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Holiday events continue right up until Christmas in Myrtle Beach area

Another week before Christmas means lots of concerts, festivals and seasonal events.

The Carolina Master Chorale will take a trip around part of the world with “Feliz Navidad: Christmas from Spain and Latin America,” with concerts at 4 p.m. Saturday at Seaside United Methodist Church in Sunset Beach, N.C., and Sunday at Trinity Episcopal Church in Myrtle Beach.

Tim Koch, the Chorale’s music director and conductor, said the performances will entail “a lot of familiarity,” such as the concert’s namesake made famous by Jose Feliciano, but “with a little different twist.”

“We’re doing a really interesting arrangement that I’ve never heard before,” Koch said.

The repertoire will flow with popular numbers and others that audiences “might not have heard before but will be glad they did,” he said.

The chorale will recount music from Spain’s Catalonia region “for some older carols ... that have stood the test of time,” as well as other places including Mexico, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Southwest.

“We reached into different cultures [other] than Spanish,” Koch said, “and lifted out the ways they celebrate Christmas.”

Welcoming back a former student as a special guest, Kirstin Chavez, enthuses Koch, who praised her for playing the title role in Bizet’s “Carmen” with ensembles around the world. She also will join the chorale at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday for “A Christmas Carmen: A Spanish Holiday Evening” at the Dunes Golf and Beach Club in Myrtle Beach, and for the chorale’s performance of the opera on May 5.

“She is spectacular,” Koch said. “Having Kirstin as our marquee guest artist of the whole season, between this and ‘Carmen,’ ... is part of our 30th anniversary season.”

Artful celebration

Ebb & Flow Art Co-op in Murrells Inlet will have its fifth annual Holiday Art Show & Sale 1-6 p.m. Sunday.

See works and handmade ornaments by the more than 35 artists the gallery represents, along with entertainment by Phyllis Tanner Frye and Steve Russell.

Those artisans include Pawleys Island native Keels Culberson Swinnie, whose autobiographical boat-building painting was the poster of the 2012 Wooden Boat Show in Georgetown.

She said for this show she and colleagues submitted pieces, including ornaments, which are a staple for this event.

“Everybody loves to get handmade, hand-painted ornaments,” Swinnie said. “People always come to get those.”

She estimated her total at about 50.

“I just cut them out of wood,” Swinnie said, and “paint little, different things on them, like shrimp, flounder or sea turtles, along with different creek scenes.

“I do different ones each year, and a lot of them are very coastal themed. They’re kind of different Christmas ornaments than you usually see. They’re not your traditional Christmas ornaments.”

Swinnie said some artists make them from blown glass or in the shapes of wooden birdhouses.

“Some do angels out of oyster shells,” she said.

This annual celebration draws “a different crowd” than the regular weekend passers-by, Swinnie, and that the hosts are always happy to see “a bunch of people from out of town.”

Besides regular entertainers in the gallery, Phyllis Tanner Frye and Steve Russell, other artists “will bring their instruments and join in, and the 2012 sale will include local, organic oranges and local honey,” which are “really, really good,” Swinnie said.

Big letter sculptures spelling “ART” stand outside in front for Ebb & Flow, and the word is decorated per the season.

“Although we didn’t do it as Christmassy this year,” Swinnie said, “now we have it with trees and birds. Last year, we had it candy cane stripe looking.”

Still, it’s part of the gallery’s signature and identity.

“A lot of people tell us they notice it,” Swinnie said.

Some other seasonal options

‘The Living Nativity’

When | 5-8 pm. Fridays-Saturdays through Dec. 22

Where | The Original Benjamin’s Calabash Seafood, 9593 N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach

How much | Free to see

Also | Gingerbread Lane contest and display, through Dec. 31

Information | 449-0821 or

Santa at the movies

What | Visits with Santa

Collecting | Donations of new, unwrapped items for U.S. Marine Corps Reserves’ Toys for Tots and books for Brunswick Literacy Council for distribution countywide

When | 6-7:30 p.m. Friday

Where | Frank Theatres Coastal Cinemas 10, 5200 Bridgers Road, Shallotte, N.C.

Information | 910-754-3489, or for show times, 910-754-7469 and

Snowfall at The Market Common

By and benefiting | Heartland Hospice Services, based in Conway and serving Horry and Georgetown counties

When | 6-8 p.m. Friday-Sunday

Where | In front of the Grand 14 Cinema, at The Market Common in Myrtle Beach

How much | Free

Also |

Information | 248-2061 or

‘Singing Christmas Tree’

When | 6:30 p.m. Friday-Sunday

Where | First Baptist Church Surfside Beach, 711 16th Ave. N., Surfside Beach

How much | Free with ticket

Information | 238-0206 or

‘Happy Holiday Spectacular’

By | Carolina Forest High School Show Choirs

When | 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, and 3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday

Where | At the school, 70 Gardner Lacy Road, east of U.S. 501

How much | $7

Information | 236-7997 and

Breakfasts with Santa

By whom, and when, where and how much | Saturday:

