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Christmas Events in Columbia, SC

The Holiday season is upon us and as December 1 rolls up, I already feel like I'm behind! So much to do, so many places to go- I don't want to miss a thing.

We've got a great list of fun stuff to do with your kids this season, but we need your help! We want the most comprehensive list of family fun in Columbia that we can pull together, so if you know of an event that's not on our Columbia Events Calendar, please submit it!

We are happy to list any family happening that is open to the public. Church and school events and bazaars, special sales at area stores, open houses, holiday concerts and any other event that you may know of or be participating in may be listed in our events section.

Win a Columbia4Kids T-shirt!

Anyone who enters a new event between now and Dec. 16 will be entered into a drawing for an authentic T-shirt! (I know, I know, you can't stand the excitement!) These are adult sizes and we will be mailing out 5 to lucky winners on Dec 18. Please be sure to check that we don't already have your event listed before creating a new listing and your email address must be valid so that we can get in touch with you.

Let the rest of the town know what you have going on! -Scottie Claiborne, Columbia4Kids Editor.

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Should you let your kids see The Goblet of Fire or is it too scary? How does it measure up to the book, or the past movies? Read our review.

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Christmas Gift Ideas for Your Child's Teacher

Can you imagine how many shaped candles and baskets of cookies a teacher must get each Christmas? While they are all appreciated, why not show your child's teacher your appreciation in a new way this year! We have some fun, low-cost ideas for showing teachers how much they mean to us.

See all the Teacher Gift Ideas.

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Books for Toddlers

Imagine That has compiled a great list of books to help toddlers develop their learning skills. These are concept books, teaching things like shapes, colors, and numbers. A great list for anyone who has a toddler to buy for this year! Check it out.

See More Books for Toddlers

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Frosty Returns

Thumpety-thump-thump, Thumpety-thump-thump, See Frosty Returns befores it's time for it to go! Fun for kids of all ages, Frosty Returns involves the children in a show about magic, friendship, and doing the right thing.Full Review of Frosty Returns

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Box & Bow Gifts and Wrapping

Do you love shopping but hate wrapping, packing, and shipping those gifts? Are you looking for unique gift items to send to loved ones this year? Box & Bow on Forest Drive has the answer to your problems! They offer unique gifts in their store, plus wrapping and shipping services for any gift.

Read more details

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Holiday Events

Cayce Tree Lighting Ceremony
Come out and watch the big tree light up for the first time of the season! Weds, Dec. 1.

Oh Holy Night at the Chapin Community Theater
Head over to Chapin for the live, musical nativity performance. Dec. 2-4

Main Street Market for the Holidays!
Get in the holiday spirit by shopping the open air market in front of the Columbia Museum of Art. Dec. 2.

Ride the Train with Santa Claus
Head out to the South Carolina Railroad Museum for the last train ride of the season, and meet Santa Claus as well! Dec. 3.

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Black Friday Shopping Experience

The CityWords Blog entry this week goes shopping on the biggest shopping day of the year.

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Hot Discussions!

What's going on at the forum? Come see for yourself!

Black Friday Shopping Stories

Did you get out and shop on the day after Thanksgiving? Read other's experiences with Black Friday bargain shopping and share your own!

Who's Got the Best Santa to Visit?

Telling Santa what you want and getting your picture taken with him is an annual tradition for many area children. So, who has your ideal Santa? There are some great ones around town- let us know which is the real Santa to you!

Teaching Your Child to Raed

How soon can you start teaching a baby to read? Some say children can read before the age of 2! What do you think?

Don't Miss the Christmas Parades!

The Columbia area Christmas parades are this weekend! You can attend all three of the big ones, if you are a true parade junkie. Tell us which parade is your favorite and why.

The Nutcracker

Columbia is home to 2 wonderful productions of The Nutcracker. Which one is best for your family? Read some opinions.

Come start your own topic!

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Wrap Up

Turkey day is over, the big shopping rush is done, and I'm surrounded by stacks of boxes of Christmas decorations! How did I get this many??

I still have to decide how much effort I'm going to put into the lights this year. I know one thing- I won't be getting as elaborate as this music and motion display! Now, that's dedication to holiday spirit.

Holiday Light Displays

In our next issue, we'll be highlighting some of the best home lighting displays in Columbia! Are you or one of your neighbors totally nuts, um... I mean, into outdoor lighting and displays for Christmas? Submit their listing (with a picture, preferably) to our Columbia Holiday Lights Directory! It's sorted by zip code so you can easily find the best displays in your area.

Thanks for being a part of the C4K community. We love the feedback we get from our members so if you have a comment or suggestion, feel free to email us!

See ya next time! -Scottie

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