Holiday Music & Dance


The 2018 Holiday Season brings with it a host of fantastic performances all around the Greater Columbia area. Featuring classics like The Nutcracker and Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer, plus unique performances such as the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and the famous Odessa Ballet Company’s rendition of Swan Lake, these upcoming months will surely be amazing!  For musical events happening at area churches, please see our Christ-Centered Christmas page.

Koger Center

1051 Greene Street | 803-777-5112 | Website

Swan Lake

December 20, 2018

In their first visit to the United States since opening in 1810, the world-renowned Odessa Ballet Company performs the Tchaikovsky classic “Swan Lake”. The full scale production will feature 55 talented dancers in four acts, with one intermission. Choreography by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov. 


The Nutcracker

Join two of Columbia’s cherished ballet companies in their unique and fantastic

renditions of Tchaikovsky’s famous Christmas Ballet! With more than 10 performances between them, including 4 matinees, these  beautiful ballets are more than accommodating for your busy holiday schedule.

Columbia Classical Ballet: November 30 – December 2, 2018

Columbia City Ballet: December 8, 9, 15 and 16, 2018


Colonial Life Arena

801 Lincoln Street | 803.576.9200 | Website

Trans-Siberian Orchestra

December 12, 2018

Image result for trans siberian orchestraThe famed Christmas Rock Symphony will hit the Colonial Life Arena on December 12th! With lights, lasers, pyrotechnics, and more, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra is, without a doubt, one of the premiere holiday-themed experiences coming into town this year. 800-745-3000 for tickets.


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Township Auditorium

1703 Taylor St. | 803-576-2350 | Website

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The Nutcracker :: Ann Brodie’s Carolina Ballet

November 21, 23, 25, 2018

The annual tradition continues with this amazing troupe of dancers from the Columbia area. Countless families have enjoyed this beautiful way to segue into the Holiday Season. Always held during Thanksgiving week. Tickets available through The Township, through Ticketmaster, and, for a group of 10 or more attending the November 21st performance, call the Ballet and get tickets for just $6.50! 803-771-6303

Harry Connick Jr.

December 8, 2018 | 7:30pm

Join Harry and his amazing band as they celebrate New Orleans’ three hundredth birthday and the influences that shaped his career.  Enjoy the evening as Harry toasts this beloved city and also performs a selection of holiday favorites, when the  “A New Orleans Tricentennial Celebration… Holiday Edition” tour.

Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer :: The Musical

December 18, 2018

The “most famous reindeer of all” from the longest running and highest rated holiday television special will return live on stage with the critically acclaimed Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical ( Back by popular demand following three successful years of touring North America, the world’s most famous reindeer and a holly jolly cast of iconic characters including Hermey the Elf, Yukon Cornelius and the Abominable Snow Monster will help Santa save Christmas during two North American tours visiting more than 50 cities this holiday season. The national tour is a family favorite — a “holiday staple” (The Boston Globe) and an “utterly charming, top-notch production” (Orlando Sentinel).

Sing-Along Messiah | 
Dec 17 at 7pm 

Experience and enjoy one of the musical highlights of the Christmas season, Sing-Along Messiah, December 17, 7pm, at beautiful, historic Washington Street United Methodist Church in downtown Columbia!  Celebrate the Christmas story proclaimed with joyous and thrilling music, as a professional orchestra, accomplished soloists, and a choir of 800 present Part One of Handel’s Messiah.  Sing or listen, the choice is yours. 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!  Inquire and donate online at, or email  Seating is first-come, first-seated, no tickets issued, no reservations. Free, nearby parking readily available. Infant and toddler childcare provided.  Early arrival suggested.

Harbison Theatre

7300 College St. | 803.407.5011 | Website

Holiday Pops

December 2, 2018 | 3:30 PM, 7:30 PM

This year is something new – TWO Holiday Pops performances for you and your family to enjoy! The festive season is here, and it’s time to celebrate this annual musical tradition with the South Carolina Philharmonic on the Harbison Theatre stage.


Newberry Opera House

1201 McKibben Street | 803-276-6264 | Website

A Very Electric Christmas

November 27, 2018

Brighten your holidays with Lightwire Theater’s A Very Electric Christmas! Audiences of all ages will treasure this magical and captivating tale of family, friendship and hope set to timeless holiday hits. Sponsored by Dufford Institute for Cultural Diversity & Chick-fil-A Ballentine

A Carolina Christmas

December 1, 2018

A Christmas presentation from a Southern point of view.  A wide variety of music from great singers, a fantastic pianist, and a string quartet.  Bring along the kids and grandkids. Presented by Doug & Bunny Williams

The Nutcracker Ballet

December 2, 2018

Become entranced by the beauty of the Sugar Plum Fairy and her dazzling court. Be enchanted by the swirling snowflakes and breathtaking snow. Cheer for the tiny toy soldier and their leader, the handsome Nutcracker prince.

Enhanced Experience: Add on the Tea with the Sugar Plum Fairy for only $20 per person. Perfect for ages 5-12. Tea Tickets are limited and not included in the ticket price.

For people of all ages, there is a 1-hour abbreviated educational performance on Monday, December 03 at 11:00 A.M. Call the Box Office for discounted pricing.

Jingle All the Way

December 7, 2018

Local dance team Carolina Freestyle of Dance Station in Chapin, SC has appeared on The Today Show, in parades, and at “Broadway at the Beach.” Enjoy their enthusiastic performance during the holiday season featuring clogging, lyrical dance, and vocal performance.

A Swingin’ Little Christmas Event with Jane Lynch

December 20, 2018

Jane Lynch

Famous for her role on the TV hit “Glee” and “Hollywood Game Night,” Jane Lynch will prove how multi-talented she is when she brings Kate Flannery (TV’s The Office) & Tim Davis (TV’s Glee, Disney Theme Parks, Super Bowl Halftime Show) with The Tony Guerrero Quintet to the Newberry Opera House.

Flush with her memories of swing music playing in her home growing up, Jane and company will provide tight harmony and the lush nostalgic song of holidays past – only with a Jane Lynch twist.

Bring your sense of humor, toes for tapping, and your ugly Christmas sweater for the pre-show competition when you see one of America’s most multi-talented performers.

Carol of the King

December 22, 2018

Carol of the King: The Irish Dance Christmas Spectacular is led by Justin Boros, former lead dancer of Michael Flatley’s “Lord of the Dance”. Carol of the King combines two of your favorite things- Irish Dance and Christmas. Featuring 20 of the world’s most skilled Irish dancers and musicians. With live dancers, singers, and musicians this Celtic Christmas Spectacular will warm the heat of the whole family!

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