ACTIVITIES IN THE COLUMBIA AREA for 11/30 – 12/20/2016

     

    As Christmas is very near, there are many events to get everyone into the holiday spirit. If you love the joy of your favorite Christmas song, you can enjoy and sing along at the Singing Christmas Tree at Shandon Baptist Church. If you would rather go see Santa and tell him what you want for Christmas, Story Time with Santa at Seven Oaks Park is the perfect way to do that. There are also many ways to ooh and ah over amazing Christmas light displays such as the Cayce-West Columbia Holiday Parade of Lights on 12th Street in Cayce.

    Sundays –  Sensory Sunday at the EdVenture Children’s Museum.  On Sundays one hour before opening, the museum will be open for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and sensory processing difference’s to tour the museum and enjoy interactive, hands on activities.  For more information call (803) 400-1156 or visit http://www.edventure.org.

    Second Sundays –  Stroll on Arsenal Hill at the Arsenal Hill Park Center on Lincoln Street with the tour beginning at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church on Calhoun Street.  Learn the significance of this neighborhood with its eclectic mix of architecture where the elites use to live during the war and African Americans lived through the 19th and 20th Centuries.  For more information call (803) 252-1770 or visit http://www.historiccolumbia.org.

    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.

    Tuesdays –  Second Shift Twosdays at the South Carolina State Museum.  The museum has extended hours with special after hours pricing.   For more information call (803) 898-4921 or visit  http://scmuseum.org.

    First & Third Wednesdays –  Kids Cook at the EdVenture Children’s Museum.  Children 6 – 10 years old will have a unique experience taking participants on an exciting journey of culinary arts partaking in food preparation and meal creation, while learning about nutrition. For more information call (803) 400-1156 or visit HYPERLINK “http://www.edventure.org/events/kids-cook-first-third-wednesdays/?for=04-20-2016″http://www.edventure.org/events/kids-cook-first-third-wednesdays/?for=04-20-2016.

    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 HYPERLINK “http://firstthursdaysonmain.com/”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 HYPERLINK “http://www.vistacolumbia.com/vistanights.aspx.”http://www.vistacolumbia.com/vistanights.aspx.

    Thursday Nights –  Young Adult Shag Dance at Bill’s Music Stop on Meeting Street.  Come early and learn how to shag and then dance the night away.  For more information call (803) 796-6477 or visit HYPERLINK “http://www.billsmusicshop.com/calendar.html”http://www.billsmusicshop.com/calendar.html#.

    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 HYPERLINK “http://www.billsmusicshop.com/”http://www.billsmusicshop.com/.

    Fourth Fridays –  Friday Night Laser Lights at the South Carolina State Museum.  Through the months of June, July, and August, the Museum will present a laser light show in the Planetarium with each show providing a variety of music.  For more information call (803) 898-4921 or visit HYPERLINK “http://scmuseum.org/events/upcoming-events/”http://scmuseum.org/events/upcoming-events/.

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

    Saturdays –  Classic Country Music Jamboree and Dancing at Bills Music Shop and Pickin’ Parlor on Meeting Street.  Come early and learn two step, country dancing, or couples dancing (no partner required) followed by live entertainment.  For more information call (803) 796-6477 or visit HYPERLINK “http://www.billsmusicshop.com/”http://www.billsmusicshop.com/.

    Saturdays –  Soda City Market on Main Street in downtown Columbia.  Shop for local and regional foods, crafts, hot coffee, cold fresh lemonade, and even cooked food.  For more information visit HYPERLINK “http://sodacitysc.com/”http://sodacitysc.com/.

    Through December 17 – Looking Back/Looking Ahead: Columbia’s Sesquicentennial Time Capsule at the McKissick Museum.  See items that were placed in the time capsule 150 years ago.  For more information visit HYPERLINK “http://www.artsandsciences.sc.edu/mckissickmuseum/looking-backlooking-ahead-columbias-sesquicentennial-time-capsule”http://www.artsandsciences.sc.edu/mckissickmuseum/looking-backlooking-ahead-columbias-sesquicentennial-time-capsule.

