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December 12 - December 18, 2008
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Through Sunday, December 14. Evita. Trustus Theatre brings to its stage Argentina's controversial First Lady in this dynamic musical master piece. Driven by ambition and blessed with charisma, Evita was a starlet at twenty-one, the president's mistress at twenty-four, First Lady at twenty-seven and dead at thirty-three. Told through a compelling score that fuses haunting chorales with exuberant Latin, pop and jazz influences, EVITA creates an arresting theatrical portrait as compelling as the woman herself. EVITA will also be performed on January 7-17. Visit Trustus Theatre for more information.

December 12-14 & 19-21. Nutcracker presented by the Columbia City Ballet. Columbia City Ballet's holiday family tradition, Nutcracker, dazzles South Carolina audiences each season. Collecting the talents of more than 200 local children and 40 professional dancers, this award-winning Nutcracker has been proclaimed by The State newspaper "as close to perfect as you can get." Visit the Columbia City Ballet for show times and additional information.

Friday, December 12. Friday Tasting - Sparkling Wine. It's the time of year to begin making plans for sparkling wine! Whether for New Year's Eve or to celebrate Christmas, Friday night is your chance to try six different sparkling wines from 5-7:30 pm. Make Vino 100 part of your Friday night plans for this drop-in tasting. Cost is $5/person ($2.50 for wine club members). Visit Vino 100 for additional information.

Friday, December 12. The Two Claras. The Columbia City Jazz Dance Company presents "THE TWO CLARAS", along with special guest Andie McDowell at the evening performance!! "The Two Claras" is a contemporary/jazz dance twist on the original "Nutcracker", on December 12th at Drayton Hall on the USC Campus. This is a heartwarming holiday story for the entire family following two friends through the joys and disappointments of life after meeting by chance at a Christmas party. There will be familiar "Nutcracker" themes and characters, all done in a very jazzy way. A perfect way for the entire family to celebrate the holidays! Visit the Columbia City Jazz Dance Company for show times and additional information.

Saturday, December 13. Christmas Sampler and Christmas Peddler Craft Shows. Local and regional arts and crafts will be on display and for sale. Enjoy a visit from Santa and Ella the Elf while you are submerged in the holiday spirit with performances by local entertainers and door prizes will be given away as well. Bring some spare canned goods as a drive will be going on for the Lexington County Aging Food Pantry. Visit the Lexington County Recreation and Aging Commission for additional information .

Saturday, December 13. Colonial Christmas in Camden. The Kershaw-Cornwallis Mansion will be decorated in Yuletide splendor while guides in period clothes explain Colonial Christmas. Visitors experience writing with a quill and see demonstrations of traditional skills and crafts. Call (803) 432-9841 or visit Historic Camden for more information.

Through Saturday, December 13. Soulful Noel. Soulful Noel is the Christmas Story told with Soul! This multicultural extravaganza will provide an enriched family activity inclusive of all our citizens. The musical is a collaborative effort with a cast from the diverse cultures that comprise our community. Soulful Noel features Jennifer Holliday, a two-time Grammy Award winning recording artist and Tony Award winning Broadway star of the smash hit musical "Dreamgirls." Visit the Township Auditorium for more information and show times.

Saturday, December 13. Rock-N-Racquets. America's #1 player, Andy Roddick, is joined by 2008 US Open Champion Serena Williams as Newberry College presents Rock-N-Racquets at the Colonial Life Arena, home of the Gamecocks. The event benefits the Andy Roddick Foundation which aims to provide children in need with quality education and other necessary resources. These elite superstars will be joined by rising American, 6'9" John Isner, and the WTA's newest sensation, Caroline Wozniacki, currently ranked 12th in the world. The evening of aces will be complemented by music, high-energy and fun unlike any tennis event you've seen before. Whether you're a fan of tennis, Andy, Serena, or great entertainment, this is an event for you! Get your tickets now for what is sure to be the premier event of 2008! Visit the Colonial Life Arena for more information.

Monday, December 15. Christmas Concert - Dutch Fork Choral Society. Community Choir directed by Marjorie Turner performs Christmas classics by composers such as John Rutter, Mack Wilberg, Moses Hogan and others. Special guests of the evening are the members of the Dutch Fork High School Orchestra conducted by Amy Herin. Visit the Dutch Fork Choral Society for more information.

