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COLUMBIA SC
EVENTS
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November Events

Jim Harrison Gallery Presents 'Southern and Western Realism'

  • Event Description: Join us for our featured artists - Donnie and Ronnie Hughes.
  • Date: November 1-10
  • Time: Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays - 10AM to 5PM Saturdays - 9AM to 2PM
  • Phone: 800-793-5796
  • Name of Location: Jim Harrison Gallery
  • Address: 4716 Carolina Hwy Denmark, SC

#feedtheville

  • Event Description: 5th Annual Food Drive that benefits the Help of Summerville and the Dorchester Senior Center Holiday Food Basket program. These organizations help those in our community, that are in need. Put smiles on their faces by making a donation.
  • Date: November 1-20
  • Phone: 843-821-7260
  • Address: Various...see site for more information

lexington holiday open house

  • Event Description: Gather your friends & family to shop locally by visiting participating Lexington merchants. Refreshments, door prizes, sales and specials!
  • Date: November 2-5
  • Time: Various
  • Phone: 803-407-5011
  • Name of Location: Wingard's Market
  • Address: 1403 North Lake Drive

The River District Sidewalk Sale

  • Event Description: Participating West Columbia merchants will display outside open box, discounted, and sale items in front of their business. Hours will vary by merchant. Look for tables of merchandase with ballons in front & next to sidewalks. Door prize giveaways register at The Crafty Cottage, 831 Meeting St. West Columbia
  • Date: November 3-4
  • Name of Location: The River District - (Historic Section of West Columbia)

42nd craftsmen's christmas classic

  • Event Description: Over 275 artists and craftsmen from 20 states will showcase their work, with demonstrations. Items made by participating artists.
  • Date: November 3-5
  • Time: Fri 10am-9pm; Sat 10am-6pm; Sun 11am-5pm
  • Phone: 336-282-5550
  • Name of Location: SC State Fairgrounds
  • Address: 1200 Rosewood Dr.

 

harbison theatre: ronald k. brown/ evidence

  • Event Description: In this performance, dancers will integrate traditional African dance with contemporary choreography and spoken word.
  • Date: November 4
  • Time: 7:30pm
  • Phone: 803-407-5011
  • Name of Location: Harbison Theatre
  • Address: 7300 College Street 

 

sc philharmonic: Ravishing Rachmaninoff

  • Event Description: Rachmaninoff will delight you, and Sayaka Shoji's stunning virtuosity will amaze you again.
  • Date: November 4
  • Time: 7:30pm
  • Phone: 803-771-7937
  • Name of Location: Koger Center for the Arts
  • Address: 1051 Greene St

 

pumpkin smash at the zoo

  • Event Description: Watch as Riverbanks Zoo’s mammals, reptiles, birds and fish enjoy and interact with pumpkins of all shapes and sizes.
  • Date: November 4
  • Time: 10am-3pm
  • Phone: 803-779-8717
  • Name of Location: Riverbanks Zoo & Garden
  • Address: 500 Wildlife Pkwy

 

christmas craft show and holiday bazaar

  • Event Description: Over 75 different crafters & vendors including handmade jewelry, photography, artwork, woodworking, christmas crafts, ornaments, wreaths, pottery and children's clothing.
  • Date: November 4
  • Time: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • Phone: 803-553-4912
  • Name of Location: Lexington Middle School
  • Address: 702 North Lake Drive

 

carolina craftisan holiday bazaar

  • Event Description: Shop small business. Food trucks, shopping, 50+ vendors, live entertainment & much more!
  • Date: November 4
  • Time: 9am – 3pm
  • Phone: 803-757-4362
  • Name of Location: Productions Skating Rink
  • Address: 6704 Augusta Hwy, Leesville

  • kickoff for a cure

    • Event Description: Watch the Gamecock's via big screen TVs as they travel to Athens to take on the Bulldogs. Food, complimentary beer, wine.
    • Date: November 4
    • Time: 9am – 3pm
    • Phone: 843-388-5968
    • Name of Location: Williams Brice Stadium
    • Address: 1125 George Rogers Blvd. 
    • Guided Historical Walking Tour - Battle of Congaree Creek

