Columbia Family Events | December 2021

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December in Columbia is full of fun – from holiday events, storytimes, art activities, and more! Get out your calendars and make a note of all there is to do.

Don’t forget to check out our local guides – ultimate guide to holiday events, where to see Santa, holiday lights, parks & playgrounds, indoor play areas, birthday parties, kids eat free, and more!

*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. 

Dec
2
Holiday Planetarium Lighting
Holiday fun returns to the State Museum! In addition to extended operating hours, this evening will include showings of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 4-D,” and the planetarium experience, “Laser Holidays.” Plus, enjoy extra ...
Dec
3
West Columbia’s 17th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting
The City of West Columbia is hosting the 17th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting on Friday, December 3, 2021, at 6:30 PM, at West Columbia City Hall, 200 N. 12th Street, West Columbia, SC. Each year, West Columbia area elementary schools hold a “What C...
Dec
3
Tree Lighting & Movie
Join the Town of Lexington as we sing Christmas carols, light the tree, & take pictures with Santa at Icehouse Amphitheater. Stay to watch The Muppet Christmas Carol (G) that will begin at 7:30p
Dec
3
The Living Christmas Story
Union United Methodist Church is preparing to host the full production of their long-standing tradition, the 28th annual drive-through living nativity, “The Living Christmas Story.” This event will take place Friday through Sunday, December 3-5, ...
Dec
4
Annual AMROC Christmas Train Show
Join us for our annual open house and Christmas train show! We will be operating all of our layouts downstairs as well as several layouts upstairs!
Dec
4
Holidays at EdVenture
Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year at EdVenture! Holidays at EdVenture, presented by Palmetto Citizens Federal Credit Union begins on Saturday, December 4, 2021, with plenty of holiday fun for the entire family! Visit Santa, Mrs....
Dec
4
Family-friendly Christmas Hope Kids!
Bring the whole family to our special Christmas Hope Kids! Everyone is welcome and no need to register. We can’t wait to celebrate with you!
Dec
4
Outdoor Family Storytime
Welcome back to storytime!  We’ve missed you!  This family storytime is suitable for all ages, so please join us as Chris and Jake read stories and lead us in some fun songs and activities. Registration is required for this event...
Dec
4
Virtual Spells Class at Hogwarts
Hello Wizards and Witches, We are pleased to inform you that we will be able to do some of our spell classes online this year! We had to shut down Hogwarts due to some dementors hanging around looking for an escaped prisoner from Azkaban. Join us Sat...
Dec
4
Cooking With Santa
What better time to try and grow kid’s love of cooking and baking than at the most magical time of the year? Bring your kids into my kitchen and let them cook along side the Jolly Ol’ Elf himself making of his favorite Santa snacks and other Sant...
Dec
4
Santa Saturday at the State Museum
Meet Santa and Get 50% OFF General Admission on select Saturdays Until Christmas.* Santa will be at the museum to meet with guests and members! Get your wish lists ready and bring your cameras to take a fun picture with our jolly friend. Plus, e...
Dec
4
My Little Pony Movie Day
Join us in the Vista area of Columbia for a day of making new friends with My Little Pony. Everyone is invited! 
Dec
4
Kids Christmas Party
Join us for our Kid’s Christmas Party. We will have a great time making Christmas cookies, decorating ornaments, and watching a fun Christmas movie. Everything is free and food will be provided.
Dec
4
Lake Murray Christmas Light Boat Parade 2021
Lake Murray will kick off the holiday season on Saturday, December 4th with a  Christmas Light Boat Parade  at 6pm. Residents and visitors will gather at the Lexington Dam Park Site to view the sparkling boats  decorated...
Dec
4
Carolina Lights
Drive-thru holiday lights at the fairgrounds. 
Dec
5
Christmas FESTIVAL
Not only is The Lake Carolina Farmers Market an excellent place to do some Christmas shopping (over 40 artisan vendors make up this open-air market), but the festival provides a lively atmosphere of holiday Christmas-themed activities. Live music, ta...
Dec
5
Snowball Parade
It’s a Christmas tradition you won’t want to miss! 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 dow...
Dec
6
Caroling in the Park
Join Heart of Columbia Chorus for Caroling in the Park! We have missed sharing our music with you in person. We will sing a few songs, but we will invite the audience to sing some carols with us. We hope this fun, FREE event will help you get into th...
Dec
7
SANTA is coming to Hwy 55 of Lexington
Santa will be at Hwy 55 of Lexington EVERY TUESDAY night in December (Dec. 7th, 14th and 21st) from 5 – 7 PM! We will also be offering 50% off kids meals for your kiddos to enjoy! Bring your cameras and head over for a moment to remem...
Dec
7
Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony
Join us in the Irmo Town Park at 6:00 PM to see your favorite guests – all while sipping on hot cocoa, eating pizza, and listening to tunes from students in the Town of Irmo. Special appearances by Mayor Barry Walker, Irmo PD, Irmo Fire, The Co...
