Wednesday, November 24
Candy Cane Cradle at Logboat Brewing Company
The Candy Cane Cradle returns to Logboat Brewing Company, 504 Fay St. The lights will come on at 6:06 PM, and a few special guests including Truman the Tiger and the Grumpy will make appearances. Christmas films will be screened in the courtyard. The event starts at 3 p.m. and is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.
Friday November 26
The lighting of the magic tree of the crossing
The Crossing will launch its Magic Tree lighting starting at 5:30 p.m. at 3615 Southland Drive with festive music and photo booths. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.
Thursday 2 December
Magic Tree Lighting at Cherry Hill Village
From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Cherry Hill will be holding its holiday festival, including the lighting of the Magic Tree at 6 p.m. There will be lots of family fun with face painting, food trucks and hay rides. Santa Claus will also make an appearance. The ShowMe Brass Band and CIS Madrigal Choir will also be featured at the event. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.
Shelter insurance Holiday tree lighting
Shelter Insurance will hold its tree lighting ceremony at 5:30 pm and the lights will come on at 6:10 pm that evening at 1817 W. Broadway. The West Middle School Choir and Band will perform holiday songs. Shelter Insurance will also unveil the Winter Wonderland Garden of Lights in Shelter Gardens. Father Christmas will be present and the Garden of Lights will be available to the community on Friday and Saturday evenings after the event until Christmas. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.
Friday December 3
Santa Claus arrives at Columbia Mall
Starting December 3, Santa Claus can be found at Columbia Mall, and while the event is open to the public, tickets are needed. Pedestrians are allowed if there is room. Before the mall opens, Santa Claus will meet with anyone who may have special needs and extra sensory care will be taken while taking photos. Santa will be there until Christmas Eve when he has to return home to the North Pole to get ready for Christmas Day.
The tradition of Living Windows in downtown Columbia returns. From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. there will be shows, open houses, shopping, Broadway snowflakes, the Magic Tree and tours with Santa Claus. The event is free and open to the public. Find more information on the event’s Facebook page.
“A Christmas in small towns”
The holiday musical “A Smalltowne Christmas” will premiere at the Macklanburg Playhouse by The Playhouse Theater Company at Stephens College. This is the first performance of the musical on a university campus in the country. Show hours are 7:30 p.m. on 3-4 and 10-11 and 2 p.m. on December 5. For more information, visit the site.
Saturday 4th December
Christmas Resale at St. Thomas More Newman Center
The public is invited to purchase lightly used Christmas decorations at garage sale prices at the St. Thomas More Newman Center, 602 Turner Ave. The sale will be open from 8 am to 1 pm on December 4 and from 8 am to 1:30 pm 5. Sunday will be Buy One Get One day, everything will be free from 1 am to 1:30 am that day. The sale will take place upstairs in the multipurpose room. Donations for resale are welcome December 2-3. Volunteers are also needed to be set up on Saturday and Sunday. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.
Christmas at the Pierpont general store
Stop by the Pierpont General Store, 7650, Highway 163, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. for photos with Santa Claus. Animals are welcome. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.
From 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., the Grinch will host the first Photo Night at Brookthorn Court. In exchange for a photo, the Grinch asks for a donation to be made to True North of Columbia. The event will also feature lights and living windows. More information can be found on the Facebook event page.
Tuesday, December 7
Veterans United Drive-thru Illuminated Display
The illuminated driving display at Veterans United opens to the public and will run nightly through December 19. The display is at 4700 Providence Road. Visitors should approach State Farm Parkway and enter Southampton Drive. More information is available at Facebook page.
Friday December 10
At Speckled Frog Toys and Books, Ms. Claus will be making an appearance to read a story and direct a craft. The event starts at 5 p.m. It is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.
Sunday 12 December
The public is invited to bring their pets for a photo with Santa from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Unchained Melodies Dog Rescue Training Center, 4107 White Tiger Lane. Guests will receive a bag of gifts for your dog and a paw ornament-making table, among other surprises. Admission is $ 10, and more information can be found on the Facebook event page.