It’s officially the holiday season in Charleston. The tree is up in Marion Square, folks are digging out their decorations, and there are too many events to keep track of. So many, in fact, that we put together a separate holiday events round-up for this weekend. Go check that out, and don’t forget to peruse our full holiday calendar.
SHOP. It’s a good weekend to do some Christmas shopping. Besides the fact that it’s Buy Local Week (which ends with a bang on Sunday at the Buy Local Bash on Shem Creek), Saturday is the day of Shopping with Friends. Over 100 local business are donating 10 percent of every dollar spent to Lowcountry AIDS Services. The whole thing kicks off with a cocktail party at Saks on Friday night, and a brunch at Charleston Place on Saturday morning, with the star attraction being the Vintage Village showcase. Speaking of shopping, the Mt. Pleasant Regional Library hosts a big book sale on Saturday and Sunday — prices start at $3 for hardbacks.
EAT. Head to Avondale Saturday morning for the Winterfest Pancake Breakfast, followed by the unveiling of the new tower mural. The annual Celebrity Chili Cook-off and Oyster Roast is Saturday afternoon at the Maritime Center, with music, food, and a kids zone. Later that evening, just in time for the Parade of Boats, the Charleston Harbor Resort hosts an Oyster Roast with music from Uncle Mingo. Casual gourmands should also enjoy the Wine Under the Oaks event at Boone Hall Plantation on Sunday.
PARTY. Cabooty’s Holiday Party benefiting Camp Happy Days is Saturday night. It includes open bar, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and a silent auction, plus music from the East Coast Party Band.
LISTEN. The New Music Collective presents their chamber music event, New Music New Charleston, on Friday at Circular Congregational Church. Also on Friday, Brooklyn-based DJ Dances with White Girls plays the Tasty Thai grand opening. The CSO Gospel Choir performs a Gospel Christmas at the Gaillard on Saturday. The same night, Athens-based Beatles tribute band Abbey Road Live plays the Pour House and Bela Fleck is at the North Charleston PAC.
LAUGH. The Music Farm hosts a free Holiday Hangover Movie Night on Friday with screenings of Four Christmases and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. Bring your own chairs and food if you like, plus money for booze. Then check out some old-school stand-up comedy at Little Caesar's Palace at the Tin Roof on Sunday.
LOOK. The Art Walk is Friday — check out our guide over here. Then on Saturday night, Redux hosts their free Open Studios. Jonathan Green is in town on Sunday to open a show at Gallery Chuma with his sketches, drawings, and preliminary ink washes.
CHEER. The Charleston Classic Disc Golf Tournament is all weekend, featuring top players from around the country at Trophy Lakes (Saturday) and Hampton Park (Sunday). Over 100 players are expected to compete. The Stingrays have games both Saturday and Sunday, and the Holiday Tennis Classic event is Friday-Sunday at the Family Circle Cup Stadium.