ACTIVITIES IN THE COLUMBIA AREA 12/2-12/22/15

    Wednesday December 2 through Tuesday December 22, 2015

    During this magical time of year there is so much to see and do in the Columbia area. Take the time this holiday season to slow down and enjoy some of the many things our great city has to offer.

     

    Tuesdays –  Toddler Tuesdays at the EdVenture Children’s Museum.   Bring your toddler for seasonal art activities, music, and our sand tray exploration in the Early Learning Classroom.    For more information call (803) 779-3100 or visit http://www.edventure.org/calendar/calendar.aspx.

    First Thursdays –  First Thursdays on Main Street at the 1200-1700 block of Main Street in downtown Columbia.  The event lasts from 6 pm to 10 pm and is a collaboration of a number of vendors in the area.  For more information call (803) 988-1065 or visit http://firstthursdaysonmain.com/.

    Third Thursdays – Vista Nights offered by the Congaree Visit Guild in the Vista area of downtown Columbia.  This event is a collaboration of vendors offering extended hours and events such as wine and beer tastings, art classes, and more.  For more information call (803) 269-5946 or visit http://www.vistacolumbia.com/vistanights.aspx.

    Fridays – Bluegrass and Acoustic Open Stage and Jam at Bill’s Music Shop and Pickin’ Parlor on Meeting Street.  Come out and participate or sit back and enjoy the music.  For more information call (803) 796-6477 or visit http://www.billsmusicshop.com/.

    Saturdays –  State House Tours.  Come tour the most beautiful historic building in the area.  For more information call (803) 734-2430 or visit http://www.scstatehouse.gov/visit.php.

    Saturdays –  Classic Country Music Jamboree and Dancing at Bills Music Shop and Pickin’ Parlor on Meeting Street.  Music will be performed by a band.  For more information call (803) 796-6477 or visit http://www.billsmusicshop.com/.

    Through December 19  –  Santa’s Gingerbread Jamboree at the EdVenture Children’s Museum.  Santa’s coming to the Museum and everyone is invited.  For more information call (803) 779-3100 or visit http://edventure.org/calendar/calendar.aspx.

    Through December 19 –  “The Great American Trailer Park Christmas” at the Trustus Theater.  Come out and enjoy this wonderful holiday musical.  For more information call (803) 254-9732 or visit https://trustus.org/page/home.

    Through December 20 –  Dollar Sunday at Historical Columbia at the Gift Shop at the Robert Mills House.  Residents of Richland and Lexington Counties can tour one of the historic houses (the Robert Mills House, the Hampton-Preston Mansion, or the Simms-Mann House) on the 3rd Sunday of the months for $1.  For more information call (803) 252-1770 ext. 23 or visit http://www.historiccolumbia.org/events/dollar-sunday-admission.

    Through December 20 –  TAG – Holiday Artisan Market at 557 Meeting Street in Columbia.  Features will be original paintings, prints, sculptures, jewelry, pottery, and more.  For more information call (803) 767-5505 or visit http://trenholmartistsguild.org/.

    Through December 24 –  Elgin Lights at the Towns Farm in Elgin.  See dozens of antique tractors, miniature train sets, and other memorabilia all decorated in with an abundance of beautiful holiday lights, all to benefit Camp Kemo with your donations.  For more information visit http://www.elginlights.com/Elgin_Lights_Christmas_Tractors_and_Trains/Welcome.html.

    Lights Before Christmas

    Through December 30 –  Lights Before Christmas at the Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens.  This must-see holiday event will fill you with the holiday spirit and has something for the entire family to enjoy.  For more information call (803) 779-8717 or visit http://www.riverbanks.org/events/lights-before-christmas.shtml.

     

     

    Through December 31 –  Holiday Lights on the River at Saluda Shoals Park.  Ride through and see or the fabulous lights, or get out and walk the Wetland Wonderland Walking Trail, see the laser light show, meet with Santa, and visit the gift shop.  For more information call (803) 731-5208 or visit http://www.icrc.net/holiday-lights.

    Through December 31 –  Christmas in Cayce: A Festival of Holiday Events at the Cayce City Hall Complex, and other areas around the city.  Beginning on the 3rd will be the lighting of the Christmas tree and turning on of the holiday lights. On the 5th at the Historical Museum, come learn about historical Christmases in the area through exploring the museum’s decorated rooms, and after dark, visiting a period encampment.  And on the 12th, see the West Metro Parade of Lights, an after dark parade.  For more information call (803) 796-1920 or visit http://cityofcayce-sc.gov/client_resources/cic.pdf.

