Holiday events, history and basketball are all on tap this weekend in Columbia, SC. This round up is the only the beginning of holiday fun in the Columbia region, so view our guide of holiday events to really get you in the spirit!

Here are the highlights for December 7 - 9, 2012:

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7

Secrets of the Maya at the South Carolina State Museum 
The State Museum displays more than 100 Mayan artifacts to tell the story of this ancient culture and its mysterious calendar and numbering systems. Look ahead to the Museum's "End of the World" party.  $7, adults; $5, children 3-12.
10:00 am - 5:00 pm 

A Charlie Brown Christmas at Columbia Children's Theatre
Talented Columbia children bring you the classic Charlie Brown Christmas tale. $10.
7:00 pm

USC Basketball v. Jacksonville at Colonial Life Arena
7:00 pm

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8



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

The Market at Whaley at 701 Whaley
The All Local Farmer's Market is back at 701 Whaley. Come out for SC grown & made goods.
10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Fall Nature Walk at Sesquicentennial Park
Take a leisurely walk through Sesquicentennial Park and observe the nature just outside downtown Columbia. Did you hear?! The park has paved a new trail, which opens Saturday. Read about it on Discover South Carolina's Insiders Travel BlogAdults, $5; 15 & younger, $3.
10:00 am

"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 

A Charlie Brown Christmas at Columbia Children's Theatre
$10.
11:00 am, 3:00 pm & 7:00 pm



$1 Holiday Tours at Robert Mills House & Gardens
The Historic Columbia Foundation offers $1 tours and a chance to view holidays' past in this historic property. Also, enjoy the sounds of local children's choirs singing holiday music. 
Noon - 4:00 pm

Columbia City Ballet's The Nutcracker at the Koger Center for the Arts
3:00 pm & 7:30 pm 


9th Annual Harborside Lights at Lake Carolina 
View the beautifully decorated neighborhood in this 9th annual celebration. Free. For more places to view holiday lights, read our holiday blog. 
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm 

Main Street Crit
Run in circles. Downtown. Under the lights. Columbia welcomes an all new type of race and the only of its kind in America.Read the guest blog on our Sports Council blog for more information.
7:00 pm

Blue Christmas Elvis Special at Workshop Theatre
Rock n' Roll your way into the holiday spirit with a whole show of Elvis Christmas classics by award-winning tribute artist, Rick Wade. $12-$22.
8:00 pm 

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9

Second Sunday Stroll of Arsenal Hill
Join the Historic Columbia Foundation as they explore the historic Arsenal Hill neighborhood on this month's Second Sunday Stroll. Discover the eclectic mix of history throughout this residential, educational and governmental district. Adults, $6; Children, $3. 
2:00 pm

USC Women's Basketball v. Furman at Colonial Life Arena
3:00 pm

Columbia City Ballet's The Nutcracker at the Koger Center for the Arts
3:00 pm

A Charlie Brown Christmas at Columbia Children's Theatre
$10.  
3:00 pm 

For more things to do, browse our calendar of events for this weekend. Drop us a line on Facebook or Twitter, or leave us a comment below, to let us know what was your favorite!
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