      • Event Description: Walk along beautiful trails in an historic setting. You'll hear stories of soldier and civilian accounts of what happened during the burning of Columbia.
      • Date: November 4-December 2
      • Time: 1-2:30pm
      • Phone: 850-322-5636
      • Name of Location: Cayce Riverwalk 12,000 Year Trail
      • Address: 1120 Fort Congaree Trail

      • Guided Walking Tour - Natural History

        • Event Description: Walk along this beautiful trail in an historic setting and help us identify the conspicuous and not so conspicuous plants and animals at the History Park.
        • Date: November 11
        • Time: 3– 4:30pm
        • Phone: 850-322-5636
        • Name of Location: Cayce Riverwalk 12,000 Year Trail
        • Address: 1120 Fort Congaree Trail

        • Holiday Market & Festival

          • Event Description: Games, music, food, and shopping! Live performances from the cast of The Pajama Game, photos with Santa, and a live broadcast and giveaways with Fox 102.3.
          • Date: November 11
          • Time: 9am-2pm
          • Phone: 803-269-9826
          • Name of Location: Irmo High School
          • Address: 6671 St. Andrews Rd.

    bubbie's brisket & bakery

    • Event Description: A Jewish food extravaganza! Traditional Jewish foods and baked goods.
    • Date: November 12
    • Time: 11am – 3pm
    • Phone: 843-388-5968
    • Name of Location: Beth Shalom Synagogue
    • Address: 5827 N Trenholm Rd

  • Vista Lights 2017

    • Event Description: Open house kicks off the holiday season with artistic performances, live music and dancing. 60+ galleries, shops and restaurants will be open.
    • Date: November 16
    • Time: 5– 10pm
    • Phone: 803-269-5946
    • Name of Location: The Vista
    • Address: In and around Gervais and Lincoln Streets


  • Aiken Performing Arts: O Sole Trio

    • Event Description: A vibrant classical crossover ensemble featuring the lush voices of soprano Erin Shields and baritone Giuseppe Spoletini.
    • Date: November 16-17
    • Time: 7:30pm
    • Phone: 803-643-4774
    • Name of Location: AECOM Center for the Performing Arts
    • Address: 126 Newberry Street SW, Aiken, SC

 


 

  • Gem, Mineral & Jewelry Show

    • Event Description: Dig for treasures, view a gigantic Orthoceras Fossil (between 300 and 400 million years old), purchase geodes from Mexico, and find collectible gems, minerals and fossils at the Jamil Temple. Beautiful jewelry and holiday gift ideas.
    • Date: November 17-19
    • Time: Fri and Sat 10am-6pm; Sun 12-5pm
    • Phone: 803-736-9317
    • Name of Location: Jamil Temple
    • Address: 206 Jamil Road

 

  • riverbanks run

    • Event Description: Help kick off the Midlands’ longest running holiday tradition, Lights Before Christmas, by making tracks to Riverbanks’ annual 5k race.
    • Date: November 18
    • Time: 7:30am
    • Phone: 803-736-9317
    • Name of Location: Riverbanks Zoo & Botanical Garden
    • Address: 500 Wildlife Parkway

  • 2nd Annual Chapin band Holiday Market

    • Event Description: 50+ local vendors selling homemade crafts & goodies, jewelry, home décor, holiday items, healthcare, clothes, children's book author, food and more
    • Date: November 18
    • Time: 9am-4pm
    • Phone: 808-772-0828
    • Name of Location: Chapin High School Cafeteria
    • Address: 300 Columbia Ave Chapin, SC

 

  • icrc holiday market

    • Event Description: Shoppers can purchase one-of-a-kind handcrafted items including crafts, paintings, jewelry, home decor items, & more! Free admission.
    • Date: November 18
    • Time: 8:30am-2:30pm
    • Phone: 803-345-6181
    • Address: 1098 Old Lexington Hwy, Chapin

  • Lantern Tour - Native American HIstory and Culture

    • Event Description: Candlelight walk with volunteers in period attire. Learn about the lifeways and strategic roles Native Americans played in the economy and welfare of the Carolina colony and later periods.
    • Date: November 18
    • Time: 6-8pm
    • Phone: 850-322-5636
    • Name of Location: Cayce Riverwalk 12,000 Year Trail
    • Address: 1120 Fort Congaree Trail, Cayce, SC

