Holiday Music, Theatre and Dance

The 2019 Holiday Season brings with it a host of fantastic performances all around the Greater Columbia area.  


Mannheim Steamroller

November 22  MANNHEIM STEAMROLLER CHRISTMAS by Chip Davis has been America’s favorite holiday tradition for over 30 years! Grammy® Award winner Chip Davis has created a show that features Mannheim Steamroller Christmas classics along with a selection of compositions from Chip’s groundbreaking Fresh Aire series which introduced the distinctive Mannheim sound to all of America.  Details. Koger Center for the Arts | 1051 Greene St. Columbia SC | Tickets: 803-251-2222

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The Nutcracker :: Ann Brodie’s Carolina Ballet

November 27,  November 29, December 1 The annual tradition continues with this amazing cast of more than 250 from across the Columbia area, including professional dancers who return each year to perform with the stars of tomorrow! 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 Wednesday morning November 27th performance, call the Ballet and get tickets for just $6.50!  803-771-6303 The Township Auditorium | 1703 Taylor St. Columbia SC | Website

Holiday Shows | South Carolina State Museum Planetarium

Now – January 5

The Star of Bethlehem, Holiday Laser Light Show and Mannheim Steamroller Laser Light Show are playing on the 55 foot digital dome.

301 Gervais St. | Columbia SC | Website

Twas the Night Before Christmas

November 26

When Santa’s Naughty or Nice list goes missing, it’s up to a pair of dancing mice, a spunky girl, and an Elf-B-I agent to solve the mystery before Santa boards his sleigh. From award-winning playwright Ken Ludwig, comes this comic, musical take on the classic poem.

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

An Elf’s Tale

Dec 4 – Dec 6 at 7 p.m.

Dreher High School’s dance performance of An Elf’s Tale tells the coming-of-age story of an elf who meets various characters including Olaf, the Evil Sugar Plum Fairy, Rudolph and The Grinch, who teach him that being different is okay and that everyone has a place in this world. The production also plays homage to the Radio City Music Hall’s Rockettes. The show is an original work written by Dreher dance honors seniors Hanah Watts and Janis Nordeen.

Dreher High School | 3319 Millwood Ave. | website

Bah, Humbug! A Christmas Carol :: Chapin Theatre Company

December 4 – December 8

This new adaption of Charles Dickens’ classic tale recounts the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, an elderly miser who is visited by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley and the spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come. After their visits, Scrooge is transformed into a kinder, gentler man. More here. Firehouse Theater at American Legion Post 193 | 102 Lexington Ave. Chapin

Carols Along the Riverwalk

 December 6 From 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm the sounds of Christmas can be heard throughout the Cayce Riverwalk Park where several area church choirs and local musicians will be located within the first half mile of the Riverwalk. Visitors can wander from group to group, enjoying holiday musical selections. The Riverwalk will be lighted with luminaries and refreshments will be served free of charge. Parking will be available at Brookland-Cayce High School with free Trolley rides provided to and from the entrance of the Riverwalk. More.

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A Christmas Story

December 6 – 19 Humorist Jean Shepherd’s memoir of growing up in the midwest in the 1940s follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker in his quest to get a genuine Red Ryder BB gun under the tree for Christmas. Ralphie pleads his case before his mother, his teacher and even Santa Claus himself at Higbee’s Department Store. The consistent response: “You’ll shoot your eye out!” More here. Village Square Theater  105 Caughman Ave.  Lexington | Website

Miss Bennet, Christmas at Pemberley

December 6 – 21 A comedic sequel to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice set two years after the novel ends, Miss Bennet continues the story, only this time with bookish middle-sister Mary as its unlikely heroine. Mary is growing tired of her role as dutiful middle sister in the face of her siblings’ romantic escapades. When the family gathers for Christmas at Pemberley, an unexpected guest sparks Mary’s hopes for independence, an intellectual match, and possibly even love. More. Trustus Theatre | 520 Lady St.  Columbia  | 803-254-9732

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: December 6 , 7 & 8, 2019

Columbia City Ballet: December 14-15 & 21-22, 2019

Koger Center for the Arts | 1051 Greene St. Columbia SC | Tickets: 803-251-2222


Tuba Christmas

December 7

Newberry College Professor Emeritus Bill Long leads dozens of tubas in this popular holiday event. You might even be asked to sing along!

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

Midlands Men’s Chorus

December 7

It’s that time of the year. The season of giving, the season of cold Winter weather, the season of decorating trees and the season of spending time with your family and friends by a warm fire. The time of year where our smiles and hearts . . . GLOW.  Let us light up your evening as we sing a few holiday classics, a few new songs and songs of different faiths. 

