Columbia Family Events | December 2020

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December in Columbia in full of fun – from holiday light displays to story times, festive performances and more! Get out your calendars and make a note of all there is to do. If you know of any fun family activities or Columbia events we have missed, please let us know in the comments or feel free to add it here.

Don’t forget to check out our Resources Page for all our local guides – parks & playgrounds, indoor play areas, kids eat free, photographers, preschools, local shopping, and more! Here’s some guides you might find particularly handy this time of year:

Here are some other guides you may find handy!

*Please note – While we make every effort to crosscheck current links and event details on our guides, we always encourage you to do the same before making final plans. If details are missing or incorrect, please let us know so that we can correct them. 

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December Family Events

Dec
1
Laser Holidays
This is an exciting and unique way to celebrate the season through a display of colorful and dramatic laser lights choreographed to a mix of holiday music favorites, including “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Deck the Halls,” “White Chris...
Dec
3
Christmas in Cayce
It doesn’t get more festive than this! The city of Cayce has combined past Christmas events to make one big drive thru celebration, COVID style. Visitors will take a ride through Cayce City Hall and enjoy the magic of thousands of twinkling lights,...
Dec
4
Columbia Classical Ballet presents The Nutcracker
The Nutcracker Ballet is a worldwide Christmas favorite. Tickets range from $8 to $18.
Dec
4
Family Fun Events: Nature’s Ornaments
Create some seasonal ornaments using gifts from Mother Nature during this hands-on, crafty program for kids. Of course, we will have fake snow and wintery games to get you in the spirit of the season as well! COST: $20 per family (up to 6 people...
Dec
4
Movies in the Garden: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
Bundle up and get in the holiday spirit with this classic movie! Attendees will be separated in socially distanced pods, and local food trucks will be on hand. It costs $50 for a pod that can hold five people. ($40 for members.) Note: The movie is PG...
Dec
4
Elf Movie Night at Segra Park
From the North Pole to the Candy Cane Forest, through the Sea of Swirly-Twirly Gum Drops to New York, Buddy is now making his way to Segra Park!!   Kick-off the holiday season with a showing of Elf on the videoboard on Friday, December 4! Ticket...
Dec
4
Santa Claus is Coming to Town
The movie is a free event. Be sure to bring a blanket for sitting on the grass.
Dec
5
Tinsel Town Market
The Tinsel Town Market will be an outdoor market Dec 5th from 9:00am-2:00pm in Chapin. We will have around 75 local crafter/vendors including: pottery, woodwork, candles, homemade crafts, iron work, jewelry, clothing, blankets, homemade goodies, book...
Dec
5
Storytime with Santa
The man himself is coming in from the North Pole to the South Carolina State Museum! Santa will read a special story to guests. Plus, you can watch Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer in 4D. Santa’s story time is included with admission. Planetarium and...
Dec
5
Snowball Festival
Join the Town of Lexington for this year’s Snowball Festival Carnival at the Icehouse Amphitheater! It’s on Saturday, December 5, 2020 and will feature hand painting, balloon artists, rides + more!   Due to COVID-19, this year’...
Dec
5
Holidays Around the World
There’s so many different ways to celebrate around the world! Celebrate and learn more about the many holidays across the world during the month of December, through stories, songs, and a fun activity….decorating cookies! If you’d l...
Dec
5
Snowball Festival Market + Tree Lighting
Join the Town of Lexington for the Snowball Market and Tree Lighting. The Market will open at 4, the tree lighting will begin at 6:30. We will have free hot chocolate at the Market from The Haven.
Dec
6
Holly Jolly Joy Ride
The Junior League of Columbia is hosting a safe, free, and festive holiday joy ride! Guests will see Santa, drop off their wish list, enjoy holiday music and leave with a special goody bag — all from the comfort of their car! Register number of...
Dec
6
Town of Lexington Christmas Parade
Join the Town of Lexington and the Lexington Jaycees for the annual Christmas Parade down Main Street! Get in the Christmas Spirit by watching an array of parade floats make their way through downtown!   ***To be in the parade, please contact He...
Dec
6
Carolina Lights
This year is the 2nd annual drive-thru light show at the state fairgrounds. Carolina Lights will take place at the Lexington Medical Center Fair Park (at the SC State Fairgrounds). You can enter at Gate 6 on George Rogers Boulevard. Pay at the gate w...
Dec
8
Tasty Tuesday
EdVenture Chef Ashley is teaching in-person cooking classes every other Tuesday. We are cooking up some fun while learning about kitchen safety and nutrition. We will take 8 students max. Price includes admission for the 1PM play time & the class...
