Another jam-packed weekend of things to do in Columbia, SC! With all of these holiday events going on in the New Holiday Hotspot, you'll be in the holiday spirit in no time. Look below as we highlight some of the hottest things to do this weekend:


Face Jugs: African-American Art in the 19th-Century South Carolina at the Columbia Museum of Art
It's the last chance to see the Columbia Museum of Art's African-American face jug exhibit, featuring 23 unique South Carolina stoneware vessels.  Free admission on Sunday.
Note: Did you catch our Travel Tuesday trivia earlier this week? We spotted a famously hot Face Jug in the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.
11 am - 5 pm, Friday; 10 am - 5 pm, Saturday; Noon - 5 pm, Sunday

"The Nutcracker"at the Koger Center
The Columbia City Ballet closes this must-see holiday classic this weekend, a performance you don't want to miss. Don't just take it from us - a University of South Carolina student gives us an inside look on our blogTickets, $15 - 38.
7:30 pm, Friday; 3 pm + 7:30 pm, Saturday; 3 pm, Sunday

Nights of Wonder at Saluda Shoals Park
A special holiday-series of nights during "Lights on the River," enjoy family-oriented activities from "Reindeer Hayrides" to hot chocolate and marshmallows to pictures with Santa! $10/car. 
6 pm - 10 pm

Bah Humbug! Scrooge's Christmas Carol
at the Town Theatre
The Town Theatre's youth performs this classic holiday tale of a scrooge taken on a journey by three Christmas ghosts. Come share the magic of this holiday adaptation! $10.
7:30 pm, Friday; 3 pm + 7:30 pm, Saturday; 3 pm, Sunday

"The Two Claras" at Drayton Hall
Columbia City Jazz presents a contemporary dance rendition of the classic tale, The Nutcracker. $10.
7 pm, Friday; 1 pm + 7 pm, Saturday

Saturday, December 15

Soda City Market on Main Street
Weekly farmer's market on Main Street, a collaboration of Columbia farmers, bakers, artists and artisans.
8:00 am - 12:00 pm  

Train Rides with Santa at the S.C. Railroad Museum
It's the last Saturday to take a train ride with Santa! Don't forget to bring your wishlist. $9 - $20. 
9:30 am, 11:30 am, 1:30 pm + 3:30 pm

The Market at Whaley at 701 Whaley
A new farmer's market is housing the 701 Whaley space! Come out for your favorite vendors and a few new faces.
10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Winter Fest at the South Carolina State Museum
Escape the holiday hustle at the State Museum. "Winterfest" opens Saturday and runs through January 1, with each day full of different family-oriented activities! Free with museum admission.
10 am - 5 pm, Saturday; 1 - 5 pm, Sunday

Crafty Feast at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center
Columbia's independent craft fair returns for the second time this year to the Convention Center. More than 100 unique vendors from across the southeast convene in Columbia to show their wares! Read the Convention Center blog for more information. $2.
11 am - 6 pm

"Hansel and Gretel" at the Columbia Marionette Theatre
Take a break from Saturday cartoons and bring the kids to the Marionette theatre for the classic tale, Hansel and Gretel. $5.
11:00 am & 3:00 pm

Sunday, December 16
Yule Tea at the South Carolina State Museum 
The "Charleston Silver Lady" comes to Columbia to show how Christmas was celebrated in Colonial South Carolina. A classic afternoon tea will follow. $40, prices includes "Secrets of the Maya" admission.
3 pm  

For more things to do, browse our calendar of events or check out our holiday guide. Did we miss anything? Drop us a line on facebook or twitter.