What better way to close the year out with a bang than with some time spent exploring the restaurants, attractions and full schedule of events awaiting you in Columbia SC? From holiday festivities to concerts and more, check out our calendar of events for everything that’s in store this December in the real Southern hot spot!
Fa La La La Fun
The holidays are in high gear, so pull your stockings up and get to celebrating! Kick things off with an evening of shopping, cocoa and carols at A Starry Night, taking a spin around the rink at Main Street ICE or gathering together for a tree lighting and pictures with Santa at the Forest Acres 14th Annual Sweet Seasons Celebration.
The season is all about giving. So get a jump on your holiday shopping and find something for everyone on your list at the Junior League Holiday Market or Crafty Feast. Or, pop over to EdVenture for the Festival of Sharing.
Follow the glow of twinkling light displays to Saluda Shoals Park for Holiday Lights on the River, Riverbanks Zoo for Lights Before Christmas or over to The Greater Cayce – West Columbia Holiday Parade of Lights.
Your little elves will love getting in the holiday spirit at the 64th Annual Carolina Carillon Parade, the AMROC Model Train Christmas Show, the St. Nicholas Festival, The Polar Express 4-D Experience, Gingerbread Jamboree and Saturdays with Santa.
Just hear those sleigh bells jingling (and ring-ting-tingling, too) at the USC Concert Choir Christmas Concert, Columbia Christmas Spectacular, Holiday Pops, Soulful Sounds of Christmas, Trustus Theatre Presents “Mark Rapp’s Jingle Bell Jazz” and the 30th Annual Columbia Christmas Pageant.
Enjoy holiday classics at Nickelodeon Theatre for their Holly Jolly Hollywood Series featuring screenings of Home Alone, Little Women, Edward Scissorhands, It’s a Wonderful Life and Miracle on 34th Street. Enjoy a new take on your childhood favorites with Broadway in Columbia Presents “A Christmas Story” and Miracle on 34th Street: The Musical. Tap your toe along with the talented dancers of the Columbia City Ballet and Columbia Classical Ballet as both companies present productions of “The Nutcracker.” You’ll be holding your sides with laughter as Trustus Theatre Presents “A Christmas Miracle at the Richland Fashion Mall.”
Journey to Christmases past with Cayce Historical Museum’s 28th Annual Christmas Traditions Holiday Open House or Historic Columbia’s Historic Holiday Tours and Candlelight Tours & Carriage Rides.
Finally, the countdown to 2018 is on at EdVenture’s New Year’s Eve at Noon or Famously Hot New Year ft. Elle King and Nappy Roots.
Indulge in the local flavor with fresh produce and food vendors at Soda City Market and the City Roots Farmers Market, a meal prepared by chef collaborators at the December Harvest Dinner, a good ‘ol fashioned Oyster Roast and BBQ at River Rat Brewery and coffee, mimosas and delicious brunch options alongside the river at Brookland Brunch. Then, join Historic Columbia for Sunday Roll | Lower Richland.
Make way for big talent this month as Luke Combs, Janet Jackson, Joe Bonamassa and The Great Xscape Tour all take the stage.
Meander the Museums
Get your dose of art and history with Henri Matisse: Jazz & Poetry on Paper at Columbia Museum of Art, Well Suited: The Costumes of Alonso V. Ailson for HBO’s Treme at McKissick Museum, South Carolina and the Great War at South Carolina State Museum or a tour of the South Carolina State House.