Dec
8
Virtual Crafty Jammies Night – Maisy the Mouse
Join the SCSM the 2nd Tuesday of every month for a very special bedtime story and craft time with some of our favorite literary characters! Our character for this month is Maisy the Mouse and museum educators will show virtual guests how to make a Fr...
Dec
11
Elf in the Park
Join us at the Doko Park Amphitheater for this fun family event! We will be showing the movie Elf and also accepting non-perishable food donations for the Christian Assistance Bridge
Dec
12
Historic Holidays
Take a step back in time and tour historic houses. You’ll also see how families celebrated Christmas in the 18th and 19th centuries. Children will be able to make holiday crafts. This event is geared toward children and requires timed ticket entrie...
Dec
12
The Nutcracker
Nutcracker, Columbia’s holiday family tradition, has the distinction of being Koger Center’s first Nutcracker production and longest consecutively running annual arts event. With six snow-filled performances, including four matinees, Nutcracker i...
Dec
12
Join us for Chosen Dance Academy’s holiday production, T’was The Night Before Christmas on December 12th! It’s the perfect way to start your holiday season. There will be lots of dancing and Christmas cheer. See the details below an...
Dec
13
Visit with Santa!
Bring your little ones to experience the magic of Santa! We will be offering 2 different ways to see Santa this year… *Private Group Visit* (11:00am-1:00pm): We will have four 30 minute time slots available for private groups of up to 25 people...
Dec
13
A Charles Dickens Christmas
Richland County Library continues to think outside of the box with their virtual events! Tune in to Richland Library’s Facebook page to enjoy watching British actor Howard Burnham present his popular Dickens’ A Christmas Carol show...
Dec
18
Movies in the Park: Elf
Join us for holiday fun at the movies! The movie will start at dark. Gates open at 5:00 PM; the movie starts at 6:00 PM. Limited to the first 50 cars.   As with all of our in-person events, please observe these safety measures: Please remain in ...
Dec
19
Live Outdoor Nativity
Live animals, Biblical costumes, and music all help Living Springs Lutheran Church tell the story of the first Christmas. This 35 minute long presentation will take place outside, so bring a lawn chair or blanket. After the story concludes, you’ll ...
Dec
20
Sensitive Santa at EdVenture Columbia
EdVenture will offer Sensitive Sundays with Santa for families with children with sensory sensitivities. Sensitive Sundays with Santa offers the opportunity for children and their families to visit with Santa&n...
Dec
20
Brunch with Santa for Epworth Children’s Home
Santa Claus is comin’ to HALLS! Join us for brunch with Santa to benefit Epworth Children’s Home. Santa will have his magic sleigh at Halls for socially-distant photos. While photos are free, we encourage donations, either monetary or off...
Dec
21
FAMILY NIGHT
We have Family Night every Monday from 4pm-9pm. Tickets are only $10 per hour, per jumper in the family. (*Family is a min. of two or more people. Not valid on school holidays/breaks.)
Dec
21
Lights Before Christmas
Lights Before Christmas, presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, will shine on select evenings November 21 – December 30 from 5:00pm – 9:00pm. Enjoy a dazzling display of more than one-million twinkling lights, animated story tree,...
Dec
21
Holiday Lights on the River
The Midlands Largest Drive-Through Lights Show! Experience the magic as Saluda Shoals Park comes alive in a blaze of more than a million sparkling lights. Journey through more than two miles of lights featuring over 400 colorful, animated light displ...
Dec
21
Carolina Lights
This year is the 2nd annual drive-thru light show at the state fairgrounds. Carolina Lights will take place at the Lexington Medical Center Fair Park (at the SC State Fairgrounds). You can enter at Gate 6 on George Rogers Boulevard. Pay at the gate w...
Dec
22
KID FLIGHT
Have an energetic little one, or want to schedule a super fun playdate? Children 6 years old and younger  are welcome every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 10am to 11am with no big kids around!  One unpaid chaperone per paying child is ...
Dec
22
Laser Holidays
This is an exciting and unique way to celebrate the season through a display of colorful and dramatic laser lights choreographed to a mix of holiday music favorites, including “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Deck the Halls,” “White Chris...
Dec
22
Laser Holidays
This is an exciting and unique way to celebrate the season through a display of colorful and dramatic laser lights choreographed to a mix of holiday music favorites, including “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Deck the Halls,” “White Chris...
