Rooftop movie night: Christmas Vacation
The Griswolds are planning the perfect family Christmas in this holiday classic, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation … but the arrival of unexpected extended family throws a wrench into the plans. Amid Cousin Eddie’s antics and a light spectacular gone awry, can they focus on the true meaning of the holidays? Check in at The Mercantile on Wentworth Street after 6 p.m. Admission includes your seat and a choice of popcorn or your favorite movie candy.
Dec. 16. 7 p.m. $15/person. The Restoration Hotel. 79 Wentworth St. Downtown. therestorationhotel.com
A Christmas Carol reading
Charles Dickens edited his book, A Christmas Carol, into a public-reading format and performed the adapted version himself to sold-out houses in both Europe and America. Now, Traveling Literary Theater brings the same edited version, read by English stage actor, James Dyne, as he takes on the role of “a squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous old sinner!” Set in the picturesque Circular Congregational Church, take your pick of afternoon or evening recitations.
Dec. 18. 3 and 7 p.m. $20/ticket; $15/senior, military, student discount. Circular Congregational Church. 150 Meeting St. Downtown. travelingliterarytheater.com
The best way to spread Christmas cheer may be singing loud for all to hear, but the second best way may just be a rousing game of trivia at your favorite brewery. Tables are first-come first-serve at this week’s trivia, so grab a team of elves and compete for cash prizes. First place gets $100, second place gets $50 and third place gets $25.
Dec. 15. 8 p.m. Free to attend. Fam’s Brewing Co. 1291 Folly Road. James Island.
A Charlie Brown Christmas
The classic animated TV special comes to life in Charleston with this faithful stage adaptation, presented by FAME Performing Arts and its student cast. Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the rest of the Peanuts crew discover the true meaning of Christmas in this timeless story. Tickets are available for purchase online.
Dec. 17, 6-7 p.m.; Dec. 18, 2 p.m. $10/ticket. Encore Music Hall. 757 Long Point Road, Ste. D. Mount Pleasant. fameperformingarts.org
Baker and Brewer Holiday Warm-Up
Downtown’s Baker and Brewer will be celebrating the festive time of year with their second annual Holiday Warm-Up. This seasonal event will include live music from local musicians including Hot Club of Charleston, Mike Martin and The Beautiful Mess, The V-Tones and Dallas Baker & Friends. There will also, of course, be pizza up for grabs, holiday treats and warm drinks.
Dec. 19. 1-7 p.m. Free to attend. Baker and Brewer. 94 Stuart St. Downtown. bakerandbrewer.com