Virginia Wingard Memorial United Methodist Church | 1500 Broad River Road | Facebook

Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer : Free Movie Showing

December 7 at 6pm
Join the Icehouse Amphitheater and the Lexington County Recreation and Aging Commission for the showing of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. This film is rated G.
Icehouse Amphitheater | 107 W. Main St. Lexington SC | website


A Carolina Christmas

December 8

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 and Bunny Williams. Newberry Opera House | 1201 McKibben Street | 803-276-6264 | Website

Christmas with John Berry & Full Band

December 11 Grammy® winning, South Carolina native John Berry rose to stardom in the 1990s with mega hits “Your Love Amazes Me,” “Standing on the Edge of Goodbye,” and “She’s Taken a Shine.” During his star-making decade, he released over 20 singles that placed on the Country music charts including six top 5 songs and one #1 hit. Berry’s new look and new sound are sure to entertain audiences at the Opera House. Newberry Opera House | 1201 McKibben Street | 803-276-6264 | Website

Sunny Sweeney’s Dysfunctional Family Christmas

December 11 Sunny Sweeney’s 4th Annual Dysfunctional Family Christmas Show with special guest Erin Enderlin and Brennen Leigh Doors: 6pm Cover: $20 ADV 

New Brookland Tavern | 122 State St. | West Columbia | Tickets

The Ten Tenors

December 12 The TEN Tenors have come home for the holidays! This amazing group is an Australian ensemble renowned for their dynamic performances and unmatched skill to seamlessly go from soulful ballads to operatic arias to popular Pop and Rock songs! The TEN Tenors group has thrilled audiences with the group’s unique style throughout Australia as well as the rest of the world! Newberry Opera House | 1201 McKibben Street | 803-276-6264 | Website

An Evening with CeCe Winans

December 13 Winner of 12 Grammy® awards, CeCe Winans is one of the best-selling and most awarded female Gospel artists of all time! Newberry Opera House | 1201 McKibben Street | 803-276-6264 | Website


Simple Gifts :: The Sandlapper Singers

December 13 & 15 Soak in the sounds of the season with the Sandlapper Singers’ presentation of “Simple Gifts.” This concert will merge beloved holiday songs with the spoken word. The popularity of choral music soars during the holiday season, because of its ability to remind us of the simple things that mean the most to us…family, friends, faith, and fellowship. And for many, music is a gift in and of itself! Two concerts at two separate locations. More here.

Jingle All the Way

December 14 Local dance team, Carolina Freestyle of Dance Station in Chapin,  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

Home for the Holidays :: Town Theatre

December 14 & 15 A special holiday event featuring classic holiday songs from the funny to the formal. More here. Town Theatre  | 1012 Sumter St. | 803-799-2510

Columbia Celebrates! Holiday Concert

December 15 at 3pm Palmetto Chamber Orchestra offers the community a free concert at the Richland Library Main. More here.

The Nutcracker

December 15   Dance Alive National Ballet has created a modern twist on the original story with beautifully choreographed dancing, impressive sets, and spectacular costumes. Newberry Opera House | 1201 McKibben Street | 803-276-6264 | Website

Holiday Pops :: South Carolina Philharmonic

December 15 Do you hear what we hear? Morihiko Nakahara and the S.C. Philharmonic musicians return for another year with TWO performances of this wildly popular show. Bring family and friends to celebrate the holidays with carols and tunes that are sure to get you in the spirit of the season. Almost sold out. Ticket info here. HarbisonTheater | 7300 College St.  Irmo | Website

Christmas Wonderland

Christmas Wonderland

December 17 & 18

CHRISTMAS WONDERLAND HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR is quite simply one of the most delightful and enchanting Christmas shows ever, featuring glittering costumes, a dazzling cast and the highest kicking chorus line this side of the North Pole. Start Christmas in style as Santa and his merry helpers take you on an unforgettable nostalgic journey. CHRISTMAS WONDERLAND is pure holiday magic — with enough fun and festive cheer to power all the Christmas lights in town!  More here. Koger Center for the Arts | 1051 Greene St. Columbia SC | Tickets: 803-251-2222

A Christmas Celebration – Jim Brickman

December 19 The best-selling piano artist of our time, Jim Brickman and his special guests, will dazzle audiences with holiday favorites, #1 hits, vibrant vocals, laughter and joy, in this bright, festive winter’s night celebration that the Dallas Morning News calls “Pure Entertainment”. More here. Koger Center for the Arts | 1051 Greene St. Columbia SC | Tickets: 803-251-2222

Carl Payne Jazz Big Band Christmas Gala

December 20 Christmas concert and dance with this 22-piece band including 3 vocalists. This dinner-dance presents Christmassy Jazz, Swing, Contemporary and R&B music! Delicious dinner and fun on the dance floor! Come as a couple or single. Semi-formal attire requested. Tickets on Eventbrite. Richland County Adult Activity Center | 7494 Parklane Road, Columbia | Tickets

Santa Claus the Musical

December 21 After 1,000 years of making lists and checking them twice, Santa Claus is ready to retire. Can anyone take his place? Who will manage the North Pole? Join Columbia Children’s Theatre for this delightful, hilarious musical that features the big man himself and plenty of his tiny, helpful friends as they work to solve this dilemma. And don’t forget, Santa and his elves will meet you in the lobby after the show! HarbisonTheater | 7300 College St.  Irmo | Website

Taylor Boys Christmas Extravaganza

Now in its’ 15th year, the Taylor Boys’ Christmas Extravaganza, a charity benefit for Toby’s Place, is the hottest Christmas ticket in Columbia. Featuring an always outstanding array of recording artists and musicians from all over the country, this show has been likened to a “Southern Mad Dogs and Englishmen”, and “the best feel-good music experience of the Season”.  The Senate | 1022 Senate St. | Website



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