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Weekend Events for Kids {Dec. 2 – 4}

Find out what activities and events are happening around the Columbia area this weekend, Dec. 2 – 4, 2016!

Find out more about all the holiday events happening around town!

Weekend Events for Kids {Dec. 2 - 4, 2016} Columbia SC Moms BlogFriday, Dec. 2, 2016              


Main Street ICE

Enjoy a winter wonderland in the heart of the capital city this holiday season! Main Street ICE, the City of Columbia’s outdoor ice skating rink, will return for its fifth season Thanksgiving Day at Boyd Plaza (corner of Main and Hampton streets).

Fees
Monday through Wednesday (Discount Days)

  • $8 for adults
  • $5 for children ages 12 and under

 Thursday through Sunday (Regular Price)

  • $10 for adults
  • $8 for children ages 12 and under

 Active Duty Military with ID and Seniors age 55 and up

  • $8 (Monday through Sunday)

Groups reservations will be accepted for parties of 20 people or more. Gift certificates will be available for purchase.

Time: 4 -10 p.m.

Location: Columbia Museum of Art, 1515 Main St., Columbia 29201


Lights Before Christmas

Bring the kids and the camera and see why Lights Before Christmas has continued as a family tradition for more than 25 years!

  • Nearly one million twinkling lights
  • Countless animated images
  • Nightly visits with Santa (on-site beginning at 6:00pm each night through December 23)
  • Warm memories and holiday cheer around the Jingle Bell Bonfire
  • Hot cocoa, s’mores and other festive foods available for purchase

$11 Adults, $9 Children ages 2–12, and children younger than 2 free. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit with a valid membership. Guest passes will not be accepted.

Time: 5 – 9 p.m.

Location: Riverbanks Zoo, 500 Wildlife Parkway, Columbia 29210


Holiday Lights on the River

Experience the magic as Saluda Shoals Park comes alive in a blaze of more than a million sparkling lights. Take a journey through colorful lights and over 400 animated light displays of all shapes and sizes! Create lasting family memories this year at Holiday Lights on the River.

New this Year!

There’s a brand new Holiday Lights entrance off St. Andrews Road! All Holiday Lights traffic will enter Saluda Shoals Park at the east entrance located between Wendy’s and Aldi on St. Andrews Road and exit onto Bush River Road. Holiday Lights visitors will enjoy an all new route this year. There will be no Holiday Light entrance on Bush River Road.

Holiday Lights Activities Every Night!

Fun-filled family activities will be offered every night during Holiday Lights on the River. Visitors can: • Ride the Hayride shuttle to the Wetland Walking trail • Ride the Saluda Shoals train • Walk along the lighted trail to the Wetland and enjoy a laser light show • Make a craft • Visit Santa’s Claus’et Gift Shop • Roast marshmallows • Santa will make a special appearance at Holiday Lights Dec. 9– 23 only. Nominal fees ($1-$10) for activities apply with Holiday Lights admission. Holiday Lights Admission $15/car; $25/15-passenger van; $40/bus

Time: 6 – 10 p.m.

Location: Saluda Shoals Park, East Entrance, 6071 St. Andrews Road, Columbia 29212


The Polar Express Pajama Storytime

All aboard! Come in your PJs and join us for a magical evening as we host our annual Polar Express Storytime. Coloring and activities to follow, including writing a Dear Santa letter! 

Time: 7 – 8 p.m. 

Location: Barnes and Noble, Midtown at Forest Acres, Richland Fashion Mall, 3400 Forest Drive, Columbia 29204


Columbia Classical Ballet – The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker Ballet is a worldwide Christmas favorite. Tickets are $5 to $35

Time: 7:30 p.m. 

Location: Koger Center for the Arts, 1051 Greene Street, Columbia 29201


A Christmas Carol: The Musical

Ebenezer Scrooge is a prosperous curmudgeon who believes personal wealth is far more valuable than the happiness and comfort of others. With an infuriated “Bah! Humbug!” Scrooge summarizes his feelings of Christmas tidings and charitable giving, but he’s forced to face his selfish ways when the ghosts Christmas reveal his Past, Present and Future.

Time: 8 p.m. 

Location: Town Theatre, 1012 Sumter Street, Columbia 29201


Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016    


Half-price Day at EdVenture

Admission to the museum will be half-priced, courtesy of Doctor’s Care.

