WINTERFEST: Through Jan. 4 at the State Museum, 301 Gervais St. SundayDec. 22 events include holiday crafts and scavenger hunt, 1-5 p.m.; visit with Santa, 1:30-3:30 p.m. and a screening of “Ice Age: Mammoth Christmas,” 2 p.m. All WinterFest activities are free with general admission or membership, except the Polar Express Party. (803) 898-4999; www.scmuseum.org
P.O.V. FILM SERIES: “Scrooge,” starring Alastair Sim, 7-10 p.m. Thursday at Tapp’s Arts Center, 1644 Main St. The 1951 film was released as “A Christmas Carol” in the United States. Tickets are $5.
“A CHRISTMAS CAROL”: Performance of the new adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic story, 8 p.m. Thursday at Trustus Theatre, 520 Lady St. $20; students, $15. (803) 254-9732; www.trustus.org
SPLASH OF RED HOLIDAY BASH: 8 p.m.-midnight Friday at 701 Whaley St. Hip Hop and R&B provided by DJ Loui Vee. For age 21 and older, casual dress (no sneakers); a splash of red preferred but not required. Sponsored by the Richland County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, advance tickets are $20; $25 at the door. Advance tickets available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or (803) 786-7796. All proceeds will benefit the RCA scholarship fund.
“A CHRISTMAS CAROL”: Performance of the new adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic story, 8 p.m. Friday at Trustus Theatre, 520 Lady St. $20; students, $15. (803) 254-9732; www.trustus.org
WINTERFEST: Saturday through Jan. 4 at the State Museum, 301 Gervais St. Saturday events include holiday crafts and scavenger hunt, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; visit with Santa, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; and the Columbia Marionette Theatre’s “Santa’s Christmas Party,” 2 p.m.All WinterFest activities are free with general admission or membership. (803) 898-4999; www.scmuseum.org
COLUMBIA MARIONETTE THEATRE: Performances of “Aladdin” will be 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday and Dec. 28. The theatre is at 401 Laurel St. Tickets are $5. (803) 252-7366; www.cmtpuppet.org
“A CHRISTMAS CAROL”: Performance of the new adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic story, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday at Trustus Theatre, 520 Lady St. $20; students, $15. (803) 254-9732; www.trustus.org
LIVING SPRINGS LIVE OUTDOOR NATIVITY: 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Living Springs Lutheran Church, 4224 Hard Scrabble Road. Free 30-minute living enactment of God’s gift of love — the birth of Jesus. Bring a lawn chair; hot drinks will be provided. (803) 736-0661
CONTRA DANCE: 7-10:30 p.m. Saturday at the Arsenal Hill Park Building, 1800 Lincoln St. Live music by Cabin Fever, caller will be Lindsay Morris. New dancers workshop, 7-7:30 p.m. Bring a pair of clean, soft-soled, non-marking shoes. Sponsored by Columbia Traditional Music and Dance, tickets are $8; students with ID, $5. (803) 760-5881; www.contracola.org
WINTERFEST: Through Jan. 4 at the State Museum, 301 Gervais St. Sunday events include holiday crafts and scavenger hunt, 1-5 p.m.; visit with Santa, 1:30-3:30 p.m. and a screening of “Ice Age: Mammoth Christmas,” 2 p.m. All WinterFest activities are free with general admission or membership. (803) 898-4999; www.scmuseum.org
WINTERFEST: Through Jan. 4 at the State Museum, 301 Gervais St. Monday events include holiday crafts, including pine cone decorating and a scavenger hunt, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; visit with Santa, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; Starlab portable planetarium show, “Winter Skies,” 1 p.m.; Polar Express Party at 4 p.m. will include a screening of “The Polar Express,” followed by hot chocolate and cookies. Arrive in your most comfy PJs and settle down to watch the movie with free popcorn. Bring a camera for pictures with a special visitor from the North Pole. Tickets are $7; museum members, $5. Advance ticket purchase is recommended. All WinterFest activities are free with general admission or membership, except the Polar Express Party. (803) 898-4999; www.scmuseum.org
CHRISTMAS EVE FAMILY COMMUNION SERVICE: 5 p.m. Tuesday at Christian Life Church, 2700 Bush River Road. Open communion, childcare available for age 2 and younger. www.christianlifecolumbia.com
CHRISTMAS EVE CANDLELIGHT SERVICE: Candle lighting and communion service, 6 p.m. Tuesday1 at Trinity United Methodist Church, 1201 Mohawk Drive, West Columbia. (803) 794-7777
SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING: 7 p.m. Tuesdays at Eastminster Presbyterian Church, 3200 Trenholm Road. Good exercise and fun. (803) 345-0158 or email email@example.com
BEGINNER’S SQUARE AND ROUND DANCE LESSONS: 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Yellow Rock Hall, 2211 Platt Springs Road, West Columbia. $20 per month. (803) 740-1344; http://www.yellowrockhall.com
WINTERFEST: Through Jan. 4 at the State Museum, 301 Gervais St. Dec. 26 and 27 schedule will feature holiday crafts and a scavenger hunt from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Live Science Theatre show with audience participation at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.; and the King Tut craft table, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Christmas week winds up Dec. 28 with holiday crafts and scavenger hunt, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and a 2 p.m. performance by the Columbia Marionette Theatre’s production of Rockin’ Through the Ages.” Crafts, scavenger hunt and games from 1-4 p.m. Dec. 29. Dec. 30-Jan. 4 sessions will feature crafts and scavenger hunts 10 a.m.-4 p.m. “Art of Shadow Puppetry,” workshop and performance, 11:30 a.m. Dec. 30. The Jan. 2 museum and a movie will be a Civil War movie marathon, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 3 museum and a movie will feature an Egyptian movie marathon to celebrate the exhibition “Tutankhamun: Return of the King.” WinterFest wraps up Jan. 4 with King Tut Day, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dress like an Egyptian and receive $1 off general admission. All WinterFest activities are free with general admission or membership, except the Polar Express Party. (803) 898-4999; www.scmuseum.org
S.C. TRUMPET AND TROMBONE DAY: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Jan. 4 at the USC School of Music Recital Hall, 813 Assembly St. $10 at the door at 9 a.m.; parents may attend free. All-state audition preparation workshops, guest artist recitals and master classes and instrument vendors. James Ackley, firstname.lastname@example.org or Bradley Edwards, email@example.com
$1 SUNDAY AT THE STATE MUSEUM: 1-5 p.m. Jan. 5 at 301 Gervais St. Admission is $1 the first Sunday monthly. (803) 898-4999; www.scmuseum.org
FRIDAY NIGHT DANCES: 7:30-10:30 p.m. the second and fourth Saturdays of each month at the Lourie Center. Jan. 10 event will feature live music by the Dancetimers. Admission is $10; $7 for Lourie Center members with membership cards. Open to the public age 21 and older; BYOB and snacks; hot coffee will be provided.
