This weekend in Columbia, SC, take part in the festive merriment happening all throughout the region, enjoy a range of shows, or discover something new in one of the area's museums! Continue on for a complete list of all that's going on in "The New Southern Hot Spot"


the new holiday hot spot
Christmas is here, so spread some cheer this weekend! Transport yourself to a winter wonderland at Holiday Lights on the River or let the Lights Before Christmas displays dazzle and delight you. A visit from the Ghost of Christmas Past will take you to the Historic Holiday House Tours organized by Historic Columbia. And why wait for Santa to come down the chimney when you can go straight to the North Pole at Snowville?

the new kid-friendly hot spot
Wind down from the craziness of the holidays by kicking back and going to see a show! For those of you wanting to cling to the joy of Christmas for a little bit longer, Star of Bethlehem will be playing in the South Carolina State Museum's planetarium and The Polar Express will awaken your senses in the museum's 4-D theater. Before your visiting family members travel back home after the holidays, take everyone to see "Puss in Boots" at the Columbia Marionette Theatre. Moviegoers who can't resist a gripping drama will be happy to know The Nick will be screening Wild the whole weekend through!

the new historic hot spot
With all kinds of exhibits currently on display at the Robert Mills House & Gardens, the Columbia Museum of Art and the South Carolina State Museum, history and art lovers will hardly know where to go first!

Check out our daily guide below. For more things to do around Columbia, SC, visit our calendar of events!

Merry Christmas! See below for events happening all weekend long. Please be sure to verify holiday hours!

See below for events happening all weekend long.

"Puss in Boots" at Columbia Marionette Theatre Saturday 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.; $5.75
Soda City Market at 1500 Block of Main Street Saturday 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.; Free admission

See below for events happening all weekend long.

Holiday Lights on the River at Saluda Shoals Park Thursday - Sunday 6 - 10 p.m.; $15 - $40
Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden Friday - Sunday 5 - 9 p.m.; $8 - $10
Snowville at EdVenture Children's Museum Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday 12 - 5 p.m.; $10.50 - $11.50
Historic Holiday House Tours at Robert Mills House & Gardens Friday 12 - 4 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sunday 1 - 5 p.m.; $5 - $8
From Landrum to Leeds: Common Ceramics in 19th-Century Columbia at Robert Mills House & Gardens Friday - Sunday 12 - 4 p.m.; $4 - $8
Prideful Possessions: A South Carolina Silver Sampler at Robert Mills House & Gardens Friday 12 - 4 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sunday 1 - 5 p.m.; $4 - $8
Wild at Nickelodeon Theatre Thursday - Sunday varying times; $8 - $10
Norman Rockwell: Behind the Camera at Columbia Museum of Art Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.; $12
South Carolina State Museum has a variety of ongoing exhibits open Friday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sunday 12 - 5 p.m.; $5 - $7
Building a Universe
Chapman's Charleston, 1863 - 1864
Dinosaurs: A Bite Out of Time
South Carolina Unearthed
Star of Bethlehem
The Art and Life of Addie Sims: A Look Into Her World
The Polar Express 4D Experience
Winter Fest

For more things to do in Columbia, SC browse our calendar of events and listings of attractionsoutdoor things to dorestaurants and more. Book your hotel room and attractions tickets at