Thursday November 20 - Wednesday November 26, 2014 Vista Lights 2014 Thursday, November 20, 2014 Vista Lights makes its return for 2014 and promise


Thursday November 20 - Wednesday November 26, 2014

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Vista Lights 2014

Thursday, November 20, 2014
Vista Lights makes its return for 2014 and promises to be bigger and better than ever. Kick off your holiday shopping at local galleries and shops during the 29th annual holiday street party that is Vista Lights! The entire Vista celebrates with great food, wonderful performances and a tree lighting ceremony! More information is available here!

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Carolina Gem, Mineral & Jewelry Show

November 21 - 23, 2014
Love rocks, minerals, gems, jewelry and everything in between? Then come to the Jamil Temple for the 45th Annual Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show! Large fossils, a salted mine, geodes, fine jewelry, custom made jewelry. Come learn about different gems and minerals and watch people crack open geodes to reveal the crystals inside. Get handcrafted jewelry and beads that you cannot get anywhere else! For more information on the Carolina Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show, go to their website!

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Trans-Siberian Orchestra | Colonial Life Arena

ONE DAY ONLY - 2 SHOWS! Friday November 21, 2014

The Live Debut of The Christmas Attic: Trans-Siberian Orchestra will be performing their rock opera The Christmas Attic live for the first time ever on their Winter Tour 2014. Don't miss this tour as this album features one of the band's most popular songs, 'Christmas Canon.' Visit Trans-Siberian Orchestra's brand new website at for info and click here for tickets!

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Bonnamu: Battle of the Bands 2014

Thursday, November 20, 2014
Phi Mu's 2nd Annual Bonnamu, will be hosted to raise money for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, but more importantly Palmetto Health Children's Hospital in Columbia, SC! The event will be held at Tin Roof. More information here!

17th Annual Native American Indian Film & Video Festival of the Southeast

November 20 - 24, 2014
This community-based event aims to present the richness and variety of indigenous cinematic expressions. Primarily the festival is a time to educate folks about contemporary Native American talent and issues, Native theme documentaries and to discuss film and the power it has to tell Native Stories by Native people and to entertain. More info here.

WIN A PAIR OF TICKETS!!!! White Christmas at Town Theatre

November 14 - December 7, 2014
Email your name to and put "White Christmas" in the subject line! All entries must be received by Friday Dec. 21 at noon. Winner notified by email. The show is full of dancing, laughter and some of Irving Berlin’s most memorable songs including “Sisters” and the unforgettable title song, “White Christmas.” Get tickets and more information on Town Theatre's website!

Scott McCreery | Township Auditorium

Friday, November 21, 2014
Ever since Scotty won the tenth season of American Idol he's been on fire. With his debut album going platinum and many Top 20 Country Songs, he has been a force to be reckoned with. Get your tickets before they sell out. More here.

Gustafer Yellowgold

Friday, November 21, 2014 | 11am - 12:30pm
Experience live music and original animation in what The New York Times calls "a cross between Yellow Submarine and Dr. Seuss." Join award-winning illustrator and songwriter Morgan Taylor in this Gustafer Yellowgold multi-media performance of live music, animated illustrations and storytelling. Click here for more information.

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Merry Christmas, Columbia!

Your go-to source for everything Christmas in the Midlands!
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Holiday Arts & Crafts Markets

Looking for unique gifts? Look here.

Holiday Workshops

From pottery to glass to very special cookies and cupcakes - make your own and delight your family and friends! More.

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Send us pictures of your home dressed up in holiday lights! You could win great prizes! Two categories - creative and elegant!

Holiday Events

So many things going on - this list is for all things not included in our other categories - take a look!

Christmas Concerts

Do you hear what I hear? Click here and find out!

Cut Your Own Christmas Tree

Learn about each type of tree grown around here and where to go to get one - fresh as they come and local! Info.

Holiday Lights

Saluda Shoals, Riverbanks Zoo, City of Cayce, Swan Lake, James Island, Elgin Lights... more! Find out where and when the best twinklers are happening! Also, check out our contest!

