Here in Columbia, SC, we love a chance to celebrate. This weekend is bursting with opportunities to cheer on athletes, spread holiday joy and commend local artists. Catch the supportive spirit with our 6 things to do listed below and browse our calendar of events for everything happening in "The New Southern Hot Spot!"


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spirited sports
"Sandstorm" in Willy B for the last time this season as the Gamecocks battle the South Alabama Jaguars. Then, race the clock with a choice of two 5Ks on Saturday: a runway sprint or a turkey dash.
USC Gamecocks Football vs. South Alabama at Williams - Brice Stadium Saturday noon
Runway Run at Columbia Metropolitan Airport Saturday 9 a.m.; $40 5K Run, $25 5K Military, $20 Junior ROTC & $10 Kids' Fun Run
33rd Annual Shandon Turkey Trot at Hand Middle School Saturday 8 a.m.; $27-$30



festive festivals
Hitch a ride in a horse-drawn carriage through the twinkling Vista streets past glimmering galleries and festive performances. Join the Mayor as the tree is lit while sampling tasty treats and snagging holiday treasures. Then, it's shuckin' time! Bring your buckets and appetites to the largest outdoor oyster roast of the year with a historic backdrop of two of Columbia's most beautiful house museums.
29th Annual Vista Lights at The Vista Thursday 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.; free admission
19th Annual SC Oyster Festival at Carolina Field House (941 South Stadium Road) Sunday 11 a.m.; $5 Advanced/$10 Gate



jingle jams
Scotty McCreery, American Idol winner and one of country's hottest new stars, will "see you tonight" at the Township Auditorium. Then, jam to Trans-Siberian Orchestra's first live performance of the rock opera, The Christmas Attic. Finally, white gloves and glitzy jackets are a must as the ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute band honors the King of Pop.
Scotty McCreery at Township Auditorium Friday 7:30 p.m.; $49.50, $39, $29
Trans-Siberian Orchestra at Colonial Life Arena Friday 4 p.m. & 8 p.m.; $32, $42.50, $52.50, $62.50
Who's Bad- The Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute Band at Music Farm Friday 8 p.m.; $12 - $15




holiday happenings
One million twinkling lights, a jingle-bell bonfire, elaborately decorated Christmas trees and roasted marshmallows can all be found in Columbia, SC this weekend, even Santa Clause! It's never too early to spread holiday cheer with caroling choirs and fun-filled seasonal attractions.
Santa Signing at Robert Mills House & Gardens Saturday 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.; free admission
Historic Holiday House Tours at Robert Mills House & Gardens Thursday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. & Sunday 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.; Adults $5, 16 & under free admission
Festival of Trees at Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. & Sunday noon - 4 p.m.; $2 per Individual, $5 per Family
Irving Berlin's White Christmas at Town Theatre Thursday - Saturday 8 p.m. & Sunday 3 p.m.; Adults - $25, Senior/College/Military - $20, Youth (17 and under) - $15
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
Snowville at EdVenture Children's Museum Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. & Sunday noon - 5 p.m.; $11.50



carols and characters
Let this weekend's plays suspend reality for a moment -- you can see the fictional town of Grover's Corner, Scotland's hills or 19th century England.
USC Theatre: Our Town at Long Street Theatre Thursday - Friday 8 p.m., Saturday 3 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Student: $12, USC Faculty/Staff, Military, Seniors 60+: $16, General Public: $18
USC Lab Theatre: The Women of Lockerbie at Booker T. Washington High School Thursday - Sunday 8 p.m.; $5
A Christmas Carol at Trustus Theatre Friday - Saturday 8 p.m., Sunday 3 p.m.; Adult $22, Senior $20, Military $20, Student $15



fun facts
"Twinkle, twinkle little star, Find out where, Six of us are." Solve this clue alluding to the bronze stars where cannonballs hit the SC State House and many other tricky riddles in the scavenger hunt offered during its free guided tours every Saturday.
State House Tours at South Carolina State House Saturday 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; free admission 
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


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