Dec
22
Tasty Tuesday
EdVenture Chef Ashley is teaching in-person cooking classes every other Tuesday. We are cooking up some fun while learning about kitchen safety and nutrition. We will take 8 students max. Price includes admission for the 1PM play time & the class...
Dec
22
Lights Before Christmas
Lights Before Christmas, presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, will shine on select evenings November 21 – December 30 from 5:00pm – 9:00pm. Enjoy a dazzling display of more than one-million twinkling lights, animated story tree,...
Dec
22
Holiday Lights on the River
The Midlands Largest Drive-Through Lights Show! Experience the magic as Saluda Shoals Park comes alive in a blaze of more than a million sparkling lights. Journey through more than two miles of lights featuring over 400 colorful, animated light displ...
Dec
22
Carolina Lights
This year is the 2nd annual drive-thru light show at the state fairgrounds. Carolina Lights will take place at the Lexington Medical Center Fair Park (at the SC State Fairgrounds). You can enter at Gate 6 on George Rogers Boulevard. Pay at the gate w...
Dec
23
Music Classes
Families and children can come together to create and make music in a social, yet socially distant atmosphere. Families will be spaced 12 feet apart so that we can safely sing and make music together. Group classes will be held outside in the morning...
Dec
23
Laser Holidays
This is an exciting and unique way to celebrate the season through a display of colorful and dramatic laser lights choreographed to a mix of holiday music favorites, including “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Deck the Halls,” “White Chris...
Dec
23
Laser Holidays
This is an exciting and unique way to celebrate the season through a display of colorful and dramatic laser lights choreographed to a mix of holiday music favorites, including “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Deck the Halls,” “White Chris...
Dec
23
Lights Before Christmas
Lights Before Christmas, presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, will shine on select evenings November 21 – December 30 from 5:00pm – 9:00pm. Enjoy a dazzling display of more than one-million twinkling lights, animated story tree,...
Dec
23
Holiday Lights on the River
The Midlands Largest Drive-Through Lights Show! Experience the magic as Saluda Shoals Park comes alive in a blaze of more than a million sparkling lights. Journey through more than two miles of lights featuring over 400 colorful, animated light displ...
Dec
23
Carolina Lights
This year is the 2nd annual drive-thru light show at the state fairgrounds. Carolina Lights will take place at the Lexington Medical Center Fair Park (at the SC State Fairgrounds). You can enter at Gate 6 on George Rogers Boulevard. Pay at the gate w...
Dec
24
KID FLIGHT
Have an energetic little one, or want to schedule a super fun playdate? Children 6 years old and younger  are welcome every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 10am to 11am with no big kids around!  One unpaid chaperone per paying child is ...
Dec
24
Laser Holidays
This is an exciting and unique way to celebrate the season through a display of colorful and dramatic laser lights choreographed to a mix of holiday music favorites, including “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Deck the Halls,” “White Chris...
Dec
24
Laser Holidays
This is an exciting and unique way to celebrate the season through a display of colorful and dramatic laser lights choreographed to a mix of holiday music favorites, including “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Deck the Halls,” “White Chris...
Dec
24
Lights Before Christmas
Lights Before Christmas, presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, will shine on select evenings November 21 – December 30 from 5:00pm – 9:00pm. Enjoy a dazzling display of more than one-million twinkling lights, animated story tree,...
Dec
24
Holiday Lights on the River
The Midlands Largest Drive-Through Lights Show! Experience the magic as Saluda Shoals Park comes alive in a blaze of more than a million sparkling lights. Journey through more than two miles of lights featuring over 400 colorful, animated light displ...
Dec
24
Carolina Lights
This year is the 2nd annual drive-thru light show at the state fairgrounds. Carolina Lights will take place at the Lexington Medical Center Fair Park (at the SC State Fairgrounds). You can enter at Gate 6 on George Rogers Boulevard. Pay at the gate w...
Dec
25
Laser Holidays
This is an exciting and unique way to celebrate the season through a display of colorful and dramatic laser lights choreographed to a mix of holiday music favorites, including “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Deck the Halls,” “White Chris...
Dec
25
Laser Holidays
This is an exciting and unique way to celebrate the season through a display of colorful and dramatic laser lights choreographed to a mix of holiday music favorites, including “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Deck the Halls,” “White Chris...
Dec
25
Lights Before Christmas
Lights Before Christmas, presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, will shine on select evenings November 21 – December 30 from 5:00pm – 9:00pm. Enjoy a dazzling display of more than one-million twinkling lights, animated story tree,...
