Get ready to give thanks, gather with family and friends and celebrate the most wonderful time of the year! The holiday season is officially upon us and we have everything you need to know about all of the festive fun going on in Columbia, SC.

 

Spirited Beginnings
Get into the spirit of things at each of these kick-off events in Columbia's different neighborhoods:
50th Annual Governor's Carolighting at South Carolina State House Thursday, Dec. 1st 7 p.m.; Free admission
A Starry Night at Five Points Thursday, Dec. 1st 4 - 8 p.m.; Free admission

Tickets are now on sale for Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden. The Zoo's ornate holiday festival...

Posted by Riverbanks Zoo and Garden on Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Holiday Lights
They gleam, dazzle, twinkle and shine. Sip on some hot cocoa and gaze upon these beautiful light displays:
Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden Nov. 19 - Dec. 30 5 - 9 p.m.; $8 - $10
Holiday Lights on the River at Saluda Shoals Park Nov. 23 - Dec. 31 6 - 10 p.m.; $15 - $40

A donation of $60 to #MidlandsGives will buy one pair of pointe shoes for a dancer. http://ow.ly/4no66I

Posted by Columbia Classical Ballet on Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Holiday Shows
Sing along to carols, enjoy the jingling of bells and have visions of sugar plums dancing before you at these festive performances, concerts and plays:
Laser Holidays Planetarium Experience at South Carolina State Museum Nov. 28 - Jan. 1 Saturday 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., Sunday 3:30 p.m.; $11.95 - $19.95
The Star of Bethlehem Planetarium Experience at South Carolina State Museum Nov. 28 - Jan. 1 Monday 2:30 p.m., Tuesday 2:30 p.m. and 6 p.m., Wednesday - Friday 2:30 p.m., Saturday 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., Sunday 1:30 p.m.; $11.95 - $19.95
The Polar Express 4-D Experience at South Carolina State Museum Nov. 28 - Jan. 1 Monday 12 p.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m., Tuesday 12 p.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., Wednesday - Friday 12 p.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.; $11.95 - $19.95
Frozen Sing-A-Long at South Carolina State Museum Wednesday, Dec. 28th 6 - 9:30 p.m.; $15 - $18
Holiday Series at Nickelodeon Theatre; $8
• Scrooged Thursday, Dec. 22nd 6 p.m.

Posted by Historic Columbia on Monday, November 2, 2015

Winter Celebrations
May your days be merry and bright at these special seasonal events:
Historic Holiday Tours at Historic Columbia Nov. 18 - Dec. 31 Tuesday - Saturday 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., Sunday 2:30 p.m.; $5 - $8
Main Street ICE at Boyd Plaza Nov. 24 - Jan. 16 varying times according to date; $5 - $10
Gingerbread Jamboree at EdVenture Children's Museum Dec. 10 - 31 Saturdays and Sundays 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $10.50 - $11.50
Christmas Cookie and Beer Pairing at River Rat Brewery Wednesday, Dec. 21st 6:30 - 9 p.m.; $12

Check out this year's vendors in The State Newspaper's Go Columbia: http://bit.ly/2dGu3vN // graphics were made by Cait Maloney Creative ??????

Posted by Crafty Feast on Monday, September 26, 2016

Holiday Shopping
Find meaningful, handmade gifts for your loved ones while supporting small businesses this year. Shop from local and regional artisans at each of these events and markets:
Soda City Market at City Center/ Main Street every Saturday 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.; Free admission

Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue, known internationally as New Orleans musical royalty, will perform a free, outdoor...

Posted by Famously Hot New Year on Monday, October 24, 2016

New Year's Eve
Ring in the new year with music, fireworks, friends and cheer at these community celebrations:
Eddie's NYE at Noon Celebration at EdVenture Children's Museum Saturday, Dec. 31st 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.; $10.50 - $11.50
Famously Hot New Year at City Center/ Main Street Saturday, Dec. 31st - Sunday, Jan. 1st 6:30 p.m.; Free admission
New Year's Eve Party at The Oak Table Saturday, Dec. 31st 8 p.m. - 1 a.m.; $150
New Year's Eve Party at Bourbon Saturday, Dec. 31st 8 p.m. - 1 a.m.; $150
New Year's Eve Party at Music Farm and Tin Roof Saturday, Dec. 31st 8:30 p.m.; $10
Villa*Nova New Year's Eve at Main Street Public House Saturday, Dec. 31st 9:30 p.m. - 1:30 a.m.; $25