Making it Sparkle

Making it Sparkle

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Holiday Decorating Tips from Decorating Den

When decorating your home for the holidays does it reflect your family’s Christmas spirit, or does it reflect the Spirit of Christmas Past? If your seasonal style needs updating, Gigi Willetts of Decorating Den Interiors offers some advice. “Instead of adding the usual holiday decor to your space, use the seasonal switch as an opportunity to reinvent the rooms you will use to welcome and entertain your guests in”, says Gigi. “Get inspired! Take this time of year to try something new by decorating your home with unconventional hues and textures that express your current style, while complementing the traditional pieces you already have.” Decide on a central holiday theme or time period and the colors that go with it. For example, if you prefer the wildly popular vintage or midcentury look, pick hues that are of that time, such as bright red, aqua blue, and white, and don’t stop with the Christmas tree! “Even if your whole home does not reflect this period, sprucing up smaller areas and focal points like an entryway, fireplace mantel, and table settings or centerpieces can add just enough to convey your holiday motif.” Gigi can help you figure out what pieces will fit best and how to integrate them. Contact her if you’d like a professional decorator to help you with your next remodel or redecorating project: decdensc@gmail.com or (803) 463-3000.

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Brighten Your Space with Ethan Allen

With shorter days and winter on its way, you want to keep your house looking and feeling warm and bright. Accent lighting can go a long way towards creating that cozy atmosphere. Ethan Allen has an outstanding selection of lighting products at great savings. A floor lamp can bring subtle attention to a neglected, dark corner or provide just enough illumination for a favorite reading chair. Versatile, clear glass table lamps provide a nice glow and are available in a variety of sizes and shapes to best fit your existing home decor. A wall sconce or two can give you directional light – using either electricity or flame – and add flicker and flash to a dull wall or entryway. Candlelight creates ambiance all on its own. Ethan Allen’s large collection of candle holders will will display your tapers and pillars impressively, and a crystal chandelier can make any room more elegant. From embellished to rustic, Ethan Allen’s unique pieces are made with love by craftsmen and glassblowers from all around the world. Consider brightening your home for the upcoming holiday season for an inviting space that visiting friends and family will appreciate.

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Shop for the Season at Carolina Imports

Carolina Imports is well known as a local importer and retailer of furniture and home accessories. They are also a fabulous destination for holiday shopping! Find something for everyone on your list – handmade furniture, lamps, art prints, pottery, porcelain, and various other home accessory items. Enjoy perusing their 8,000 square feet of warehouse space to find unusual Christmas gift ideas and get inspired to create seasonal displays throughout your home. Carolina Imports also has a large selection of South Carolina wood furniture, handmade from plantation grown mahogany, teak, oak, elm or pine, so you can have a table worthy of your holiday feast, and big enough to comfortably seat the whole family! Browse Carolina Imports’ showroom full of home decor and unique, low priced gifts. With additional items in every week, you never know what you’ll find!

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Create Your Perfect Bedroom with Southern Bedding

Baby, it’s getting cold outside! This is the time of year when you need your bedroom, and especially your bed, to be a warm and comfortable retreat at the end of the now shortened days. Southern Bedding of Columbia has an incredible in-stock selection of reversible, single, double, queen, king, California king standard, pillow-top and memory foam mattresses to choose from at their 32,000 square-foot factory in downtown Columbia. They also offer bed frames and bedroom furniture to complete your perfect sanctuary. Friends and relatives will soon be in town for the holidays – make their stay as comfortable as possible by turning a guest bedroom into a lavish space away from their home that they will love. Southern Bedding of Columbia offers affordable quality bedding and furniture, and everything is 100% made in the South (most made right here in Columbia!). Stop in to Southern Bedding, “where sweet dreams start,” and see the area’s finest affordable bedding for yourself!

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Give the Gift of Flowers from Blossom Shop

The Blossom Shop has a huge selection of gifts and florals for the holiday season! Whether you are shopping for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, or New Year’s, they have all of the flowers, wreaths, centerpieces, gourmet baskets and bouquets you need for decoration or as gifts. Their professional staff can help you pick the perfect arrangement and will make sure it’s there on time. Blossom Shop delivers throughout Columbia and offers same-day delivery for your last-minute gift needs at no extra cost! They also deliver quality flowers nationwide through their trusted florist network. Find the perfect gift for family, friends, coworkers or boss, for those not living nearby, or just treat yourself with a selection from The Blossom Shop. Plus, while you’re busy getting your shopping done, you can now buy flowers anytime, from the palm of your hand with Blossom Shop’s Floral App! It’s easy to use and takes just seconds to download. To help assure on-time delivery during the busy holiday season, place your orders at least one day prior to Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

Holiday Events

Holiday Events

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The Polar Express 4-D Experience | Nov 5, 2016 through Jan 1, 2017

You’re invited on an extraordinary 4-D adventure this holiday season at the SC State Museum on The Polar Express! When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe. Show Run Time is 15 minutes. More here.

The Star of Bethlehem | Nov 5, 2016 through Jan 1, 2017

This full dome planetarium experience at the SC State Museum takes viewers back in time to Jerusalem and Bethlehem to investigate fascinating ideas about the “Christmas Star.” The show presents historical and scientific facts to unravel this 2,000-year old mystery through a special audiovisual display featuring popular Christmas carols. Run Time is 25 minutes. More here.

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Laser Holidays | Nov 5, 2016 through Jan 1, 2017

Visit the SC State Museum for this exciting and unique way to celebrate the season! A display of colorful and dramatic laser lights is choreographed to a mix of holiday music favorites, including “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Deck the Halls,” “White Christmas” and more. Show Run Time is 30 minutes. More here.

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Historic Holiday House Tours | Nov 18 – Dec 31

During this special time of year, the Historic Columbia invite families, school groups, tourists and the community to visit their historic properties for guided tours. Their house museums are decorated and offer a glimpse into the lives of three different holiday social scenes set in 19th and early 20th century Columbia. Enjoy the greenery and decorative faux food throughout each house while guides provide stories of holidays past. More here.

Heck the Dolls With Chardonnay | Nov 18 – 20, Dec 9 – 11

Heck the Dolls with Chardonnay is the touching story of Sue, a bored and lonely resident of Aged Oaks Retirement Home. When Sue is visited by Emma, her teen-age granddaughter, Sue takes Emma and the audience on a raucous trip down memory lane as she recalls the holidays of her past. The audience quickly discovers that Sue and her old best friend Becky were the Lucy and Ethel of their days. Sue’s flashbacks, which are reenacted on the stage, remind us that the stresses of the holidays usually result in the best and funniest memories of life.  More at the Chapin Theatre Company website.

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Main Street ICE | Nov 26 through Jan 18, 2017

Head to Boyd Plaza for Main Street ICE! The City of Columbia’s outdoor ice skating rink, located at the corner of Main and Hampton streets, returns for another year of fun for the whole family. Open from Thanksgiving Day until January 18, 2016. The rink will be closed on Christmas Day and will be open until 12 a.m. on New Year’s Eve. More here.

50th Annual Governor’s Carolighting| Dec 1

The 50th Annual Governor’s Carolighting will be held on Thursday December 1, 2016 from 7pm – 9pm. Entertainment leading up to the lighting of the State Christmas tree will include a variety of musical groups and talent like Fort Jackson’s own 282nd Army Band. This year’s Carolighting event will correspond with First Thursday on Main, creating an entire evening of holiday activities in the capital city! More here.

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A Starry Night | Dec 1 a-starry-night

Join us on Thursday, December 1 as we celebrate everything that is wonderful about this time of year during our holiday open house. Stores will be open late and offering terrific sales and complimentary refreshments! From candy and clothing to skateboards and wine, the Five Points merchants have everything patrons could possibly want this holiday season. More here.

Lighting of the Cayce Christmas Tree | Dec 1

A part of Christmas in Cayce! The Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held at 6pm at Cayce City Hall. Featuring appearances by city officials, musical selections, and a visit from Santa! Visit website for more.

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Lancaster’s Christmas Events | Dec 1, 3 & 10

December 1stChristmas Tree Lighting on Gay Street/Springs House from 7pm – 8:30pm.

December 3rdChristmas in the City at Catawba Street/ City Hall. 10am – 4pm. Enjoy free trolley rides, their Winter Block Party that hosts a plethora of food and craft vendors, visit with Santa and more.

December 10th – Don’t miss this Annual Christmas parade that will begin at 6pm in the Cultural Arts District in Historic Downtown Lancaster! Lancaster’s Grand Marshal, Buford Varsity Ladies Softball State Champions, will lead the parade beginning on Main Street, at Springs Street, and continuing through historic downtown, then exiting onto Williams Street. Get your seats early and get ready for some holiday fun!

More information on Lancaster events here!

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North Pole Night Downtown | Dec 2, 9, 16, & 23

Visit downtown Newberry on Fridays in December to experience an evening at the North Pole! Starting at 6pm and lasting until 8pm Santa play in Memorial park in their faux snow machines. The Newberry County Chamber of Commerce office will also be open in Community Hall for Storytime with Mrs. Claus. You won’t want to miss this special Newberry holiday event! Contact the City of Newberry Parks, Recreation, and Tourism office at 803-321-1015 for more information or click here.

Concert and Carnival in the Square | Dec 2

Presented by the Town of Lexington, Lexington County Recreation & Aging Commission and media sponsor B106.7 FM, this event will take place from 6-8pm at Lexington Square Park. Featuring Tree Lighting at 8pm, s’mores and hot chocolate! Part of the Town of Lexington’s 2016 Snowball Festival. More here.

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Carols Along the Riverwalk | Dec 2

The sounds of Christmas will be heard throughout the Cayce Riverwalk Park where several area church choirs and local musicians will be located within the first half mile of the park. Visitors can wander from group to group, enjoying holiday musical selections! The Riverwalk will be lighted with luminaries and hot apple cider will be served. Event will be held 6:30-8pm at the N Avenue Entrance, Cayce Riverwalk Pavilion. More here.

A Christmas Carol: The Musical | Dec 2 – 18

Come to Town Theatre to see this PREMIERE performance of the classic holiday tale. Ebenezer Scrooge is a prosperous curmudgeon who believes personal wealth is far more valuable than the happiness and comfort of others. With an infuriated “Bah! Humbug!” Scrooge summarizes his feelings of Christmas tidings and charitable giving, but he’s forced to face his selfish ways when the ghosts of Christmas reveal his Past, Present and Future. Scrooge recognizes his faults and reconnects with those that mean the most to him. Through the music of Broadway’s Alan Menken and Lynn Ahrens, this A Christmas Carol has fantastic new life – just like Scrooge himself! Thursday – Saturdays at 8pm; Sundays at 3pm. Tickets on sale Nov 25. More here.

The Living Christmas Story | Dec 2 – 4

Everyone is invited to the 23rd edition of The Living Christmas Story, a drive-through pageant presented by the members of Union United Methodist Church in Irmo. 200 cast members and live animals bring the 18 scenes in the 1/4 mile drive to life that tell the story of Jesus’s birth. More here.

Elf The Musical Jr. | Dec 2 – 4

at Irmo High School Center for Performing Arts

Buddy, a young orphan, mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf is raised, unaware that he is actually a human, until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity. Faced with the harsh reality that his father is on the naughty list and that his half-brother doesn’t even believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. Click here for more information. Tickets are $7.
Show TimesFriday, Dec. 2, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 3, 3:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 4, 3:00 p.m.

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Story Time with Santa | Dec 3

Held at Seven Oaks Park from 10am – noon for ages 2 – 8. Join us as Santa reads his favorite holiday book to all the children on his nice list.  Participants will also decorate cookies, sip hot cocoa and create a holiday craft. After the story, participants will enjoy a candy cane hunt. All families are invited to shop at the Santa’s Market Craft Show before or after the event. More here.

Christmas for the Birds | Dec 3

Visit the Living History Park in North Augusta as they remember the birds at Christmas time! Please bring apples, oranges, and peanut butter for the birds and food for our 4 legged friends (dog and cats) to be given to the local pet adoption centers. Or just bring yourself and the children to share the joy of creating and giving gifts at Christmas. Cider and cookies will be served and story time will be held at 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, and 1:30pm. For more information call (803) 279-7560. More here.
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Town of Pine Ridge Christmas Parade | Dec 3

The Town of Pine Ridge Christmas Parade is a free, community event! This one mile parade will take place at 10am in the town of Pine Ridge. Parade route will begin at Pine Ridge Middle School and travel down Pine Ridge Drive ending at Congaree Baptist Church.

Carolina Carillon Holiday Parade | Dec 3

The annual Carolina Carillon Holiday Parade is considered not only the Capitol City’s premier parade, but The Official Holiday Parade of South Carolina! The parade will begin at 9:45am at Gervais and Bull Streets and proceed west, passing in front of the State House, and continuing into the Vista to Park Street. WIS-TV begins live statewide coverage of the parade at 10 a.m. from the corner of Main and Gervais. This year there will be some very special SC celebrities, new high school marching bands, drill teams, local churches, beautiful floats, and of course, Santa Claus!  More here.

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Story Time with Santa | Dec 3

Join us as Santa reads his favorite holiday book to all the children on his nice list.  Participants will also decorate cookies, sip hot cocoa and create a holiday craft.  After the story, participants will enjoy a candy cane hunt. All families are invited to shop at the Santa’s Market Craft Show before or after the event. Ages 2 – 8. At Seven Oaks Park from 10am – noon. More here.

Christmas in the City of Lancaster | Dec 3

Christmas in the City will take place from 10am-4pm at 216 S. Catawba Street and will feature free trolley rides, Santa’s Workshop crafts and activities, free Ugly Sweater Ornament at the Lancaster & Chester Railroad Museum, Visits with Santa, Winter Block Party that hosts a plethora of food, craft vendors and live entertainment, Artisans Holiday Market, sale at the Native American Studies Center, events at the Historic Springs House and several Holiday Open Houses downtown. More information here.

St. Nicholas Festival | Dec 3

Festival will be held at Holy Apostles Orthodox Church from 10am – 4pm. Enjoy great food, crafts, fun and an amazing Choir Performance by the Holy Apostles Orthodox Choir.  hear the wonderful bronze Russian Pyatkov bells! Children can visit with the “REAL St. Nicholas”, and crafts and artwork will be available for purchase, as well as Russian food, collectibles, and handmade beeswax candles. More here.

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Movies in the Square | Dec 3

Part of the Town of Lexington’s 2016 Snowball Festival, movies will be shown from 5-7pm at the Icehouse Amphitheater (107 W. Main Street). Featuring Mickey’s Christmas Carol (26 min) and How the Grinch Stole Christmas (26 min). More here.

Cayce Historical Museum Christmas Traditions | Dec 3

The sights, sounds, and tastes of Christmas will abound at the Museum’s annual Christmas Traditions Celebration! Beginning at 6pm, visit the Museum and see trees and crafts from the 18th century to present, as well as entertainment, docents dressed in period attire, and light refreshments. More here.