    Through December 30 –  Lights Before Christmas at the Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens.  It’s that time of year again and one of the seasons most enjoyable light displays has returned to help every member of the family get in the holiday spirit!  For more information call (803) 779-8717 or visit HYPERLINK “http://www.riverbanks.org/events/lights-before-christmas.shtml”http://www.riverbanks.org/events/lights-before-christmas.shtml.

    Through December 30 –  “Answering the Call: American Victory Posters From the First World War at the Confederate Relic Room & Military Museum.  This exhibit is to commemorate the centennial anniversary of World War I that revisits the war time culture with posters, as there was no quality of contemporary advertising. For more information call (803) 737-8095 or visit HYPERLINK “https://crr.sc.gov/exhibits?i=95″https://crr.sc.gov/exhibits?i=95.

    Through December 31 –  Historic Holiday Tours starting at the Gift Shop at the Robert Mills House.  Tour the Robert Hills House and the Hampton-Preston Mansion which will be decorated festively for the Christmas holiday season and learn about historic traditions in each home.  For more information call (803) 252-1770 ext. 23 or visit HYPERLINK “http://www.historiccolumbia.org/events/historic-holiday-tours-beginning”http://www.historiccolumbia.org/events/historic-holiday-tours-beginning.

    Through December 31 –  Holiday Lights at Saluda Shoals Park.  This beautifully decorated drive-through light show is a seasonal favorite, and be sure to stop for a shuttle ride, a tube slide, a laser light show, skating on the new ice skating rink, shopping, hot chocolate and roasted marshmallows.  For more information call (803) 772-3903 or visit HYPERLINK “http://www.icrc.net/holiday-lights”http://www.icrc.net/holiday-lights.

    Through January 1 –  Christmas Laser Fantasy: Manheim Steamroller at the South Carolina State Museum.  You will enjoy holiday music by this amazing group that blends classical and rock music to create a spectacular holiday light show.  For more information call (803) 898-4921 or visit HYPERLINK “http://scmuseum.org/explore/planetarium/”http://scmuseum.org/explore/planetarium/.

    Through January 1 –  “Star of Bethlehem” at the South Carolina State Museum.  Investigate the fascinating ideas behind the “Christmas Star” with historical and scientific facts that revolve around this 2,000 year old mystery.  For more information call (803) 898-4921 or visit HYPERLINK “http://scmuseum.org/explore/planetarium/”http://scmuseum.org/explore/planetarium/.

    Through January 1 –  Laser Holidays at the South Carolina State Museum.  Enjoy a beautiful laser light show while enjoying your favorite holiday music.  For more information call (803) 898-4921 or visit HYPERLINK “http://scmuseum.org/explore/planetarium/”http://scmuseum.org/explore/planetarium/.

    Through January 3 – “Polar Express 4D” at the South Carolina State Museum.  Experience this holiday movie like never before when you feel the cold wind, smell the hot chocolate, and dance in the snow.  For more information call (803) 898-4921 or visit HYPERLINK “http://scmuseum.org/the-polar-express-4-d-experience/”http://scmuseum.org/the-polar-express-4-d-experience/.

    Through January 16 –  Main Street Ice at the Boyd Plaza on the corner of Hampton Street and Main Street.  What would the holidays be without a little ice skating, so come on out and show your holiday spirit!  For more information call (803) 545-3100 or visit HYPERLINK “http://www.columbiasc.net/parks-recreation/programs-activities/special-events”http://www.columbiasc.net/parks-recreation/programs-activities/special-events.

    Through March 4, 2017 –  Sensory Sunday at the EdVenture Children’s Museum.  One the first Sunday of each month, children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and sensory processing differences will have the opportunity to enjoy the museum in a safe and accepting environment and enjoy interactive, hands on activities.  For more information call (803) 400-1156 or visit HYPERLINK “http://www.edventure.org/events/sensory-sunday/?for=07-03-2016″http://www.edventure.org/events/sensory-sunday/?for=07-03-2016.

    November 30 – December 4 –  Holiday Market at the South Carolina State Fairgrounds.  This event will begin with a “Preview Party” and end with a “Sundaes with Santa” event, and the chance to shop with over 120 vendors from across the country for that special gift you’ve been looking for. For more information visit HYPERLINK “https://www.jlcolumbia.org/?nd=holiday_market_public”https://www.jlcolumbia.org/?nd=holiday_market_public.