Dec
10
Story Time with Santa
Visit with Santa and Mrs Santa for a fun afternoon of stories, special gifts and goodies! Be sure and bring your letter to Santa to put in his special mail box!  
Dec
10
Christmas Ball | Daddy Daughter Dance
Dads (or grandads, father figures who are relatives, etc….) and their daughters are invited to Gateway to enjoy a dinner, dance, and fun! It’s going to be a wonderful evening for dads and their girls!
Dec
10
Movie in the Park – Elf
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
11
FREE Pictures With Santa & The Grinch!
Join us December 11th from 9am to 12pm for a magical experience with SKC Lexington and Red Bank’s BEST Summer Camp and After School’s pictures with our favorite jolly, red suited friend from the North Pole & the meanest resident of Wh...
Dec
11
Breakfast with Santa
You are cordially invited to our, ” Breakfast with Santa” event. It’s time to gather and spread the joy. Please feel free to wear your comfy pajamas and let’s get some pictures with the SANTA!! Please RSVP. We at THE Nimalisti...
Dec
11
Santa’s Swingin’ Christmas Party
A holiday variety show with live music and puppets! Santa’s Swingin’ Christmas Party is a unique creative collaboration with Cola Jazz Foundation. Join Tinkle and Winkle, two of Santa’s elves, as they plan a party at the North Pole wh...
Dec
11
Nutcracker: Columbia
Start your holiday season, with Columbia City Ballet’s award-winning Nutcracker. William Starrett, Artistic Director brings this spectacular holiday tradition to life with Columbia’s largest professional production of Nutcracker to the Koger ...
Dec
11
Frosty Fest
Fun for the whole family! Pictures with Santa, snow, s’mores, hot chocolate, Christmas Carols, Carolina Cookin’ Food Truck, craft vendors and more!
Dec
11
Rosewood Community Christmas Tree Lighting
This is a FREE Christmas gift to the Rosewood Community. At 4:00 all are welcome to come and break into groups and sing Christmas Carols in our neighborhood for approximately 45 min. Then we will all return to the church for the TREE LIGHTING and all...
Dec
12
Brunch With Santa
Santa Claus is coming to town – more specifically, Capital City Club! Bring the whole family for a holiday brunch featuring festive food, gingerbread house decorating, kid’s crafts, and more. Take photos with Santa, and stick around for a...
Dec
12
Live Nativity
Dec 12, 5-7pm, you are invited to join Friends in Christ Sunday School Class as we share the true meaning of Christmas with our community.
Dec
14
Let it Snow! Outdoor Storytime
Registration is required for this event. Each registration is for a “family square” which will accommodate up to 5 people. Please bring a blanket to sit on! Storytime will take place in the children’s courtyard; look ...
Dec
14
One Life Christmas Ballet
We are each given one life to live, and we get to choose how we live it. Nicholas was deeply aware of this from a young age and wanted his life to point to one thing: Jesus Christ. But just what would his life entail? Join us for our performance of ...
Dec
14
Crafty Jammies Virtual Storytime: THE GRINCH
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! This month our special guest will be THE GRINCH. We will also be creating a Snowperson Puppet, please see belo...
Dec
14
A Magical Cirque Christmas
The producers of Broadway’s smash hit “The Illusionists” have brought together the world’s greatest entertainers for a spell-binding and incredible new holiday production – A MAGICAL CIRQUE CHRISTMAS ! Experience the magic of Ch...
Dec
15
Night in Bethlehem
A FREE in person live Christmas interactive night in Bethlehem. Animals, Live Nativity, Crafts, Hot Chocolate and Baked Goods
Dec
16
Charleston Christmas Show
Christmas just would not be the same without Brad and Jennifer Moranz’s delightful holiday variety show. We are back at the Charleston Music Hall to celebrate the season with classic holiday tunes and some of Jennifer’s slapstick humor. Befor...
Dec
17
The Christmas Angel
In its 21st year of production, The Christmas Angel, an original Ballet, will take you and your family on a magical journey. With intriguing characters, a compelling storyline, beautiful scenery, stunning costumes, and splendid dancing, The Christmas...
Dec
18
Outdoor Storytime with Congaree National Park
Enjoy stories, songs, and a show-and-tell of nature objects from your local National Park. Community Volunteer Ambassador Richard Joyce will also have Junior Ranger activity booklets and information about the Junior Ranger Program. Want to find out a...
Dec
18
Pop Up Art Show
Richland Library is excited to bring back this popular outdoor art exhibition series! Local Artists will be at library locations to meet and greet customers and community members from their own neighborhoods and exhibit their works each month this Fa...
Dec
18
Northeast Anime/Manga Club
Join the Richland Library Northeast Anime/Manga Club Lovers of Anime will meet to discuss, watch and recommend Anime in a welcoming outdoor environment (virtual if weather is not permitting) to also focus on broadening Japanese cultural understanding...
Dec
19
The Living Nativity
The Living Nativity will be presented by the Union Praise Band on Sunday, December 19th at 10:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary. We invited you to come and celebrate the birth of Jesus with us.
