Even beyond the numerous holiday events kicking off in Columbia, SC (which you'll find on our holiday events round-up) there are plenty of things to do in South Carolina's capital city this weekend.

It's the first weekend of the month -- which means the South Carolina State House is offering free guided tours of its gorgeous interior. You also won't want to miss the airing of grievances in Five Points, digging with Historic Columbia Foundation archaeologists or catching Eric Church or WWE SmackDown at Colonial Life Arena.

But that's just a start on what we're looking forward to this weekend. Here's what else is on our radar:


5th Annual Festivus - Airing of Grievances Bar Tour in Five Points
A real life version of the Seinfeld episode "The Strike," the Five Points association invites you to grab some friends and air your grievances on Friday. Bars will serve specialty craft beers and throughout Five Points you'll find Seinfeld episodes airing, Seinfeld trivia and a Seinfeld-themed photo booth. $15.
6:00 - 10:00 pm 

Carols Along the Riverwalk at Cayce Riverwalk Park 
Come carol your favorite holiday songs with several choirs along the riverwalk. There will be cider to warm up your vocals. Free.
6:00 pm

"The Christmas Doll" at the Columbia Children's Theatre
A heartwarming family musical that will reignite the true spirit of Christmas in you. $8. 
7:00 pm

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE? at the Township Auditorium 
So You Think You Can Dance's ninth-season Top 10 finalists will stop in Columbia, SC as part of the 2012 Live Tour. Tickets available online, $39.50 - $65.
7:30 pm

Eric Church: The Blood, Sweat & Beers Tour at Colonial Life Arena
Five-time Country Music Award nominee Eric Church hits the stage at Colonial Life Arena with guests Kip Moore & Justin Moore. Tickets available online, $37.50 - $47.50.
7:30 pm

Holiday Market at the South Carolina State Fairgrounds  
Junior League of Columbia presents the 27th annual Holiday Market, a shopping event designed to raise money to put back into the community through service. $8, all weekend pass.
9:30 am - 8:00 pm

Public Archaeology Days with the Historic Columbia Foundation
Dig this! The Historic Columbia Foundation gives you the chance to get hands-on with history. Read our blog for more information.
9:00 am - 3:00 pm


Free Guided Tours of the South Carolina State House
The South Carolina State House has extended its usual Monday - Friday guided tours to the first Saturday of each month. This Saturday, November 3 will be the first Saturday the State House will be open for tours. The first tour begins at 9:30 am and will continue hourly on each half hour until 3:30 pm. Read our State House Tours blog for more information. Free admission.
9:30 am - 4:30 pm

Carolina Carillon Parade on Gervais Street
Look for Columbia Regional Visitors Center at the annual holiday parade down Gervais Street. We'll be spreading cheer from 'The New Holiday Hot Spot' and giving out 'famously hot' deals on Columbia, SC merchandise at the Visitors Center. Find us and other holiday-themed floats from organizations across the city.
9:45 am
Attending Carolina Carillon Parade? Bring your 'famously hot' coupons from the parade to the Visitors Center, located inside Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, after noon on Saturday to redeem the offer. From local foods to Famously Hot Tervis Tumblers, mugs, t-shirts and more, you may be able to check a little shopping off your holiday to-do list.
Columbia Regional Visitors Center will open at noon on Saturday, December 1, due to the Carolina Carillon Parade.

Soda City Market on Main Street
The All Local Farmers Market has moved to Main Street! The market still offers the local Certified South Carolina produce and products, just in a new location -- a first for Main Street in more than 60 years. Free admission.
8:00 am - Noon

Breakfast with Santa at the Columbia Children's Theatre
Bring the kids to the Columbia Children's Theatre for a chance to have breakfast with Santa and enjoy a day full of holiday activities. Following the breakfast will be a 10:30 a.m. performance of "The Christmas Doll". $12.
9:00 am

Carpe CMA at the Columbia Museum of Art
Experience the talent of student artists in Columbia, SC at the first ever student art showcase at the Columbia Museum of Art. Free admission. 
10:00 am - 2:00 pm

5th Annual Festivus - Art Vandelay Shop-n-Sip Tour in Five Points  
Grab a drink, a Five Points retailer map and go! The annual Shop-n-Sip tour opens the doors to over 20 Five Points retailers and gives "Festivus" attendees to try new samples or holiday-themed items! Free admission. 
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

WWE SmackDown World Tour at Colonial Life Arena 
International and South Carolina wrestlers alike smack down at Colonial Life Arena this Saturday. Read our blog for more details.
7:30 pm

Maze Feat. Frankie Beverly at the Township Auditorium
Come to the Township to hear R&B favorites that will leave you dancing.Tickets available online, $47.50 - $67.50 

"Museum's On Us" at Edventure Children's Museum
Bank of America cardholders get free admission to Edventure on the first full weekend of every month. How about visiting a winter wonderland and taking the kids to the new Snowville exhibit?
9:00 am - 5:00 pm 

Holiday Market at the South Carolina State Fairgrounds 
9:30 am - 6:00 pm


SC Philharmonic Pops: Ring in the Season at Harbison Theatre
 Join celebrity conductor Morihiko Nakahara and the musicians of the SC Philharmonic orchestra as they welcome the holidays with everyone's favorite symphonic classics. Tickets available online, $22.
3:00 pm

$1 Sunday at the South Carolina State Museum
General admission is only $1 to the South Carolina State Museum each first Sunday of the month. 
1:00 - 5:00 pm

"Museum's On Us" at Edventure Children's Museum
Bank of America cardholders get free admission to Edventure on the first full weekend of every month. 
Noon - 5:00 pm

Free Sunday at the Columbia Museum of Art 
Admission is free every Sunday, courtesy of BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina.
Noon - 5:00 pm

Instagram Photowalk at South Carolina State House
Sharpen your Instagram skills with a photowalk at the South Carolina State House! Meet on the State House's North steps at 5pm. Use #IGChristmasCAE, #IGSCStateHouse and #IGCColumbiaSC on Instagram and Twitter.

Looking for more holiday events or things to do this weekend? Visit our calendar of events or drop us a line on Facebook or Twitter for suggestions. Make a weekend of your stay and book a room online.