    December 1 –  Governor’s Carolighting at the South Carolina State House grounds.  You’ll enjoy a variety of musical groups, then enjoy the lighting of the Christmas tree, with the event corresponding with First Thursday on Main.  For more information call (803) 733-1110 or visit HYPERLINK “http://columbiasc.chambermaster.com/events/details/the-50th-annual-governor-s-carolighting-6322″http://columbiasc.chambermaster.com/events/details/the-50th-annual-governor-s-carolighting-6322.

    December 1 –  Starry Night in Five Points.  Stroll through your favorite stores, enjoy complimentary hot chocolate and wine, hot cider, holiday tunes, face painting, and of course, visit with Santa!  For more information call (803) 748-7373 or visit HYPERLINK “http://www.fivepointscolumbia.com/events/A-Starry-Night”http://www.fivepointscolumbia.com/events/A-Starry-Night.

    December 1 –  Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Cayce City Hall.  Enjoy the twinkling lights of the Lights of Cayce, and experience the annual lighting of the cities Christmas tree while enjoying the sounds of the season.  For more information call (803) 796-9020 or visit HYPERLINK “http://www.cityofcayce-sc.gov/festivals.asp”http://www.cityofcayce-sc.gov/festivals.asp.

    December 1 –  “Limo Ride” at the Nickelodeon Theater.  Ten friends recount the true tale of how they survived the wildest night of their lives from renting a limo to go out and have fun to being kidnapped, stripped, stranded, and left for dead.   For more information call (803) 254-8234 or visit HYPERLINK “http://nickelodeon.org/films/limo-ride/”http://nickelodeon.org/films/limo-ride/.

    December 1 – 4 –  “Ragin’ Cajun” at the Comedy House.  To make it simple, this guy will keep you laughing until you cry sharing stories about his experience raising his kids!  For more information call (803) 798-9898 or visit HYPERLINK “http://comedyhouse.us/john-morgan-ragin-cajun/”http://comedyhouse.us/john-morgan-ragin-cajun/.

    December 2 –  Concert and Carnival on the Square  at Lexington Square Park.  You experience the lighting of the Christmas tree, holiday music, and great fun!  For more information call (803) 356-8238 or visit HYPERLINK “http://www.lexsc.com/snowball_index.htm”http://www.lexsc.com/snowball_index.htm.

    December 2 –  Carols Along the Riverwalk at the North Avenue entrance to the Cayce Riverwalk.  Enjoy an evening of singing with several church music groups, and local musicians singing holiday music along the first ½ mile of the Riverwalk.  For more information call (803) 796-9020 or visit HYPERLINK “http://www.cityofcayce-sc.gov/festivals.asp”http://www.cityofcayce-sc.gov/festivals.asp.

    December 2 –  State Street Art Crawl on State Street in West Columbia.  Stroll along State Street, visiting with the vendors, enjoying beautiful artwork, while sipping on refreshments.  For more information call (803) 794-6504 or visit HYPERLINK “http://www.cwcchamber.com/calendars.html”http://www.cwcchamber.com/calendars.html.

    December 2 – 4 –  The Living Christmas Story at Union United Methodist Church in Irmo.  This drive-through event will put you in the holiday spirit like nothing else will.  For more information call (803) 781-3013 or visit HYPERLINK “http://www.unionunitedmethodist.org/daily/index.html”http://www.unionunitedmethodist.org/daily/index.html.

    December 2 – 4 –  “Elf The Musical Jr.” at the Irmo High School Center for Performing Arts.  Hear about the young orphan who ends up in Santa’s bag and is raised as an elf until he grows and his size and poor toy making skills lead him to know the truth.  For more information call (803) 772-1228 or visit HYPERLINK “http://icrc.net/elf-jr-the-musical-2016-12-03″http://icrc.net/elf-jr-the-musical-2016-12-03.

    December 2 – 4 –  Snowball Festival at a variety of locations in Lexington.  This weekend will provide you with a carnival, concerts, a 10K and 5K race, holiday movies, the Christmas Tree lighting, and the Christmas Parade.  For more information call (803) 356-8238 or visit HYPERLINK “http://www.lexsc.com/snowball_index.htm”http://www.lexsc.com/snowball_index.htm.

