Coming Up This Week 12/11 - 12/17

Charlie Claus Toy Drive
Dec. 11-14, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Joseph P. Riley Jr. Stadium

Charlie and the RiverDogs ask fans to give back this holiday season with donations of unopened toys at Riley Park for the Charlie Claus Toy Drive, benefitting the MUSC Shaw Jenkins Children's Hospital.

Holiday Film Series: Die Hard
Holiday Film Series: Die Hard
Tue., Dec. 12, 6 p.m.
Charleston Music Hall

The Silver Bells will perform before Die Hard

Holiday Cocktails
Wed., Dec. 13, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
The Glass Onion

The Glass Onion hosts a charity tasting featuring holiday cocktails and small bites. $5 from each ticket benefits HALOS, a local nonprofit that supports kinship caregivers and their families through support groups, information and referral services, and home-based management.

Fall Movie Series
Thu., Dec. 14
The Restoration

The Restoration screens free movies on its rooftop starting on Thurs. Sept. 21 with Ferris Bueller's Day Off. The event is free to attend, but make sure you reserve a spot in advance.

Vintage Holiday Market
Thu., Dec. 14, 5-9 p.m.
Vintage Coffee Cafe

Vintage Coffee Cafe hosts a holiday market featuring local vendors like Sawdust Wood Co., Swirls of Paint, Dali Mama, Tami Boyce, Greenvine Glassworks, and more. Enjoy live music from Leah Suarez and Gerald Gregory. Food, beer, and wine will be available for purchase from Coastal Crust.

The Knowledge Potluck
The Knowledge Potluck
Thu., Dec. 14, 8-10 p.m.

This event is held upstairs at 637 King St. Knowledge Potluck is, it's basically a rogue version of a TED talk. 5 Different speakers create presentations on ideas, stories, experiences, life lessons and how to's. The talks could be funny, fascinating, complicated, devastating or all of the above. Anything goes, but there is one rule: you can't talk about your work or something that everyone knows you for. This is to inspire obscure perspectives rooted in personal fascination, rather than your life's calling (which is awesome, but reserved for actual TED talks). BYOB.

Owl Prowls
Fri., Dec. 15, 5-7 p.m.
Caw Caw Interpretive Center

An evening excursion leaves you with a greater understanding of what nocturnal predators might be found in your backyard, the sounds they make, and the adaptations that make them successful.

Buy Local Month
Buy Local Month
Through Dec. 15

It's Buy Local Month, Charleston. The annual Lowcountry Local First campaign is a grassroots movement of education and relationship-building that promotes the economic and societal benefits of supporting local businesses. Upcoming local holiday markets include the West Ashley Farmers Market, Shop Small at Windemere, and Celadon Sunday flea market. Check out the full list of participating local businesses online.

Posing Possibilities: Drawing Inspiration From and For Charleston's Parks
Through Dec. 18
City Gallery at Waterfront Park

Posing Possibilities: Drawing Inspiration From and For Charleston's Parks celebrates Charleston's public spaces and features the work of Jack Alterman, Janie Ball, Christophe Dumain, Karyn Healey, Alan Jackson, Hirona Matsuda, and Fletcher Williams III.

Scuba Claus & Elf Dives
Through Dec. 23, 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.
S.C. Aquarium

Scuba Claus and his elves swim with the fishies in the Great Ocean tank.

28th Annual Holiday Festival of Lights
28th Annual Holiday Festival of Lights
Through Dec. 31, 5:30 p.m.
James Island County Park

For the past 27 years, more than four million people have toured the Holiday Festival of Lights, a three mile driving tour at James Island County Park. Known for its brilliant tour of lights, the park also offers other holiday themed attractions and activities including: marshmallow roasting, train rides, interactive lakeside lights, the amazing dancing light display, an enchanted walking trail, old-fashioned carousel, portable climbing wall, Santa's sweet shoppe, concessions, four gift shops, photo opportunities, and live entertainment.

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Cocoa Cup 5K
Cocoa Cup 5K
Sat., Dec. 16, 9-11 a.m.
Nexton

Whether you're tackling the 5k or the one-mile kid's fun run, you’ll enjoy getting out on Nexton’s scenic course design with 2,000 other running fanatics. The 5K racers will receive a hoodie (yes, a warm, fluffy Nike® hoodie) commemorating the annual event. Plus, a free cocoa mug and other goodies.

A Christmas Carol Starring George Younts
A Christmas Carol Starring George Younts
Sat., Dec. 16, 7-8:15 p.m. and Sun., Dec. 17, 3-4:15 p.m.
South of Broadway Theatre Company Studios

This Charles Dicken’s classic tale is performed and adapted by George Younts in a one-man show. This family-friendly bare bones and critically applauded production present Ebenezer Scrooge’s nocturnal journey into the true spirit of Christmas in one hour.

CSO's Annual Holiday Pops
CSO's Annual Holiday Pops
Sat., Dec. 16, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Gaillard Center

Join the CSO and the CSO Chorus for their annual holiday celebration! Principal Pops Conductor, Yuriy Bekker, leads this family-friendly holiday tradition that will feature “White Christmas,” “Klezmer Nutcracker,” “Ave Maria,” “12 Days of Christmas” (CSO-style), Leroy Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride” and many more sing-along favorites. The Charleston Children’s Chorus joins us, as well as special surprise appearances.

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