Christmas Candlelight Tours | Dec 3 & Dec 10

A Southern-style Backcountry Christmas comes to life during Historic Brattonsville’s annual Christmas Candlelight Tours! Through candlelit vignettes, costumed interpreters will recreate Christmas of the backcountry settlers in the 18th and 19th centuries. Learn of Christmas traditions old and new, relax around the campfire and enjoy musical entertainment. Children will enjoy hands-on activities and visits with Father Christmas. Food, hot drinks and baked goods will be available for purchase. Adults $10; Seniors $8; Youth 4-17 $6; 3 and under and Culture & Heritage Museum members free. Event is from 3-9pm.  Info here.

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Train Rides with Santa | Dec 3, 10 and 17

Come join the folks at the South Carolina Railroad Museum in Winnsboro for their annual Train Rides with Jolly Old St. Nick! Santa will be happy to take your children’s Christmas wish lists back to the North Pole with him so bring them along!  Saturdays. More info here.

Hanging of the Greens | Dec 4

You’re invited! to Shandon United Methodist (3407 Devine Street) at their 8:45am service and 11am service. A moving service filled with Christian symbolism, glorious decorations and beautiful music of the season by the Celebration Choir and Wesley Ringers. Hanging of the Greens marks the beginning the Advent Season – commemorating the coming birth of Jesus through placing ivy, cedar, mistletoe and holly. This service is designed to help us prepare our hearts to welcome the Christ Child. 803.256.8383.

Glorious | Dec 4

This modern worship Christmas experience at Shandon Baptist Church is an incredible mix of sights and sounds, all pointing toward the Child in the manger. There will be two opportunities to enjoy Glorious: on December 4, at 4pm & 5:30pm.  See their website.

Christmas Tree Lighting | Dec 4

The Gadsden Park Community Center “Golden and Proud” Fourth Annual Christmas Tree Lighting seasonal celebration for the whole family. Enjoy a evening of entertainment, speakers, group performances, Christmas carols, holiday treats for the children, music and light refreshments. For more information, call the Gadsden Park Community Center at 353-3677.

Town of Lexington Christmas Parade | Dec 4

Presented by Town of Lexington and the Lexington Jaycees, parade will take place on Main Street at 3:30pm. Featuring a “Songs of the Season Concert” at Icehouse Amphitheater immediately following the Parade. More here.

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Governors Mansion Open House | Dec 5

On Monday, December 5th from 5:30pm – 7:30pm Governor Haley invites you to attend this years Governors Mansion Open House! The Carillon Carolers will be there from 5:30pm – 6:30pm, along with the Heart of Columbia Chorus. Visit with Santa Claus and enjoy coco & cookies. Free and no reservations needed.

Florence Festival of Lights | Dec 9

The third annual Florence Festival of Lights will be held December 9 and 10, and on December 16, 17, and 18 at 5:30pm at Hoffmeyer Place. This premiere light display and holiday event will be fun for the whole family! After you drive through these stunning holiday lights, stroll through Santa’s Village to spread more holiday cheer with a cup of hot chocolate, a visit with Santa himself,  or a balloon animal from Todd’s Twisted Balloons. More here.

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Christmas at the Barn | Dec 9-10

Held at Harmon’s Tree Farm located at 3152 Augusta Highway in Gilbert from 6:30pm – 8:30pm. Features live Christmas music, a nativity, a bonfire, hot chocolate, s’mores, a photo booth and so much more. Admission is free! For additional information call 803.996.8802 or visit website here.

Columbia Christmas Pageant | Dec 9 – 11

Event will take place December 9 at 7pm, December 10 at 2pm and 5pm, and December 11 at 4pm at First Baptist Columbia. Tickets are free, but you need a ticket to enter. More here.

The Singing Christmas Tree | Dec 9 – 11

Shandon Baptist Church will hold this free event. A cast of 400, including a full orchestra, and a 25-foot tree holding 130 singers and over 50,000 lights make for an incredible holiday experience for all ages! December 9 at 7pm, December 10 at 2:30pm and 5:30pm and December 11 at 2:30pm and 5:30pm. All seating is general admission. Free tickets available online beginning November 1 and on Sunday mornings in the Gathering Place at Shandon Baptist Church beginning November 6.  See their Christmas calendar.

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40th Annual Candlelight Tour of Homes | Dec 10

Tour begins at Camden Archives Museum (1314 Broad St.) from 3-8pm

The Camden Junior Welfare League presents the 40th Annual Candlelight Tour of Homes on December 10, 2016. Join us in Historic Camden, SC to take a self-paced tour through some of the city’s oldest homes and Historic sites decorated beautifully for the season. This is a Holiday tradition you don’t want to miss! The event will take place rain or shine. The Tour begins at the Camden Archives Museum which is located at 1314 Broad Street. You may purchase tickets at the museum the day of and/or pick up your Tour booklet. Purchase tickets in advance here!

New this year, we’re celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Tour with a kick-off event the night before, on December 9th! This event will be held at the Kershaw-Cornwallis House with amazing food from Aberdeen Catery, live music from the Reggie Sullivan Band, and a silent auction full of items you don’t want to miss! Come celebrate the 40th Anniversary and the League’s mission to improve the lives of children in Kershaw County!

For more information and to purchase tickets for both events, visit: http://cjwltourofhomes.wixsite.com/2016. You do not want to miss this exciting weekend! We look forward to sharing our beautiful city with you!

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8th Annual Van Wyck Christmas Parade and Candy Toss | Dec 10

This fun family event will start at 12 noon at the intersection of Steele Hill Road and Old Hickory Road in Van Wyck. Santa will arrive at the Community Center Building for photographs after the parade, where you can also enjoy Van Wyck Express train rides and Wilbur’s Last Ride BBQ. Bring your camera for pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus!

Christmas at the Park | Dec 10

The holidays are a great time for everyone to get together and renew friendships and meet new folks too! This event takes place at Blythewood Park at 126 Boney Road. Food, music, arts and crafts, gifts from the tree and Santa pictures! More here.

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Newberry Christmas Tour of Homes | Dec 10

The Newberry County Chamber of Commerce invites you to join them for the annual Christmas Tour of Homes from 4-8pm. Tour several beautiful private homes of Newberry, fully decorated for the holidays! The Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church of Newberry will also be on the tour in celebration of the advent season. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Chamber at 803-276-4274.

Lancaster Christmas Parade | Dec 10

The City of Lancaster will hold their annual Christmas Parade at 6pm on Main Street, in the Cultural Arts District in Historic
Downtown Lancaster. The Grand Marshal, the Buford Varsity Ladies Softball State Champions, will lead the parade. This year’s theme is “Ugly Christmas Sweater” – you won’t want to miss this holiday tradition!

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Cayce-West Columbia Holiday Parade of Lights | Dec 10

The Greater Cayce-West Columbia Holiday Parade of Lights is one of the most anticipated holiday parades in the Midlands! Starts at the corner of 12th & Meeting Street in West Columbia, proceeds down 12th Street and ends at City of Cayce Municipal Complex. This beloved night time parade begins at 5:30pm. Come grab yourself a viewing spot early!

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Santapalooza | Dec 10

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Visit Wingard’s Market for Santapalooza from 11am – 1pm, where the kids can meet Mrs. Claus, ride the Santa Train, enjoy hot apple cider and cookies and pick out a fresh North Carolina Fraser Fir Christmas tree! Don’t forget your camera for beautiful family photo ops throughout the Garden Center that you will treasure for years to come. Free admittance. Overflow parking available at Pilgrim Lutheran Church. More here.

Lancaster 2016 Christmas Parade | Dec 10

Beginning at 6pm on Saturday, December 10th in the Cultural Arts District in Historic Downtown Lancaster, you are in for a treat. Lancaster’s Grand Marshal, Buford Varsity Ladies Softball State Champions, will lead the parade beginning on Main Street, at Springs Street, and continuing through historic downtown, then exiting onto Williams Street. Set up on these streets with your chair for a good view.  More here.

The Offering | Dec 10 – Dec 11

This Modern Christmas Experience presented by Worship East will take place December 10 and 11 in Worship East at Riverland Hills Baptist Church. FREE Tickets are required for this event. Tickets will be available online. More here.

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Holiday Open House | Dec 10 – Dec 11

Lake Murray Country Visitors Center will hosts this Annual Open House on December 10 from 10am-3pm and December 11 from 12-4pm. The theme for the 2016 Holiday Open House is “Past and Presents.” Come enjoy light refreshments and holiday music as we get the Lorick Plantation into the holiday spirit. More here.

The Nutcracker | Dec 10 – Dec 18

at Koger Center for the Arts {1051 Greene St.}
Columbia City Ballet presents Nutcracker, Columbia’s holiday family tradition, has the distinction of being Koger Center’s first Nutcracker production and longest consecutively running annual arts event. With many snow-filled performances, including four matinees, Nutcracker is designed to accommodate the entire family’s holiday schedule. More here.

Christmas in Hopelands | Dec 10 – Dec 26

The 25th Annual Christmas in Hopelands is an enchanting walk-through exhibit in Aiken that features over 2 miles of lighted pathways, with over 100,000 twinkling lights and holiday displays. The Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame, Doll House, and Carriage Museum will be open and decorated, refreshments will be served in the Hall of Fame courtyard and outside of the Guest Cottage, you can roast marshmallows, holiday entertainment will be provided by schools, community groups, and church choirs each evening, and on select nights, Santa or Mrs. Claus will be inside The Rye Patch for photos! You must use the shuttle service to the gardens, which runs continuously from 5:45-9pm. For more info call 803-642-7631. Free admission charge. More info here.

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Summerville Christmas Parade | Dec 11

Sponsored by Summerville DREAM, the Annual Christmas Parade starts at 2pm. It is a free, public event that brings the community together to spread Christmas cheer! Community members are encouraged to promote their organization, school or business to help celebrate the holiday. Spread Christmas cheer by dressing in holiday costume, handing out candy, etc. Only participants in the holiday spirit will be allowed to take part in the procession!  More info here.

Blythewood Christmas Parade | Dec 11

This year’s Blythewood Christmas Parade is presented by Blythewood’s Transfiguration Church.  All funds raised will go to the Christian Assistance Bridge in Blythewood, an organization devoted to supporting those in need in the community.  The 21st annual parade will take place December 11 at 3pm. Registration forms for participants, as well as sponsorship forms, may be found on the town’s website. The deadline for parade entries is December 7. More here.

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Christmas Open House | Dec 11

Come experience Christmas traditions of the past as the Lexington County Museum hosts its annual open house from 1-4pm. This event will feature live music, free refreshments, a cooking demonstration, and a blacksmithing demonstration. Many of the museum’s 30 historic structures will be open and will feature period Christmas decorations. More here.

Love Feast: Choir & Orchestra | Dec 11

A Christmas celebration rich in Christian community Shandon United Methodist Church, filled with beautiful music by the Chancel Choir and orchestra, with sharing of bread, coffee and warm fellowship. More here.

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Summerville’s December Third Thursday | Dec 15

In Historic Downtown Summerville from 5pm – 8pm enjoy seeing Summerville all dressed up for the Holidays! Have you ever heard Storyteller Tim Lowry’s A Christmas Carol?  If not, you’re missing a very special holiday delight. Tickets will be on sale soon for this one of a kind walking tour that will be held on December 15th. More here.

Candy Cane Hunt | Dec 17

Held at Crooked Creek Park from 3:30pm – 4:3pm for ages 2 – 8. Cost is $2 per child. Join us on the CCP Disc Golf Trail for a one-of-a-kind candy cane adventure! Santa and his elves will be hiding candy canes along the trail at Crooked Creek Park. Children should bring a basket or bag for their candy canes. There will also be prize candy canes hidden along the trail. Donate a new unwrapped toy and you’ll get to decorate a festive cupcake! More here.

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Candlelight Tours & Carriage Rides | Dec 16 historic-columbia-carraige-ride

Take a tour of the decorated, candlelit halls of Historic Columbia’s historic houses – the Robert Mills House and the Hampton-Preston Mansion. Before or after your house tour, enjoy a carriage ride through the Robert Mills historic district. Carriage rides run from 5:30pm until 8:30pm and the house tours start at 6:00pm! *Carriage Rides are considered an ‘add-on’ to the Candlelight Tours, so guests need to purchase the Candlelight Tour in order to book a Carriage Ride. Purchase Candlelight Tour ticket(s) here!! More here.

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Santa’s Christmas Party | Dec 17

During this performance by the Columbia Marionette Theatre, Santa’s head elf decides to throw Santa a rockin’ holiday surprise party in celebration of the season, but Santa is on vacation and is nowhere to be found! Will he make it back in time to enjoy his own festivities? With dancing snowmen, figure skating, and Jack Frost’s own puppet show-within-a-puppet-show, this fun-filled performance will put audiences of all ages in the holiday spirit! At the Columbia Marionette Theatre at 11am.  More here.

2nd Annual Night Before Christmas | Dec 17

Ynotu2, a nonprofit that provides job and life skill development for disadvantaged job seekers, early childhood intervention and community outreach is organizing this holiday event. To be held at EdVenture Children’s Museum from 6 – 9pm for undeserved youth in the Columbia area. This event is NOT open to the public, as registration of your children is required, as they need to calculate the number of toys and food needed. Register here! Enjoy a seasonal atmosphere, vendors who will provide you with resources on programs, story time (celebrity guests will read a portion of the classic book “Twas the night before Christmas”, toy giveaway (while supplies last), educational challenge sessions, and Santa’s Workshop (Arts and Crafts for Kids) presented by Richland County Library. More here.

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“Love is Born” | Dec 17 & Dec 18

This Living Nativity narrated drama (no speaking parts) will be held at Living Springs Lutheran Church (4224 Hard Scrabble Rd.) on Saturday and Sunday, December 17 & 18, at 7:00pm. It’s free and for the entire family! Pause from a hectic holiday pace to witness a 30-minute Living Enactment Of God’s Gift Of Love For You…the Birth Of Jesus! Bring A Lawn Chair…hot drinks provided! More here.

Holiday Memorial Service | Dec 18

This Christmas event will take place at Riverland Hills Baptist Church at 5:00 p.m. in the Worship Center. More here.

Wreaths Across America | Dec 17

Fort Jackson, along with many others across the United States, will be honoring the lives of those who served our country at over 1,100 locations. Two locations in the Columbia area will be participating in the national event, both the Fort Jackson National Cemetery and the Tree Site at Strom Thurmond Building for Survivor Outreach Services. More here.

