ACTIVITIES IN THE COLUMBIA AREA 12/30/15-1/19/16

    Start your new year off with some of the wonderful activities around the Columbia area. We have New Years celebrations for all ages. Midnight is to late for the little ones but you want to celebrate with them? There are daytime events as well as the traditional evening events for adults. Take in a show or learn more about the history of Columbia. The new year promises to be full of entertainment.

    Wednesday December 30, 2015 through Tuesday January 19, 2016

     

    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 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 –  The Lights of Cayce at the Cayce City Hall Complex, and other areas around the city.  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, 2016 –  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, 2016 –  “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, 2016 –  “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, 2016 –  “Snowville” at the EdVenture Children’s 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, 2016 –  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 1, 2016 –  “Time and Place: The Artwork of James Fowler Cooper” at the South Carolina State Museum.  This artist/printmaker creates beautiful Lowcountry landscapes displaying farm labor and life growing up in rural South Carolina. For more information call (803) 898-4921 or visit http://scmuseum.org/explore/exhibits/changing-exhibits/time-and-place-the-artwork-of-james-fowler-cooper/.

    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 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 30 –  “Gary Conrad – Hypnotist: Erotic Show” at the Comedy House Theater.  Be amazed as volunteers from the audience are put under Gary’s “spell” and made to do things they wouldn’t normally do in front of an audience, leaving you to laugh until you are rolling in the isles.  For more information call (803) 798-9898 or visit http://comedyhouse.us/gary-conrad/.

    Famously Hot New Year (1)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.

    December 31 –  New Year’s Eve Carnival at Main and Hampton Streets in downtown Columbia.  There will be rides, inflatables, games, face painting, food vendors, and ice skating.  For more information call (803) 545-3100 or visit https://www.columbiasc.net/calendar/1512.

    December 31 –  New Year’s Eve Bash at the Flying Saucer. Event will include live entertainment from China Bulls.  Masks, party favors, and a champagne toast will be included.  For more information call (803) 256-2055 or visit http://www.beerknurd.com/stores/columbia/.

    December 31 –  New Year’s Eve Bash at Rosso Trattoria.  Enjoy specialty dinner selections and cocktails, live entertainment, and a champagne toast and souvenir to end the evening.   For more information call (803) 787-3949 or visit http://www.rossocolumbia.com/.

    December 31 –  New Year’s Eve Masquerade Party at The Woody in the Vista.  Party favors including masks and a champagne toast will be included, and the famous Woody Ball Drop filled with cash at midnight.  For more information call (803) 309-2941/309-1283 or visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1654974554770693/.

    December 31 –  New Year’s Eve Party at Bill’s Music Shop and Pickin’ Parlor.  Event will include a catered buffet, live music and dancing, a Minnie Pearl impersonator, and non-alcoholic bubbly at midnight.  For more information call (803) 796-6477 or visit http://www.billsmusicshop.com/.

    December 31 –  New Year’s Eve Throwdown at the Farm at the Music Farm.  For more information visit http://www.musicfarm.com/event/1037953-new-years-eve-throw-down-columbia/.

    December 31 –  “Bruce Bruce” at the Comedy House Theatre.  With the late showing a ticket can be purchased that includes the show, a buffet and party favors at midnight, and dancing after the show.  For an additional charge, receive a preferred seating for two, a bottle of champagne with the buffet and party favors at midnight, and dancing after the show.  For more information call (803) 798-9898 or visit http://comedyhouse.us/bruce-bruce/.

    December 31 – January 3 –  “Bruce Bruce” at the Comedy House Theatre.  Enjoy an evening rolling with laughter with his fun and entertaining personality.  For more information call (803) 798-9898 or visit http://comedyhouse.us/bruce-bruce/.

    January 3 –  WNOK Bridal Expo at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.  For the upcoming bride and groom, visit with a variety of vendors to help begin or finalize your special wedding day plans.  For more information call (803) 786-1888 or visit https://bridecitybridalshows.com/.

    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.

