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Holiday Lights on the River; A Christmas Carol; Snowville

Looking for things to do in Columbia SC? FT Happenings helps you find them.

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.

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

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

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.

Operation Spread the Joy

Nov 24 - Dec 13, 2014 • 2401 Main St., 29201
The third annual “Operation Spread the Joy” project is collecting items and monetary donations to distribute Christmas Eve morning to the homeless in downtown Columbia’s.

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.

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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