This weekend is packed with everything from exhibits and plays to concerts and seasonal festivities. Join in on the fun and keep reading for our roundup below, then take a look at our calendar of events for even more that's going on in Columbia, SC!


Come and get crafty with us this Sunday at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. We'll be there from 12-6 p.m....

Posted by Crafty Feast on Tuesday, December 8, 2015


The New Holiday Hot Spot
The holiday cheer continues in Columbia this weekend! Lights Before ChristmasHoliday Lights on the River and the Cayce-West Columbia Holiday Parade of Lights will put that twinkle in your eye, while the Christmas Musical: Messiah is Come!Holiday PopsMessiah Concert28th Annual Columbia Christmas Pageant, and "The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical" will have you singing along. Buy something special and handmade for everyone on your list at Soda City Market and Crafty Feast. Take advantage of EdVenture's 12-Cent Kids' Day on Saturday and let your children experience the Festival of SharingSanta's Gingerbread Jamboree and Snowville. Fans of the holiday classic will enjoy seeing "Clare & The Chocolate Nutcracker" at Township Auditorium and Columbia City Ballet Presents "The Nutcracker," along with its accompanying Nutcracker Tea. Meander through beautiful homes all decked out for the holidays at Capital City/ Lake Murray Country's Annual Holiday Open House and Historic Columbia's Holiday Tours of Historic House Museums. It may be nearly 80 degrees this weekend, but you can still take part in some winter fun at Main Street Ice. Finally, celebrate the season at Santapalooza and the Hannukah Party on Saturday and Sunday.

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


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"Clare & The Chocolate Nutcracker" at Township Auditorium 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.; $10 - $46
Friday Bluegrass & Acoustic Open Stage & Jam at Bill's Music Shop & Pickin' Parlor 6 p.m. - 12 a.m.; $5 donation

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
Santapalooza at Wingard's Nursey and Market 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.; Free admission
12-Cent Kids' Day at EdVenture Children's Museum 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; 12? for kids, $10.50 - $11.50 for adults
Cayce-West Columbia Holiday Parade of Lights at Cayce Municipal Complex 5:30 p.m.; Free admission
Christmas Musical: Messiah is Come! At Columbia First Seventh-Day Adventist Church 7 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 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; $10.50 - $11.50
Frank Sinatra Tribute Concert at USC School of Music 7:30 p.m.; Free admission
Saturday Classic Country Music Jamboree & Dancing at Bill's Music Shop & Pickin' Parlor 7 - 10 p.m.; $5 donation

Crafty Feast, an Independent Craft Fair at Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center 12 - 6 p.m.; $3
Second Sunday Stroll in Five Points at the Five Points Fountain 2 - 3:30 p.m.; $5 - $8
USC Women's Basketball vs. Winthrop at Colonial Life Arena 2 p.m.; $4 - $7
Holiday Pops at Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College 3:30 p.m.; $29
Messiah Concert by George Frideric Handel at Trinity Episcopal Church 4 p.m.; $15 - $45
Hannukah Party: Lights, Cocoa & Sufganiyot at Katie & Irwin Kahn Jewish Community Center 5 p.m.; Free admission

28th Annual Columbia Christmas Pageant at First Baptist Church Friday 7 p.m., Saturday 2 p.m. and 5 p.m., Sunday 4 p.m.; Free admission
Annual Holiday Open House at Capital City/ Lake Murray Country Visitors Center Saturday 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Sunday 12 - 4 p.m.; Free admission
Columbia City Ballet Nutcracker Teas at Koger Center for the Arts Saturday and Sunday 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.; $25
Columbia City Ballet Presents "The Nutcracker" at Koger Center for the Arts Saturday 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Sunday 3 p.m.; $20 - $45
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
Shawty Shawty at The Comedy House Friday 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Saturday 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., Sunday 7 p.m.; $15
Snowville at EdVenture Children's Museum Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday 12 - 5 p.m.; $10.50 - $11.50
Bojangles' Basketball Bash at Ridge View High School Friday 6 p.m., Saturday all day; $7 - $10
"Jingle Aargh the Way!" at Columbia Children's Theatre Saturday 10:30 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Sunday 3 p.m.; $5 - $10
"The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical" at Trustus Theatre Friday and Saturday 8 p.m., Sunday 3 p.m.; $25 - $35
Holiday Tours of Historic House Museums at Robert Mills House & Gardens Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sunday 1 - 5 p.m.; $5 - $8
If You Only Knew...Why I Struggle to Trust God (An Inspirational Stage Play) at The Brook Friday 7:30 p.m., Saturday 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; $20 - $28
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


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