EVENT DATE : November 30, 5:00PM
Riverbanks Zoo and Garden

Enjoy nearly 1 million twinkling lights, countless decorative images, the Holly Jolly Christmas Parade, an animated story tree, nightly visits with Santa (through Dec. 23), warm memories and holiday cheer around the Jingle Bell Bonfire. Tickets go on sale Nov. 1; $12 adults and $10 children ages 2–12. Children younger than 2 free. Visit RiverbanksZoo.org for schedules and more details.

EVENT DATE : December 5, 5:00PM
Riverbanks Zoo and Garden

Enjoy nearly 1 million twinkling lights, countless decorative images, Holly Jolly Christmas Parade, animated story tree, nightly visits with Santa (through Dec. 23), warm memories and holiday cheer around the Jingle Bell Bonfire. Tickets: adults, $12; children, $10; children ages 2 to 12 years; children younger than 2 free. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit with a valid membership.

EVENT DATE : December 5, 5:00PM
Lexington's Old Mill

Join the fourth Trunk Show benefiting Mission Lexington. Shop designer clothing, handbags, accessories, shoes, jewelry, home decor and holiday decor. Beverages and munchies available for purchase. Gift certificate door prizes will be given out every 30 minutes. Admission is 10 canned goods or a $5 donation. Tickets purchased in advance or at the door. Cash, check and credit cards accepted.

EVENT DATE : December 7, 11:00AM
The Medallion Conference Center

More than 150 vendors will be selling their wares for awareness of heart diseases. Health screenings will be available, along with giveaways. Baked goods and treats also will be present. Santa and a kids corner will be set up. The Expo is organized by Queen Victoria Miller Heart Foundation. Groups, churches and social clubs are welcome. 

EVENT DATE : December 7, 12:00PM
Treasure Island Market Place

This gingerbread decorating class in Columbia is for children 3 to 11 years old. All class materials are provided. Seating is limited to 50 children. Pre-registration of $6 per child is requested. The class ends at 3 p.m. For details, phone 803.399.1096.

EVENT DATE : December 7, 6:00PM
Icehouse Amphitheater

Join the Icehouse Amphitheater and the Lexington County Recreation and Aging Commission for the showing of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. This film is rated G. Email icehouseamp@lexsc.com or call 803.358.7275.    

EVENT DATE : December 8, 2:00PM
Columbia Museum of Art

Dive into Van Gogh's world and his inspirations in this lecture series featuring CMA staff and guest experts. In the tradition of Quirk’s bestselling Secret Lives of the U.S. Presidents, Alyssa Velazquez divulges some of the most outrageous and uncensored profiles of the great artists. There will be little-known facts and outright bizarre stories. Phone 803.799.2810 or email info@columbiamuseum.org.

EVENT DATE : December 15, 3:00PM
Koger Center for the Arts

Columbia City Ballet performers bring holiday magic to the Midlands with this production. Executive and Artistic Director William Starett created an enchanting performance in a festive, family-friendly ballet. As the lights dim and the music heightens, the magical world of Clara’s dreams takes guests on an adventure through dazzling snowflakes, mischievous mice and dancing sweets.

EVENT DATE : December 16, 6:30PM
O’Hara’s Irish Pub

Information/tickets are through the Ancient Order of the Hibernians; call 803.785.4025. The event runs until 9 p.m. The Saint Columbia Division of the Ancient Order of Hibernians serves the Midlands of South Carolina through a passion for the Catholic faith, Ireland and Irish culture.  

EVENT DATE : December 19, 7:30PM
Koger Center for the Arts

The sounds and spirit of Christmas fill the air as Grammy-nominated superstar entertainer Jim Brickman embarks on his 23rd annual tour "A Christmas Celebration." He blends yuletide memories and traditional carols with his own beloved hit songs like "The Gift, "Sending You A Little Christmas," "Angel Eyes" and "If You Believe." 

EVENT DATE : December 21, 7:00PM
Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center

Join an evening of formal attire, fun, food, dancing and entertainment. A portion of proceeds from every ticket sold will be donated to The Salvation Army Angel Tree Christmas Assistance to provide Christmas gifts to underprivileged children in the community. For more information, call organizer Extravagant Designs Events at 803.563.8173.

EVENT DATE : December 31, 9:30PM
Moonshiners Patio Bar & Grill

Ring in 2020 with the popular, fun-loving cover and Columbia-based band Bombshell, who play a variety of favorite rock, pop and dance hits from the 1970s, 1980s and beyond.