Friday, Dec. 19
SWINGING AT THE BIG APPLE: 7 p.m. Friday at The Big Apple, 1000 Hampton St. Historic Columbia and the dance team of Richard Durlach and Breedlove step back in time for a night of swing dancing. The night begins with a lesson in swing dance before the open dance starts at 8 p.m. lasting until 11 p.m. $5 for Historic Columbia and Palmetto Swing Dance Association members and $8 for general public. Walk-ins are welcome, and tickets are available at www.historiccolumbia.org or by calling (803) 252-1770 ext. 23.
IF ART DUAL GALLERY SHOWINGS: if ART Gallery presents two simultaneous solo exhibitions by two Upstate artists, Steven Chapp and Diane Kilgore Condon, through Jan. 10. Both artists include a lot of animal imagery. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-7 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. (803) 238-2351
“THE CHRISTMAS ANGEL: A MAGICAL CHRISTMAS BALLET: 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Friday; 7 p.m. Saturday at Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College, 7300 College St., Irmo. Celestial Stars production, directed by Gabrielle Celeste. The 10 a.m. performance is for homeschoolers, tickets are $5; evening performances at $15; seniors and children, $8; special packages are available with tickets, T-shirts, and a photo with the Christmas Angel. http://thechristmasangelballet.com
TRENHOLM ARTISTS GUILD HOLIDAY ARTISANS MARKET: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday at 4507 Forest Drive (across from Trader Joe’s). The market features a selection of paintings, photography, jewelry, pottery, cards and other fine art items produced by Guild members. http://trenholmartistsguild.org
Saturday, Dec. 20
GRISWOLD CHRISTMAS PARTY: 8 p.m. Saturday at Art Bar, 1211 Park St. Redefine tacky and wear more than just an ugly sweater. They will have a complimentary keg of beer and homemade chili. Free. www.artbarsc.com
XTOUR LIVE! WITH CHRIS BROWN: The Grammy-winning R&B sensation performs at 7 p.m. Saturday at Colonial Life Arena, 801 Lincoln St. www.coloniallifearena.com
THE FRESH BEAT BAND: 5 p.m. Saturday at the Township Auditorium, 1703 Taylor St. Nickelodeon’s The Fresh Beat Band plays its greatest hits live. www.thetownship.org
“IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE”: Noon-1:45 p.m. Saturday at Nickelodeon, 1607 Main St. Catch this Christmas classic on the big screen. The 1946 film stars Donna Reed, James Stewart and Henry Travers, $8. (803) 254-8234; http://nickelodeon.org
MIDLANDS WINTER FAMILY EXPO: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. Expo goers can visit booths featuring local businesses sharing their products and services including schools, health, wellness, safety, insurance, child care, crafts and more.
Sunday, Dec. 21
WYNONNA AND THE BIG NOISE: 7 p.m. Sunday at the Newberry Opera House. Writer, actor and philanthropist Wynonna Judd rose to fame alongside her mother in the 1980s. Tickets can be purchased at www.newberryoperahouse.com
“MIRACLE ON 34th STREET”: 3-4:45 p.m. Sunday at Nickelodeon, 1607 Main St. A department store Santa goes on trial to prove that he’s the real deal. The 1947 film stars Maureen O’Hara, John Payne, Edmund Gwenn and a very young (and skeptical) Natalie Wood; $8. (803) 254-8234; http://nickelodeon.org
Wednesday, Dec. 24
“HOME ALONE”: 5:30-6:45 p.m. Wednesday at Nickelodeon, 1607 Main St. While not exactly a Christmas “classic” this 1990 film gets a workout this time of year. When bratty 8-year-old Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) acts out the night before a family trip to Paris over the holidays, his mother makes him sleep in the attic. In the rush to the airport, he’s left behind and tangles with would-be burglars. $10. (803) 254-8234; http://nickelodeon.org