Weekend Round-Up: It's a gingerbread weekend 

The best events in Charleston Dec. 14-16

If you've ever wanted to learn to make a gingerbread house, this weekend is the time to do it. Fuel is hosting an all-day gingerbread house making contest on Saturday, and Middleton Place has a gingerbread house workshop on Sunday. And next weekend there's gingerbread house decorating at the IOP Rec Center ... but we're getting ahead of ourselves.

Raise money for cancer and enjoy some yummy food at the Relay for Life Kickoff Party. Make the most of oyster season, which is slowly slipping away, at an oyster roast at Morgan Creek Grill, Shuckfest, or House of Brews. Relive the Mighty Ducks at the SC Stingrays hockey game, where they'll take on the Gwinnett Gladiators.

Get in the Christmas spirit at the CSO Holiday Pops or the Sound of Charleston Holiday Edition concerts. And this weekend is your last chance to see what happens when Martians kidnap Santa at Santa Claus vs. the Martians.

Signed books always make great gifts, so head to a book signing with Sharman Burson Ramsey, who'll be signing copies of her first novel Swimming with Serpents. Nature-lovers on your list will love a copy of The Birds of Magnolia Cemetery: Charleston's Secret Bird Sanctuary. Author and photographer Patrick Harwood will sign copies on Saturday.

Drink tea and eat crumpets with the Jane Austen Society as they celebrate the literary lady's 237th birthday.

Take part in an experimental sound installation with the New Music Collective at Phil Kline's Unsilent Night.

Bring the pups to the Howliday Party at Wag-n-Splash for treats, activities, and photos. And we're not forgetting the kids — they'll have fun at Jingle Bells, Batman Smells. Or stop by Palmetto Carriage Works for a day of hot chocolate, free carriage rides for kids, and photos with Santa.

It's not like you need more sweets this time of year ... but you sort of do. Bring in a toy to Krispy Kreme for their Toys for Tots drive and get a free box of doughnuts. Yum.

The Santa Bar Crawl is this weekend — wear your most awesome holiday costume. And last but not least, time's running out to tell Santa what you wish for. Visit him at Marion Square, in Summerville, or at Wonder Works.


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