Sing Along Messiah

Sing-Along Messiah | Dec 19

Visit Washington Street United Methodist Church at 7pm on Monday, December 19th for a joyous night of worship, instrumental music, and singing. Messiah, by G.F. Handel, is perhaps the best known and most popular oratorio ever written. Sing-Along Messiah was founded in 2002, on the principle that everyone in the metropolitan Columbia area, and anyone willing to travel to Columbia, should have the opportunity to sing some part of Messiah at least once a year. No Christmas season is ever truly complete without it, as the event is compromised of a 20-member professional orchestra, a core choir to lead the singing of the choruses and a professional conductor. One component that makes Sing-Along Messiah unique and gives it its identity is that the 600+ people who attend the event are invited to join in the singing! It is the only annual sing-along presentation of Messiah in South Carolina and is presented to the public without an admission charge, so don’t miss it! More here.

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Christmas Party at The Woody | Dec 23

Eat, drink and be merry at the Naughty or Nice Christmas Party at The Woody in the Vista! Dress in your seasonal best, put on your dancing shoes and come let loose before settling down with your family and in-laws this Christmas.

Christmas Eve Service with Lord’s Supper | Dec 24

Service will take place at First Baptist Irmo from 4:30 – 5:30pm in the Church Sanctuary. 

Children’s Christmas Eve Service | Dec 24

Service will take place at 5 pm in the Worship Center at Riverland Hills Baptist Church. Come celebrate Christmas with your entire family as the Sixth Grade Crossover Ministry presents “The Christmas Story.” You will want to make this a family tradition as you help your children understand the real meaning of Christmas. Service is appropriate for children of all ages. More here.

Christmas Eve | Dec 24

Join your friends at Shandon United Methodist Church, 3407 Devine Street, for worship services that will truly bring your spirit aligned with the Reason for the Season!

TRADITIONAL COMMUNION SERVICE

2:00 p.m., Sanctuary

FAMILY SERVICE

5:00 p.m., Sanctuary

LIFELINE CONTEMPORARY SERVICE

7:00 p.m., Dunn-Smith Ministry Center

COMMUNION AND CANDLELIGHT SERVICE

9:00 p.m., Sanctuary. Inspiring services filled with beautiful greenery, wonderful music, glowing candlelight and warm fellowship.

WOW! New Year’s Eve Carnival | Dec 31

Bring the kiddies to this family-friendly event with games, entertainment, food vendors and more.  Held from 6pm – 10pm at Main and Hampton Sts. in downtown Columbia.

New Year’s Eve Masquerade Party | Dec 31

Make your way to The Woody in the Vista’s New Year’s Eve Fest! Featuring a champagne toast at midnight and party favors, including a mask, and The Woody Ball Drop with cash at midnight! Call 803.309.1283 or 803.309.2941 to get your tickets.

New Year’s Evening with the Newberry Opera House| Dec 31

Starting at 8pm, celebrate the going of the old and the coming of the new with food, dancing and fireworks! Newberry natives Reggie Deas and Deas Guyz return to play your favorite rhythm and beach hits of yesterday and today. Get a taste of Newberry in one night with food from local restaurants. Food and beverage are included. More here.

New Year’s Eve Dance Party at the Pickin’ Parlor | Dec 31

Bill’s Music Shop & Pickin’ Parlor located at 710 Meeting Street in West Columbia is the perfect place to ring in the New Year! Doors open at 7pm, catered dinner will be served.  Bob Strickland and Freestyle will begin playing at 8pm, and the dance party will begin! $25 per person.  Website here.

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Famously Hot New Year | Dec 31

Ring in 2017 on Main Street at South Carolina’s largest New Year’s Eve party! Join thousands of people in downtown Columbia for this free party and enjoy live entertainment until after midnight, free parking in downtown city garages, artists, clowns, jugglers and other buskers, free WiFi, food court and “Comfort Zone,” featuring food trucks and vendors, beer, wine and champagne and seating, special COMET services and park-and-ride locations, Budweiser alert cab, midnight countdown, the largest NYE fireworks display in the two Carolinas and much more! Kids will love the City of Columbia’s NYE Carnival for kids with rides, games and face painters, and the Main Street Ice Skating Rink on Boyd Plaza, in front of the Columbia Museum of Art. More info here.

Holiday Markets

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The River District’s Holiday Open House | Nov 4 – 6 The River District Open House

Kick off the holiday season with shopping and entertainment in The River District, the area across the Congaree River around State and Meeting streets. Merchants invite guests in for money-saving specials, entertainment and light refreshments.. Participating businesses include Again & Again Consignments (holiday decor and gifts along with light refreshments), Westend Gallery (refreshments), White Rose Artisans Boutique (specials and refreshments, outdoor concert Sunday afternoon with “The Dubber”), Beckett Financial Services (refreshments), 763 Antique Mall (cider, cookies and vendor deals), Glassie Ladies (stained glass ornaments and gifts with 25% off and light refreshments), Meeting Street Interiors (17th annual open house with discounts on everything over $25; hors d’oeurves and beverages), Three Rivers Antique Mall (Snacks, drinks and dealers making deals!) and Old Mill Antique Mall (open). More here.

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Christmas Arts & Crafts Show | Nov 5

702 North Lake Drive | Saturday: 9am – 2pm

Held at Lexington Middle School (702 North Lake Drive, Lexington) in the cafeteria. With almost 100 different crafters and vendors you will be able to shop for handmade jewelry, children’s clothing and accessories, pottery, artwork, photography, woodworking, handbags, Christmas crafts, ornaments, wreaths, and more. Everything you need to begin your Christmas shopping! Free Admission. More here.

Lexington Holiday Open House

Lexington’s Holiday Open House | Nov 10 – 13

Tis’ the season to shop local! Visit Lexington merchants for refreshments, door prizes and unique treasures. Hours vary by business. At every merchant visited, enter for a chance to win a Mini Christmas Tree, decorated with Gift Certificates from all participating merchants. More places you stop…more chances to win! Don’t miss this weekend filled with sales and specials bound to get you into the holiday spirit. More here.

Craftsmen’s Christmas Classic Art & Craft Fest | Nov 11 – 13

1200 Rosewood Drive | Friday: 10am – 9pm, Saturday: 10am – 6pm, Sunday: 11am – 5pm

Located at the SC State Fairgrounds (1200 Rosewood Drive), this annual event features original designs and work from hundreds of talented artists and craftspeople from across America! See the creative process in action as many exhibitors demonstrate throughout the weekend. Shop for pottery, jewelry, fine art, glass, clothing, specialty foods and more from aisles full of holiday decorations, seasonal specialties, and tasty treats! More here.

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Holiday Market at Crooked Creek | Nov 12

1098 Old Lexington Hwy | Saturday 8:30am – 2:30pm

Enjoy this Holiday Market located at Crooked Creek Park (1098 Old Lexington Highway). Shoppers can purchase one-of-a-kind items including, but not limited to, paintings, handmade jewelry, home decor items, and more! Area artists, crafters, and business owners are invited to participate as vendors in this sale. Please call 803-345-6181 for details. The public is invited to shop free of charge! More here.

SVAD Annual Holiday Sale | Nov 17 – 18

Students and Faculty of the School of Visual Art and Design at USC will have handmade artworks for sale including ceramics, printmaking, photography and painting. The National Art Education Student Chapter, Ink and Paper, Avant Grads, the Clay Club and the Photographic Society of USC are participating. Purchase original handmade art at the Holiday Sale, held in the School of Visual Art and Design from 8am-6pm. More here.

49th Annual Gem, Mineral & Jewelry Show | Nov 18 – Nov 20

206 Jamil Rd. | Friday & Saturday: 10am – 6pm, Sunday: 12pm – 5pm

quartz-drusy-over-chrysocollaGrab bags, geode cutting, fabulous rocks that come straight out of Mother Earth!  You’ll be blown away at this very different and fun show.  Let you little ones dig for treasures, enter to win a gigantic Orthoceras Fossil (between 300 and 400 million years old), purchase geodes from Mexico, and find collectible gems, minerals, & fossils at the Jamil Temple. Beautiful jewelry and collectible pieces make for great holiday gift ideas! More here.

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Winter Wonderland Craft Fair in Charlotte | Nov 26

288 Dairy Barn Lane | Saturday: begins at 9am Charlotte Craft Fair

More than 150 artists and crafters from the Charlotte region will offer unique holiday gifts and decorations at this craft fair that will be held at the Anne Springs Close Greenway (288 Dairy Barn Lane, Charlotte). All items are handmade and include pottery, jewelry, quilts, handbags, children’s clothing, woodwork, soap, candles and gourmet foods such as infused olive oils. Admission is free and the event will be held rain or shine at the Greenway’s picturesque Dairy Barn. $5 Special event parking fee per vehicle! More here.

Jamil Shriners Craft Show | Nov 26 – 27

206 Jamil Rd. | Saturday: 9am – 5pm, Sunday: 1pm – 5pm

This event at the Jamil Temple (206 Jamil Road) will feature over 100 local vendors, handmade Christmas gifts, Christmas ornaments, floral arrangements, wood carvings, wood toys, leather items, on site monogramming, local honey and other crafts. Homemade baked goods, hamburgers, hot dogs, and fries in the Canteen. Christmas music will be provided by The Scarred Worship Band for your entertainment. Call 803-732-4227 with questions. More here.

Sustainable Midlands Holiday Celebration

Sustainable Midlands Holiday Celebration | Nov 28

701 Whaley St. | Monday: 4:30pm – 8:30pm

The 8th Annual Sustainable Holiday Celebration is bigger and better this year, so make sure you don’t miss it! On November 28th from 4:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at the historic 701 Whaley building you can celebrate the holiday season by “buying local” and “eating local”. Guests will have the chance to shop from over 60 of the finest local craftsmen, artisans, and specialty food vendors like Nana by Sally, Sallie’s Greatest, and The Crescent Olive. In addition to fabulous shopping opportunities, free food tastings will be offered by seven amazing local restaurants and catering companies; Arabesque on Devine, Blue Marlin, Kaminsky’s Dessert Cafe, Michael’s on Main, The Spotted Salamander, Whole Foods Catering, and The Wired Goat Café.

Sustainable Midlands is a nonprofit organization and the Sustainable Holiday Celebration gives guests the opportunity to keep thousands of dollars circulating in our local economy while gaining access to amazing deals on their holiday shopping. Guests who buy their tickets by November 6, 2016 will receive special Early Bird pricing of $7 for an individual ticket, or a pair for $10. Tickets can be purchased here. After November 6, regular ticket prices resume: $15 general/ $10 military, seniors, and students.

For more information, visit the Sustainable Midlands website here or reach out to them at sustainablemidlands@gmail.com.

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30th Annual Junior League Holiday Market | Dec 1 – Dec 4

1200 Rosewood Dr. | Thursday: 9:30am – 5pm, Friday: 9:30am – 8pm, Saturday: 9:30am – 6pm, Sunday: 10am – 5pm

Located in the Cantey Building on the State Fairgrounds! This holiday market will have merchants and vendors selling all sorts of unique items, including personalized ornaments, jewelry, clothing, artwork, and much more. More here. Want to purchase your holiday market tickets in advance? Click here.

Midlands Clay Arts Society 16th Annual Holiday Sale | Dec 1 – 4

701 Whaley St. | Thursday: 4pm – 9pm, Friday & Saturday: 10am – 4pm, Sunday: 12pm – 4pm

Come shop for unique and creative gifts, handcrafted by over 30 local artists. Artwork ranges from classical designs to functional ware; from fun and eclectic pieces to fine jewelry, and everything in between! Admission and parking are free and there is no retailer mark up. More here.

Visit Aiken

Annual Aiken Christmas Craft Show | Dec 2 – 3

1700 Whiskey Rd. | Friday & Saturday: 9am – 5pm

The 46th Annual Christmas Craft Show, held at the Odell Weeks Activity Center, is a one-stop shop where you can check off all of your holiday wish lists! The indoor/outdoor show will feature over 100 exhibitors from all over the Southeast. Crafts for sale will include wreaths, wood furniture, paintings, baked goods, jewelry, holiday ornaments, ceramics, needlepoint creations, pottery and many other unique items.  Refreshments will be available from multiple food vendors. On Saturday, Santa Claus will be there for pictures (outside cameras are not allowed). Free admission and parking. Website here.

2016 Holiday Sales Show | Dec 2 – 15

810 Lyttleton St.

At the Douglas Reed House in Camden, SC. Browse to your hearts content as you find some of the best handmade items around! Jewelry, stained glass, pottery, food items, handcrafted wood items, and so much more is awaiting you at this holiday market. More here.Holiday Sales Show

Times/Dates Opened:

  • Friday-Saturday, December 2-3 at 10:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 4 at 1:30-6:00 p.m.
  • Monday-Saturday, December 5-10 at 10:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 11 at 1:30-6:00 p.m.
  • Monday-Thursday (closing day) December 15 at 10:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

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Santa’s Market Craft Show at Seven Oaks | Dec 3

200 Leisure Lane | Saturday: 8:30am – 2:30pm Handmade Jewelry

Held at Seven Oaks Park. Enjoy the sights and delights of the holiday season at this annual event featuring unique gifts, charming decorations and one-of-a-kind crafts. Complete your holiday shopping with items including art prints and paintings, hand-made jewelry, ornaments, painted glassware, holiday wreaths, decor, and more. Free Admission. More here.

Native American Art and Crafts Annual Winter Sale | Dec 3

119 South Main St. | Saturday: 9am -4pm

Held at the USC Lancaster Native American Studies Center. Find Catawba pottery, jewelry, baskets and other works handmade by Native American artists and craftspeople! Vendors will be offering a wide variety of artwork, crafts, decorative items, and unique handmade objects perfect for holiday gift-giving. Visitors will also have the opportunity to tour the exhibits in the Native American Studies Center and to see demonstrations of Catawba pottery by artist in resident Keith Brown. Website here.

Santa & The Grinch Holiday Bazaar | Dec 3

The Cayce-West Columbia Chamber presents The Santa & Grinch Holiday Bazaar at Mt. Tabor Lutheran Church in West Columbia. Come and visit with Santa & The Grinch, shop for holiday gifts from local vendors, get Christmas pictures, and enjoy activities for the kids! More here.

First Annual Chapin Band Holiday Market | Dec 3

Held in Chapin High School’s cafeteria (300 Columbia Ave.) from 9am – 3pm. Come stop and shop at one place to find that special gift. T-shirt vendors, craft vendors, and more! All proceeds support the Chapin band program.

River Bluff High School’s Holiday Vendor Fair | Dec 3

Held at River Bluff High School (320 Corley Mill Rd.) from 9am – 12pm and 1pm – 4pm. Shop from 15 vendors, get pictures with Santa, and purchase food from The Donut guy, Pelican’s SnoBalls, and the Wurst Wagen. Enjoy!

