We thought we’d be having a quiet weekend, what with all the holiday parties, events, Santa sightings, etc. starting up in earnest next week, but apparently that’s not the case. It seems the holidays can start before Thanksgiving nowadays, judging by options like Holiday Art in the Evening, the Holiday Festival of Lights, the Goose Creek Holiday Expo, and the Towne Center Tree Lighting Ceremony. If all the Christmas lights get you musing about global warming, learn what the holidays were like minus electricity at the Nathaniel Russell or William Aiken House museums.

Listen to some music and check out some art in old prison cells at Jail Break 4. Benjamin Hollingsworth, Alistair Nicol, and Daniel Diehl are hosting art openings. Feeling dramatic? Check out Good People at PURE, Hearts Full of Blood at Threshold, or Orphans at Charleston Acting Studio.

Hope you weren’t exhausted by YALLFest, because bookworms have another lit-filled weekend with book signings by Nathalie Dupree and Cynthia Graubert and Louisa Cameron, plus a meeting of the Jane Austen Society of North America and a full day of storytelling at the Tellabration.

Find fossils on the Shark Tooth and Fossil tour. See birds of prey up close and personal (as in flying right above your head) at the Wild at Wingswood Family Picnic. Fulfill your lifelong dream of paddling on Colonial Lake at the Oyster Point Runoff.

Virginia College is thanking veterans for their service with $4 haircuts. We trust they won’t actually look like a $4 haircut. And in the spirit of giving, round out your weekend by giving blood at the Red Cross Clemson vs. Carolina Blood Battle, which isn’t nearly as gross as it sounds.

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