Dec
25
Holiday Lights on the River
The Midlands Largest Drive-Through Lights Show! Experience the magic as Saluda Shoals Park comes alive in a blaze of more than a million sparkling lights. Journey through more than two miles of lights featuring over 400 colorful, animated light displ...
Dec
26
Soda City Market
Soda City Market is Columbia’s weekly Main Street event inspired by traditional European street markets. In partnership with Founders Federal Credit Union, we’re open every Saturday morning 9 a.m. –1 p.m., year-round, rain or shine! Find e...
Dec
26
KID FLIGHT
Have an energetic little one, or want to schedule a super fun playdate? Children 6 years old and younger  are welcome every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 10am to 11am with no big kids around!  One unpaid chaperone per paying child is ...
Dec
26
State Museum Offers Free Kids General Admission
SPECIAL OFFER for the holiday week: kids (aged 3-12) get FREE general admission!* The State Museum is OPEN for holiday fun with Health and Safety Measures in Place. See the NEW holiday show, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 4-D, when you...
Dec
26
Richland Library Family Storytime Online
We’re taking storytime on the road! Tune in to Richland Library’s Facebook page at 10:30 a.m. every Saturday morning as we share books and build early literacy skills with fun for the whole family.
Dec
26
Laser Holidays
This is an exciting and unique way to celebrate the season through a display of colorful and dramatic laser lights choreographed to a mix of holiday music favorites, including “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Deck the Halls,” “White Chris...
Dec
26
Laser Holidays
This is an exciting and unique way to celebrate the season through a display of colorful and dramatic laser lights choreographed to a mix of holiday music favorites, including “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Deck the Halls,” “White Chris...
Dec
26
Lights Before Christmas
Lights Before Christmas, presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, will shine on select evenings November 21 – December 30 from 5:00pm – 9:00pm. Enjoy a dazzling display of more than one-million twinkling lights, animated story tree,...
Dec
26
Holiday Lights on the River
The Midlands Largest Drive-Through Lights Show! Experience the magic as Saluda Shoals Park comes alive in a blaze of more than a million sparkling lights. Journey through more than two miles of lights featuring over 400 colorful, animated light displ...
Dec
26
Carolina Lights
This year is the 2nd annual drive-thru light show at the state fairgrounds. Carolina Lights will take place at the Lexington Medical Center Fair Park (at the SC State Fairgrounds). You can enter at Gate 6 on George Rogers Boulevard. Pay at the gate w...
Dec
27
West Columbia’s Meeting Street Artisan Market
West Columbia’s Meeting Street Artisan Market welcomes you to #shoplocal with us every Saturday, from 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM, in the Interactive Art Park, 425 Meeting Street, West Columbia.   Grab a bite to eat, shop with local vendors selling...
Dec
27
State Museum Offers Free Kids General Admission
SPECIAL OFFER for the holiday week: kids (aged 3-12) get FREE general admission!* The State Museum is OPEN for holiday fun with Health and Safety Measures in Place. See the NEW holiday show, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 4-D, when you...
Dec
27
Laser Holidays
This is an exciting and unique way to celebrate the season through a display of colorful and dramatic laser lights choreographed to a mix of holiday music favorites, including “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Deck the Halls,” “White Chris...
Dec
27
Lights Before Christmas
Lights Before Christmas, presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, will shine on select evenings November 21 – December 30 from 5:00pm – 9:00pm. Enjoy a dazzling display of more than one-million twinkling lights, animated story tree,...
Dec
27
Holiday Lights on the River
The Midlands Largest Drive-Through Lights Show! Experience the magic as Saluda Shoals Park comes alive in a blaze of more than a million sparkling lights. Journey through more than two miles of lights featuring over 400 colorful, animated light displ...
Dec
27
Carolina Lights
This year is the 2nd annual drive-thru light show at the state fairgrounds. Carolina Lights will take place at the Lexington Medical Center Fair Park (at the SC State Fairgrounds). You can enter at Gate 6 on George Rogers Boulevard. Pay at the gate w...
Dec
27
Carolina Lights
This year is the 2nd annual drive-thru light show at the state fairgrounds. Carolina Lights will take place at the Lexington Medical Center Fair Park (at the SC State Fairgrounds). You can enter at Gate 6 on George Rogers Boulevard. Pay at the gate w...
Dec
28
FAMILY NIGHT
We have Family Night every Monday from 4pm-9pm. Tickets are only $10 per hour, per jumper in the family. (*Family is a min. of two or more people. Not valid on school holidays/breaks.)
