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Weekend Events for Kids {December 15-17}

Weekend Events for Kids {Dec. 15-17, 2017} | Columbia SC Moms BlogEvents are subject to change. Be sure to click on the event link to verify date and time**

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Friday | December 15, 2017


Books & Beyond – Get in the Christmas Spirit with a Story and a Craft!

Come hear a story and make a Christmas tree ornament to hang on your tree. 

Time: 5 – 6 p.m.

Location: Swansea Branch Library, 199 N. Lawrence Ave., Swansea 29160


The Christmas Angel

Celebrating it’s 17th Anniversary, this fresh and exciting Ballet is sure to take your breath away.  Balletomanes and the general public alike are mesmerized by the originality of this magical story as well as the quality and beauty of dance represented by Celestial Stars.  Artistic Director, Gabrielle Celeste, wrote and choreographed “The Christmas Angel”.  It is a story of a princess whose soul is devoured by jealousy and through the pure love of the Christmas Angel, she is forgiven and redeemed.  Don’t miss this treasure of a performance.

Tickets: $12 for adults | $8 for children ages 3-12 | $8 for seniors over 65

Time: 7 p.m.

Location: Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College, 7300 College Street, Irmo 29063


The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Laughs abound in this bestselling Christmas classic by Barbara Robinson! The Best Christmas Pageant Ever follows the outrageous shenanigans of the Herdman siblings, or “the worst kids in the history of the world.” The siblings take over the annual Christmas pageant in a hilarious yet heartwarming tale involving the Three Wise Men, a ham, scared shepherds, and six rowdy kids.

Ralph, Imogene, Leroy, Claude, Ollie, and Gladys Herdman are an awful bunch. They set fire to Fred Shoemaker’s toolshed, blackmailed Wanda Pierce to get her charm bracelet, and smacked Alice Wendelken across the head. And that’s just the start! When the Herdmans show up at church for the free snacks and suddenly take over the Christmas pageant, the other kids are shocked. It’s obvious that they’re up to no good. But Christmas magic is all around and the Herdmans, who have never heard the Christmas story before, start to reimagine it in their own way. This year’s pageant is definitely like no other, but maybe that’s exactly what makes it so special.

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Location: Village Square Theatre, 105 Caughman Rd, Lexington 29072


Town’s Miracle on 34th Street: The Musical

A holiday classic from the writer of The Music Man! and based on the movie of the same name, Miracle on 34th Street features a book and score by none other than Meredith Willson. Single mother, Doris Walker, doesn’t want her daughter Susan to have a head full of romantic notions. Their neighbor, Fred Gailey, tries to woo Doris by charming Susan and taking her to see Santa Claus at Macy’s. Doris is not impressed. When it appears that Macy’s Santa may, in fact, be the real Kris Kringle, a wave of love spreads across New York City that melts even the most cynical hearts. Don’t let the holiday season pass you by without catching this great show! Get tickets at towntheatre.com or by calling 803-799-2510 from noon to 5 p.m. weekdays. 

Time: 8 p.m.

Location: Town Theatre, 1012 Sumter Street, Columbia 29201


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Saturday | December 16, 2017


Breakfast with Santa

Join Historic Columbia for a holiday treat to remember! Enjoy a continental breakfast in our cozy Carriage House while listening to seasonal music. After your meal, view the decorated halls of the Hampton-Preston Mansion, see a Victorian Christmas tree, make a holiday craft to take home, and don’t forget to take a picture with our Victorian Santa Claus! This is one of our most popular events, so book early! Breakfast will be served at 8 a.m., 9 a.m., and 10 a.m. HC Members: $15 adults & $7 youth; Non-members: $18 adults & $9 youth; Kids 3 & under: free

Time: 8 – 11 a.m. 

Location: Robert Mills Carriage House, 1616 Blanding Street, Columbia 29201


Athleta Girl’s Grattitude Graffiti

Join us at 9 am at Athleta Cross Hill Market, for a girl’s graffiti event! We’re making #gratefulfor boards to celebrate what we are thankful for this holiday! All ages welcome and we’ll have a hot chocolate bar (or coffee for mom and dad)! We can’t wait to see you there!

Time: 9 – 10 a.m. 

Location: Athleta Cross Hill Market, 702 Cross Hill Rd, Columbia, SC 29205


LEAP: Romp & Rhyme Babytime

Literacy, Enrichment and Play (LEAP) is an interactive program for babies and their caregivers that uses books, rhymes, games, fingerplays and songs to encourage literacy through learning. For more information, call 785-2630. (ages birth – 18 months)

Time: 10 – 11 a.m. 

