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1.      Opening Friday, December 4. RENT.

Trusuts Theatre proudly presents this performance that follows a group of impoverished young artists and musicians who struggle to survive and create in New York’s Lower East Side in the thriving days of Bohemian Alphabet City, under the shadow of AIDS. RENT runs through December 13 as well as January 7-23. Visit Trustus Theatre for more information.

2.     Friday, December 4 – Saturday, December 5. Five Points Festivus.

Celebrate the Holiday season in true Five Points style this year during “Five Points Festivus”. From traditional holiday cheer to fun Festivus events, this is the place to be on December 4 & 5, 2009! From the Airing of Grievances Tour to the Feats of Strength – Festivus 2009 will be a great event! Who else could pull off a Festivus? “It’s a Festivus Miracle!” Visit Five Points for additional information.


3.     Friday, December 4 – Sunday, December 6. Winnsboro Winter Arts Festival.

The festival kicks off with a special art opening featuring photography by Fairfield High School students, USC students and the work of Nikolai Oskolov. Other activities include live music, theatre, a parade, Santa, tree lighting, carriage rides, carolers and special exhibits! There’s no better way to ring in the holiday then at this festival! Red Tree Gallery, 143 S. Congaree Street, Winnsboro. Visit the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce for a full schedule of events.

4.     Friday, December 4. Harborside Lights at Lake Carolina!

With thousands of lights being strung, 1200 luminaries ready to be set and dozens of trees being decorated, Lake Carolina is ready to celebrate the upcoming holiday season at Harborside Lights from 6-9 p.m. Planned activities for the Harborside Lights celebration include photos with Santa, stocking decorating, hay rides, musical entertainment and horse drawn carriage rides. A variety of specialty craft vendors and food vendors will be on hand at Harborside Lights as well for the holiday goers looking to get some of their gift shopping done. Lake Carolina’s own merchants will be hosting holiday open houses in Town Center and on the Village Green during the holiday celebration. Visit Lake Carolina for additional information.


5.     Friday, December 4. Holiday Main Street Marketplace.

The downtown holiday open-air market features holiday specialty items, prepared foods, baked goods, art, photography, books, handmade crafts, and much more. Free admission! Complimentary shuttle service courtesy of City Center Partnership is available in the 36 block area downtown, bounded by Gervais to Elmwood and Assembly to Marion Streets, to pick up and drop off attendees. For more information, please contact Alicia Morgan at 803.779.4005 ext. 2042 or or visit City Center Columbia.




6.     Saturday, December 5. Carolina Carillon Parade.

With nearly 100 entries, the Carillon will feature a memorable opening presentation, high school drill teams, clowns, marching bands from across the state, dances and entertainers, local churches, vintage autos, dozens of custom floats, live animals and the children’s highlight each year…Santa Clause!!! Visit Carolina Carillon for more information.


7.     Saturday, December 5. Oyster Roast and Toast To Camp Hope.

Winter is almost here and you know what that means…time for an Oyster Roast! Come warm up with us by the fire and enjoy some delicious oysters at the Columbia Jaycees Camp Hope Roast and Toast. There will be live music by The Blue Laws and an open beer & wine bar. Oysters not your thing? No worries! We have some outstanding chili to help keep you warm. Not into meat? There will be vegetarian chili as well! Watch the ACC Championship on our two BIG SCREEN TVS!! The proceeds from the event benefit Jaycee Camp Hope and Columbia Jaycees Charities. Visit Camp Hope Roast for more information.


8.    Sunday, December 6. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular!

The world famous Rockettes will appear at the Colonial Life Arena for the first time ever! This beloved holiday show will delight the entire family when it hits the stage. Audiences are taken on a theatrical journey that the entire family can enjoy together. Children thrill as Santa takes the audience on a magical sleigh ride to the North Pole, while parents marvel at the unparalleled precision dance of the Rockettes. The Christmas Spectacular is truly unique in its universal appeal to people of all ages. From small children to grandparents, this dazzling holiday production is guaranteed to bring smiles to their faces and help create a wonderful family memory to last a lifetime. Visit the Colonial Life Arena for more information and to purchase tickets.


9.     Through Sunday, December 6. Holiday Market.

‘Tis the Season to Shop ’til you drop. With over 90 merchants, you are sure to find the perfect gifts for friends and family this holiday season. Mark your calendars because we’ve got a few new additions to help make this year’s Holiday Market even more special and exciting than ever before! Visit the Junior League of Columbia for more information.


10. Thursday, December 10. ‘The Boykin Spaniel’ Book Signing!

Just in time for the Holidays, Ed’s Editions is hosting a book signing with Mike Creel and Lynn Kelley for the re-issue of ‘The Boykin Spaniel’ from 3:30-5:30 pm.. This is the 1st of only two signings that will take place in Columbia so you don’t want to miss the opportunity to get your hands on a great gift! After you get your copy signed, make your way around the store because the Annual Christmas Sale will be going on! Receive 25% off inventory from December 8th-12th! Ed’s Editions is located at 406 Meeting Street in West Columbia. Call 803-791-8002 or visit Ed’s Editions for more information.


      Bonus: Lights, Pictures and Fun!

Looking for a place to get some pictures with Santa, see some Holiday Lights or have a little outdoor fun? Check out our Fun for Families page with answers to all of these questions!



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