Holiday Pops! Yuriy Claus and the Charleston Symphony Orchestra elves are hard at work preparing the merriest Holiday Pops performance yet hosted by the Gaillard Center. All your favorites, like “Sleigh Ride,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and some surprise special guests can be expected.
Dec. 18, 7:30-9 p.m.; Dec. 19, 12-1:30 p.m. and 7:30-9 p.m. $25-114 pending ticket selection. Gaillard Center. 95 Calhoun Street. Downtown. charlestonsymphony.org
Christmas Double Feature Drive In: Tradesmen Brewing Company is hosting a Christmas Double Feature with back-to-back classics The Polar Express and Elf. Santa will be visiting from the North Pole along with friends from the local Fire Department, and local food trucks. During the film, visitors can take the opportunity to get in some last-minute holiday shopping with local vendors. All proceeds go directly to Charleston’s Habitat for Humanity.
Dec. 18. 4 p.m. $60/per car, up to 6 passengers. Tradesmen Brewing Company. 1647 King Street Ext. North Charleston. tradesmanbrewing.com
Grand Illumination Dinner: Take a trip through time to Christmas 1782 with actors in period dress celebrating Arthur Middleton from Philadelphia, the end of the Revolutionary War in the South and the departure of British troops from Charleston. Feast on early American cuisine with a chef-and-attendant served buffet.
Dec. 17-Dec. 19. 6-8 p.m. $25-69, pending menu selection. Middleton Place. 4300 Ashley River Road. West Ashley. middletonplace.org
Reindeer Walk & Children’s Holiday Fest: Begin a reindeer walk in the Conservatory where you’ll find your first reindeer, and then, head out into the gardens in search of the rest of Santa’s runaway reindeer. Each one will have a fun activity waiting for guests. Finally, finish up in the Holiday Village with Santa and enjoy festivities galore, like candy cane stilt walkers, juggling elves, balloon twisting and more.
Dec. 19. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free with general admission; $20/adult, $10/child, free under 5. Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. 3550 Ashley River Road.
West Ashley. magnoliaplantation.com
Ugly Sweater and Christmas Trivia: Mex 1 Cantina is hosting back-to-back Ugly Sweater/Christmas-themed trivia Thursday. Grab your crew and come dressed for a chance to win some sweet prizes. Then, get ready for a fun holiday-themed trivia covering your favorite movies from A Christmas Story and Elf to Die Hard. Just don’t forget to grab a glass of tequila while you’re there.
Dec. 17. 7 p.m. Free to attend. Mex 1 Coastal Cantina. 2205 Middle Street. Sullivan’s Island. mex1coastalcantina.com