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City of Walterboro to “Rock in the Holidays”

The City of Walterboro plans to “Rock in the Holidays” and invites everyone to participate and enjoy the season with them. Although “Rock in the Holidays” is not a new event for the city, it has been adding events and changing up the schedule to keep the week-long celebration exciting and inclusive for everyone. This year, the festivities will begin on December 1, 2019, and run through December 8, 2019, giving everyone a week-long of events to pencil on to their calendars.
It all begins with the Charleston Jazz Orchestra when they come to perform at the Colleton Civic Center. This event will kick off the Holiday season on December 1 in the historic Hampton Street Auditorium located at 494 Hampton Street. The Charleston Jazz Orchestra will present Holiday Swing for the first time in Walterboro! Maestro Robert Lewis and their 18-piece big band will swing you into the holiday spirit with big band arrangements of holiday favorites. Add a little jazz to your holiday cheer with this popular Charleston Jazz tradition! The event is set to begin at 5 pm. Tickets will run $30- $35 and are for sale in advance at www.charlestonjazz.com and will also be available at the door.
The Colleton Museum will be hosting Holiday Movie Nights on December 2- December 5 from 6 pm- 7:30 pm. This event will be taking place at 506 East Washington Street. The movies will appear in the following order: Monday- Jack Frost (1979), Tuesday- Scrooge (1935), Wednesday- Babes in Toyland (1934), and Thursday Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (1964). All nights are free, but you will need to bring your blankets, chairs, snacks, and coolers.
December 5th will be a big event night as the City Christmas tree lighting will begin at 5:30 pm. This event will take place at City Hall, located at 242 Hampton Street. It is always a wonderful time with community members as folks come to watch as the tree is turned on for the Christmas season. Special music will be presented that is sure to get you in the Christmas spirit. Christmas ornaments will be hung in memory of those we still hold close to our hearts. Once the tree lighting is over, folks can take their spot along the parade route as the annual Christmas Parade will begin at 6:30. Leading this year’s parade will be Betty Hudson, clerk to City Council. Hudson has served for 25 years in her role with the city and will be joined by her daughter and grandchildren for her special appearance. Shops on East Washington Street will also be open during the parade as this will also be the First Thursday.
December 7th will be a busy Saturday as there are multiple events. The Farmers Market, located at 506 East Washington Street, will be hosting a Holiday Festival. Starting at 9 am and running until 2 pm, the family-friendly event will offer live Christmas music, a holiday market, Santa Claus, kids crafts, and cookie decorating. The event is free and open to the public. The SC Artisans Center will also be hosting an open house and art show at 318 Wichman Street. This event will run from 10 am – 4 pm. A variety of South Carolina Artisan Center artists will be onsite for event-goers to meet, and refreshments will be served. Also on Saturday, the Colleton County Arts Council will hold the Polar Express on their campus at 334 Wichman Street. Free for children ages 3-8. There are reading times set up at 10 am, 11:15 am, and 12:15 pm. Children are encouraged to wear their PJ’s while they enjoy the famous Christmas story. They will also enjoy a snack and a Christmas craft. Please call to reserve a space for your child at 843-549-1922.
Wrapping up the Holiday events will be the Annual Holiday Tour of Homes. This year’s tour is going to be a little different as the Colleton County Historical and Preservation Society has set up a group of homes in Forest Hills. The event will run from 1 pm until 4 pm. Tickets are $30 for members of the society and $35 for non-members and can be purchased online at www.cchaps.com or check-in at 318 Lynwood on the day of the event. Tickets are limited, so advanced tickets are highly encouraged.
As you can see, Walterboro plans on “Rocking in the Holidays” with something for everyone! It is sure to be a great time, so come on out and help spread some Christmas cheer!

Christie Slocum (576 Posts)