Attention: Christmas is less than two weeks away! It's officially crunch time for gift shopping, cookie eating and making memories. Let us help you check off your holiday bucket list with these 7 things to do listed below and browse our calendar of events for everything happening in "The New Southern Hot Spot!"
Grab a friend. Book the sitter. It's the most wonderful time of the year - time for Devine Street's festive, free holiday shopping event! Then, kick off basketball season with the best and brightest high school teams. Finally, expect the unexpected in a showcase of some of the greatest drag acts on the east coast.
A Devine Night Out 2014 at Devine Street Thursday 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.; free admission
Bojangles' Basketball Bash at Ridge View High School Thursday - Saturday
Ladies of Lady St. Cabaret at Trustus Theatre Friday 11 p.m.; $20
We've got your crafty! Step inside your computer screen into an Etsy heaven (all the fun and none of the shipping costs) to top off your holiday list with one-of-a-kind gifts from all over the Southeast. From craft tables to craft beer, it's all at Columbia's largest indie craft fair.
Crafty Feast, an Independent Craft Fair at Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center Sunday noon - 6 p.m.; $2 general admission, free for kids 10 and under
Soda City Market at 1500 Block of Main Street Saturday 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.; free admission
Town of Lexington's Farmers Market at Lexington Square Park Saturday 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.; free admission
Vista Marketplace at Whaley Farmer's and Craft Market at 701 Whaley Street Saturday 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.; free admission
pageants & parades
The best way to spread holiday cheer is singing loud for all to hear! Hum along "Jingle Bells" and "Frosty the Snowman" at Christmas pageants and one of the most anticipated nighttime holiday parades in the Midlands.
Holiday Parade of Lights at Cayce Municipal Complex Saturday 5:30 p.m.; free admission
27th Annual Columbia Christmas Pageant at First Baptist Church Friday 7 p.m., Saturday 2 p.m. & 5 p.m., Sunday 4 p.m.; Free but ticket required- Call 803.217.3250
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever! at Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County Thursday - Saturday 7 p.m. & Sunday 3 p.m.; $15 Adult; $10 Student Senior Military
It's tea time! Make your child's dream come true at an enchanting tea party with the lead characters of the Nutcracker. Then, see the sugar plum fairies take the stage in one of their snow-filled performances.
Nutcracker Teas at Koger Center for the Arts Saturday & Sunday 1:30 p.m.; $25 per person
Nutcracker at Koger Center for the Arts Saturday 3 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. & Sunday 3 p.m.; $42-$15
Miracle on 34th Street at Nickelodeon Theatre Saturday noon; $8
A Christmas Carol at Trustus Theatre Thursday 7:30 p.m., Friday - Saturday 8 p.m., Sunday 3 p.m.; Adult $22, Senior $20, Military $20, Student $15
"What Shall I Bring" at Ashland Road United Methodist Church Thursday - Friday 7:30 p.m.; $15 Adults, Kids under 13 free admission
Have yourself a merry little drive through the Midlands largest drive-through lights show. Then, see if you can spot the animated images representing some of zoo's most loveable residents. Though be sure to bundle up, Riverbanks is the only place in town where it snows every night!
Holiday Lights on the River at Saluda Shoals Park Thursday - Sunday 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.; Cars: $15; 15-Passenger Vans: $25; Buses: $40
Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden Thursday - Sunday 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.; $10 Adults, $8 Children ages 2-12, & children younger than 2 free
Calling all kids and kids-at-heart! Laugh until your stomach hurts during the exciting comedy of Jack Frost. Then, spend a full day of winter fun together as you visit Santa Claus, his elves and Frosty on a fun-filled trip to Snowville.
"Jack Frost" at Columbia Children's Theatre Friday 7 p.m., Saturday 10:30 a.m., 2 p.m. & 7 p.m., Sunday 3 p.m.; $10
Santa's Gingerbread Jamboree at EdVenture Children's Museum Saturday 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.;$18/person, includes general admission to museum and photo with Santa
Snowville at EdVenture Children's Museum Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. & Sunday noon - 5 p.m.;$11.50
Come one, come all, to get your picture taken with the dazzling 30-foot Christmas tree twinkling outside the SC State House. Stop inside for free guided tours every Saturday to hear stories of holidays past and discuss how families decorated during the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Annual Holiday Open House at Capital City/Lake Murray Country Visitors Center Saturday 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. & Sunday noon - 3 p.m.; Free admission
South Carolina State House Tours at South Carolina State House Saturday 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; free admission
Historic Holiday House Tours at The Gift Shop at Robert Mills Thursday - Sunday; Free for HC members, $8 adults & $5 youth
South Carolina State Museum has a variety of on-going exhibits Thursday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday 1 - 5 p.m.; $5 - $7