Prosperity Shopper’s Walk | Dec 3

Starts at 5:30PM. Merchants have “open house” with lots of discounts! Local entertainment, visits with Santa (bring your coupon from Spooktacular for a free photo), cookies, hot chocolate, and prize drawings are just a few things you will enjoy during the night. Families gather to enjoy shopping and entertainment amidst luminary lined sidewalks and the sounds of Christmas all in the Town of Prosperity. For more information, call the Prosperity Town Hall at 803-364-2622, or visit prosperitysc.com

Holiday Joy Market | Dec 4

Sunday, December 4, 2016
Don’t miss this annual holiday shopping event at Providence Presbyterian Church featuring tons of handcrafted items and boutique gifts. On-site monogramming will be available for merchandise sold at the event. Shoppers are welcome to bring their own merchandise for monogramming, as well. The Providence Kitchen will feature holiday baked goods and other specialty food gifts. Childcare is available. Click here for more information:

Old McCaskills Farm Country Christmas Trunk Show | Dec 4

377 Cantey Lane | Sunday: 1pm – 6pm

Visit Old McCaskill’s Farm to share in the holiday cheer and do a little Christmas shopping! They will be featuring items such as wool products, homemade goodies, hand painted signs, hand painted ornaments, jewelry, homemade soaps, photo mini sessions and much more! Concessions will be available too.

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Christmas Peddler Craft Show | Dec 10

485 Brooks Ave. | Saturday: 9am – 3pm

Held at Tri City Leisure Center, this annual event will feature an abundance of local and regional crafters! Come enjoy entertainment and door prizes while shopping for homemade gifts for the holidays. Canned food donations are accepted to benefit Lexington County Meals on Wheels. Free admission. Facebook here.

Christmas Sampler Craft Show | Dec 10

108 Park Rd. | Saturday: 9am – 3pm

Held at Lexington Leisure Center. This annual event will feature an abundance of local and regional crafters! Come enjoy entertainment and door prizes while shopping for homemade gifts for the holidays. Canned food donations are accepted to benefit Lexington County Meals on Wheels. Free admission. Lexington Leisure Center. Facebook here.

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Annual Holiday Church Bazaar | Dec 10

1321 Salem Church Rd. | Saturday: 9am – 2pm

Enjoy the Annual Holiday Church Bazaar at Salem United Methodist Church. There will be numerous vendors such as: homemade wooden bowls, soy candles, soap, lots of jewelry, scarves, crafts, ornaments and much much more, along with Mary Kay, Tupperware, Avon, Pampered Chef, and Juice Plus. The youth will also have a big variety of homemade soups to raise money for their mission trip. Enjoy! Website here.

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Crafty Feast | Dec 11

1101 Lincoln St. | Sunday: 12pm – 6pm

Visit the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center for a handmade craft show with interesting items from all over the state. $3 per person, kids 10 and under free. Wanna see all of the vendors that will be in attendance? Visit their website here.

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Carolina Craftisan Craft Show | Dec 17

227 Highland Ave. | Saturday: 9am – 3pm

Enjoy this local and regional Christmas craft show! Come enjoy entertainment, door prizes and shopping. Canned food donations are accepted to benefit Lexington County Meals on Wheels. Free admission.

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Holiday Festival of Lights | Nov 11 – Jan 1

Each year, thousands of families create lasting memories at the Holiday Festival of Lights, where millions of multicolored lights illuminate the sky throughout 52 enchanting nights. Journey through three miles of over 700 magical light displays of all shapes and sizes. Park your car and enjoy family activities, shopping, food, entertainment, and so much more! More here.

Main Street Lights | Nov 18 – Dec 31

Newberry claims to have more lights than any other downtown in South Carolina! Take a drive through downtown any evening this holiday season and be dazzled by the amazing light displays, especially around the old courthouse.  And on the Friday before Thanksgiving, November 18th, 2016, begining at 6:00 pm, the downtown area will be transformed into a mini-festival. Local vendors will be selling and giving away a variety of goods, from fresh wreaths and garlands, to free hot chocolate and popcorn. We’ll have new additions to our Downtown décor including a new ornament “sculpture” in Astwood Park as well as old favorites like our faux snow machines in Memorial Park. The Official Tree Lighting Ceremony of Main St. Lights begins at 6:30 pm, accompanied by local choruses and a special guest from WISTV News. Help us light our Community Christmas Tree, located in front of Community Hall, through festive song and fellowship. More here.
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Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks | Nov 19 – Dec 30

From 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM. The zoo will sparkle with nearly 1 million lights, countless animated images, visits with Santa (on-site beginning at 6pm each night through Dec 23), holiday cheer around the Jingle Bell Bonfire & more! Tickets are $11 for adults and $9 for children ages 2 to 12 and went on sale November 1st, so get yours now. Visit for  More Info . *Closed Nov. 24, Dec. 24, and Dec. 25th.

Holiday Lights on the River | Nov 23 – Dec 31

Holiday Lights on the River at Saluda Shoals Park is the largest drive-through lights show in the Midlands. This dazzling light show will be open from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM and will feature over 400 animated displays.  Look for our Merry Christmas Columbia light display this year!

Holiday Lights Activities Every Night! (except Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas)
Fun-filled family activities offered at Holiday Lights on the River include:

  • Hayride shuttle to the Wetland Walking trail
  • Saluda Shoals train
  • A laser light show along the wetland trail
  • Tube slide
  • New! Ice skating rink
  • Crafts
  • Santa’s Claus’et Gift Shop
  • Roast marshmallows

Enjoy the  walking trail along the boardwalk (purchase hot chocolate, hot cider, or other concessions for your stroll) that hosts a laser light show, and of course don’t miss the opportunity to get a photo with Santa (fees apply) from December 9 – 23. Holiday Lights on the River

NEW ENTRANCE for 2016!  
There’s a brand new Holiday Lights entrance off St. Andrews Road! All Holiday Lights traffic will enter Saluda Shoals Park at the east entrance located between Wendy’s and Aldi Foods at 6071 St. Andrews Road and exit onto Bush River Road. Holiday Lights visitors will enjoy an all new route this year.  There will be no Holiday Light entrance on Bush River Road.  

Holiday lights admission is $15 for cars, $25 for 15 passenger vans, and $40 for buses. For more information, More Info or call (803) 772-3903.

Roper Mountain Holiday Lights | Nov 24 – Dec 30

Roper Mountain Holiday Lights is the only not-for-profit holiday lights event in the Upstate, and 2016 marks the 25th year of this great event! Open Thanksgiving night through December 30, enjoy strolling through WinterWonderland, with its lighted walking trails, Santa Claus, balloon artist, concessions, giant holiday greeting cards created by local area students, see team mascots and performances by school groups, and drive through displays like Candy Cane Lane, Santa’s Sleigh and the Caterpillar. More here.

50th Annual Governor’s Carolighting | Dec 1

The Governor’s Carolighting will be held from 7-9pm and will feature a variety of musical groups prior to the lighting of the SC State Christmas tree, including Fort Jackson’s own 282nd Army Band. This year’s Carolighting event will correspond with First Thursday on Main, creating an entire evening of holiday activities in the capital city! More here.

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Fantasy of Lights in Sumter | Dec 1 – Dec 31
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Part of Sumter’s annual Poinsettia Festival, this is one of South Carolina’s largest Christmas light displays! The Fantasy of Lights takes place at beautiful Swan Lake Iris Gardens, one of the finest botanical gardens in the United States. Over 1 million lights and 150 twinkling figures light up the 150 acres of gardens! The gardens will be open from dusk until 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and from dusk until 9pm Sunday – Thursday throughout the entire month of December. You will be amazed as the sun goes down and the gardens come alive with breathtaking light displays symbolizing the holiday season, as well as seeing some of your favorite cartoon characters: Blues Clues, Barney, Bob the Builder, Sponge Bob, Dora the Explorer, and more. The Pilot Club’s floating Christmas tree is an annual favorite, along with Santa, angels, and characters of song and story. Santa’s Village will be at the Heath Pavilion on Friday and Saturday nights (through December 10) with entertainment and refreshments. Kids can bring letters to Santa, and the Santa Express will send them straight to the North Pole! Opening ceremony on Dec 1 at 6pm. Drive-thru the Gardens; park and walk areas available. Admission is free. For more information visit website or call 803-436-2640.

Night of a Thousand Candles | Dec 1-3, 8-10, 15-18

See Brookgreen Gardens come to life amid the soft glow of more than 5,500 hand-lit candles and countless sparkling lights from 3 – 10 p.m. Walk the paths with a warm cup of cider, hear the sounds of hand bells ringing, carolers singing, and celebrate the season with family and friends.The 80-foot-tall fir tree decorated with 70,000 lights will be lighted in ceremonial fashion at 5:45 p.m. every night. More Info.

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Florence Festival of Lights | Dec 9-10, 16-18

Beginning at 5:30pm at Hoffmeyer Place. Join us for the third annual Florence Festival of Lights to be held on December 9th and 10th and December 16th, 17th, and 18th.  This premiere light display and holiday event will be fun for the whole family.  After you drive through these stunning holiday lights, stroll through Santa’s Village to spread more holiday cheer with a cup of hot chocolate, a visit with Santa himself,  or a balloon animal from Todd’s Twisted Balloons. More Info.
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Christmas In Hopelands | Dec 10, 11, 15-23, 26

The 25th Annual Christmas in Hopelands is an enchanting walk-through exhibit that features over 2 miles of lighted pathways and holiday displays. There is no admission charge. Over 100,000 twinkling lights are a must-see during the Christmas season. Santa or Mrs. Claus will be inside the Rye Patch for photos. Be sure to purchase your s’mores kit for $5.00 at Citizens Park before you hop on the shuttle. Once you get to the gardens, head to the Rye Patch to roast your marshmallows. Parents must accompany children at all times. Shuttle departs from Citizens Park: 1060 Banks Mill Rd  More Info.

Harborside Lights | Dec 12

See the Village Green and Town Center glow with thousands of twinkling lights and luminaries. Lake Carolina’s Harborside Lights celebration brings holiday tradition and family fun together. Enjoy musical entertainment, horse-drawn carriage rides, photos with Santa, holiday treats, millions of twinkling lights, over sixteen hundred luminaries and dozens of decorated trees at this annual holiday celebration! If you can’t make it for Harborside Lights, the community is lovely and decorated beautifully throughout the season. More Info.

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Elgin LightsElgin Lights | Dec 15 – 24

From 6-9PM. Truly a labor of love by the Towns family of Elgin. See hundreds of antique tractors including a 1909 working steam engine, miniature trains and memorabilia and forty thousand lights. Families are invited to get out of their cars and walk around and/or take a hayride through the woods. Working blacksmith. Take pictures on 1939 John Deere tractor and Christmas-themed photo props. Four buildings – known as the “Elgin Smithsonian”! Free admission; donations appreciated with all proceeds given to Camp Kemo. The farm is located at 2433 Charlie House Circle in Elgin, SC. (803) 408-0131. Website Info.

Holiday Dining

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Note: Please call each restaurant to verify information below before you head there.

Twisted Spur Brewing

803.764.0203 | 705 Gervais Streetdam-big-maine-oysters

Twisted Spur Brewing is a West Coast style brewpub that focuses on fresh unique food options and house made beers. They will be open Christmas Eve from 10am – 8pm as well as regular hours on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s day. Enjoy!

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Old Mill Brewpub

803.785.2337 | 711 E Main Street, Lexington

old-mill-brewpub-2Old Mill Brewpub offers inside and outside seating, lunch, dinner, amazing drinks — they’ve got you covered! Gather together and head on over to the best restaurant in Lexington to celebrate Thanksgiving! They will serve a traditional turkey dinner plate (mashed potatoes, green beans, stuffing, turkey) from 11am to 5pm. Yum!

They will also be open on Christmas Eve and will have a special late night menu. Enjoy Christmas drink + beer specials 11am – 5pm. Additionally, Old Mill Brewpub will be open on New Year’s Eve during regular hours and will have food specials. More details to come, so check back.

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Ruth’s Chris Steak House

803.212.6666 | 924-A Senate Street at the Hilton Columbia Center

We’ve said time and time again that nothing says special occasion quite like Ruth’s Chris Steak House does. Open on Thanksgiving Day! Take the stress out of hosting your holiday gathering. Celebrate the season at Ruth’s Chris and enjoy their award-winning dinner menu or savor a traditional turkey feast. Adults: $39.95 | Children: $12.95

THANKSGIVING PRIX FIXE MENU

CHOICE OF ONE STARTER

Caesar Salad | Steak House Salad | Louisiana Seafood Gumbo

MAIN COURSE Ruth's Chris Steak House Food

Roasted Turkey
Sliced oven-roasted turkey breast, served with homemade gravy,
cornbread-herb stuffing and cranberry relish

CHOICE OF ONE PERSONAL SIDE ITEM

Garlic Mashed Potatoes | Green Beans with Roasted Garlic
Creamed Spinach | Sweet Potato Casserole

DESSERT

A dessert duo pairing of pumpkin cheesecake & vanilla ice cream

ADD A LITTLE HOLIDAY BUBBLY

An iconic champagne with bright fruitiness, a seductive palate and elegant maturity, BRUT, Moet & Chandon, Imperial, served by the glass with a fresh raspberry, $18

Need Holiday Sides to go? Ruth’s Chris has you covered. Enjoy Ruth’s original recipe creamed spinach, velvety mashed potatoes or silky sweet potato casserole topped with a crunchy pecan-brown sugar crust. Each side dish is $29.95 and generously serves 10-12 people. Sides to go are available for pickup November 21 through November 23 and November 25 through December 24 (no pickups on Thanksgiving Day). All orders must be placed online here or by calling the restaurant directly at least 48 hours in advance of desired pickup. Click here for more information.

Holiday Hours: 

Christmas Eve: 11 AM – 11 PM | Christmas Day: 11 AM – 10 PM | New Year’s Eve: 11 AM – Midnight | New Year’s Day: 11 AM – 10 PM

Liberty Taproom & Grill in the Vista

803.461.4677 | 828 Gervais Street liberty-tap-room-9-monday-special

Liberty means many things to many different people. It is a celebration of the great American farmer and the rich bounty he puts on our tables. It is a celebration of America’s melting pot of rich ethnic cooking styles. It is a celebration of the resurgence of the “handcrafted-brewing” style of the pre-prohibition small American brewery. It is a celebration of life, family and the pursuit of happiness. So bring them your hungry, your thirsty and fun-loving, they’ll send you home refreshed and fulfilled!

Holiday Hours:

Christmas Eve: Open until 5pm | Christmas Day: Closed | Open New Years Eve and New Years Day during regular hours

*Have fun ringing in the New Year at Liberty, as they will feature party drink specials and may even have a DJ rocking the place!

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803.799.VINE (8463) | 620-A Gervais Street

Need a break from all the shopping and hub-bub?  Why not break at G&V, where you can relax on Wednesdays for their drop-in wine tastings? From 5:30 – 7pm, you can enjoy 4 wine-tastings and a nice little cheese plate for just 8 bucks! If you have friends and family in town, G&V is the perfect place to impress them, with its Mediterranean-inspired hot and cold tapas selections, pizzas from their 700° stone oven, wide selection of wine, craft beers and top-shelf spirits, and lively bar.

