Children will take center stage this holiday season as Magnolia Plantation and Gardens unveils a newly designed Children’s Holiday Village with kid-sized structures and formerly opens a fanciful Children’s Garden. Ride on the Holiday Express to the Children’s Holiday Village. Visit Santa and his workshop, stroll along Candy Cane Lane and explore the Elf Bunk House, gingerbread house and “Elfementary.” Enjoy holiday themed games, balloon twisting and photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus. This year, the Children’s Holiday Village will be in the Children’s Garden, a sprawling area where children can explore nature and a fairy garden. For adults who want to get a jump on the holiday season, Yuletide on the Ashley Arts and Craft Fair will feature artisans exhibiting handcrafted items, including paintings, textiles and jewelry. These are the opening special holiday events at Magnolia on Dec. 1-2. All of the special events activity will be offered from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Yuletide on the Ashley is free. It will begin at 9 a.m. and end at 5 p.m. All of the special events are free with garden admission. Other special activities in December will include: The Holiday Express will take guests on a 15-minute train ride under ancient live oaks, pass the horticultural maze and Main House, Magnolia’s nine-room mansion, where the house staff will be dressed in Edwardian attire. For more details, go to www.magnoliaplantation.com.