Celtic legends The Boys of the Lough perform, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4, McGlohon Theatre at Spirit Square, Charlotte. Seldom-heard traditional and folk music for the holidays from Ireland, the Shetland Islands and England. Tickets: $24. 704-372-1000, ncbpac.org
TEGA CAY TREE LIGHTING
City of Tega Cay Christmas Tree lighting, 6 p.m. Dec. 4, Philip T. Glennon Community Center, 1 Molkai Drive, Tega Cay. 803-548-3512, tegacaysc.org
York County Chapter Bloodmobile Drive, 2-6:30 p.m. Dec. 4, YMCA Camp Thunderbird, 1 Thunderbird Lane, Lake Wylie.
'A CHRISTMAS CAROL'
Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," 7 p.m. Dec. 4-7, with additional performances at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 6-7. In this version, we encounter a company of travelling players about to enact the Dickens story. After we meet this rag-tag acting troupe, they create a magical world of make-believe, creating fog, snow and ghosts through mime, imagination, visual effects and costumes. The clever players quickly pull us into the life of Ebenezer Scrooge, and the Christmas Spirits warm his heart. Tickets: $20 adults, $15 seniors, $10 students and children. 704-372-1000; carolinatix.org
Tega Cay Arbor Day celebration, 1 p.m. Dec. 5, Trail Head Park. A tree will be planted in honor of Rachel Lutz. Jason Doetscher, youth pastor at Lakeshore Christian Fellowship, will conduct the ceremony. 803-802-8727; 803-548-4113
Fall One-Act Play Festival, 5 p.m. Dec. 5, 2 and 5 p.m. Dec. 6, and 3 p.m. Dec. 7, Johnson Studio Theatre, Winthrop University Department of Theatre and Dance, Rock Hill. The festival spotlights six plays directed by advanced theater students, and the pieces range in genre from drama to comedy. Each piece features student lighting design, and all plays are recommended for mature audiences due to adult situations. Tickets: $8 with Winthrop I.D.; $15 for the general public. Seating is limited. 803-323-4104
Ballroom Dance Club Holiday Dance, 8-11 p.m. Dec. 5, Fort Mill Golf Club's Oak room, 101 Country Club Drive, Fort Mill. Music by the band Just Us. Dress is semi-formal. Members are asked to bring finger foods; non-alcoholic beverages provided. Visitors are welcome including beginner or experienced dancers. Admission: $20 a couple. 803-366-9805
Christmas Craft Fair , 5-8 p.m. Dec. 5-6 and 10 a.m.- 7 p.m. Dec. 7, Morning Star Ministries, 375 Star Light Drive, Fort Mill (through Regent Park off Carowinds Boulevard). There will be Christmas decorations, crafts, accessories, and gift items, as well as food, games and entertainment. email@example.com
Arts Talk Luncheon: Vernon Grant, noon-1:30 p.m. Dec. 5, by Linda Williams, Center for the Arts, 121 E. Main St., Rock Hill. Cost: $12, includes lunch of entrée, drink and dessert. Reservations and payment required by Dec. 3. Presentation only at 12:45 p.m. is free. 803-328-2787
MAKE A CENTERPIECE
Holiday Centerpieces Workshop, 4-5 p.m. Dec. 5, instructed by Barbara Carswell, Center for the Arts, 121 E. Main St., Rock Hill. Workshop fee: $35 includes all supplies. Must register and pay in advance. 803-328-2787
MEET FATHER CHRISTMAS
Pancake breakfast with Father Christmas, Dec. 6, Camp Thunderbird, hosted by River Hills Lions. Breakfast includes a picture with Father Christmas and a pony ride. Cost: $7 per child and $5 per adult. Tickets and reservations available. 803-631-3543; 803-831-2742
MAKE A SANTA
Olde World Santa Workshop, 10 a.m.-noon Dec. 6, instructed by Jessica Calloway, Center for the Arts, 121 E. Main St., Rock Hill. Workshop fee: $25 includes wooden stand and Santa head. Must register and pay in advance. 803-328-2787
Tega Cay Lions Club annual Poinsettia Sale, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 6, Lake Wylie Lutheran Church. S.C. 160 W., Fort Mill. Cost: $10 for 6 1/2-inch plants or $15 for 8 inch, available in red, white or pink. Proceeds go to support local organizations such as Fort Mill Care Center, Hospice of York County, Pilgrim's Inn of Rock Hill and Storm Eye Institute. Poinsettias also will be available at the Tega Cay Christmas Bazaar from noon to 8 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Glennon Community Center, 1 Molokai Drive. 803-548-3559
Lake Wylie Elementary School's 11th annual Winter Parade, 11 a.m. Dec. 6, Erwin Road to Moss Road, Charlotte. Event begins at the school and proceeds to Good Shepherd United Methodist Church. Postal workers will collect letters for Santa. 980-343-3680