Holiday Hours:

Christmas Eve: Closed | Christmas Day: Closed | New Year’s Eve: Open regular hours | New Year’s Day and January 2: Closed

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Crêpes et Croissants

803.462.4779 | 1465 Sumter Street

DSC_0267Their menu is amazing from their Chicken Salad Croissant Sandwich to various crepes such as Paris, Turkey, and Wales. Laurent, owner of Crêpes et Croissants, came from his native France to bring his Master Crêpe Maker’s “Savoir Faire” to the South, so don’t miss out this special, holiday season. You deserve the best pastries, croissants, and crepes that they have to offer, as you step into this busy holiday season.  Website.

Holiday Hours:

Christmas Eve: 7:00 AM – 2:30 PM | Christmas Day: Closed | New Years Eve: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

SakiTumi

803.931.0700 | 807 Gervais St #103

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SakiTumi is one of the only restaurants in the Columbia area that receives fresh fish almost every single day of the week. Try their fresh, #1 blue fin tuna, delivered daily. SakiTumi is also a great low key place to hang out over the holidays. Especially on New Years Eve!

Enjoy delicious food with great discounts and enjoy watching the ball drop on one of their 4 large, flat screen televisions. They are sure to have an excellent champagne special and don’t forget about their awesome Thursday night supper special: 50 cent Sushi “by the piece” & $3 Pints! Choose from Cali, Philly or Spicy Salmon and wash them down with any one of their 12 import/craft brew pints.

Holiday Hours:

Christmas Eve: Closed | Christmas day: Closed | New Years Eve: open regular hours (bar open later) | New Years Day: info coming soon | New Years Eve: open 5pm – ball drop

Liberty on the Lake

803.667.9715 | 1602 Marina Road, Irmo

DSC_3837Located just 30 minutes from downtown Columbia on the sunny shores of Lake Murray in Irmo, SC Liberty Tap Room is an upscale casual dining restaurant serving traditional American cuisine with a twist in a fun, modern atmosphere. Enjoy our elevated outdoor seating for killer views of the lake, just in time for boating season!

With 48 beers on tap, including our own line of microbrews, we have a brew to satisfy even the pickiest of beer snobs.

Liberty Tap Room specializes in all-American food made from the freshest ingredients, like our Certified Angus Beef® burgers, juicy steaks, and fresh-baked pizzas. Stop by with the whole family for dinner!

Holiday Hours:

Christmas Eve: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM. | Christmas Day: closed | New Years Eve & New Years Day regular hours

HuHot Mongolian Grill

803.407.3868 | 1260 A-8 Bower Pkwy

Dining at HuHot is unlike any experience in huhot-food-picColumbia, as you pick what goes into your bowl and then they grill it for you…while you watch! Take a bowl, fill it with your choice of meats, seafood, noodles, and veggies from their food line, pour on 5-6 ladles of their signature and create-your-own sauces (they have a lot to choose from), and then take it to the grill and watch one of their skilled grill warriors cook your meal. Finish it off with your favorite toppings! Dine at HuHot during the holidays for a special dining experience!

Holiday Hours:

Christmas Eve: open – 4pm | Christmas Day: Closed | New Years Eve: open – 8pm | New Years Day: Open reg. hours

Pearlz Oyster Bar

803.661.7741 | 936 Gervais Street

Pearlz Oyster Bar features an assorted mix of raw shellfish, local seafood, Lowcountry pearlz-oyster-shootersrecipes and regional favorites. Their raw bar offers a variety of oysters and fresh seasonal selections. Ring in the New Year with Pearlz! Enjoy New Year’s Eve Dinner Specials, music by DJ Jade beginning at 10pm in the Upstairz Lounge and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight!
Holiday Hours:
Christmas Eve (hours coming soon) | Christmas Day: Closed |
New Years Eve: 12pm – 2am, live music + Champagne Toasting | New Years Day: 12pm – 12am

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Kaminsky’s Dessert Cafe

803.550.9979 | 930 Gervais Street kaminskys-dessert-cafe4

For your special occasion this year visit Kaminsky’s and enjoy the dreamiest and most delicious desserts Columbia ever did see. If it were up to us we would direct Santa to stop here for the best cookies in Columbia, but he tends to be pretty busy this time of year. We know it’s a busy time of year with the hustle and the bustle of the season right at your heels, but slow down and savor each bite that you try at Kaminsky’s one delicious moment at a time. Good coffee, great cakes (for your holiday party?), yummy pies, amazing cookies, even more amazing holiday martinis and wonderful ‘adult’ milkshakes.

Holiday Hours:

Christmas Eve: coming soon | Christmas Day: Closed | New Year’s Eve: coming soon | New Year’s Day: Closed

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Twin Peaks

803.602.3667 | 600 Gervais Street new-menu-item-salad

Welcome to your mountain lodge getaway! Twin Peaks offers hearty made-from-scratch comfort food, draft beer served at a teeth-chattering 29 degrees and all the best sports on TV shown on high-definition flat screens. All of this is served by their friendly and attentive Twin Peaks Girls, offering their signature “Girl Next Door” charisma and playful personalities to ensure that your adventure happens at the Peaks. Twin Peaks is your ultimate sports lodge!

Holiday Hours:

 Christmas Eve: Open 11am – 8pm | Christmas Day: Closed | New Years Eve: Open 11am – 2pm | New Years Day: 11am – midnight

Solstice Kitchen

803.788.6966 | 841 Sparkleberry Lane #4Solstice Kitchen

Their cuisine can be labeled many things, but it is most definitely seasonal. Their service is professional, yet far from stuffy and their décor is modern, yet simple. Plus, Solstice Kitchen boasts an extensive wine list for you wine lovers. Click here to view their menu. Call them at 803.788.6966 to make a reservation.

Holiday Hours:

Closed: December 24 – December 26 | Open New Years Eve: Regular Hours| Closed: New Years Day

Rioz Brazilian Steakhouse

Best of Rioz803.708.3151 | 410 Columbiana Drive

Rioz is the perfect place for family and friend gatherings this holiday season. Deliciousness is an understatement when it comes to all of the mouthwatering meat options that Brazilian cowboys bring around to the tables for your taste buds’ satisfaction. An authentic Brazilian steakhouse that you don’t want to miss this holiday season. Also don’t miss their After Christmas Day Special on Monday, December 26th! $34.95 –> $26.95 Dinner Buffet! Taking reservations! Open their doors at 5pm. Additionally, celebrate New Year’s Eve with them! Taking reservations for this too and they’ll open at 4pm. Enjoy!

Holiday Hours:

Christmas Eve: Regular hours | Christmas Day: Closed | New Years Eve: Open at 4pm | New Years Day: Open at 4pm

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Grill Marks

803.661.8932 | 711 Gervais Street

Located in the Vista, Grill Marks is a sophisticated burger joint with a full service bar grill-marks-burger1and house-made milkshakes. You will love their Burgers and UnBurgers. All Grill Marks burgers are freshly ground from a custom blend of only the finest 100% Certified Angus Beef. Try the Hot Mess Burger, which includes two beef patties, a grilled hot dog, chili, cheddar, swiss, American applewood smoked bacon, onion straws, fried pickle, lettuce, and tomato. We’d love to see someone try to take a bite out of that monster! Or try the Hawaiian Punch burger: grilled pineapple, bacon, pepper jack cheese, jalapeño pesto, lettuce, and tomato. Let’s get tropical! Choose from over ten burgers – ALL #mouthwatering…you can’t go wrong. View their ENTIRE menu here!! It will leave your taste buds forcing you to visit asap. This is the perfect place to visit during the holiday rush because every bite is well worth it. Season’s Eatings! Give the gift of Grill Marks this season!

Holiday Hours:

Christmas Eve: closed after lunch (2pm) | Christmas Day: Closed | New Years Eve and New Years Day open with regular hours

Cellar on Greene

803.343.3303 | 2001 Greene Street

You know something really great about Cellar on Greene? They don’t take reservations! So, if you are flexible and want to arrive with your party in your own time, or if your dinner plans are somewhat last minute — then this is the place for you!

Their December Giant Wine Sale & Tastings will actually be held EVERY single Saturday

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in December leading up to Christmas: Saturday, December 5, December 12, and December 19 from 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM don’t miss tasting over 30 new wines with them! The cost is $5 per person, waived with a two bottle purchase.

During normal business hours Cellar on Greene is a wine retail shop, with hundreds of wines from around the world! Then at 5pm they offer a full menu of snacks, pizzas, small plates and desserts all perfect for sharing and a nightly three-course menu for $22.

Holiday Hours:

Closed: December 24 – December 26 | Open New Years Eve: Regular Hours| Closed: New Years Day

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Sato Japanese Steak & Sushi House

803.782.1064 | 1999 N. Beltline Boulevard

Are you tired of having the same old boring dinner? During the holidays are you looking to sato-sushi-dishmix things up a bit? Why not try SATO’s fully stocked sushi bar! Their sushi bar displays a wide selection of delicious options. They say whether you are new to sushi or you’re a sushi expert, you will love their sushi bar — see if they’re right. For beginners, their sushi bar offers a large selection of sushi, so you can try different kinds to discover your favorites. They have the most popular sushi as well as unique sushi you will only find here. Between their extensive menu (for you non-sushi folks too!) and their amiable, professional staff, they will be sure to make your experience as enjoyable as possible this holiday season.

They use fresh ingredients, mixed with delectable sauces and seasonings that create a one of a kind meal that is sure to please. Yes please! For your next holiday event or holiday get together, keep their banquet room in mind also. No matter the size of the group, they can help. Call (803) 782-1064 for availability.

Holiday Hours: Open Christmas Eve 11:30am – 2pm, 5pm – 9:30pm. Closed on Christmas Day. | Normal hours New Years Eve & New Years Day

Rosso Trattoria Italia

803.787.3949 | 4840 Forest Drive rossos-mussels

Planning a dinner, cocktail party or private affair for the holidays? Let Rosso accommodate your event at their private loft at 701 Whaley Street, and have your meal prepared by one of their Chefs. The restaurant, with its refined, enjoyable atmosphere, is also available for private luncheons, bridal showers, business lunches or brunch. Rosso can also cater a lunch, brunch or dinner party at your home, business office or venue of your choice. Rosso’s annual gift card promotion: For every $100 dollars you spend you will receive a free $10 gift card. Great for stocking stuffers or company giveaways! Also, as you shop around Trenholm plaza, keep your receipt from the current day and stop in to enjoy a discounted glass of wine.

Rosso’s Christmas Eve menu 2016 has been set. Enjoy an array of appetizers and entrees from grilled sea scallops, pan seared Salmon, to Shrimp and Polenta! Will be open Christmas Eve at 5pm with a last seating at 8:30pm. Call 803.787.3949 for reservations.

Holiday Hours: Open Christmas Eve 5pm with a last seating at 8:30pm. Enjoy a special menu that will include some of the Rosso favorites. Call for reservations: 803.787.3949.

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Moriarty’s Irish Pub

803.888.6462 | 902 – B Gervais Streetguinness-beer

Moriarty’s Irish Pub not only serves amazing burgers and has a varied menu that includes Appetizers, Salads and Sandwiches, they also offer delicious Gaelic Fare including favorites like Gaelic and Guiness Stew, Cottage Pie, Highland Poached then Grilled Bangers and Mash, and the like. Like the burgers, everything is made-from-scratch, in-house (including their Corned Beef!). A great place to watch your team and get your food and drink on!

Holiday Hours: Coming Soon!

City Bar Martinis & Fondue

803.764.6125 | 700 Gervais Street 

city-bar-fondueshotAt City Bar, they believe that a night for celebration can be any night! The food and beverage menus have been created to focus on the traditional French approach combined with new Southern flair. Special occasions are made even more special at City Bar, with specials for birthday celebrations and their “Fondue for Two” menu option with cheese fondue appetizer, table-side prepared Caesar salad, entrée selection,
and choice of sweet chocolate fondue for dessert for only $65!

Holiday Hours:

Christmas Eve: Open regular hours | Christmas Day: Closed | New Year’s Eve: Open regular hours | New Year’s Day: Closed

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Cock n’ Bull

803.251.4474 | 326 S. Edisto Avenue phillycheese-fries

Located in the heart of Rosewood, the Cock N’ Bull Pub is a British style neighborhood pub. Their friendly warm staff, great food and beer, and their amazing fish & chips every Friday night will make you want to keep coming back for more. Featuring 21 beers on tap including imports and craft beers from around the United States. Check out their Happy Hour specials and delicious brunch menu!

Holiday Hours: Closed Christmas Day, open New Years Eve & New Years Day

Wasabi Japanese Restaurant

803.736.9687 | 4561 Hard Scrabble Road wasabi-sushi-pic

Wasabi can be described in two words: heavenly sushi. Treat yourself this holiday season to some of the best sushi in Columbia! You’ll love their unique selection of sushi creations like the Double Decker Roll, Victoria Secret Roll, Godzilla Roll, Salmon Skin Roll, Jalapeno Popper Roll, Happy Birthday Roll and Bulgogi Roll! Try Wasabi’s other delicious Japanese fare like Hand Rolls, Teishoku Combos and Bento Boxes. Cold outside? Don’t feel like cooking? Get sushi delivered right to your door from Wasabi with 256togo.com!

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Mr. Friendly’s

803.254.7828 | 2001 Greene Street
Mr. Friendly’s has been a dining institution in mr-friendlysColumbia for almost 20 years! They serve New Southern Cuisine in a sophisticated, yet casual environment using only the freshest ingredients and simple preparations. Check out their fresh fish and seafood specials, innovative meat, poultry, and wild game dishes, extensive wine list and wide variety of craft beer, small batch Bourbon, flavored Vodkas and single-malt Scotch.

Holiday Hours:

Closed: December 24 – December 26 | Open New Years Eve: Regular Hours| Closed: New Years Day

Tombo Grille

 803.782.9665 | 4517 Forest Drive tombo-grille

Reservations are recommended because who doesn’t love this neighborhood restaurant in Columbia? They serve only the freshest of foods and are sure to set your taste buds ablaze this December! They will have a special menu for Christmas Eve, so don’t miss it. Also check out their dinner specials which change nightly, as do their featured beers and wines. Tombo boasts the largest half-bottle wine list in Columbia, with something for everyone and every occasion. Need a lunchtime event catered during the holidays? Tombo offers family-style lunchtime catering, with customized menu options available. And if you’re looking for a great gift for the foodie in your life, they’ll love a Tombo Grille gift certificate!

Holiday Hours: coming soon!

Little Pigs BBQ

Little Pigs BBQ

803.788.8238 | 4927 Alpine Road Little Pigs.jpg

Open on Christmas Eve until 2pm and will be open New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day during regular business hours. Need to cater your Thanksgiving or Christmas event? Little Pigs offers a wide array of food options for your special occasion! Call their Catering Hotline at 803-318-6682 and they will work with you to come up with the ideal menu for your event.

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Write Your Own Letter to Santa | Now – Dec 23

Write your very own letter to Santa during Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo. Santa will also be greeting guests beginning at 6pm each evening through December 23rd. Lights before Christmas takes place from 5pm – 9pm nightly through December 30th (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas). More event info here.

