Festive Fun: Columbia Events for Winter

Winter is near, and with it comes a host of festive energy. While most cold days may call for staying inside, those who venture outdoors will discover a wonderland of activities to experience. Between holiday concerts, gorgeous light shows, and vibrant festivals, these Columbia events offer something for everyone to enjoy. 

A Christmas Story at Toby’s Dinner Theater

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Source: Pasadena Voice

When: Nov 8, 2019 – Jan 5, 2020

Where: Toby’s Dinner Theater


You may be familiar with the 1980s movie, but the cast and crew of A Christmas Story at Toby’s Dinner Theater present the classic tale before a live audience with freshness and energy. While the play is a faithful recreation of the original movie, this version has been adapted into a musical, allowing audiences to experience A Christmas Story in an entirely new light. 

Along with the show, Toby’s Dinner Theater offers a buffet with an expansive amount of options for guests to enjoy. Tickets are selling fast, however, so making reservations as early as possible is highly recommended. 

Symphony of Lights

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When: Nov 27, 2019 – Jan 1, 2020

Where: Merriweather Post Pavilion


Each year, Columbia’s famous Merriweather Post Pavilion hosts an extravaganza of lights that promises to make the holiday season memorable. The guided tour stretches through a dazzling array of Christmas and winter-themed light displays, from snowflakes that radiate across the night sky to an assortment of neon candy canes and characters. 

While most nights require visitors to drive through the Symphony of Lights in their cars, specialty nights are available that allow the experience to be walked. At the end of December, the path of lights will culminate in an incredible fireworks show, adding another layer of beauty to the festivities.

Ice and Fire Festival

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Source: CertifiKID

When: Sun, December 22, 2019

Where: Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods


Christmas brings a sense of magic to the air, and Columbia events like the Ice and Fire Festival help to emphasize the wonder and majesty of the season. Each weekend until the end of December, Columbia’s Symphony Woods are turned into a winding wintry landscape adorned with holiday decorations and other fantasy elements. As a new annual tradition in the Columbia region, the Ice and Fire Festival is worth visiting at least once for locals and visitors to the area.

New Year’s Eve at The Soundry

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Source: Eventbrite

When: Dec 31, 2019

Where: The Soundry


This year The Soundry in Columbia will host The 19th Street Band, an energetic country group that blends the spirit of Americana with Celtic influences from the lead performer’s native Ireland. With good drinks and great music, The Soundry promises to provide an exciting New Year’s Eve. 

Along with the performance, buying a ticket to New Year’s Eve at The Soundry features a complimentary meal with a full menu. Guests can choose between roasted beef tenderloin, signature crabcakes, shrimp cocktails and much more, making The Soundry one of the top Columbia event destinations for New Year’s. 

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