How to for Nov. 29: Christmas tree lighting events illuminate Beaufort County

THE ISLAND PACKET
By Hilary Kraus
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The long-standing Hilton Head Island tradition of the Dove Street Festival of Lights is up and glowing at Shelter Cove Towne Center. The big event is Tuesday when the switch will be turned on to light the 30-foot Christmas tree.

For those new to the long-standing holiday tradition, the talk-of- the-town display was started by Dove Street residents and once brought thousands of "lightseers" to the street on the south end of the island. The display has since moved to Towne Centre Drive and is in a pedestrian-only zone.


Patrons are encouraged to bring canned foods or unwrapped gifts to place in the "deep well." All proceeds benefit the Deep Well Project, Programs for Exceptional People (PEP) and the Hilton Head Island Recreation Center.

WHEN: Tree lighting begins at 6 p.m. Tuesday; lights nightly from 6 to 10 p.m. until Jan. 2.

WHERE: Shelter Cove Towne Center, 40 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head

COST: Free

DETAILS: www.sheltercovetownecentre.com

FRIDAY/SATURDAY

The Christmas spotlight moves to Bluffton Town Hall for its Christmas tree-lighting ceremony. The festivities are from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Friday at 20 Bridge St. Entertainment includes the M.C. Riley Elementary School chorus and, of course, Santa will be there.

The holiday spirit continues at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Bluffton Christmas parade. The three-mile parade starts at Pritchard and Bridge streets (Town Hall) and ends at Red Cedar Elementary School. The parade lasts about three hours, rain or shine.

May River Road from Buck Island Road to Bluffton Road will be closed, along with most downtown streets. Street closures begin at 9 a.m.

FRIDAY

Save time to support Friends of Carolina Hospice's 28th annual Festival of Trees celebration, held at Tabby Place, 2621 Boundary St. The event runs through Dec. 8, beginning with Thursday's opening gala.

Those not attending the grand party still can enjoy the beautifully decorated trees daily. The trees also will be available for purchase at the end of the festival. Festival proceeds benefit Friends of Caroline Hospice.

General admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children 12 and under. Go to friendsofcarolinehospice.org.

WHY I CONNECT

Rod Casavant , volunteer at SCORE

"I thoroughly enjoy working with SCORE (Service Core of Retired Executives) and supporting the entrepreneurs in our Hilton Head and Beaufort community. Our priority is to assist our clients to successfully launch their new ventures.

BE ACTIVE

Pedal away some of those holiday calories by renting surrey bicycles at Surrey Up Beaufort, 918 Craven St.

Rent a two- or four-person bike and take a self-guided tour of historic Beaufort. Riders are advised to avoid Bay and Carteret streets and explore the less-traveled side streets on the downtown side of the Beaufort River.

For prices and rental hours, call 843-379-1414.