The Holiday Season
Through Dec. 31
All over the damn country

It’s time yet again to pull out the dusty nativity set and/or menorah, toss that John Denver album on the record player, and gear up for an entire month of holiday bombardment from all sides. Seriously though, the holidays are a great time for families, with plenty of events going on that will bring smiles to the faces of nostalgic adults and put a glimmer in the eyes of the little ones. On Fri. Dec. 1, Charleston Stage’s annual production of A Christmas Carol (Scrooge and Tiny Tim are pictured above) opens, then on Sat. Dec. 2, the City of Charleston hosts the Christmas tree lighting in Marion Square and the Holiday Parade of Boats cruises through the Charleston Harbor (complete with an oyster roast/boat-watching party at Patriots Point). Keep your eyes on the first page of the CP‘s Calendar, in the “Holiday Happenings” section, to mark down your annual “can’t miss” celebratory events. —Sara Miller


EVENT — Saving lives … but not Pepcid AC
Sixth Annual Celebrity Chili Cook-Off
Sat. Dec. 2
2-5 p.m.
Charleston Maritime Center
10 Wharfside St.
747-4849, ext. 211

Whether you like your chili five-alarm hot or with a touch of sweetness, your taste buds will be riding a roller coaster to heaven at the John Ancrum SPCA’s sixth annual Celebrity Chili Cook-Off. This year’s contestants include ABC News 4 anchor Angela May, Charleston fire chief (and previous winner) Rusty Thomas, Charleston County Council members Tim Scott and Colleen Condon, WCBD-TV’s Brad Franko and Lee Spann, and a number of local radio DJs, all of whom will have their fiery concoctions judged by local chefs Frank Lee (Slightly North of Broad), Bob Waggoner (Charleston Grill), and Ciaran Duffy (Tristan). Of course, the celeb chefs aren’t the only ones who can pass judgment on the various chilis; between bidding in the silent auction, swilling beer and wine, and chatting with other lead-mouthed locals, the public will be able to taste, too. All proceeds from the Chili Cook-Off go right back to the JASPCA, meaning that your one day of gastrointestinal enjoyment will equal longer life spans for homeless puppies and kitties in the tri-county area. Now that’s what we call good eatin’. —Sara Miller


EVENT — There ain’t nothing wrong with a little bump ‘n grind
Sat. Dec. 2
7 p.m.
$17.50, $25/reserved, $35/VIP front row
The Plex
2390 West Aviation Ave.
225-PLEX (7539)

Santa may be on his way, but this weekend it’s the Chippendale dancers that are coming to town. The entertainers, described on the official Chippendale website as “naughty fantasy colliding with the boy next door,” will be in the Holy City for one night only, moving and grooving to the delight of dozens of Lowcountry ladies. To find out more information about the dancers, see photos of the performance, or to play a hunky speed memory game, check out www.chippendales.com. Ladies can purchase tickets at www.etix.com or the at The Plex box office, but this performance is likely to sell out, so get busy. Oh, and by the way, with the purchase of one of the $35 VIP front row tickets, you can guarantee yourself the perfect dollar-stuffing position. —Christy Robertson


SPORTS/THEATRE — K-Fed not included
WWE Raw and ECW
Mon. Dec. 4
7:30 p.m.
North Charleston Coliseum
5001 Coliseum Blvd.

The testosterone-driven events that are WWE Raw and ECW crash into Charleston this Monday for a back-to-back performance featuring each of the shows’ favorite superstars. Nearly everyone has heard of WWE (World Wresting Entertainment), but ECW stands for Extreme Championship Wrestling, for those not in the know. Raw Superstars John Cena, Edge, Degeneration X, and more, as well as ECW phenomenons RVD, Big Show, Test, and others, will battle it out at center stage in an effort to achieve fame and glory in what ECW calls a “December to Dismember.” Ticket prices vary from $21-$41, so even those on a budget can enjoy an entertaining evening of carnage. —Christy Robertson