Location: Lexington Main Library, 5440 Augusta Road, Lexington 29072


Kids Club®

They make; you shop! Kids 3 and up can enjoy a fun project. Sign up 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)


Star Wars Party

Episode 8 is here! Dress as your favorite character and come to the cantina for a Star Wars party. (1st to 5th grade).

Time: 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Location: Cayce-West Columbia Branch Library, 1500 Augusta Road, West Columbia 29169


LEGO Block Party 

Join the block party — use your imagination, curiosity and problem-solving skills to build different Lego creations. Lego Club enhances learning with hands-on activities that promote reading and critical-thinking. For more information, call 798-7880, ext. 3. (all ages)

Time: 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Location: Irmo Branch Library, 6251 St. Andrews Road, Columbia 29212


Family Morning Movie – Polar Express

Come watch a family movie with us.  We will furnish drinks and popcorn. Call 785-3519 for more information.

Time: 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Location: Swansea Branch Library, 199 N. Lawrence Ave., Swansea 29160


Holiday Card Crafting

Make beautiful and festive holiday cards for everyone on your list! If you have a small gift in need of wrapping, bring it along! Event follows Family Storytime and is presented by Cooper’s Teen Advisory Board.

Time: 11 a.m. – noon

Location: Richland Library Cooper, Cooper Children’s Area, 5317 North Trenholm Road, Columbia 29206


Porkchop Productions: Holly and the Christmas Kerfuffle

The third installment in our five-part “Holly the Elf” series, finds our heroine in her biggest pickle yet! With only a week left before Christmas, toys are disappearing from Santa’s Workshop and Holly has to catch the toy thief…fast! Big laughs, crazy costumes, and an important lesson about believing in yourself highlight this holiday favorite!

Time: 11 a.m. – noon & 2 – 3 p.m.

Location: South Congaree-Pine Ridge Branch Library (11 a.m. – noon), 200 Sunset Drive
West Columbia 29172 | Lexington Main Library (2 – 3 p.m.), 5440 Augusta Road, Lexington 29072


River Rose and the Magical Christmas Storytime

It’s Christmas Eve and River Rose wants to stay up all night to hand-deliver a note to Santa, but she and her dog fall asleep only to find they’ve been swept off on another magical adventure. Activities to follow.

Time: 11 a.m. 

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


Santa’s Christmas Party

Santa’s head elf, Spangler, decides to throw Santa a rockin’ holiday surprise party in celebration of the season! Oh, no! Spangler is in for his own surprise when he discovers that Santa is on vacation and is nowhere to be found! Spangler has a number of exciting performances lined up for Santa’s party… but will Santa make it back in time to enjoy his own festivities? With dancing snowmen, figure skating, and Jack Frost’s own puppet show within-a-puppet-show, this fun-filled performance will put audiences of all ages in the holiday spirit!

Time: 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.

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


Nutcracker Tea

Mark your calendars now for our magical Nutcracker Tea before the Nutcracker matinee performances! The special events will be in Koger Center’s “ballroom” and will feature a sit-down tea, cakes, cookies and lots of surprises. Learn the real story of the Nutcracker as you meet Clara, her Nutcracker Prince, and the Sugar Plum Fairy and other company dancers. Tickets are $30 per person and must be purchased in advance by calling Columbia City Ballet at 803-799-7605.

Time: 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Location: Koger Center for the Arts, 1045 Greene Street, Columbia 29201


Nutcracker

Nutcracker, Columbia’s holiday family tradition, has the distinction of being Koger Center’s first Nutcracker production and longest consecutively running annual arts event. With six snow-filled performances, including four matinees, Nutcracker is designed to accommodate the entire family’s holiday schedule.

Time: 3 & 7:30 p.m.

Location: Koger Center for the Arts, 1045 Greene Street, Columbia 29201


Candy Cane Hunt

Join us on the CCP Disc Golf Trail for a one-of-a-kind candy cane adventure! Santa and his elves will be hiding candy canes along the trail at Crooked Creek Park for kids to find. Children should bring a basket or bag for their candy canes. There will be prize candy canes hidden along the trail as well. Donate a new unwrapped toy to decorate a festive cupcake! Ages 2–8 / $2.

Time: 3:30 – 3:45 p.m.

Location: Crooked Creek Park, 1098 Old Lexington Highway, Chapin 29036


The Christmas Angel

Celebrating it’s 17th Anniversary, this fresh and exciting Ballet is sure to take your breath away.  Balletomanes and the general public alike are mesmerized by the originality of this magical story as well as the quality and beauty of dance represented by Celestial Stars.  Artistic Director, Gabrielle Celeste, wrote and choreographed “The Christmas Angel”.  It is a story of a princess whose soul is devoured by jealousy and through the pure love of the Christmas Angel, she is forgiven and redeemed.  Don’t miss this treasure of a performance.

