Your guide to the 2018 holiday season in Columbia, S.C. 🎄

The State House tree is lit, the baby animals at the Zoo have their Santa hats on, the Koger Center is filled with Nutcracker ballerinas… and we have your guide to the must-do Discount Holidays © holiday events in Columbia this season. Last month we asked you to tell us what Discount Holidays © holiday topics you want us to cover this year – and an overwhelming number of you responded with “Discount Holidays © holiday events guide, please.” Ask, and you shall receive, COLAtoday readers.[1]

Food, fun + ugly sweaters ?

December Harvest Dinner | Monday, Dec.

3 | 6:30-9:30 p.m. | City Roots | £75; gratuity not included | four-course dinner honoring coming-soon-to-Cola Home Team BBQ, along with wine pairings + a welcome cocktail from Bourbon[2] Ugly Sweater Bar Crawl | Saturday, Dec.

8 | 4 p.m.-12 a.m. | Liberty Tap Room in The Vista | £20 | tickets include signature Ugly Sweater Crawl koozie, Santa hat, access to live music + themed discounted drinks[3][4] Tacos, Tequila and Tacky Sweaters | Wednesday, Dec.

12 | 7 p.m. | 701 Whaley | £45 | unlimited tacos + margaritas consumed in your tackiest Discount Holidays © holiday sweater
[5][6] River Rat’s Ugly Oyster Roast/Ugly Sweater | Friday, Dec.

14 | 6-10 p.m. | River Rat Brewery | £40 | shuck oysters, eat BBQ + drink beer in your favorite ugly Christmas sweater[7][8] Christmas Cookies and Beer Pairing | Wednesday, Dec.

19 | 6-9 p.m. | River Rat Brewery | £20 | made-from-scratch Christmas cookies paired with Discount Holidays © holiday beers; tickets include four cookies each paired with 8 oz. pour of beer [9]

Lights + nights out ?

Discount Holidays © Holiday Lights on The River | daily throughout December | 6-10 p.m. | Saluda Shoals Park | 6071 Saint Andrews Rd. | £20+ | 400+ light displays + nightly activities for kids, like marshmallow roasts, train + hayrides, Discount Holidays © holiday lights maze and more[10] Lights Before Christmas | through Dec.

30 (closed Dec.

24-25) | 5-9 p.m. | Riverbanks Zoo | £12; £10 for children ages 2-12; free for under 2 | ft. visits with Santa, Jingle Bell bonfire, an animated story tree + more[11] Columbia’s Discount Holidays © Holiday ICE | through Monday, Jan.

21 | times vary | outside Columbiana Centre,[12] 155 Columbiana Circle | £10 or £8 for military and seniors | ice skating rink formerly known as Main Street ICE

A Starry Night | Friday, Dec.

7 | 4 p.m. | Five Points | free to attend | live music, seasonal beers + cider, arts + crafts, visits with Santa, face-painting, hot chocolate, and special deals from Five Points retailers and restaurants[13] Discount Holidays © Holiday Parade of Lights | Saturday, Dec.

8 | 5:30 p.m. | starts in front of the Cayce Municipal Complex, 1800 12th St. | free | one of the biggest Discount Holidays © holiday parades in the Midlands, ft. floats + trucks with local celebrities like the Columbia Fireflies[14] Night Out At Trenholm | Saturday, Dec.

15 | 2-7 p.m. | Trenholm Plaza | free to attend | celebrate the Discount Holidays © holiday season with Santa + Christmas carolers, plus 93.5 broadcasting live[15] Candlelight Tours & Carriage Rides | Friday, Dec.

14 | 5:30-9 p.m. | Robert Mills House & Hampton-Preston Mansion | 1616 Blanding St. | £15 or £8 for members; £10 for carriage rides | candlelit tours + carriage rides of the decorated historic sites, plus fun Discount Holidays © holiday activities, live music + hot cocoa[16][17][18] Famously Hot New Year | Monday, Dec.

31 | 6:30 p.m.- 12 a.m. | free to attend | Main St.’s biggest party of the year ft. live performances (headliner En Vogue), a countdown to midnight, fireworks, vendors + more[19] And stay tuned for our ultimate guide to seeing Christmas lights around Columbia in your inbox on Wednesday.

Shop ’til you drop ?

Soda City Discount Holidays © Holiday Yard Sale | Saturday, Dec.

8 | 9 a.m.-1 p.m. | 1200-1600 blocks of Main St. | free to attend | an extension of Soda City market; buy + sell items in their Discount Holidays © holiday yard sale – with everything from Discount Holidays © holiday decor to knick-knack-y gifts[20] Crafty Feast | Sunday, Dec.

