We’ve entered the season of holiday happenings and Santa sightings. Whether the thought of Christmas music makes you grin from ear to ear or quake in your boots, these events to keep you far from hearing any sound of Jingle Bells if you’re not ready quite yet.

Friday. Eat, drink, and be merry at James Island County Park’s Shuckin’ for a Cause When you’ve eaten your fill of oysters, hop in the car for the the three-mile drive around the Holiday Festival of Lights (your ticket to the festival is included). And it’s not just miles of lights — there are also holiday attractions like a marshmallow roast, train and carousel rides, an Enchanted Forest walking trail, and the chance to get your photo with the one-and-only Santa.

To continue the Holiday festivities, you can get a jump start on Christmas gift shopping at the Lowcountry Holiday Market which lasts all weekend.

For a few laughs, head to the 7th Annual Improv-A-Thon or take in the screening of  L’Amour dure trois ans (Love Lasts Three Years), a French film making fun of romance. Channel your inner Bond or Bond girl at Cinebarre’s black tie premiere of Skyfall.

Saturday. Get a huge dose of the holidays at the Elfstravaganza, where kids can write letter to Santa, decorate cookies and ornaments, and get their pictures taken with an elf.

Pick up some new art at Redux’s annual art auction. For something a bit more raucous, check out the Lowcountry Hoedown. They’re all about the bluegrass, moonshine, and bourbon tastings. If you’ve got kids in tow, hoedown at the Rockin’ Roast instead.

Bookworms will be jumping for joy at YALLFest, which is bringing more than 40 authors together for tons of talks and book signings all day. Almost everything is free. And if you’ve got $6 to spare, make sure you catch the YA Smackdown, which is sure to get silly.

Find a new friend during the Charleston Animal Society’s Dog Days Downtown.

Sunday. It’s time yet again for another Second Sunday on King Street. Dog Days Downtown will be here too, with pups in several stores.

Go upscale with fancy hats and champagne or lowbrow with beer and baseball caps at the social event of the season, The Charleston Cup. The horses won’t care what you’re wearing.

Cure the post-YALLFest blues at the Friends of the Library Cart Sale, where you can buy books for as little at fifty cents.

And if you’re up for an adventure, get knee deep in water and trail the uneven dirt paths to Lighthouse Island’s 1800s-era lighthouse on the Fall Lighthouse Tour.