that his dad was in The Wire, and, frankly, that’s good enough for me.

And as for me, this weekend I'll be spreading some cheer at the City Paper's Christmas party. I guess this holiday does have its upsides.

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