Holiday Music and 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.

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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

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

Newberry Opera House | 1201 McKibben Street | 803-276-6264 | Website

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

Koger Center | 1051 Greene Street | 803-777-5112 | Website


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

Newberry Opera House | 1201 McKibben Street | 803-276-6264 | 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.

Harbison Theater | 7300 College St. | 803.407.5011 | Website

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.

Newberry Opera House | 1201 McKibben Street | 803-276-6264 | Website

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.

Township Auditorium | 1703 Taylor St. | 803-576-2350 | 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.

Colonial Life Arena | 801 Lincoln Street | 803.576.9200 | Website

Christmas Through the Decades

December 14 and December 15, 2018

You’ve heard holiday concerts, but not like this one! Join the Sandlapper Singers as we turn back time and take you on a chronological Christmas musical journey. From traditional hymn tunes to recent Top 40 hits, this concert will dance through the decades to celebrate the holidays with hits from many different eras. No matter the decade of your childhood, this concert will bring nostalgia for all.

Friday, December 14, 2018 | 7:30pm | Facebook event site
St. Peters Catholic Church
1529 Assembly St.
Columbia, SC 29201

Saturday, December 15, 2018 | 7:30pm  | Facebook event site
Virginia Wingard United Methodist Church
1500 Broad River Rd.
Columbia, SC 29210

At both presentations of “Christmas Through the Decades,” the Sandlapper Singers will be collecting peanut butter for Harvest Hope Food Bank. If you want to help us fight hunger in the Midlands, please bring an unopened jar of peanut butter to this concert. Thank you for helping us give back to our community!

Palmetto Chamber Orchestra

December 16, 3 pm

Richland Public Library, Main. Free and open to the public!

There is no better way to celebrate holiday season with your community, family and friends than to share a great experience with local artists – musicians, composers, dancers, singers. Please join Palmetto Chamber Orchestra, presenting our annual Holiday Concert “Columbia Celebrates!” on December 16, 3 PM at the Richland Public Library, Main.  A great mix of community musicians, local composers, dancers and a vocalist come together to celebrate not only this holiday season but also our local talent Columbia is so fortunate to have.  Join us to share our love and passion for music and the arts. Guest artists include: Robyn Pugh Doherty, Flute, Robert Jesselson, Cello, Mary Ann Hurst, Vocals, Ken Baldwin and Igor Agafonov, Guitars, Danny Boozer, Drums. More here.

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.

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).

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

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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. 

Koger Center | 1051 Greene Street | 803-777-5112 | Website

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.

Newberry Opera House | 1201 McKibben Street | 803-276-6264 | Website

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!

Newberry Opera House | 1201 McKibben Street | 803-276-6264 | Website

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