Tuesday, December 16. About Face Weekly Drawing Sessions: Figure Drawing & Portrait Drawing.
About Face is a group of artists that share a figural model in the museum's studios. The group offers a supportive and friendly atmosphere in which to hone artistic skills and represents a wide range of ages and abilities. About Face invites participants to draw, paint or sculpt from a live model. About Face is a classroom, a studio, a support network and a circle of friends and the first visit is free. Classes take place every Tuesday from December 2-December 30. Visit the Columbia Museum of Art for more information on specific class times.

Thursday, December 18. Eye to the East: The Turner Collection of Chinese Art Exhibition Preview Celebration. Join in the celebration of the newest exhibit at the Columbia Museum of Art. The lecture begins at 5:45 p.m. by Donald A. Wood, Ph.D. A cash bar and valet parking are available. Please bring your membership card and RSVP to or call 803.799.2810 by December 11 to attend. Visit the Columbia Museum of Art for more information.

Holiday Events

Through Sunday, March 1. Snowville presents Brrr! Think snow is cool? So do we! But just how cold is it? Come find out in our totally cool new science show, Brrr! This is a brand new public program held in the R&D lab across from Snowville at EdVenture. For more information visit EdVenture, email or call 779-3100.

Through Saturday, January 3. Holiday Train Show. Train enthusiasts Bob Chiles and David Kaspyrzyk will open a holiday train show in The Village at Sandhill, Nov. 28-Jan. 3. Admission is free. The show will be located next to Learning Experience Toy Store, near Panera Bread, in the shopping center. Chiles, who is rector of St. David's Episcopal Church in northeast Columbia, and Kaspyrzyk, who is a member of St. David's, are long-time train hobbyists and will have their own collections set up and running in the holiday display.

Through Wednesday, December 31. Historic Columbia Holiday Tours. Our house museums are decorated for 19th-century holiday festivities. Join us for single-house tours during our regular business hours on the top of every hour. Three-house holiday tours will be available to groups by reservation and offered to the public on Thursdays and Saturdays at 3 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for youth, and free for members. Call (803)252.1770 ext. 24 or visit Historic Columbia for more information.

Through Wednesday, December 31. Holiday Lights on the River.
For 36 magical nights this holiday season, Saluda Shoals Park will come alive in a blaze of more than a million sparkling lights! Holiday Lights on the River features over 300 themed and animated light displays on a two-mile loop of Saluda Shoals Park. This year, experience an all new dazzling Dancing Forest with lighted, dancing trees, snowflakes and a special appearance by Frosty the Snowman, all synchronized to classical and whimsical holiday music. See the all new Let it Snow where Old Man Winter creates an icy wonderland and watch the holiday classic Twelve Days of Christmas come to life in sparkling lights. Visit the Irmo-Chapin Recreation Commission for more information.

Through Wednesday, December 31. Lights of Cayce. The grounds of Cayce City Hall will be filled to the max with thousands of drive-thru twinkling lights and huge light displays! You'll see Santa's Express, Toyland, Victorian Carolers, Mr. & Mrs. Snowman and more! Visit the City of Cayce for additional information.

Through Tuesday, December 30. Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo. Lively hand-crafted light displays surround the Zoo along with nearly half a million brilliant lights on trees, shrubs and buildings. Over 350 light displays, designed to imitate everything from elephants splashing and siamangs swinging, make Lights Before Christmas truly unique from other holiday lights festivals. Visit Riverbanks Zoo for more information.

December 12-14 & 19-21. This Man Called Jesus. This Christmas Drama draws thousands each year. Presented by a costumed cast of over 350 with live animals, inspiring music, drama, awesome sound effects and lighting, this is a "must see" Christmas holiday event! This two-hour production brings to life, before your eyes, the story of Jesus, beginning with his birth and continues with his ministry, miracles, trial, death by crucifixion, glorious resurrection and ascension. A spectacular "Heaven" scene finale leaves the audience in awe! Bring all your family and friends and arrive early as seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Visit This Man Called Jesus for additional information.

