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Columbia's Famously Hot New Year!

December 31, 2018
Grammy-nominated female R&B vocal group En Vogue will ring in 2019 with a free, full-length, outdoor concert in downtown Columbia, S.C. for Famously Hot New Year. In addition to the live music, enjoy a variety of vendors selling food and drink, beer, wine and bubbly and the biggest NYE fireworks in S.C., in a fun, friendly festival atmosphere in walkable downtown Columbia. More info here.

Mac & Cheese Cookoff Festival

January 6, 2019
A family friendly event with everyone's favorite side dish Mac & Cheese. Come participate in Ashley's Yummy Tummy's 1st Annual Mac & Cheese Cookoff & Festival. We'll have the best local chefs providing their own unique and cheesy recipes. Ticket entry provides unlimited Mac & Cheese tasting, non alcoholic Beverages and ONE vote for your favorite mac & cheese, to crown the Best Mac & Cheese Winner. More info here.

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Broadway in Columbia Presents: Kinky Boots

January 13-14, 2019
With songs by Grammy® and Tony® winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, this jouous musical celebration is about the friendships we discover, and belief that you can change the world when you change your mind. Charlie Price is struggling to live up to his father’s expectations and continue the family business on Price & Son. With the factory’s future hanging in the balance, help arrives in the unlikely but spectacular form of Lola, a fabulous performer in need of some sturdy new stilettos. Tickets here.

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Thurs. Dec. 20 - Wed. Dec. 26

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Ride the Soda Cap Connector

Daily from 11:00am-9:30pm
Looking for a FREE and easy way to go from Five Points to Main Street, or Soda City to the Vista? Take the Soda Cap Connector! First stop is at 11:00 AM, and last drop off is at 9:30 PM. See all the stops and trip details here.

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Christmas in the Hopelands

December 20-23, and December 26 | 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Head to Aiken, SC, and see The 27th Annual Christmas in Hopelands event! Guests can spend time with friends and family as they stroll through Hopelands Gardens, taking in the sights and sounds of the holiday season, while sipping hot cocoa or apple cider. This enchanting walk-through exhibit features over two miles of lighted pathways and illuminated displays. Over 100,000 twinkling lights in the peaceful setting of Hopelands Gardens are a must-see during the holiday season. Details here.

Odessa Ballet Presents: Swan Lake

December 20, 2018 | 7:30 pm
In their first visit to the United States since opening in 1810, the world-renowned Odessa Ballet Company performs the Tchaikovsky classic “Swan Lake”. The full scale production will feature 55 talented dancers in four acts, with one intermission. Choreography by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov. More info here.

Columbia Ice at Columbiana Centre

December 20-26, 2018
Columbia's Holiday ICE, formerly known as Main Street ICE, will kick off a new ice skating season on Thursday, November 22 at the Columbiana Centre! The rink is open during these hours: Monday-Thursday: 4pm-9pm Friday: 4pm-10pm | Saturday: 10am-10pm | Sunday: 1pm-9pm. More info here.

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Winter Wonderland at the Woody

December 21, 2018
Join the fun-havers at The Woody for a night in Winter Wonderland! Totally decked out for the holidays, The Woody will be offering complimentary drinks and finger foods from 6pm – 8pm! Woody Windham will be playing all your favorite dance tunes early, followed by Jennifer Windham closing the night. No better place to dance in all of Columbia! More info.

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A Night with the Stars

December 21, 2018 | 6 pm - 8 pm
Join Eastwood Homes featuring GMG Academy of the Arts to enjoy live music, s'mores by the fireside, story readings with Mrs. Claus, special appearances, free food, face painting, crafts, gift giveaways, and much more! Both indoor and outdoor activities. Allow our family to celebrate the season with yours! More info here.

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7th Annual Tin Roof Bad Santa Party

December 21, 2018 | 10 pm - 2 am
Head out to Tin Roof for the 7th Annual Tin Roof Columbia Bad Santa Party! A super special Bad Santa will be in the house and giving away goodies, but dress like Santa and join him for free entry and an exclusive shot special for Santa's only! Tis the season, time to party!
Live music from Tin Roof Favorite, Glow Co. More info here.

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Holiday Light Shows

There are 8 outstanding Christmas light displays around the Columbia SC area… each will make you tingle with delight! Take your family, grab some hot cocoa, and go check them out. You won't be disappointed! Read about them here.

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Winter Wonderland & Jazz Night on the Spirit of Lake Murray

December 22, 2018 | 5:30 pm - 8 pm
Melodies on Murray™ combines several of Lake Murray’s favorite things; live music, great food, lasting memories and sailing the beautiful waters on Lake Murray’s Only Dinner & Reception Yacht! During the Christmas Season the Spirit of Lake Murray is an excellent way to spend time with friends and family. The Spirit is gorgeously decorated for the winter season and provides a fully heated dining experience as you sail comfortably on the beautiful waters Lake Murray. Visit the website here.

EdVenture Gingerbread Jamboree

December 22 and 23, 10 am - 3 pm
All families are invited to some holiday fun this season at EdVenture’s Gingerbread Jamboree. The holiday event series for children will feature photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, mini gingerbread house decorating, special visitors, holiday arts and crafts, readings of “Polar Express” and “Twas the Night Before Christmas,” create holiday ornaments, and sign up for graham cracker “gingerbread houses” decorating classes in our cooking lab. Events are free with membership or regular admission. Find out more on their website.

Focal Points: The Art of Disability

December 26, 2018 | 11 am
CMA Docent Bauer Westeren focuses on the depiction of bodies that are in some way disabled. As someone with a disability, he is intrigued by bodies that are not “ideal” within art and what that art might be saying about physical limitations. Focal Points is a series of gallery talks that feature topics and themes near and dear to the hearts of CMA staff and tour guides. Free with membership or admission. Details here.

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Pearlz Upstairz Lounge | 12/20 - Jazz Night, 12/21 - Duplex
929 Kitchen & Bar | 12/22 - Party of Some, hosted by DJs Alejandro Florez and Dick Not Richard
The Senate | 12/22 - Taylor Boys' X-Mas Xtravaganza
New Brookland Tavern | 12/20 - Strike the Tower, 12/21 - Kids Trails 12/22 - Lord Lhus

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