NOV. 15-17 Kiawah Island, S.C.
Grammy-winning guitarist Earl Klugh is bringing the Weekend of Jazz event to Kiawah Island Golf Resort. Performers Nov. 15-17 include trumpeter Chris Botti, vocalist Peabo Bryson, saxophonist Kirk Whalum, vocalist Kevin Whalum, saxophonist Eric Marienthal, trumpeter Joey Sommerville and others. Two- and three-night packages are available. Details/reservations: www.kiawahresort.com/weekend-of-jazz.
THROUGH DEC. 29 Bryson City
Ride The Polar Express
The Polar Express the classic holiday book for kids by Chris Van Allsburg; the animated 2004 film adaptation is also a seasonal offering of Great Smoky Mountain Railroad, most days through Dec. 29. The 74-minute excursion train, decorated for the holidays, leaves the GSMR depot in Bryson City and heads to the North Pole (yes, Santa is there) before returning. On the train, passengers can sip cocoa and listen to Van Allsburgs book being read over the train intercom (bring your own copy to follow along). Tickets start at $39; $26 for ages 2-12; younger than 2, free. Reservations are strongly suggested. Departures are twice daily most days; three or four times Fridays-Saturdays. Schedule/rates: www.gsmr.com.
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