Dec
19
Live Nativity!
Join us for our Live Nativity event! This event features barnyard animals, live actors, and even a camel! Come join in the fun!
Dec
27
Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo
Enjoy a dazzling display of more than one million twinkling lights, an animated story tree, Jingle Bell Bonfire, and more. If you have a membership, your first visit is free. Otherwise, tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for kids ages 2-12. Children you...
Dec
27
Holiday Lights on the River at Saluda Shoals Park
The Lights at Saluda Shoals is a nightly drive-thru event that features more than three miles of Christmas lights. Enjoy other holiday light activities included in admissions like hayrides and the winter wonder tube slide. Santa’s Clause’s Gift S...
Dec
28
Toddler Time
Join us for story time and a themed craft, every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9:30am – 10:30am.
Dec
28
Kids Flight – Irmo
Kids 6 and under get their very own jump time every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 10am to 11am!  While children 6 and under are always welcome, this hour is reserved just for them so they don’t have to worry about any of the big kids run...
Dec
28
Kid’s Night!
Join us for kid’s night EVERY Tuesday (Starting January 5th, 2021) 4 PM- 9 PM! Kids eat FREE!!*   *One free kid’s meal, per one adult meal. Dine in & take out only.
Dec
28
Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo
Enjoy a dazzling display of more than one million twinkling lights, an animated story tree, Jingle Bell Bonfire, and more. If you have a membership, your first visit is free. Otherwise, tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for kids ages 2-12. Children you...
Dec
28
Holiday Lights on the River at Saluda Shoals Park
The Lights at Saluda Shoals is a nightly drive-thru event that features more than three miles of Christmas lights. Enjoy other holiday light activities included in admissions like hayrides and the winter wonder tube slide. Santa’s Clause’s Gift S...
Dec
29
Toddler Time
Join us for story time and a themed craft, every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9:30am – 10:30am.
Dec
29
Outdoor Hands on Art
Simple art fun for the very young. Dress for a mess!
Dec
29
Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo
Enjoy a dazzling display of more than one million twinkling lights, an animated story tree, Jingle Bell Bonfire, and more. If you have a membership, your first visit is free. Otherwise, tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for kids ages 2-12. Children you...
Dec
29
Holiday Lights on the River at Saluda Shoals Park
The Lights at Saluda Shoals is a nightly drive-thru event that features more than three miles of Christmas lights. Enjoy other holiday light activities included in admissions like hayrides and the winter wonder tube slide. Santa’s Clause’s Gift S...
Dec
30
Toddler Time
Join us for story time and a themed craft, every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9:30am – 10:30am.
Dec
30
Kids Flight – Irmo
Kids 6 and under get their very own jump time every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 10am to 11am!  While children 6 and under are always welcome, this hour is reserved just for them so they don’t have to worry about any of the big kids run...
Dec
30
Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo
Enjoy a dazzling display of more than one million twinkling lights, an animated story tree, Jingle Bell Bonfire, and more. If you have a membership, your first visit is free. Otherwise, tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for kids ages 2-12. Children you...
Dec
30
Holiday Lights on the River at Saluda Shoals Park
The Lights at Saluda Shoals is a nightly drive-thru event that features more than three miles of Christmas lights. Enjoy other holiday light activities included in admissions like hayrides and the winter wonder tube slide. Santa’s Clause’s Gift S...
Dec
31
Noon Years Eve at Altitude!
Join us for a 𝘀𝗽𝗲𝗰𝗶𝗮𝗹 𝗯𝗮𝗹𝗹𝗼𝗼𝗻 𝗱𝗿𝗼𝗽 with prizes, DJ, Games and more. Members bring a buddy free!
Dec
31
New Year’s Eve 2022!
Ring in 2022 on the lanes! Celebrate the New Year on your own lane with special packages for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day that the whole family will enjoy! Select a Family (daytime) or Ball Drop (evening) package and experience the party of ...
Dec
31
Dave & Buster’s Family New Year’s Eve 2022
Join Dave & Buster’s for a family New Year’s Eve celebration! Dave & Busters is offering an exciting and FUN way for you & your family to ring in the New Year! We will offer loads of excitement with our New Year’s Eve packag...
Dec
31
Holiday Lights on the River at Saluda Shoals Park
The Lights at Saluda Shoals is a nightly drive-thru event that features more than three miles of Christmas lights. Enjoy other holiday light activities included in admissions like hayrides and the winter wonder tube slide. Santa’s Clause’s Gift S...
Dec
31
New Year’s Eve All-Nighter
Let your gamer ring in the new year with us. We’ll play games all night. Food and drinks are included. Space is limited so pre-register soon. Ages 7-16.  

 

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