The Living Christmas Story | Dec 1 – 3
The tradition continues as Union United Methodist Church presents the 24th annual The Living Christmas Story drive-through nativity Friday through Sunday, December 1-3, from 6:30pm to 9pm each night. The Living Christmas Story will offer a dramatic sight and sound re-creation of Bethlehem and other Biblical scenes associated with the birth of Jesus. Live animals, handmade costumes, beautiful scenery, and more than 400 cast members make this a Christmas experience to remember for the entire family. Website here.
Hanging of the Greens | Dec 3
You’re invited to Shandon United Methodist (3407 Devine Street) for their 8:45am service and 11am service. Enjoy these moving services 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. Website here.
30th Annual Columbia Christmas Pageant | Dec 8 – 10
Event will take place December 8th at 7pm, December 9th at 2pm and 5pm, and December 10th at 4pm at First Baptist Columbia. With state of the art lighting, including thousands of Christmas lights, glorious music, and a cast and crew of hundreds, the Columbia Christmas Pageant is something you certainly don’t want to miss. Tickets are free, but you need a ticket to enter. The ticket office opens November 6th – give them a call at 803.217.3250. More here.
Jesus is His Name | Dec 8 – 17
Join Jesus Is His Name for our annual production on the life of Jesus! We have live animals including Abraham the camel! Bring your friends, children or granchildren to this amazing event and enjoy this great time of the year with us. Please share this event with your friends and family so we can as many people as possible with the Gospel of Christ! Held at 395 Oak St. in West Columbia. More info here.
The Singing Christmas Tree | Dec 8 – 10
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 8 at 7pm, December 9 at 2:30pm and 5:30pm and December 10 at 2:30pm and 5:30pm. All seating is general admission. Free tickets will be available for all of these performances by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. See their Christmas calendar.
“Love is Born” | Dec 9 – 10
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 9 & 10, 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! Website here.
Love Feast: Choir & Orchestra | Dec 10
A Christmas celebration rich in Christian community at Shandon United Methodist Church at 5pm in the Sanctuary. This celebration is filled with beautiful music by the Chancel Choir and orchestra, with sharing of bread, coffee and warm fellowship. Website here.
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.
Greenlawn Baptist Church: Christmas Choir | Dec 10 & Dec 24
Greenlawn Baptist Church seasonal program will feature the Children Choir on December 10, and the Children’s Choir on December 24. More here.
Mass of the Children | Sandlapper Singers | Dec 14 & 15
Experience a performance of Rutter’s “Mass of the Children.” Sandlapper Singers will be joined by the Rushingbrook Children’s Choir and orchestral accompaniment to present this masterwork along with nostalgic holiday classics. Eastminster Presbyterian Church and Ebenezer Lutheran Church. Tickets here.
Greatest Christmas Party | Dec 17
This Christmas Benefit Concert will be held at Shandon United Methodist Church at 5pm on December 17th. “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 18
Anyone who has the desire to sing or hear Messiah is invited to Sing-Along Messiah, December 18, 7:00pm, at beautiful, historic Washington Street United Methodist Church in downtown Columbia. Be a part of a joyous night of worship, instrumental music, and singing, as a professional orchestra, accomplished soloists, and a choir of 800 voices perform Part One of Handel’s Messiah, perhaps the best known and most popular oratorio ever written. For this 15th anniversary community celebration, soloists are professional singers, four native South Carolinians with national and international performance acclaim. Sing-Along Messiah is the only annual sing-along presentation of Messiah in South Carolina, and is presented to the public without an admission charge. No Christmas season is ever truly complete without it! For additional information visit www.singalongmessiah.org, or email email@example.com. Seating is first-come, first-seated, no tickets issued. Free, nearby parking readily available. Infant and toddler childcare provided.
Christmas Eve | Dec 24
Join your friends at Shandon United Methodist Church, 3407 Devine Street, for inspiring services filled with beautiful greenery, wonderful music, glowing candlelight and warm fellowship.
Traditional: 8:45 & 11:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary
LifeLine Contemporary: 11:05 a.m., Dunn-Smith Center
Worship filled with real and uplifting messages that speak to our lives today with inspiring music by Chancel Choir in Traditional and LifeLine Band in LifeLine.
5:00 p.m., Sanctuary
Sharing the Christmas story with narration, costumes, familiar carols and music
by the Children’s Choirs. Features a live nativity with animals and the lighting of
COMMUNION AND CANDLELIGHT SERVICE
9:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary
Sharing the Christmas message with candle lighting and music by the Christmas
Choir. Features a live nativity.