Since it’ll actually be December tomorrow, we’re finally feeling ok with seeing signs of the holidays everywhere we go. The shopping, though … we don’t know if we’re ready yet. If you thought last weekend was heavy on the shopping, you ain’t seen nothing yet. There are enough special shopping events in the next two days to get you through your Christmas gifts for both this year and next.

The holiday season officially kicks off Saturday with the Marion Square Tree Lighting, the Holiday Boat Parade, and the North Charleston Holiday Festival and Parade. Then on Sunday, keep the holiday spirit and hot chocolate flowing at the Charleston Christmas Parade (this one’s on land, not water). Moncks Corner holds their tree lighting and Christmas Parade Sunday, too.

Find unique gifts at Christmas Made in the South, the Avondale Holiday MarketFest, the Holly Days Arts and Crafts Market, the Holiday Maker’s Market, Clay Cottage’s Artisan Market, or the special Christmas Shopping in Summerville. Shop for a cause at Shopping with Friends, which starts Friday with a kick-off party and continues all day Saturday. Got some record-lovers on your list? Stop by Vinyl Saturday at Monster Movies and Music.

Take the kids and the pets to see Santa at Mt. Pleasant Towne Center.

Get your oyster roastin’ on at Shem Creek or Wing Time.

See who will take home the title of Charleston’s funniest stand up at the Stand Up Competition Finals. Welcome CofC’s Lee-Chin Siow back to the stage at the Charleston Music Fest — she’s performing on the violin for the first time since a car accident nearly ended her career.

And there’s plenty of theater this weekend, with shows like A Tuna Christmas, Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, and A Very Merry Medieval Holiday Show.

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