Historic Brattonsville's Christmas Candlelight Tours, 3-9 p.m. Dec. 6-7, 1444 Brattonsville Road, McConnells. Costumed interpreters will depict holiday life, from the practices of the settlers in the 18th century to those living on antebellum plantations, in family-friendly theatrical scenarios. Advance tickets are available for purchase 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 5-6 at Earth Fare, 725 Cherry Road, Rock Hill. Admission: adult $12; senior $10; youth ages 4-17 $5; 3 and younger free; CHM members receive $2 discount. 803-684-2327; chmuseums.org
The Clover Optimist Club Pork Barbecue, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 6, next to Killians Service Center. Cost: $7, pork plates include barbecue, buns, slaw, chips and cookie. Sandwich with chips cost $3. Drinks cost $1. Proceeds of a $1 from each ticket sold go to Lee Killian's Medical Fund. 803-322-0177
AT THE SHELTER
Christmas at the Shelter, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 6, York County Animal Shelter, 713 Justice Blvd., York. Get pet photos with Santa, as well as low-cost spay and neuter information and enter a gift basket raffle. 803-628-3190
River Hills Newcomers Holiday Party, 7 p.m. Dec. 6, hosted by Larry and Mary Kelley, 48 Heritage Drive. Bring a dish to share with 10 people. Cost: $5 for couples, $3 individuals. 803-831-9090
Pancakes with Santa, 8:30 -10 a.m. Dec. 6, Grace Lutheran Church, 426 Oakland Ave., Rock Hill. Tickets: $5 in advance or $6 at the door, include three pancakes, two sausage links, coffee and juice. Tickets are available at the Habitat office, 1034 Charlotte Ave., Habitat ReStore, 825 N. Anderson Road, or Grace Lutheran Church. 803-328-1728
Rock Hill Community Theatre auditions for the musical "I do, I do," 6-9 p.m. Dec. 7 and 6-8 p.m. Dec. 8, First Presbyterian Church, 240 E. Black St., Rock Hill. Needed: one woman and one man who can play various ages ranges. Prepared monologue is helpful, but you will be asked to read from the script. Bring song and sheet music; accompanist will be provided. Written by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt of "The Fantastiks." Directed by Elaine Roberts and music under the direction of Janet Hendly. rockhilltheatre.org
Fort Mill Community Theatre auditions for Tom Jones' and Harvey Schmidt's musical "The Fantasticks," 7 p.m. Dec. 7-8, Fort Mill Community Theatre, 615 Banks St., Fort Mill. Callbacks scheduled 7 p.m. Dec. 11. Roles available for one female (ages 16-30), six males (ages 17- 70), and one mute role (any age, any gender). Directed by Jack Stevenson and musical director is Caroline Firczak. Show dates: Feb. 19-22 and Feb. 26- 28. Prepare 16 to 32 bars of a song in a musical theatre style; no a cappella singing allowed. An accompanist will be provided. You may be asked to read from the script. Bring info on potential conflicts between Dec. 29 and Feb. 28. 803-548-8102; JStevenson328@gamil.com; fortmillplayhouse.org
York County Chapter Bloodmobile Drive, 1:30-6 p.m. Dec. 10, Fort Mill Ford, 801 Gold Hill Road, Fort Mill.
The 2008 Charlotte Magazine Dream Home at Chapel Cove, open through Dec. 14, 11404 Scarlet Tanager Drive, Charlotte. Tickets: $15, benefit Susan G. Komen Foundation Charlotte Affiliate. Tour times: noon-8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturdays and noon-6 p.m. Sundays. 704-335-7181
Vernon Grant Santas exhibition, open through Dec. 31, Dalton Gallery, Center for the Arts, 121 E. Main St., Rock Hill. 803-328-2787
"The Real Christmas Story" through December, NarroWay Productions, 3346 Hwy. 21, Fort Mill. 803-802-2300, narroway.net
"Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa: The IMAX Experience," a Paramount Pictures production, through Dec. 11, Charlotte Observer IMAX Dome Theatre at Discovery Place, 301 N. Tryon St., Charlotte. Tickets: $11 for ages 14-59, $9 for ages 2-13 and 60 and older, free for children younger than 2. Rated PG for some mild crude humor. 800-935-0553; discoveryplace.org
Annual Winthrop Silent Art Auction, through Dec. 6, presented by Gallery Up, The Gettys Art Center, 201 E. Main St., Rock Hill. Features photography, paintings, printmaking, jewelry and sculptures by students, faculty and alumni. Artist reception will be held 6-9:30 p.m. Dec. 6. Minimum bids start at $5.