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Meet Santa at Village at Sandhill | Nov 18 – 23

Visit Santa’s Village, next to Champs Sports. And be sure to ask about having one of our professionals take your child’s picture with Santa! Santa will have regular daily breaks. Please visit Santa’s village to see detailed hours. More here.

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Santa at Columbia Place Mall | Nov 19 – Dec 24

Santa takes his place at Columbia Place Mall from 12pm – 7pm each day listening to kiddies’ wish lists and helping everyone with their Christmas Spirit!

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Dutch Square | Nov 25 – Dec 24

Santa will arrive at Dutch Square mall for photo opportunities with your children AND your four-legged friends! Bring your own camera to the mall from Friday, November 25 to Saturday, December 24 and take a free picture with St. Nick as a holiday keepsake! Pet photos will be taken on the following Sundays: Nov. 27, Dec. 4, Dec. 11 and Dec. 18. Call 803-772-3864 for times and additional information.

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Columbiana Centre | Nov 12 – December 24

santa-columbianaSanta will be at Belk Court Monday – Saturday from 12 – 8pm and Sundays from 12 – 6pm, with special hours December 16 – December 23 from 9am – 9pm, December 18 from 10am – 9pm and on Christmas Eve from 9am – 5pm, with break from 12:30-1:30pm. Reservations and photo purchases are not required to visit Santa. You can also bring your cat or dog to see Santa and pose for a photo! Pet photos will take place on Mondays (Nov. 14, 21, 28, Dec. 5 & 12) at Center Court in Columbiana. See Santa the smart way, by making a reservation and spending less time in line (you can also save 30% on your photos by pre-ordering online). Slots fill up fast, so book your time now by visiting the website!

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A Starry Night | Dec 1

The Five Points Association’s holiday open house will feature complimentary hot chocolate, a DJ spinning holiday tunes, holiday themed photo booth, pop-Up dance and choral performances, merchant sales and specials, and a Visit with Santa! More information at the website.

Santa Cotton at Mast | Dec 1santa-mast

Santa will be at Mast General Store in Columbia from 4:30-6pm for pictures! For more information visit website.

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North Pole Nights | Dec 2, 9, 16, 23

Santa will be in downtown Newberry in Memorial Park visiting with children from 6-8PM as they run around in the snow falling from their snow machines. Visit downtown Newberry on Fridays in December to experience the North Pole! From 6-8pm Santa will be in Memorial Park to hear your Christmas wishes in the fluttering snow. The Newberry County Chamber of Commerce office will also be open in Community Hall for Storytime with Mrs. Claus. You won’t want to miss this special Newberry holiday event! More information here.

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Breakfast with Santa | Dec 3

Richland County Recreation Commission will hold this event from 9am – 12pm at Richland Mall. Enjoy a Saturday morning with fun activities, breakfast, santa-richland-mallpictures taken with Santa, a performance of “Holiday Cinderella” by the Columbia Children’s Theatre and much more! Admission fee of $15/person includes admission tickets, breakfast and picture with Santa. Tickets are available at the Columbia Children’s Theatre, or online at their website. Visit Richland County website for event information or call Takequita Lewis at 741-7272 ext. 143.

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Christmas in the City | Dec 3

Christmas in the City will take place in the Cultural Arts District of Historic Downtown Lancaster. The event will feature tons of holiday fun such as live music, outdoor vendors, festival food in a lively holiday atmosphere, Santa’s Workshop, Carousel, Gingerbread House Contest, Photos with Santa, free Ugly Christmas Sweater ornaments at L & C Railway Museum, and much more! Trolleys will be available to take visitors from holiday stop to holiday stop throughout downtown Lancaster. There will be something for everyone! More information at Facebook page.

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St. Nicholas Festival | Dec 3

santa-st-nicholasThe Saint Nicholas Festival is Presented by Holy Apostles Orthodox Church. The festival will feature choral presentations by the Holy Apostles Orthodox Choir singing ancient Church hymns, holiday Crafts, craft ideas, and artwork available for purchase, Russian food and collectibles, handmade beeswax candles, Russian Bell Ringing with their bronze Russian Pyatkov bells, and children can visit with the “REAL St. Nicholas”! For more information see website.

 Story Time with Santa | Dec 3

Come to Seven Oaks Park from 10am-12pm and listen as Santa reads his favorite holiday book to all the children on his nice list! Participants will also decorate cookies, sip hot cocoa and create a holiday craft. After the story, participants will enjoy a candy cane hunt. For ages 2-8. See Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission’s website for more info.

Santa & The Grinch Holiday Bazaar | Dec 3

The Cayce-West Columbia Chamber presents The Santa & Grinch Holiday Bazaar at Mt. Tabor Lutheran Church in West Columbia. Come and visit with Santa & The Grinch, shop for holiday gifts from local vendors, get Christmas pictures, and enjoy activities for the kids! More here.

Pictures with Santa | Dec 3

At River Bluff High School during their Holiday Vendor Fair 9am – 12pm, 1pm – 4pm. $10 sitting fee for photos (use your own camera). Ho Ho Ho!

Christmas Candlelight Tours | Dec 3 & Dec 10

A Southern-style Backcountry Christmas comes to life during Historic Brattonsville’s annual Christmas Candlelight Tours! Through candlelit vignettes, costumed interpreters will recreate Christmas of the backcountry settlers in the 18th and 19th centuries. Learn of Christmas traditions old and new, relax around the campfire and enjoy musical entertainment. Children will enjoy hands-on activities and visits with Father Christmas. Food, hot drinks and baked goods will be available for purchase. Adults $10; Seniors $8; Youth 4-17 $6; 3 and under and Culture & Heritage Museum members free. Event is from 3-9pm.

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Sundaes with Santa | Dec 4

The Junior League of Columbia will hold this new children’s event as part of its Holiday Market festivities, from 10am-2pm at the State Fairgrounds. 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! Tickets are $8 per child, and children 12 months and under are admitted free. Tickets can be purchased at the door and online at their Facebook page.

Visits and Photos with Santa | Dec 9 – Dec 23

Santa will be visiting Holiday Lights on the River at Saluda Shoals Park! A professional photographer will be available for photos with Santa from 6-10pm. Photography fees and Holiday Lights admission apply. More here.

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santa-historic-colaFlorence Festival of Lights  | Dec 9 & 10, Dec 16-18

The third annual Florence Festival of Lights will be held December 9 and 10, and on December 16, 17, and 18 at 5:30pm at Hoffmeyer Place. This premiere light display
and holiday event will be fun for the whole family! After you drive through these stunning holiday lights, stroll through
Santa’s Village to spread more holiday cheer with a cup of hot chocolate, a visit with Santa himself, or a balloon animal from Todd’s Twisted Balloons. See website for more information.

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Santapalooza | Dec 10

1403 N. Lake Drive Lexington, SC 29072 | (803) 359-9091

Visit Wingard’s Market for Santapalooza from 11am – 1pm, where the kids can meet Mrs. Claus, ride the Santa Train, enjoy hot apple cider and cookies and pick out a fresh North Carolina Fraser Fir Christmas tree! Don’t forget your camera for beautiful family photo ops throughout the Garden Center that you will treasure for years to come. Free admittance. Overflow parking available at Pilgrim Lutheran Church. More here.

Breakfast with Santa | Dec 10

Girl Scout Troop 1198 will host this event at Spring Valley Presbyterian Church, 125 Sparkleberry Lane in Columbia. Participants will be served breakfast from 9:30-10:30am, children and adults can make Christmas crafts, and each child will get to visit with Santa and take a picture, so bring your camera! Please bring a can or two to donate to God’s Storehouse. Cost is $8 per person and reservations are required by December 2. Call Becky Lewis at (803) 609-5366 or email at rebecca_e_lewis@yahoo.com. More here.

Breakfast with Victorian Santa | Dec 17

Join Historic Columbia for this holiday treat, where you can enjoy a continental breakfast in the cozy Robert Mills Carriage House while listening to seasonal music, from 8-11am. After your meal, view the decorated halls of the Hampton-Preston Mansion, see a Victorian Christmas tree, make a holiday craft to take home, and don’t forget to take a picture with Victorian Santa Claus! Reservations and other info at their website.

Rustic Chic Interiors: Morning with Santa | Dec 17

Join Rustic Chic Interiors on Saturday, December 17th from 8am – 10am for a Morning with Santa in the loft. Bring your little ones (ages 2 to 10) and make some memories this Christmas season. Spaces are limited so reserve your spot today here! The party starts at 8am sharp with breakfast to include a variety of donuts, pastries and cookies as well as juice for the little ones and coffee and/or hot tea for mom and dad. Following breakfast, their in-house photographer will snag a pic of your little one(s) with Santa in their Rustic Chic styled corner. Their paint professionals will then teach your kids how to paint using the all-natural chalk and clay-based paint available in store. Every child will get to select one wooden word measuring 9″ x 1″ x 2 1/2″. “Faith”, “Hope” and “Love.” More info on website here. Call them at 803.673.9000 with questions or stop by their shop Wednesday – Saturday 10am – 6pm.

Holiday Music

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Tis the Season | Nov 20

Lake Murray Symphony Orchestra presents ‘Tis the Season, with seasonal fall and winter favorites at 3:30pm. 7300 College Street. Website here.

Mannheim Steamroller Mannheim SteamrollerChristmas Tour | Nov 27 | 7pm

This year marks the 32nd Anniversary of the Mannheim Steamroller Christmas tour! Two traveling ensembles will hold performances across the country and they plan on coming to Columbia, SC. The show features classic Christmas hits from Mannheim Steamroller all with dazzling multimedia effects in an intimate setting. The spirit of the season comes alive with the signature sound of Mannheim Steamroller. More here.

Palmetto Concert Band 

Tuesday November 29 | 7:30pm

Concert For A Cause – Music can make you feel good, but so can helping others. Please join the Palmetto Concert Band for their 2nd Annual Concert For A Cause. They will be accepting non-perishable food donations for Harvest Hope Food Bank in the lobby of the Koger Center prior to this season opening performance. Click here to view a list of their most needed items.

Program will include:

In This Broad Earth – Steven Bryant
Blessed Are They (from “A German Requiem”) – Johannes Brahms/Buehlman
Trittico – Vaclav Nelhybel
The Black Mask – Al Hayes/Foster
Wings of Apollo – Vince Gassi
My Eyes are Full of Shadow – Joel Puckett
Galactic Mission – Joshua Hinkel
there are no words – James Stephenson

Get more info on the band’s Facebook page for additional news and information.

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USC Concert Choir Christmas Concert | Dec 2

USC’s premier choir presents their free annual Christmas Concert from 7:30 – 9pm at First Presbyterian Church (1324 Marion Street). More here.

Carols Along the Riverwalk | Dec 2

The sounds of Christmas will be heard throughout the Cayce Riverwalk Park, where several area church choirs and local musicians will be performing within the first half mile of the park. Visitors can wander from group to group, enjoying various holiday musical selections! The Riverwalk will be lighted with luminaries and hot apple cider will be served free of charge. Event will be held 6:30pm at the N Avenue Entrance, Cayce Riverwalk Pavilion. More here.

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Christmas with the Celts | Dec 4

As featured on PBS, this night of live music and dance blends traditional Celtic tunes with holiday classics. The high-stepping spirited musical selections range from classic Irish reels that will have audiences clapping along, to ancient hymns and lively renditions of popular contemporary Christmas classics. Starts at 7pm, at the Newberry Opera House. More info.

Children of the World | Dec 4

Hear a choir of children from countries all over the world sing tunes that will put in the holiday spirit! The Children of the World concert will take place at 6:30pm in the Fellowship Center at Spring Valley Baptist Church in Columbia. Website here.

USC Concert Choir Christmas Concert | Dec 4

USC’s premier choir presents their free annual Christmas Concert at 7pm in the Sanctuary at Shandon United Methodist Church (3407 Devine St.) More info.

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Christmas Concert at First Nazareth Baptist | Dec 4

First Nazareth Baptist church will hold a special holiday performance on December 4th at 6pm! Call the church office at 803-254-6232 for additional information. 2351 Gervais Street. Website here.

Messiah Christmas Concert | Dec 4

The First Presbyterian Church of Columbia will hold this seasonal performance of Messiah (Part 1) by Handel at 4:30pm in the church Sanctuary, during the evening worship service. More here.

Christmas Joy Concert | Dec 4 – 5

The choir & orchestra at Riverland Hills Baptist church will present “Christmas Joy” two nights this December – December 4th and December 5th at 7pm in their Worship Center. 201 Lake Murray Blvd. Website here.

Governor’s Mansion Open House | Dec 5

This will be Governor Haley’s last Christmas in the mansion as she has accepted the post of Ambassador to the UN. Join the Haley family as they celebrate Christmas with Santa, cocoa and cookies, music provided by the Carillon Carolers and the Heart of Columbia Chorus. Free and no RSVP required. 5:30 – 7:30pm.

Fort Jackson’s 282nd Army Band Holiday Concert | Dec 5

Fort Jackson’s 282nd Army Band will perform a holiday set at the Koger Center for the Arts from 7-9pm. Call 803.251.2222 for tickets or visit the Koger Center box office. More here.

Children’s Choirs Christmas Concert | Dec 7

The Riverland Hills Baptist Church Children’s Choirs Christmas Concert will take place at 6:45pm in the Worship Center.  See their holiday calendar.

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A Christmas Carol Live | Dec 8

This classic story will be performed by Frank Thompson, along with others at 7pm in the Wood Auditorium of the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County. Suitable for all ages. Cost is $15 for General Admission. Website here.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra | Dec 10

The Trans-Siberian Orchestra, presented by Hallmark Channel, returns to The Colonial Life Arena at 3:30pm for performances of The Ghosts of Christmas Eve, The Best of TSO and more! Doors open 1 hour prior to show and ticket prices start at $40. Click here to learn how to give the gift of rock this holiday season by purchasing Trans-Siberian Orchestra Gift Tickets for fans on your Christmas list! More info and tickets here.

Camden Community Christmas Concert Band  | Dec 11

This Fine Arts Center affiliate of over 50 performers who love to make music will perform the holiday classics you love! Come and enjoy their melodious sounds, free of charge at Camden High School Auditorium at 3pm. Website here.

Christmas Cantata | Dec 11 & Dec 18

Greenlawn Baptist Church seasonal program will feature the Adult Choir on December 11, and the Children’s Choir on December 18. Visit website for more information.

Christmas Choir | Dec 11

The First Presbyterian Church of Columbia will hold the Children’s Choirs and Youth Chorus Christmas Service at 6pm in the church Sanctuary. More here.

Two from Galilee | Dec 11

Enjoy this Christmas musical about the love story of Mary and Joseph. Performances will be held at 5:00 pm and 7:30 pm at Spring Valley Baptist Church. Call the church at 803.736.0624 with questions. Website here.