ARTS AT SHANDON: Davidson College Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 10 at Shandon Presbyterian Church, 807 Woodrow St. Admission is free, donations welcome. A reception will follow. (803) 771-4408; www.shandonpres.org
WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT FORUM: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Jan. 11 at Reid Chapel AME Church, 704 Gabriel St. Topics will include violence against women, electing women to public office, the Affordable Healthcare Act and its impact on women. Sponsored by the Columbia Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority in partnership with the 7th Episcopal District African Methodist Episcopal Church Women’s Missionary Society. (803) 735-1444
LOW CALORIE CRACKED CANDY MOSAIC ART WORKSHOP: 1-3 p.m. Saturdays, Jan. 11 and Jan. 18 at the City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Art Center, 1928 Calhoun St. Instructor will be Sharon Funderburk. Registration is $90 (includes all supplies and materials). (803) 545-3093; email firstname.lastname@example.org
SUNDAY AT LOWMAN CONCERT: Palmetto Brass Band performance, 3 p.m. Jan. 12 in the New Life Chapel, The Heritage at Lowman, 2101 Dutch Fork Road, White Rock. Concerts are free and open to the public, a reception will follow in Hoefler Gallery. (803) 451-7414
COLUMBIA BAROQUE SOLOISTS: Gala and silent auction, 4-6 p.m. Jan. 12 at Spring Valley Country Club, 300 Spring Valley Road. An afternoon of baroque music, hors d’oeuvres prepared by club chefs, silent auction of pleasures and treasures, cash wine bar and door prizes. Tickets are $35; proceeds support concerts and educational activities of Columbia Baroque Soloists. www.columbiabaroque.com
MINDFULNESS- BASED STRESS REDUCTION: 6:15-7:15 p.m. Mondays, Jan. 20-March 10; orientation, 6:15-7:15 p.m. Jan. 13. 9-11:15 a.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 21-March 11; orientation, 9-10 a.m. Jan. 14. Classes meet at Upstream: A Center for Mindfulness Practice and Holistic Mental Health, 2123 College St. $400. (803) 250-6764; www.upstream.com
WINTER MUSEUM ROAD SHOW: 9;30 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 18. Local experts will offer informal appraisals of fine art, textiles, military memorabilia, furniture, jewlry and more. Limit four items per person. Tickets are $20 for the first item ($15 for museum members), $30 for two items (members, $25), $35 for three items (members, $30) and $40 for four items (members, $35). Tickets available in advance at (803) 898-4999. http://www.scmuseum.org/ or email email@example.com
CALLIGRAPHY WORKSHOP: 10 a.m.-noon Jan. 16 at the City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Art Center, 1928 Calhoun St. Class will be led by Natasha Lawrence, instructor at the Charleston Museum and calligrapher to the HIstoric Charleston Foundation; $45, includes supplies and materials. (803) 545-3093; email firstname.lastname@example.org
CMA JAZZ ON MAIN: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 17 at the Columbia Museum of Art, 1515 Main St., featuring Noel Freidline as artistic director. The inaugural concert is a tribute to the great voices of jazz — Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Frank Sinatra, Dinah Washington, Nat “King” Cole, Etta James and Julie London. Doors open at 7 p.m., cash bar available. Sponsorship tables are available for $200 (includes premier seating for four guests and a bottle of wine). Individual seats, $40; $30 for museum members, students, $5. www.columbiamuseum.org
CHARLES FUGO FACULTY PIANO RECITAL: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 21 in the USC School of Music Recital Hall, 813 Assembly St. Music by Mozart, Beethoven, Rachmaninoff and Chopin. Free.
INTRODUCTION TO JEWELRY MAKING: Noon-4 p.m. Jan. 25 at Mayes Park, 4100 Trenholm Road. Instructor will be Melinda Cunningham. Registration is $55; includes supplies and materials. (803) 545-3093; email email@example.com