Whether working off Thanksgiving dinner at the Warm A Heart Race 10K & 5K, laughing at Tracy Morgan's hilarious standup or getting in the holiday spirit at various events around town, there's a lot going on to fill up your weekend! Continue on for our roundup below, then take a look at our calendar of events for everything happening in Columbia, SC.




The New Holiday Hot Spot
This weekend is full of parades, concerts, plays, festivals and more to kick-start the holiday season! Sing along to your favorite carols at Carols Along the Riverwalk and the USC Concert Choir Christmas Concerts at First Presbyterian Church and Shandon United Methodist Church. Get swept up in the festive fun at the Lexington Christmas Parade, the 62nd Annual Carolina Carillon Holiday ParadeSt. Nicholas Festival9th Holiday Taste & Tour26th Annual Cayce Historical Museum Christmas TraditionsTown of Lexington Snowball Festival and Holiday Tours of Historic House Museums. The kids will love EdVenture's SnowvilleFestival of Sharing and Santa's Gingerbread Jamboree, as well as Holiday Lights on the River and Lights Before Christmas. Watch the magic of the season on stage before you at "The Nutcracker," "Jingle Aargh the Way!" and "The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical." Finally, cross some items off your holiday shopping list at Santa's Market Craft ShowSoda City Market and Junior League of Columbia's Holiday Market.

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




Experimental Music Concert at USC School of Music 4:30 p.m.; Free admission
Lexington Christmas Parade at Main Street, Lexington 6 p.m.; Free admission
Carols Along the Riverwalk at Cayce Riverwalk Park 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.; Free admission
Friday Bluegrass & Acoustic Open Stage & Jam at Bill's Music Shop & Pickin' Parlor 6 p.m. - 12 a.m.; $5 donation
Southern Rhythms: 2015 Gala Art Sale at McKissick Museum 7 - 10 p.m.; $50 - $60
USC Center for Performance Experiment Presents "MFA Actor Solo Shows" at 718 Devine Street 7 p.m. and 10 p.m.; Free admission
USC Concert Choir Christmas Concert at First Presbyterian Church 7:30 p.m.; Free admission

2015 Warm A Heart Race 10K & 5K at Lexington Municipal Conference Center 7:30 a.m.; $30 - $50
Santa's Market Craft Show at Seven Oaks Park 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.; Free admission
Soda City Market at Main Street 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.; Free admission
South Carolina State House Tours at South Carolina State House 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; Free admission
Festival of Sharing at EdVenture Children's Museum 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $10.50 - $11.50
Santa's Gingerbread Jamboree at EdVenture Children's Museum 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; $10.50 - $11.50
62nd Annual Carolina Carillon Holiday Parade at Gervais Street 9:45 a.m.; Free admission
Saturnalia Roman Festival at South Carolina State Museum 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $8.95
St. Nicholas Festival at Holy Apostles Orthodox Church 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Free admission
9th Holiday Taste & Tour at Historic Village of Hopkins, SC 12 - 4 p.m.; Free admission
USC Men's Basketball vs. University of South Florida at Colonial Life Arena 4 p.m.; $14 - $20
26th Annual Cayce Historical Museum Christmas Traditions at Cayce Historical Museum 6 p.m.; Free admission
Saturday Classic Country Music Jamboree & Dancing at Bill's Music Shop & Pickin' Parlor 7 - 10 p.m.; $5 donation

USC Women's Basketball vs. Duke at Colonial Life Arena 2 p.m.; $4 - $7
USC Wind Ensemble Concert with Joseph Rackers, Piano at Darla Moore School of Business 4 p.m.; Free admission
USC Concert Choir Christmas Concert at Shandon United Methodist Church 7:30 p.m.; Free admission

Town of Lexington Snowball Festival at Lexington Square Park & Main Street Friday 6 - 8 p.m., Saturday 5 - 8 p.m., Sunday 3:30 p.m.; Free admission
Columbia Classical Ballet Presents "The Nutcracker" at Koger Center for the Arts Friday 7:30 p.m., Saturday 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Sunday 3 p.m.; $5 - $32
Junior League of Columbia's Holiday Market at South Carolina State Fairgrounds Friday 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday 9:30 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sunday 12 - 5 p.m.; Parking $5, Admission $8
Tracy Morgan at The Comedy House Friday 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Saturday 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.; $40
Main Street Ice at Boyd Plaza Friday 4 - 10 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. - 10 p.m., Sunday 1 - 9 p.m.; $5 - $10
Holiday Lights on the River at Saluda Shoals Park 6 - 10 p.m.; $15 - $40
Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden 5 - 9 p.m.; $8 - $10
"Jingle Arrgh the Way!" at Columbia Children's Theatre Friday 7 p.m., Saturday 10:30 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; $5 - $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
Holiday Tours of Historic House Museums at Historic Columbia Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sunday 1 - 5 p.m., $5 - $8
"The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical" at Trustus Theatre Friday and Saturday 8 p.m., Sunday 3 p.m.; $25 - $35
Paths of Destruction: Sherman's Final Campaign at South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $2 - $5
Columbia Museum of Art has a variety of ongoing exhibits open Friday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday 12 - 5 p.m.; $12
• Georgia O'Keeffe: Her Carolina Story
• Independent Spirits: Women Artists of South Carolina
• The Art of Joseph Norman
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
• Star of Bethlehem
• The Polar Express 4D Experience
• Julius Caesar: Roman Military, Might and Machines
• Time and Place: The Artwork of James Fowler Cooper
• Threads: The Story in Our Clothes
• Carolina Makers


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 reservations.columbiacvb.com.