Restaurants open on Thanksgiving Day

Let someone else do the cookin' and clean-up! A list of Columbia area restaurants open on Turkey Day and what they have planned! Info.

Awesome Decorating Ideas & Shops

Looking for inspiration to get started? We are here to help! Click here.

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Our dear city lay in ruins - but think about how Main Street looks today! We're amazing!

Paths of Destruction: Sherman’s Final Campaign | Confederate Relic Room & Military Museum

Friday November 21, 2014 - March 6, 2016

“Paths of Destruction: Sherman’s Final Campaign” will detail Sherman’s last effort to quell the Confederacy in his army’s march through South Carolina, the state that fired the first shots of the Civil War. This example of total war, with little differentiation between military and private entities, left a lasting impact on the Carolinas and, officially ending April 26, 1865, was one of the final campaigns of the war. Artifacts include Union and Confederate weapons and accoutrements, ammunition, POW pieces, uniforms, excavated relics from locations along Sherman’s path, and flags. Highlights of the exhibit are a life-size diorama depicting Columbia after the burning, audio segments of first-person accounts during the campaign, and a pre-and-post burned Columbia interactive map. Visit the Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum's website for details.

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Snowville! EdVenture Children's Museum

Saturday November 22, 2014 - February 22, 2015
Every day is a SNOW DAY at EdVenture! Strap on some ice skates and pack your mittens for a frosty, fun-filled trip to Snowville. EdVenture's most popular seasonal exhibit is cooler than ever! Crawl through an ice tunnel, climb a snow-capped mountain, sled down a snowy hill, or visit the Penguin Observation Station. It’s all in Snowville! More info at the museum website.

Runway Run 5K

Saturday, November 22, 2014
Our Fifth and FINAL year! Don’t miss your chance to Run the Runway! The annual Runway Run first celebrated the re-opening of the main runway at the Columbia Metropolitan Airport in 2010 after completing a seven-month reconstruction process. More information here!

19th Annual South Carolina Oyster Festival

Sunday, November 23, 2014
Columbia, SC's largest outdoor oyster roast featuring steamed oysters for sell by the bucket brought to you by. PEARLZ Oyster Bar. Also enjoy oyster shooters, fried oysters, and oyster gumbo for purchase once inside the festival. If oysters are not your thing, choose from several other food vendors and ice cold beer for sale. More information here!

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Holiday Lights on the River 2014

Sleigh Bell Trot

Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Join us for the Sleigh Bell Trot certified 5K (3.1 mile) race. This unique, nighttime race is held amid the festive light displays of Holiday Lights on the River. More information here.

Holiday Lights on the River

Wednesday November 26 - December 31, 2014
Our very most favorite light show in town! Drive through a two-mile loop of fabulous displays! Saluda Shoals Park sparkles brilliantly in a blaze of more than a million lights. Holiday Lights on the River features over 400 themed, animated light displays on a two-mile loop of the Park! More information here!

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The Nutcracker

November 25 - 30, 2014
The Nutcracker is a truly enchanting ballet that invites you to share the magic of the holidays. This classic show is full of shimmering snowflakes, waltzing flowers and, of course, an enchanted nutcracker. Follow a little girl through her dreams as she travels with the Prince who was once her beloved Nutcracker over the Pine Forest and through the Land of Sweets. Magic will fill the air on Thanksgiving Week so make sure you get tickets before they sell out! More information is available here!

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Liberty on the Lake Live music every Saturday and Sunday afternoons, 3pm - 7pm!

River Rat Brewery Located off Shop Rd.

Old Mill Brewpub Located in the Old Mill in Lexington
1st & 3rd Monday every Month "Family Karaoke" | 7pm-10pm
Every Tuesday "Shag & Beach Party" | 7:30pm-10pm
Every Wednesday "Team Bingo" | 7pm-9pm
Every Thursday Red Fraley | 7pm-10pm
Friday November 21st | Joey Wells MLP 8pm-11pm
Saturday November 22nd | Jesse Moore 8pm-11pm

Pearlz Upstairz Above Pearlz Restaurant on Gervais St. Very cool, intimate club.