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 An Evening with Scot Bruce: Blue Suede Christmas | Dec 13

Starring Scot Bruce, this riveting and rockin’ holiday tribute concert features the wonderful Christmas songs recorded by Elvis Presley – such as “Santa Bring My Baby Back,” “Blue Christmas, ” and more! Starts at 8pm at the Newberry Opera House. A show guaranteed to have you “All Shook Up!” Website here.

Holiday Handbells Concert | Dec 14

Concert will take place in the Worship Center at Riverland Hills Baptist Church at 6:45pm. More here.

Legends: A Christmas Celebration | December 15 & 16

Comprised of 32 voices, the Sandlapper Singers are a professional choir based in Columbia. Experience the joy of the season with an unforgettable evening of holiday music. With favorite arrangements from legendary conductor Robert Shaw, as well as hits from the Billboard 100, this is a Christmas tradition you and your family won’t want to miss! Two shows: December 15 at 7:30pm at Spring Valley Presbyterian Church, and December 16 at 7:30pm at St. Michael and All Angels’ Episcopal Church. More info.

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“In Heaven the Bells are Ringing” | Dec 18

This Christmas Cantata, with script by Ellen Merritt and music by Mark Merritt, will take place at 11am at Grace United Methodist Church (410 Harbison Blvd). Come and enjoy the wonderful holiday music! Website here.

Adult Choir Christmas Presentation | Dec 18

Performance will take place at First Baptist Irmo on Sunday, December 18 from 6 – 7pm. 7068 Nursery Road. Visit Website here.

Chamber Choir and String Orchestra | Dec 18

The Chamber Choir and String Orchestra will be singing and playing during the Service of Lessons and Carols at The First Presbyterian Church of Columbia, at 6pm in the Sanctuary. More here.

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Christmas Benefit Concert | Dec 18

This Christmas Benefit Concert will be held at Shandon United Methodist Church at 5pm on December 18th. “Eddie Huss and Friends” will benefit Alzheimers Research, with a free-will offering. This event will take place in the Sanctuary and is open to the public. For more info, visit shandon-umc.org, or call (803) 256-8383.

Sing-Along Messiah | Dec 19

Visit Washington Street United Methodist Church at 7pm on Monday, December 19th for a joyous night of worship, instrumental music, and singing. Messiah, by G.F. Handel, is perhaps the best known and most popular oratorio ever written. Sing-Along Messiah was founded in 2002, on the principle that everyone in the metropolitan Columbia area, and anyone willing to travel to Columbia, should have the opportunity to sing some part of Messiah at least once a year.
No Christmas season is ever truly complete without it, as the event is compromised of a 20-member professional orchestra, a core choir to lead the singing of the choruses and a professional conductor. One component that makes Sing-Along Messiah unique and gives it its identity is that the 600+ people who attend the event are invited to join in the singing! It is the only annual sing-along presentation of Messiah in South Carolina and is presented to the public without an admission charge, so don’t miss it! More here.

Holiday Workshops

Holiday Workshops

Seasonal Craft | Nov 1, 15, 22, 29 – Dec 6, 13, 20

On the above dates at Crooked Creek Park from 4-5pm. Create different seasonal crafts (ornaments, plate for Santa, scarecrow/snowman, snowman). Craft supplies and snack are provided. Ages 3-9. $5. Call 345-6181 to reserve; seats fill up fast. View the Activity Guide here.

Make It Merry Ornament Event | Nov 12

Make a Christmas ornament for your tree at Michael’s on November 12th from 1pm – 3pm. Enjoy some hands-on family crafting! Grownups and kids will work together to design and create colorful thumbprint ornaments. Buy the ornament and the rest of the supplies are free. Website here.

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michaels-wreath-classMake It Merry Wreath Event | Nov 19

On Saturday, November 19 from 1 pm – 3pm. Create a traditional wreath featuring a cheerful red Cardinal or a winter-white wreath with pristine Poinsettias. Buy the wreath base, and the rest of the supplies are free. More Info.

 

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Advent Workshop | Nov 20

Virginia Wingard Memorial United Methodist Church will hold this workshop from 3 – 5pm, which will feature crafts for all ages in preparation for the Advent Season! For more information call 803-772-0794 or visit website.

Free Cookie Decorating Class | Nov 29michaels-cookie-class

Come to Michael’s and create classic holiday treats with gingerbread shapes and icing. Supplies not included. Class time is 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Cost of supplies up to $5. More Info.

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Kid’s Club- Sprout Stocking| Dec 3

michaels-sprout-classCome to Michael’s and your kids can craft while you shop! Kids 3 and up can enjoy a quick project and take home a finished masterpiece. Sign up in store or online, or just drop in. $2 per project, supplies included. From 10 am – 12 pm. Parent or guardian must remain on premises during the event. More Info.

Build and Grow: Christmas Ornaments | Dec 3

Bring your children to Lowe’s at 10am to make a beautiful ornament for your Christmas tree! Registration lowes-build-growOpens November 21st. Free. Website here.

Mann Tool Holiday Open House and Learn-to-Turn Event | Dec 10

Come in from 9am-1pm and turn your own ornament with the guidance of a Palmetto Woodturner. The fee is only $5 and all proceeds go to Epworth Children’s Home. While you’re here, see the selection of amazing hand-crafted ornaments donated by members of the Palmetto Woodturners. All proceeds from ornament sales also benefit Epworth. It’s a fun event for a great cause!

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Nature’s Ornaments | Dec 15

Enjoy this workshop designed for ages 2-5 at Riverbanks Zoo from 10 – 10:45am. Use natural materials to make holiday decorations that you can share with your family and friends! This session is focused mainly on fun and creativity and sharing with others for the holidays. More information here.

Christmas Centerpiece Design Class | Dec 19

The Floral Design School of Columbia will hold this class, where you will make a fresh, beautiful and long-lasting centerpiece for your holiday table! The casual and fun class welcomes you to bring your own beverages to drink as you design. Class will be held from 6-8pm at 302 Senate Street in Columbia. Registration fee is $45 and includes all materials and instruction, so sign up now as there is a limited number of participants. Call (803) 730-5096 or check their Facebook page.

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Winter Break ART Camp | Dec 27 – 30

Want to get your child out of the house and have them enjoy art at the same time?  Bring them to a 4-day Winter Break Art one-cola-artCamp. This camp is designed to allow your child to experience pottery as well as mixed media art. From 9am – 12pm they will be very busy creating art. Camp is Tuesday-Friday December 27-30 and will be held at the Columbia Art Center, 1928 Calhoun Street.  The age limit for this camp is ages 5 – 9.  Minimum of 4 and maximum of 10 allowed in camp.  Registration fee of $65 is due by December 9. Students should bring a snack for mid morning break. Questions contact Brenda Oliver at bloliver@columbiasc.net or 545-3093. More Info.

Richland County Adult Activity Center

These classes offer a fun new craft that anyone can do. You can make a special holiday gift or just learn a new hobby:

Crocheting: Thursdays from 10am – 12pm. Free. Have you ever wanted to learn how to crochet? Their instructor will help you learn.

Basket Weaving: Tuesdays from 10am – 12pm. $10/month. Would you like to learn the art of basket weaving to create beautiful works of art using pine straw and other natural materials? This class is for you! More Info.

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Party Planning

party-planning-imagePhillips Market Center

117 Ballard Court

3,600 square feet, with a 1,160 sq. ft. chef’s kitchen. Multi-purpose hall can hold up to 250 guests, 31 banquet tables (round 60 in. tables). Linens are available upon request for a fee. Suggested catering list and approved bartenders provided. Large covered patio seats 72. Contact Jessica Orso at 803-737-4588.

Gervais & Vine

620 Gervais St. | 803.799.8463

Quiet, cozy private dining seats about 40 people – located in separate part of the restaurant from the main dining room. Can design custom menus and provide live music to suit the event & budget; no rental fee or deposit. Available during lunch or on Sundays upon request. 

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The River Center

5605 Bush River Road

Whether planning for 25 or 250 guests, The River Center can accommodate your event. Add some sparkle to your party by including Holiday Lights on the River – the Midlands Largest Drive-Through Lights Show. (Discounted tickets are available for guests who book a party at the River Center and purchase ten or more passes.) Call 803-213-2015.

Solstice Kitchen

841 Sparkleberry Lane – Suite 4

Accommodates 35 seated or 50 standing w/ several seating plans available; plated dinner or reception/buffet style w/ custom menu. Pressed, white linens & elegant settings. Kristen Moore at: solsticekitchen@gmail.com or 803-788-6966

Liberty Taproom

828 Gervais St. & 1602 Marina Rd.

Appetizer/Dinner buffet menus available, as well as three course dinner options. Lincoln St. location accommodates up to 80 guests; Lake Murray (Irmo) location hosts up to 100. 803-461-4677 (DT) & 803-667-9715 (Irmo)

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Ruth’s Chris Steak House

924-A Senate Street

Many private areas to choose from: The Carolina Wren Room at 728 sq. ft. hosts up to 50; Palmetto State Ballroom at 3,600 sq. ft. accommodates up to 280 guests. Features several banquet menus and a wine/spirits menu. Contact Amber Van Patton at 803-476-1305, or Catering at 803-476-1306.

Moriarty’s Irish Pub

902-B Gervais Street | 803.888.6462

Both an interior area and an outdoor area that can be reserved for large groups, each able to accommodate about 50 people. Menus can be created to fit the needs of the party. Catering services. 

Old Mill Brewpub

711 E. Main St., Lexington | 803.785.2337

A semi-private room can accommodate up to 35 people, with capacity to “spill out” into the mill hallway which can seat many more. OMB has hosted events with 120 people in the past. Menus are tailored to the group’s needs and budget and most items prepared are not on the house menu. Their incredible chef can create almost anything you’d want!

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Rioz Brazilian Steakhouse

410 Columbiana Drive | 803.708.3151

An extraordinary event space. Two private dining spaces, which can be combined into one large space. The rooms for private dining are available Sunday – Thursday. One accommodates 75 guests, the other up to 50 guests. They can be combined to entertain up to 140. Parties can enjoy the full feast or a special menu can be created for the party. 

City Bar Martinis and Fondue

700 Gervais Street | 803.764.6425

French inspired cuisine with a Cajun twist!  City Bar Martinis & Fondue offers groups a semi-private area that can hold up to 24 guests. A custom menu can be created as City Bar’s chef has a catering background. 

Twin Peaks

Twin Peaks

600 Gervais Street | 803.602.3667

Complimentary parking behind Twin Peaks and free Pulaski St. parking (evening)!  A unique old-timey lake lodge feel with over 65 screens showing every sporting event out there.  Your crowd can enjoy a covered and enclosed (if needed) patio area (24 seats) with fireplace or sections of seating in the restaurant that provide good separation and privacy. Twin Peaks’ culinary staff can create a customized menu or guests may select from many options on their house menu to a full party/catering menu.

Rosso Trattoria Italia

4840 Forest Drive

Have the curtains drawn on your dining event! A semi-private room can accomodate 35-40 people. Custom dinner menu can be created and catering services are available. Linens can be provided upon request. A minimum fee is required. Contact Tammy Palmer at: 803-787-3949

Cut Your Own Christmas Tree

Family Medicine Centers

Price’s Christmas Tree Farm

Fraser Fir

Fraser Fir

Price’s is busy getting ready for the Christmas season! They sell a variety of trees every year and will be open beginning Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 9am. They bring in freshly cut Fraser Firs from the mountains of Virginia and NC and keep them in fresh water to ensure the freshest tree for your family to enjoy! They grow Leyland Cypress, Cedar, and Carolina Sapphire trees year round, and you can pick one out and cut it yourself. They also offer fresh, handmade wreaths, a variety of bows, great crafts, and a Christmas cabin to visit. Hours will be Sunday from 12 noon – 6pm, Monday – Thursday 3pm-6:30pm, Friday & Saturday 9am – 6:30pm. They will be CLOSED Thanksgiving Day.  They are located at 228 Maple Road Lexington, SC 29073. You can contact this tree farm at (803) 356-4005 or visit their Facebook page!

Hollow Creek Christmas Tree Farm

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Concolor Fir

This year Hollow Creek Christmas Tree Farm will highlight the freshly cut Concolor Fir out of Virginia. Hollow Creek is the Midlands’ only source for this amazing Christmas tree! Concolor fir is rare, and has attributes that make it one of the world’s most desirable Christmas trees: citrusy aroma, superior needle retention, soft, plush, blue-green foliage, and sturdy limbs (good for medium-weight ornaments). Hollow Creek will also offer free hayrides on the weekends and free hot chocolate every day! In addition, they have fresh wreaths and garland, handmade bows, and Jim Shore figurines for sale. Open November 23 to December 18. Hours: Monday – Saturday 9am – 5:30pm, Sunday 1 – 5:30pm. Located at 228 Windmill Road, Gilbert, SC 29054 and phone number is 803-892-3662. Call them or go to website.

 

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Bear Creek Christmas Tree Farm

Leyland Cypress

Leyland Cypress

Bear Creek was founded by Charles Wessinger and opened for business in 1981. At Bear Creek you will find Christmas trees, wreaths, garland, poinsettias, and Christmas cactus! Their Christmas trees include Leyland Cypress, Murray Cypress, Virginia Pines, Blue Ice, Carolina Sapphire, Deodar, White Pines, and Frasier Firs from NC. Come on out for a hot cup of cocoa and cut down your own Christmas tree! Bear Creek opens the Friday after Thanksgiving each year and the hours are: Saturday 9am – 5:30pm, Sunday 1 – 5:30pm, Monday – Fridays 3 – 5:30pm. They are located at 564 Amicks Ferry Road, Chapin, South Carolina. Call them at (803) 345-5607 or visit their Facebook page for more info.

Old Congaree Run Tree Farm

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White Pine

Old Congaree has a wide variety of trees as well as custom made wreaths! They are a family-run choose and cut Christmas Tree farm. This tree farm grows the Carolina Sapphire, Eastern Red Cedar, Leyland Cypress, Virginia Pine, White Pine, and Clemson Greenspire. Come enjoy hot chocolate/hot cider while on a hayride around the property! They are open from November 25 – December 19. Their hours are Friday and Sunday 12 – 4pm and Saturday 10am – 4pm. Their address is 219 Old Congaree Run Eastover, SC 29044. You can contact them at (803) 622-4901 or visit their Facebook page.

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Taylor’s Christmas Tree Farm

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Deodar Cedar

Taylor’s grows a wide variety of Christmas trees for your family’s holiday traditions including: White Pine, Eastern Red Cedar, and Leland Cypress, as well as the majestic Deodar Cedar and the fragrant Carolina Sapphire. They also import Frazier Firs from the NC mountains. Once you select your tree from the field they will cut it for you (unless you want to do the honor), bring it back to shed to be shaken of loose needles and if needed, bored for a stand. Taylor’s opens the day after Thanksgiving, and has hours on Saturdays and Sundays from 9am – 6pm. Located at 1129 Windy Road, Gilbert, SC 29054. Call them at 803-238-1354 or visit their Facebook page.

