Advent & Christmas Events Around the Diocese

The following events are either by or of special interest to the Anglican Diocese of South Carolina.  To add an event to this page fill out the submission form.


Behold Advent Retreat
St. Christopher Camp & Conference Center, December 3-4

Come away to this holy and beautiful place for a weekend at the beginning of Advent to rest and be enfolded in the love of God. Encounter the presence of God as you pause to see and listen anew to the Word of God in scripture in lectio divina and creation in visio divina (holy reading and holy seeing). We will gather for sessions in the morning, early afternoon, and evening to pray and reflect together on scripture. Each session opens out into quiet times for rest, further reflection, walking on the beach or on one of our woodland trails. We will celebrate Holy Communion on Sunday morning and leave refreshed before lunch time. Learn more.

Christmas Bazaar
St. Matthias, Summerton, December 4

St. Matthias invites everyone to come to their Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, December 4, 2021 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Handmade items, knick knacks and Christmas items will be on sale. A Children’s author will be reading to and entertaining the children. The BBQ Chicken Dinner tickets are $8.00 in advance (pick up 11:00-1:00). Tickets available at Church Office or you may email your ticket request to


3rd Annual Community Nativity Festival
Christ the King Grace Waccamaw, December 6-11

Hundreds of nativity scenes will again fill the Schoolhouse building at Christ the King (CTK) Grace Waccamaw Church during its Third Annual Community Nativity Festival December 6 – 11, 2021. Due to its popularity, CTK is expanding the festival into its Live Oak Center and new sanctuary, The community is invited to attend the free festival from 4:00 – 8:00 pm each day. Christ the King Grace Waccamaw is located at 9630 Ocean Highway in Pawleys Island. Celebrate the Advent Season by strolling through hundreds of nativity scenes that range in all shapes, sizes, materials and construction. What: Community Nativity Festival Where: CTK Grace Church, 9630 Ocean Hwy., Pawleys Island When: Monday, December 6 – Saturday, December 11 Time: 4:00 – 8:00 pm each day Cost: Free. Donations welcomed. Information: (843)237-7475,


“Return to Bethlehem” Drive-Through Nativity
Church of the Resurrection, Surfside Beach, December 11-12

December 11th & 12th rain date December 13th Join us for a Live Drive-Thru Nativity, “Return to Bethlehem”. Church of the Resurrection, in Surfside Beach hosts this one-of-a-kind Nativity, you can enjoy from the comfort of your car. The set-up includes 7 scenes with actors & animals, music and sets to be enjoyed. Put the kids in PJ’s, grab your family and friends, bring hot chocolate and play Christmas music as you wait to enter Bethlehem. This event will tell the story of the birth of Christ using a cast of over 50 people and live animals including camels, donkeys, goats, llamas, sheep and calf. You’ll see scenes from the Bible, including a busy Bethlehem Street, the manger scene and, the singing angels. Our prayer is that you will be so touched by what they see, you will want to bring families and friends to see the real meaning of Christmas. Admission is free to all, but the church does provide an opportunity to make a freewill donation.


Evening Lessons & Carols
St. Matthew’s, Darlington, December 15

St. Matthew’s, Darlington will host a Service of Lessons and Carols at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, December 15. In 1880 E. W. Benson, then Bishop of Truro, drew up a Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, based on ancient sources, for use on Christmas Eve in the wooden shed, which served as his cathedral. In 1918 this was adapted for use in the chapel of King’s College, Cambridge by its Dean, Eric Milner-White, who also wrote the Bidding Prayer.” (Wilcocks and Rutter, 1987, p. 384) The Bidding Prayer, the Lord’s Prayer, Collect and Blessing used this evening are taken or adapted from the early versions of this service.


Christmas Traditions Concert
Old St. Andrew’s, December 18

The King’s Counterpoint and Cantores Charleston hold their 7th Annual Christmas Concert at Old St. Andrew’s on 18 December at 7.00pm. Featuring a wealth of Holiday Favorites, their “Christmas Traditions” concert brings audiences sacred and secular Christmas music from across the centuries – from classical to popular, Medieval to modern, it’s a program that everyone is sure to enjoy! *This is a non-ticketed event and seating is limited at Old St. Andrew’s, so we’d suggest you arrive early to be sure you get a good seat!