Tsubaki. Columbia's Only True Karaoke Bar, next to Inakaya on Oneil Court in NE Columbia. Come make your own music! [Specials include $10 buckets of domestic beer, daily specials. Private Karaoke Rooms (for you and your pals to belt those tunes out) available! Open Tuesday - Sunday at 6pm! 224 Oneil Court. (803) 736-7474

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Thursday, November 20 2014 | She Returns from War ~~~ Post-Timey String Band ~~~ Falling Off A Building

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45th Annual South Carolina State Bluegrass Festival

November 27 - 29, 2014
Dr. Ralph Stanley, Doyle Lawson & Quiksilver, Rhonda Vincent, Gene Watson, The Spinney Brothers and IIIrd Tyme Out, headline this terrific talent lineup! The Palmetto State's oldest, largest and best bluegrass event is back for its 45th year and draws fans from throughout the eastern half of the United States for the wide array of traditional bluegrass talent. This fun event is held in the Myrtle Beach Convention Center and will include areas for jam sessions! More information is available here!

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Sumter's Fantasy of Lights

December 1 - 31, 2014
One of the largest light displays in South Carolina is back to ring in the holidays! Through the month of December, the 2014 Fantasy of Lights will illuminate the 150 acre Swan Lake Iris Gardens once again with over 150 lighted figures and more than one million lights. Santa's Village will also be open every Friday and Saturday throughout the Fantasy of Lights so your little ones can write letters to Santa and tell him personally all of their toy wishes! More information is available on Sumter's website here!

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December 4 - 7, 2014
ChristmasVille 2014 has a TON of holiday activities planned for you and yours! And we're not exaggerating when we say A TON! There are Santa's Signature Events that range from an Art Festival to Horse Drawn Carriage Rides to a 5K. There's Christmas in the Village activities where you can ride a ferris wheel a carousel, see the grand opening of Fountain Park, climb a rock wall, listen to Holiday concerts and so much more. This weekend is PACKED with so many fun things to do we'd need another newsletter just to list them all. Come up to Rock Hill to kick off the Christmas season! More information is available here.

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Holly Hill Christmas Festival 2014

Friday, December 5 & Saturday, December 6, 2014
Holly Hill is kicking off the holiday season with their 2014 Christmas Festival and Parade! The parade will being at 11am on Saturday with Santa bringing in the holidays! He will be available later to listen to the Christmas lists of all the good girls and boys. Other events will also include craft and commercial vendors, food vendors, inflatables, a live band, a live nativity scene and more! More information is available here!

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Red Rose Holiday Tour

December 5 - 7, 2014
The Red Rose Holiday Tour is back in Lancaster with a ton to do! Shop at all the wonderful stores and craft vendors, listen to the live entertainment, view wonderful art from around the state, eat great food and learn about Lancaster's history through exciting and informative tours! There will even be a Santa's workshop for all of the kids to enjoy. More information is available at Lancaster's website.

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Country Christmas Celebration

Saturday, December 4, 2014
The State Farmers Market will take you back in time at the Country Christmas Celebration on Saturday, December 6 from 10 am until 4 pm. Fresh Christmas trees! Home and holiday gifts and decor! Antique farm equipment on display - the antique tractor parade starts at 2 pm. Santa Claus will be driving the last tractor and would love to meet all of your little ones at the South Shed afterwards. Hot chocolate and a holiday treats available. This family event is free and a great way to kick off the holiday season. The State Farmers Market is located at 3483 Charleston Highway, West Columbia, SC. More information available here!

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44th Annual Christmas Craft Show | City of Aiken

Friday, December 5 & Saturday, December 6, 2014
Aiken's 44th Annual Christmas Craft Show is the best place to shop for all of your holiday wish lists! You can browse through over 100 exhibitors from all over the Southeast with crafts including wreaths, hand crafted furniture, paintings, jewelry, ornaments, ceramics, needlepoint creations, baked goods and so much more! Food vendors will serve up the classics and delightful holiday melodies will be provided by Roger and Barb Rollins. Bring the kids on Saturday the 6th and they can meet and take photos with Santa Claus. Admission is FREE. More information is available at!


