With holiday events already in full swing, the weekend is starting a little early this week. Party like it's your last "hoorah" at the South Carolina State Museum, see the battle of Jets v. Sharks at the Koger Center and enjoy breakfast with a Victorian Santa Claus.
That's not it. Here's our list of hot things to do in Columbia, SC this weekend:

THURSDAY, December 20



Candlelight Tours and Carriage Rides at the Robert Mills House & Gardens
Tour historic homes by candlelight and see how the homes were decorated for traditional Southern Christmases, from Antebellum through the Victorian Age. Then, hop on a horse-drawn carriage for a ride through Columbia's historic district. $6, adults; $3, children; $5, carriage rides. Did you see our Travel Tuesday trivia this week?
5:30 - 8:30 pm


 

End of the World Party at the South Carolina State Museum
Party like there's no tomorrow! Spend your "last" evening at the Museum with Latin food, dancing and special access to the Secrets of the Maya Exhibit. $35.
6:00 - 10:00 pm 


Broadway in Columbia Presents "West Side Story" at the Koger Center for the Arts
Part of the 2012-13 "Broadway in Columbia" series, the classic "West Side Story" celebrates its 50th Anniversary and 50 years of success on stage. This is a Tony Award-winning production you won't want to miss. Prices vary, purchase tickets online.
7:30 pm

Silver Bells, Golden Harps, Brass Magic at the Harbison Theatre
The Harbison Theatre hosts the Young Sandlapper Singers for an evening of sounds that bring us the magic of the holiday season!
7:00 pm
 


FRIDAY, December 21

USC Women's Basketball v. S.C. State at the Colonial Life Arena   
Watch the Lady Gamecocks take on the Bulldogs.
Noon

Broadway in Columbia Presents "West Side Story" at the Koger Center for the Arts
Part of the 2012-13 "Broadway in Columbia" series, the classic "West Side Story" celebrates its 50 Anniversary and 50 years of success on stage. This is a Tony Award-winning production you won't want to miss. Prices vary, purchase tickets online.
7:30 pm

Candlelight Tours and Carriage Rides at the Robert Mills House & Gardens
Tour historic homes by candlelight and see how the homes were decorated for traditional Southern Christmases, from Antebellum through the Victorian Age. Then, hop on a horse-drawn carriage for a ride through Columbia's historic district. $6, adults; $3, children; $5, carriage rides.
5:30 - 8:30 pm

Polar Express Night at the South Carolina State Museum
Bring the kids and arrive in your most comfy p.j.'s to watch the modern classic "The Polar Express" with free popcorn (drinks and other snacks available for purchase) then relax in the Vista Room with hot chocolate and cookies. Bring your camera-a visitor from the North Pole will be on hand for snapshots! $7.
4:00 - 7:00 pm


SATURDAY, December 22

Breakfast with Victorian Santa at the Robert Mills House & Gardens
A holiday treat you won't forget -- breakfast with the jolly ol' elf himself! After breakfast, take a picture with Victorian Santa, tour the decorated historic homes, listen to holiday music and make your own holiday craft. $10, adult; $5, youth.
8:00 - 11:00 am

Soda City Market on the 1500 Block of Main Street
Weekly farmer's market on Main Street, a collaboration of Columbia farmers, bakers, artists and artisans. Free.
8:00 am - 12:00 pm 

The Market at Whaley at 701 Whaley
A new farmer's market is housing the 701 Whaley space! Come out for your favorite vendors and a few new faces. Free.
10:00 am - 2:00 pm

"Hansel and Gretel" at the Columbia Marionette Theatre
Take a break from Saturday cartoons and bring the kids to the Marionette theatre for the classic tale, Hansel and Gretel. $5.
11:00 am & 3:00 pm


ALL WEEKEND:
Nights of Wonder at Saluda Shoals Park
A special holiday-series of nights during "Lights on the River," enjoy family-oriented activities from "Reindeer Hayrides" to hot chocolate and marshmallows to pictures with Santa! $10/car. 
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

11th Annual Chick-Fil-A Classic at Richland Northeast High School 
The nationally-ranked high school basketball tournament returns to Columbia, SC. Read our sports blog for more information on the teams & players. $10, at door; $5, children under 10.
Various Times

Holiday House Tours by the Historic Columbia Foundation
Historic homes are decorated for the Holidays! Tour the Robert Mills House, Hampton-Preston Mansion and Mann-Simons Cottage for a glimpse into holidays past and learn how Columbia families decorated and entertained during the holidays. $6, adults; $3, children.
Various Times

Winter Fest at the South Carolina State Museum
Escape the holiday hustle at the SC State Museum. "Winterfest" opened last Saturday and continues through January 1, with each day full of different family-oriented activities! Free with museum admission.
10:00 am - 5:00 pm, Thursday - Saturday; 1:00 - 5:00 pm, Sunday

For a full list of holiday events in Columbia, SC, read our famously hot guide to the New Holiday Hot Spot -- or, browse our calendar of events to find something else in your interest. Keep up with the latest in the region on Facebook and Twitter.