    December 2 – 4 –  “The Nutcracker Ballet” at the Koger Center for the Arts.  Presented by Columbia Classical Ballet, this beautiful seasonal favorite performance will inspire your holiday spirit.  For more information call (803) 777-5112 or visit HYPERLINK “http://www.kogercenterforthearts.com/event.php?id=346″http://www.kogercenterforthearts.com/event.php?id=346.

    December 2 – 11 –  “Cinderella” at the Columbia Children’s Theater.  See some of the most amazing talent of local children and adolescents in this favorite childhood fairytale.  For more information call (803) 691-4548 or visit HYPERLINK “http://www.columbiachildrenstheatre.com/season-at-a-glance/”http://www.columbiachildrenstheatre.com/season-at-a-glance/.

    December 2 – 17 –  “The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical” at the Trustus Theatre.  Hear the tale about the wildest Christmas in the trailer park while laughing until you cry at this musical brought back by popular demand.  For more information call (803) 254-9732 or visit HYPERLINK “https://trustus.org/event/the-great-american-trailer-park-christmas-musical/”https://trustus.org/event/the-great-american-trailer-park-christmas-musical/.

    December 2 – 18 –  “A Christmas Carol: The Musical” at the Town Theater.  Meet the three ghosts and of course Scrooge himself in this favorite holiday tale with a little music added.  For more information call (803) 799-2510 or visit HYPERLINK “http://towntheatre.com/a-christmas-carol-the-musical/”http://towntheatre.com/a-christmas-carol-the-musical/.

    December 3 –  Carolina Carillon Holiday Parade on Gervais Street in downtown Columbia.  This parade will include 100 entries to include several celebrities from all over the State and will surely be filled with lots of holiday cheer, music, and fun!  For more information call (803) 545-3100 or visit HYPERLINK “http://www.carolinacarillon.com/parade.html”http://www.carolinacarillon.com/parade.html.

    st-nicholas-festivalDecember 3 –  St. Nicholas Festival at Holy Apostles Orthodox Church.  Hear the story of the real St. Nicholas, enjoy Russian food, holiday crafts, handmade beeswax candles, and more.  For more information visit HYPERLINK “http://stnicholasfestival.org/”http://stnicholasfestival.org/.

    December 3 –  Pine Ridge Christmas Parade on Pine Ridge Drive.  Plan to participate in the parade or just come out and support this small town parade.   For more information call (803) 794-6504 or visit HYPERLINK “http://www.cwcchamber.com/calendars.html”http://www.cwcchamber.com/calendars.html.

    December 3 –  Annual Christmas Traditions at the Cayce Historical Museum.  Enjoy trees and crafts from the 18th Century to the present while enjoying live entertainment, docents dressed in period attire, and refreshments.  For more information call (803) 796-9020 or visit HYPERLINK “http://www.cityofcayce-sc.gov/festivals.asp”http://www.cityofcayce-sc.gov/festivals.asp.

    December 3 –  Santa’s Market Craft Show at Seven Oaks Park.  Find lots of unique and handmade items for that hard to buy for person on your Christmas list.  For more information call (803) 772-3336 or visit HYPERLINK “http://www.icrc.net/santas-market-craft-show-2016-12-03″http://www.icrc.net/santas-market-craft-show-2016-12-03.

    December 3 –  Story Time with Santa at Seven Oaks Park.  Children will have the chance to have Santa read to them his favorite holiday story, as well as decorate cookies, sip on hot chocolate, and create a holiday craft.  For more information call (803) 772-3336 or visit HYPERLINK “http://www.icrc.net/story-time-with-santa-2016-12-03″http://www.icrc.net/story-time-with-santa-2016-12-03.

    December 3 –  Carolina Carillon Holiday Parade on Gervais Street from Bull Street passed the State House into the Vista on Park Street.  There is nothing that will get you in the holiday spirit better than this fantastic holiday parade!  Or maybe you want to be a part of the parade?  For more information call (803) 545-3100 or visit HYPERLINK “http://www.carolinacarillon.com/”http://www.carolinacarillon.com/.

