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Ready to get started on the holly and jolly? This is your ticket to HOLIDAY FUN IN GREATER COLUMBIA AND THE MIDLANDS! Click here for Holiday Markets, Holiday Events, Holiday Dining, Holiday Lights, and much more! Click here.

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Vista Lights

Thursday, November 16, 2017
Mix and mingle, wine and dine, and holiday shop ‘til you drop at Vista Lights! More than 90 galleries, shops, and restaurants open their doors to showcase their holiday treasures and delicious dishes. The Vista Guild also organizes live entertainment and performances to get attendees in the holiday spirit as the Mayor of Columbia lights the Vista’s tree at the corner of Gervais and Lincoln Streets. More here.

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Themed Trivia at Liberty Tap Room & Grill | The Vista

Thursday, November 16, 2017
Visit Liberty every Thursday for trivia! This week's theme is Late Night "Adult" Trivia (10pm-12am). Enjoy $8 pizzas from 5-10pm and $3 for most pints on tap. You can also come in early for some great happy hour specials, from 4-7pm. More here.

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O Sole Trio | Aiken

Thursday, Nov. 16 & Friday, Nov. 17, 2017
O Sole Trio will perform "Bravissimo Broadway" at the AECOM Center for the Performing Arts in Aiken. O Sole Trio is a vibrant classical crossover ensemble featuring soprano Erin Shields and baritone Giuseppe Spoletini, as well as David Shenton on piano and violin. The trio has performed sold-out concerts at major venues. They breathe new life into familiar favorites with their unique and innovative arrangements. More here.

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50th Annual Gem, Mineral & Jewelry Show | Jamil Temple

Friday, Nov. 17 - Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017
Sponsored by The Columbia Gem & Mineral Society, the annual Gem, Mineral, & Jewelry Show features beautiful jewelry, beads, loose stones, fossils, minerals, gold, silver, & tools for sale, geodes sold & cut, club members' rock collections on exhibit, lapidary demonstrations and South Carolina amethyst on display. Lots of fun for the whole family, and the perfect place to begin your holiday gift shopping! More here.

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28th Annual Festival of Trees | Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center

Friday, November 17 - Sunday, November 19, 2017
This event kicks off with an auction preview and continues throughout the weekend! Featuring decorated trees, wreaths, and stockings that will be up for bid throughout the weekend-long silent auction. An exclusive, black-tie Festival of Trees Auction Preview will be held on Friday. Make a reservation for the Preview here.

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LAST WEEK! Subscribe to Columbia Foodie News and be entered to win a $50 gift card from Main Street Public House!

Do you love dining out? Do you like to hear about new restaurants in the Greater Columbia area? Do you like to attend food festivals, craft beer events, farm-to-table dinners? Subscribe to Columbia Foodie News (published by Gardener Publications LLC, same company that publishes this newsletter!) and we'll send you a bi-weekly link to our e-newsletter. You'll be entered to win a $50 gift card from one of our favorite downtown restaurants - Main Street Public House! Subscribe here.

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Holiday PJ Night with Santa | Columbiana Centre

Friday, Nov. 17 & Friday, Dec. 8, 2017
It’s a PJ Party at the North Pole! Dress up the family in festive PJs for a fun photo with Santa that you will never forget! This fun and festive night will take place 5 - 8pm at the Dillard's Wing of Columbiana Centre. Book your time here.

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Lights Before Christmas | Riverbanks Zoo

Saturday, Nov. 18 - Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017
Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition is back, from 5-9pm through Dec. 30. Featuring nearly one million twinkling lights, Holly Jolly Christmas Parade, Animated Story Tree and Characters, visits with Santa, Jingle Bell Bonfire, festive foods and more! More here.

Santa Signing Day | Gift Shop at Robert Mills

Saturday, November 18, 2017
To kick-off the holiday season, Historic Columbia will host the annual Santa Signing at The Gift Shop at the Robert Mills House. This free, family-friendly event is the perfect opportunity to get into the holiday spirit, visit with Victorian Santa, enjoy holiday activities and begin checking off your shopping list! Guests will receive 30% off their entire Gift Shop purchase, and light refreshments. Register here.

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Santa & The Grinch Holiday Bazaar

Saturday, November 18, 2017
Greater Cayce West Columbia Chamber of Commerce presents this fun, family-friendly event to be held at the Wingate by Wyndham in Lexington. There will be breakfast foods provided (while supplies last), shopping for your holiday gifts, photograph packages, and activities for the kids! More here.

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Holiday Market at Crooked Creek Park

Saturday, November 18, 2017
Shoppers can purchase one-of-a-kind items including, but not limited to, paintings, handmade jewelry, home decor items, and more from area artists and crafters! Get started on your holiday shopping! More here.

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Keg Fest 2017 | Icehouse Amphitheater

Saturday, November 18, 2017
Inaugural grassroots craft beer festival at the Icehouse Amphitheater in Lexington! Featuring over 20 breweries and live music from Lexington locals The Nick Clyburn Band and The Kenny George Band. Food trucks will also be on site. There are a limited number of tickets available, so get yours here.

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SC Oyster Festival

Sunday, November 19, 2017
Columbia, SC's largest outdoor oyster roast, featuring steamed oysters for sale by the bucket, brought to you by PEARLZ Oyster Bar! Bring your chairs, your blankets, your oyster knives, and your appetite! Steamed oysters will be for sale, you’ll also enjoy oyster shooters, fried oysters, and oyster gumbo, as well as other food vendors and ice cold beer for sale. More here.