    Through December 31 –  Polar Express 4D Experience at the South Carolina State Museum.  Feel the biting wind, smell the hot chocolate, and dance in the snow.  For more information call (803) 898-4921 or visit http://scmuseum.org/the-polar-express-4-d-experience/.

    Through January 3 –  Historic Holiday Tours at the Robert Mills Mansion and Hampton-Preston Mansions.  Enjoy seeing these beautifully decorated historical homes, hear stories about past Christmas’s in these homes, and learn how families decorated and celebrated this holiday during the 19th and 20th Centuries.  For more information call (803) 252-7742 or visit http://www.historiccolumbia.org/events/historic-holiday-tours-beginning?date=12/19/2015.

    Through January 3 –  “The Star of Bethlehem” Planetarium Show at the South Carolina State Museum.  Go back in time to Jerusalem and Bethlehem and learn about the “Christmas Star”.  For more information call (803) 898-4921 or visit http://scmuseum.org/holiday-season-sc-state-museum/.

    Through January 3 –  “Christmas Laser Fantasy: Manheim Steamroller Christmas” at the South Carolina State Museum.  Enjoy this dramatic laser light show choreographed to the Manheim Steamroller Christmas music.  For more information call (803) 898-4921 or visit http://scmuseum.org/holiday-season-sc-state-museum/.

    Through January 3, 2016 –  “Military Cartography on the Western Front” at the South Carolina Confederate Relic Room.  This exhibit includes original maps from WWI.  For more information call (803) 737-8095 or visit http://www.crr.sc.gov/exhibits/Pages/upcoming.aspx.

    Through January 10, 2016 –  “Georgia O’Keeffe: Her Carolina Story” at the Columbia Museum of Art.  This exhibit celebrates one of the most important female and art careers of American history and celebrates the 100th anniversary of this woman’s time teaching at Columbia College.  For more information call (803) 252-7366 or visit www.columbiamuseum.org.

    Through January 11 –  “Snowville” at the EdVenture Childrens Museum.  Enjoy a winter playscape by exploring an ice cave, climb Mt. Everest, visit the North Pole, slide down Sled Hill, and more.  For more information call (803) 779-3100 or visit http://www.edventure.org/calendar/detail.aspx?EventID=95.

    Through January 18 –  Main Street ICE at Boyd Plaza at the corner of Main and Hampton Street.  Come out and get into the holiday spirit with some ice skating!  For more information call (803) 545-3100 or visit http://www.columbiasc.net/calendar/1448.

    Through January 22, 2016 –  “Threads: The Story in Out Clothes” at the South Carolina State Museum.  Learn about 200 years of clothing and fashion and what it tells us about the culture of that time.  For more information call (803) 898-4921 or visit http://scmuseum.org/explore/exhibits/changing-exhibits/threads-the-story-in-our-clothes/.

    Second and fourth Tuesdays through January 26, 2016 –  Carolina Makers Music Nights at the S.C. State Museum.  For more information call (803) 898-4921 or visit http://scmuseum.org/explore/exhibits/carolina-makers/.

    Through February 7, 2016 –  “Carolina Makers” at the South Carolina State Museum.  See what people in South Carolina are making, such as instruments, furniture, metal, even clothing.  For more information call (803) 898-4921 or visit http://scmuseum.org/explore/exhibits/carolina-makers/.

    Through February 7, 2016 –  “The Art of Joseph Norman” at the Columbia Museum of Art.  For more information call (803) 799-2810 or visit http://www.columbiamuseum.org/exhibitions/art-joseph-norman.

    Through March 6, 2016 –  “Path’s of Destruction: Sherman’s Final Campaign” at the South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum.  For more information call (803) 737-8094 or visit http://www.crr.sc.gov/.

    Through May 22, 2016 –  “Julius Caesar: Roman Military, Might and Machines” opening at the S.C. State Museum.  Learn about one of the most technologically significant times in the history of mankind.  For more information call (803) 898-4921 or visit http://scmuseum.org/caesar/.

