Columbia Family Events | December

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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
1
Carols Along the Riverwalk
The City of Cayce partners with the Cayce Events Committee to bring you holiday cheer with free live music and treats during Carols Along the Riverwalk. Beginning at the N
Dec
1
Carolighting Ceremony
Join the Town of Lexington as we sing Christmas carols, light the tree, & take pictures with Santa at Icehouse Amphitheater.
Dec
1
The Living Christmas Story
This Union’s 30th annual presentation of The Living Christmas Story! The Living Christmas Story is a drive-through “living” story of Jesus’ birth. Union United Methodist Church has been creating memories
Dec
1
Columbia Classical Ballet presents The Nutcracker
The Nutcracker Ballet is a worldwide Christmas favorite.
Dec
1
The Grinch Movie Night
Follow along and while the Grinch and his pet dog Max try and stop Whoville’s Christmas celebration by stealing all the town’s decorations and gifts.
Dec
2
Breakfast with Santa
Children ages 2-12 are invited to join us for a morning of fun as we host our annual Breakfast with Santa! Have your photo taken with Santa, eat some delicious
Dec
2
PJs with Santa
Put on your pajamas and join us for a photo station with Santa, games, crafts and a special share of Santa & the Nativity story at 10 am.
Dec
2
Cooking with Santa
What better time to grow a child’s love of cooking and baking than the most magical time of the year. Bring your child into the kitchen with Flavored Fork to
Dec
2
Hands on Art: Grinchmas
You’re invited to Whobilation!  Joins us for a morning full of Grinchy crafts and a special storytime of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” with a special guest!  Dress for a mess. Crafts
Dec
2
Santa’s Swingin’ Christmas Party
Join Tinkle and Winkle, two of Santa’s elves, as they plan a party at the North Pole while he is delivering presents around the world! But when a storm appears
Dec
2
Carnival & Movie
Join the Town of Lexington for this year’s Snowball Festival Carnival at the Icehouse Amphitheater featuring face painting, balloon artists, letters to Santa, rides + more! Make sure to stay
Dec
2
A Christmas Carol
Grab your loved ones and enjoy this holiday tradition proven to warm even the Scroogiest of hearts!  
Dec
2
Santa Train
Santa returns to the Rockton, Rion and Western Railroad. As you enjoy your ride through the countryside of Fairfield County, he will walk the train during the ride and talk
Dec
2
Christmas Light Boat Parade on Lake Murray
You don’t want to miss this FREE family-friendly waterfront event that is sure to get you in the holiday spirit!
Dec
2
Christmas Olde and New – Cayce Historical Museum
Saturday, December 2nd from 6-9 pm visitors can take in the sights and sounds of Christmas during the Cayce Historical Museum’s annual Christmas Traditions Holiday Open House. Rooms of the
Dec
3
Sundaes with Santa
Dress your children in their Sunday best for photos with Santa, enjoy games and crafts with your family, and top off the fun with an ice cream sundae bar!
Dec
3
Christmas 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
Dec
4
Monday Morning Makers – Snowflakes
Feed that drive to create and rediscover your sense of wonder and excitement. Discover something new with our projects of the week, which are appropriate for those 6 or more
Dec
5
Movers and Shakers Storytime
Get ready to move and shake, shake, shake while listening to stories, songs and more!    
Dec
8
Cooking with Richland Library: Hanukkah Doughnut Delights
Don’t miss this delightful Hanukkah celebration as we learn how to make delicious Air Fryer Sufganiyot at Richland Library Eastover!  Sufganiyot, the traditional jelly-filled doughnuts, are a beloved Hanukkah treat.
Dec
8
Carolina Lights
Experience the magic of the holiday season at the South Carolina State Fair’s 5th annual downtown drive-through light show. The drive-through light experience will feature more than 100 stunning individual
Dec
8
Christmas Ball | Daddy Daughter Dance
Join us for a fun night of dancing and hors d’oeuvres as dads and daughters have opportunity to connect with one another! We’ll also have a photo opp, craft, and
Dec
8
Elf The Musical Jr. – ICRC Childen’s Theatre
  Based on the beloved holiday film, this hilarious fish-out-of-water comedy follows Buddy the Elf in his quest to find his true identity. All Ages $10/person 
Dec
8
The Two Claras 2023
CCJ has been delighting audiences for over 15 years with our modern rewrite of the Nutcracker Story!  Come see this heartwarming Holiday tale about two friends named Clara and the
Dec
9
Accessibility Morning – Meet Santa
This program provides free access for families of children, teenagers, young adults and adults who would benefit from a quieter, sensory-friendly and disability-adapted experience at the museum. Guests who are
Dec
9
Columbia City Ballet Nutcracker
Nutcracker, Columbia’s holiday family tradition, has the distinction of being Koger Center for the Arts’ first Nutcracker production and longest consecutively running annual arts event.
Dec
9
Holiday Parade of Lights
This annual event is one of the most anticipated holiday parades in the Midlands! This beloved night-time parade is hosted by the Greater Cayce West Columbia Chamber of Commerce. 
Dec
10
FA LA LA LA LA in Five Points
Join us for an afternoon of Holiday cheer in the Five Points District! Horse Drawn Carriage Rides – Sidewalk Sales – Pictures with Santa – Hot Chocolate Bar – USC’s
Dec
12
Family Storytime: Experience Hanukkah!
Celebrate the sixth night of Hanukkah with stories, songs, treats, and crafts!
Dec
13
Holiday Market
Join us at the Holiday Market at Richland Library.  We’re excited to bring you bakers, artists and creators all in one place! Let’s shop for the Holiday Season.  Come shop
Dec
15
Play Freely: Fun Friday at Wheatley
Come have some fun with us at Richland Library Wheatley. We all need a little fun in our lives, so drop by anytime between 11 – 4 for games, bubbles,
Dec
15
Candy Cane Hunt
Join us for a one-of-a-kind candy cane adventure! Santa and his elves will be hiding candy canes at Crooked Creek Park for kids to find along with some prize candy
Dec
29
Family Storytime
Share stories, songs, and much more while building early literacy skills with fun for the whole family.
Dec
29
Kids Night In – Frozen Night
$20/child It’s Frozen Night! Everyone will create their own Olaf canvas. Snack is provided.
Dec
30
Family Storytime
Share stories, songs, and much more while building early literacy skills with fun for the whole family.    
Dec
30
Children’s Storytime
Children’s story time every Saturday morning, with different readers selecting books the community will enjoy.  
Dec
30
Family Storytime and Craft
Join us every Saturday! Share stories, songs, a fun craft, and much more while building early literacy skills with fun for the whole family.
Dec
30
Watch Freely: Happy Feet
Set in the strange and beautiful world of penguins, Happy Feet tells the story of Mumble, a tone-deaf Emperor Penguin who is unable to sing his ‘heart song’, the ritual required
Dec
31
Noon Year’s Eve Party
Can’t quite make it to midnight? You don’t have to! Swing by our “Noon Year’s Eve” party from 10:30 AM-12:30 PM! The $25 ticket includes 2 hours of jumping, a
Dec
31
Noon Year’s Eve presented by Freeway Music and Tin Roof
Join us for the ultimate family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration – Noon Year’s Eve presented by Freeway Music and Tin Roof!   Get ready to groove to the live beats of
Dec
31
Dave & Buster’s Family New Year’s Eve 2023
There’s only one way to end the year & start another — with FUN. New Years Eve at Dave & Buster’s is the place to be, with unforgettable entertainment, incredible

 

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