Freeloaders: Joy to the Free 

The week’s best freebies Dec. 15-21

Sometimes we  get carried away with the holiday spirit. After watching Love Actually, we speak in a horrible, fake British accent for about two weeks. By mid-December, we start throwing gelt at the neighborhood kinds. And if we start to feel all bah humbug-y we just start singing "Christmas Wrapping" by The Waitresses. Somehow their Grinch-iness makes our winter blues dissipate. But despite all our holiday cheer, we have to watch our funds. So here's our gift to you: a week of free events.

Monday Do some local shopping at the Smith Street Pop-up Shop.

The Sparrow is spreading some cheer with free comedy.

Karaoke your way into the week at Big Gun Burger Shop.

Tuesday In case you missed the memo, Santa is coming. So go ahead and stock up on the four major food groups — candy, candy canes, candy corns, and syrup — before the showing of Elf at the Johns Island Library.

Once you're all hopped up on sugar, get some of your energy out by laughing at Joe Pasta's open mic comedy night.

Or dance it off to the sounds of singer-songwriter Regina Ferguson.

Wednesday Take some time for yourself this hump day with some guided meditation.

Check out Redux Contemporary Art Center's newest exhibit, which opened last week.

Thursday  Some of the shops on King Street will be hosting a shopping event geared toward men on Thursday.

Get your picture taken with Santa when he visits The Darby Building.

Palmetto Brewing Co. kicks off a new lecture series about design, which will pair nicely with one of their suds (not free).

Friday We know it's not technically free — but if you have an unwrapped, new toy laying around it is — but the bars South of Calhoun will have its third annual block party.

On the other side of Calhoun, it's the Upper King Street Shop and Stroll.

You've got two chances for some free laughs: at Theatre 99's Blast Off? and at Frothy Beard's comedy night.

Saturday Living in Charleston, we really can only dream of a white Christmas, but thanks to the Park Circle Film Society we can sing-along to the Bing Cosby classic, White Christmas. Maybe collectively, our singing and dreaming will make it snow in the Lowcountry?

Feeling stressed with everything you have to do before the holidays? Be like Elsa and "Let it Go" — and take your kids to the Frozen Winter Wonderland event, It'll be like Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanza came early. 

Shop local goods at the third Saturday craft fair.

Let the ukulele sounds of The V-Tones get you in the holiday spirit.

Sunday Oysters and a farmers market is pretty much a dream come true. And thanks to the James Island Sunday Brunch Farmers Market, it's actually a reality.


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