  • 22nd annual sc oyster festival

    • Event Description: Bring your chairs, blankets, oyster knives, and your appetite! Live music, oyster shooters, fried oysters, and oyster gumbo available for purchase. Food vendors, cold beer for sale. Steamed oysters for sale by the bucket, by PEARLZ Oyster Bar.
    • Date: November 19
    • Time: 11am-6pm
    • Phone: 803-736-9317
    • Name of Location: Robert Mills Historic House and Gardens
    • Address: 1616 Blanding St.

 

  • jamil shriners craft show

    • Event Description: Gifts, hand poured candles, Christmas ornaments, floral arrangements, wood carving, leather items, local honey & on-site monogramming! Refreshments, live entertainment.
    • Date: November 25
    • Time: 9am-5pm on the 25th; 1-5pm on the 26th
    • Phone: 803-732-4227
    • Name of Location: Jamil Temple
    • Address: 206 Jamil Road

    • Small Business Saturday

      • Event Description: Get your holiday shopping done and celebrate small businesses! Merchants will be handing out #ShopSmall goodies. Sales, specials, and more.
      • Date: November 25
      • Time: All Day
      • Phone: 803-748-7373
      • Name of Location: Five Points
      • Address: 206 Jamil Road

 

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December Events

  • starry night in five points

    • Event Description: Visit your favorite Five Points stores to enjoy sales and specials! From home goods, jewelry, and clothing to baked goods and wine!
    • Date: December 1
      Time: 4-8pm
    • Phone: 803-748-7373
    • Name of Location: Five Points
  • annual christmas craft show

    • Event Description: Over 100 exhibitors from all over the Southeast. Crafts such as wreaths, wood furniture, paintings, baked goods, jewelry, holiday ornaments, pottery and more.
    • Date: December 1-2
    • Time: 9am-5pm on the 25th; 1-5pm on the 26th
    • Phone: 803-642-7631
    • Name of Location: Odell Weeks Activity Center
    • Address: 1700 Whiskey Rd

  • the living christmas story

    • Date: December 1-3
    • Phone: 803-781-3013
    • Name of Location: Union United Methodist Church
    • Address: 7582 Woodrow Street


  • snowball festival

    • Event Description: Parade, concert and more!
    • Date: December 1-3
    • Phone: 803-642-7631
    • Name of Location: Lexington Square Park and Icehouse Amphitheater
    • Address: 205 E Main Street (Lexington Square Park) & 107 West Main St.(Icehouse Amphitheater)

  • Town Theatre: Miracle on 34th Street

    • Event Description: A holiday classic from the writer of the theatre classic, The Music Man! This heartwarming musical is the perfect holiday treat!
    • Date: December 1-17
    • Phone: 803-799-4764
    • Name of Location: Town Theatre
    • Address: 1012 Sumter Street

  • annual carolina carillon parade

    • Event Description: Featuring Superhero Holiday entries from all over! Parade will be from the State House to the Vista. SC celebrities, marching bands, floats and Santa Claus!
    • Date: December 2
    • Time: Parade at 9:45am
    • Phone: 803-545-3100
    • Name of Location: Gervais and Bull Streets and proceed west on Gervais (downtown Columbia)

christmas at shandon umc

  • Event Description: Don’t miss Hanging of the Greens-Dec 3, Love Feast-Dec 10, the Christmas Benefit Concert with Eddie Huss & Friends-Dec 17 and the inspiring Christmas Eve service with music, beautiful greenery and glowing candlelight on Dec 24.
  • Date: December 3-25
  • Phone: 803-642-7631
  • Name of Location: Shandon United Methodist Church
  • Address: 3407 Devine Street

annual christmas tree lighting

  • Event Description: In front of Summerville Town Hall. Dignitaries and special guest performers will entertain us with traditional Christmas music. Brings thousands of people together to begin the holiday season with festive music and thousands of twinkling lights!
  • Date: December 5
    Time: 6:15pm
  • Phone: 843-821-7260
  • Name of Location: Summerville Town Hall
  • Address: 200 S Main Street

