MONDAY, DEC. 7
GOVERNOR’S MANSION OPEN HOUSE: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Monday at the Governor’s Mansion. Enjoy holiday decorations, done by the Columbia Garden Club, along with a classic gingerbread house by Governor’s Mansion Executive Chef, Steven Jankowski, music from the Carillon Carolers of Columbia and more. Bring canned goods for donation to Harvest Hope Food Bank. Free. In addition, regular guided Christmas tours will be available Dec. 8-10 and Dec. 15-17 at 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Free but reservations are required by calling Nancy Bunch at (803) 737-1710. 800 Richland St.
LIGHT THE NIGHT: In recognition of Hanukkah, Chabad of South Carolina presents an event saluting heroes, Columbia’s first responders and their families. The event also includes the Car Menorah Parade and annual State House Menorah Lighting. Music, dancing, gift bags, dreidels and latkes also will be offered. Parade starts at 5 p.m. in front of the Jewish Day School, with the menorah lighting at 5:45 p.m. at the S.C. State House, Main and Gervais streets. www.chabadofsc.com
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282ND ARMY VICTORY BAND HOLIDAY CONCERT: 7 p.m. Monday at the Koger Center. Some of the Army’s best musicians with the Fort Jackson-based band will help boost the morale of area residents with a holiday concert here in Columbia. Doors for the free concert open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the Koger Center box office, 1051 Greene St. (803) 777-5112, www.kogercenterforthearts.com
TUESDAY, DEC. 8
S.C. PHILHARMONIC MAKEUP CONCERT: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Koger Center for the Arts. he S.C. Philharmonic is dedicating its makeup concert to the city of Columbia, Richland County and first responders who protected Columbia during the catastrophic Oct. 4 flood. Music director Morihiko Nakahara will present Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony – the prolific “Choral” symphony. Vocal soloists and an assembled choir will join the orchestra for the performance, and the audience will receive music and be invited to sing along during the “Ode to Joy” finale. $1 from every ticket sold to be donated to flood relief. $16-$46. 1051 Greene St. (803) 777-5112, www.kogercenterforthearts.com
THURSDAY, DEC. 10
A CULTURAL CELEBRATION OF TREES: 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County. A display of Christmas trees decorated in styles representative of several cultures will be featured. The display will open just prior to the Chamber Music Concert featuring Edward Arron and Friends. The trees will remain on display in the Bassett Lobby and Library through Dec. 19. 810 Lyttleton St., Camden. (803) 425-7676 ext. 300, www.fineartscenter.org
FRIDAY, DEC. 11
COLUMBIA CHRISTMAS PAGEANT: Various times, Friday through Sunday at First Baptist Church of Columbia. elebrating its 28th year, First Baptist Church’s pageant features 400 children and adults, the church’s 200-person choir and a full orchestra. In addition to performing holiday favorites such as “Jingle Bells” and “Oh Holy Night,” the show includes drama, dancing and elaborate costumes and sets such as converting the stage into the town of Bethlehem. 7 p.m. Friday, 2 and 5 p.m. Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday. Free, but call (803) 217-3250 for tickets. 1306 Hampton St.
SINGING CHRISTMAS TREE: Various times Friday through Sunday at Shandon Baptist Church. This year will be the 25th anniversary of the 30-foot-tall Singing Christmas Tree at Shandon Baptist. The tree features 70,000 lights, over 200 singers and an orchestra. 7 p.m. Friday, 2:30 and 5:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Free; print tickets at www.christmasatshandon.com 5250 Forest Drive.
SATURDAY, DEC. 12
PALMETTO MASTERSINGERS’ CHRISTMAS CONCERT: 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Irmo High School Center for the arts. Annual concert will feature selections from Benjamin Britten’s “ACeremony of Carols” along with unique arrangements of other seasonal favorites. Walter Cuttino is musical director for the all-male chorus and Allison Hilbish is accompanist. $20 at the door or online at www.palmettomastersingers.org. 6671 St.Andrews Road.
CAPITAL CITY/LAKE MURRAY COUNTRY VISITORS CENTER HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at Capital City/Lake Murray Country Visitors Center. The Historic Lorick Plantation House steps back in time to Christmas season 1840 for the annual holiday open house. Area garden clubs and volunteers transform the center into a Christmas haven with period decorations, including live and dried plant materials. Free. 2184 North Lake Drive. (803) 781-5940 ext. 0, www.lakemurraycountry.com
SUNDAY, DEC. 13
CRAFTY FEAST: Noon to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, 1101 Lincoln St. Crafty Feast is an indie craft fair featuring wide-ranging, diverse products from more than 100 jury-selected artisan goods vendors in a market-style setup. You’re sure to find some cool holiday giftrs for those on your holiday list. $3 for adults, free for kids ages 10 and younger. 1101 Lincoln St. www.craftyfeast.com