The true meaning of Christmas… something that can easily be overlooked with all the commercialism that takes place this time of year. Here are some events that help you stay focused on welcoming Christ into your heart and celebrating His birthday!
Hanging of the Greens | Dec 2
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.
The Singing Christmas Tree | Dec 7 – 9
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 7 at 7pm, December 8 at 2:30pm and 5:30pm and December 9 at 2:30pm and 5:30pm. Doors open 45 minutes before performance. This event is free, but you will need a ticket. Tickets are available here. A donation is appreciated. See their Christmas calendar.
31st Annual Columbia Christmas Pageant | Dec 7 – 9
Event will take place December 7th at 7pm, December 8th at 2pm and 5pm, and December 9th 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 5th – give them a call at 803.217.3250. More here.
The Living Christmas Story | Dec 7 – 9
The tradition continues as Union United Methodist Church presents the 25th annual The Living Christmas Story drive-through nativity Friday through Sunday, December 7-9, 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.
Jesus is His Name | Dec 7-9; 14-16
Join Jesus Is His Name for our annual production on the life of Jesus! There will be live animals including Abraham the camel! Bring your friends, children or grandchildren to this amazing event and enjoy this great time of the year with us. Please share this event with your friends and family so they can as many people as possible with the Gospel of Christ! Held at the South Congaree Arena, 395 Oak St. in West Columbia. More info here.
This Christmas Benefit Concert will be held at Shandon United Methodist Church at 5pm on December 9th. “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.
“Love is Born” | Dec 15 & 16
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 15 & 16, 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.
Greatest Christmas Party | Dec 16
Free fun family event. A fun, meaningful event filled with Bible stories, songs, dinner, and crafts & games. Ideal for ages 5-12, but all ages are welcome. Parents must attend. No reservation needed. From 4-5:30pm. Shandon United Methodist Church, Dunn-Smith Center Gym. Register at https://tinyurl.com/SUMCGCP17
Greenlawn Baptist Church will have a joint Christmas musical with Asbury Memorial United Methodist Church on December 16 at 6pm. 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 www.singalongmessiah.org, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Seating is first-come, first-seated, no tickets issued, no reservations. Free, nearby parking readily available. Infant and toddler childcare provided. Early arrival suggested.
Christmas Eve at Shandon UMC | 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.
Monday, December 24
Inspiring services filled with beautiful greenery, wonderful music, glowing candlelight and warm fellowship.
TRADITIONAL COMMUNION SERVICE
Sharing the Christmas story with narration, costumes, and music. Features a live nativity with animals and the lighting of “glow sticks.”
COMMUNION AND CANDLELIGHT SERVICE
Sharing the Christmas message with candle lighting and music by the Chancel Choir. Features a live nativity.
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