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12 Days of Holiday Fun in Columbia

The kids are out of school, Christmas is a week away. Make the most of this season's festivities with our fun list of holiday activities for your family! Here's a quick roundup of what's going on these next two weeks while the kids are out of school.

Day 1: Dec 17

Breakfast with Santa at Riverbanks Zoo The early seating is sold out, but you might still be able to get tickets for brunch!

Alice in Winterland at Columbia Marionette Theatre See Alice's adventure in Winterland, performed by marionettes! Laurel St, $4 per person.

See the Polar Express for Free in the Park Bundle up and bring a thermos of hot chocolate and some warm blankets and enjoy this presentation of [i]the Polar Express[/i] in Hylton Park, Lexington.

See A Christmas Angel This musical is being performed at the Village Theatre in Lexington.

Day 2: Dec 18

See Columbia City Ballet's Nutcracker It's not really the holidays until you've enjoyed a performance of the Nutcracker!

Day 3: Dec 19

Attend An Animal's Account at the Puppet Playhouse! Your kids will love this version of the Christmas story from the animal's point of view. Lexington.

Send the kids to the Christmas Around the World at the downtown Public Library Games, stories, songs and a movie! For ages 3 and up.

See a Holiday Movie! Check out Harry Potter, the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Yours, Mine & Ours or Chicken Little! There are several great movies out for all ages.

Day 5: Dec 21

Enjoy a Friday Night at the Plex Finish your shopping or just enjoy a little down time with your spouse while the kids have a ball (literally!) at Plex Indoor Sports. 6-9PM

Last night for the Holiday Lights on the River at Saluda Shoals Park Don't miss it- last night to drive through the gorgeous light displays and enjoy activities at the park center.

Merry Christmas
Day 8: Dec 26

Enjoy a performance of Celebrate Winter at the Puppet Playhouse Get those overstimulated kids out of the house and let them work off a little energy in the playhouse side after watching the puppet show, Celebrate Winter.

Day 9: Dec 27

Enjoy the Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo This event is a must-see tradition for Columbia families. See it after the crowds are gone and enjoy the thousands of lights on display.

Day 10: Dec 28

Take the Historic Homes Holiday Tour- Historic Columbia For ages 6 and up, take a trip back in time to the Columbia of the Civil War era. Resplendent in period decorations, enjoy the Hampton-Preston Mansion, Mann-Simons Cottage, and Robert Mills House.

Day 11: Dec 29

Visit Edventure's Snowville Play in the snow, build igloos and "ice skate" at EdVenture's cool Snowville exhibit.

Day 12: Dec 30

Celebrate Kwanzaa at the Bellfield Cultural Arts Center Join in the fun with this Kwanzaa party.

Hot Discussions!

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

Ideas for Christmas Games

If you're going to be entertaining a group of children over the holiday, check out some of the ideas our members have for games to play in an organized setting.

Donate Your Used Toys

Clear the decks before Santa gets here and donate unwanted toys to local shelters or put them up for "adoption" on Freecycle and someone will come pick them up!

Best Cheap Gifts Your Child Loved

Sometimes, kids ignore the expensive presents and spend their time playing with the cheap gifts, or even the box!

The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe

Yes, it's as good as everyone says. Is it a good idea for small children to attend?

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Wrap Up

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year! As we wrap the year up, remember to have fun this holiday. Everything doesn't have to be perfect!

Relatives are relatives... just remember they'll be gone soon. Don't forget that if you need a little "space", the Hampton Inn in the Vista has a coupon for only $65 per night rates. It's a great deal and it could save your sanity.

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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