bojangles' basketball bash

  • Event Description: Elite Hoops + Live DJ = 3 Hot Nights! A National Elite High School Basketball Showcase.
  • Date: December 7-9pm
  • Phone: 803-699-2999 Ext 240
  • Name of Location: Ridge View High School
  • Address: 4801 Hard Scrabble Road

columbia christmas pageant

  • Event Description: With state of the art lighting, thousands of Christmas lights, glorious music, and a cast and crew of hundreds!
  • Date: December 8-10
    Time: December 8th (7:30pm), 9th (2pm & 5pm), and 10th (4pm)
  • Phone: 803-256-4251
  • Name of Location: First Baptist Church Columbia
  • Address: 1306 Hampton Street

41st Annual Candlelight Tour of Homes

  • Event Description: Join us in Historic Camden, SC to take a self-paced tour through some of the city’s oldest homes and Historic sites decorated beautifully for the season. Purchase tickets at the museum the day of and/or pick up your Tour booklet.
  • Date: December 9
    Time: 3-8pm
  • Phone: 803-256-4251
  • Name of Location: Camden Archives Museum
  • Address: 1314 Broad Street

Wingard’s Family Christmas

  • Event Description: Join us at Wingard's Family Christmas! Meet Mrs. Claus, ride the Santa Train and have hot apple cider and cookies.
  • Date: December 9
  • Phone: 803-359-9091
  • Name of Location: Wingard's Market
  • Address: 1403 N. Lake Drive

annual holiday bazaar

  • Event Description: Features 35+ vendors offering goods such as soy candles, soap, jewelry, scarves, crafts, ornaments, women’s clothing, & much more!
  • Date: December 9
    Time: 9am-2pm
  • Phone: 803-781-1626
  • Name of Location: Salem United Methodist Church
  • Address: 1321 Salem Church Rd, Irmo

columbia gun and knife show

  • Event Description: The largest Civil War show inthe world, featuring over 1,000 tables of authentic Civil War weapons and memorabilia.
  • Date: December 9-10
    Time: Fri 10am-7pm; Sat 7am-9pm
  • Phone: 770-630-7296
  • Name of Location: South Carolina State Fairgrounds
  • Address: 1200 Rosewood Drive

columbia city ballet: The Nutcracker teas

  • Event Description: Takes place before the matinee performances. Held in Koger Center’s “ballroom” with a sit-down tea, cakes, cookies.
  • Date: December 9-10 & 16-17
    Time: Fri 10am-7pm; Sat 7am-9pm
  • Phone: 803-799-7605
  • Name of Location: Koger Center for the Arts
  • Address: 1051 Greene St

summerville christmas parade

  • Event Description: Free event that brings the community together to spread Christmas cheer. The parade is one of the largest in the state, featuring nearly 3,000 participants with a spectatorship of 25,000. The participants' floats are judged, based on originality, creativity, and overall effort.
  • Date: December 10
    Time: 2pm
  • Phone: 843-821-7260
  • Name of Location: Downtown Summerville

harbison theatre: holiday pops

  • Event Description: Do you hear what we hear? The S.C. Philharmonic plays your favorite holiday classics and some contemporary, snowy surprises!
  • Date: December 10
    Time: 3:30pm
  • Phone: 803-407-5011
  • Name of Location: Harbison Theatre
  • Address: 7300 College Street 

Columbia Baroque Concert “Winter Holidays Celebration”

  • Event Description: Back by popular demand, soprano Serena Hill-LaRoche joins Columbia Baroque mezzo soprano Brittnee Siemon for delightful arias, duets and carols.
  • Date: December 19
    Time: 7-9pm
  • Phone: 803-422-4921
  • Name of Location: University of South Carolina Music School Recital Hall
  • Address: 813 Assembly Street

famously hot new year

  • Event Description: SC’s largest NYE celebration! Large fireworks display in front of the S.C. State House! Live concert, food & more!
  • Date: December 31
    Time: Gates open at 6pm
  • Phone: 803-212-7118
  • Name of Location: Downtown Columbia
  • Address: Main & Gervais St 

 

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