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Monday, December 01, 2008


Schedule of Events

December 1

Swan Lake Fantasy of Lights
Opening ceremonies 6 p.m.
Holiday cheer arrives in Sumter with the opening of the annual Swan Lake Fantasy of Lights.
For the entire month, the gardens come alive with a display of twinkling holiday imagery created by more than one million lights. The Pilot Club’s floating Christmas tree is an annual favorite, along with Santa, angels and characters of song and story. Drive-through light displays open nightly through December 31 from dusk until 10 p.m.

December 4 and December 6

“The Nutcracker”
Both performances 7:30 p.m.
Patriot Hall hosts the beloved story of Clara and the Prince

Performed by the Columbia City Ballet.

Tickets and pricing information: (803) 436-2260.

December 4-7 and December11-14

“A Christmas Story”
Come and follow Ralphie Parker in his quest to convince his mother, teacher, and Santa Claus himself that he needs a genuine Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas. This play has an SLT twist on all of the wonderful moments from the classic motion picture.
Sponsored by the Sumter YMCA; directed by Carmela Bryan and Michael Duffy.
Adult admission $10; student, senior and military discount available.
(803) 775-2150.


Circle of Lights
6 p.m.
The Circle of Lights, part of the Tuomey Foundation’s annual Festival of Trees celebration, is sponsored by the families and friends of those who have benefited from Tuomey Healthcare System’s Hospice Services. The 20-foot Circle of Lights Tree is in their honor. The Festival of Trees will continue throughout the month.
For more information, please call (803) 774-9014.

December 5

Sumter County Christmas Tree Lighting
4:30 p.m.
Join the citizens of Sumter on the courthouse lawn as Sumter County’s spectacular community Christmas tree blazes into life.
Live entertainment immediately followed by “A Walk with St. Nick.”


A Walk with St. Nick
Immediately following the Sumter County Christmas Tree Lighting
6 p.m.
The Sumter County Recreation Department hosts the annual stroll with Saint Nicholas, followed by refreshments and storytelling.
For children of all ages!
For more information, please call (803) 436-2248.


The Singing Christmas Tree
7:30 p.m.
First Baptist Church presents some of the community’s most talented singers in this dramatic re-telling of the Christmas story.
Performances through December 8, with Saturday and Sunday matinees at 4:30 p.m.
For more information, please call (803) 773-3732.


December 6
Breakfast with Santa
10 a.m.-Noon
Share “the most important meal of the day” with Santa Claus at this favorite annual event!
All ages welcome.
Admission: $5 adults, $3 children under 12.
For more information: (803) 436-2248.


Holiday House Tour
A Sumter tradition for more than 50 years!
Hosted by the Sumter Council of Garden Clubs.
1-7 p.m., with a tea at the Alice Boyle Garden Center from 3-5 p.m.
Admission: $10.
For more information: (803) 316-2023.


Friday and Saturday nights through December 20
Santa’s Village
Share your wishes with Santa on Fridays and Saturdays from December 6 through December 20! “Santa’s Village” at the North Pole (located at the end of the Fantasy of Lights drive-through) Features visits from Santa, refreshments for sale and live entertainment from 6 to 8p.m. “Santa’s Express” dropoff for letters to Santa open daily! FREE


December 7

Evening Optimist Club Christmas Parade
2 p.m.
Holiday cheer parades down Sumter’s Main Street in an array of song, dance, floats and more!
(803) 983-3916.


Festival of Choirs
4 p.m.
Join more than a dozen talented vocal ensembles from throughout the community at Grace Baptist Church for an unforgettable evening of carols, anthems and more!
(803) 778-6417.


December 11
Sumter Community Concert Band
7:00 p.m.
Patriot Hall presents the Sumter Community Concert Band’s holiday concert
Featuring a mix of popular and traditional Christmas favorites
. For more information, call (803) 499-9210.


December 12
“The Answer”
Alice Drive Baptist Church presents “The Answer”, a dramatization of events in the life of Christ, interwoven with modern man’s search for meaning in this powerful presentation.
Performances through December 14.
(803) 905-5200.

Through December 14
The Living Christmas Story
A trip back in time as Trinity United Methodist Church recreates 1st-century Bethlehem on the night Jesus Christ was born..
For more information:
(803) 773-9393.


December 13
Carolina Backcountry Christmas
2-4 p.m.
Chestnuts roasting on an open fire...the sound of music in the air... spiced cider and loads of delicious goodies! Enjoy the sights and sounds of an old-fashioned Christmas celebration at the Sumter County Museum.
For more information: (803) 775-0908.


An Old-Fashioned Christmas
Food, live entertainment, a gingerbread house contest and more as the city celebrates a white Christmas on Main Street! Travel back in time with this costume-themed event.
(803) 436-2640.


December 14
Sumter Civic Chorale Christmas Concert
3 p.m.
The Sumter Civic Chorale brings in the holiday season with its annual program of Christmas favorites at Patriot Hall.
(803) 436-2260.


For more information on Poinsettia Festival events, please call the Sumter Convention & Visitors Bureau at 1-800-688-4748. All dates and events subject to change or cancellation.

If your organization hosts a holiday-themed event in December and would like to be part of the 2009 Poinsettia Festival, please contact the Swan Lake Visitors Center by October 31, 2009: 1-800-688-4748 or (803) 436-2640. E-mail:

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