Christmas at Magnolia Gardens with an Edwardian flare

More than 25 vendors will present a variety of hand-made items Nov. 25-26 during Yuletide on the Ashley at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens.

The holiday arts and craft fair will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days in the parking area near the ticket booth. The craft fair is free. Entrance to the gardens will require basic garden admission.

Yuletide on the Ashley is the first in a series of special events at Magnolia during the holiday season from Dec. 1-31. The Holiday Children’s Village is on the lawn across from the Main House. The village will be open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The special events will be held in the village from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the following dates:

· Dec. 2: “Santa Paws” featuring pet adoptions with Lowcountry Lab Rescue, Sinbad Sadie Second Chance Rescue, Hallie Hill Animal Sanctuary, Pet Helpers, Greyhound Pets of America – Charleston, holiday crafts and a pet costume contest at 1 p.m.

· Dec. 3: “Sleigh Bells” ring with pony rides, photos with Santa in his sleigh, holiday crafts and activities.

· Dec. 9: “Let It Snow” with snow flurried fun and performances by Summerville Dance Academy and Kelly’s Dance Studio, holiday themed face painting, crafts and activities.

· Dec. 10: “Winter Wonderland” with snow flurried fun and an inflatable ice castle, Christmas carolers, holiday themed crafts and activities.

· Dec. 16: “Fairy Tale Christmas” featuring a visit from the Snow Queen, performances by Fort Dorchester High School Theatre department, holiday crafts and activities. Fairy tale costume contest at 1 p.m.

· Dec. 17: “An Old Fashioned Christmas” featuring the sights and sounds of yesteryear with Christmas carolers, face painting, and old fashioned holiday crafts.

In addition to the Children’s Village, the Magnolia Gift Shop will be offer free samples of Wassail, a hot, mulled punch often associated with Yuletide, from 11 a.m. to 3 pm on Saturday, Dec. 9.

Tour guides in the Main House will be dressed in Edwardian Christmas attire during tours on Dec. 9-10 and Dec. 16-17. Admission to the house is required.

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