    Through July 16, 2016 –  “Heard at Every Turn: Traditional Music in South Carolina” at the McKissick Museum.  Exhibit looks at the many cultural groups that brought music traditions to South Carolina over the years.  For more information call (803) 777-7251 or visit www.artsandsciences.sc.edu/mckissickmuseum.

    Through July 16, 2016 –  12-Cent Kids Day at the EdVenture Children’s Museum.  For the Museums 12th Anniversary, kids get into the Museum for 12-cents on the 12th day of every month.  In addition, if a membership is purchased on that day and get 12 Chick-fil-A Kids Meals for free.  For more information call (803) 779-3100 or visit http://www.edventure.org/calendar/calendar.aspx.

    December 17 –  Early Adventures: Old Fashioned Victorian Christmas at the Gift Shop at the Robert Mills House.  Children will enjoy learning about Christmas during the time period of A Christmas Carol, make an ornament to take home, sing carols, and listen to stories, just as Victorian children did in the past.  For more information call (803) 252-7742 or visit http://www.historiccolumbia.org/events/early-adventures-old-fashioned-victorian-christmas.

    December 17 – 19 –  The Christmas Angel at the Harbison Theatre on the Midlands Technical College Irmo campus.  Be mesmerized by the originality of this wonderfully magical story.   For more information call (803) 407-5011 or visit http://www.celestialstars.org/.

    December 17 – 20 –  “Lav Luv” at the Comedy House.  Enjoy an evening of laughing until you cry.  For more information call (803) 798-9898 or visit http://comedyhouse.us/lav-luv/.

    December 18 –  “Keith and Krystn Getty: Joy an Irish Christmas” at the Township Auditorium.  Enjoy an evening of Irish hymns and carols written by these two fabulous writers and their fabulous musicians.  For more information call (803) 576-2350 or visit http://www.thetownship.org/events/.

    December 18 –  Historic Columbia’s Candlelight Tour of Homes at the Robert Mills Carriage House.  Enjoy a tour of the Robert Mills House, the Hampton-Preston Mansion, and the Mann-Simms House by candlelight on this guided tour.  For more information call (803) 252-1770 ext. 23 or visit http://www.historiccolumbia.org/events/candlelight-tours-carriage-rides.

    December 19 –  Breakfast with Santa at the Hampton-Preston Mansion and Gardens.  Enjoy a continental breakfast in the Carriage House, then see the beautifully decorated home, the Victorian Christmas tree, make a holiday craft to take home, and get your photograph taken with the Victorian Santa.  For more information call (803) 252-1770 ext. 24 or visit http://www.historiccolumbia.org/events/breakfast-with-santa.

    Model Train Show and SaleDecember 19 –  Model Train Show and Sale at the Jamil Shrine Temple.  Enjoy displays of model trains that will just amaze and fascinate you or come to purchase one to start your own display or add to one you already have.  There will also be Choo-Chee train rides available.  There will also be other vendors on hand offering goods for sale, such as candles, bath products, fresh baked goods, wreaths, and much more.  For more information call (843) 307-8674 or visit http://www.southcarolinatradeshows.com/.

     

    December 19 –  Carolina Craftisan Holiday Bazaar at the Batesburg-Leesville Leisure Center.  Enjoy searching for your last minute holiday items while enjoying live entertainment, face painting, food trucks, the chance to win a door prize, and even enjoy a guest appearance by Santa.  For more information call (803) 271-3375/(803) 600-4212 or visit http://www.carolinacraftisan.com/.

    December 19 –  Planets for People: Sidewalk Astronomy at the Hunter-Gatherer Ale House.  Put on by the South Carolina State Museum and the Midlands Astronomy Club, come out and observe the stars and the planets through a telescope.  For more information call (803) 898-4921 or visit http://scmuseum.org/events/.

    December 19 –  “Winterfest: Holidays Around the World” at the South Carolina State Museum.  This event will focus on different International holiday celebrations, to include Kwanza, Hanukkah and Christmas, with International foods, crafts, and more.  For more information call (803) 898-4921 or visit http://scmuseum.org/holiday-season-sc-state-museum/.

    December 19 –  Festival of Sharing at the EdVenture Children’s Museum.  Celebrate winter holidays from around the world with hands on activities, story time, and information booths.  For more information call (803) 779-3100 or visit http://www.edventure.org/calendar/detail.aspx?EventID=665.