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Eastern Red Cedar

Wright’s Christmas Tree Farm

Wright’s Tree Farm is one of South Carolina’s oldest tree farms. Their 105-acre farm grows Leyland Cypress, Carolina Sapphire, Eastern Red Cedar, Deodar Cedar, Eastern White Pine and Virginia Pine, and fresh cut Fraser Fir trees, so you’ll have plenty of varieties and sizes to select from! You can also enjoy an open fire pit for roasting marshmallows, tractor hay rides, a great crafts canteen, and plenty of activities. Wright’s Tree Farm also participates in the Trees For Troops program, which distributes real Christmas trees to families of military service members. Hours: Monday-Wednesday 3:30 – 5:30pm, Thursday – Saturday 10am – 5:30pm and Sunday 1-5:30pm. Visit Wright’s at 255 Christmas Tree LaneWard, SC 29166. Call them at 803-685-7860 or visit their website for more information.

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Turkey Creek Christmas Tree Farm

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Virginia Pine

Take a hayride at Turkey Creek to find your perfect tree! Turkey Creek offers choose & cut tree varieties like Blue Ice, Carolina Sapphire, Eastern Red Cedar, Leyland Cypress, Murray Cypress, Virginia Pine, and White Pine, as well as fresh pre-cut Fraser Firs from NC and fresh wreaths. Saws are available if you wish to cut your own tree, and tree drilling, shaking and baling, and assistance with loading is available. While you visit enjoy a free cup of hot chocolate or apple cider while the kids take a ride on their tractor-drawn train! Hours are Friday-Sunday from 10am – dark. Located at 211 Wade Morgan Rd., McCormick, SC 29835. Call them at 803-637-3930 or visit website.

Pa Pa John’s Christmas Tree Farm

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Carolina Sapphire

Pa Pa John’s offers a variety of beautiful trees to choose from ranging from 5-15ft, on approximately 40 acres of farmland. Catch a ride with the staff to pick out your Christmas tree; Choose & Cut varieties include Blue Ice, Carolina Sapphire, Eastern Red Cedar, Leyland Cypress, and Virginia Pine, and pre-cut Fraser Firs to choose from. They also have five varieties of fresh wreaths available, which are hand-made on the farm. Services also include tree stands, saws for cutting your trees (or staff will cut the tree for you), shaking and bailing and then tying the tree to your vehicle for easy transport. Hours are Wednesday-Saturday from 10am-5pm and Sundays from 1-5pm. Located at 6980 Flat Creek Road, Kershaw, South Carolina 29067. Call them at 803-475-9247 or visit website.

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Cool Elf on the Shelf Ideas

Elf on the Shelf Hiding Ideas

Ho ho ho! Santa has sent one of his elves to see how your little ones are behaving this holiday season. And that swift little elf is always getting into trouble and hiding in cool places! (That elf must be pretty clever!) Below are FIVE cool, creative ideas for your mischievous elf:

Open up ALL of the cabinet/pantry doors in the kitchen and knock over the napkin holder on the table. You think your kitchen is normally messy? Just wait until you elf-shelf-ideassee this one! Your elf could be found under a pile of pots and pans sleeping after his/her eventful night.

  1. Squirt out a puddle of shaving cream and hand your hilarious elf its very own shaver.
  2. Get out the games from the game closet! It’s clear what your elf did all night long – played board games, card games, allll the games.
  3. Your elf found the underwear drawers! Hang them up on the Christmas tree, on the mantle, or throw them all around the house…this could very quickly turn into a scavenger hunt for all of your lost kids’ underwear. Mom/Dad: “That elf did what??? He emptied out your whole drawer?? Well, where did he put them all? Now we have to find them!”
  4. Books galore. Your elf loves to read! Take all of the books off the book shelf and make quite the messy, colorful pile.

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Delicious Dishes!

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Brie Tartlets With Grape Relish

Brie Tartlets With Grape Relish Ralph Anderson; Mindi Shapiro Levine

Brie Tartlets With Grape Relish
Ralph Anderson; Mindi Shapiro Levine

Add a touch of France to your holiday hors d’oeuvre, by using Brie as the filling in these tartlets. Grapes make an elegant topper, adding color to this simple recipe. We say oui oui!

Ingredients
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 (15-oz.) package refrigerated piecrusts
1/2 (8-oz.) Brie round, rind removed
3/4 cup seedless red grapes, chopped
1 green onion, minced
1 1/2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
Garnish: fresh rosemary sprigs

Preparation

1. Place walnuts in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly toasted and fragrant. Increase oven temperature to 425°.
2. Unroll piecrust on a flat surface. Cut into 24 rounds using a 2-inch round cutter. Press rounds into bottoms of ungreased miniature muffin cups (dough will come slightly up sides, forming a cup). Prick bottom of dough with a fork.
3. Bake at 425° for 6 to 7 minutes or until golden. Remove from pans, and cool on a wire rack 15 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 300°.
4. Meanwhile, cut Brie round into 24 pieces. Stir together grapes and next 4 ingredients.
5. Arrange pastry shells on a baking sheet. Place 1 Brie piece in each pastry cup; sprinkle Brie pieces evenly with toasted walnuts.
6. Bake at 300° for 4 to 6 minutes or just until cheese begins to melt. Top tarts evenly with grape mixture. Garnish, if desired. Serve immediately.

Sheri Castle, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Southern Living  NOVEMBER 2007

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Pancetta Crisps With Goat Cheese and Pear

Pancetta Crisps With Goat Cheese and Pear Ralph Anderson; Mindi Shapiro Levine

Pancetta Crisps With Goat Cheese and Pear
Ralph Anderson; Mindi Shapiro Levine

Baked pancetta on top of Bartlett pear slices, crumbled goat cheese, and a drizzle of honey makes an easy, salty-sweet appetizer recipe that tastes delicious and looks gorgeous!

Ingredients
12 thin slices pancetta (about 1/3 lb.)
1 Bartlett pear
1/2 (4-oz.) package goat cheese, crumbled
Freshly cracked pepper
Honey
Garnish: fresh thyme sprigs

Preparation
1. Arrange pancetta slices in a single layer on an aluminum foil-lined baking sheet.
2. Bake at 450° for 8 to 10 minutes or until golden. Transfer to a paper towel-lined wire rack using a spatula. Let stand 10 minutes or until crisp.
3. Core pear with an apple corer. Cut pear crosswise into 12 thin rings. Arrange on a serving platter. Top evenly with pancetta and goat cheese; sprinkle with pepper. Drizzle with honey just before serving. Garnish, if desired.

Sheri Castle, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Southern Living  NOVEMBER 2007

Grill Marks

Caramelized Onion-and-Apple Tassies

Courtesy: Southern Living

Courtesy: Southern Living

Be sure to press the cream cheese pastry dough all the way up the sides of the mini muffin cups so the tart shells will be deep enough to hold a generous amount of filling.

Ingredients

1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 (8-oz.) package cream cheese, softened
1 cup (4 oz.) shredded Asiago cheese, divided
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons butter
1 3/4 cups diced sweet onion
1 3/4 cups peeled and diced Granny Smith apples (about 2 large)
1 tablespoon light brown sugar
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon table salt
4 bacon slices, cooked and finely chopped
2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves

Preparation

1. Beat first 2 ingredients and 1/2 cup Asiago cheese at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Gradually add flour, beating at low speed until blended. Shape mixture into 24 balls; place on a baking sheet. Cover and chill 1 hour.
2. Meanwhile, melt 2 Tbsp. butter in a medium skillet over medium heat; add onion, and sauté 5 minutes. Add apple and next 4 ingredients, and cook, stirring occasionally, 10 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from heat, and cool completely.
3. Preheat oven to 350°. Place dough balls into cups of a lightly greased 24-cup miniature muffin pan; press dough into muffin cups, forming a shell. Sprinkle bacon into shells; top with apple mixture, mounding mixture slightly. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup Asiago cheese.
4. Bake at 350° for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pan to a wire rack, and sprinkle with thyme.

Southern Living,  SEPTEMBER 2013

Twisted Spur Brewing

Herb-and-Potato Chip-Crusted Beef Tenderloin topped with Cherry Chutney!

Herb-and-Potato Chip-Crusted Beef Tenderloin Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Amy Burke

Herb-and-Potato Chip-Crusted Beef Tenderloin
Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Amy Burke

Add a little crunch to a juicy beef tenderloin with a flavorful coating of panko breadcrumbs, kettle-cooked potato chips, and fresh herbs. Top each serving with a bit of Cherry Chutney and blue cheese crumbles.

Ingredients
1 (4- to 5-lb.) beef tenderloin, trimmed
3 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
3/4 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
3 garlic cloves, pressed
2 teaspoons coarsely ground pepper, divided
3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 1/4 cups crushed, plain kettle-cooked potato chips
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh thyme
1 bay leaf, crushed
1 egg white, lightly beaten
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
Garnish: fresh sage

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 400°. Sprinkle tenderloin with 2 tsp. salt. Let stand 30 to 45 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, sauté panko, garlic, 1 tsp. pepper, and remaining 1 tsp. salt in 1 Tbsp. hot oil in a skillet over medium heat 2 to 3 minutes or until deep golden brown. Let cool completely (about 10 minutes). Stir in potato chips and next 4 ingredients.
3. Pat tenderloin dry with paper towels, and sprinkle with remaining 1 tsp. pepper. Brown beef in remaining 2 Tbsp. hot oil in a roasting pan over medium-high heat until browned on all sides (about 2 to 3 minutes per side). Transfer tenderloin to a wire rack in an aluminum foil-lined jelly-roll pan. Let stand 10 minutes.
4. Spread mustard over tenderloin. Press panko mixture onto top and sides.
5. Bake at 400° for 40 to 45 minutes or until coating is crisp and a meat thermometer inserted into thickest portion registers 130° (rare). Let stand 10 minutes. Garnish, if desired.
Note: For medium-rare, cook tenderloin to 135°; for medium, cook to 150°.

Cherry Chutney 

Chunky Cherry Chutney is a slightly sweet condiment used to enhance your favorite dishes. Made with red bell pepper, green onions, and dried cherries, try this over beef tenderloin or pork.

2 tablespoons butter
1 1/2 cups diced red bell pepper
1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions
1/2 cup coarsely chopped dried cherries
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon finely chopped thyme
Salt and pepper to taste

Preparation
Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Stir in bell pepper and green onions; cook, stirring occasionally, 12 to 15 minutes or until browned and tender. Stir in cherries, balsamic vinegar, brown sugar, and thyme. Cook, stirring often, 2 to 5 minutes or until slightly thickened. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Southern Living, DECEMBER 2011

Little Pigs BBQ

Onion Pudding

Courtesy: Better Homes and Gardens

Courtesy: Better Homes and Gardens

Onions, cheese, garlic, and olive oil combine in this delicious holiday side-dish recipe.

Ingredients
2 medium onions, cut into 8 wedges each, root end attached
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 tablespoons butter
clove garlic, minced
3 eggs
1 1/2 cups milk
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
4 ounces white cheddar cheese, shredded
1 tablespoon snipped fresh sage

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 400 F. In a large skillet cook onions in hot oil 5 minutes over low heat; season with salt and pepper. Add 2 tablespoons of the butter and garlic; cook 8 minutes more or until onions are tender. Remove from heat; set aside.

Grease 10 to 12 (5- to 7-ounce) baking dishes with the remaining butter. In bowl, combine eggs and milk; whisk in flour. Add cheese and the snipped sage; combine. Spoon onion in dishes; pour egg mixture over. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until puffed and golden. Remove; let stand 10 minutes. Serve warm with fresh sage leaves. Serves 10 to 12.

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Unique Holiday Desserts!

Blackberry-Apple Pie

This apple-and-berry-packed pie is extra-tasty because of the white-Cheddar cheese crust that provides a sigh-worthy companion for the sweet fruit filling.

Blackberry-Apple Pie Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lydia Degaris Pursell

Blackberry-Apple Pie
Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lydia Degaris Pursell

Ingredients

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup cold butter, cut into pieces
1 1/2 cups (6 oz.) shredded white Cheddar cheese
1/2 to 3/4 cup ice water
1 large egg, lightly beaten
Blackberry-Apple Pie Filling
1 tablespoon sparkling sugar

Preparation

Stir together flour and salt in a large bowl. Cut butter into flour mixture with a pastry blender until mixture resembles small peas. Stir in cheese. Drizzle 1/2 cup ice water over flour mixture, stirring with a fork until dry ingredients are moistened and dough is crumbly but forms a ball when pressed together, adding more ice water, 1 Tbsp. at a time, if necessary (up to 1/4 cup). Divide dough in half. Place each half on a large piece of plastic wrap. Shape each dough half into a flat disk. Wrap each disk in plastic wrap, and chill 2 to 24 hours.
Preheat oven to 400°. Place 1 dough disk on a lightly floured surface; sprinkle dough lightly with flour. Roll dough to about 1/4-inch thickness. Starting at 1 edge of dough, wrap dough around rolling pin. Place rolling pin over a 9-inch pie plate, and unroll dough over pie plate. Press dough into pie plate; trim off excess crust along edges. Brush edges of crust lightly with egg; reserve remaining egg. Spoon Blackberry-Apple Pie Filling into crust, mounding filling slightly in center.
Roll remaining dough disk to about 1/4-inch thickness on a lightly floured surface. Cut dough into 9 (1-inch-wide) strips. Arrange strips in a lattice design over filling; gently press ends of strips into bottom crust; crimp edge of crust. Brush lattice with reserved egg; sprinkle with sparkling sugar. Place on a baking sheet.
Bake at 400° on lower oven rack 45 to 50 minutes. Cover loosely with foil to prevent excessive browning, and bake 25 more minutes or until juices are thick and bubbly. Cool on a wire rack 2 hours.

Try This Twist! Cranberry-Apple Pie: Substitute Cranberry-Apple Pie Filling for Blackberry-Apple Pie Filling. Prepare as directed.

Blackberry-Apple Pie Filling

Make ahead: Prepare through Step 2. Chill up to 1 week. Stir in berries before spooning into crust.

Ingredients

3 pounds Granny Smith apples
3 pounds Braeburn apples
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup butter
1 (12-oz.) package frozen blackberries (2 cups)
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

Preparation

Peel apples, and cut into 1/2-inch-thick wedges; toss with sugar and 1/2 cup flour. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat; add apple mixture, and saute 15 to 20 minutes or until apples are tender. Remove from heat. Cool completely (about 1 hour). Toss frozen blackberries with 1 Tbsp. flour, and stir into apple mixture. Use immediately.

Try This Twist! Cranberry-Apple Pie Filling: Omit blackberries and 1 Tbsp. flour. Reduce remaining flour from 1/2 cup to 1/3 cup. Stir in 1 cup sweetened dried cranberries just before removing apples from heat in Step 2.