    December 3 –  “Rumours: A Fleetwood Mac Tribute” at the Music Farm.  For all you Fleetwood fans, on the heels of Stevie Nicks visit to Columbia, you’ll surely want to see this show!  For more information visit HYPERLINK “http://www.musicfarm.com/event/1314775-rumours-fleetwood-mac-columbia/”http://www.musicfarm.com/event/1314775-rumours-fleetwood-mac-columbia/.

    December 3 –  Monthly Gospel Singing at the Midland Gospel Singing Center in Gilbert.  You’ll enjoy music by the Shine On Trio and Cedar Creek Quartet.  For more information call (803) 719-1289 or visit HYPERLINK “http://www.midgsc.com/concerts”http://www.midgsc.com/concerts.

    December 4 –  Toys for Tots: “Josh Roberts & The Hinges”, “Cory Takach & Phriends” at the Music Farm.  Come out for an evening of rock music with these local bands, and bring a new toy for a discounted $5 admission or free admission with a Student ID.  For more information visit HYPERLINK “http://www.musicfarm.com/event/1385553-2nd-annual-toys-for-tots-drive-columbia/”http://www.musicfarm.com/event/1385553-2nd-annual-toys-for-tots-drive-columbia/.

    December 4 –  Christmas Parade on Main Street in Lexington.  Enter the parade yourself, or be sure to come out and enjoy the beautiful floats, music, and lots of holiday fun!  For more information call (803) 356-8238 or visit HYPERLINK “http://www.lexsc.com/snowball_index.htm”http://www.lexsc.com/snowball_index.htm.

    December 4 –  “Glorious”  at Shandon Baptist Church.  This is a modern portrayal of the Christmas story.  For more information call (803) 782-1300 or visit HYPERLINK “http://www.shandon.org/ministries/music-worship-arts/events/”http://www.shandon.org/ministries/music-worship-arts/events/.

    December 4 –  Piano and Pastrami at the Tree of Life Congregation on Trenholm Road.  Fill your evening with classical music, a deli dinner catered by Groucho’s Deli, traditional Jewish baked goods.  For more information call (803) 252-1770 or visit HYPERLINK “http://www.historiccolumbia.org/events/piano-pastrami”http://www.historiccolumbia.org/events/piano-pastrami.

    December 4 –  Homes for the Holidays Tour of Homes at a variety of homes in the Shandon and Hollywood – Rose Hill neighborhoods.  See some of the most beautiful historical homes in these neighborhoods deck out in all their holiday attire with proceeds to benefit the neighborhood schools.  For more information send an email to HYPERLINK “mailto:admin@homesfortheholidays-columbia.com”admin@homesfortheholidays-columbia.com or visit HYPERLINK “mailto:admin@homesfortheholidays-columbia.com”admin@homesfortheholidays-columbia.com.

    December 5 –  Governor’s Mansion Open House at the Governor’s Mansion on Lincoln Street.  You’ll enjoy the mansion beautifully decorated for the holidays, lots of live entertainment, hot chocolate, a chance to meet Governor Haley and her family.  For more information call (803) 737-1710 or visit HYPERLINK “http://www.governor.sc.gov/News/Nov2011ArchivedNews/Pages/default.aspx”http://www.governor.sc.gov/News/Nov2011ArchivedNews/Pages/default.aspx.

    December 5 –  Fort Jackson’s 282nd Army Band Performance at the Koger Center for the Arts.  This amazing local band will fill your evening with a mix of music with of course, some of your holiday favorites.  For more information call (803) 777-5112 or visit HYPERLINK “http://www.kogercenterforthearts.com/event.php?id=299″http://www.kogercenterforthearts.com/event.php?id=299.

    December 5 –  Education Fundraiser at the War Mouth on Franklin Street.  This event is to raise support and awareness of the Nickelodeon Theater Education Center and will provide attendees with food and drinks, as well as jazz entertainment by the Sunrise Jazz Ensemble, and the opportunity to participate in a silent auction for great prizes.  For more information call (803) 254-8234 or visit HYPERLINK “http://nickelodeon.org/events/education-fundraiser/”http://nickelodeon.org/events/education-fundraiser/.