Time: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Location: EdVenture, 211 Gervais Street, Columbia 29201


Santa’s Gingerbread Jamboree

Santa is coming! Santa is coming! EdVenture invites all families to enjoy the Gingerbread Jamboree which will be filled activities each weekend November 25 through December 31. This holiday series for children will feature photos with Santa, mini gingerbread house decorating, festive face painting and holiday arts and crafts. FREE with museum admission.

Time: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Location: EdVenture, 211 Gervais Street, Columbia 29201


Gingerbread Man Candy Dish

Join our hands-on workshop and you and your child can create a beautiful Gingerbread Candy Dish. Once the candy holder is built, your child can decorate it with stickers to give their gingerbread man a cheery holiday smile.

All kids get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last. Children must be present at the store to participate in the workshop and receive the kit, apron and pin.

Time: 9 a.m. – noon (drop-in)

Location: Home Depot-various locations


The Carolina Carillion

The 63rd Annual Carolina Carillion Holiday Parade will feature famously festive entries from all across the state of South Carolina! Entertainment will be provided by local churches, marching bands, drill teams, local celebrities, decorative floats, and Santa Claus will be there all the way from the North Pole.

Time: 9:45 a.m.

Location: The parade will begin at Gervais and Bull Streets and proceed west on Gervais. It will pass in front of the State House and end in the Vista on Park Street.


Lowe’s Build and Grow: Christmas Ornaments

Register for a Clinic below to build a wooden project and get a free apron, goggles, and patch!

Time: 10 a.m. – noon (drop-in)

Location: Lowe’s – various locations


Kids Club® designed by Sprout

They craft; you shop! Kids 3 and up can enjoy a Sprout character felt stocking project. Sign up in-store, online or just drop in. $2 per project, supplies included. Parent or guardian must remain on premises during the event.

Time: 10 a.m. – noon (drop-in)

Location: Michael’s (locations vary)


Main Street ICE

Enjoy a winter wonderland in the heart of the capital city this holiday season! Main Street ICE, the City of Columbia’s outdoor ice skating rink, will return for its fifth season Thanksgiving Day at Boyd Plaza (corner of Main and Hampton streets).

Fees
Monday through Wednesday (Discount Days)

  • $8 for adults
  • $5 for children ages 12 and under

Thursday through Sunday (Regular Price)

  • $10 for adults
  • $8 for children ages 12 and under

Active Duty Military with ID and Seniors age 55 and up

  • $8 (Monday through Sunday)

Groups reservations will be accepted for parties of 20 people or more. Gift certificates will be available for purchase.

Time: 10 a.m. -10 p.m.

Location: Columbia Museum of Art, 1515 Main St., Columbia 29201


How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Storytime

“Grow Your Heart 3 Sizes!” and celebrate all things Grinch with a reading of the classic How the Grinch Stole Christmas! We will have good deed badges and tracking booklets for kids to log all the good things they do this holiday season. Activities to follow.                                        

Time: 11 a.m. 

Location: Barnes and Noble, Midtown at Forest Acres, Richland Fashion Mall, 3400 Forest Drive, Columbia 29204


Legends of Ancient Greece

Join Pan, the Protector of the Forest, as he shares three of the most famous stories from Greek Mythology: Pandora’s Box, Orpheus in the Underworld, and Theseus versus the Minotaur. This epic production introduces dozens of mythological characters and stories. It features elaborate shadow puppets and some of our largest marionettes!

Time: 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.

Location: The Columbia Marionette Theatre, 401 Laurel Street, Columbia 29201


Columbia Classical Ballet – The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker Ballet is a worldwide Christmas favorite. Tickets are $5 to $35

Time: 3 and 7:30 p.m. 

Location: Koger Center for the Arts, 1051 Greene Street, Columbia 29201


Lights Before Christmas

Bring the kids and the camera and see why Lights Before Christmas has continued as a family tradition for more than 25 years!

  • Nearly one million twinkling lights
  • Countless animated images
  • Nightly visits with Santa (on-site beginning at 6:00pm each night through December 23)
  • Warm memories and holiday cheer around the Jingle Bell Bonfire
  • Hot cocoa, s’mores and other festive foods available for purchase

$11 Adults, $9 Children ages 2–12, and children younger than 2 free. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit with a valid membership. Guest passes will not be accepted.