Jack Frost | Columbia Children's Theatre

December 5- 14, 2014
Jack Frost is meddling with the weather again to get the attention of his notable parents, The Snow Queen and the Frost King. He's turning leaves non-existant colors, covering orange groves in blankets of snow and farmers are getting frost bite in the summer! His parents decide to ship him off to the Kringle family to whip him into shape but he may be getting into a lot more than he bargained for by trading lives with Crystal Kringle. More information and tickets are available here.

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Shoppers Walk

December 6 - 7, 2014
The Shoppers Walk is held December 6th at 5:30pm, the day before the Prosperity Christmas Parade. At the Shoppers Walk, merchants will have "open houses" with generous discounts, there will be local entertainment, visits with Santa, cookies, hot chocolate, and prize drawings! This event warms the heart and rings in the holidays amongst the luminary lined sidewalks and sounds of Christmas. More information is available here.

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Santa's Gingerbread Jamboree | EdVenture

December 6, 13 & 20, 2014
Santa is coming! EdVenture invites all families to enjoy this holiday event for children featuring photos with Santa, gingerbread cookie decorating, story time with Frosty the Snowman, festive face painting and holiday arts and crafts.
Spend a full day of winter fun together as you visit Santa Claus, his elves and Frosty before heading upstairs to the North and South Pole to play in our seasonal exhibit, Snowville. Pre-registration is required. More information available here!

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Breakfast with Santa

Saturday, December 6, 2014 | 9am - 12pm
Santa is making his way to Richland Mall to listen to all of the boys and girls' Christmas wishes! Have breakfast with your family and the Big Man himself while participating in fun activities for you and the kids. For more fun, take a picture with Santa after spilling your wishlist and watch an exclusive performance of Jack Frost by the Columbia Children's Theatre! There will be more fun things to do so make sure you get your tickets now before they sell out. More information is available here.

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8th Annual Holiday Taste & Tour

Saturday, December 6, 2014 | Noon - 4pm
There is something magical during Taste & Tour time! The Village of Hopkins comes alive. SERCO’s 8th Annual Holiday Taste & Tour promises to bring a memorable “Old Fashioned Christmas” to the historic Village of Hopkins. The Village is located just 11 miles from Columbia at 214 Hopkins Road, and intersecting Lower Richland Boulevard. History tells us that this was once a bustling location, originally named “Hopkins Turnout” between 1836 and 1842, when the South Carolina Railroad from Charleston completed a turntable there. Through the 1920’s, the Village of Hopkins was thriving with general stores, gin mills, industries, residences and a Town Hall. SERCO has taken on a labor of love to recreate a similar atmosphere. More information is available here.

Parade of Homes 2014

2014 Holiday Parade of Homes | Longcreek Plantation

Sat. December 6 - Sun. December 14, 2014
Enjoy the beautiful sights of the holiday season at the 2014 Parade of Homes held this year at the Gates of Windermere inside Longcreek Plantation. You'll love seeing the fresh new looks, outstanding design, and spectacular interior decorating. Bid on a decorated "Giving Tree" to take home for Christmas. Find out more at the Home Builders Association's Facebook page.

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Town of Mount Pleasant's Holiday Events

Friday Dec. 12 - Sun. Dec. 14, 2014

Spend a weekend this holiday season in Mount Pleasant and get in on the fun! You're invited to take part in a FREE holiday celebration all weekend long! On Friday, the Town of Mount Pleasant and Cinebarre partner to present a free outdoor movie to get you in the holiday spirit! On Saturday, The annual Holiday Farmers Market & Craft Show combines all the goodies from our traditional food market with handcrafted gifts created by local artisans. On Sunday, more than 100 floats will march down Coleman Boulevard as the Mount Pleasant Christmas Light Parade sets sail to the delight of thousands of residents and visitors. Visit the town's website for more info.

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