    December 6 –  “Slander: Gud Vibrations” at the Music Farm.  For more information visit HYPERLINK “http://www.musicfarm.com/event/1250215-slander-nghtmre-present-gud-columbia/”http://www.musicfarm.com/event/1250215-slander-nghtmre-present-gud-columbia/.

    December 7 –  “Nappy Roots” at the Music Farm.  For more information visit HYPERLINK “http://www.musicfarm.com/event/1351719-nappy-roots-columbia/”http://www.musicfarm.com/event/1351719-nappy-roots-columbia/.

    December 8 – 10 –  Basketball Bash at Ridge View High School.    This is an elite high school basketball showcasing 13 teams along the East coast with proceeds to benefit Home Works of America.  For more information visit HYPERLINK “http://bojanglesbash.com/”http://bojanglesbash.com/.

    December 9 –  Christmas in the Woods at 1015 Garden Valley Lane in Columbia.  Enjoy a southern dinner buffet and bar, music and dancing, and a silent auction, with all proceeds to benefit the River’s Edge Retreat benefiting underserved kids of the Midlands.  For more information call (803) 767-7733 or visit HYPERLINK “https://www.eventbrite.com/e/christmas-in-the-woods-tickets-28477383621″https://www.eventbrite.com/e/christmas-in-the-woods-tickets-28477383621.

    December 9 –  “Styles & Coomplete” at the Music Farm.  For more information visit HYPERLINK “http://www.musicfarm.com/event/1340405-styles-complete-columbia/”http://www.musicfarm.com/event/1340405-styles-complete-columbia/.

    December 9 – 11 –  “A Christmas Pageant” at the First Baptist Church of Columbia.  Enjoy thousands of Christmas lights and beautiful music with the state-of-the-art sound system, and be mesmerized by this beautifully presented holiday story.  For more information call (803) 256-4251 or visit HYPERLINK “http://fbccola.com/christmaspageant/”http://fbccola.com/christmaspageant/.

    the-singing-christmas-treeDecember 9 – 11 –  “The Singing Christmas Tree” at Shandon Baptist Church.  This event includes a cast of 400 includes a full orchestra, a 25 foot tree  holding 130 singers, and over 50,000 lights to make this an amazing and memorable experience.    For more information call (803) 782-1300 or visit HYPERLINK “http://www.shandon.org/ministries/music-worship-arts/events/”http://www.shandon.org/ministries/music-worship-arts/events/.

    December 9 – 11 –  “It’s Christmas Time” at the First Christian Church on Beltline.  Presented by the Broadway Bound Vista Theater Project, you’ll enjoy singing, dancing, and even comedy to boost your holiday spirits!  For more information call (803) 457-1126 or visit HYPERLINK “http://www.broadwayboundmtc.com/its-christmas-time.html”http://www.broadwayboundmtc.com/its-christmas-time.html.

    December 9 – 11 –  “Heck the Dolls with Chardonnay” at the Firehouse Theatre in Chapin.  A resident of a retirement takes her granddaughter down memory lane as she shares stories of holidays in her life, each of which has created some of the best and funniest memories, which are performed for you on stage!  For more information call (803) 240-8544 or visit HYPERLINK “http://chapintheatre.org/2016/home.html”http://chapintheatre.org/2016/home.html.

    December 10 –  Harbor Side Lights 5K at the Jeep Rogers Family YMCA in Lexington.  This evening event will include a kids fun run, as well as a 5K run/walk.  For more information call (803) 748-9622 ext. 130 or visit HYPERLINK “http://www.racesonline.com/events/harborside-lights-5k”http://www.racesonline.com/events/harborside-lights-5k.

    December 10 –  “Trans-Siberian Orchestra” at the Colonial Life Arena.  If you have never seen this show before, you are in for a very special treat, as you hear about the story of Christmas Past, along with enjoying amazing music, and the tremendously amazing visual laser light show!  For more information call (803) 576-9200 or visit HYPERLINK “https://www.coloniallifearena.com/trans-siberian-orchestra-presented-by-hallmark-channel.php?eventid=104&showtimeid=156″https://www.coloniallifearena.com/trans-siberian-orchestra-presented-by-hallmark-channel.php?eventid=104&showtimeid=156.

    lights-on-the-riverDecember 10 –  Cayce-West Columbia Holiday Parade of Lights on 12th Street in Cayce.  You will enjoy a beautiful parade that will begin after the sun begins to set, filling the darkness with lots of twinkling lights and filling the night with holidays sounds!     For more information call (803) 794-6504 or visit HYPERLINK “http://www.cwcchamber.com/calendars.html”http://www.cwcchamber.com/calendars.html.

