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Cultural Season 2014-15

Comprehensive Calendar of the Arts in Columbia

Special Events

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.

Breakfast with Santa

Dec 20 • 1616 Blanding St., 29201
Enjoy a continental breakfast while listening to seasonal music. View the decorated halls of the Hampton-Preston Mansion and see a Victorian Christmas tree.

Holiday Lights on the River

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

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.

Midlands Winter Family Expo

Dec 20 • 1101 Lincoln St., 29201
Visit over 100 booths featuring local businesses sharing their products and services. Families encourage to come play and learn about helpful community resources and aspects of raising happy, healthy kids.

New Year's with Jamil Beachbombers

Dec 31 • 206 Jamil Rd., 29210
Dinner at 7 p.m., party favors, champagne and continental breakfast. Music provided by the Jamil Beachcombers DJ’s. Email Marie Kiesel at for more information.

New Years Eve with Bourbon

Dec 31 - Jan 1, 2015 • 1214 Main St., 29201
Hors d’oeuvres, craft cocktails, beer and wine, and a champagne toast. Participants will have exclusive access to Bourbon the entire night, and can come and go as you please.

Outdoor Nativity Drama

Dec 20 - Dec 21, 2014 • 4224 Hard Scrabble Rd., 29223
Witness the story of Jesus' birth. Bring your lawn chair.

Riverbanks Zoo Shared Holiday Parties

Dec 18 • 500 Wildlife Prkwy., 29210
Ticket includes admission to Lights Before Christmas, food, signature cocktail, DJ and a farewell gift. Ideal for small companies, friends and families.

Santa's Gingerbread Jamboree

Dec 6 - Dec 20, 2014 • 211 Gervais St., 29201
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.

Sing-Along Messiah

Dec 22 • 1401 Washington St, 29201
Handel's Messiah, featuring orchestra, combined choirs, soloists and audience participation.


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.

The Christmas Angel Ballet

Dec 19 - Dec 20, 2014 • 7300 College St., 29063
Story of a Princess whose soul is devoured by jealousy and through the pure love of the Christmas Angel, she is forgiven and redeemed. Presented by Celestial Stars, a local company directed by Gabrielle Celeste.

The Oak Table

Dec 31 - Jan 1, 2015 • 1212 Main St., 29201
Enjoy hors d'oeuvres prepared by executive chef Howard Stephens. There will also be a midnight countdown with access to this year's firework show over downtown Columbia.

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.

Winter Fest

Dec 20 - Jan 3, 2015 • 301 Gervais St, 29214
Two weeks of exciting activities and programs. Different activities will take place each day during WinterFest, so visit for details. WinterFest is included with membership or general admission. Planetarium and 4D shows are an additional price.

Ongoing Events

Exhibitions, farmers markets, volunteer opportunities and more.
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