ACTIVITIES IN THE COLUMBIA AREA for 12/14/2016 – 1/3/2017

    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 Community Carol Sing. 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 Lights Before Christmas at the Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens.

     

    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/events/sensory-sunday/?for=04-17-2016.

    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/events/second-sunday-stroll-arsenal-hill.

    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.

    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/events/second-shift-twosdays/.

    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 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 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.

    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 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 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 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 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 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 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 http://www.artsandsciences.sc.edu/mckissickmuseum/looking-backlooking-ahead-columbias-sesquicentennial-time-capsule.

    Through December 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 https://trustus.org/event/the-great-american-trailer-park-christmas-musical/.

    Through December 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 http://towntheatre.com/a-christmas-carol-the-musical/.

    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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 http://www.columbiasc.net/parks-recreation/programs-activities/special-events.

    Through February 19 –  “Cut! Costume and the Cinema” at the Columbia Museum of Art.  You’ll have the chance to see 43 period costumes from 26 different films that cover five centuries.  For more information call (803) 799-2810 or visit https://www.columbiamuseum.org/exhibitions/cut.

    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 http://www.edventure.org/events/sensory-sunday/?for=07-03-2016.

    December 14 –  Southeast Park Wildlife Walk at Souteast Park on Hazelwood Drive.  Enjoy a Ranger-led walk through this 62 acre woodland park that includes nature trails, a pond, and is abundant with wildlife.  For more information call (803) 545-3100 or visit http://www.columbiasc.net/calendar/2227.

    December 14 –  Community Carol Sing at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral.  Take the opportunity to sing all of your holiday favorite songs, and enjoy lunch before or after in Satterlee Hall. For more information call 771-7300.

    December 14 –  “Heart and Soul Christmas” at The Hall at Senate End.  Enjoy wonderful entertainment by this band, with dinner and dancing, all to benefit ONE SC Relief.  For more information visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/heart-n-soul-christmas-2016-dinner-and-dance-for-one-sc-relief-tickets-29356882225?aff=ebapi.

    December 14 – 15 –  “Barbara Carlyle at the Comedy House.  You’ll enjoy an evening of laughter and fun with this amazing comedian.  For more information call (803) 798-9898 or visit http://comedyhouse.us/barbara-carlyle/.

    December 14 – 24 –  TAG Holiday Market at the shops at #230 Shops at Woodhill Mall.  Presented by the Trenholm Artists Guild, you’ll have the chance to meet these local artists and artisans and see some of their fabulous works!  For more information call (803) 669-0203 or visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/241331525532/.

    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 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 http://elginlights.com/Elgin_Lights_Christmas_Tractors_and_Trains/Welcome.html.

    December 15 – 29 –  “Manchester by the Sea” at the Nickelodeon Theater.  You’ll enjoy this touching tale of an uncle who is forced to take care of his teenage nephew after his father dies.  For more information call (803) 254-8234 or visit http://nickelodeon.org/films/manchester-by-the-sea/.

    December 16 –  Horseshoe History at the South Caroliniana Library at the University of South Carolina.  Gain some insight into the development of the Horseshow, significant events that were taking place, and what student life was like at the time.  For more information call (803) 777-2551 or visit http://www.sc.edu/calendar/uofsc/#/?i=1.

    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 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 https://sandlappersingers.org/2016/08/29/winter-concert/.

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

    December 16 – 18 –  “Finish Henderson” at the Comedy House.  You will absolutely enjoy an evening of fun and music with this amazing imitator, entertainer and singer.  For more information call (803) 798-9898 or visit http://comedyhouse.us/finis-henderson/.

    its-a-wonderful-lifeDecember 17 –  “It’s a Wonderful Life” at the Nickelodeon Theater.  This classic film is one you want to see every year to remind you the true meaning of Christmas!  For more information call (803) 254-8234 or visit http://nickelodeon.org/series/holiday-series/.

    December 17 –  Festivals of Sharing at the EdVenture Children’s Museum.  Children and their families will learn how holidays are celebrated in other countries around the world through performances, hands-on activities, story time, and information tables.  For more information call (803) 779-3100 or visit http://www.edventure.org/events/festivals-of-sharing/?for=12-17-2016.

    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 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 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 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 http://www.ynotu2.org/the-night-before-christmas.html.

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

    December 17 – December 31 –  Gingerbread Jamboree at the EdVenture Children’s Museum.  Kids will enjoy the chance to meet with Santa and Mrs. Claus, decorate mini-gingerbread houses, and create other holiday arts and crafts.  For more information call (803) 779-3100 or visit http://www.edventure.org/events/gingerbread-jamboree/?for=12-17-2016.

    December 17 – January 1 –  Holidays at the State Museum at the South Carolina State Museum.  You’ll enjoy special holiday shows in the 4D theater and the digital dome planetarium. For more information call (803) 898-4921 or visit http://scmuseum.org/holiday-show-pass/.

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

    December 17 – 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 http://www.kogercenterforthearts.com/event.php?id=261.

    December 17 – 18 –  “Forever Alleluia Christmas Musical”  at Columbia First Seventh Day Adventist Church in Lexington.  You’ll enjoy a choral selection of holiday music written through the ages and intended to bring the joy of the holiday through.  For more information call (803) 791-1135 or visit http://columbiafirst.org/forever-alleluia-christmas-musical/.