    December 10 –  Santapalooza: “Making Memories” at Wingard’s Market in Lexington.  You’ll have the opportunity to meet Mrs. Santa, ride the Santa Train, eat cookies and drink hot apple cider, and then search for that perfect tree to decorate for the holiday.  For more information call (803) 359-9091 or visit HYPERLINK “https://wingardsnursery.com/santapalooza/”https://wingardsnursery.com/santapalooza/.

    December 10 –  Christmas Sampler & Peddler Craft Shows at the Lexington and Tri-City Leisure Centers.  You will enjoy entertainment, lots of great shopping, and door prizes!  For more information call (803) 359-4048 or visit HYPERLINK “http://www.lcrac.com/Default.aspx?tabid=369225″http://www.lcrac.com/Default.aspx?tabid=369225.

    December 10 –  Yule Jam: “Futurebirds, Susto, The Mustache Brothers” at the Music Farm.  For more information visit HYPERLINK “http://www.musicfarm.com/event/1373451-yule-jam-columbia/”http://www.musicfarm.com/event/1373451-yule-jam-columbia/.

    December 10 – 11 –  Historic Lorick Plantation House/Lake Murray Visitor Center Holiday Open House at the Visitor Center on North Lake Drive in Lexington.  See this beautiful home decorated for the holidays with a variety of vendors providing their wares or food products to help you with your holiday shopping.  For more information call (803) 781-5940 or visit HYPERLINK “https://www.facebook.com/events/312369202469456/”https://www.facebook.com/events/312369202469456/.

    December 10 – 18 –  “The Nutcracker” at the Koger Center for the Arts.  This favorite holiday ballet will be presented by the Columbia City Ballet.  For more information call (803) 777-5112 or visit HYPERLINK “http://www.kogercenterforthearts.com/event.php?id=261″http://www.kogercenterforthearts.com/event.php?id=261.

    December 11 –  Christmas Open House at the Lexington County Museum.  Many of the more than 30 historical structures on site will be open and featuring period decorations for the holiday, with refreshments that may have been served in the 19th century, while enjoying live music as well as the opportunity to view a blacksmith at work, and cooking demonstrations in a 19th century kitchen.  For more information call (803) 359-8369 or visit HYPERLINK “https://www.evensi.us/christmas-open-house-lexington-county-museum/192372517″https://www.evensi.us/christmas-open-house-lexington-county-museum/192372517.

    December 11 –  Crafty Feast at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.  Visit over 100 Southeastern artisans who make some of the coolest and most unconventional items on the market where you are sure to find that one of a kind item for your holiday purchases.  For more information call (443)801-1171 or visit HYPERLINK “http://www.craftyfeast.com/”http://www.craftyfeast.com/.

    December 11 –  “Two from Galilee” at the Spring Valley Baptist Church.  This Christmas musical is a love story written about Mary and Joseph.  For more information call (803) 736-0624 or visit HYPERLINK “http://www.springvalleybaptist.com/calendar”http://www.springvalleybaptist.com/calendar.

    December 15 –  Sandlapper Singers Christmas Concert: “Legends” at the Spring Valley Presbyterian Church.  Enjoy an evening of wonderful holiday music that will lead you to make this holiday concert an annual tradition.  For more information call (803) 381-5481 or visit HYPERLINK “https://sandlappersingers.org/2016/08/29/winter-concert/”https://sandlappersingers.org/2016/08/29/winter-concert/.

    December 15 – 24 –  Elgin Lights on Charlie Horse Circle in Elgin.  You’ll enjoy thousands of lights, antique tractors, miniature trains, and more, and although admission is free, all donations from this event go to Camp Kemo.  For more information call (803) 408-0131 or visit HYPERLINK “http://elginlights.com/Elgin_Lights_Christmas_Tractors_and_Trains/Welcome.html”http://elginlights.com/Elgin_Lights_Christmas_Tractors_and_Trains/Welcome.html.