    December 19 – 20 –  Live Outdoor Nativity at Living Springs Lutheran Church.  Stop and enjoy a 30 minute drama depicting the Christmas Story live, to include live animals, so bring a chair and enjoy cider or hot chocolate afterwards.  For more information call (803) 736-0661 or visit http://livingspringscolumbia.org/living-springs-living-nativity/.

    December 19 – 20 –  “The Nutcracker” at the Koger Center for the Arts.  This ballet put on by the Columbia City Ballet is an annual favorite.  For more information call (803) 799-7605 or visit http://www.kogercenterforthearts.com/index.php.

    December 19 – 23 –  “Winterfest: Visits from Santa” at the South Carolina State Museum.  During this week, Santa will pay several visits to the museum for children to get their picture taken with him.  New is the Green Screen Santa, which will allow you to choose the setting you want for your photograph.  For more information call (803) 898-4921 or visit http://scmuseum.org/holiday-season-sc-state-museum/.

    December 21 –  “Winterfest: Winter Solstice Solar Observation” at the South Carolina State Museum.  View sun spots, solar flares, and filament, all using telescopes safe for viewing the sun.  For more information call (803) 898-4921 or visit http://scmuseum.org/holiday-season-sc-state-museum/.

    December 22 –  “Winterfest: Bright Star Theater Plays” at the South Carolina State Museum.  Children can view Holidays Around the World at 11:00 am, and A Christmas Carol at 2:00 pm with hot chocolate and cookies available during the plays.   For more information call (803) 898-4921 or visit http://scmuseum.org/holiday-season-sc-state-museum/.

    December 23 –  Palmetto Christmas at the Music Farm.  To benefit the Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital, to raise funds and toys to be delivered on Christmas Eve to the children who will be in the hospital this Christmas and their families.  There will be live music, open bar, food, games, and a raffle.  For more information visit http://www.palmettochristmas.com/home.html.

    December 23 –  “Gary Conrad” at the Comedy House.  Members of the audience will join this hypnotists on stage and entertain the audience while under hypnosis.  Are you brave enough to volunteer?  For more information call (803) 798-9898 or visit http://comedyhouse.us/gary-conrad/.

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    December 25 – 27 –  “Ron G.” at the Comedy House.  This AC Flora and USC graduate is blazing a trail to becoming one of the hottest upcoming comedians, so come out and support this former class clown and his clean humor!  For more information call (803) 798-9898 or visit http://comedyhouse.us/ron-g/.

     

     

    December 26 –  “K. MICHELLE” at the Township Auditorium.  Special guests are Lyfe Jennings and comedian, Kountry Wayne. For more information call (803) 576-2350 or visit http://www.thetownship.org/events/.

    December 30 –  “Frozen” Sing-a-long at the South Carolina State Museum.  Enjoy a fun filled magical evening with the opportunity to meet Anna and Elsa, hands on winter crafts and activities, refreshments, and watch the movie Frozen.  For more information call (803) 898-4999 or visit http://scmuseum.org/events/.

    December 31 –  Famously Hot New Year on Main Street in downtown Columbia.  Lauryn Hill, 5 time Grammy Winner, will perform in front of the State House, with local bands, SUSTO, ColorBlind, and Dead 27’s performing as well. Food and beverages will be available, a small carnival,  ice skating, and a fabulous fireworks display the bring in the New Year.  For more information call (803) 212-7118 or visit http://www.famouslyhotnewyear.com/.

    December 31 –  New Years Eve at Noon at the Children’s EdVenture Center.  This event is just for the kids and will provide kids with lots of fun activities to bring in the new year, with live entertainment, a ball drop, and lots of confetti.  For more information call (803) 400-1152 or visit http://edventure.org/calendar/detail.aspx?EventID=315.

    January 3 –  First Citizens First Sunday at the South Carolina State Museum.  General admission on these days is $1.00 day thanks to First Citizens.  For more information call (803) 898-4921 or visit http://scmuseum.org/holiday-season-sc-state-museum/.

    January 5 –  Remembering Columbia Lecture Series and Book Signing at the Robert Mills Carriage House.  Receive a guide through 150 years of Columbia’s past to present by the author, John Sherrer, with the opportunity to purchase one of his signed books.  For more information call (803) 252-7742 or visit http://www.historiccolumbia.org/events/remembering-columbia-lecture-series?date=01/12/2016.

     

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