Christ Centered Christmas

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! (If you’d like to submit your church’s Christmas events on this list, please email info to

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Advent Family Event | Dec 1

Sunday, December 1, 5:00-6:30 p.m., Dunn-Smith Center Gym, Shandon UMC

A fun, family event to prepare for the Christmas season. Make an Advent Wreath or Candy Nativity Scene for your home, and enjoy a light supper. Registration is required. Call (803) 256-8383.

Hanging of the Greens | Dec 8

Believe_art_work_from_Shandon_UMCYou’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.

32nd Annual Columbia Christmas Pageant | Dec 13 – 15

An annual tradition 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 4th – give them a call at 803.217.3250. More here.

The Living Christmas Story | Dec 6 – 8

The tradition continues as Union United Methodist Church presents the 26th 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 6 – 8; 13 – 15

Join Jesus Is His Name for their 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. Jesus is His Name is a two-hour program that takes you on a journey through the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. No reservation required – FREE OF CHARGE! The drama takes place under a covered and enclosed arena.  More info here.

Messiah: Choir & OrchestraDec 15

Sunday, December 15, 8:45 &11:00 a.m., Sanctuary – Shandon United Methodist Church
Inspiring presentation of Part One of Handel’s Messiah with magnificent music by
the Chancel Choir, Soloists and Orchestra. For more info, visit, or call (803) 256-8383.

“Love is Born” | Dec 14 & 15

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.

Sing-Along Messiah | Dec 16 at 7pm 

Experience and enjoy one of the musical highlights of the Christmas season, Sing-Along Messiah, December 16, 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.

CHRISTMAS BENEFIT CONCERT: Eddie Huss & Friends | Dec 22

A night of Christmas music by Eddie Huss & Friends. Free admission. Donations accepted to benefit Epworth Children’s Home Capital Campaign.  5:00 p.m., Sanctuary | Shandon UMC

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


FAMILY SERVICE  5pm, Sanctuary  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  9pm, Sanctuary  Sharing the Christmas message with candle lighting and music by the Chancel Choir. Features a live nativity.

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