‘Christmas at the Farm’

When | 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday

Where | Horry County Museum’s L. W. Paul Living History Farm, 2279 Harris Shortcut Road

How much | Free

Includes | Farm demonstrations, Christmas music and traditional decorations

Information | 365-3596, or

Third annual Ethnic Holiday Cookie and Craft Sale

When | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday

Where | St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, 404 Maple St., Myrtle Beach

Also | Cookies are not pre-boxed, and they’re sold by the pound

Information | 283-2402

‘Holidays on the Boardwalk’

By | Myrtle Beach Boardwalk and Oceanfront Merchants Association

Where | Myrtle Beach Boardwalk

How much | Free admission

Information | 704-604-7868 or

Schedule | Saturday:

Entertainment | On Ninth Avenue North stage:

Holiday shows

What | Various holiday and season-inspired ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical and contemporary dances

By | Litchfield Dance Arts Academy of Litchfield Beach

When | 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday

Where | 97 Otis Drive, Litchfield Beach, west of U.S. 17

How much | Each $15 ages 13 and older, otherwise free

Information | 237-7465 or

Live Drive-Through Nativity

With | Seven scenes, including live camels, donkeys, sheep, llamas and goats plus a large cast of more than 50 people in period costumes

When | 5:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday

Where | Church of the Resurrection (Episcopal), 8901 U.S. Bypass S., between Garden City Connector and Glenns Bay Road, west of Surfside Beach

How much | Free, but donations welcome

Information | 215-4500 or

‘Pets Light Up Our Lives’

Benefiting | Humane Society of North Myrtle Beach

Honoring | Pets – past, present and future

When | 6 p.m. Saturday

Where | North Myrtle Beach’s McLean Park, 93 Oak Drive, south of Main Street, between First and Second avenues south

How much |

Information | 446-9180 or

‘Hanukkah Happening’

By | Temple Shalom of Conway

When | 6:30 p.m. Saturday

Where | Grand Strand Senior Center, 1268 21st Ave. N., Myrtle Beach

How much | $8 members, otherwise $12

Includes | Latkes (potato pancakes), other food and beverages, games, songs, door prizes, music and Hanukkah candle lighting.

Information | 340-3489

Second annual Christmas Concert

Benefiting | North Strand Housing Shelter

With | Artists and children’ groups from local churches and organizations

When | 7 p.m. Saturday

Where | Living Water Baptist Church, 1569 S.C. 9 E., Longs

How much | Free, but donations welcome

Information | 421-3815 or

Christmas music recital

When | 2 p.m. Sunday

Where | Andy Owings Music School of Music & Performing Arts Center, in Coastal Grand mall, on Seaboard Street in Myrtle Beach

How much | Free

Information | 839-1505 or

‘Christ Is Christmas’

By | Green Sea Baptist Church Preschool Department

When | 6 p.m. Sunday

Where | Green Sea Baptist Church, 1241 Green Sea Road, Green Sea

How much | Free

Also |

Information | 756-2363 or email

Street Festival

By | North Conway Baptist Church

When | 6-8 p.m. Sunday

Where | Sessions Street between 16th and 17th avenues, Conway – block closed to vehicular traffic

How much | Free

Including | Live nativity with camels, donkeys, sheep and goats; Jeff Gaskins, pastor, recounting events of the first Christmas in Bethlehem; and carolers and candy caners

Information | 248-4922 or

Community Night

Benefiting | Street Reach Ministries, 1005 Osceola St., Myrtle Beach; 626-3643 or

When | 5-8 p.m. Monday, including bingo and prizes at 6 p.m.

Where | Chick-fil-A, 1940 Mr. Joe White Ave., Myrtle Beach

How much | Free admission

Information | 445-6467 or

‘Movies on Main Street’

By | Theatre of the Republic

What and when | 7 p.m.

Where | Main Street Theatre, 337 Main. St., Conway

How much | Each $3

Information | 488-0821 or

‘Dino’s TV Variety Show’ finale

What and when | Both shows at 7 p.m., with dinner served at 6 p.m.:

Where | The Grand Theatre, 301 U.S. 17 Business S., Surfside Beach

How much each (plus tax) | Ages 13 and older: $29.95 show only, $41.95 dinner and show; and ages 3-12: $14.95 and $19.95, respectively

Information | 808-9188, 800-252-5642 or

Holiday Kids’ Movies

When and what | 10 a.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays

Where | Grand 14 Cinema at The Market Common, Myrtle Beach

How much | Free, with popcorn and beverages $1 each

Information | 282-0550 or

‘Lunch with Santa’ cruise

When | 11 a.m. Wednesday

Where | Barefoot Princess Riverboat on Intracoastal Waterway, from Barefoot Landing, on U.S. 17 in North Myrtle Beach

How much | $13 ages 13 and older, otherwise $9

Includes | Hot-dog lunch combo, with beverage and a cookie

Also | Bring camera for photos with Santa

Reservations required | Call 272-2140 or 800-685-6601

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