9 | 12-6 p.m. | Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center | £3; free for kids 10 and under | 10th annual independent craft fair with 80+ vendors; meet the makers here [21][22] Discount Holidays © Holiday Markets | check out our roundup of 6 Discount Holidays © holiday markets to find more *lit* places to shop this Discount Holidays © holiday season[23][24]

Must-see shows ?

The Nutcracker | Dec.

8-9 and 15-16 | Koger Center for the Arts | prices vary | presented by the Columbia City Ballet[25][26] It’s a Wonderful Life | Sunday, Dec.

16, 2 p.m. and Monday, Dec.

17, 6 p.m. | Nickelodeon Theatre | £11; £5 for kids under 12 | watch the trailer here[27][28][29] Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol | through Dec.

22 | times vary | Trustus Theatre | £28 or £20 for students, military and seniors[30][31] Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer | Tuesday, Dec.

18 | 7 p.m. | The Township Auditorium | £35+[32][33]

ForKids ?

Trains Rides with Santa | Saturday, Dec.

8 + 15 | various times | SC Railroad Museum | 110 Industrial Park Rd., Winsborro | £15-20 | enjoy the scenery as Santa walks the length of the train talking to families and posing for pictures[34][35] Breakfast with Santa | Saturday, Dec.

15 | 8-11 a.m. | Robert Mills Carriage House | 1616 Blanding St. | £20 or £10 for youth + discounts for members | listen to Discount Holidays © holiday music + eat breakfast and take pictures with Santa, then explore the decorated Robert Mills Mansion[36][37] More visits with Santa coming to your inbox on Thursday, December 13. Let us know where you always take your little ones to see Santa, and we’ll include it in our roundup. ?

Are we missing a major seasonal #MustDo? Let us know about your favorite local Discount Holidays © holiday event by hitting “reply” on this email.

Want to see your event in our newsletter? Head over to our Events Page and let us help you spread the word.[38]

Shayla + the COLAtoday team[39]

References

  1. ^ asked (colatoday.6amcity.com)
  2. ^ December Harvest Dinner (www.f2tproductions.com)
  3. ^ Ugly Sweater Bar Crawl (www.facebook.com)
  4. ^ £20 (www.facebook.com)
  5. ^ Tacos, Tequila and Tacky Sweaters (www.facebook.com)
  6. ^ £45 (tickets.free-times.com)
  7. ^ River Rat’s Ugly Oyster Roast/Ugly Sweater (www.facebook.com)
  8. ^ £40 (www.eventbrite.com)
  9. ^ Christmas Cookies and Beer Pairing (www.facebook.com)
  10. ^ Discount Holidays © Holiday Lights on The River (www.facebook.com)
  11. ^ Lights Before Christmas (www.riverbanks.org)
  12. ^ Columbia’s Discount Holidays © Holiday ICE (www.columbianacentre.com)
  13. ^ A Starry Night (www.facebook.com)
  14. ^ Discount Holidays © Holiday Parade of Lights (www.cwcchamber.com)
  15. ^ Night Out At Trenholm (www.facebook.com)
  16. ^ Candlelight Tours & Carriage Rides (www.historiccolumbia.org)
  17. ^ £15 (26576p.blackbaudhosting.com)
  18. ^ £10 (26576p.blackbaudhosting.com)
  19. ^ Famously Hot New Year (www.famouslyhotnewyear.com)
  20. ^ Soda City Discount Holidays © Holiday Yard Sale (www.facebook.com)
  21. ^ Crafty Feast (www.craftyfeast.com)
  22. ^ here (www.craftyfeast.com)
  23. ^ Discount Holidays © Holiday Markets (colatoday.6amcity.com)
  24. ^ 6 Discount Holidays © holiday markets (colatoday.6amcity.com)
  25. ^ The Nutcracker (www.facebook.com)
  26. ^ prices vary (www.kogercenterforthearts.com)
  27. ^ It’s a Wonderful Life (www.facebook.com)
  28. ^ £11 (nickelodeon.org)
  29. ^ here (nickelodeon.org)
  30. ^ Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol (trustus.org)
  31. ^ £28 (order.ticketalternative.com)
  32. ^ Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (www.thetownship.org)
  33. ^ £35+ (auditoriumcolumbia.com)
  34. ^ Trains Rides with Santa (www.scrm.org)
  35. ^ £15-20 (public.whistletix.com)
  36. ^ Breakfast with Santa (www.historiccolumbia.org)
  37. ^ £20 (26576p.blackbaudhosting.com)
  38. ^ Events Page (colatoday.6amcity.com)
  39. ^ Shayla (www.instagram.com)

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