Tickets: $12 for adults | $8 for children ages 3-12 | $8 for seniors over 65

Time: 7 p.m.

Location: Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College, 7300 College Street, Irmo 29063


The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Laughs abound in this bestselling Christmas classic by Barbara Robinson! The Best Christmas Pageant Ever follows the outrageous shenanigans of the Herdman siblings, or “the worst kids in the history of the world.” The siblings take over the annual Christmas pageant in a hilarious yet heartwarming tale involving the Three Wise Men, a ham, scared shepherds, and six rowdy kids.

Ralph, Imogene, Leroy, Claude, Ollie, and Gladys Herdman are an awful bunch. They set fire to Fred Shoemaker’s toolshed, blackmailed Wanda Pierce to get her charm bracelet, and smacked Alice Wendelken across the head. And that’s just the start! When the Herdmans show up at church for the free snacks and suddenly take over the Christmas pageant, the other kids are shocked. It’s obvious that they’re up to no good. But Christmas magic is all around and the Herdmans, who have never heard the Christmas story before, start to reimagine it in their own way. This year’s pageant is definitely like no other, but maybe that’s exactly what makes it so special.

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Location: Village Square Theatre, 105 Caughman Rd, Lexington 29072

– Click here for a detailed list of holiday events! –


Sunday | December 17, 2017


Porkchop Productions: Holly and the Christmas Kerfuffle

The third installment in our five-part “Holly the Elf” series, finds our heroine in her biggest pickle yet! With only a week left before Christmas, toys are disappearing from Santa’s Workshop and Holly has to catch the toy thief…fast! Big laughs, crazy costumes, and an important lesson about believing in yourself highlight this holiday favorite!

Time: 3 – 4 p.m.

Location: Irmo Branch Library, 6251 St. Andrews Road, Columbia 29212


The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Laughs abound in this bestselling Christmas classic by Barbara Robinson! The Best Christmas Pageant Ever follows the outrageous shenanigans of the Herdman siblings, or “the worst kids in the history of the world.” The siblings take over the annual Christmas pageant in a hilarious yet heartwarming tale involving the Three Wise Men, a ham, scared shepherds, and six rowdy kids.

Ralph, Imogene, Leroy, Claude, Ollie, and Gladys Herdman are an awful bunch. They set fire to Fred Shoemaker’s toolshed, blackmailed Wanda Pierce to get her charm bracelet, and smacked Alice Wendelken across the head. And that’s just the start! When the Herdmans show up at church for the free snacks and suddenly take over the Christmas pageant, the other kids are shocked. It’s obvious that they’re up to no good. But Christmas magic is all around and the Herdmans, who have never heard the Christmas story before, start to reimagine it in their own way. This year’s pageant is definitely like no other, but maybe that’s exactly what makes it so special.

Time: 3 p.m.

Location: Village Square Theatre, 105 Caughman Rd, Lexington 29072


Town’s Miracle on 34th Street: The Musical

A holiday classic from the writer of The Music Man! and based on the movie of the same name, Miracle on 34th Street features a book and score by none other than Meredith Willson. Single mother, Doris Walker, doesn’t want her daughter Susan to have a head full of romantic notions. Their neighbor, Fred Gailey, tries to woo Doris by charming Susan and taking her to see Santa Claus at Macy’s. Doris is not impressed. When it appears that Macy’s Santa may, in fact, be the real Kris Kringle, a wave of love spreads across New York City that melts even the most cynical hearts. Don’t let the holiday season pass you by without catching this great show! Get tickets at towntheatre.com or by calling 803-799-2510 from noon to 5 p.m. weekdays. 

Time: 3 p.m.

Location: Town Theatre, 1012 Sumter Street, Columbia 29201


Nutcracker

Nutcracker, Columbia’s holiday family tradition, has the distinction of being Koger Center’s first Nutcracker production and longest consecutively running annual arts event. With six snow-filled performances, including four matinees, Nutcracker is designed to accommodate the entire family’s holiday schedule.

Time: 3 & 7:30 p.m.

Location: Koger Center for the Arts, 1045 Greene Street, Columbia 29201


– Click here for a detailed list of holiday events! –

Please Note :: While we make every effort to crosscheck current links and event details on our guides, we always encourage you to do the same before making final plans. If details are missing or incorrect, please let us know so that we can make every attempt to correct them.

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