    December 16 –  Candlelight Tours and Carriage Rides at the Robert Mills House.  Tour the Robert Mills House and the Hampton-Preston Mansions decorated for the holidays, take a carriage ride through town, enjoy holiday music, and there will even be activities for the kids.  For more information call (803) 252-1770 or visit HYPERLINK “http://www.historiccolumbia.org/events/candlelight-tours-carriage-rides”http://www.historiccolumbia.org/events/candlelight-tours-carriage-rides.

    December 16 –  Sandlapper Singers Christmas Concert: “Legends” at St. Michael and All Angels’ Episcopal Church.  These fabulous entertainers will fill you with so much holiday joy, you’ll be telling everyone what a great event this was!  For more information call (803) 381-5481 or visit HYPERLINK “https://sandlappersingers.org/2016/08/29/winter-concert/”https://sandlappersingers.org/2016/08/29/winter-concert/.

    December 16 –  “Young M.A. & Friends” at the Music Farm.  For more information visit HYPERLINK “http://www.musicfarm.com/event/1358489-young-m-friends-columbia/”http://www.musicfarm.com/event/1358489-young-m-friends-columbia/.

    December 17 –  Breakfast with Santa at the Robert Mills House Carriage House.  You’ll enjoy a continental breakfast with a Victorian Santa Clause, tour the Hampton-Preston Mansion, see a Victorian Christmas Tree and even get a chance to make a holiday craft to take home.  For more information call (803) 252-1770 ext. 23 or visit HYPERLINK “http://www.historiccolumbia.org/events/breakfast-with-santa”http://www.historiccolumbia.org/events/breakfast-with-santa.

    December 17 –  Carolina Craftisan Craft Show at the Batesburg-Leesville Leisure Center.  Time is running out so take this opportunity to search for that special one of a kind handmade item!  For more information call (803) 359-4048 or visit HYPERLINK “http://www.lcrac.com/Default.aspx?tabid=369225″http://www.lcrac.com/Default.aspx?tabid=369225.

    December 17 –  Candy Cane Hunt at Crooked Creek Park in Chapin.  Santa and his elves have been hiding candy canes, so bring a bag to the Park with the kids and let them search along the Disc Golf Trail to see if they can find the candy canes, with prize candy canes being among those hidden, and if children bring one unwrapped toy, they can decorate their own cupcake.  For more information call (803) 345-6181 or visit HYPERLINK “http://icrc.net/candy-cane-hunt-2016-12-17″http://icrc.net/candy-cane-hunt-2016-12-17.

    December 17 –  Santa’s Christmas Party at the Columbia Marionette Theater.  You’ll enjoy dancing snowmen and figure skating in this show where Santa’s head elf has decided to throw him a surprise holiday party, but Santa has taken a vacation and is nowhere to be found!  For more information call (803) 252-7366.  (**Do not search their website as it is virus infected.**)

    December 17 –  Night Before Christmas at the EdVenture Children’s Museum.  This event is provided to benefit disadvantaged youth in shelters, youth programs, group homes, and impoverished areas in the Columbia area. For more information call (803) 779-3100 or visit HYPERLINK “http://www.ynotu2.org/the-night-before-christmas.html”http://www.ynotu2.org/the-night-before-christmas.html.

    December 17 –  “Taylor Boys X-mas Extravaganza” at the Music Farm.  For more information visit HYPERLINK “http://www.musicfarm.com/event/1299411-taylor-boys-x-mas-extravaganza-columbia/”http://www.musicfarm.com/event/1299411-taylor-boys-x-mas-extravaganza-columbia/.

    December 19 –  Sing Along Messiah at the Washington Street United Methodist Church.  This event is based on the premise that anyone who has ever sung this amazing performance should have the chance to sing it each holiday, with this event providing that opportunity.  For more information call (803) 254-8405 or visit HYPERLINK “http://wsmethodist.org/worship/music-ministry/sing-along-messiah/”http://wsmethodist.org/worship/music-ministry/sing-along-messiah/.

     

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