6:30 p.m. Wednesday -- tree lighting, caroling and visit from Santa at Live Oak Park
5 p.m. Saturday -- community open house at Nuances, 706 Paris Ave.
6:30 p.m. Dec. 13 -- free holiday dinner at Union Church
7:30 p.m. Dec. 15 -- "Uncalled for Christmas" show at The Shed, 809 Paris Ave.
7 p.m. Dec. 15 to 9 p.m. Dec. 16 -- home decorating contest in Old Village
5:30 p.m. Dec. 17 -- golf cart parade down Paris Ave.
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The holiday season is kicking off this week in Port Royal with the first of several Christmas-themed events.
It starts with the lighting of the official town tree and Christmas caroling at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Live Oak Park. Santa will give children bags of fruit and candy, and food and drink will be available for everyone. Between 300 and 400 people are expected, town manager Van Willis said.
From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Nuances owner Nancy Harris Vista will celebrate a holiday open house with local artists, food and gift wrapping at her store at 709 Paris Ave.
The Historic Port Royal Foundation will host a free holiday Italian dinner at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 13 at Union Church for neighbors to meet local elected officials. The meal is free. Reservations are mandatory and can be made by calling John or Anna Ellerbe at 843-522-9923.
The Uncalled for Trio, a group touring the country, will present the "Uncalled for Christmas" show at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15 at The Shed community center, 809 Paris Ave. The show is presented by ARTworks, in cooperation with the town of Port Royal, the Beaufort County School District and other organizations. Tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for children.
The Old Village Association of Port Royal is bringing back two traditions, the holiday home decorating contest and the golf cart parade, which began last year, Vista said. Registration forms for both competitions are available at Nuances, Town Hall and online at oldvillageportroyal.com.
Homes must be in the Old Village section, which is bounded by Ribaut Road, Richmond Street and Battery Creek. Registration is free but required by Dec. 14. Judging will be from 7 p.m. Dec. 15 to 9 p.m. Dec. 16, and winners will be announced after the golf cart parade.
The golf cart parade will kick off at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 17 at the fire station on Paris Avenue and end at Town Hall. Registration is $25 for nonresidents. The top three contestants in both the parade and house decorating will receive gift certificates good at any Old Village Association members' business, Vista said. About a dozen contestants participated in last year's parade.
"These aren't like somebody threw something together at the last minute," she said of the entries. "These are wowza. We had an entire pirate ship almost 30 feet long."
Follow reporter Erin Moody at twitter.com/EyeOnPortRoyal.