MANNING - You don't have to leave Clarendon County to celebrate the holidays.
On Saturday, head over to Barrineau for the annual Barrineau Christmas Parade which kicks off at 11 a.m. The folks at Barrineau Pentecostal Holiness Church have been hosting the annual parade for years, and they really know how to bring in the big crowds. The proceeds are donated to the church's missions program. Mr. and Mrs. Claus visit from the North Pole. Dozens of floats, trucks, cars and the occasional golf cart are festooned in garland and lights, and don't forget the bands and warmly dressed beauty pageant winners. The folks from the church haven't forgotten the food either. The crowd can enjoy everything from homemade cookies to sandwiches and lots more.
At 7 p.m. Saturday and at 5 p.m. Sunday, East Clarendon Community Choir led by Pastor Brian Sargent of Horse Branch Baptist Church in Turbeville will take Weldon Auditorium's stage. More than 80 choir members representing as many as 10 area churches along with eight to nine musicians will present Christmas Makes Everything New! The event is free.
"We've been practicing for months now," Sargent said recently. "We've put a lot of work and time into the presentation."
At 6:30 p.m. Dec. 8 at Weldon Auditorium, the Back Porch Singers will present A Christmas Concert. Tickets are $10 each.
At 3 p.m. Dec. 9, Turbeville Business Association will host the annual Turbeville Christmas Parade.
"Of course, we start with the parade," said Turbeville Mayor Dwayne Howell. "After the parade, we'll have music and games for the children and, of course, Santa will drop by. We'll also light the tree."
Howell said food vendors would be on hand selling lots of delicious goodies.
At 6 p.m. Dec. 9 at Weldon Auditorium, the Clarendon County Community Development Corp. will present The Christmas Festival of the Arts. According to Paulette King with the CDC, the event will feature local artwork displayed in the lobby, dancing, singing and more. Tickets are $5. The event is a fundraiser for the CDC.
During the Dec. 10 morning worship service at Manning United Methodist Church, the church's choir will present its annual Christmas Cantata.
Also on Dec. 10 during the morning worship service at Bethlehem Methodist Church, the church's choir will present its annual Christmas Cantata.
At 6 p.m. Dec. 11 at Weldon Auditorium, students from Manning Primary School will take the stage in a performance of "Frosty the Snowman." The play is free.
At 6:30 p.m. Dec. 14 at Weldon Auditorium, dancers from Clarendon Dance Academy will present a Clarendon Christmas Spectacular. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.
During the Dec. 24 morning worship service at Turbeville Southern Methodist Church, the church's choir will present its annual Christmas Cantata.
At 6 p.m. on Dec. 24, Presbyterian Church in Manning will hold its annual Christmas Eve Candlelight Service.