Holiday Music

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Tis the Season | Nov 20

Lake Murray Symphony Orchestra presents ‘Tis the Season, with seasonal fall and winter favorites at 3:30pm. 7300 College Street. Website here.

Mannheim Steamroller Mannheim SteamrollerChristmas Tour | Nov 27 | 7pm

This year marks the 32nd Anniversary of the Mannheim Steamroller Christmas tour! Two traveling ensembles will hold performances across the country and they plan on coming to Columbia, SC. The show features classic Christmas hits from Mannheim Steamroller all with dazzling multimedia effects in an intimate setting. The spirit of the season comes alive with the signature sound of Mannheim Steamroller. More here.

Palmetto Concert Band 

Tuesday November 29 | 7:30pm

Concert For A Cause – Music can make you feel good, but so can helping others. Please join the Palmetto Concert Band for their 2nd Annual Concert For A Cause. They will be accepting non-perishable food donations for Harvest Hope Food Bank in the lobby of the Koger Center prior to this season opening performance. Click here to view a list of their most needed items.

Program will include:

In This Broad Earth – Steven Bryant
Blessed Are They (from “A German Requiem”) – Johannes Brahms/Buehlman
Trittico – Vaclav Nelhybel
The Black Mask – Al Hayes/Foster
Wings of Apollo – Vince Gassi
My Eyes are Full of Shadow – Joel Puckett
Galactic Mission – Joshua Hinkel
there are no words – James Stephenson

Get more info on the band’s Facebook page for additional news and information.

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USC Concert Choir Christmas Concert | Dec 2

USC’s premier choir presents their free annual Christmas Concert from 7:30 – 9pm at First Presbyterian Church (1324 Marion Street). More here.

Carols Along the Riverwalk | Dec 2

The sounds of Christmas will be heard throughout the Cayce Riverwalk Park, where several area church choirs and local musicians will be performing within the first half mile of the park. Visitors can wander from group to group, enjoying various holiday musical selections! The Riverwalk will be lighted with luminaries and hot apple cider will be served free of charge. Event will be held 6:30pm at the N Avenue Entrance, Cayce Riverwalk Pavilion. More here.

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Christmas with the Celts | Dec 4

As featured on PBS, this night of live music and dance blends traditional Celtic tunes with holiday classics. The high-stepping spirited musical selections range from classic Irish reels that will have audiences clapping along, to ancient hymns and lively renditions of popular contemporary Christmas classics. Starts at 7pm, at the Newberry Opera House. More info.

Children of the World | Dec 4

Hear a choir of children from countries all over the world sing tunes that will put in the holiday spirit! The Children of the World concert will take place at 6:30pm in the Fellowship Center at Spring Valley Baptist Church in Columbia. Website here.

USC Concert Choir Christmas Concert | Dec 4

USC’s premier choir presents their free annual Christmas Concert at 7pm in the Sanctuary at Shandon United Methodist Church (3407 Devine St.) More info.


Christmas Concert at First Nazareth Baptist | Dec 4

First Nazareth Baptist church will hold a special holiday performance on December 4th at 6pm! Call the church office at 803-254-6232 for additional information. 2351 Gervais Street. Website here.

Messiah Christmas Concert | Dec 4

The First Presbyterian Church of Columbia will hold this seasonal performance of Messiah (Part 1) by Handel at 4:30pm in the church Sanctuary, during the evening worship service. More here.

Christmas Joy Concert | Dec 4 – 5

The choir & orchestra at Riverland Hills Baptist church will present “Christmas Joy” two nights this December – December 4th and December 5th at 7pm in their Worship Center. 201 Lake Murray Blvd. Website here.

Governor’s Mansion Open House | Dec 5

This will be Governor Haley’s last Christmas in the mansion as she has accepted the post of Ambassador to the UN. Join the Haley family as they celebrate Christmas with Santa, cocoa and cookies, music provided by the Carillon Carolers and the Heart of Columbia Chorus. Free and no RSVP required. 5:30 – 7:30pm.

Fort Jackson’s 282nd Army Band Holiday Concert | Dec 5

Fort Jackson’s 282nd Army Band will perform a holiday set at the Koger Center for the Arts from 7-9pm. Call 803.251.2222 for tickets or visit the Koger Center box office. More here.

Children’s Choirs Christmas Concert | Dec 7

The Riverland Hills Baptist Church Children’s Choirs Christmas Concert will take place at 6:45pm in the Worship Center.  See their holiday calendar.

