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York Christmas Parade, 4:30 p.m. Dec. 5. Starts at California and South Congress streets and ends at North Congress, Blackburn and Kings Mountain streets.
Anniversary tree planting, 4 p.m. Dec. 7, New Centre Park, Clover. In observance of Arbor Day, the town will be planting a special tree at its new park.
“Unwanted Winter Invaders,” 11 a.m. Dec. 7, Learning Center, 835 Edgemont Ave., Rock Hill. Paul Thompson, Clemson Extension Service agent, will describe common pests and recommend steps to take to protect your yard and home. The free educational program is part of the First Friday in the Garden, a public service of the Master Gardeners of York County, Clemson Extension Service and the Rock Hill Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department.
Animal Adoption League’s annual Love Lights Luminarias, 5-8 p.m. Dec. 8, at the pond in front of the Lakeview Acres Neighborhood on Celanese Road, Rock Hill. Light a luminaria in honor or in memory of a special person or pet for a donation of $4 per luminaria. Upon request an acknowledgement card will be sent for an additional $1 per luminaria. Rain date is Dec. 9. 803-985-3865; email@example.com
Tour of homes
30th annual York Holiday Tour of Historic Homes and Buildings, 4-8 p.m. Dec. 8 and 3-7 p.m. Dec. 9, presented by The Yorkville Historical Society. Six historic homes and two local businesses will be decorated for the holidays and open for viewing. Refreshments will be served at the Greater York Chamber of Commerce. More special events may be scheduled, including a visit from Santa. Tickets: $10, available at the chamber, 23 E. Liberty St.; Men’s Shop, 49 N. Congress St.; or homes on the days of the tour. 803-230-4811
Holiday Photography, 5-7:30 p.m. Dec. 8, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. Instructed by Dave Kelly, DEK Photography, learn how to improve the quality of photos taken at night, then practice in the garden while it’s lit by 500,000 lights during Holidays at the Garden. Cost: $50 for garden members, $60 for non-members. 704-829-1252; DSBG.org
The North Carolina Baroque Orchestra’s “A Baroque Musicale,” 2:30 p.m. Dec. 8, McCelvey Center, 212 E. Jefferson St., York. Features wintry favorites from the 17th and 18th centuries. Tickets: $5 at the door and in advance from the Greater York Chamber of Commerce and The Men’s Shop. 803-684-9022.
Candlelight tour, 3-8 p.m. Dec. 8 and Dec. 15, Historic Brattonsville. Experience a Southern-style Christmas in the Carolina backcountry. Visitors can meet the new settlers, plantation owners and enslaved African-Americans as they bring to life the holiday seasons of the 18th and 19th centuries. Admission: $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $5 for youths ages 4 to 17.
Fun with Santa
Santa’s Workshop, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Dec. 8 and Dec. 15, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. Santa’s Workshop allows lucky little ones to spend time with the jolly old elf. Activities will include a sing-along, story time and a ride on the Garden Express tram. Garden elves will be on hand to help children create a special gift for someone on their list, decorate cookies and more. A professional photographer will be available to take pictures for an additional fee. Cost: $20 for garden members, $25 for non-members. Reservations required. 704-829-1252
Victory Farm open house, Dec. 8, Gaston County, near Lake Wylie. Come see what the therapeutic riding center is about. Learn bout becoming a sponsor for children or horses, becoming a volunteer, or how to donate. Call program director Dory Pell for directions at 704-241-2270.
York County Choral Society concert, 4 p.m. Dec. 9, Byrnes Auditorium, Winthrop University, Rock Hill. Under the direction of Dr. Katherine Kinsey as conductor and artistic director, “In Dulci Jubilo: A Mosaic of Choral Masterworks and Contemporary Classics to Celebrate the Holiday Season” will feature the YCCS chorus and Chamber Singers. Accompanists, who will also perform solos during the program, include Dr. Shirley Fishburne on the famed Byrnes Auditorium organ, the Rock Hill Community Handbell Choir, and a brass quintet. Free parking. Tickets: $20 adults, $10 seniors age 65 and older, $5 students. Tickets sold at the auditorium starting at 3:30 p.m. Dec. 9 and in advance at http://yorkcountychoralsociety.org/yccs_tickets.html.
Old Timey Christmas, 2-4 p.m. Dec. 9, Belmont Historical Society, 40 Catawba St., Belmont. There will be music, refreshments and a visit from Santa. 704-825-4848
Holiday Tea, 1-2:15 p.m. and 2:45-4 p.m. Dec. 9 and Dec. 16, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. Break from the stress of the holiday season with a traditional English tea. Cost: $22 for garden members, $25 for non-members. Reservations required. 704-829-1252
Lake Wylie Breast Cancer Support Group meets for a Christmas party, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 10, at the home of Sue McCauley. Reservations required by Dec. 4. Sign up for a side dish or dessert. 803-831-1305
Holidays at the Garden, through Dec. 31, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. Lights on at 5 p.m. nightly. The Four Seasons Lawn will showcase a 30-foot-tall Norway spruce. Admission: $12 for adults, $11 for seniors 60 and older, and $6 for children 4-12. DSBG.org