Time: 5 – 9 p.m.

Location: Riverbanks Zoo, 500 Wildlife Parkway, Columbia 29210


Holiday Lights on the River

Experience the magic as Saluda Shoals Park comes alive in a blaze of more than a million sparkling lights. Take a journey through colorful lights and over 400 animated light displays of all shapes and sizes! Create lasting family memories this year at Holiday Lights on the River.

New this Year!

There’s a brand new Holiday Lights entrance off St. Andrews Road! All Holiday Lights traffic will enter Saluda Shoals Park at the east entrance located between Wendy’s and Aldi on St. Andrews Road and exit onto Bush River Road. Holiday Lights visitors will enjoy an all new route this year. There will be no Holiday Light entrance on Bush River Road.

Holiday Lights Activities Every Night!

Fun-filled family activities will be offered every night during Holiday Lights on the River. Visitors can: • Ride the Hayride shuttle to the Wetland Walking trail • Ride the Saluda Shoals train • Walk along the lighted trail to the Wetland and enjoy a laser light show • Make a craft • Visit Santa’s Claus’et Gift Shop • Roast marshmallows • Santa will make a special appearance at Holiday Lights Dec. 9– 23 only. Nominal fees ($1-$10) for activities apply with Holiday Lights admission. Holiday Lights Admission $15/car; $25/15-passenger van; $40/bus

Time: 6 – 10 p.m.

Location: Saluda Shoals Park, East Entrance, 6071 St. Andrews Road, Columbia 29212


A Christmas Carol: The Musical

Ebenezer Scrooge is a prosperous curmudgeon who believes personal wealth is far more valuable than the happiness and comfort of others. With an infuriated “Bah! Humbug!” Scrooge summarizes his feelings of Christmas tidings and charitable giving, but he’s forced to face his selfish ways when the ghosts Christmas reveal his Past, Present and Future.

Time: 8 p.m. 

Location: Town Theatre, 1012 Sumter Street, Columbia 29201


Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016


Sensory Sunday

Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and sensory processing differences are invited to join us for exclusive Sensory Friendly Days the first Sunday of each month from 9 – 10 a.m., first hour the museum opens! They’ll have the opportunity to explore the museum in a safe and accepting environment, and enjoy interactive, hands-on activities. 

This exclusive event will also provide:

  • A comfortable, protected and accepting environment.
  • An opportunity for parents to make connections with other families.
  • Special needs information for parents.

Time: 9 – 10 a.m. 

Location: EdVenture, 211 Gervais Street, Columbia 29201


Santa’s Gingerbread Jamboree

Santa is coming! Santa is coming! EdVenture invites all families to enjoy the Gingerbread Jamboree which will be filled activities each weekend November 25 through December 31. This holiday series for children will feature photos with Santa, mini gingerbread house decorating, festive face painting and holiday arts and crafts. FREE with museum admission.

Time: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Location: EdVenture, 211 Gervais Street, Columbia 29201


$1 Admission at the SC State Museum

General admission and is only $1 for guests on the first Sunday of every month! PLUS enjoy a 4-D movie and/or a planetarium show for only $5 each!

Time: noon – 5 p.m.

Location: SC State Museum, 301 Gervais Street, Columbia 29201


Free Admission Columbia Museum of Art

Visit the CMA and pay no admission! Engage your mind and enrich your spirit at the Columbia Museum of Art. Free days are offered in appreciation of the City of Columbia and Richland Country for their investments in the CMA and are sponsored by BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina.

Time: 1 – 5 p.m.

Location: Columbia Museum of Art, 1515 Main Street, Columbia 29201


Main Street ICE

Enjoy a winter wonderland in the heart of the capital city this holiday season! Main Street ICE, the City of Columbia’s outdoor ice skating rink, will return for its fifth season Thanksgiving Day at Boyd Plaza (corner of Main and Hampton streets).

Fees
Monday through Wednesday (Discount Days)

  • $8 for adults
  • $5 for children ages 12 and under

Thursday through Sunday (Regular Price)

  • $10 for adults
  • $8 for children ages 12 and under

Active Duty Military with ID and Seniors age 55 and up

  • $8 (Monday through Sunday)

Groups reservations will be accepted for parties of 20 people or more. Gift certificates will be available for purchase.