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A Christmas Carol Live | Dec 8

This classic story will be performed by Frank Thompson, along with others at 7pm in the Wood Auditorium of the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County. Suitable for all ages. Cost is $15 for General Admission. Website here.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra | Dec 10

The Trans-Siberian Orchestra, presented by Hallmark Channel, returns to The Colonial Life Arena at 3:30pm for performances of The Ghosts of Christmas Eve, The Best of TSO and more! Doors open 1 hour prior to show and ticket prices start at $40. Click here to learn how to give the gift of rock this holiday season by purchasing Trans-Siberian Orchestra Gift Tickets for fans on your Christmas list! More info and tickets here.

Camden Community Christmas Concert Band  | Dec 11

This Fine Arts Center affiliate of over 50 performers who love to make music will perform the holiday classics you love! Come and enjoy their melodious sounds, free of charge at Camden High School Auditorium at 3pm. Website here.

Christmas Cantata | Dec 11 & Dec 18

Greenlawn Baptist Church seasonal program will feature the Adult Choir on December 11, and the Children’s Choir on December 18. Visit website for more information.

Christmas Choir | Dec 11

The First Presbyterian Church of Columbia will hold the Children’s Choirs and Youth Chorus Christmas Service at 6pm in the church Sanctuary. More here.

Two from Galilee | Dec 11

Enjoy this Christmas musical about the love story of Mary and Joseph. Performances will be held at 5:00 pm and 7:30 pm at Spring Valley Baptist Church. Call the church at 803.736.0624 with questions. Website here.


 An Evening with Scot Bruce: Blue Suede Christmas | Dec 13

Starring Scot Bruce, this riveting and rockin’ holiday tribute concert features the wonderful Christmas songs recorded by Elvis Presley – such as “Santa Bring My Baby Back,” “Blue Christmas, ” and more! Starts at 8pm at the Newberry Opera House. A show guaranteed to have you “All Shook Up!” Website here.

Holiday Handbells Concert | Dec 14

Concert will take place in the Worship Center at Riverland Hills Baptist Church at 6:45pm. More here.

Legends: A Christmas Celebration | December 15 & 16

Comprised of 32 voices, the Sandlapper Singers are a professional choir based in Columbia. Experience the joy of the season with an unforgettable evening of holiday music. With favorite arrangements from legendary conductor Robert Shaw, as well as hits from the Billboard 100, this is a Christmas tradition you and your family won’t want to miss! Two shows: December 15 at 7:30pm at Spring Valley Presbyterian Church, and December 16 at 7:30pm at St. Michael and All Angels’ Episcopal Church. More info.

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“In Heaven the Bells are Ringing” | Dec 18

This Christmas Cantata, with script by Ellen Merritt and music by Mark Merritt, will take place at 11am at Grace United Methodist Church (410 Harbison Blvd). Come and enjoy the wonderful holiday music! Website here.

Adult Choir Christmas Presentation | Dec 18

Performance will take place at First Baptist Irmo on Sunday, December 18 from 6 – 7pm. 7068 Nursery Road. Visit Website here.

Chamber Choir and String Orchestra | Dec 18

The Chamber Choir and String Orchestra will be singing and playing during the Service of Lessons and Carols at The First Presbyterian Church of Columbia, at 6pm in the Sanctuary. More here.

Christmas Benefit Concert | Dec 18

This Christmas Benefit Concert will be held at Shandon United Methodist Church at 5pm on December 18th. “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, or call (803) 256-8383.

Sing-Along Messiah | Dec 19

Visit Washington Street United Methodist Church at 7pm on Monday, December 19th for a joyous night of worship, instrumental music, and singing. Messiah, by G.F. Handel, is perhaps the best known and most popular oratorio ever written. Sing-Along Messiah was founded in 2002, on the principle that everyone in the metropolitan Columbia area, and anyone willing to travel to Columbia, should have the opportunity to sing some part of Messiah at least once a year.
No Christmas season is ever truly complete without it, as the event is compromised of a 20-member professional orchestra, a core choir to lead the singing of the choruses and a professional conductor. One component that makes Sing-Along Messiah unique and gives it its identity is that the 600+ people who attend the event are invited to join in the singing! It is the only annual sing-along presentation of Messiah in South Carolina and is presented to the public without an admission charge, so don’t miss it! More here.