THROUGH JAN. 1 Pawleys Island, S.C.
Holiday exhibits, events at Brookgreen
Brookgreen Gardens annual indoor holiday exhibits, Signs of the Season in Art and History and Signs of the Season in Flora and Fauna are open daily through Jan. 1 in the Rainey Sculpture Pavilion. Exhibit hours: 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; 3-10 p.m. during Brookgreens Nights of a Thousand Candles event.
Brookgreen admission: $14; $12 for 65 and older; $7 for ages 4-12; 3 and younger, free.
For Nights of a Thousand Candles (Dec. 7-8, 14-15 and 20-22) the gardens glow with more than 5,500 candles plus lights. More than 30 acres of the garden are open to stroll. During the 3-10 p.m. event, musical performances choral groups, hand-bell choirs, jazz groups offer classic and current holiday favorites. Admission for Thousand Candles: $16; $7 for ages 4-12.
DEC. 7-8, 15-17 Dillsboro
Festival of Lights
More than 2,500 luminarias lighted candles in white bags will line the streets of downtown Dillsboro, dusk until 9 p.m. the weekends of Dec. 7-8 and 15-17 for the towns festival. Weather permitting, fallen or manufactured snow at the corner of Front and Webster streets will be available for making snowmen and for play. Other activities, outdoor and in stores, are planned. Details: www.visitdillsboro.org.
DEC. 8, DEC. 15 Chimney Rock
Santa does workout
In preparation for Christmas, Santa Claus will climb down Chimney Rock more than 1,000 feet above Hickory Nut Gorge 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 8 and 15, weather permitting. Hell make the descent every 30 to 45 minutes; between climbs, Santa will be available at Chimney Rock State Park for photos. Live music will be provided both days. From 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 8, Santa will also make a free-to-attend appearance at Chimney Rocks Main Street festivities.
Winter hours/admission at Chimney Rock State Park: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Tuesday; $10; $6 for ages 6-15; 5 and younger, free.
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