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Sleigh Bell Stroll & Trot | Saluda Shoals Park

Monday, Nov. 20 & Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017
Run or walk at night and enjoy the sparkle of the Holiday Lights on the River displays at Saluda Shoals Park! The Sleigh Bell Stroll will take place November 20 - register here. Sleigh Bell Trot four-mile race takes place on November 21 - register here.

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The Sound of Music | Koger Center

Tuesday, Nov. 21 - Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017
Don’t miss the Official National Tour of The Sound of Music, direct from Broadway to the Koger Center! The spirited, romantic and beloved musical story of Maria and the Von Trapp Family will once again thrill audiences with its Tony®, Grammy® and Academy Award® winning Best Score! Tickets here.

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Holiday Lights on the River | Saluda Shoals Park East Entrance

November 22 - December 31, 2017
The Midlands Largest Drive-Through Lights Show is back! Experience the magic as Saluda Shoals Park comes alive in a blaze of more than a million sparkling lights! Take a journey through colorful lights and over 400 animated light displays of all shapes and sizes! Also enjoy fun-filled family Holiday Lights activities every night. More here.

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Syrup Day | SC Agritourism

Saturday, November 18, 2017
Experience life on a one-horse family farm from 1900-1955 during Syrup Day at the L. W. Paul Living History Farm in Conway! See how the farm family would make cane syrup from sugar cane, and traditional cane grinding and traditional early farm living techniques will be demonstrated throughout the day. This includes Lye soap making, grinding corn, hand stitch sewing, log cutting, cooking on a wood stove, butter making, and more! More here. The L. W. Paul Living History Farm is part of the SC Dept. of Agriculture's Passport Program. Collect stamps at participating farms to win Certified SC items! Learn more here.

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Live Music!

Click on the venue below to see who's playing this week:

Main Street Public House | Pearlz Upstairz Lounge | Tombo Grille

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The Nutcracker | Ann Brodie's Carolina Ballet

Friday, Nov. 24 - Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017
Ann Brodie's Carolina Ballet annually pairs with the Columbia Festival Orchestra for the production of Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker. Bring the whole family to this traditional holiday season performance! Tickets here.

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Small Business Saturday

Saturday, November 25, 2017
In 2010, American Express founded Small Business Saturday. Columbia will be participating this year in a big way! Businesses will be offering sales and specials in their stores to help boost sales for the local merchants and provide patrons the opportunity to keep their dollars in their community. More about Five Points here. More about Devine Street here.

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2017 Christmas Parade | Town of Winnsboro

Sunday, November 26, 2017
The parade will begin at 4pm and go south to Congress Street from Evans to Moultrie Streets. Following the parade, the Christmas Tree will be lighted. Santa will visit the children on the first floor of the clock building, and there will be other holiday activities for the whole family! More here.

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Christmas Craft Show | Aiken

Friday, Dec. 1 - Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017
This year marks the 47th Annual Christmas Craft show featuring over 100 exhibitors from all over the Southeast! This two-day event includes crafts such as wreaths, wood furniture, paintings, baked goods, jewelry, holiday ornaments, ceramics, pottery and many other unique items. More here.

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Town of Lexington Snowball Festival

Friday, Dec. 1 - Sunday Dec. 3, 2017
The Town of Lexington hosts the Snowball Festival December 1-3, 2017! Friday features a concert, carnival, and tree lighting at Lexington Square Park. Saturday is movies at the Icehouse Amphitheater, and Sunday caps off with the parade along Main Street. More here.

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Swan Lake Fantasy of Lights | Sumter

December 1 - December 31, 2017
Be amazed as the sun goes down at Swan Lake Iris Gardens as the gardens come alive with breathtaking light displays symbolizing the holiday season. The floating Christmas tree has been an annual favorite for over 35 years, along with Santa, angels and other characters of song and story. See some of your favorite cartoon characters like Blues Clues, Barney, Bob the Builder, Sponge Bob, Dora the Explorer and many, many more! Free nightly admission! More here.

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Winter Block Party | Lancaster City

Saturday, December 2, 2017
Enjoy live music and performances, arts & crafts, and food vendors outdoors at City Hall! This day of fun is just one event in Lancaster's annual "Christmas in the City", which includes free trolley rides, letters to Santa, Gingerbread Contest, Red Rose Holiday Tour Open Houses, Santa Photos & Workshop, Costume Characters, Artisans Market, Native American Artisans Sale, History & Train Museums, Holiday Concerts, and much more! Free admission and parking. More here.

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Sustainable Holiday Market

Monday, December 4, 2017
Make plans to attend the 10th Anniversary Sustainable Holiday Celebration! The Sustainable Holiday Celebration is a party like no other, and encourages our community to think locally while they shop for their loved ones. Shop from over 60 local unique artisans and sample signature dishes from five local food vendors! Tickets here.

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Camden Candlelight Tour of Homes

Saturday, December 9, 2017
The 41st Annual Candlelight Tour of Homes offers a rare opportunity to enter Camden's finest private homes and admire Christmas decor, music, and special furnishings seldom seen by visitors. The self-guided tour begins at 1314 Broad Street Camden, SC 29020 on Saturday, December 9th, 2017 from 3 - 8pm. In addition to the walking tour, enjoy the exclusive hospitality stop for some of the best refreshments and hospitality the South has to offer. More here.

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Janet Jackson | State of the World Tour

Saturday, December 16, 2017
See Janet Jackson live at the Colonial Life Arena! The State of the World Tour is the eighth concert tour by Jackson, and was launched in promotion of her eleventh studio album, Unbreakable. The theme of the tour reflects socially conscious messages from Jackson's entire music catalog. Tickets here.

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