    January 7 – 10 –  “Shang” at the Comedy House Theatre.  Having begun his comedy career on a dare, this comedian from Brooklyn and a Carnegie Mellon University graduate and aspiring illustrator, won $50 for his dare which led to his fame as an entertaining comedian.  For more information call (803) 798-9898 or visit http://comedyhouse.us/shang-jan-7-10/.

    January 9 –  “All About the Base” by the South Carolina Philharmonic at the Koger Center for the Arts.  See and hear composer, master collaborator, and Grammy Award winning double bassist, Edgar Meyer, in action.  For more information call (803) 771-7937 or visit http://www.scphilharmonic.com/calendar.aspx?event_id=1094.

    January 9 –  Walk for Life/Race for Life at Finlay Park.  Help the Palmetto Health Foundation celebrate 25 years of taking steps in our community to reduce the rate of breast cancer.  For more information call (803) 434-2818 or visit http://events.palmettohealthfoundation.org/site/TR?fr_id=1080&pg=entry,

    January 11 –  “Jackson Brown” at the Township Auditorium.  With songs such as “Running on Empty”, enjoy listening to the songs he created from the early 1970’s through the 21st Century.  For more information call (803) 576-2350 or visit http://www.thetownship.org/events/.

    January 14 –  Palmetto Senior Show at the Goodman Building at the South Carolina State Fairgrounds.  This free event will include over 100 exhibitors that provide goods and services to individuals over 55 years old, and will include live entertainment and guest appearances by the National Geographic’s Colbert Sturgeon (“Live Free or Die”), Miss South Carolina, Deja Dial, and WIS newscaster, Tim Miller.  For more information call (803) 794-8373 or visit http://palmettoseniorshow.com/.

    January 14 – 16 –  Home and Lifestyle Show at the Cantey Building of the South Carolina State Fairgrounds.  This free event will include homebuilders, remodelers, and other professionals offering lifestyle options for housing and recreation.  For more information call (803) 256-6238 or visit http://www.columbiabuilders.com/events/home-and-lifestyle-show.html.

    January 15 –  “New Kinston: Rebelution” at the Music Farm.  This young group, dubbed “Reggae Crossover” is sure to entertain you.  For more information visit http://www.musicfarm.com/event/977619-rebelution-columbia/.

    January 15 –  “Vince Gill” at the Township Auditorium, with special guests Jenny Gill and Patrick Davis.  Enjoy an evening of entertainment by this Country Music Hall of Famer, 20 time Grammy Award Winner, and two time Male Entertainer of the Year.   For more information call (803) 576-2350 or visit http://www.thetownship.org/events/.

    January 15 – 31 –  “Nice Work If You Can Get It” at the Town Theatre.  Go back in time to the roaring ‘20s when a charming boy comes face to face with a female bootlegger on the eve of his wedding, when she and her clan, having intended to steal the cases of alcohol in the basement, find themselves having  to act like servants when the married couple arrives home unexpectedly.  For more information call (803) 799-2510 or visit http://towntheatre.com/nice-work-3/.

    January 16 –  Steampunk Tea Party at 302 Artisans on Senate Street.  This high-tea event will include a gourmet tea service, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and a champagne toast.  Cosplay encouraged but not required.  For more information call (704) 340-7007 or visit https://www.facebook.com/events/321720581285188.

    January 16 –  Freedom Fest 2016 at the Township Auditorium.  Line-up includes Dej Loaf, Migos, and Young Dolph and Plies. For more information call (803) 576-2350 or visit http://www.thetownship.org/events/.

    Treasure Island (1)January 17 –  “Treasure Island” at the Harbison Theatre at the Midlands Technical College campus in Irmo.  Sit back and enjoy this fun and entertaining performance shot live at the National Theatre in London and guaranteed to make you believe you have the best seat in the house.  For more information call (803) 407-5011 or visit http://www.harbisontheatre.org/tickets-productions/treasure-island.

    January 21 – 24 –  “Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus: EXTREME” at the Colonial Life Arena.  For more information call (803) 576-9053 or visit http://www.coloniallifearena.com/events.php.

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