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Cultural Season 2014-15

Comprehensive Calendar of the Arts in Columbia

Special Events

47th Annual Gem, Mineral, & Jewelry Show 2014

Nov 21 - Nov 23, 2014 • 206 Jamil Rd., 29210
Jewelry, beads, loose stones, fossils, minerals, gold, silver and tools for sale. Geodes sold and cut. Club members' rock collections on exhibit & lapidary demonstrations. Lots of fun for the whole family. South Carolina amethyst on display.

A Christmas Carol

Nov 21 - Dec 20, 2014 • 520 Lady St., 29201
Popular holiday offering from last season returns. You’ll be entranced as five actors perform all the characters of Charles Dickens’ classic story and create a live musical score on stage in a re-imagined production that had.

Carolina Renaissance Festival

Oct 4 - Nov 23, 2014 • Highway 73 at Poplar Tent Road, 28078
Escape your modern-day cares and stroll about a 22-acre storybook village populated with hundreds of pirates, nobles, merchants, peasants and knights. Eleven stages packed with costumed performers offer a unique mix of continuous music, dance, comedy, and circus entertainments.

Cirque Dreams Holidaze

Nov 30 - Dec 1, 2014 •
Witness snowmen, penguins, angels, reindeer, toy soldiers, gingerbread men, ornaments and of course Santa; with soaring acrobatics, gravity defying feats, elaborate production numbers, imaginative costumes, illusions and more. Tickets at

Festival of Trees

Nov 22 - Nov 23, 2014 • 1101 Lincoln St., 29201
Proceeds from the weekend-long silent auction of decorated trees, wreaths, tabletop trees, stockings, children’s art and other holiday items will benefit Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital. Get in the holiday spirit with local choirs, dance groups, a parade of mascots and photos with Santa.

Gala of the Royal Horses

Nov 30 • 801 Lincoln St, 29201
Audiences will experience the excitement, splendor, and majesty of the Gala of the Royal Horses for the first time as the show makes its U.S. debut. Tickets at

Gary Conrad Master Hypnotist

Nov 26 • 2768 Decker Blvd., 29206
Full contact hypnosis show.

Holiday Lights on the River

Nov 26 - Dec 31, 2014 • 5605 Old Bush River Rd., 29212
Lights by the river along with other activities.

Holiday Sparkle N Shine Open House

Nov 22 • 1260 Bower Pkwy., Suite A6
Enjoy your favorite holiday treats with peppermint and gingerbread bubble teas. Everyone who drops in will be included in a $100 gift-basket drawing.

Lights Before Christmas

Nov 21 - Dec 30, 2014 • 500 Wildlife Pkwy., 29210
Nearly one million twinkling lights and other activities. Closed Nov. 27, Dec. 24 and 25.

Main Street Ice

Nov 27 - Jan 19, 2015 • Main St., 29201
Outdoor ice skating rink in downtown Columbia.

Rock Our City Food Drive Bash

Nov 29 • 8082 Speedway Blvd., 29927
Bent Out Of Shape, Subzero, Fishtooth and 3rd Class Citizens will be performing. All proceeds go to Second Harvest Food Bank.

Small Business Saturday

Nov 29 •
Merchants in Five Points, the Vista, Downtown, Rosewood and throughout the city are taking part in Small Business Saturday, with special discounts and activities. Learn more at the City of Columbia's Office of Business Opportunities website at

Small Business Saturday at Grapes & Gallery

Nov 29 • 1113 Taylor St., 29201
Grapes and Gallery hosts a huge sale on art, with several local artists/artisans displaying works and taking holiday preorders.


Nov 22 - Feb 22, 2015 • 211 Gervais St., 29201
Snowville is a winter playscape for children and the young at heart. You can climb Mount EdVerest, explore an ice cave or get the chills in a blizzard simulator. Try traveling to the South Pole to learn a little science.

South Carolina Oyster Festival

Nov 23 • 1616 Blanding St., 29201
Columbia, SC's largest outdoor oyster roast featuring steamed oysters for sell by the bucket. If oysters are not your thing, choose from several other food vendors and ice cold beer for sale. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, and strollers.

Trenholm Artists Guild Holiday Artisan Market

Nov 20 - Dec 20, 2014 • 4507 Forest Drive, 29206
Affordable one-of-a-kind pieces created by members of the oldest and longest running artist group in Columbia.

Ongoing Events

Exhibitions, farmers markets, volunteer opportunities and more.
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