    December 19 –  “A Miracle on 34th Street” at the Nickelodeon Theater.  Another favorite holiday classic that you don’t want to miss this holiday season!  For more information call (803) 254-8234 or visit http://nickelodeon.org/series/holiday-series/.

    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 http://wsmethodist.org/worship/music-ministry/sing-along-messiah/.

    December 19 – 23 –  Camp EdVenture at the EdVenture Children’s Museum.  This camp for children ages 4 to 12 will include fun, hands on activities to keep them busy throughout the day.  For more information call (803) 400-1151 or visit http://www.edventure.org/events/winter-break-camp/?for=12-19-2016.

    December 19 – 20 – Cut! Collage! Create! at the Columbia Museum of Art.  This two-day workshop for kids’ ages 4 – 7 will allow them to create their own works of art based on their favorite movie characters.  For more information call (803) 799-2810 or visit https://www.columbiamuseum.org/happenings/winter-workshop-cut-collage-create.

    December 19 – 20 – D.I.Y. Design at the Columbia Museum of Art.  This two day workshop for kids 8 – 12 will allow them to create their own wearable art.  For more information call (803) 799-2810 or visit https://www.columbiamuseum.org/happenings/winter-workshop-diy-design.

    December 19 – 20 –  Costume and Couture at the Columbia Museum of Art.  This two day workshop for kids 13 – 18 will teach them simple sewing techniques and will allow them to create their own wearable work of art.  For more information call (803) 799-2810 or visit https://www.columbiamuseum.org/happenings/winter-workshop-costume-and-couture.

    December 19 – 23 –  Winter Break Camp at the South Carolina State Museum.  Kids ages 6 – 14 will have the opportunity to choose the camps they want to participate in or they can attend them all. For more information call (803) 898-4921 or visit http://scmuseum.org/education/winter-break-camps/.

    December 20 –  “Jingle Bell Jazz” at the Trustus Theater.  Enjoy a fun and funky Christmas concert with jazz trumpeter Mark Rapp and his quartet.  For more information call (803) 254-9732 ext. 1 or visit https://trustus.org/event/mark-rapps-jingle-bell-jazz/.

    December 21 –  Gladys’ Gang: Making Music at the Columbia Museum of Art.  Kids ages 2 to 5 and their adult will learn about the basics of music and art, which will include story time and a creative studio activity. For more information call (803) 799-2810 or visit https://www.columbiamuseum.org/happenings/gladys%E2%80%99-gang-making-music-0.

    December 21 – 23 –  “Spanky Brown” at the Comedy House.  He’s back and funnier than ever!  For more information call (803) 798-9898 or visit http://comedyhouse.us/spanky-brown/.

    December 22 –  “Scrooged” at the Nickelodeon Theater.  This modern rendition of an old classic, staring Bill Murray, will have you laughing and will make you want to see it year after year!  For more information call (803) 254-8234 or visit http://nickelodeon.org/series/holiday-series/.

    December 26 – 30 –  Camp EdVenture at the EdVenture Children’s Museum.  This camp for children ages 4 to 12 will include fun, hands on activities to keep them busy throughout the day.  For more information call (803) 400-1151 or visit http://www.edventure.org/events/winter-break-camp/?for=12-19-2016.

    December 26 – 30 –  Winter Break Camp at the South Carolina State Museum.  Kids ages 6 – 14 will have the opportunity to choose the camps they want to participate in or they can attend them all.  For more information call (803) 898-4921 or visit http://scmuseum.org/education/winter-break-camps/.

    December 27 –  “Deconstructing The Beatles White Album” at the Nickelodeon Theater.  Beatles fans young and old will be taken into  the studio with the Beatles as they create the best-selling album of the ‘60’s, their White Album.  For more information call (803) 254-8234 or visit http://nickelodeon.org/films/deconstructing-the-beatles-white-album/.

    December 30 – January 1 –  “Bruce Bruce” at the Comedy House.  Bring in the New Year with some fun and laughter with this great comedian.  For more information call (803) 798-9898 or visit http://comedyhouse.us/bruce-bruce/.

    December 31 –  A Luxe-Scale New Year’s Eve Masquerade at Studio Cellar.  This is a black tie event will include delectable food and drinks, and be sure to wear a mask!  For more information visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-luxe-scale-new-years-eve-masquerade-tickets-28594473841?aff=es2.

    December 31 –  Women of Hope New Year’s Eve Gala at the University of South Carolina Alumni Center.  This black tie event is to benefit the Lexington Medical Center Foundation. For more information call (803) 791-2540 or visit http://www.lexmed.com/classes-events/events/detail/253/new-years-eve-gala.

    famously-hot-new-yearDecember 31 –  Famously Hot New Year  on Main Street in downtown Columbia.  This event is for the entire family, with outdoor entertainment, carnival rides, karaoke, and the largest New Year’s Eve fireworks display in the State.  For more information call (803) 212-7118 or visit http://www.famouslyhotnewyear.com/.

    December 31 –  New Year’s Eve Party at the Music Farm.  Bring in the New Year with the Music Farm in conjunction with Tin Roof.  For more information visit http://www.musicfarm.com/event/1398042-new-years-eve-party-columbia/.

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