December 13, 20, & 23. Visit Santa at the Museum! The "jolly old elf" will be making his list and checking it twice at the State Museum. Visit the SC State Museum for more information.

Saturday, December 13. Santa Train Rides. How would you like to take your children or grandchildren for a ride on a real passenger train, visit a red caboose or an authentic dining car? Well, you can...all with Santa Claus on board! Visit the SC Railroad Museum for departure times and additional information.

Saturday, December 13. Jack Frost Jubilee. A day of family fun with hayrides with Santa, concerts, storytelling, seasonal crafts and multicultural activities at the SC State Museum. Visit the SC State Museum for more information.

Saturday, December 13-Sunday, January 4. Winterfest. Take a break from the holiday crowds with family activities that celebrate the winter season at the SC State Museum. Visit the SC State Museum for additional information.

Saturday, December 13-Sunday, January 4. 4 Seasonal Arts and Crafts. Decorate an ornament to take home and enjoy other seasonal crafts every day during Winter Fest! For more information call (803)898-4921 or visit the SC State Museum.

Sunday, December 14 & Friday, December 19. Eco-Friendly Crafts. Make a "tree cookie" ornament on the afternoon of December 14 from 1 p.m.-4 p.m and create a beautiful holiday card ornament/gift box from recycled materials on December 19 at 2 and 2:45 p.m. For more information call (803)898-4921 or visit the SC State Museum.

Tuesday, December 16. All About Animals. Encounter real live animals and learn how they prepare for the winter in "This is My Home." For more information call (803)898-4921 or visit the SC State Museum.

Tuesday, December 16. A Christmas Carol presented by the Richland County Public Library.
Join the Richland County Public Library for a holiday tradition as RCPL Literary Resident Howard Burnham performs his classic one-man adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol in the Bostick Auditorium of the Main Library. Visit the Richland County Public Library for more information.

Thursday, December 18. Happy Healthy Holidays.
Discover the importance of healthy habits during the holidays. For more information call (803)898-4921 or visit the SC State Museum.

December 18, 20, 23, 27, 29, 30, & 31. Star Lab "Winter Sky" Planetarium Shows.
A wintery trip through the seasons, constellations and moon phases. $3 per person. For more information call (803)898-4921 or visit the SC State Museum.

Friday, December 19. "Celebrate Winter" Puppet Show.
A musical exploration of the season by the Puppet Playhouse. For more information call (803)898-4921 or visit the SC State Museum.

Monday, December 22-Wednesday, December 24 & Monday, December 29-Friday, January 2. Holiday Sports Galore.
When School is out, Sports Galore is in! Treat your child to Sports Galore Camp at Plex-Sandhill! They will enjoy days loaded with fun and activities. Your child will receive a morning and after noon snack. Hot lunch available for purchase or you may bring your own. Drop off your child as early as 7am, pick up as late as 6pm. Visit Plex Indoor Sports for more information.

Tuesday, December 23. Don't Be a Grinch Day.
A day of "Who-liday" fun. Make Grinch tree decorations or create a mask of the Grinch, Max or the Whos of Whoville, listen to the beloved Dr. Seuss story and watch the cartoon classic at 2 p.m. Finish up with cookies, punch and a visit from Santa. Visit the SC State Museum for more information.

Wednesday, December 31. Eddie's New Year's Eve Noon Countdown. Join us for this family-friendly celebration at EdVenture Children's Museum beginning at 9 a.m. Wednesday, December 31, 2008. Make your own noisemakers and party hats in the Aha Factory. Enjoy line dancing, a bubble-wrap stomp, party music with a live DJ and the exciting kid-style countdown to noon on Eddie's wristwatch. EdVenture also is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. New Year's Day. Visit EdVenture or call 803-779-3100 for more information. 

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I am getting tired just looking at the list...  What a wide array of things to do.

Thanks for sharing,


Dec 11, 2008 06:51 AM #1
Troy Ott
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I didn't realize that Columbia had so much going on for the holidays!  Time to get busy.

Dec 12, 2008 03:35 AM #2
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This is a great idea!  Top 10 lists are my favorite it gives people an idea of what happens seasonally in a town. 

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