Columbia entertainment calendar, Dec. 13-19

December 12, 2013 

Friday, December 13

Don your best Santa costume for Carolina Nightlife’s Santa Bar Crawl, 7 p.m.-2 a.m. Friday in Five Points. Enjoy drink specials and prizes while visiting a variety of bars. A check-in tent will be set up from 7-9 p.m. Tickets are $15. Participants must be 21 or older.

Mary Gilkerson’s exhibition “From the Edge of the Highway: 300 Daily Paintings” opens with an artist’s reception, 6-9 p.m. Friday at if Art Gallery, 1223 Lincoln St. The local artist’s work will be on display through Jan. 4. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays. (803) 238-2351

The Singing Christmas Tree returns, 7 p.m. Friday at Shandon Baptist Church, 5250 Forest Drive. More than 100 singers will perform in a 30-foot Christmas tree, accompanied by a 30-piece orchestra. Other performances are 4 and 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Interpreters will be provided for the deaf and hard of hearing. Tickets are free and can be ordered online. (803) 782-1300;

Don’t miss The State Capella of Russia, performing 8 p.m. Friday at the Newberry Opera House, 1201 McKibben St., Newberry. The 50-member choir has toured around the world. Their Christmas concert on Friday will feature Russian masterpieces as well as classic western carols. (803) 276-6264;

Saturday, December 14

Town Theatre’s Youth presents Disney’s “Cinderella Kids,” 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 1012 Sumter St. Saturday’s performance will feature the Greater Columbia Children’s Choir; Sunday’s performance will feature Town Theatre’s musical theatre dancers in the Proud Townie Christmas Spectacular. Santa will be available for photos both days. Tickets are $10. (803) 799-2510;

Celebrate the holidays with Five Points at A Starry Night, 4-7 p.m. Saturday. Enjoy complimentary refreshments while shopping for Christmas gifts at your favorite Five Points stores. Participants can also meet Santa at the Hootie monument, sip some hot chocolate next to the fountain, and catch performances by Unbound Dance Company and the Benedict Choral Group. Don’t forget to bring an unwrapped toy for the Salvation Army’s Toy Drive and a gently used coat for the Tripp’s Coats for Kids Campaign.

Sunday, December 15

Watch the classic Christmas movie “It’s a Wonderful Life,” 8 p.m. Sunday at the Nickelodeon Theatre, 1607 Main St. Tickets are $10. (803) 254-3433;

Find one-of-a-kind handmade items at Crafty Feast, noon-6 p.m. Sunday at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, 1101 Lincoln St. This independent craft fair will feature vendors from across the Southeast and beyond. Food sales will include vegetarian and healthy options. Beer and wine will also be available. Admission is $2; children 10 and younger are free.

Read our preview of Crafty Feast here.

Christmas is for the dogs at Reindogs and Elves, 2-4 p.m. Sunday at the Carolina Children’s Garden at the Clemson Sandhill Research and Education Center, 900 Clemson Road. Attractions include a pet parade, a canine costume contest, activities for dogs and elves (children) of all ages, refreshments, pictures with Santa Paws, and more. Entry fee for the judging contest is $10 per dog. The show will go on, rain or shine!

Monday, December 16

Enjoy classical music while supporting a good cause at the Happy Birthday Beethoven Concert featuring pianist Matthew Carden Ganong, 7:30 p.m. Monday at the University of South Carolina School of Music Recital Hall, 813 Assembly St. This is the second installment of the Light the Way concert series, which raises funds for nonprofit organizations that serve the Midlands homeless population. Proceeds from this event will benefit Work in Progress. Refreshments will be served and a charity bar will be available. Tickets are $20 for the general public and $10 for students.

Wednesday, December 18

Columbia Opportunity Resource hosts Winter White Soiree, a young professionals holiday party, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Wednesday at 300 Senate St. Wear cocktail attire in white, silver or blue. Tickets are $10 for members and $25 for nonmembers and guests.

Thursday, December 19

Five-time Grammy winner Wynonna Judd and her band, The Big Noise, present “A Simpler Christmas,” 8 p.m. Thursday at Newberry Opera House, 1201 McKibben St., Newberry. Come hear the country music star perform her hit songs and some Christmas classics. Tickets are $125. (803) 276-6264;

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