Dec
28
Lights Before Christmas
Lights Before Christmas, presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, will shine on select evenings November 21 – December 30 from 5:00pm – 9:00pm. Enjoy a dazzling display of more than one-million twinkling lights, animated story tree,...
Dec
28
Holiday Lights on the River
The Midlands Largest Drive-Through Lights Show! Experience the magic as Saluda Shoals Park comes alive in a blaze of more than a million sparkling lights. Journey through more than two miles of lights featuring over 400 colorful, animated light displ...
Dec
29
KID FLIGHT
Have an energetic little one, or want to schedule a super fun playdate? Children 6 years old and younger  are welcome every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 10am to 11am with no big kids around!  One unpaid chaperone per paying child is ...
Dec
29
State Museum Offers Free Kids General Admission
SPECIAL OFFER for the holiday week: kids (aged 3-12) get FREE general admission!* The State Museum is OPEN for holiday fun with Health and Safety Measures in Place. See the NEW holiday show, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 4-D, when you...
Dec
29
Laser Holidays
This is an exciting and unique way to celebrate the season through a display of colorful and dramatic laser lights choreographed to a mix of holiday music favorites, including “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Deck the Halls,” “White Chris...
Dec
29
Laser Holidays
This is an exciting and unique way to celebrate the season through a display of colorful and dramatic laser lights choreographed to a mix of holiday music favorites, including “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Deck the Halls,” “White Chris...
Dec
29
Lights Before Christmas
Lights Before Christmas, presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, will shine on select evenings November 21 – December 30 from 5:00pm – 9:00pm. Enjoy a dazzling display of more than one-million twinkling lights, animated story tree,...
Dec
29
Holiday Lights on the River
The Midlands Largest Drive-Through Lights Show! Experience the magic as Saluda Shoals Park comes alive in a blaze of more than a million sparkling lights. Journey through more than two miles of lights featuring over 400 colorful, animated light displ...
Dec
30
Music Classes
Families and children can come together to create and make music in a social, yet socially distant atmosphere. Families will be spaced 12 feet apart so that we can safely sing and make music together. Group classes will be held outside in the morning...
Dec
30
State Museum Offers Free Kids General Admission
SPECIAL OFFER for the holiday week: kids (aged 3-12) get FREE general admission!* The State Museum is OPEN for holiday fun with Health and Safety Measures in Place. See the NEW holiday show, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 4-D, when you...
Dec
30
Laser Holidays
This is an exciting and unique way to celebrate the season through a display of colorful and dramatic laser lights choreographed to a mix of holiday music favorites, including “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Deck the Halls,” “White Chris...
Dec
30
Laser Holidays
This is an exciting and unique way to celebrate the season through a display of colorful and dramatic laser lights choreographed to a mix of holiday music favorites, including “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Deck the Halls,” “White Chris...
Dec
30
Lights Before Christmas
Lights Before Christmas, presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, will shine on select evenings November 21 – December 30 from 5:00pm – 9:00pm. Enjoy a dazzling display of more than one-million twinkling lights, animated story tree,...
Dec
30
Holiday Lights on the River
The Midlands Largest Drive-Through Lights Show! Experience the magic as Saluda Shoals Park comes alive in a blaze of more than a million sparkling lights. Journey through more than two miles of lights featuring over 400 colorful, animated light displ...
Dec
31
KID FLIGHT
Have an energetic little one, or want to schedule a super fun playdate? Children 6 years old and younger  are welcome every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 10am to 11am with no big kids around!  One unpaid chaperone per paying child is ...
Dec
31
State Museum Offers Free Kids General Admission
SPECIAL OFFER for the holiday week: kids (aged 3-12) get FREE general admission!* The State Museum is OPEN for holiday fun with Health and Safety Measures in Place. See the NEW holiday show, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 4-D, when you...
Dec
31
Laser Holidays
This is an exciting and unique way to celebrate the season through a display of colorful and dramatic laser lights choreographed to a mix of holiday music favorites, including “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Deck the Halls,” “White Chris...
Dec
31
Laser Holidays
This is an exciting and unique way to celebrate the season through a display of colorful and dramatic laser lights choreographed to a mix of holiday music favorites, including “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Deck the Halls,” “White Chris...
Dec
31
Holiday Lights on the River
The Midlands Largest Drive-Through Lights Show! Experience the magic as Saluda Shoals Park comes alive in a blaze of more than a million sparkling lights. Journey through more than two miles of lights featuring over 400 colorful, animated light displ...

 

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