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Greenville-area holiday events light up the weekend

A number of seasonal events fill the weekend to keep families busy and festive.

Chicora Voices, The Children’s Choir of Greenville, will present its 2015 Holiday Concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Augusta Heights Baptist Church in Greenville. Admission is $20, and free to students and teachers. The children ages 7-18 are divided into age/gender appropriate choirs and perform classical style seasonal favorites along with songs from multicultural ages and in various languages.

Bob Jones University invites the community to celebrate the holiday season at its annual Christmas Carol Sing and Lighting Ceremony at the center of campus at 6:30 p.m. Friday. Following the ceremony, the school will present a Christmas Living Gallery at 8 p.m. in Rodeheaver Auditorium. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for children ages 6-12. Tickets may be purchased at the BJU Programs and Production box office or by calling 864-770-1372 from noon to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday or online through Scavenger Hunt for kids (ages 5-12) will also be available through Dec. 16 at the Museum & Gallery at Bob Jones University. This self-paced activity highlights various paintings and objects around the world related to the Christmas story. Prizes are available at the completion of each scavenger hunt in the M&G Gift Shop. For details, visit visit

A Journey to Bethlehem, presented by GFN Church in Greenville 5:30-8:30 p.m. Dec. 5-6, offers families a chance to experience a living nativity scene and the town of Bethlehem in a unique experience. Explore a marketplace full of Roman soldiers, townspeople and Jewish dancers. Watch as Mary and Joseph search for a place to rest and welcome their new child into the world. The event is free and open to the community.  The church is located at 1201 Haywood Road. For details, visit

The 2015 Poinsettia Christmas Parade is scheduled for 6-7:30 p.m. Saturday in Greenville. The parade route will stretch along Main Street starting where it intersects Augusta Street and ending at North Street. This year’s parade will feature almost 90 floats. For details, visit

The city of Mauldin will celebrate the holidays with Christmas events Dec. 4-5, starting with its annual tree lighting at 6 p.m. Friday at the Mauldin Cultural Center. The free event will feature a choir singing holiday songs, hot chocolate and refreshments. Breakfast with Santa will follow at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Mauldin Senior Center. To purchase tickets, call 864-297-1323. Finally, families can gather for the city’s annual Christmas parade at 2 p.m. Saturday along East Butler Road. The parade will start at Mauldin High School and travel toward the Mauldin Cultural center.

To celebrate the first night of Hanukkah, the community is invited to light a giant menorah Sunday in Greenville. Chabad’s Chanukah on Main Menorah Lighting will be held at 4:30 p.m. Dec. 6 at NOMA Square in Greenville. The event includes music, hot doughnuts, apple cider, cotton candy, hot chocolate and more. A magician will be on hand to entertain children, a children’s choir will perform and face painting will be offered. Admission is free, and all ages are welcome. For more details, visit

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Greenville Animal Care, located at 328 Furman Hall Road in Greenville, will host a Santa Paws Workshop 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12. Visitors can enjoy arts, crafts and baked goods. The family-friendly event will collect proceeds to benefit the shelter’s animals. Children and their pets can take photos with Santa, make their own ornaments, and make stockings for their pets. The event is free, but items and photos will cost a small fee. For details, visit

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