Friday, December 6
Even the biggest Scrooge wouldn’t miss “A Christmas Carol,” beginning at 8 p.m. Friday at Trustus Theatre Thigpen Main Stage, 520 Lady St. This new adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic runs through Dec. 21. Show times are 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, with matinees at 2 p.m. Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $22 for adults, $20 for military and seniors, and $15 for students; half-price student rush tickets are available 15 minutes prior to curtain. (803) 254-9732; www.trustus.org
Gospel music legend Bill Gaither comes to Columbia with the Gaither Homecoming Christmas Spectacular, 7 p.m. Friday at the Colonial Life Arena, 801 Lincoln St. Guest musicians scheduled to perform along with Gaither and the Gaither Vocal Band include The Martins, The Isaacs, Karen Peck & New River, Buddy Greene, Jeff Taylor, Charlotte Ritchie, Gene McDonald and Kevin Williams. (803) 576-9200; www.coloniallifearena.com
Bring the entire family to the Concert and Carnival in the Square, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday at Lexington Square Park, corner of East Main Street and South Lake Drive in Lexington. The event, part of the town of Lexington’s Snowball Festival, will feature musical entertainment by Tara Scheyer and the Mud Puppy Band, as well as magic shows, visits with Santa and a tree lighting at 8:30 p.m. (803) 359-4164; www.lexsc.com
Saturday, December 7
Actor Brian Childers pays tribute to Broadway and film legend Danny Kaye in his one-man show, “Brian Childers in An Evening with Danny Kaye,” 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at Workshop Theatre, 1136 Bull St. Tickets are $20-$25. This Workshop Theatre fundraiser is co-sponsored by the Katie and Irwin Kahn Jewish Community Center. (803) 799-6551; www.workshoptheatre.com
Dress up in your finest party attire for Tut’s Tea Party, 2 p.m. Saturday at the S.C. State Museum, 301 Gervais St. This Egyptian-themed tea party is open to children ages 3-12 and will feature crafts, games and finger foods. Tickets are $15 for the general public and $12 for museum members; tickets include admission to the museum and to the “Tutankhamun: Return of the King” exhibition. (803) 898-4999; www.scmuseum.org
Step back in time at the Historic Columbia Foundation’s Family Day: Historic Holidays, 10 a.m.-noon Saturday at the Robert Mills House, 1616 Blanding St. Learn about Christmas traditions and visit with Victorian Santa. Admission is $6 for the first child and $3 for each additional child; adults and members are free. Stick around for the Choir Showcase and $1 tours from noon-3 p.m. (803) 252-1770, ext. 23; www.historiccolumbia.org
Join the Redbird School of Irish Music as it celebrates its seventh anniversary, 7 p.m. Saturday at Conundrum Music Hall, 626 Meeting St., West Columbia. Irish music super-group Fair Play will rock the house, and Redbird students and friends will share some of their favorite Irish tunes. www.conundrum.us
Kids are invited to the EdVenture Children’s Museum third annual Festivals of Sharing, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at 211 Gervais St. Learn how children around the world celebrate Lunar New Year, Carnival, Las Posadas, Epiphany, Hanukkah, Diwali and Feast of St. Nicholas. The event is free with museum admission. (803) 779-3100; www.edventure.org
Planets for the People returns from 6-10 p.m. Saturday at Buffalo Wild Wings, 1000 Bower Pkwy. Look through a telescope to see the moon and other celestial bodies. The event depends on clear weather; check the State Museum’s Facebook page to make sure it’s still on: www.facebook.com/scstatemuseum.
Sunday, December 8
The Palmetto Mastersingers return to the Newberry Opera House for their Christmas concert, 3 p.m. Sunday at 1201 McKibben St. Enjoy an evening of music, both old and new. Tickets are $25 each and $22 for groups. (803) 276-6264; www.newberryoperahouse.com
Don’t miss the Dixieland Jazz Concert, 2:30-5 p.m. Sunday at the Lourie Center, 1650 Park Circle (Maxcy Gregg Park). Tap your feet to jazz, ragtime and swing with Dick Goodwin on the trumpet, Doug Graham on the clarinet, Bruce Clark on the trombone, Reggie Sullivan on the bass, Jim Hall on the drums, and Aletha Jacobs on piano. Tickets are $10 and free for students age 18 and younger. (803) 432-1504
Enjoy local music at the seventh annual Christmas At Red Bank concert 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Red Bank United Methodist Church. Christmas At Red Bank is an evening of traditional and not-so-traditional songs and carols of Christmas, performed by musicians from the local Columbia music scene, as a benefit to Lexington Interfaith Community Services.
Tour bedeckdazzled homes in Shandon and Hollywood-Rose Hill Sunday in the annual Homes for the Holidays Tour. Seven homes will be featured in the tour, from 2 to 6 p.m. Advance tickets are $15 and available at Piggly Wiggly on Devine Street, Bi-Lo (formerly Piggly Wiggly) on Forest Drive, Revente, Good for the Sole, Edwin Watts Golf on Harbison Boulevard, Just the Thing, and Gibsons on Devine.
Monday, Dec. 9
Gov. Nikki Haley and her family open the Governor’s Mansion at the annual holiday open house from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. This event is free of charge, open to the public and there will be no reservations required. The Carillon Carolers and the Denmark Technical College Choir will perform. The Columbia Garden Club decorates the mansion for the event.
Thursday, December 12
You’ll have a divine time at Devine Night Out, 5-8 p.m. Thursday along Devine Street. More than 50 stores and restaurants will be open for shopping, dining and holiday fun. The festivities will continue from 8-10 p.m. with a free after-party at Henry’s Grill and Bar, 2865 Devine St. www.devinestreetcolumbiasc.com
If you love Big Band music, be sure to catch the Artie Shaw Orchestra, 8 p.m. Thursday at the Newberry Opera House, 1201 McKibben St. Come hear the 16-man band perform favorites including, “Begin the Beguine,” “Stardust,” “Frenesi,” “Dancing in the Dark,” “Moonglow,” and more. Tickets are $27.50 each and $22 for groups. (803) 276-6264; www.newberryoperahouse.com