>>> HOME TOURS
Holiday history lessons
HISTORIC COLUMBIA HOLIDAY TOURS: Through Jan. 4 at the Historic Columbia homes (Robert Mills House, Hampton-Preston Mansion and the Mann-Simons Site). Guides will provide stories of holidays past in Columbia and discuss how families decorated and entertained during the 19th and early 20th centuries. $8; youth, $5; Historic Columbia members and age 5 and younger, free). The houses are open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays (last tour starts at 3 p.m.) and 1-5 p.m. Sundays (last tour starts at 4 p.m.). Closed Mondays and major holidays (Christmas and New Year’s Day). (803) 252-8842; http://historiccolumbia.org
>>> ON STAGE
Never miss a local story.
“THE NUTCRACKER”: 3 p.m. Sunday at The Township Auditorium, 1703 Taylor St. Ann Brodie’s Carolina Ballet production will feature more than 100 performers with full orchestra and chorus. Doors open at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12.50, $15.50 and $20.50; age 6 and younger free, but they must have tickets, available at the box office only. (803) 576-2356; http://ticketmaster.com
>>> TREE LIGHTING
Sounds of the season
48th ANNUAL GOVERNOR’S CAROLIGHTING: 6:30 p.m. Monday on the north steps of the State House (Gervais Street side). Musical prelude followed by the program at 7 p.m. Sponsored by the Columbia Metropolitan Convention & Visitors Bureau, Columbia Garden Club and the Garden Club of South Carolina. The governor, mayor and their families will be on hand. WYFF-4 anchor Nigel Robertson will serve as emcee.