Time: 1 – 9 p.m.

Location: Columbia Museum of Art, 1515 Main St., Columbia 29201


A Christmas Carol: The Musical

Ebenezer Scrooge is a prosperous curmudgeon who believes personal wealth is far more valuable than the happiness and comfort of others. With an infuriated “Bah! Humbug!” Scrooge summarizes his feelings of Christmas tidings and charitable giving, but he’s forced to face his selfish ways when the ghosts Christmas reveal his Past, Present and Future.

Time: 3 p.m. 

Location: Town Theatre, 1012 Sumter Street, Columbia 29201


Lexington Christmas Parade

Join us for a family friendly parade!

Time: 3:30 p.m.

Location: Main Street in Lexington


Columbia Classical Ballet – The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker Ballet is a worldwide Christmas favorite. Tickets are $5 to $35

Time: 7:30 p.m. 

Location: Koger Center for the Arts, 1051 Greene Street, Columbia 29201


Lights Before Christmas

Bring the kids and the camera and see why Lights Before Christmas has continued as a family tradition for more than 25 years!

  • Nearly one million twinkling lights
  • Countless animated images
  • Nightly visits with Santa (on-site beginning at 6:00pm each night through December 23)
  • Warm memories and holiday cheer around the Jingle Bell Bonfire
  • Hot cocoa, s’mores and other festive foods available for purchase

$11 Adults, $9 Children ages 2–12, and children younger than 2 free. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit with a valid membership. Guest passes will not be accepted.

Time: 5 – 9 p.m.

Location: Riverbanks Zoo, 500 Wildlife Parkway, Columbia 29210


Holiday Lights on the River

Experience the magic as Saluda Shoals Park comes alive in a blaze of more than a million sparkling lights. Take a journey through colorful lights and over 400 animated light displays of all shapes and sizes! Create lasting family memories this year at Holiday Lights on the River.

New this Year!

There’s a brand new Holiday Lights entrance off St. Andrews Road! All Holiday Lights traffic will enter Saluda Shoals Park at the east entrance located between Wendy’s and Aldi on St. Andrews Road and exit onto Bush River Road. Holiday Lights visitors will enjoy an all new route this year. There will be no Holiday Light entrance on Bush River Road.

Holiday Lights Activities Every Night!

Fun-filled family activities will be offered every night during Holiday Lights on the River. Visitors can: • Ride the Hayride shuttle to the Wetland Walking trail • Ride the Saluda Shoals train • Walk along the lighted trail to the Wetland and enjoy a laser light show • Make a craft • Visit Santa’s Claus’et Gift Shop • Roast marshmallows • Santa will make a special appearance at Holiday Lights Dec. 9– 23 only. Nominal fees ($1-$10) for activities apply with Holiday Lights admission. Holiday Lights Admission $15/car; $25/15-passenger van; $40/bus

Time: 6 – 10 p.m.

Location: Saluda Shoals Park, East Entrance, 6071 St. Andrews Road, Columbia 29212


Find out more about all the holiday events happening around town!

Know of a kid-friendly event not listed? Comment below.

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4 Responses to Weekend Events for Kids {Dec. 2 – 4}

  1. Samantha November 30, 2016 at 2:49 pm #

    Holy Apostles Orthodox Church in Columbia has a St. Nicholas Festival on Saturday December 3rd from 10 am to 4 pm. They have food, crafts, and collectibles. The choir performs ancient hymns and the priest dressed up as St. Nicholas and distributes gold coins to the children. I’m pretty sure it’s free.

    • Tiffany Nettles
      Tiffany Nettles December 2, 2016 at 9:58 pm #

      Thanks for the great information! If you have a link, we’d love to include more details.

      • Samantha December 13, 2016 at 8:37 am #

        I’m sorry I didn’t see your response in time! For anyone who wants to go next year, here’s the website: http://stnicholasfestival.org

        • Tiffany Nettles
          Tiffany Nettles December 13, 2016 at 12:13 pm #

          Thanks for the information! We will be sure to include it next year, and please feel free to send us additional details once the event gets closer. Happy Holidays!

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